Mike Amos's top 50 games of all time
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Hello everyone,

I decided today to engage in something I have debated doing for a few years. I'm stealing Tom Vasel's process for ranking all of his games. I don't play as many games as Tom and I don't have his snazzy YouTube skills so I'm resorting to a Geeklist instead.

To make the list of games I looked at my collection as logged on Boardgame geek and wrote down each game that I felt I had played enough to rate. I also looked at my played games, which I reset in July. Finally, if there were any games that I knew I had played enough to have an opinion, I threw that in as well.

Below is a list of the top 50 (I had 62 games in the complete list) based on my ranking. There are a few surprises for me in there and there are a few that I'm sure would be in a different place a year ago or will be in a different place in a year.

Give it a read and throw in some feedback. Where am I totally right, totally wrong, if I like these games then what else should I play?
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1. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3349] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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As a gamer I'm supposed to hate this. That said, I've enjoyed the couple games I've player. I could see how it could easily become tiresome and I can see how a game could go sour. For me, so far, it's been good.
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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I've owned Pandemic for several years. At first I really enjoyed it. Over time I played it less and less. The last few plays have just felt very much the same. I can tweak the difficulty, I can change the roles but it just feels like the same game.
I recently got the On the Brink expansion what I've wanted for years. In hindsight, I have no idea what I was looking forward to.
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3. Board Game: 10 Days in the USA [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1791]
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I like the 10 days games. They're not traditionally fun to a lot of folks so you need to be prudent about who you put these in front of but I think the challenge is appropriate and can be fun.
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4. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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Hive is a decent game. My biggest challenge here is finding people who are willing to take on the challenge of such an abstract game Hive suffers from the same issue as I mentioned earlier for Fleet, a bad pasted on theme is worse than no theme. There is a good challenge here though and lots of opportunity for refining ones play.
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5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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I've played Battlestar a few times and it's always felt ripe with opportunity that just never manifested. The game is supposed to be deeply thematic but it ends up as an exercise in bookkeeping. I'm lucky in that my last two plays have been with a great group of people who really play the head games. If it weren't for them, this would likely be lower.
 
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6. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:368] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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I've played this once, so take it with a grain of salt.
It's Dominion. I like Dominion. I don't understand why anyone would ever want to play this over Dominion. The theme here seems even thinner and the board doesn't really make the game better.
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7. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11183]
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This is a weird one for a BGG list but I've got a friend who loves it so I feel compelled to give it at least a nod. It's Jenga, it's fine.
 
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8. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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This is meant as a catch-all for the series. I like TtR. I wish I played it more often. It's not an amazing game, sometimes it's too long but I like it and want to play some more.
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9. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1708]
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This used to be my go to filler game. It's fallen out of favor for better fillers but it still gets a place in my collection. I am very disappointed by the "expansion".
 
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10. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:193] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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This is my go to party game. Some people will struggle with understanding how much to say but it's a fun and pretty accessible game. People love the pictures if nothing else.
 
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11. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6635] [Average Rating:5.69 Unranked]
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This is to cover the series, I own several. I like Fluxx. I have a friend who tends to make the game as bad as possible and I don't get why but I enjoy the game when played to allow for maximal choice. Yes, it can sometimes be stupid long and that sucks. Most of the time, it's fun.
 
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12. Board Game: Famiglia [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1436]
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This is a fun two player game. It's pretty accessible. The rules could do with a little clean up but this is an underappreciated game.
 
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13. Board Game: 1st & Goal [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1704]
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For my money, there isn't a better football game. The bits are solid and nice. The magnetic board was a stroke of genius. I love the additional teams. I just wish I had more opportunities to play this.
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14. Board Game: Aquaretto [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:858] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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For a while this was my go-to gateway game. We got a few too many plays in and got a bit burnt out. That said, I think this a still the best game. I like this better than zooloretto primarily for the lack of fixed pen size.
 
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15. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:463]
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I like Elder Sign. For a long time I said it was what Arkham Horror wanted to be. Then I won too many Elder Signs in a row and got a couple fun plays of Arkham in. Now Elder is out of favor. Unseen forces didn't improve the game in my opinion.
 
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16. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:686] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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I'm playing with a fully expanded copy of Quarriors. It's got plenty of variety, more than I really want. The new quests don't really feel like an improvement but the basic game is fun, I like the randomness of the dice even though that is a complaint for a lot people.
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17. Board Game: Martian Rails [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:2575]
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It's worth pointing out that I have never played any other Crayon Rails game and I've only ever played this very casually with my wife. As a slow casual game that we watch while the TV is on, this game is fun and the theme is cool. I hope someone eventually develops a quicker, smoother crayon rails game.
 
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18. Board Game: Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1258]
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This game is thematic, fun and has cool bits. It's longer than it should be and has a card in it that is effective a a reboot that should be burned but overall, I like this game and want to play it more.
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19. Board Game: The Impossible Machine [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:14052]
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This is being placed with one play (a couple games in one night) but I really enjoyed it. It's a simple logic puzzle. Probably nothing more than a filler game but I enjoyed it.
 
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20. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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This is the one kickstarter that I kick myself for not participating in. I really like it and I think it's better than any coop game I have in my personal collection. I've played on some of the expanded board and I think they make it really tough, perhaps to tough but the base game is awesome.
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21. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:728] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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This is kind of an oddball in the midst of this list but it was one the first games I bought and it's still pretty fun. I like this game even though I don't play it a ton.
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22. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2402]
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This is getting rated based on a couple plays but they were really fun. There's not a ton of variety between the plays because there isn't a lot of variety in the cards within the game but each game has felt distinct and interesting enough to make me want to come back for more.
 
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23. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:770]
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This is the one game that I have the most plays under my belt. My wife and I used to sit down to play five or ten games in a row in ten minutes or so. We've not played it in a while but it was always a good time.
 
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24. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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I enjoy Acquire. I'm bad at it but I enjoy it. I think it's more of an abstract strategy than anything else but the randomness combined with the effect the players can have on the gamep play makes this a good one for me.
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25. Board Game: Sultan [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4943]
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This was a really nice surprise from a secret santa. It is a bidding and set collection game. It does actually play well with two players through four and the bits are fantastic. I recommend this.
 
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