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Doing Top XX lists seems to be the all the rage so I thought it was time I jumped on the band wagon.

I Love stats (was a big cricket fan as a kid and now love baseball) and have been keeping them for games played, rating how much fun I had and other ridiculous things for the last few years. I think I have almost as much fun with the numbers as I do actually playing the games. So I plugged in some stats and my computer spat out some game names based on my likes and my groups playing habits.

I have been keeping this list for a while just updating it every few months.


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1. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:330]
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This has got a lot of play since we got it. The campaign mode seems really interesting. For such a simple idea it's really fun. Hope piazo can keep it up and evolve the mechanics over time.

Pathfinder unseated Lords of Waterdeep from the top 20 since last time I made this list.
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2. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:381] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Thunderstone has been popular for some time though more recently the pure deck building style seems to have faded a little and games with the mechanic as part of the game not it's whole are proving more popular with the group.
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3. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Dominion was played a lot when it first came out but has not hit the table in some time. I still enjoy it but much prefer thunderstone, if nothing else for the theme.
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4. Board Game: Dust Tactics: Revised Core Set [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2546]
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Two player games are tough to get to the table. But Dust tactics was the go to for my brother and I. I hope the new rule changes and units get this to the table more often in 2014. Picked up the warfare book recently to try out.
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5. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:490]
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I love dice and I love Cthulhu. I often play this one solo but it does get sporadic play with the group as well. The unseen forces expansions has improved the game.
 
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6. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:82]
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Tried the campaign twice. Failed to finish twice. I really enjoy this one when I'm playing but keeping five people on task is proving tough. Needing a DM is a sticking point. Maybe be replaced by AI controlled campaign game. One off DM style games seem to work better with the group Super dungeon explore and Mansions of madness have made a splash recently.

Descent had the biggest fall of any game in the top 20 dropping 9 places.
 
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7. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:148]
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Another game that has not got much play recently. I really enjoy cyclades though. The bidding system for actions, great theme, a bit of combat.... the end game is tense. Need to get this to the table more.....
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8. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:101]
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If it was just my list this would be in the top five. You really can only play with four players though so it's not easy to get off the shelf. I enjoy the warhammer world and the way the mechanics all work in this is fantastic. Feels euroish but not boring whistle
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9. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:181]
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This was my first kickstarter. I always liked the game but the factions expansion has improved it so much it has returned to table after a lengthy hiatus. Dice, action combo building with the cards, area control and the new secret victory conditions and personal powers make for an interesting fun game.
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10. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:80]
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Kemet is a new one to the list. Have had a blast with this one. So many different power combo's and tactics to try out. Would probably prefer dice for the combat. But the cards do add something different. Hopefully Kemet will stick around for some time.
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11. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:248] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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Nice basic rpg dungeon crawl type game with great story elements. Only really going to be played as a campaign. The co-op aspect and theme made it easier than Descent to get played all the way through.
 
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12. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:176]
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Not all the games on this list would make my personal top 20. Seasons would be be one that would. The theme and artwork are great. Nice chunky dice to roll and I really enjoy the card drafting and combo building. Not sure I would play it to often with four as it seems to drag a little but three works fine and two is a lot of fun. looking forward to trying the expansion.
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13. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Another older game that used to get played a lot but has not made it to the table of late. Arkham is complex and Long but I love it. I think with mansions of madness and elder sign some of the mythos itch is being scratched elsewhere and with Eldritch horror out soon Arkham maybe even harder to get played. Fortunately it plays great solo!
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14. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:387]
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A surprise being this high but it has got regular play since it came out.
Everybody seems to enjoy it. Easy game play and lots of team work to win. The components are all top notch as well. Adds up to a super fun experience.
 
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15. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:117]
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Cosmic encounter was one of the first boardgames I purchased when I returned to the hobby. It has seen steady play ever since. Everyone seems to grasp the idea and have fun with it.
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16. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:182] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Mage Wars has become a huge favorite. A number of us in the group played magic in the past and mage wars has definitely brought back some of the former game ideas. The added dice and board and more complex game play has made it a big success. Even at two players it's seeing a lot of play.

The biggest gain of 11 places was made by Mage Wars.
 
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The D&D games while being rather simple are great fun. Many of my gaming group have played Dungeons and Dragons so this series was easy for everyone to get into. Being able to just set up and play one off monster bashes with simple rules and the ease of customization have kept the adventure games coming back to the table frequently.
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18. Board Game: Tribune: Primus Inter Pares [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:528]
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Tribune was another early boardgame I brought when I rejoined the hobby. Probably my first worker placement game and still my favorite. Has not been to the table recently though which is something I need to change.
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19. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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Fast and easy to grasp, the whole group has taken to 7 wonders. While I would not rate it this high I always have fun playing it. I would never play it without the cities and Leaders expansions though. Works no matter how many people we have.
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20. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:384] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Zombicide has turned out to be one of the best gaming purchases I have made. The whole group loves it and it is in constant rotation. Everybody has fun win or lose. Simple rules and lots of team work to get through alive. Blasting hordes of zombies with an array of weapons is just fun. Now with all the content of the prison outbreak and toxic mall expansions this is going to see play for a long time to come.
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