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Having been inspired by Tom Vasel's top 100, I thought I'd give it a go. I'm only going to do a top 25, because I'm new to the hobby and my pool of played games is fairly small.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy my list.


EDIT: I originally did this list back in December. I had a tough semester in grad school last semester and never posted it. So, here it is!
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1. Board Game: Pentago [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1859]
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I was introduced to pentago by board game group buddy
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, as many of the games I've played. I've had such great success playing this game with almost anyone. Awesome little portable game.
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2. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:636]
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My wife and I enjoy playing coops together. This was the first one we ever played. Even after many plays, we still enjoy this one. We just discovered the different layouts of the island put out by the publisher. Adds a great new challenge to the game.
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3. Board Game: Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1720] [Average Rating:6.31 Unranked]
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This is one of the newer games to my collection. My wife enjoys this one, so it's been easier to get it to the table.

Great Theme + great weight + my wife plays it = top 25
 
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4. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:772]
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#22

Again, I like some of the lighter weight card games. Plus, I'm a huge sucker for auctions. The theme on this one is also another big plus, it's so different from any other game I've played.

Lighter fare card game with auctions.... money.
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:100] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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I much prefer Europe to the original because it's not as easy to get blocked. I also like the tunnels, which adds a little risk to the game. This one gets a lot of play on the iphone with the wife.
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6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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This is a great engine building game. Towards the end I feel like it almost plays its self. I'm definitely not an expert at this game, but I do love exploring its strategies.
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7. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:257]
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Another game introduced to me by the great PapaBear73. I don't have much to say besides it's just a blast to play! I can see myself playing this game years down the road.
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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One of the first games to get me into the hobby. A favorite of my wife as well.

A classic.
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9. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:353]
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2 player only. I really enjoy the two player, because your always trying to figure out what the other player took when the character cards come back to you. When there is more, I feel like there is less bluffing involved, and it makes the game longer.
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10. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:176]
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I love all the cool combos you can do with the cards. The game just flows really nice for me. Easy choice for my top 25.
 
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11. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:122] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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This is my favorite light wargame. I can play this one without burning the brain too much. I wish this one got more play. I still haven't tried the overlord variant, which I've heard is the best way to play. I would also like to try some of the other C&C system games.
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12. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:40]
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Even though I only played once, this game left me in awe. Everything flowed well, meaningful decisions, and a cool theme. This is my favorite Rosenberg game, although I only played this, Agricola, and Bohnanza.
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13. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:52]
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This is pure D&D worker placement awesomeness.
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14. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:415]
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Like I said before, I'm a sucker for auctions. This was so easy to teach my buddies at work.

Auctions in a short play time, again.... money.
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15. Board Game: Dutch Blitz [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1810] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Haven't played this one too much recently, but I have tons of good memories playing this. We would get so intense, sometimes blood was even was shed. Even though I am terrible at this game, it's always fun to play.
 
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16. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:274]
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Two types of auctioning in one game.... drool.
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17. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:558]
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I've been taking this to every family gathering event lately. Everyone has a blast playing it. The betting really adds a cool twist to trivia.
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18. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:546] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Another game that gets a lot of play on the phone. My wife and I will usually play when we are winding down for the day . It's just a nice relaxing deck builder.
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19. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:48]
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like Le Havre, only played once but was left in awe.

Note: I feel weird having a game only played once this high... eh, but it was THAT good. I hope I can play this one a few more times before I do my list next year.
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20. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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One of the first games to get me into the hobby. My whole family got into this one. We played it almost every night for months. It's been a while since that time, but we still play it and love it.
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21. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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Drafting in a short amount of time with some nice depth. A good amount of my friends know this one too.
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22. Board Game: Strasbourg [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:787]
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My absolute favorite auction game! I can't really find a thing I don't like about it. The game just gets me.
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23. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2260]
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What's Navia Dratp you ask? It's a really cool shogi variant with an 'interesting' theme. I plays in about 30 min, has multiple win conditions, and is easy to teach. I do like my abstracts. I have PapaBear73 to thank for this one.
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24. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:351]
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The theme drew me to this game, and the gameplay kept me playing! The battle system is the best I've played. I really wish I could play this more. An absolute masterpiece in my eyes.
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25. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:72]
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My favourite game. An abstracty game that feels really well balanced. So many interesting choices without feeling too overwhelmed. The rules are fairly simple. The conflicts are really cool. I like the slight uncertainty of how they will pan out.
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