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For some reason, I had the urge to create a list of my top N games. Of course, the vast majority of the games on that list would be the same games at the top of the BGG rankings. So, rather than just repeat that, I thought I'd see what games were in my top games but were not well liked on BGG.

Finally, rather than just do something like rating difference, I identified the "cream of the crop" of games I've played, or roughly the top 5%, and saw which ones were not in the top 25% of games on BGG. A game I think is top 5% but the BGG community thinks is only top 20% is a bit of anomoly, but not that interesting. The ones I think are top 5% and the consensus is that they are not even in the top 25% is, hopefully, more interesting.
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1. Board Game: What's That on My Head? [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:10333]
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This one is unranked, but I'm surprised the ratings are as low as they are. With half a dozen more ratings, it will be ranked, but not well. It's like Code 777, but you get to wear stuff on your head! I don't know if this is available anymore, which may have an effect.
 
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2. Board Game: Knockabout [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:6476]
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Another unranked one, also close to being ranked. It plays fast, has a little bit of luck and doesn't get old.
 
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3. Board Game: Shit! [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:13489]
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Ok, I'm not entirely sure why I like this game. It was one of my very first purchases at Essen, so it has some sentimental attachment, but that's not it. With many players, it doesn't even work very well, but I like it.

BGG users put it in the BOTTOM 25% of games.
 
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4. Board Game: Mole Hill [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:7912]
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Knizia, assymetric, clever. How can this game be ranked in the bottom half of all games?
 
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5. Board Game: Pico 2 [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:7030]
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A game with some fun tactics that fits in a shirt pocket and can be played in under 5 minutes! How is that only 50th percentile?
 
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6. Board Game: Space Beans [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3151]
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Fine, it degenerates if you play it slowly, in that people can memorize the exact contents of the hands as they move around the table, but if you play FAST, it's very entertaining.

BGG consensus: 54th percentile
 
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7. Board Game: Blink [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3759]
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Despite being very similar, the art in the German version is much more appealing. Yeah, that must explain the low ratings.

BGG: 58th percentile
 
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8. Board Game: Foppen [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3497]
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Ok, fine, lots of people aren't so fond of trick taking games, but how are there over 30 trick-taking games rated higher than this? Bridge, sure. Schnaeppchen Jagd, sure. But, Frank's Zoo? Sticheln? Oh Hell!? Fools.

BGG says: Almost top 30%
 
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9. Board Game: Compatibility [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2512]
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Ok, party games are also not really highly rated, but really, this is a great party game. Not only that, it's a good "couples" game and further, it's not the kind that leads to fights. What more can you ask for?

BGG: Top 30%
 
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10. Board Game: Spinball [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:4692]
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This one would be rated much higher, if there were more copies and/or it were more portable so that more people could play it and rate it. Oh well.

BGG: Top 30%
 
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11. Board Game: Igel Ärgern [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2502]
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This actually just barely creeped into the top 25% on BGG, but I found it sufficiently surprising that it wasn't much higher that I included it here. This is a great race game! It's way better than Techno Witches, Tonga Bonga, and bunches of other highly rated race games, and I even like those. Plus, it's not every game that comes with dozens of variants.
 
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