My Top 20 Games of 2013
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I'm fairly new to the hobby so can't do a Top 50 or even a Top 100 so here is my Top 20 games played to date.

May be slightly Euro heavy as that's where my heart is...
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1. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:14]
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Knocks Agricola off the top spot after one play. I want...no I need to own this but it isn't yet back in stock after all the Essen stock sold out.

All the options of Agricola including the harvests but without the sense of misery they bring. Rubies and adventuring Dwarves just round off a polished game. Expensive but worth it.
 
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2. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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Take the goods in one offer spot or use your worker. Two basic actions so, so many options to get to victory.

Sure selling steel is a big deal but the 2013 reprint comes with Le Grand Hameau expansion making other strategies just as valid. Saying that in our first ever play through my wife won with Luxury Liners not shipping steel.
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3. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:176]
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A better two player game than it's bigger brother if you aren't in the mood for being beaten round the head with a wet fish repeatedly. Probably my wife's favourite game after Memoir '44

Uwe takes the Top 3 spots easily...
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4. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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This is the game that got my wife into playing board games. Simple rules that make for interesting choices, often you want to move certain units to strike hard but the command cards don't always allow for this. That 'fog of battle' frustration is what makes the game.

Gorgeous to look at with great miniatures my only complaint is the game can take a while to setup on the table.
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5. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:247]
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Gorgeous design and simple yet elegant game rules. I really like this game and even though armies are represented by cubes it still brings the feel of struggling for control over America.

Alas I have yet to secure a victory for the British.
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6. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:61] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Pew pew pew. Space dogfights in the Star Wars universe, who could possibly say no? Not me and this game has taken more of my money to date than any other game (although Star Trek: Attack Wing is catching up)

The system works very well. I don't like the meta-game that has cropped up but just playing a honest Rebel versus Empire game is a thing of beauty. Such fun.
 
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7. Board Game: Star Trek: Attack Wing [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:909]
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Number one, make it so. Shut up, Wesley.

I was worried that the FlightPath system from X-Wing wouldn't work with capital ships as featured in Star Trek but it does. In a lot of respects this game is actually better than X-Wing. The models though aren't too good.

Still a great game for us Trekkies who also like miniatures games.
 
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8. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:344]
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Play this with some Welsh male voice choir on the radio and you could swear the sounds of pick axes and shovels could be heard.

Great Euro game about one of my favourite places. Takes a fair amount of table space but is at its heart a worker placement game with enough additions to make it into the top ten.
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9. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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Sim City in a board game. Love it. I need to get a copy of this.
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10. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
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I used to be heavily into RPG. I still have lots of books, including some rarer items but don't have the time anymore. Pathfinder Adventure Card Game fills that missing void yet doesn't take such a commitment of time.

Biggest complaint is the box. Too big (but I can see why) and the cards fall out if you don't keep it horizontal.
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11. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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The definitive two player Feld. Muddy colours don't help but get past the graphic design and this game is a gem. Plays well with up to four too.
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12. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:263]
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Going against popular opinion I like this better than Pandemic. Yeah I said that.
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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Best Gateway/Family game. My parents talk about this one more than any other game. I don't play it much now but when I do it is always fun...
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14. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:265]
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Going against the grain again. 'Leaky' cube tower or not this is a very good Euro game that has enough options and strategy to make it interesting but isn't heavy enough to sink a ship.

I think people expected this to be more than it is...perhaps because it is a Feld?
 
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15. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Dropping down the list. Just too punishing and Caverna has squarely replaced this game. Still great if you are in the mood for being punished.
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16. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Transparent cubes kind of spoil it a little but still one of the best co-op games out there. Not quite good enough to topple Forbidden Desert from taking the highest placed co-op position.
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17. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:296]
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Alan Moon strikes again.
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18. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:771]
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Needs four or more players but is the best 'filler' game I own by far.
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19. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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The deck builder. Sure Star Wars: LCG and Netrunner have much more of a 'Cult of the new' feel about them but this game is simple and fast.
 
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20. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:50]
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A solid worker placement game with a passible D&D theme.
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