A curmudgeon's favorites outside the top 4000 - Updated May 2018
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With all the fixations on the top 100, charting the monthly/ weekly/ hourly motion of the popular games with the associated vitriol spewn out over whether something should be ranked tenth or thirteenth, I thought I'd plumb the depths. In this list, I list the games below the deep, deep rank of #4000. I have a lot of games I like there, but decided to put the cutoff at a 7.5 rating, at least at the time I made this list. Maybe I'll come back and go down to my sevens, but don't feel like it now.

Update: By user request, I have added games rated down to a '7'. Thanks for the vote of confidenece!

I hope someone out there might be inspired to give one or more of these games a chance. Not every great game sits among the highest ranked. Often the voice of the majority is just plain wrong.

Feel free to badmouth these games. You won't be the first not likely the last. I just happen to think you are wrong. For those that agree with me in some shape or form, love to hear your comments as well.
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1. Board Game: Happy Pigs [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1504] [Average Rating:6.93 Unranked]
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A really good economic simulation about farming pigs, growing them from piglets and trying to keep them alove and fatten them up for market. Brilliant mechanisms to limit the number of actions from all the players, you have to plan your moves while considering what the other players may do. Get out of step and profit. Follow the crowd and suffer.
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2. Board Game: Great War Commander [Average Rating:8.55 Overall Rank:3642]
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Probably not on this list for very long!
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3. Board Game: Ivor the Engine [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:4101]
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Nastier game than the cover suggests.
 
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4. Board Game: Last Frontier: The Vesuvius Incident [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:4121]
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My favorite of the many 'Aliens'-style corridor combat games. Tremendous atmosphere.
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5. Board Game: Dragonscroll [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:4164]
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6. Board Game: Agricola, Master of Britain [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:4155]
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7. Board Game: Swords & Sorcery [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:4288]
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8. Board Game: Guerilla [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:4330]
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9. Board Game: Wizards [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:4360]
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10. Board Game: Shadows in the Forest [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4296]
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11. Board Game: KUNE v LAKIA: A Chronicle Of A Royal Lapine Divorce Foretold [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:4375]
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Just look at the title. How could this not be awesome? There is an actual good game in there as well, along with great art and nuts theme.
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12. Board Game: The Mushroom Eaters [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4438]
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My 2013 Essen best in show, totally different game that dares to be very, very different. Probably not appealing to the larger Geek crowd, its theme will put some people off, but if you are into wearing 3D glasses, marvelling at a wide variety of art styles and generally enjoying goofy time with friends while playing a unique, audacious game this might be for you.
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13. Board Game: Democracy under Siege [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:4678] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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14. Board Game: Of Dreams & Shadows [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:4643]
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15. Board Game: Medieval [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:5028]
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Overlooked GMT cardgame of building empires in Mediaeval Europe. Alwsys looking out for attacks from the East, the map made of cards gets slowly chewed up from the East. Lots of dice rolling and take that card play. Bidding for mercenaries always nerve-wracking.
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16. Board Game: Excalibur [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5153]
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17. Board Game: Barbarian, Kingdom & Empire [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:5347]
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Such a travesty to have this groundbreaking game so low. A sort of precursor to Britannia, Vinci and Small World. Begin as freewheeling barbarians, grow to powerful kingdom, and stave off collapse as a decaying Empire. Start anytime, quit anytime. Lots of scenarios and a fine economic system.
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18. Board Game: Erosion [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:5422]
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A Sierra Madre game, which of course means it is good, of building and decaying mountains. Yes, it is as bizarre as it sounds. Learned a lot from this game as well.
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19. Board Game: Amoeba Wars [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5502]
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Good old sci-fi of fighting both space amoeba and each other for control of the universe.
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20. Board Game: Palmyra [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5538]
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Tile placement like Carcassonne but with some odd twists that make it more difficult. Enough different to be interesting but doesn't take too long to play.
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21. Board Game: Hispania [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5419]
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22. Board Game: Quirks [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:5491]
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Another gem from the Cosmic Encounter/ Dune boys of building creatures to survive in varying habitats, trying to time your takeover of the natural kingdom.
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23. Board Game: Kings and Castles [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:5506]
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An overlooked Ragnar Brothers game of choosing the right time to try and score and building the right units at the right time to claim the points. Lovely cloth map as well.
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24. Board Game: Dark Cults [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:5613]
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Wonderful storytelling game with super artwork and a very dark theme. So glad to have found a copy.
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25. Board Game: Far East War 1592 [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:5665]
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