A Year Running a Game Group, TOP 13
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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So I realized something when looking at my statistics today. I have been logging my plays for a year now. This coincides with roughly when I started a gaming group. I wanted to do something to commemorate the occasion. As my group has been going for 13 months here is a Top 13 of games that have worked with the group.

I do want to point out that when the group was started I would have been the only heavy gamer. Now the group is 5 strong committed gamers and another half dozen casual gamers with new people attending every couple of sessions.

If you have any recommendations based on this list to introduce to my group please feel free to comment.
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1. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:122] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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This has been the most requested game in the group. It works because many of the people I have gotten to come out are huge fans of the Marvel Movies.

This is also the biggest draw for new players as my group members use word of mouth to help me build the group and the theme carries broad appeal.
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2. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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This game will soon surpass number 1. A group of player are also tabletop players and the legacy aspect of the character development has appealed so much to theme that we have started a second game night a month just for this game.

The simplicity of the rule set has allowed several of the group to convince their better halves to come out and play. They enjoy this card version better than the tabletop game especially because of the slimed down rules.
 
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3. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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United States
Westlake
Ohio
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This has been the groups filler of choice. The backs tabby, bluffing nature of this game make for a laughing good time. The speed of play eliminates any problems of player elimination.

I have to admit as games played have come from my collection mostly and I do not normally like games shorter than half an hour this is easily a must own game for all gamers.
 
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4. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:268] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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Here again we see the broad appeal of Superheroes. This game is just not received as well as our first place game because it can deliver a clunker of a game more frequently.

The tension for the encounter is too random for the game to really thrive with the group but is requested by members children when they are participating early in a game night before they are put to bed.
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5. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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Westlake
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This is at the moment my all time favorite game. Elegance in a pretty package is the best way to describe the game. I wish I could get it to the table more often but it is too heavy for newer gamers but once you have someone interested in the hobby this solidifies them in it.

I have not come across anyone who dislikes this game. Not all love it as I do but definitely lives up to the hype.
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6. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:14]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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This has been my wife's favourite game as of late. The strategic depth has people in the group discussing their choices of play in following games. A game that traps the imagination.

One of the best sandbox games I have ever played. A big bonus of the game though is its player count appeal. It plays great from 2 - 5. Never play with 7 as we learned it is a slog that can eat a full gaming night without the enjoyment reward given at the lower player counts.
 
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7. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:364]
Courtney Gebhart
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Westlake
Ohio
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This game is joyful frustration. We have yet to win but also have yet to feel like any game could not have been won with better planning on our part.

The almost Lord of the Rings feel has even the non gamers interested in the game. It is very rare we don't play multiple times per gaming night as the urge to defend Monarch city grips hold.

I personally rate this as the best pure coop I've played.
 
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8. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:239]
Courtney Gebhart
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Westlake
Ohio
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Our non filler, filler game. I say that because we usually take 90 minutes to play this but it never feels that long and usually pull it out late at night and don't get enough sleep for the next day as a result.

For some reason taunting and jokes fly when we play this. A great game for four players. Have never seen a bad game of this played. An under appreciated game for sure.
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9. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:50]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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After I added DnDeeples this game gained a lot of popularity. I have used this on several role players too introduce hobby board gaming.

It is not revolutionary in any way but does what it sets out too very well. Simple to understand with clear graphic design this is an excellent game to get people into euros.

The expansion turns it from a gateway to barely above by adding just more fun and the replay ability to have this stick around for some time to come.
 
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10. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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This game has appealed to everyone who has played it. Another member has now gone and bought his own copy with several expansion maps. This game is a true classic.
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11. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:296]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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This game is perfect for first time gamers. The components are great, rules simple and the perfect game to use to replace Monopoly.

I have converted more non gamer spouses with this game than any other.

Just don't use the paper money instead invest in a set of nice poker chips.
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12. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:430]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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My version of a party game. Plays a large group well, is simple and brings out childlike laughter from the grimest adult.

I think people like the perverse pleasure of watching the competition destroy their own car. The dice role adds the thrill of gambling. This is the ultimate in push your luck in my opinion as there is a game linked to the luck component.

Also another perfect choice if younger gamers are around.
 
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13. Board Game: Indigo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1022]
Courtney Gebhart
United States
Westlake
Ohio
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One of my more recent additions but quickly gaining traction among the group. It is colourful, a little mean and thought provoking. Along with a relatively quick playtime this is a diamond in the rough game not seeing the attention it deserves.

This is a Tsuro killer.
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