Ok, I'll jump on the bandwagon - Jamjams32 top 20 Games!
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I guess making a top 20 list is nothing new but I've seen a lot of them recently so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and make my own. I love games. I've been playing games all my life but more seriously for the last 10 years or so. It's been a blast to see my collection of games grow and to host a game night every week for the last couple years. It was actually very difficult to make this list as I love so many different games but I feel really good about these top 20. These are games I would play any day and at anytime. Some of these I've played a bunch and some I've only played a few times but they left such a strong impression on me. Sometimes I think I need to choose whether I like euro's or ameritrash games more but as you'll see with my list, I love both types of games. I love the thematic games but also the deep and crunchy euro's. This top 20 is obviously my favorite games right now but is sure to change some as I continue to play more games. But on to the list!!
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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#20: I love this game. It accommodates a lot of people and is very short to play. I love the options and additonal strategy that the Leaders and the Cities expansions adds to this game. This is a wonderful game that I never get sick of.
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2. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:63] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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#19: Star Wars ships! This game is an absolute blast to play. The mini's are gorgeous! I bought a custom made 3 X 3' felt space mat to play it on and it adds so much to the theme and ambiance. I don't play this game nearly enough but when I do I have an absolute blast playing it. I mean, how can you beat zipping around in the millennium falcon or the slave one?!? Great game.
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3. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:184]
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#18: Man what an incredible deduction game! This is one of the games I haven't played a ton of times but man I loved the plays I've had of this one! It's fun being the investigator but last game I was able to be Jack for the first time and talk about an intense game! Seeing the invesigators closing in on you is so exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. An incredible pure deduction game that looks beautiful.
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4. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:140] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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#17: Each time I play this game it blows my mind. I love it so much. The idea of the spell book is so cool and gives you a myriad of options each turn. I love the theme of this and all the really cool card combinations. My favorite mage to play as is still the Wizard - such a cool character to play as. I'm excited to try out my buddies copy of necromancer vs. druid as I think both those mages look very unique and very cool. If I had the chance to play this game more, I think it would be a lot higher on my list.
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5. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked]
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#16: I love Lords of Waterdeep! I don't actually own it but I love playing it. In fact I love it so much I bought the little custom wood meeples for my buddy's copy of the game! And I included the picture of Scoundrels and Skullport because it turns a good game into an amazing game! I love the simplicity but also the depth of this game. Very very good game!
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6. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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#15: What a thematic and fun coop! I love the coop genre and this is one of my favorites! I still love pandemic but this game I find a lot more fun and exciting to play. Every time I play it, I really do get enveloped in the theme and feel like I'm really a firefighter fighting a ferocious fire (that's a lot of 'f' words!) I have the 2nd story expansion which I also really like. I'm anxious to pick up the other expansion that I don't have. This is also one of my son's (6 years old) favorite games to play with me so that's always a bonus!
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7. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:78]
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#14: What an incredible game! I love the world this game is set in and all the theme in the game! I really enjoy playing this game. I recently picked up the Forgotten Souls expansion which I've been loving to play solo! The components and mini's are absolutely wonderful. I need to play more of this game!
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8. Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:132]
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#13: I love the system this game uses. I first played it with Memoir 44 which is a game I still love. But if I had to choose one, it would definitely be Battlelore. The mini's and components are amazing. I love the lore deck and just how smoothly the whole game plays out. I'm excited for the upcoming release of the new factions. I really need to play this more. I need to get my revenge on you Triplzero!
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9. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:97]
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#12: Man I love this game. Every time I play this, I'm blown away by how well designed this game is. It definitely rewards good planning but also good tactical decision making. I love the civilization genre (spoiler alert - you may see another civilization game very high on my list!) and this is a welcome addition. This is a great euro with lots of very fun decisions to make. I love how the game plays out so differently each time with what cards come out. Fantastic game!
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10. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:18]
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#11: What an incredible game! I'm a big solo player and that's how I've played this game mostly. I've played this game a bunch and it still frustrates me some that I have to consult the rulebook each time I play to look up a little rule here or there. But otherwise, the gameplay and the puzzle of this game are so deep and so fun to work out. I really really love this game when I get it to the table. If I felt like I could get the little rules down and retain them a little better, it would be a little higher on my list. But it really is an amazing game with a very strong theme. One of the best solo games out there!
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11. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:77]
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#10: This is one of my gaming groups favorites! This really is a great game that I still love playing even after many many plays of it. I love the myriad of power tiles that you can choose from during the game and how I can try a different strategy each game which keeps the game fun and fresh. My buddy recently picked up Cyclades and the crossover pack so we can combine creatures from both games which I'm excited to play with more. And remember guys in my game group, I am no threat! haha
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12. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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#9: So this is obviously the newest game on my list but man does it deserve a place in my top 10! This game fills such a wonderful niche in being a very deep euro with a ton of juicy decisions to make all in about an hour. I love the multiple paths to victory and how the game will be different each game with the the genie cards that come out, how the meeples are dispersed, how the land tiles are dispersed, etc. And the game looks gorgeous! It also may have the best player aids ever for a game! Days of Wonder you got a winner here! I'm excited to get this to the table many more times!
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13. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:47]
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#8: Man this game is just a hoot to play! The game just drips theme. Arkham Horror used to be one of my favorite games but this has replaced it for me. I love the story this game tells. In my gaming group's last play of this, we literally were on the brink of defeat (like 10 times) but somehow managed to pull out the victory! It's such a fun and epic game! Well done FFG!
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14. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:31]
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#7: Here's another one of my gaming group's favorite games. Man this is such a great 4x game and a perfect blend of a euro and an ameritrash game. I love the options that the Rise of the Ancients expansion adds. I also have the ship pack expansion which makes the game look just incredible. I love this game so much. My favorite race to play is probably the blue Hydra alien race - I love getting technologies! Fantastic game!
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15. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
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#6: Man where do I start with this game?!? I love the LOTR theme and this game captures it perfectly. I've had some of my favorite gaming experiences with this game with some epic wins against all odds. As I stated earlier, I play a lot of solo games and this is one of the best solo games out there. This is definitely a game that is just so fun to play. And the art is off the charts good! One of my favorite games!
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16. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:15]
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#5: I loved Agricola when it came out and still find it to be a very enjoyable and well designed game. But this game has replaced Agricola for me. I find the game so enjoyable to play. It's the perfect sandbox of a game where you can build up your farm/cave how you want with the furnishing tiles you want. The strategy and tactical decisions are immense in this game, but for me, it's just a blast to play! I love looking at my player board when the game is over and seeing how I've developed my farm and cave. This is one of best games out there in my opinion and I'm excited to get it to the table more! Plus, as a bonus I can use this game to bench press and get my work out on! So many components and they're all amazing!
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17. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
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#4: This coop is just ridiculously good and fun to play! The game just drips theme and tells such a great story along the way. It's a difficult coop but I love it. The components, art, board, etc. all look just amazing! This is another game that is one of my favorite solo games to play but still plays so well with a group as you try to decide what the best choices and actions are. I only recently picked this game up but I can't wait to play it more! (Though I've played it solo already three times in the last two days! ) Game group, we are playing this next week for game night!
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18. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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#3: I've played this game many many times and it still blows me away with how good it is. This is probably my favorite euro. It's deep. It's fun. It's strategic. It's tactical. And it's very replayable with all the different factions. I'm ridiculously excited for the new expansion to come out. It's amazing how fun a game can be as you quietly and thoughtfully plan out your moves and execute your desired strategies. This game is absolutely incredible. It's no wonder this game is shooting up the BGG charts!
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19. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:39]
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#2: Man, this game still blows me away by how well designed and fun it is! I can't get enough of this game. I love the deck building aspect of this game but also love all the amazing decisions to make during the game itself. And the theme and gameplay of Netrunner are just amazing. It's so replayable too. You know you're into a game when you're listening to like 3 or 4 different podcasts about the game on a consistent basis (Agenda7, Corp Draw, Run Last Click, and Breaking News). I love the direction the game is going. Again, it's no wonder this game is ranked so highly on BGG. This is an absolute gem.
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20. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:175]
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#1: This game. THIS GAME!! Man oh man do I love this game! I've got both expansions and I'm so glad I do as they add so much to the game! Again I love the civilization and 4x theme and for me, this game captures it best! I love the different and relatively balanced paths to victory and love all the different civilizations you can play! And it's an absolute blast to build up your tech tree as you so choose. This game is absolutely epic and is my favorite game of all time!
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21. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:162]
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Honorable Mentions:

Alien Frontiers
Dominant Species
Ghost Stories
Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar
Merchant of Venus
Jambo
Cyclades
1960: The Making of a President
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