The Genius that is Bruno Cathala
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With so many amazing games under his belt, I was surprised this list hasn't already been made.
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1. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:131]
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I played this once, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Griefy and aggressive!
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2. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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This is unlike any game you have played before. I do not want to hype up this game, because nothing can live up to hype. I will instead say that this game forces you to strategize, scrap all of your plans and simply go with your gut.

I like the Mancala-like mechanism to acquire Meeples and force them to do your bidding (Assassinating, going to the Market and more). I enjoy the artwork on the Djinn tiles and their powers. I even like the wooden camels, palm trees and palaces. This is a great game once you get the hang of it and have fun! I think it will be in my list of favs for a while.
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3. Board Game: Madame Ching [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2156]
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This is a good game using a modified form of the Lost Cities mechanism, but multi-player. Well worth checking out.
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4. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:417]
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This was the first 2 player game that I played that actually worked well, imho. I love the theme, the chasing of Jack the Ripper and the deductive nature of this game.
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5. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:607]
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Mr Jack Pocket is a fantastic gateway game for new gamers. It has a lovely theme and is portable enough to fit in a handbag. It helps jump start deductive thinking in people who might not be used to thinking outside the box. I use it as a warm up test to identify which direction to game it with someone new.
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6. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1721]
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This one's my favorite of his. I occasionally played against one of the Brunos on DoW's site.

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7. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:322]
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When first asked to play this game, I hesitated due to the theme and time necessary to play it. This looked like a war game, and I don't generally like war games. I was really wrong though, unless you count the war on evil a war.

This game is amazing. It is my favorite (semi-)cooperative game (even after all these years). I like working to battle evil, trying to thin out the siege engines while hoping to capture the sword in the stone... Everything about this game makes me smile- even the traitor!
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