Dante's Top 25 Games of 2014
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This is the 3rd year of this geeklist. We are getting close to BGG Secret Santa (have you signed up yet?), and it is getting close to the end of the year; so it is time for my Top 25 games of the year.

Lots of change this year. Maybe my tastes are changing, but this is a very different list from last year or the previous year.

If you would like to see lists from previous years you can follow the links below.

2013--http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/165997/dantes-top-25-games...
2012--http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/148818/dantes-top-25-games...

Thanks for checking out my geek list. Give thumbs to the games that you love too.

~Dante
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1. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Wow! I didn't expect that. I mean I love Stone Age, but the number one slot?

I have played Stone Age a total of 31 times. Most of the time I play on the awesome IOS app, but I also love playing this one with other people.
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2. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:290]
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I don't even own this game, but I absolutely love it. Next time I can get to the game store I am adding this one to my collection.

I like that it is different (the choosing cards one at a time) and it is really simple to teach and play.
 
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3. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:364]
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Chinatown was 4th in 2012 and 8th in 2013, now it is 3rd. It's just when I think about other games and compare them to Chinatown, I would rather play Chinatown.

I've played Chinatown a total of 12 times.
 
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4. Board Game: Star Trek: Attack Wing [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:916]
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This was the year of STAW. In the summer I challenged myself to start playing more games and this was one of my challenges. I challenged myself to attend three OP events and then that just opened up the addiction.

I like STAW better than X-Wing because of the larger focus on crew building.

I've play STAW a total of 37 times.
 
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5. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
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I just dusted this one off and tried it solo. The game beat my butt, but I am absolutely in love with it. Since I now have less time to go out to game night, maybe I will be playing more solo games at home. I think that this one will be hitting my table a lot more frequently.
 
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6. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:282]
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This is such a good game. I just wish I could get my grubby little hands on it. It is a good interesting twist on worker placement.
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7. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:352]
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It's been on the list the last two years. It is a awesome, under-appreciated game.

I've only played this one 6 times in total?!
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8. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:508]
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I got the second edition this year. I like the first edition, but I also like the changes they made with the second edition. I think I like the artwork more in the second edition though. This game isn't for everyone, but I just love it.

It was on last years list. I've played this one 6 times as well.
 
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9. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:371]
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I just played this game for the first time a few weeks ago. I know, where was I. I don't really like Agricola and I think that soured my opinion on Rosenberg games. But this one was really fun. I really enjoyed it.

I'm going to need to buy this one.
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10. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:78]
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I have loved dungeon crawl board games for years. My first was HeroQuest, then we played Mice and Mystics for a while. But this is going to be my go to dungeon crawl now. I love the idea that the overlord can level up too. And the adventures that I have played are really well designed--not just hack and slash.
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11. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:218]
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As part of my summer challenge, I decided that I needed to finish my print & play copy of this. For years, Rex was on my list, but that has now been replaced with the original--on these lists and in my collection.

I was able to play this twice this year--which I think is really good for this one. I'm hoping to play it more next year.
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12. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:504]
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I still play this online, just not as much as I was last year. It is still a great game and definitely deserves a spot on this list, but it isn't my number 1 anymore.
 
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13. Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:463]
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I've always liked the idea of Bang! but it was always just too long. This fixes all the problems I've ever had with Bang! It is nice and short, it has hidden roles, variable player powers, and it is a yahtzee variant. Who knew I would like this one as much as I do.
 
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14. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:81]
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I didn't play this one at all this year, but it is still one of my favs. This is Lord of the Rings in a box. I like Battle of Five Armies, which uses some of the same mechanics, but this is always going to be my favorite of the two.
 
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15. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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This has seen a bit of a resurgence in the game group. I think it is mainly due to Mike and his bag o' Dominon, which is the BEST storage solution I've ever seen. I don't really play this one with my own cards because I haven't set up my own bag o' Dominion yet, but it has almost convinced me to buy more of the expansions that I don't own yet.
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16. Board Game: Ninjato [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:636]
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This has been on the list for three years now. I think I like this one because it is like Stone Age with a push your luck element. Last year I was called out by someone saying that this is not worker placement, but I will always call it that. I love the theme too.

I've played this one a total of 12 times.
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17. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:448]
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I still haven't played this awesome themed game nearly enough times. This is way better than Lords of Waterdeep though.
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18. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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Oh man, Puerto Rico. One of my original board game obsessions. I can't play it very often because many of my friends don't like it, but sometimes I can get a game in. It has been on the list all three years because it is a solid, fun game.

I have played this one a total of 69 times. Mostly on the IOS app.
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19. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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We haven't played this one for a long time. I think people got tired of it. But this is still a great worker placement. The theme is good and those gears just draw people in. I can never win this one though.
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20. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:300]
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This game is better than Ticket to Ride! There I said it. I mean I like TtR, but this one is so much better. Also, I don't usually gravitate towards stock games, or economic type games, but if someone suggests this, I usually will say yes.
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21. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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This is my favorite dexterity game. I really like it and I still love my own board.
 
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22. Board Game: Sail to India [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1117]
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This is my favorite micro game.
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23. Board Game: The Battle of Five Armies [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:378]
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Like I said earlier on the list, I will always like War of the Ring more than this one, but this is still a very solid game. I like that it isn't a long as War of the Ring. It will probably see more table time than WotR too.
 
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24. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:15]
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I never thought this would ever happen. I have not one, but two Uwe Rosenberg games on my top 25. Like I said, I hate Agricola, but Caverna solves all the problems I ever had with Agricola. Caverna is a pleasure to play and I like the theme better than Aricola.
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25. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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I was very lucky to be able to procure a copy of this game. I had always been turned off by the artwork, but finally decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did. This is a great game. I wish the artwork was better, but I'm just glad that I was able to get a copy of this printing.
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