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We play a lot of games at COG Gaming, but unfortunately we can't get around to reviewing them all. This is especially true of titles that have been out a while since our focus is on newer and upcoming games. We wanted to find a way to share our love of these older titles as well as highlight newer games we've reviewed and love in the same space, so we've formed this Geeklist for the task! If you've got a strong stance one way or the other on games listed, feel free to leave a comment!

We'll continue adding to this list as we review and come into contact with more amazing games! Check our collection for other games we enjoy.
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1. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:247]
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A strategy game of the American Revolution that is very thematic even though it's fairly minimalist in art. Great alternative for people who want a war game but without the complicated rulesets, setup time, etc.
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2. Board Game: Abyss [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:324]
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We reviewed Abyss here:

https://coggaming.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/cog-gaming-review...

A light game with some pretty amazing artwork.
 
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3. Board Game: The Convicted [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:4555]
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If you can make it past the rulebook(which has been redone and is available here on BGG), this is an outstanding cooperative gave that oozes theme. If you want to feel like you're trying to build a village while staring down an increasingly volatile situation, this is it.

We reviewed The Convicted here: https://coggaming.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/review-the-convic...
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4. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:15]
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I like Agricola, but I always feel rushed and like my family is on the verge of starving. Caverna lets me feel like my engine is actually working, and it adds a cool expedition element.
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5. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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People say Catan ruins friendships. Compared to Cosmic Encounter in that regard, Catan is Candy Land. If you want a game of confrontation and backstabbing, look no further.
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6. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Extremely thematic survival game set in a zombie apocalypse. If you don't like random events this is not the game for you, but if you're willing to partake in the story that forms around each game you play you'll love Dead of Winter. Play it with the traitor variant!
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7. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:424]
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A real time, cooperative dice-chucker that is frantically good fun.
 
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8. Board Game: Far Space Foundry [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2982]
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We reviewed an online play of this game here:

https://coggaming.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/cog-gaming-kickst...

This game combines worker placement, hand management, and spatial management, and offers the deepest strategic gameplay I've seen from a title that plays in an hour.
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9. Board Game: Fief: France 1429 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:758]
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Fief is a great game of strategy and deceit. Dynamic events really make the game come alive thematically for the period, and player politics make the game as cutthroat as you like.

We reviewed Fief here:

https://coggaming.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/cog-gaming-review...
 
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10. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:429]
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This is a push-your-luck game, but you don't realize it because you're too busy being a racecar driver. A lot of fun, and it scales well for larger groups.
 
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11. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:192]
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Brutally difficult cooperative game, but one of our favorites from Antoine Bauza.
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12. Board Game: Level 7 [Omega Protocol] [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:644]
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Outstanding tactical miniatures game with an Overlord mechanic where the adrenaline players use to take actions fuels the overlord's special abilities pool.
 
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13. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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This has become our group's go-to light worker placement game. It doesn't take long to play, but offers all the hallmarks of the worker placement genre. Expansions are excellent additions as well.
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14. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:184]
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A hidden movement game of 1 vs many. The amount of discussion this game generates is awesome, and you'll be on the edge of your seat for the entire game even though it is a little lengthy.
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15. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:135]
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https://coggaming.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/tall-mountains-wh...

Well-themed worker placement game that has players racing against the current and each other.
 
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16. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:686] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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A deck builder, but with dice! Solid mechanics that so many people have now come to love with the Dice Masters series.
 
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17. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:85]
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Two of these things are not like the others, two of these things don't belong. But which?
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18. Board Game: Samurai Spirit [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:980]
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We reviewed Samurai Spirit here:

https://coggaming.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/cog-gaming-review...

Great cooperative mitigation game like Ghost Stories, but it plays in 30 minutes!
 
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19. Board Game: Samurai Sword [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1276]
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This re-tooled version of Bang! is an amazingly good team-based deduction game where players must figure out who is who all based on how they're interacting with the Shogun. Plenty of room here for misdirection.
 
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20. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:244]
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We reviewed Sheriff of Nottingham here:

https://coggaming.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/cog-gaming-review...

Perhaps the best bluffing game we've played. Lots of things to keep track of that keeps everyone on their toes.
 
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21. Board Game: Shipwrights of the North Sea [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2365] [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked]
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We reviewed Shipwrights here:

https://coggaming.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_1719.jpg

This would be my choice for indie-game of 2014. Worker placement, hand management, card drafting...lots of things going on in this game, and the theme is excellent. Another successful kickstarter!
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22. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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I'll never play Risk again.
 
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23. Board Game: Sky Traders [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4070]
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The published game is way too long for its own good, but if you play with the designer rules linked here on BGG you're in for a pretty sweet ride. Great economic game with awesome market manipulation mechanics.
 
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24. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:185] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Light-hearted theme, but some good strategic depth and randomization here. Most of our group really enjoys getting this out and seeing what kind of fantasy empires we can topple.
 
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25. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
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A light game with beautiful art from Antoine Bauza.
 
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