Ian Kissell's Top 25 (7/2015)
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Not sure why anyone would care, but here are my top 25 games, in reverse order.

Last updated 11/2015

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1. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:44] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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#25

This one might fall off, but it such a perfect casual game to play after dinner or with people who don't play a lot of games. I like word games, I like that it plays medium sized groups, and everyone just has fun with it.
 
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2. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:108]
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#24

This is really a game a should like. There is no connection between theme and gameplay, and the theme is fairly boring anyways. However, I just really enjoy it. My only complaint is one person can hand another player a huge advantage if they don't block them as they should.
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3. Board Game: The Great Fire of London 1666 [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1907]
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#23

Pro Tip: Put all of the houses in the bag and draw them out at random. If you don't the game takes too long to set up, and is too balanced.

Really fun hidden identity game with some tactical card play.
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4. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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#22

This used to be much higher, but it is tough to play as it only really plays 5 well. It is largely still on the list just from a couple of absolutely stellar games I have had of it. When the table stands up and cheers, you know you are having a good time.
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5. Board Game: Kraftwagen [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:787]
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Great action selection mechanism. A solid mid-weight Euro with a theme I like.
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6. Board Game: Murano [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:837]
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7. Board Game: Snake Oil [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1238] [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
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8. Board Game: Viticulture [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:121]
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I like the theme, and I love that you have to go though several steps to make points. Not a point salad at all.
 
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9. Board Game: Cinque Terre [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1311]
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10. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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11. Board Game: A Brief History of the World [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1609]
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12. Board Game: AquaSphere [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:355]
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13. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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14. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:272] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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15. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:587]
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The classic version.
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16. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:80]
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17. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:47]
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18. Board Game: Lancaster [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:251]
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19. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.66 Overall Rank:2]
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Regular Pandemic folds in here as well. I like it, but Pandemic Legacy is some of the most fun I have ever had gaming. It is brought down a little just because I can't replay it.
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20. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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21. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:285]
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22. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:150]
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23. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:56]
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#3

The quintessential "cube-pushing" Euro game. Some think there is no theme here, but I disagree. It might just be because I have an affinity for Spanish history. Also, don't let anyone tell you it doesn't play well with 3.
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24. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:247]
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#2

Great with both 2 & 4. I love the combat system, and overall it makes a nice little light-wargame that is both easy to get into and has plenty of choices to make. I like having to adapt to the cards you get, even if it means I can't do exactly what I want.
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25. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:601]
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#1

New #1 as of 11/2015.

I love the chaos in this game. I great Euro game that also creates a fun narrative. Not the easiest game to teach, so I don't get to play it a lot, but love everytime I do.
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