[POLL] Best One Hour Games
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I ran a tournament at KublaCon, you can read more about it here: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1237329/optimal-board-g.... Players get to choose which games they want to play, optimization software matches players up. I am looking for games that take right around an hour to play, so that with set up and teaching, they can be finished in a 90 minute round without forcing players to wrap it up before the intended game end very often. I also don't want a game that is so quick that the players are sitting around an hour for the next round to start. Games will typically be 3 player games, but it could go up to 4 or 5 depending on how the matching needs to be done. Also, the game needs to have a way that each player gets a score so that their place can be determined. Cooperative games, or ones with a single winner and no way to tiebreak between everyone else will not work.

I have been asked to run the tournament again in the future, and I want to bring the best set of games I can. I took nominations here: Best One Hour Games - Nominees and I am adding to that list the games I used and additional options I got by searching through BGG looking for games that take 30-60 minutes, can have 3 players, and do not have mechanics of partnerships or cooperative games.

I also would like input on how many games should be offered. In the two times I've run this, I have had about 40 games to choose from, and about 20 people entered in the tournament. I was trying to aim for more people to enter, but given the length of the event, I probably will likely get 15-30 people entering again.
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1. Board Game: Opinion: The Party Poll Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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These are the games that were recommended in the thread I had before. Feel free to comment on why you vote the way you vote on these, and to give additional recommendations.

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Should these games be included in the Optimal Boardgame Tournament described above, being strategic enough for a tournament, yet fast enough to finish in an hour even with rules explanations?
  Must be included Should be included Could be included Don't include Too short Too long
7 Wonders
Biblios
Bohnanza
Bruges
Camel Up
Carcassonne
Chicago Express
Citadels
Colt Express
Deus
Dominion
Finca
Five Tribes
Hansa Teutonica
Hey, That's My Fish!
Unnamed Object
Kemet
King of New York
Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
Lords of Waterdeep
Machi Koro
Metropolys
Nations: The Dice Game
Notre Dame
Port Royal
Race for the Galaxy
Roll for the Galaxy
Samarkand: Routes to Riches
Santiago
Sheriff of Nottingham
Splendor
Taluva
The Speicherstadt
TransAmerica
Trans Europa
Vikings
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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These games were recommended and I have run them before in the tournament.

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Should these games be included in the Optimal Boardgame Tournament described above, being strategic enough for a tournament, yet fast enough to finish in an hour even with rules explanations?
  Must be included Should be included Could be included Don't include Too short Too long
Bohnanza
Finca
Formula D
Jamaica
Kingdom Builder
Libertalia
San Juan
Smash Up
The Downfall of Pompeii
Ticket to Ride
Tokaido
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3. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:234]
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These are games that I've used in the tournament before.

Poll: Best One Hour Games
Should these games be included in the Optimal Boardgame Tournament described above, being strategic enough for a tournament, yet fast enough to finish in an hour even with rules explanations?
  Must be included Should be included Could be included Don't include Too short Too long
Alhambra
Buy Low Sell High
Cartagena
Colossal Arena
Elfenland
Eminent Domain
Factory Fun
Fearsome Floors
Hare & Tortoise
Dream Factory
I'm the Boss!
Ingenious
Istanbul
Medici
Modern Art
Niagara
Queen's Necklace
Qwirkle
Ra
Saint Petersburg
Show Manager
Snow Tails
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
6 nimmt!
The Bridges of Shangri-La
Thurn and Taxis
Tobago
Trains
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4. Board Game: Witch's Brew [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:686]
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Possible games, going through the list of highly rated games for 3 or more players.

Poll: Best One Hour Games
Should these games be included in the Optimal Boardgame Tournament described above, being strategic enough for a tournament, yet fast enough to finish in an hour even with rules explanations?
  Must be included Should be included Could be included Don't include Too short Too long
BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
Cacao
Clans
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
Ginkgopolis
K2
Medieval Academy
Medina
Meuterer
Oregon
Morels
Quantum
Rattus
Seasons
Witch's Brew
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5. Board Game: Quick Count [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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How many games should people be rating in the tournament to choose from to play?

Poll: Best number of games for the Optimal Board Game Tournament
How many games should people have to choose from?
Less than 10
10-14
15-19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55 or more
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