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I like games that truly embrace their subjects and also games that explore little used topics.

This list is mainly for my own tracking purposes, but others can have a look if they like.
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1. Board Game: Vikings: Long Ships in the Mist [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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covering the heart of the Viking Age, 800 to 950 AD. Players must carefully balance the two primary options they have each turn: plundering for quick riches; or attempting to settle and control provinces
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2. Board Game: The 2015 Election [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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British parliamentary elections. I enjoyed the 2010 version.
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3. Board Game: Berlin Airlift [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Simulation of the historic event.
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4. Board Game: Heart of Darkness [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Revisiting the venerable Source of the Nile. 2016 from Legion.
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5. Board Game: Wir sind das Volk! [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:532]
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Take the Cold War role of East or West Germany. Use your action cards to
* Build up your economy.
* Increase living standards.
* Avoid unrest.
* Win the contest for international prestige.
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6. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Détective Conseil: L'Homme Sans Visage [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
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The 20th investigation for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective.
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7. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:506]
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Churchill v. Roosevelt v. Stalin
All are working together to defeat the Axis Powers, but also striving to be the dominant one in the post-war period.
Driven by cardplay.
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8. Board Game: Imperios Milenarios [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:5427]
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each player leads an ancient civilization of the World, expanding its territories, improving its sciences and boosting its industries throughout the Ages. The game will last until a number of civilizations reach the Bronze or Iron Ages
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9. Board Game: Pax Pamir [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:1057]
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Pre-ordered. Events in "The Great Game"
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10. Board Game: The Silver Lion: The Great Battle of Tong Pass [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Han dynasty, August of the 211AD, CaoCao arrived in TongPass frontline facing the army of MaChao with his main troops. His sole purpose is to eliminate the force of XiLiang and conquer great land of the WestChina.
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11. Board Game: Ameritocracy [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Campaigning your way to the presidency via individual card decks
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12. Board Game: Plus Ultra: The Court of the Emperor Charles V [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:4157]
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multiple paths to the victory: you can trade with New World goods, finance the Church, start the conquest of The Americas, fight against other european nations... all of that based in a gameplay of selection of actions through 9 characters
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13. Board Game: Aguirre [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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about the last and most infamous Spanish expedition to find El Dorado
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14. Board Game: Mediterranean Empires [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:4581]
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struggles that took place on the Mediterranean shores in Ancient times before the Roman Empire made it a Roman lake
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15. Board Game: The Golden Wilderness [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:8037]
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California, from the Spanish explorers to the Gold Rush
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16. Board Game: Paris 1800 [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
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play as the great figures of the nineteenth century Romantic and Modern, to decide the future planning of the capital
 
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17. Board Game: Niña & Pinta [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:5472]
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Not sure yet, but seems to be an interesting look at the exploration of the Americas by the folks who invented History of the World (and many others)
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18. Board Game: Historia [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1003]
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player takes control of a realm in the eve of civilization. As ruler you shape the fate of your realm over the course of the centuries, trying with all your might to raise it high above all others. Your goal is to increase the four attributes of your realm, Stability, Power, Culture and Wealth
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19. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2246]
 
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17th century and you're captain of a Dutch, British, Spanish or Portuguese vessel. You get a letter from your king: Precious gems have been found in the East Indies!
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20. Board Game: Magus: Fortuna et nostis [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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each player plays as a hero and as a "Dungeon Master" at the same time
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21. Board Game: Archaeologia [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:6450]
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Step back into the archaeological period of the 1930s.
Dig into several strata and discover various eras : the Bronze Age, Prehistory, the Cretaceous and the Jurassic.
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22. Board Game: The Sands of Time [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:6175]
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Civilizational game played on an ancient map
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23. Board Game: Agamemnon [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3825]
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take on the roles of ancient Greek gods during the Trojan War.
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24. Board Game: Vikings on the Volga [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:10056]
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Not the usual Viking locations
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25. Board Game: Legends of the American Frontier [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:5626]
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live the life of a newly-minted citizen in the colonial days of America, starting just after the Revolutionary War in the 1780s and running through the early 1800s.
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