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I've drastically slowed down my board game buying and realized what kinds of games work best for me, so I feel I'm ready to auction off the rest when I get time. This isn't going to be another "here's my 50 favorite eurogames list" - my group is entirely high schoolers, and gaming is typically a totally social event for us, so I like games that are quick and simple to explain and easy to socialize through. I do still like a few thinkier games and will hold on to a number of them, but even most of those are not super heavy by typical standards. I'm not cutting any expansions, including integrateable games, and some games I have to keep around because they were given to me as gifts (Exploding Kittens!!!!), so my count will still be a little over 50in the end, but I'll still be cutting around 30 games from my already somewhat selective collection. This list is just to help me organize my thoughts, so there will be little to no commentary, but I might leave a couple of comments.
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1. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:289] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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My favorite game ever. I've got almost every expansion and plan to pick up the rest soon, I can't imagine ever getting rid of this.
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2. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:141]
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One of my top games. Plain fun. I even like it better than Kemet, personally. Not even sure if Kemet will be making the cut for me.
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3. Board Game: Evo (second edition) [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1041]
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Same auction mechanic I love from Cyclades, plus dinosaurs and a great feeling of getting stronger and more unique as the game goes on. Love this.
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4. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:360]
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Never played a better dudes-on-a-map fighting game. This was one of the earliest games I bought and I haven't found its replacement yet.
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5. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:53] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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I like it about as much as everyone else. Which is to say, it belongs in EVERY collection.
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6. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2855]
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Ok, so I have rules for 20 games printed out with these pieces so this is sort of cheating, but I just love them. They're even coming with me on all my travels this summer.
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7. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:107]
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Another favorite. Could never part with this.
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8. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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Probably the only worker placement I'll keep, and definitely the only heavy euro I need. If you don't think this is heavy, try playi it with your 16-year-old kid... And 2-3 of their friends.
 
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9. Board Game: Tajemnicze Domostwo [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:453]
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10. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:449]
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The only people that I think love this game more than me is the rest of my group.
 
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11. Board Game: Abyss [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:332]
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Love how the economy build up, very unique and interesting.
 
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12. Board Game: Quo Vadis? [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1834]
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I love negotiation. I love simple and easy to teach. I can teach this in less than a minute, and it's nothing but negotiation. Pretty awesome.
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13. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:953]
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One of the coolest and most elegant abstracts out there, in my opinion. It's one of the few games I'm also particularly good at, though, so that might be part of why I love it so much...
 
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14. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:671] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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One of the first games I ever bought. Still a ton of fun, can't wait to make the Sharknado deck.
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15. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:143]
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16. Board Game: Council of Verona [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2124]
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My favorite filler. Not a fan of the art but otherwise an excellent game, even though I'm terrible at it.
 
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17. Board Game: Reverse Charades [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:3133] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Most of my friends are theater kids, so this is always a hit.
 
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18. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:189]
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19. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:447]
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20. Board Game: Mottainai [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:792]
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My plans so far have been very interesting, and I can't wait to get deeper into it.
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21. Board Game: Black Fleet [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:666]
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Great for family game nights. And beautiful art and pieces, as expected from Space Cowboys.
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22. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:358]
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23. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:401]
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Dirt simple and easy to carry. Excellent and light game to play during a conversation or something like that.
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24. Board Game: Tides of Time [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:883]
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Perfect quick and light 2p experience.
 
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25. Board Game: But Wait, There's More! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2775] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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Another one that's great with the theater kids.
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