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Games You'd Expect to Find in a Board Game Café
Kalle Miller
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There's a board game café opening in my town soon, and I'm sort of involved; I will be "working" there (I get "paid" in tea and play-time) as a game guide, teaching and recommending games to people. Now, I don't yet know what games the café will have in its collection, but I'm told it won't be huge initially.

So I started thinking - what games would I expect to find even in a smaller board game café collection - and this geeklist is a result of that pondering. It isn't (necessarily) about the greatest games in the world, but rather games you'd be surprised not to find. Feel free to add more games to the list, and hopefully it might even help the owners, or someone.
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1. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:15728]
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Mass market games + Abstract classics

Dumping them all here, because that's not really what I'm interested in. Still, for many people, this is what "board games" brings to mind, and I think that validates their inclusion even in a smaller board game café collection. What do you think?

Also, it would be nice if you'd add new mass market games and classic abstract games here as comments instead of as new entries to the geeklist. (But if you missed this, don't worry)

Mass market games:
Risk
Monopoly
Trivial Pursuit
Scrabble
Clue
(Also Afrikan tähti here in Finland, but the rest of you will probably find that a bit less essential)

Abstract classics:
Chess
Go
Backgammon
Mahjong
Standard playing cards
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:298] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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#1 on BGG in number of voters - that's something, right?

Many of the games I'll add to this list can be found on the most voted games list, with - let's see - Small World at #10 and 38K voters as the first one missing. To me, it just feels somehow less essential, though that might just be me getting old. Just go ahead and add it to the list, if you feel like it.

Somehow I ended up talking more about Small World than Catan - maybe because it is a much better game?
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:142] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Another very widely recognized game. And my gateway drug.
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Can't not have the granddad of deck builders, if you ask me.
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:22]
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6. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:16]
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:134] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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8. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:5]
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Currently ranked #2 on BGG (and having the current number one doesn't really make sense, I suppose?) but definitely not for everyone. I think some games just should be there for us nerds, though.
 
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9. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:44]
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10. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:48]
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11. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:75]
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12. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:220]
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13. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:33]
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14. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:237]
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15. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:341]
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16. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:189]
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17. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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18. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:53] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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For some reason, people like this.
 
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19. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:250] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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20. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:3609] [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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Not the greatest game, but I would still have it as it has its fans.
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21. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:2708] [Average Rating:6.05 Unranked]
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(Never played this but) see above.
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22. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:292]
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23. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:382]
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24. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:120]
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25. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:734]
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