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The following list are my favorite games released every year since my birth (1978). Most are board games, but there are a few RPGs included as they surpassed every game released in those years.

Some years won't surprise anyone, but others might.

My Selection Criteria:
1. I must have PLAYED the game.
2. Game must have been released in year being considered.
3. I did my very best to avoid expansions.

Personal Note: I'd be very interested to see other folks' lists.
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1. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1571]
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1978

It would be years before I could play it, but it's my current favorite from that year.
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2. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1756]
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1979

Would come to be a favorite all around. Discovered around the same time I discovered Battletech.
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3. Board Game: PAC-MAN Game [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:16302]
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1980

Slim pickings in this year for what I've played. But I remember having this game as a kid and all those marbles.
 
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4. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2148]
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1981

My first game from Steve Jackson. I LOVED it!
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5. Board Game: Illuminati [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2569]
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1982

Came to it later, but played it when it was a CCG. Great fun.
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6. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1406]
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1983

I was older than 5 when I discovered this one, but BOY did it take hold of my heart AND wallet.
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7. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3258]
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1984

My first taste of the Gamemaster series.
 
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8. Board Game: BattleTech [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:878]
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1985

An all-time favorite to this day.
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9. Video Game: The Legend of Zelda [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:84] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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1986

Hours...Days...WEEKS spent playing.
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10. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1458]
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1987

Years after release, I discovered it and enjoy playing it with my daughter.
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11. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2191]
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1988

That big d20 Alpha!!!
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12. RPG Item: Player's Handbook (AD&D 2e) [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:274]
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1989

On a Boy Scout campout, I saw this group of older boys playing a weird game around their campfire. My friend Les Weiler said, "They're playing D&D." I had no idea...but 27 years later, I'm still playing.
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13. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Captain's Edition Basic Set [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2315]
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1990

Brought SFB back to my table.
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14. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:638]
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1991

My #1 game of all time.
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15. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:729]
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1992

Slim pickings, but I've played this one and enjoyed it.
 
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16. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:149] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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1993

Between Magic and Warhammer...I remained poor through the 90's.
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17. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:268]
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1994

My second favorite GW game.

Honorable mention to Jyhad (Vampire: The Eternal Struggle) Card Game.
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18. Board Game: Necromunda [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:882]
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1995

My FAVORITE GW game, and 2nd favorite game of all-time.
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19. Board Game: Space Hulk (second edition) [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1908]
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1996

GW was on a roll with me.
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20. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:71]
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1997

Didn't play it in 1997, but have since and enjoyed.
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21. RPG Item: Vampire: The Masquerade (Revised Edition) [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:304]
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1998

I was already into V:TM by this time, but this edition perfected it.
 
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22. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:3482] [Average Rating:5.87 Unranked]
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1999

Slim pickings but the family enjoys it.
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23. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:142] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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2000

Fantastic game. One of my first true Euros.
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24. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:204]
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2001

Still carry this is my bag for a quick game.
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25. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:16]
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2002

This is the game that started me down the path of hobby gaming.
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