Top 10 Non-Top 1000 in Jan 2017
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Two months in a row, I recent record!

After the last one, most people thought 1,000 would be a good cut off. Not sure, but 750 seemed still too 'popular' now a days. So, let's start there.

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One thing I dislike about some people's monthly lists, is after a while they stop explaining their reasoning behind them. So, if you've read mine before (or you don't care) you can skip on to the list now. But, here's the full why:

IMHO, some games are good because others say they are good. And so get more play; "all these people are playing this game, let's play it". While other good games sit around with little notice because they aren't being talked about. So, a few years ago I decided to start looking at those games that are getting played a lot that AREN'T part of the top 200. You may ask why top 750 and not 300? Or for that matter 500? 'Because'.

IMO, if a lot of different people are playing a game, it must have some value to someone somewhere. That's not to say that the Top 200 AREN'T good games or there aren't games out there that are good that aren't getting any play. I'm just trying to show some games out there that different people are playing 'because they are fun' and not just because they have the best press. Over the past couple months, I've gotten a couple comments about 'well these are on BSW (or what not)'. To that I have to say "ah but you have heard of [them].." Again, I'm not saying there aren't MORE good games out there.

I've also had a suggestion about adding weight to longer games. A complaint is that these are short (filler) games because people are more likely to play shorter games. Well, isn't that the point? Showing some games that people in your group might be willing to play. Plus, I'm doing it on number of users playing it, not number of times. IMHO The length of a game does not measure enjoyment. For my gaming tastes I get more enjoyment playing 3-6 different games in the same time the other table is playing one game of TI3.

Obviously, expansions skew this. It's just going by how they were logged. So, if someone logged Niagara while others logged the game under spirits, it's just got Niagara.

So, here's some 'good' press for games that may not be showing up on 'top lists'.

I'm allowing additions, but let's keep it to those games that are good (to your group), get played a lot on BGG (you decide), but aren't ranked in the Top 750.

My HM are games that look interesting that just stay under these 10 or that I've played recently and are just outside the top 10. I've also added a Top1500 HM and Top2500 HM. The most played (by different users, not number of times) that is ranked higher then 500 and 1000 and not on this list already.

I had had a couple lists by weight, but since this is 100 eye balling manual through the game stats page, I've dropped those.

I must say each month I had gone ahead and picked up a few games off of this list and for the most part have been VERY pleased. Most people in the group are buying the top games and I've been adding to the game library by adding these gems. The lone exception really was Poison. I some how thought there would be more to that game then counting to 13.
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1. Board Game: SeaFall [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1702]
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SeaFall has been played 1371 times by 639 people.

It's not a game I ma interested in, BUT it's played at my Friday night game every week by other players.

 
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2. Board Game: Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:980] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia played 1066 times by 569 people
 
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3. Board Game: Villages of Valeria [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:910]
 
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Villages of Valeria played 882 times by 512 players.

Lng play time, or not worth replays?
 
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4. Board Game: Exploding Kittens [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3908] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Exploding Kittens 922 plays by 443 people

Yawn.

But, YMMV.
 
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5. Board Game: Dream Home [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:790]
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Dream Home 698 plays by 414 home builders

Someone in my group has gotten this, would like to try.

 
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6. Board Game: ICECOOL [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:783] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
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Ice Cool 775 391


Hear good things
 
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7. Board Game: Fuji Flush [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1833]
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Fuji Flush 1271 3plays by 930 people?

Only 390? quick play?
 
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8. Board Game: Fields of Green [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:763]
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Fields of Green 541 plays by 368 field people
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9. Board Game: La Granja: No Siesta [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1248]
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La Granja: No Siesta 612 plays by 356 people

Confused, is this a stand alone?
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10. Board Game: Hanamikoji [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:255]
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Hanamikoji was played 888 times by 348 people
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11. Board Game: New Angeles [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:873]
 
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New Angeles played 295 times by 264 people.

Longer game, I'd like to try.
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12. Board Game: Power Grid: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1521]
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Power Grid: The Card Game played 331 times by 247 players (including me)

Enjoyable offspring.
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13. Board Game: Lotus [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1305]
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Top plays 1,500 and above

Villages of Valeria 882 512
Exploding Kittens 922 443
Fuji Flush 1271 390
La Granja: No Siesta 612 356
Herbaceous 855 308
Cards Against Humanity 654 282
One Deck Dungeon 813 265
Joking Hazard 415 265
Lotus 412 260
Escape Room: The Game 377 251
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14. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:187] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
 
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Kingdomino 1658 674
Kanagawa 1166 653
Adrenaline 867 645
SeaFall 1371 639
Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia 1066 569
Cottage Garden 913 547
First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express 897 529
Villages of Valeria 882 512
Fabled Fruit 1336 486
Exploding Kittens 922 443
 
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15. Board Game: One Deck Dungeon [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:508] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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One Deck Dungeon 1394 plays by 414 people

Repeated play over the month or lots of plays in one sitting?
 
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