The Best Games You Haven't Played.
Paul Burkhard
United States
Fort Collins
Colorado
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TV Guide runs this type of column all the time, "The Best TV Shows you aren't watching." This is the BGG version.

Here are the addition rules:

1) Game should be an excellent game that you really enjoy playing, with strategy, depth, flavor, interesting game mechanics, or something that makes it stand out as one of your favorites.

2) Game should be relatively unknown, like with fewer than 10 or 20 ratings or comments on the BGG.

3) You have to have rated the game as at least an 8 or 9 on the BGG.

4) You can't be a Board Game Publisher trying to boost publicity for your undiscovered game.

I'll start the list with my current obscure favorite:
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1. Board Game: Coppertwaddle [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:10506]
Paul Burkhard
United States
Fort Collins
Colorado
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Just a wonderful game, in my opinion, dripping with theme. Play will require fairly extensive research of the rules and probably on the game's website, plus 5-7 games played before all of the different complexities of the game are understood. However, the game is *very* creative and the "background and history" on the game, available on the Coppertwaddle website, is amazing. It is hard to believe that this game is *not* hundreds of years old!

If you are willing to put time and effort into learning an intricate game, this is a wonderful game choice.

You can purchase this game fairly inexpensively from Surprised Stare Games online.
 
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2. Board Game: To the Green Fields Beyond [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:4400]
Jason Sato
United States
Tempe
Arizona
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The best wargame that I've ever played, and the only historical simulation that I've rated a 9. It's about the Battle of Cambrai, a surprisingly mobile battle from WWI. It features the first major use of tanks in battle, and the rules simulate that very well (including the problems of repairing those tanks when they broke down). This is a very complex game, but the chrome makes it all worthwhile.
 
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3. Board Game: Solitaire Frenzy [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4496]
Nate Sandall
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Okay I know there are more geeks out there who've played Nertz with standard decks of cards and have yet to rate it! C'mon people!
 
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4. Board Game: 1000 Blank White Cards [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:2836]
Scott Starkey
United States
Dayton
Indiana
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I wouldn't exactly say it's got depth, but as a fun party game, this can be a real hoot. You can't beat the price: a couple of bucks for a pack of index cards. The players start the game by making the cards -- including the amazing stick-figure artwork. Some blank cards are mixed into the pool, so players can create rules and counter-rules until the deck is exausted.

After the game, don't forget the epilogue, where players vote their favorite cards of the game to be used as the "starter deck" for the next game. Fun stuff.
 
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5. Board Game: Mhing [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2588]
Sean T
United States
Tucson
AZ
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This one is a little older and out of print, but I see you took down your rule stating the games had to be in print so I'll put it up here. If you've ever wanted to play mahjongg but got scared off by the scoring mechanism check out Mhing! The clever scoring takes a hand or two to understand, but is much easier to figure out than the broken english rules that often come with mahjongg sets. Anyone who likes rummy-style games with many different ways of scoring would like Mhing! too. While you can play with up to 6 (or is it 8?) people, it works better with four or less, and is really good with 2 or 3 since it allows you to go for the rarer, higher scoring hands. Its pretty easy to find on eBay for less than $5.
 
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6. Board Game: Visionary [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:4539]
SH W
Singapore
Singapore
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This is a game you play in teams. Each team is given a set of bulding blocks of different shape and sizes. Teams compete to build a given structure either against the clock or against one another. VERY VERY LOUD game. A definite must-have in any party/dexterity game collection. An added plus for me: the game is SDJ nominated in 1997.
 
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7. Board Game: Free Choice [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
Rich S.
United States
North Hollywood
California
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Love it, and no one else has heard of it.
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8. Board Game: Stage II [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:6572]
Chuck Uherske
United States
Rockville
Maryland
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It was fun determining the most appropriate selection for this list.

The game I'd rated 8, 9 or 10 that had the fewest BGG ratings was Pursue the Pennant. But that's a sister game of Dynasty League Baseball, and between them they had more ratings and comments.

Next consideration was What's That On My Head? -- but again, it's an offshoot of Code777, which also had a few more ratings.

This led me to Stage II, which seems to be reasonably unique -- and obscure.

And, it's the best trivia game I've ever played by a good margin. Out of date now, but outstanding trivia questions and avoids the 'do you know this or not' dichotomy of most trivia games, with its "guess the theme" element, most of which answers are undeniably sly.
 
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9. Board Game: Azuma [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:10586]
Brian
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BGG says 14 people own it, 9 have rated it, and I'm the only one playing it. I see it a lot on ebay though. (that's where I got it)

Azuma takes the game Spoons and tweaks it to make it more fun and less injury prone. The elimination element is gone and there is more scoring strategy. What little playing strategy there is lies in when to pass on which cards and which you should hold on to. I've played this in about 4-5 groups and everybody has loved it. Now if only I could remember to have everybody get their drinks off the table... last night I pushed someone's arm into a glass of ginger ale and it tipped onto a bowl of goldfish crackers that someone actually remembered to take off the table. At least the fish got a little swim...

 
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