My Top 10 Games after 4 years in the hobby
Sam Palmer
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After roughly 4 years in the board gaming hobby here are my Top 10 games of all time (as of 27/4/17). Most of our gaming is on Thursday night at our weekly games night with around 6 to 8 regular players. They tend to like gaming in one group so heavier games with lower player counts are out on Thursday’s. Once every couple of weeks we organise a heavier games night or if someone wants to play a particular meaty game. And when I can convince my partner to play games we get a small group together for some lighter entry level games. The players really make or break a game therefore this list represents the top 10 games that work for me and my friends / fellow gamers.
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1. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:829] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
Sam Palmer
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Honorary mentions

Yomi
Camel Up
Colt Express
Risk Legacy
Keyflower
Imperial Settlers
7 Wonders
Shadows Over Camelot

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2. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:136]
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Love the real time ship building then watching your work of art get ripped apart on its shipping mission. Do you build as fast as you can to put pressure on the other ship builders, or do you spend the time to make each part worthwhile on your ship? Do you make a slow hulking death ray machine or a fast nimble cargo carrier? Do you go all out on crew or have more batteries than a Nintendo Gameboy convention? I have the first big expansion and mission pack waiting in the wings for when we start to tire of the base game.
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3. Board Game: Lords of Vegas [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:362]
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Great alternative to monopoly. Quite luck driven but suits the Vegas theme. At first sight it looks a bit dry and dull but the gameplay powers through that. I have been told the expansion is quite good but it is hard to locate in New Zealand
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4. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:288] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Even though we play resistance Avalon and secret Hitler allot more this is my favourite social deduction game. Quick rounds allow for meta’s to develop in one gaming session. Just got the daybreak expansion and am looking forwards to trying out some new roles.
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5. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:441]
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Favourite real time game, with captain sonar a close second. Win/loss rate about 50%. We generally play at least 3 games in a session, working better as a team each time. Great to put the soundtrack into the stereo and blast the volume to add more tension to the game.
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6. Board Game: Quartermaster General [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:709]
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Thematic WW2, plays 2 to 6 (best at 6), quick to play. Being a WW2 history Buff this game popped onto my radar and I was glad I intercepted it. Easy to learn and plays quick, easy to get two games in one session in. The 4 player Greek version “Victory or Death” is another great title from the same vein.
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7. Board Game: Viticulture Essential Edition [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:18]
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Even though I have only got 3 plays in so far this is now my Favourite worker placement game. Beats out Agricola, lords of water deep and AOE 3. The theme would be something I would not normally be interested in but it works well in this game. It is beautiful to look at, easy to learn, multiple paths to score points and is not super stressful ala Agricola. The best purchase of 2017 so far and has made me consider Scythe.
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8. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:573] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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Zombies, cheesy B rate movies, 2 to 6 players, dice chucking, creates a unique story each play. Not a masterpiece mechanically or rules wise, But just plain silly fun. My favourite Zombie themed game. Also own all expansions including the alien version. Can’t wait to get a mega game in – Zombies Vs Humans Vs Aliens.
 
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9. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:110]
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So much variety, so much craziness, always a good time. We generally play it with 7 to 8 players and the house rule that you only get one encounter per turn. Sometimes you only get one turn per game, but who really cares. Defiantly a game that if played with the same group, Meta’s develop and change. Probably one of our most played games.
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10. Board Game: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:86] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
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My word this game…. Is the Alien Franchise to a tee. Other than Galaxy trucker this game is the most fun to lose at. Speaking of losing, this game has it in droves. Our win rate is probably only 30% and that’s on easy mode! I have the expansion and the predator version in the same box (quite heavy) which gives us many options. GET this if you like the Alien movies.
 
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11. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:27]
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My Favourite board game of all time (as of 2017). Just seems to have a little bit of everything – card drafting, area control, hidden goals, combat, multiple paths to victory. The game itself is gorgeous and it helps that I have painted the minis. I have the mystics of midguard expansion but have not played it as we still love the base game. Because of this game I auto backed Rising Sun.
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