After two years of modern boardgaming - what's my favorites
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Around this time two years ago I decided to start up a gaminggroup. We're called Brætspilsklubben and it consists of 14 members, whom on/off takes part in my monthly gamingsessions.

Four of us regularly have gamed since way back, but the other ten haven't and thus entered the world of nerdier games.

My wife & our kids (ages 10 & 12) finds gaming fun too, and will happily play when there's time beside all the other family-stuff. My wife and I also have the chance of playing with good friends when being able to be with them.

I've added my top rated games onto this list, every game i rated with a score higher than eight have been added. Please feel free to add your thoughts/opinions.

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1. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:46]
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Eldritch Horror has to be my favourite game. Due to the theme, the tension it creates and the overall feeling when playing this. One of the few games I (yet) have soloed. Soonish my kids will also get to play it. I think they will like the Indiana Jones vibe of the game.

I don't think my gaminggroup is as keen on it as I, but it will hit the table again this year. We've played it twice and won one game (the first).
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2. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:63] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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I really liked how this game evolves, and the excitement - is there a traitor or not? Tough game, but rewarding. I think my kids will have to wait a bit before playing it, however someone told me it works nice with only two players in coop mode, so I'll have to introduce it to my wife. Or vice versa.

This is popular in my group, we will have to play it soon again. Played it with a sixth player the first time, wich was too much downtime. I wont go there again.
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3. Board Game: Secret Hitler [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:194]
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Yes I'm well aware of the controversial theme, but I think when put into the context of pre-2ndWW state of Germany, the game actually is very well thought through. Enough said.
This game is really funny. We'd a blast playing this, but it requires larger groups, so when we are eight or more attending gamenight, it will be played.
 
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:115] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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This beautiful TtR game came as a surprise to me. I played it at Bastardcafeen in Copenhagen with my son and one of his mates. We had a blast. I think it has all the goodies from the other TtR games put into this nice box. I'll have to obtain it for myself when I get free space on my shelfes.
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5. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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I only have tried this twice and that on the same gamenight. But it really made a huge impact on me. I really liked the social aspect and the traitorous side of it. I'd really like to play more of this. The kids have to be a bit older before the really understand the english enough to play, but when they hit 13-14 years?
 
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6. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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Now Robinson Crusoe is very hard and really fun at the same time. I've only played it with my daughter, who also enjoyed it very much. Maybe I should introduce it to my gaminggroup soon? Great, thematic game.
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7. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:297]
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This was as piratey (?) as a game can be. Dealing out money, knives in the backs, stealing, looting and whatnot. Great game, I really wan't to play this much more.
My gaminggroup really enjoyed it as well. I think it also fit larger groups better than smaller, but who knows?
 
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8. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:84]
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I have played A Game of Thrones a handful of times now and won twice. I enjoy the social/backstabbing side of this game. It has a lot of strategy to it yet focusing at your neighbours helps a lot. The theme also appeals to my gaminggroup, where the former non-gamers wants to play it.
I've played Diplomacy twice before, but to me A Game of Thrones is better.
 
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9. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Everyone loves Stone Age, even my wife after a reluctant first play, wich she ended up winning. I haven't acquired the expansion, but probably should since we often are five or more in my gaminggroup.
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10. Board Game: Near and Far [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:148] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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The storytelling in this game is great. There is so much to explore here, and a must to introduce my kids to. However I'm unsure wether it will fit into my gaminggroup. Mayhaps I will bring this with me on our next vacation.
 
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11. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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This is my favourite co-op game with my kids. And easily better than Pandemic. I really enjoy the theme in FP Fire Rescue. Come to think of it, I haven't played it with people who disliked it. As a sidenote, I know a unit of firefighters, who adjusted it a bit, and play it for the excercise.
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12. Board Game: Magic Maze [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:335]
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I quickly found MM to be very fun. With friends and family it has been a blast to play. Although it's in silence, the group dynamic works very well - most of the time. When it don't it's hilarous. My kids enjoy it very much also, but I havn't yet introduced it to my gaming group. Should have won the Spiel price.
 
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13. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:113]
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Splendor is a really great game, I've played this more than a hundred times. I've played it a couple of times with my gaming friends and we've introduced it to most of my family. The kids even introduced their own winning strategy. Great and simple game really enjoy it.
 
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14. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:501]
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It's the best partygame I've ever tried. So much fun, so much laughter. It works fine for kids and adults too. Took the game with me, when my kids were on a scoutcamp, and introduced it to a group of adult scouts. We had a blast.
 
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15. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:184] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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I really enjoy Small World. The changing powers, the fun, the fastness. Everything just works with this family- and gamegroup-friendly game. I think it was one of the games some of my nongamerfriends-now-turned-gamer-friends went out and bought after we played it the first time.
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16. Board Game: Herbaceous [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:960]
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A superb fillergame. My wife loves it, and my gaminggroup also tried it one of the gamingnights. Fun, quick & beautiful.
 
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17. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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I've only played this once, and whoa Puerto Rico is a great game, loads of things to do, and you can easily mess up your opponents. I think it will fit my kids wishes well.
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18. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:227]
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This is just hilarious. Throwing dies and having a laughter. Both of my kids enjoy it very much. I haven't tried King of New York yet, but one of my friends thrifted it for 25 dkr wich is around 4$ or 3€. Nicely catch.
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19. Board Game: Tiny Epic Galaxies [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:234]
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Despite the silly name, I really enjoy this game. Loads of playerinteraction and relatively quick to play. Haven't tried the expansion yet, but probably should sooner than later. And I think it's my top space game, not that I've tried that many.
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20. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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So much fun with Dominion. I should get one of the expansions to see some variation. Anyway it hits the table relatively often. Especially my youngest likes it. We've played it since he was eight.
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21. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Fun fillergame. Maybe the best auctiongame? For Sale goes up to six players, and thus it comes to the table much and in different circumstances like familyevents/gamingnights/Kids having friends over.
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22. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Really good game, on the heavier side math-wise. It has been awhile since my last playthrough, but good game. My kids liked it much to my surprise.
 
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