Mount Rushmore -- My All Time Favorite Board Games
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I try to maintain a bit of distance when reviewing and rating games, describing them to friends, reporting the strengths and weaknesses, etc. But this list is for my favorite games -- the ones that if I ruled the world, would be played every week. I seem to always enjoy every session, and never get tired of them. We will see how the list changes and if many plays cause a game to get old. I'm not one that's usually able to get a lot of plays of any one game. For me, getting 5 plays is a lot. 10 is a ton.
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1. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:9]
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The champ. My favorite. When I play this game, the time flies and I wonder how each game will go. I would love to be in a serious group that plays this game (to win) every week, like a poker group. But it seems these days we are all addicted to trying so many games.

I highly recommend the use of dice bags for the 1,2,3 tiles, and a tricked out player mat overlay (mine are from BoardgameBoost).
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2. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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Not only one of my favorites, but perhaps my entry for "The Best," as in objectively deserving of consideration for the "Greatest of All Time" award. This one has stood the test of time and is still a blast to play.
 
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3. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:51]
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Enjoy it every time -- the "pick up meeples" mancala mechanic means each turn brings a sensation of "hmmm, what will I decide to do?" Would never get tired of it.
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4. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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I knew I loved this after only 2 plays. Would play again and again. It's a game that's almost as fun to administer as it is to play. It has such a rhythm that keeps going to a fairly rapid conclusion.
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5. Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:10]
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Just a really fun, awesome game that I'm always up for.
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