Games that passed the Test-of-Time (2018 edition)
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People complain that BGG ranks are dominated by "cult of the new" effect. Unfortunately, it's difficult to prove whether the effect is real or not. So instead of trying to prove the existence of effect, let's look at games that already passed the test-of-time.

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Rule for Test-of-Time : For each game, I simply count the number of games that are ranked above the game which was released within 10-11 years from its release year. This way, I can estimate the rank of a game 10 years after its release. If this estimated rank is within top 100, I consider that the game has passed the test of time.


For example, Twilight Struggle was released in 2005. And currently, Gloomhaven (2017), Pandemic Legacy Season 1 (2015) and Through the Ages: A new story of civilization (2015) are ranked above TS. Among those three games, PL and TTA (2nd edition) counts since they were released on or before 2015. On the other hand, Gloomhaven doesn't count since it's released more than ten years after TS's release. So TS has two games ranked above which were released within ten years from its release. In other words, TS's estimated rank at 2015 is 3 and thus it passed the test-of-time.

For games released before 1998, I treat them as if they were released in 1998. The list is ordered by a game's release year.
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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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Release Year: -2200
Estimated Rank at 2008: 31
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2. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Release Year: 1876
Estimated Rank at 2008: 17
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3. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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Release Year: 1964
Estimated Rank at 2008: 58
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4. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:215]
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Release Year: 1979
Estimated Rank at 2008: 59
 
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5. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:225] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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Release Year: 1980
Estimated Rank at 2008: 63
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6. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Release Year: 1981
Estimated Rank at 2008: 13
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7. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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Release Year: 1982
Estimated Rank at 2008: 66
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8. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:210] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Release Year: 1985
Estimated Rank at 2008: 54
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9. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
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Release Year: 1986
Estimated Rank at 2008: 46
 
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10. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:186]
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Release Year: 1986
Estimated Rank at 2008: 50
 
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11. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:337]
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Release Year: 1990
Estimated Rank at 2008: 96
 
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12. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Release Year: 1991
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13. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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Release Year: 1992
Estimated Rank at 2008: 67
 
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14. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Release Year: 1993
Estimated Rank at 2008: 45
 
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15. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:248]
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Release Year: 1994
Estimated Rank at 2008: 72
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16. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
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Release Year: 1994
Estimated Rank at 2008: 97
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17. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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Release Year: 1995
Estimated Rank at 2008: 11
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18. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Release Year: 1995
Estimated Rank at 2008: 81
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19. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
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Release Year: 1995
Estimated Rank at 2008: 91
 
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20. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:135]
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Release Year: 1996
Estimated Rank at 2008: 36
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21. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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Release Year: 1997
Estimated Rank at 2008: 15
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22. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:171]
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Release Year: 1998
Estimated Rank at 2008: 48
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23. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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Release Year: 1999
Estimated Rank at 2009: 25
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24. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Release Year: 1999
Estimated Rank at 2009: 45
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25. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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Release Year: 1999
Estimated Rank at 2009: 75
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