Top 50 Greatest Games Ever (according to me) 2nd Edition
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The 2nd Edition of my Top 50 Greatest Games Ever list. If you like Knizia or Teuber or Kramer or Sackson, then you'll like this list. If you like Feld or post-Agricola Rosenberg, there won't be much here for you. Most of the games on this list have streamlined rules, heavy player interaction, and play in under an hour.

Honorable mention to the EXIT: The Game series. I've played a few escape room games and they are my favorite. But, because you can only play each game once, I wasn't sure where they fit. It's a great series though.
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1. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:183] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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#50 Small World

A deterministic combat system, combined with a variety of race and special powers made Vinci a unique area control game. Days of Wonder took an already excellent game and tweaked it into an even better one.
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2. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:648]
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#49 Domaine

Really nasty classic from Teuber. This gets the slight edge over Lowenherz because it plays in less time.
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3. Board Game: Quo Vadis? [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1715]
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#48 Quo Vadis?

An older Knizia that was new to me this year. An excellent negotiation game that I wish I had given a chance to earlier.
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4. Board Game: Pharaoh Code [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:6793]
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#47 Pharao Code

A math exercise disguised as a game. Shouldn't be fun, but it is... at least for my math loving family.
 
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5. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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#46 7 Wonders

I didn't expect to like this game because I thought the scoring was going to be fiddly and the player interaction limited. While the scoring is kind of fiddly, it's not too bad. And, the drafting adds a lot more interaction between the players than I thought it would. I like it best with 3-4 players, with more than that I feel you are playing a different game than most of the people at the table.
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6. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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#45 Citadels

Role selection game from Faidutti. Not for everyone, a lot of people can't handle when they are targeted by the assassin, but it's awesome with the right group. I always play with the rules for a shorter game.
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7. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1088]
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#44 Backgammon

It's been around for thousands of years for a reason. There's luck in the dice, yet that doesn't stop a more experienced player from beating a lesser opponent the majority of the time.
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8. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
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#43 Shadows over Camelot

A game that probably wouldn't make this list without the traitor. Even when a game ends up with no traitor, the fact that there could have been one really adds to the tension. A beautiful production from Days of Wonder.
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9. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:369]
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#42 Schotten-Totten

I like this design better without the special powers of Battle Line.
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10. Board Game: The Quest for El Dorado [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:432]
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#41 The Quest for El Dorado

The second new-to-me, and the newest, Knizia to make the list. Knizia's take on deck-building, it's a race game that feels like one of his older family weight designs, even though the mechanics are new for him.

Robbed of the SdJ, a much better game than Kingdomino.
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11. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1504]
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#40 Scrabble

This old word game still holds up nicely today.
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12. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1071]
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#39 Ave Caesar

Great race game. Too bad it's out of print.
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13. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1538]
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#38 Heimlich & Co.

Hidden identity game from Kramer. A game of bluff where you play your opponents as much as you do the game. The special cards in newer editions just make the game longer, not better.
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14. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:930]
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#37 I'm the Boss!

A negotiation game with a bunch of take that from Sid Sackson. What's not to like?
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15. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
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#36 Diamant

Not the best push your luck game, but the best one that plays eight. It's a great at any number over four though.
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16. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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#35 For Sale

A better gateway game than Ticket to Ride. It's even simpler and because it's so short you can play again right after people get through the game once.
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17. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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#34 King of Tokyo

I think this would be higher if I got to play it more. I'm not big on expansions, but Power Up! adds a lot to the base game since you start with some special abilities right off the bat.
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18. Board Game: The Rose King [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:995]
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#33 Rosenkonig

Underrated in the Kosmos line of two player games. Great game face-to-face, it's also probably the most played game on my phone.
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19. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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#32 San Juan

I didn't care that much for Puerto Rico, so it was awhile before I gave this game a chance. Glad I did, because although there are similarities between the two, they really don't play anything alike.

San Juan hadn't come off the shelf in a few years because I thought for a long time that Race for the Galaxy was better and played that instead. I was wrong. After playing the two games about the same amount the last 2-3 years, I realized San Juan is better. Enough so, that Race has left the collection.
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20. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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#31 Survive!

Can't play this with people that will get mad about being fed to sharks...
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21. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:402]
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#30 Torres

Kiesling & Kramer's best action point game. Tikal use to be that for me, it always runs too long though. Torres, on the other hand, plays in an hour.
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22. Board Game: Lost Cities: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:938]
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#29 Lost Cities: The Board Game

This is also for the original Lost Cities card game. Enough has been written these two games, not much I can add except I think both are great.
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23. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:560]
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#28 Liar's Dice

Classic bluff game. Great game for a big group... OF LIARS!
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24. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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#27 Can't Stop

A push your luck game from Sackson. It's a great feeling when you run through a full column in one turn.
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25. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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#26 Durch die Wuste

A Knizia abstract with pastel camels. You place two camels per turn, that's all you're doing. So why are the choices so difficult?
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