I want to know everyone's #1 in different categories
Jessie Giffin
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I made a list asking everyone's #1 game, but that is really limits people's choices. So with this I ask people's choices in different categories. Here are the categories I'm going to ask, I'll give my top 2 in each.



1. Area Control
2. Co-op
3. Dungeon Crawl
4. Deck Builder
5. Press your luck
6. Take That
7. Hand Drafting
8. Worker Placement
9. Thematic game
10.Abstract game
11.Dice game
12.Card game

Many of my games on this list cross over, like I have an area control game that is also a deck builder, but I tried to put the game to what category is the biggest in the game. Feel free to your own, if you don't want to do every category or add new categories go right ahead.
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1. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:21]
Jessie Giffin
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Idaho
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#1 Area Control-This game has you playing as Vikings tribe fighting each other during Ragnarok (the Viking's version of the rapture). This game is just so satisfying to play
 
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2. Board Game: Tyrants of the Underdark [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:272]
Jessie Giffin
United States
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#2 Area Control-This is an area control game with a deck builder mechanic, plus it has a Forgotten Realms Drow family killing each other theme
 
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Jessie Giffin
United States
Idaho
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#1 co-op-This is a co-op where you fight four disease's before they destroy the world. The game runs out of control really fast on you. The game is tough, but you feel great if you win together.
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4. Board Game: Aeon's End [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:178] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Jessie Giffin
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Idaho
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#2 co-op-This is a co-op deck builder that has you working together to beat a big monster attacking the village. You need to hurry up, the monster doesn't go slow destroying
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5. Board Game: Clank! In! Space! [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:229]
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#1 Dungeon Crawl-This is a great dungeon crawl game with a deck builder. This is a game everyone that plays it, loves it.
 
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6. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:76]
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#2 Dungeon Crawl-This game is the best game of this style I ever played. The only reason it's #2 is the length of it.
 
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7. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:700] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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#1 Deck builder-There are many other deck builders in other categories I like more, but those are games that are something else plus a deck builder. This is #1 because my wife and I play this together more than any other game we have.
 
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8. Board Game: Resident Evil Deck Building Game: Alliance [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2756] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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#2 Deck Builder-This game plays like Dominion, but it has the added element of having to kill monsters in a central deck for points
 
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9. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
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#1 Press your luck-I have this game under it's old name Incan Gold. You press your luck to get the most gems over five rounds
 
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10. Board Game: Welcome Back to the Dungeon [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1189] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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#2 Press your luck-You press your luck putting monsters in a dungeon or pulling equipment away. Last one to pass has to take the adventurer and remaining equipment into the dungeon to fight all the monsters
 
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11. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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#1 Take That-This is the best take that, variable player power game you can play. This is a game everyone should try
 
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12. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1444] [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
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#2 Take That-This is a fun game where you want your people to die very miserable and make everyone else happy. The take that comes when you make people happy
 
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13. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:340]
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#1 Hand Drafting-This is a very simple hand drafting game. You just go for the best sushi sets
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14. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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United States
Idaho
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#2 Hand Drafting-This is the best hand drafting game you can get, the only reason this is #2 is Sushi Go is shorter so it gets played more often.
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15. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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United States
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#1 Worker Placement-This is a great worker placement where you lead you caveman tribe to build hut, gather food, and supplies.
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16. Board Game: Tiny Epic Western [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1101]
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United States
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#2 Worker Placement-This little game is a very simple worker placement that also has you play poker against the other player and having dice shoot outs.
 
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17. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:533] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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United States
Idaho
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#1 Thematic Game-This is a zombie B movie made into a game. Great art and components. Just a great cheesy game
 
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18. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:348]
Jessie Giffin
United States
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#2 Thematic Game-This is probably the best video game converted to a board game. It captures the feel of the video game perfectly
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19. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2387]
Jessie Giffin
United States
Idaho
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#1 Abstract-just like the games motto "a minute to learn, a lifetime to master." It so true.
 
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20. Board Game: Onitama [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:177]
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United States
Idaho
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#2 Abstract-this game plays so simple. The game is always different because the way your pieces move ever turn changes
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21. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:227]
Jessie Giffin
United States
Idaho
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#1 Dice Game-This is the game that's Yahzee on steroids. Dice throwing for points and beating up on each other's funny monsters
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22. Board Game: Dragonwood [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1652]
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United States
Idaho
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#2 Dice Game-This game you play cards to buy dice to them use to beat monsters. Cute and more strategic than it appears at first play through
 
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23. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Jessie Giffin
United States
Idaho
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#1 Card Game-This is a great two player card game. You have to get the most card sets in five different categories
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24. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1626]
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United States
Idaho
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#2 Card Game-This little pirate card game is simple you draw a card or play a card. This game works best with a big group playing it.
 
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25. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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Best. Game. Ever!
Therefore also best in the abstract category.
Been around for millennia but still fresh and the hot topic in ai research.
 
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