Games with Amazing Table Presence
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What makes a game have great table presence? What games have great table presence? This doesn't mean just ginormous games, or games of great length; some short games have great table presence.

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1. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1172]
Bill Eldard
United States
Burke
Virginia
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Beautifully sculpted buildings, and every city looks different. We never rush to dismantle the city after the game is over in order that we might admire it for a few more minutes.


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2. Board Game: Brass: Birmingham [Average Rating:8.61 Overall Rank:9]
Mark Kale
United States
South Carolina
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I've played this a lot and have had many people stop by and comment on it. The superb art and iron clays poker chips really make a nice setup.
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3. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:870]
Erik Dewey
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Oklahoma
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Adding this in.
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4. Board Game: The Climbers [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1143]
Dan
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The Climbers will get a lot of attention. People will wonder, "are those grown men playing with toy blocks?"




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5. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:340] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
Donald Dennis
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6. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:72]
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The last game convention I went to, I had over a dozen people approach me and my Crokinole board. Most were just curious what it was, and stuck around to watch a few games. A lot of them asked to play. I must've taught Crokinole to 6 or 7 new people in one day.

A lot of Crokinole boards are works of art worthy of being hung on a living room wall.

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7. Board Game: Cthulhu Wars [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:229] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
Donald Dennis
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While many miniatures games have great table presence, simply having miniatures is not enough. Sometimes it's scale, sometimes it is because the maps are also cool and things are pre-painted.

Cthulhu Wars may not come pre-painted, but it still has huge presence.
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8. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2381]
Donald Dennis
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South Carolina
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The tower is a centerpiece that draws in the eye, and provides sound effects as well!
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9. Board Game: Everdell [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:108]
Ian the Inexorable
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Fulshear
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The tree dominates, but the art is also excellent.
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10. Board Game: Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar – The Last Adventurer [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
Mark Kale
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This one is a softball. The 2nd edition production has tons of table presence.
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11. Board Game: Firefly: The Game [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:294]
Erik Dewey
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It takes over the table...

And annoys Don. arrrh
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12. Board Game: Flick 'em Up! [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:639]
Angela Lammers
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Sheboygan
Wisconsin
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Who doesn't want to try flicking those disks when they see this set up?
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13. Board Game: Gang Rush Breakout [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:8421]
Sean Torrens
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Myrtle Beach
South Carolina
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Fun game, easy to teach and grabs people's attention with the giant 3D bridge.
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14. Board Game: Gridopolis [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Donald Dennis
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Gridopolis has a great 3d structure that takes up a lot of table, and pulls people over to play with the bits. The table presence outweighs the gameplay, but in all it's a neat package.
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15. Board Game: Hamsterrolle [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1362]
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A strange kind of table presence to be sure, but wow does it catch your attention
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16. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:302] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Burbank
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Thread over.
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17. Board Game: Java [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:845]
Jeff Binning
United States
Rollinsville
Colorado
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Beautiful landscapes are created as the game progresses.

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18. Board Game: Lisboa [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:70]
Brett McLay
United States
South Burlington
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thumbsup Art and rubble. This game board stands out in its shades of antique blue. The rubble reflects the devastation of Lisbon (1755) using a tricolor of earthquake (brown), fire (red) and flood (blue) cubes. Yes, you want to repair the city and make it whole, no matter the complexity! A mesmerizing look as you dive in.
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19. Board Game: Medina (second edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1035]
Chris Talmadge
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Clinton
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20. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:560]
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The resin temples.
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21. Board Game: Mouse Trap [Average Rating:4.08 Overall Rank:17844]
Bill Eldard
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Since 1963, Mouse Trap has been labeled and marketed as a game, and yet those who have owned and played it know that there really isn't much of a game there. It's principal appeal is the assorted molded plastic items that go into forming the assembled mouse trap (no batteries needed). After several playings, most people resort to merely setting the whole Rube Goldberg-like contraption up, setting it in motion a few times, and then disassembling it. (From there, it's generally banishment to the back of the game closet, or the thrift store/garage sale.)

The game components are valued more than the game itself. If that's not 'table presence,' I don't know what is.



Mouse Trap is appropriately ranked at 17,158 on BGG, yet it's probably outsold 15,500 games of higher ranking. Considering its rating of 4.08, that seems to suggest that it's a tribute to the power of marketing.
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22. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:353]
Adrienne Dong
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Palo Alto
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Trees!
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23. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2363]
B. Perry
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Impossible to play this without people stopping to watch.
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24. Board Game: Pueblo [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1137]
Bill Eldard
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This is an oldie-butta-goodie for 2-4 players. Players take turns placing blocks on the board -- alternating between their own color and neutral tan -- to hide as much of their own color as possible from the Chief (the pawn) that moves around the board and looks down the row of whatever space he stops at.



About 15 years after having played my last game of Pueblo, I was able to purchase a copy in near-mint condition at PrezCon (Feb 2019), and my wife and I have enjoyed playing it 2-player with each other, and 3-player with a friend.
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25. Board Game: Rescue Polar Bears: Data & Temperature [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:2824]
Caroline Black
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Great table presence - no one can resist those cute polar bears. North Pole marker and boats pretty cool as well.
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