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I just made a purchase of some games with a focus on filling out some perceived holes in my collection. This got me thinking about the various archetypal game types, and which ones I own.

Please feel free to add additional types or games that are better than the ones I picked.
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1. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
 
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Card Drive War Games

This is one of the new games I just purchased. It was either this or Paths of Glory, which may be a better game, but Hannibal looks like it would get to the table more often.
 
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2. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
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Co-Op Game

Another new game. While I wanted a Co-Op game, I hope the traitor gives this game some conflict.
 
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3. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:397]
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Horror

Too bad Holloween has already passed.
 
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4. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:669]
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Easy to teach

The last of the new additions. Blokus also fits this bill, but this got me free shipping
 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Gateway Game

I know a lot of non-gamers and had hoped that a good gateway game could be used to recruit them. Sadly, Ticket to Ride hasn't really fit this bill.
 
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6. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Heavy Euro

In my opinion you don't need too many of this type of game in part because Puerto Rico scratches this itch nicely.
 
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7. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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Auction Game

I don't play too many straight auction games as they often just feel like an exercise in game theory, but got to have at least one in the collection.
 
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8. Board Game: Panzergruppe Guderian [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1743]
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Hex and Counter War Game

Every gamer should try a hex and counter war game at least once. This one in particular has simple rules, plays fast and gives me the feel that I am directing an armored spearhead.
 
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9. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:300]
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Block War Game

While this has been in my collection for a while, I have recently been able to use it to convert a former risk player. Now we play every other Tuesday and on line with F2F in between.
 
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10. Board Game: De Bellis Antiquitatis [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1828]
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Miniature War Game

The size of DBA makes it easy to have a few armies without a big capital cost, while the simple rules make it pretty easy to teach.
 
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11. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:499]
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Negotiation Game

I think this works best via e-mail.
 
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12. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
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Train Game

The length of this game keeps it off the table, which is a shame.
 
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13. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Long Strategy Game

I have yet to get this to the table and 1830 (which also doesn't get to the table) already fit this slot, but when the reprint came out how could I say no.
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14. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:501]
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Party Game

Not a huge fan of party games, so I had to get one that had a gamer slant.
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15. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:908]
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Race Game

I am a motor sports fan so I also have Formula De, but this one gets played more.
 
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16. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:999]
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Light Filler

Hated this when I first played it, but now I like it three player.
 
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17. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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CCG

Don't play this much anymore.
 
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18. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Trading Game

While I don't own this, I do play it a ton on XBox live. Mostly solo as there aren't many people on line.
 
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19. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:468]
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All Against One

Just finished a fun game through Cyberboard and hope to get it to the table as well.
 
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20. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:800]
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Changeable Rule Game

Everyone should own this game, and play it as close to the Eon rules as you game.
 
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21. Board Game: Dynasty League Baseball [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:3460]
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Sports Game

Tried and failed to play a couple of complete Cubs season with this game.
 
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22. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:390]
 
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Tile Laying Game

I like Hunters the best of the Carcassonne games I have played.
 
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23. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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Solo

Sometimes, nobody else is around.

Can also be played multiplayer, of course.
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