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Rich Croton
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In my local game shop, people regularly ask, "Why are there so many games about vikings/penguins/sheep/pirates/etc?"

The usual reply is: "Any game is made better when you add vikings/penguins/sheep/pirates/etc."

It got me thinking about what things make a game better for me and which games these apply to.

Please let me know what things make a game better for you.
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The quality of the pieces:

Carcassonne epitomises this for me. I love games with wooden or metal playing pieces rather than moulded plastic.

This also applies to the quality of the board used for the tiles - after hundreds of games, there's still no sign of any scuffing on the pieces.
 
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2. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:377]
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Great game mechanics:

I played this for the first time at this year's GenCon UK. Every five minutes someone sat round the table would comment on the innovative mechanics.

In theory, a game about archeology should be really dull. But, the mechanics used in Thebes make this my personal favourite game of 2007.
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3. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:320]
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Playing co-operatively:

I love games like this, where everyone (or at least most people) are trying to beat the board rather than the other players.

I was torn between using SoC and Descent as an example (I love both games). I think that Shadows has the edge purely on the quality.

Whilst I love co-operative games, at SoC I'm always the traitor. Seriously, in over 80 games I've been the traitor in all but 8 games!
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4. Board Game: Dork Tower [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:7783]
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A sense of humour:

Any game that makes me laugh has to be good. I still chuckle every time someone is subjected to one of the curses of bad television reception! (Even when it's me.)

I love this game for another reason... When one of my friends insists that Talisman is a great game, I point out that Dork Tower is the game Talisman wishes it could be. They still can't tell if I'm being serious. Personally I'd rather play this one.
 
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Gilly the Perky Goth:

Dork Tower reminded me, I bought this game purely because it has a picture of John Kovalic's Gilly! So games must be better if they have her!
 
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Memories:

Grave Robbers From Outer Space is at best an average game... It improves with the application of beer. (Hmmm, perhaps I've got another category there!) What makes this game better for me is that it reminds me of the first GenCon UK that I went to, in 2002.

I was there to play in a Raw Deal CCG tournament. Also there (as the rules guru for Raw Deal) was a certain Zev Shlasinger. After playing against Zev, in my most enjoyable game of Raw Deal ever, he somehow persuaded me to buy a copy of this new game made by Z-Man Games. As a result, this game brings back pleasant memories of when I found CCGs enjoyable.
 
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7. Board Game: Waldmeister [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:7109]
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Badgers!

I feel that any game would be improved by including badgers. Imagine my joy when I discovered that my copy of Waldmeister had 4 badger tiles in it!

The only other game with badgers that I've heard of is Frechdachs (Crafty Badger).

I think the games designers need to address this obvious gap in the games market.
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Obvious Choice.
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Cthulhu.

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Buzkashi!
 
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Dorito Fingers! devil
 
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Kumquats!
 
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... more cowbell!
 
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Tanks!
 
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