Top of the Teens - My Favourite Games of the Decade 2010-2019
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I'm joining in with the spirit of the new year and new decade to create my own geeklist of favourite games of the decade. It's very tough to choose as there are plenty of games that I love in each year, so I'm going to name some runners-up along the way too.

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1. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:290] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Board Game: Fresco
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2010

I love worker placement and I really like how this works so well with the theme of painting - managing your studio apprentices, buying paints, mixing colours, and painting the pictures. I love the expansions which work so well with the main game (at least the ones I've played with).
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2. Board Game: Rattus [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:935]
Board Game: Rattus
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Love the area control in this game and the decisions about which roles to use. It's simple to teach and quick to play and always fun.

I was tempted to male 7 Wonders the runner up, because I enjoy that with larger player counts as it plays fast because of the simultaneous play.
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3. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:15]
Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy
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I am a big fan of Stefan Feld's games, and this is one of my favourites (my favourite is Notre Dame from 2007). I love the use of dice for selecting actions and the methods for mitigating luck. Works really well at all player counts.







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4. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:370]
Board Game: Airlines Europe
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I don't tend to like economic games, but this one combining route-building with share ownership really works for me. I enjoy the Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania Pennsylvania map for Ticket to Ride, which is similar (and also by Alan R Moon) but I like this game better. I might have chosen Kingdom Builder as a quick strategic game.
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5. Board Game: Divinare [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1811]
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2012

This is such a different type of game because you are trying to work out how many of each card is in the game and bid cleverly. I love its unique qualities.
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6. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:253]
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I very nearly made this my favourite of the year. It's just such a great, fast little game which is so clever to pack so much fun into just 16 cards. It's great trying to outguess the other players. I was also tempted to choose Zooloretto: The Dice Game which I play a lot for its quick and strategic push your luck. Another possible game here would be Libertalia, as I like the way players use the same decks and same cards and need to second guess each other.
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7. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:183]
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Wow - this was a difficult one! This is one of my favourite Feld games, because I love the dice placement, the engine-building in gaining workers and the various routes to gaining points. But I also love Rococo and Viticulture (especially with Tuscany) from this year too.
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8. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:212]
Board Game: Rococo
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I could easily have made either this or Viticulture my favourite for this year. I love how both fit their themes of making clothing and producing wine so well, and I enjoy the cards and area control in Rococo and the worker placement in Viticulture. These are both superb games that would have each won in another year.
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9. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:77]
Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy
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Another really tough year for me. There are quite a few games that I love for different reasons. I selected this one because its mechanism is most different. I enjoy the combination of trying to outguess what the other players will be doing with building an engine of your planets and technologies.
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10. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:104]
Board Game: Istanbul
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This was another really tough year. I could also have picked Patchwork, Evolution, Camel Up or Mangrovia for runner up. I like Istanbul's unique method of movement and collection of resources, but I also love the tetris puzzle aspect of Patchwork.
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11. Board Game: Broom Service [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:452]
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This game has fun interaction as you try to outguess the other players. It's at its best with the full 5 player count.
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12. Board Game: Karuba [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:437]
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The simultaneous play and the choice between building your route and travelling on it are great features. If I hadn't chosen Roll for the Galaxy earlier, I might have chosen Tiny Epic Galaxies here.
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13. Board Game: Imhotep [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:384]
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This is a game that has straightforward actions but always difficult choices. It's quick to play but very strategic and interactive.
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14. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:215] [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
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Another game with simple and quick mechanics that offers good choices and a puzzle of placement. Cottage Garden and Yokohama were also in the running.
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15. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:368]
Board Game: Photosynthesis
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Another tricky year. I chose this because it's beautiful and has a very different kind of gameplay. I love building up my trees and harvesting them, but nature can be brutal as you block other players' light.
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16. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
Board Game: Azul
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Lovely components and the way you choose tiles and need to think about what choices the other players will make this game special for me. I might have chosen the tile placement of Barenpark instead.
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17. Board Game: Architects of the West Kingdom [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:79]
Board Game: Architects of the West Kingdom
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2018

It doesn't get easier to choose one. My favourite of the North Sea/West Kingdom games. I love engine-building and worker placement and this is a good twist on worker placement with capturing other players' workers.
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18. Board Game: Welcome To... [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:129]
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This flip and write game works well with any number and is very different in gameplay. I like the fact that there are so many ways to score as it offers many different choices to make and you need to keep track of what others are doing.

I could also have chosen Dice Hospital, Blue Lagoon or That's Pretty Clever.
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19. Board Game: Wingspan [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:24]
Board Game: Wingspan
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This has been my favourite game of the past year. It's quick to teach and play, it's beautiful and fits its theme well and the engine-building also enables interaction between the players.
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20. Board Game: Villagers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:717]
Board Game: Villagers
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This was difficult to choose because I don't feel strongly about any other games from this year. I like the engine building of this game but then I also enjoy Tiny Towns as well.
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