What's the highest ranked game you prefer to Puerto Rico?
Joe Huber

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The geeklist about loved but unplayed games - and the inclusion of Puerto Rico on that list - got me thinking. I love Puerto Rico, but it's not my favorite game. So how far down the BGG rankings do I have to go to find a game I prefer to Puerto Rico?

Please add your own - assuming, of course, there _is_ a game you prefer to Puerto Rico...
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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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I would play this over Puerto Rico at any chance.
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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I love all the possibilities in Agricola. Too many times, PR plays out the same way.
 
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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I merely have to go one spot down to find what I believe is the #1 BGG game. Power Grid is not my favorite, but I prefer it to Puerto Rico in almost every way. I always feel like I'm in control and I feel like my destiny is mine to control. I often feel that I'm just along for the ride in PR, but thats probably because I haven't played it a whole lot. Still, I think Power Grid is perfect.
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4. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Wooh0o!!!!!

My utterly most favorite game flavor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:47]
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No question it's my favorite game. Just don't get much chance to paly it.

I'm also strangely attached to Portobello Market (Ranked 518 I believe). It's a good quick strategy game. My g/f likes to play it too.
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6. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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I don't have to go too far down to find a game I prefer to Puerto Rico. Though E&T is a bit out of place for me; what I love about it (the direct conflict and how it portrays the rise and fall of civilizations brilliantly) isn't usually something that strikes home well with me.

There are nine other games in the top 100 I prefer to Puerto Rico:

19) Goa
22) Race for the Galaxy
29) Settlers of Catan
44) Ticket to Ride
54) Acquire
63) Civilization
72) La Citta
82) Thebes
95) Saint Petersburg

In addition, there are 12 games outside the top 100 I prefer to Puerto Rico, the lowest ranked of those being Res Publica at #1517.
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7. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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I have to admit that I really like Puerto Rico. But if I have to choose between that and Age of Steam, then Age of Steam will win every time.
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8. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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A game that certainly beats Puerto Rico... Not that much better, but still...
 
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10. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
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Always like an opportunity to mention this great game and my current favorite.

Given a choice between PR and Imperial, I would always choose Imperial.
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11. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:206]
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It's hard to say because "prefer to play" is pretty nebulous. I could see saying I'd play Power Grid or Princes of Florence over Puerto Rico, but all three of those games (and most others I play) are separated by less than a hair's width in terms of desire to play (as opposed to rating). I mean, if I'm at a convention and someone says "Wanna play Power Grid?" or "Wanna play Puerto Rico?" I pretty much hear "Wanna play a game?" and go on and play. They're all equivalent.

I could say that Acquire is the first I see (ranked 54th), but the only reason I'd pick it over PR or Princes or Power Grid is speed of play and familiarity. The first game that I'd jump up and down and say, I HAVE to play that rather than Puerto Rico would have to be a party game and without looking through all of the top 170, I'm guessing Wits & Wagers wins that one.
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12. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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That would be none--PR is still my favorite. My #2 game is Tikal (ranked 60th).

I was a little surprised how many of my top favorites are outside of the Geek's 100, given that I tend to like those games a lot. Only 8 or 9 of my Top 15 are among the top 100 ranked games. (The reason for the uncertainty is that while I really like Power Grid, I prefer Funkenschlag and the two games are so similar I tend to clump them together. Funk is only rated 212th.) So only a little more than half make it.

The two favorites that fall outside of the Geek's top 250 are Borderlands (#759) and Phoenicia (#332).
 
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13. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:486]
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I love Puerto Rico -- it's listed as #3 in my personal top 10. The two games I rank higher are Reef Encounter (#67) and Santiago (#99).
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14. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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My one and only 10!

Other games come close, but this one always hits the table when the family comes over for a gaming week end.
That is NOT the case for any other game.

C&K is considered as less complicated than PR and it is felt that anybody can win - when applying the right strategy / making the right choices. PR does not feel that way: when you master it well, you win.
 
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