Game of the Year 2007-Nickel City Gamers
Joe Geerkin
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It’s our second annual game of the year. We are a group from Buffalo, NY that plays every Wednesday night at a local college, which is kind enough to host us. (Our coffee shop closed this year.soblue )

We play just about anything. It’s a group of great people and we have a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to another year of gaming in 2008.

I asked each member of the group to create a top ten of the games that they enjoyed playing the most last year. The games could be old or new titles. Everyone’s first, second and third place votes received 4,3 and 2 points respectively. The rest of their top ten received one point.

Thirteen people voted for 88 different games this year.

We begin with a 3 way tie at ten.
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1. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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10 -Caylus

A favorite early in 2007. I know a few people in the group really enjoy it on SBW. It's one of two games that made our 2006 game of the year list as well.
 
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2. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:308]
 
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10-Vikings

This is my favorite. We started playing it in late summer/early fall. I like to see it hit the tables more often in 2008.
 
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3. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:659]
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10-Qwirkle

Qwirkle would probably win the award for most games played in 2007. This excellent, short game makes for great filler material.
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4. Board Game: 1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:865]
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8/9- 18xx

We had another tie for 8th and 9th place.

There are quite a few train gamers in the group. The 18xx series received several votes. 1870 was mentioned specifically but I chose this one for the geeklist because of a certain city on the map.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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8/9-Settlers of Catan

This is the other game that made our 2006 list. We have many diehard Settlers fans in the group.
 
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6. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:376]
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7-Thebes

This was a big hit last summer. It's hard not to have fun playing this one.
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7. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:218]
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5/6-Antiquity

Another wimpy tie at 5th and 6th place.

James, who left the group when he moved to St. Louis, was the first one to buy this gem. We got our first taste of it at a Con in Hamilton. It has been played regularly (a least for a longer game) since then.
 
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8. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:986]
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5/6- Big City

I know a lot of people are looking forward to the reprint of this one.
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9. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:351]
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4-Colosseum

Another hit from last summer. It's hard not to fall in love with a game by Days of Wonder.
 
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10. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:759]
 
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3-Fire and Axe

This one was only played a couple of times last spring but it made a big impression.
 
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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2-Agricola

Thankfully Jenna (meej) bought into the Essen hype and picked this one up. I wouldn't be surprised to see this game on our 2008 game of the year list.
 
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12. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:133]
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1-Age of Empires III

This one didn't hit the table enough in 2007. We started playing it in the fall. I think everyone who tried it, really enjoyed it. (Hands off the last copy of it at the B&N on Niagara Falls Blvd. If it goes on sale, it's mine. )
 
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