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Just some thoughts on these game companies, and their games. Of course I can't fit every company on here, so these are just some of the companies that I feel like commenting on.
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1. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:13528]
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Eagle Games: With only four games, this company still impresses the socks off of me. Their newest offering is fast becoming one of my favorite games, and is getting a lot of computer gamers into the board arena. But what distinguishes Eagle games are the huge plastic armies that one can wield, simple rules, and gigantic boards. Lavish gaming all around.
 
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2. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2063]
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Cheapass Games: Then, at the other end of the spectrum, we have Cheapass games. Funny games, to be sure, but supremely low in quality and bits. A lot of people like this, and yes, it does make the games cheaper, but I have found it's a lot less satisfying pulling one of these out.
 
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3. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:544]
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Avalon Hill: I, for one, was very glad to see the new, beautiful games they were producing. When the company stopped making games (most notably an expansion for their Cosmic Encounter - I'm still waiting!), I was dissapointed -but now that their new website has just come on board, I feel hope. Of course, I put this info on another message board, and started a LONG topic on how stupid I was for liking the new Avalon Hill over the old.
 
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4. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:890]
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Hasbro: Some would argue that I should have combined this company with the last, as Hasbro has snatched poor old Avalon Hill up. But the line of non Avalon Hill games is getting remarkably better, as this game and the new Lord of the Rings Risk show. Maybe they are Hasborg, as some have sputtered, but the games they produce still make me smile.
 
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5. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3149] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Out of the Box: They are a pleasant little company producing pleasant, fun little games. One thing I enjoy about their games is how I can teach the rules in less than 5 minutes, and have a lot of fun.
 
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6. Board Game: Frag [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:6274]
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Steve Jackson: Their games are a lot of fun, certainly aren't a mind boggler, but are they worth the price?
 
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7. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2217]
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Rio Grande: They are a great company, as the company that introduced me to "German games". I suppose that currently the largest share of my new game purchases come from them.
 
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8. Board Game: Starfarers of Catan [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:848]
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Mayfair: Close to the last company, Mayfair games are great! I still wish that they had kept the Cosmic Encounter license, but I'll just have to deal with it, I suppose, and keep dreaming that Avalon Hill will put out more expansions.
 
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9. Board Game: Twilight Imperium [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2460]
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Fantasy Flight Games: With some very varied titles, such as this one, Through the Desert, and the Lord of the Rings, Co-op game, I must say that Fantasy Flight Games are fun to play. Are all the games airtight rules wise? No, but that doesn't make them much less fun to play.
 
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10. Board Game: Mechwarrior: Dark Age [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3709]
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Wiskids: Well, Wizkids has redefined the table top genre and made it fun. One big way they whoop up on their competitors (i.e. Games Workshop) is that they post their rules on the internet, rather than make you buy a large magazine each month full of advertisements.
 
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