The Best ? Game Contest #3: This Week, CO-OP Games
Preston Fuller
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The Best ? Game Contest

Here is how it works. Every week I will post a “The Best ? Game Contest” with a specific category or idea that fits into the world of board gaming.

From now until 11:59pm, Friday (1/25/08) anyone can submit one game they believe best fits that weeks category or idea. Of course, you can add as many comments as you like on any number of entries.

At any point up till 11:59pm Friday everybody can give One vote for one game on that list. That is done by simply giving the entry a thumbs up.

*Feel free to give as many comments as you like and thumbs up for the comments. Please consider giving the geeklist itself a thumbs up as well.

I will award .25 geek gold to the winning entry (most votes) of that week.

I will delete any duplicates.

OK, Let’s start with…
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1. Board Game: And the Winner is... [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Preston Fuller
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Ashland
New Hampshire
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Arkham Horror

Congrats to badweasel
 
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2. Board Game: Free At Last [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Preston Fuller
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Cooperative (Co-op) games!

When I reflect on the Rev. Martin Luther King one idea that comes to mind is community and cooperation. So, we will see what is the best co-op game in MLK's honor.

I leave the term cooperative game very open. One may argue that team games are such. In the end, the voters decide. Good luck and have fun.

Below are links to past contests:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27972
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/28175
 
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3. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Beau Bailey
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Missoula
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By far the best co-op game I have played. It is great fun to play as a team trying to defeat the Great Old Ones before they awaken and the game does an excellent job of creating tension as the game progresses.

I only like the game with up to 4 players, but it can be played with up to 8 if your group runs that large. Plus, if you ever get bored with the main game there are already three expansions and another one is in the works for April.
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4. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
David Kahnt
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Youngstown
Ohio
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It's fun, it's healthy, it's good exercise. The kids will just love it. And we put a little sand inside to make the experience more pleasant.
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This is probably one of the better gateway games to the co-op world.

-DK
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5. Board Game: Minion Hunter [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:6957]
Marc B.
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Palm Bay
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It's an oldy that's getting hard to find but one of my 2 favorite co-op games (along with Arkham Horror). If this game could get a modernizing remake it would probably go over HUGE. (cough cough Fantasy Flight cough cough)
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6. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:338]
Antonio B-D
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Luxembourg
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Best Co-op game hands down. The first era, obviously (and Hannibal as the last card). You have to play really hard together to defeat the system, but if you defeat the system you have to be fully aware or someone else is going to beat you.

This is my choice and my vote.

BTW do I have to thumb this item? I don't like thumbing my own stuff.
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7. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:320]
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As much as Arkham Horror probably deserves it, I'll throw this one into the ring. This is actually more interesting I think because while the players can work together all game long, one player may end up as a traitor and try to sabotage his friends at the last second.
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8. Board Game: Caves & Claws [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:12245]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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Plymouth
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This company (Family Pastimes) produces many cooperative games for children. This is my favorite, being a little like a "dungeon crawl", but closer to an Indiana Jones feel. It's an entertaining game to play with a five-year old - you both have a fun time. (No, it doesn't quite work in a pure adult game, and I'm not sure why people rate it as if it should...)

On another note, the word "pastime" just looks wrong. I mean, it comes from "pass time", so why doesn't it have another "s" in the middle?
 
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9. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Jim Cote
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Top of my want list. It's due out any week. Players work together to stop 4 diseases from wiping out all mankind.
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10. Board Game: Vanished Planet [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6161]
Ryan Olson
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Auburn
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It's a nice you against the system game, and it scales well from 1-6, but expect the game to take longer the more players you add.

 
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11. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:398]
Nick Witchey
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Laguna Hills
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I played this for the first time last weekend and was quite impressed with how much fun it is to work together to get the blood sucker fiend.
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12. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1063]
Brent Gallmann
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Oshkosh
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Since my kids are still a bit too young for traditional dungeon crawls, this is the only CO-OP games that I've played to date with them. Scotland Yard is a fun game of capture. Have Shadows Over Camelot since one of my sons is really into knights, but need to let my kids grow up a bit yet.
 
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13. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:736]
Curt Collins
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Pittsburgh
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Really, Werewolf in general. I can't think of a co-op game with a more versatile audience than this.
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14. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2543]
Mikael Ölmestig
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Halmstad
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While this is mostly a 2-player game cooperation is important and will lead to more excitement. I have yet to try the partnership game.
 
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15. Board Game: Skat [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1482]
Carsten ◄► Wesel
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The german game of all.
It's co-op 'cause 2 of 3 players play together to beat the cards of the lonesome player.

This was one of my first games, I've ever played.
 
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16. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:805]
Tony Ackroyd
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Only recently played this and I love it.
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17. Board Game: BANG! The Bullet! [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
Dev Sodagar
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Surrey
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I just played this and liked it a lot, I feel it provides more substance than Shadows over Camelot.
 
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