What a great time to be a Boardgame enthusiast!
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My recent reply to a thread got me thinking about how good the selection of games is currently. I have been an avid Boardgame enthusiast for over 20 years. I have a very large collection of games. I host a weekly gaming session at my home. Lately, I've noticed that there have been some truly superlative games released in the last year or so. I thought I'd name some of my favorites. I welcome others to add their favorites. It is truly a renaissance for the hobby. I'm getting excited just writing this list.
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1. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:33]
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I will start with this gem. It has knocked my socks off. What a game!!! I believe others in my gaming group feel similarly. Very rarely has a game come back to the table this many times in such a short period. So many possible strategies. I can't wait to explore the other possibilities.
 
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2. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
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Another fantastic game. Mac Gerdts is a genius! This game is often requested at the weekly gaming group. It has not made it to the table recently as there are so many truly fantastic new games to try.
 
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3. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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This game has everyone in my gaming group wondering how a bunch of experienced gamers could have done so poorly our first time out. Doug has already written his 2 cents about this game. We are all anxious to try this one again. What a interesting and different economic system!!
 
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4. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:219]
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This is another game that got a lot of table time recently. It is great fun. It is unanimously liked by all in the game group. It has the unusual theme and mechanism of requiring each player to minimize the effects of each event (most of which are bad). The player who best plans ahead (or 2 to 3 turns ahead) usually wins.
 
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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Some people criticize this game as multiplayer solitaire. Multiplayer solitaire could not be this fun. There is subtle player interaction. Not so subtle that I haven't found myself remarking to another player how they have totally ruined my strategy by their own card play. Whether this is real or merely perception, I enjoy this game very much.
 
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6. Board Game: Hamburgum [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:688]
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Mac Gerdts you have done it again. A very engrossing economic game I hope to play more of soon. The rondel as a game mechanism offers such a variety of strategic depth. I like this one as much as Imperial. Which is high praise.
 
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7. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:25]
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This game I have yet to play, but I am very excited about it nonetheless. I expect to pick this game up in the near future. I will be checking my FLGS today.
 
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8. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Ok, I have been sucked into the hype. I preordered this from ZMan and cannot wait for the day in April (please oh please be April) when it arrives at my door. I have yet to play, but it looks right up my alley. A grown man should not get this excited about a game.
 
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9. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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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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A fun title indeed.

Nothing is better than building a ship and watching it go to bits.

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