Top 15 of My 1st Year on BGG
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I have been registered on BGG for 1 year. After going to Kublacon last year and seeing people walking around with weird boxed games I decided to check this site out. I wanted games to play with my wife, 100% of my gaming was miniatures not that long ago, we needed games we could play together. This was the best one-stop resource for games I could entice her to play.

I got addicted quick. I was also burning out on miniatures games pretty bad. Thought I'd try some Euros, ended up not really being my thing. Found some Ameritrash, some science fiction games, and some real wargames. I've spent a lot of money after reading BGG game pages. Found people to game with after moving to Texas too, that was huge.

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Here's the 15 best games I've played since I regged here. Even the ones I can't find people to play against often.
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1. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:1568]
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Not just A light wargame, The Best Light Wargame. Platoon-level NATO vs. the USSR in an alternate 1985 West Germany. Simple, plays fast, does everything it should. Getting good support from the publisher too, I have to spend money on something besides real living expenses.
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2. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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Possibly the best game I have ever played. Super intense gameplay, every decision is a nail-biter. Great theme, great mechanics. I wish I was playing this more. I've lost more than I've won and I still love it.
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3. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:890]
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For some reason while I was putting the entries for this list together I thought "damn this is of the most fun games I've ever played" even if I didn't think so yesterday. The mechanics do Star Wars combat right. Good cheap thrills. Darth Maul. Gotta love Darth Maul.
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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This game reminds me a lot of my CCG days in the 90s. Cool card combos, nice science fiction theme, not hard to find people to play it with. Did I already say cool card combos? Looking forward to the expansion.
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5. Board Game: Iron Tide: Panzers in the Ardennes [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:4411]
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A Bulge game, excellent chit pull mechanics for combat strength, and not an overwhelming amount of rules. This game can be a nail biter, mistakes early on can really cost you later. I've started a few games but have finished none. Just started another one on Vassal, I'll play this one through.
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6. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:785] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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fast-playing air combat that pretty much anyone can play. The card play manuvering is kind of true to the way WWI dogfights happened. I can play 3 games in 2 hours. Yeah, this is a good one.
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7. Board Game: Victory at Sea: Order of Battle [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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The only miniatures game on this list and a supplement at that. Had fun with the new aircraft rules, carriers became what they should be. I was the lead developer, my words are printed in black and white in this book. I've "moved away" from VaS but this was some good experience for me. OoB is currently in it's second print run. I'm proud of it.
 
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8. Board Game: Battue: Storm of the Horse Lords [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4927]
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I just got this one not too long ago and only have a handful of plays under my belt but I really like Battue. Barbarians on horseback raiding a city. Sounds like a really cool theme to me. If you play this against me you will lose. Hopefully I'll get the expansion to the table this weekend.
 
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9. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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My wife likes this game more that I do but it still is a great character-based game. I've been a Lovecraft fan since I was a kid so it is only natural that I should play Arkham Horror.
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10. Board Game: Marvel Heroes [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1798]
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I quit collecting comics 15 years ago but I stilll love the *idea* of superheroes. This game does superheroics justice and I can play Iron Man (my favorite since age 8) along with the rest of the Avengers. But if I want to win I'll play the Marvel Knights. Doesn't hit the table enough but it is a lot of fun.
 
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11. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:212] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Pretty darn good abstract science fiction combat game. Road warrior meets Terminator meets Gamma World. Fairly thematic with low rules density, much better with 2 players than 3 or more. Bloody.
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12. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Great cooperative game. Fairly thematic and the world killing disease backdrop is strangely appealing. Another game that's not hard to find players for. Pretty brutal with more epidemic cards. Makes me want to watch The Andromeda Strain again.
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13. Board Game: Afrika (second edition) [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:1933]
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Good game that simulates the war in North Africa without taking 20 hours to complete. One book of basic rules, one book of chrome. I like the supply rules a lot and the game flows once you've got your counters set up. Inspired me to hunt down as many of the SCS titles as I can.
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:389]
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Ok this is as Euro as I can get. Hunters and Gatherers is a fun puzzle, good with 2,3, or 4 players. I should play it more often.
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15. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:258]
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I was a huge Tolkien fan as a youngster so it's reasonable that I found a LotR boardgame to play. This one ain't bad except I SUCK at it. 10 games vs. my wife, 10 losses for me. I am glad there's one game where she can get all cocky over and trash talk because of it. There's enough LotR in the gameplay to keep me interested.
 
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16. Board Game: Age of Mythology: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2482]
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HONORABLE MENTION

The first "strategy boardgame" that I owned. I called my wife from my ex-LGS and gave her the choice of AoM or Monsters Menace America, it would be the first game we'd play together (besides my humiliating losses at Scrabble). She chose AoM. Not a bad game but I wish combat was a more effective means of winning.
 
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