Friendly Local Game Store Worker's Favourite Games
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Who better to give advice on games than people who work in games shops? After all they will get asked for their recommendations regularly, probably by a lot of people who have never heard of BGG or heard of the vast majority of games in the shop.
I searched BGG to find every user who works or has worked in a games shop and this list summarises the results of their collated ratings.

Methodology:
I set up another user account on BGG and set the geekbuddies as everyone who had the FLGS Retailer microbadge
and anyone else I could find who had stated that they work or have worked in a games shop.

In the end I had 63 FLGS geekbuddies, though a disappointing 18 of them had rated zero games (possibly to avoid offending suppliers/publishers!). So there were 45 viable judges on this FLGS Worker Games Jury.

Appeal for more Judges!
There must be more than 63 game store workers on BGG.
If you work or have worked in a games shop and aren't included in this list (you'll spot this geekbuddy name: 1000rpmFLGS if you are) and would like to be then drop me a geekmail and I'll add you. If a significant number respond then I'll update this analysis.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Top Rated Games With 15+ raters

Rating # Game
8.48 29 Puerto Rico
8.47 19 El Grande
8.41 23 Power Grid
8.28 22 Caylus
8.25 20 Princes of Florence

All games in the BGG top 10, no big surprises.
 
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2. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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Top Rated Games With 10+ raters

Rating # Game
8.48 29 Puerto Rico
8.47 19 El Grande
8.41 23 Power Grid
8.40 10 Age of Steam
8.32 11 Twilight Struggle

The only difference is 2 more games from the BGG Top 10.
 
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3. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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Top Rated Games With 5+ raters

Rating # Game
8.67 9 Commands & Colors: Ancients
8.67 6 Ticket to Ride: USA 1910
8.58 6 Brass
8.50 6 Web of Power
8.48 29 Puerto Rico

Great to Brass and Web of Power (#99 on BGG) coming on here!
 
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4. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Mentions for Other games with a lot of ratings

Rating # Game
8.13 26 Ticket to Ride
7.64 29 Settlers of Catan
7.40 24 Lost Cities
7.37 31 Carcassonne
7.33 27 Citadels

Probably not a shock to see these well-known games here.
 
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5. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Other games with 5+ votes Scoring Well

Rating # Game
8.44 8 Crockinole
8.40 5 Dune
8.36 7 Through the Ages: A Story of Civilisation
8.33 6 Tide of Iron
8.25 6 Warmachine
8.20 5 ASL Starter Kit #1
8.20 5 Battle Cry
8.10 5 Time's Up!

An interesting selection with the large representation of wargames.
 
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6. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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The Inside Track: Highly Rated Games with Few Ratings

Rating # Game
9.50 3 Roads and Boats
9.33 3 Glory to Rome
9.33 3 Rails of Europe
9.00 3 Legend of the Five Rings
9.00 3 Europe Engulfed
8.67 3 Antiquity

I haven't played any of these, though Roads and Boats is on my list.
 
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7. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15329]
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Lowest Rated Games with 5+ votes

Rating # Game
1.83 6 Game of Life
2.83 6 Snakes & Ladders
3.65 11 Monopoly
4.12 8 Yahtzee
4.19 8 Battleships

Maybe its being repeatedly asked for these games that does it....
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8. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14509]
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Lowest Rated Games with 12+ votes

Rating # Game
4.65 17 Risk
5.29 12 Munchkin
6.11 13 Fluxx
6.17 12 Backgammon
6.21 12 Mystery of the Abbey

Actually these games score quite well!
 
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