Randy Peek's Top 40 Games - 2009 Edition
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I recently deleted my older Top 40 list due to its lack of relevance, but decided to create a newer, shinier list. Tom Vasel has a much bigger and more current collection than mine, so I am afraid that there are some games that really ought to be on my list, had I any experience playing them. Games like Power Grid come to mind. At any rate, since my collection seems stalled at roughly 200 games, I think that a Top 40 is just right for showing off the cream of the crop.

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Edit 1/5/08 - A few games have been dropped, a few added, to what was my 2008 incarnation of the Top 40. I have a birthday coming up in less than two weeks (my 50th) so we'll see if any more changes take place.
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Count me as a recent convert to this fine game, which bumps Rum and Pirates from the list. Agricola is a big blend of mechanisms found in other games, but combines them in a way that feels substantial and fun. I like the pimped-out versions I have seen by other owners, but doubt that I will ever do this for my copy (Cosmic Encounter, however, is ripe for pimping!). With the huge array of cards and the influx of expansions decks, I don't see this getting substantially old anytime soon.
 
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2. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
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We detour now into Richard Breese's Key series. This is a remake of the earlier Keydom, a game with an extremely small print run. From all that I have read, Aladdin's Dragons compensates for some of the perceived problems with the older title. It has beautiful components and the full 'magic' game is not much more complicated than the basic game. A lot of people do not like blind bidding games, but if one does not mind the mechanic, this is easily one of the best.
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3. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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One of the most successful games in my collection. This is easy enough for new players to grasp, but contains enough tile-fitting and timing strategy to appeal to more hardcore gamers. One of the worthier SdJ winners, I have all expansions except the most recent dice game, which I hope to get this year.
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4. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
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A heavy auction game from the fertile mind of Dr. Knizia. The various areas of ancient Egypt are up for grabs, and the novel auction system makes it imperative that players don't bid too low to begin with, lest they be shut out of the auction when the bidding starts to rise. The various sub-systems blend together nicely, making this a good medium-heavyweight.
 
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5. Board Game: Australia [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1895]
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This is really more a family game than most of the titles on my list, but it still manages to scratch that strategy gaming itch. Players are developing the land down under, and points are awarded for surrounding areas and for simply having the right number of rangers near an area. Points are divided between contributors with a nice bonus for the person who triggers the scoring. The advanced rules brings a sub-game into play, where rangers can be placed as normal or can be used toward an ever-increasing windmill scoring. There is much to like here.
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6. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:495]
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One of Knizia's most accessible games. Blue moon City fits squarely into family game territory. In my opinion, this should have been the winner of the SdJ over Thurn and Taxis. It had more depth without an appreciably greater level of complexity. Cards are played to put influence markers onto tiles. When enough influence has been exerted, all players on the tile are rewarded. Crystals earned are periodically turned in to put a marker on the obelisk, a task that becomes progressively more expensive to do. First to a set number of markers wins. Easy to explain, easy to play, and quite satisfying.
 
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7. Board Game: Capitol [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1378]
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This is a mind-bending area influence game. The board is divided into three groups of three regions, and players construct buildings in these regions to take control of them. The mechanics are quite unique, as the cards restrict the areas into which a player can place his buildings. Players draw from face-up stacks of roof, floor, and building permit decks, so one is often confronted with tough choices as to whether to take a high-valued card to use in an auction, or a lower-valued card to play into a desired area. Tough choices, interesting play mechanisms, and only a couple small issues with the components. Hint - use a pen and paper for scoring.
 
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8. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Let's be honest here. The artwork, if you can call it that, on the various building tiles is exceedingly ugly. Still, despite this rather glaring flaw, this is a brilliant design and one of the heaviest games in my collection. Workers are allocated to buildings or to the castle, gaining or using various resources in order to gain favor with the king. There are no sure paths to victory, very little in the way of luck, and more things you want to do than you can ever hope to do. Agonizing pleasure.
 
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9. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
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Easily the best game I have ever played. CE is unbalanced and not without its problems, but there is such a staggering variety of add-on goodness available that this practically qualifies as a game system. Some of the very best times in my life have been spent playing CE. It is also the only game I have in three different versions (Eon, Mayfair, Hasbro).
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10. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:418]
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Borrowing liberally from other Euros, Cuba is short on innovation, but long on gameplay. It is the easier, shorter, less brain-burning sibling of games like Caylus and Puerto Rico. It has great components and has a sunny, warm feel to it befitting its island setting. It is a set six turns long, so it does not stay past its welcome, either. A very good middleweight.
 
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11. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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While it fell a bit flat with two, this is a fine game with three or four. The design is elegantly simple, and I really like the tension between putting useful cards into the deck and clogging the deck with victory point cards. This is another game that is ripe for expansion and won't be getting old anytime in the foreseeable future.
 
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12. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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The first and still the best area influence game. This is a huge, glorious mess of a game with thematic artwork and some of the most innovative and influential mechanisms first appearing here. This was one of the few 'gamer's games' to ever win the SdJ. With the several expansions available for it, it becomes a customizable gaming system with lots of replay value.
 
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13. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:795]
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Played with the Elfengold expansion that was available for a short time, this is escalated from family game status to gamer's game. It works best with four or five players. More, and turns bog down, less and the choices for movement become less interesting. With those middle numbers, though, this is an amazing game. Getting in and out of cities can be quite tricky, especially for the more valuable cities, but players can often work together to build routes that benefit all. A player going off to do his or her own thing will be severely punished by not being able to piggyback off other player's tile placements.
 
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14. Board Game: Filthy Rich [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2889]
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One of the wonkier entries on the list. Filthy Rich is a game with a huge luck factor, normally something I avoid, but in this game it somehow seems to work quite well. Players put up signs advertising various businesses, and these signs overlap one another, with only visible signs capable of scoring each round. The innovation is that the game takes place entirely inside a three-ring binder containing four of those pocketed clear sheets used for collecting sports or Magic cards. Goofy fun from the fertile mind of Richard Garfield.
 
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15. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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When has spice trading ever been this much fun? The mechanisms here are extreme abstractions, and there is little to tie this game into its purported spice dealer theme, but the game is so well constructed that it hardly matters. This feels like a big brother to Louis XIV, hardly surprising considering both are from Rudiger Dorn.
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16. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1201]
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This game will always be Adel Verpflichtet to me. Despite the clunkiness of the German title, I can't tell you just how much I hate the English name given to this early Euro classic. I prefer playing with the full complement of five players, and I don't think it would be improved by adding in a sixth. Rock-Paper-Scissors in its most quirky, wonderful incarnation. This was the first Euro in my collection, from its early Avalon Hill incarnation.
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17. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:934]
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Another negotiation game, this time from the late Sid Sackson. This is a chaotic and cutthroat game with players slinging cards into the fray as they attempt to put together deals for maximum personal profit. It is practically impossible to finish even the simplest deals by yourself, so make sure you stay on the good side of the other players as long as you can!
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18. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
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In the Year of the Dragon is almost all about avoiding calamity, and it is rarely possible to avoid it entirely. Each Chinese prince is well aware of what is coming up during the course of the year, but knowing how and when to make your move is excruciatingly difficult. This is playable by my seven year old daughter, who prefers it over more family-accessible titles like Zooloretto.
 
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19. Board Game: Key Harvest [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1311]
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The latest in the Key series, but one hopes not the last. Here players are trying to buy tiles representing fields of fruits and vegetables, hoping to make two large groups by game end. Why two groups? Because tiles in the largest group are worth only one point, while the second largest group is worth two each. Clever use of field hand tiles allow players to harvest more crops or exchange tiles to make bigger, better groups. Events show up periodically, making changes for good or ill, and players must adapt. A worthy entry in this series.
 
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20. Board Game: Keythedral [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:681]
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Players are building a cathedral, and it needs a lot of raw materials. Workers are sent out into the fields to gather them, and the resources are turned in for scoring tiles. What sounds like an easy task is complicated by the various law cards that are up for grabs and the unique rotating sequence of placing workers into the fields. There is plenty of room for screwage in this game, and sometimes that's a good thing.
 
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21. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:554]
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I prefer this to Settlers of Catan due to its greater depth. True, Settlers has become a juggernaut with a multitude of add-ons, but La Citta is fine just the way it is. Another massive board with spaces for building cities up around the perimeter of the various resources. Keeping your citizens happy is one of the main objectives of the game, rather than just relying on size for a determining factor.
 
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22. Board Game: Marrakesh [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:7090]
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...and here we have the traditional second game on the list. Marrakesh is an old oddity that has long since sunk into obscurity. It is a strange blend of trick-taking card game mixed with the bearing-off portion of backgammon. I bought the deluxe version back in the early 80's, and it still holds a place of pride in my collection. While there is a certain amount of randomness to the game, it still manages to be a satisfying combination of strategy and double-think.
 
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23. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:217]
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Notre Dame is hardly an innovative Euro, but it is entertaining and makes good use of its drafting mechanism. There is a fine balance between scoring points and avoiding catastrophe. Ignoring the rat track in favor of scoring points is just as likely to lose as concentrating on the rat track at the expense of points. It also scales extremely well between 2 and 5 players.
 
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24. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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We now take a trip through alea country. Alea is not without its weak entries, but rarely has a publisher had such a strong lineup as this Ravensburger imprint.
PoF is simply an amazing game. Auctions, a Tetris-like sub-game, and a Knizia-esque multiple paths to victory, this is easily the best from Wolfgang Kramer. I love the fact that players aren't competing at something destructive like war, but instead are competing for status by inspiring artisans to create great works.
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25. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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Long the darling of BGG, Puerto Rico seems to have lost a little of its status due to various and sundry new kids on the block. Still, this was and continues to be one of the most elegant and innovative games. Most of my favorites feel 'tight' in that every decision seems meaningful, and PR is no exception. One can easily agonize over choices made two or three rounds before or hence.
 
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