Building Game Collections that Please the Most People Possible (Updates and New Categorizations)
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This geeklist provides several lists that look at different collections that are designed to please as many BGG users as possible, where please is defined as a rating of 9 or more. The analysis was based on games with at least 100 ratings, resulting in 40,921 unique users and 2,264 different games.

Once a game that an individual has rated 9 or more is added to that list, that individuals rating will no longer be considered. This insures the most diverse set of games possible that also will attempt to please as many people as possible.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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All Users (50 games that satisfy 60% of the users) The numbers in parantheses are how many unique users the game receives a rating of 9 or more from. For instance, Puerto Rico is rated 9 or more by 6,642 users. Then there are 2,744 users who rated Settlers 9 or more while not rating Puerto Rico above 9. So on and so forth....

1. Puerto Rico (6642)
2. Settlers of Catan (2744)
3. Carcassonne (1703)
4. Power Grid (1550)
5. Tigris & Euphrates (957)
6. Arkham Horror (862)
7. Agricola (724)
8. Ticket to Ride (618)
9. Chess (591)
10. War of the Ring (555)
11. Twilight Struggle (464)
12. Caylus (427)
13. Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition (405)
14. Go (383)
15. Memoir ’44 (371)
16. Magic the Gathering (341)
17. BattleLore (296)
18. Diplomacy (288)
19. Advanced Squad Leader (267)
20. RoboRally (248)
21. Race for the Galaxy (224)
22. El Grande (203)
23. HeroScape (200)
24. Citadels (193)
25. A Game of Thrones (180)
26. Lost Cities (179)
27. Scrabble (163)
28. Civilization (158)
29. Axis & Allies (153)
30. Acquire (141)
31. Paths of Glory (139)
32. Bohnanza (135)
33. Munchkin (133)
34. Betrayal at House on the Hill (127)
35. Commands & Colors: Ancients (124)
36. Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game (124)
37. Ticket to Ride: Europe (122)
38. Apples to Apples (118)
39. Bang! (111)
40. HeroQuest (110)
41. Ra (107)
42. Talisman (104)
43. Descent (100)
44. Combat Commander: Europe (96)
45. Shadows Over Camelot (95)
46. Cosmic Encounter (91)
47. Blood Bowl-Third Encounter (85)
48. Risk (85)
49. Railroad Tycoon (85)
50. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (76)

The cool thing about this list is the wide variety of games -- a little something for everyone, as it should be. The list could serve as the "core" set of games for any serious gaming enthusiast to at least try, if not own.

Here is a graph to show how the percentage increases as games are added. 50 games is about the inflection point of the graph, where the percentage satisfied begins to level off.

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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Who Cares About the Top 10? (30 games satisfy 46% of users)

Settlers of Catan (4015)
2. Carcassonne (2201)
3. War of the Ring (1172)
4. Ticket to Ride (1057)
5. Arkham Horror (975)
6. Ra (907)
7. Go (817)
8. Chess (673)
9. Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition (621)
10. Memoir ’44 (582)
11. Magic the Gathering (541)
12. Age of Steam (450)
13. BattleLore (426)
14. RoboRally (409)
15. Diplomacy (391)
16. Citadels (363)
17. Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) (323)
18. Game of Thrones, A (309)
19. Railroad Tycoon (290)
20. Lost Cities (279)
21. Acquire (252)
22. Civilization (233)
23. San Juan (229)
24. Shogun (220)
25. Heroscape (211)
26. Bohnanza (198)
27. Paths of Glory (195)
28. Pandemic (190)
29. Commands & Colors: Ancients (179)
30. Scrabble (176)

Eliminating the Top 10 definitely changes the make-up of the list, but not drastically so.
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3. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.40 Overall Rank:15327]
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A Game Collection for the Worst Results (13% of users hate (i.e., rating of 3 or below) at least one of these games)


1. Monopoly (1629)
2. Tic-Tac-Toe (538)
3. Game of Life, The (420)
4. Risk (363)
5. Fluxx (285)
6. Candyland (218)
7. Zombies!!! (208)
8. Munchkin (186)
9. Magic the Gathering (124)
10. Trivial Pursuit (109)
11. Puerto Rico (105)
12. Snakes and Ladders (104)
13. Phase 10 (99)
14. Settlers of Catan (94)
15. Diplomacy (88)
16. Yahtzee (86)
17. Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot (85)
18. Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Boardgame (81)
19. Apples to Apples (79)
20. Cranium (76)
21. Lord of the Rings (74)
22. Battleship (72)
23. Worst-Case Scenario Survival Game (70)
24. Chess (66)
25. Outdoor Survival (64)
26. Pachisi (64)
27. UNO (60)
28. LCR (59)
29. Scrabble (55)
30. Axis & Alies (54)

So, if you want to build the most desirable set of games, don't buy these 30.
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Euro Enthusiast (46% of users satisfied)

1. Puerto Rico (6642)
2. Settlers of Catan (2744)
3. Carcassonne (1703)
4. Power Grid (957)
5. Tigris & Euphrates (957)
6. Agricola (774)
7. Ticket to Ride (643)
8. Caylus (520)
9. Race for the Galaxy (375)
10. El Grande (302)
11. Shadows Over Camelot (261)
12. Ra (213)
13. Ticket to Ride: Europe (194)
14. Railroad Tycoon (175)
15. Republic of Rome (171)
16. Formula De (143)
17. San Juan (136)
18. Age of Steam (122)
19. Princes of Florence (112)
20. Samurai (110)
21. Junta (109)
22. Shogun (99)
23. Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers (97)
24. Settlers of Catan Card Game (94)
25. Modern Art (91)
26. Struggle of Empires (71)
27. Age of Renaissance (70)
28. Mr. Jack (67)
29. Tikal (66)
30. Blue Moon (63)

Odds are, if you are into Euro games, then at least one of these will satisfy you. Additionally, if you're group is into Euro game then this selection will make most people happy.
 
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5. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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Contrarian (38% of users satisfied)

1. Twilight Struggle (1493)
2. Arkham Horror (1275)
3. Chess (1179)
4. Memoir ’44 (1061)
5. Magic the Gathering (961)
6. Go (864)
7. War of the Ring (819)
8. Citadels (767)
9. RoboRally (673)
10. Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition (610)
11. Acquire (566)
12. BattleLore (539)
13. Bohnanza (509)
14. Diplomacy (440)
15. A Game of Thrones (359)
16. Advanced Squad Leader (334)
17. Pandemic (315)
18. Civilization (302)
19. Scrabble (278)
20. HeroScape (271)
21. Bang! (234)
22. Age of Empires III (227)
23. Commands & Colors: Ancients (216)
24. Apples to Apples (212)
25. Descent (186)
26. Blokus (183)
27. Cosmic Encounter (178)
28. Axis & Allies (178)
29. Paths of Glory (172)
30. Munchkin (168)

Perhaps you say, anything but a Euro. In that case, this list should get the job done.
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6. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Rabid Ameritrasher (28% satisfied)

1. Arkham Horror (1398)
2. War of the Ring (1235)
3. RoboRally (963)
4. BattleLore (899)
5. Acquire (841)
6. Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition (764)
7. Diplomacy (651)
8. A Game of Thrones (498)
9. Civilization (421)
10. Heroscape (399)
11. Lord of the Rings (312)
12. Lord of the Rings – Confrontation (285)
13. Cosmic Encounter (258)
14. Descent (249)
15. Axis & Allies (234)
16. Last Night On Earth: The Zombie Game (211)
17. Dune (194)
18. Risk (185)
19. Betrayal at House on the Hill (179)
20. Blood Bowl – Third Edition (170)
21. Galaxy Trucker (148)
22. Space Hulk (143)
23. Talisman (137)
24. Axis and Allies (134)
25. Titan (132)
26. HeroQuest (131)
27. StarCraft (125)
28. Dungeon Twister (119)
29. Richochet Robots (117)
30. Risk 2210 A. D. (111)

The designation of Lord of the Rings (due to theme) and Galaxy Trucker (sits on the fence) as Ameritrash is completely arbitrary -- as is much of the distinction at some level.

In any event, if your group is hardcore Ameritrash, then this collection would shine.
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