Brain Burner or Not
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This is a list of games which some would call a brain burner and others would not. Please feel free to add any other games that may belong on the list.

On a personal note, I am not saying that if someone likes these games than they are more intelligent. There are many games, which I do not like but others really enjoy. The one that comes to my mind right now is Puerto Rico. I have played it twice but it just did not hold my interest.
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1. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1949]
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This game tops the list. I think that most people consider this a brain burner.
I really enjoy this game. I would not consider this a brain burner. Most of my friends will not play it. They call it too much work. I beg to differ.
 
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2. Board Game: Cannes: Stars, Scripts and Screens [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4718]
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This is my current favorite game to play. It must be played several times to get a feel for the game. As one of my gaming friends told me the last time we played " If you win at this game, you earned it!" The game gets better with every play for me.

 
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
 
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There are various choices and options on a turn that would cause some to call this a brain burner. I enjoy the aspects of the planning and logistics of the game. Some would disagree, like my wife! I would call this an enjoyable game experience, much like a five course meal.


 
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4. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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This is not a difficult game but I always have problems with explaining this game to others. I think that if I could get others to try it, they would agree that it is not a difficult game.


 
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5. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:718] [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
 
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I enjoy abstracts. I have all of the GIPF series games. This game has the least amount of chrome in the series. Some call this a brain burner but I think that the problem is more of an aesthetic appeal.

I think that this game has the most depth out of the GIPF series.

 
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6. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:911]
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I question whether to put this on the list. I think that some may call it a brain burner. This is a great game if you enjoy strategy in your gaming. I usually do not like too much luck in my games but this has the perfect mix of luck and strategy for a light two-player game.

 
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7. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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I have not had the chance to play this game. But looking at others’ comments and other web sites, it appears that there are mixed feeling on this game. Some call it work, while others call it fun. Any comments on this game would be appreciated. I am considering buying it, if they republish it. I enjoy Cannes, so I am thinking that this game would be a lot of fun also.
 
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8. Board Game: Morisi [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:4473]
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I enjoyed this game but could not find anyone who enjoyed playing it. Most comments were "this game is just not fun." I regret trading it now and wish that I still had it.

 
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