The Next Great Thing - A Retrospective
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There are a lot of great games out there that have little BGG hype. This is not a list about those games.

This is a list about the games, as far as I can recall, have ridiculous overwhelming hype that makes some people hate them for no apparent reason. Its the game that will finally beat Puerto Rico over and over again.

This is also a very personal list. I will be stating my own opinion of each game, and whether or not it SUCCEEDED or FAILED at the hype.

I'm keeping this list closed for new additions, since its a personal list, but if you think I missed an overhyped game, let me know in the comments.
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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I'm going in somewhat reverse chronological order. I'll start with the game that actually beat Puerto Rico in the standings...

FAILED!

Its a good game. A 7 for me I think. But I don't see the big fuzz that people are going crazy about. The cards are kind of a weird way to make each game different, but I'm not sure if they vary things enough. And its way too long. Admittedly tho', I've been totally spoiled by the better "Tribune" which plays in half the time and seems more interesting to me.
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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SUCCESS!

This is now my second most played game ever. And I still like it. I could have sworn that this wouldn't be able to live up to the hype but hey. I was wrong.
 
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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FAILED!

Our second worker placement game that didn't really live up to the hype. Like Agricola, this isn't a bad game (Although I far prefer Agricola), but I don't see the glory of it. Magna Carta tried to make it better by reducing the time, but instead it took out all that was good about Caylus and kept the bad. Oh well.
 
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4. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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SUCCESS!

This is the only wargame I've ever gotten my girlfriend to play. And she'll happily play it more. That has to count for something.
 
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5. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:253]
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FAILED!

An inferior version of Command & Colors: Ancients with prettier bits.
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6. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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FAILED!

Again, not a bad game, but it's an engine building game without much of a twist in my opinion.
 
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7. Board Game: Tempus [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1488]
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SUCCESS!

And I go against the grain pretty badly. Tempus was hailed like crazy as the greatest thing since Civilization. And then it was released to the audience which proceeded to shred it to bits. Whatever. I like it.
 
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8. Board Game: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1073]
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FAILED!

And speaking of Civilization beaters. This is another one that came super hyped and then crashed and burned really fast. I like this game just fine, and I'm happy to own it + expansion. But I have to go with the grain and say that it isn't the end all of be all of games.
 
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9. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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SUCCESS!

Its a bit longer that I'd wish, and to be honest this is right on the cusp of being a fail. But the meat in this game holds it up well.
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10. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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FAILED!

It sure was pretty. But for me, all I saw was an inferior Ameritrash game that doesn't stand up to the classics of that genre.
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11. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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SUCCESS!

Now here's a game that was super hyped when it came out and I mostly ignored it. Why would I want yet another shipping game? Because its super awesome, that's why! I almost missed this gem if it wasn't for a big discount. And oh boy am I glad I didn't.
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12. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1583]
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FAILED!

The cute sheep got everybody hyped up. And then we started playing the game...
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13. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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FAILED!

It's just a little too unforgiving for me. The nicer "Railroad Tycoon" fails for me too by having too big a map.
 
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14. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
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SUCCESS!

My favorite war game.
 
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15. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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SUCCESS!

The classic 6 year champion. I wouldn't place it at the top of my own personal list. But I certainly like it.
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16. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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SUCCESS!

Absolutely awesome. I can see why this was first place before Puerto Rico came to town.
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