What do you think of your 10 "Best" Games (per BGG)?
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Someone asked a question in the forums about seeing your collection (games you own) by BGG rank. That got me to thinking about the supposed creme de la creme of my collection.

So, do me a favor, go to your collection and find the 10 highest ranked games (by BGG) and post an entry here telling me about them. See my first entry as a guideline.

And just so you know, you don't really have to rummage through your closets.

Just click on the "Adv. Game Search" link up next to the search window. You'll get a screen like this:



From there, simply fill in the average user rating range and check two check boxes (Search Games Owned and Filter Expansions) and hit "enter". Here's an example of what you fill in (the blue stuff).



That'll bring up a screen that's almost what we need. Just click on "Overall Rank", like in the picture below:



At that point, you'll see your game collection in order of BGG rank. Just pull off the top 10 (jot them down or cut and paste) and create a geek list entry here (use the 10th ranked game for your entry).

And tell us what you think about those 10 games.

That's it.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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1. Agricola
2. Puerto Rico
3. Power Grid
5. Tigris & Euphrates
9. Princes of Florence, The
15. Die Macher
20. Ra
24. Pandemic
29. Go
31. Settlers of Catan, The

I haven't yet tried Agricola. Puerto Rico is a fine game, but I'm tired of it. It was ruined by the analyzers who try to tell us "optimal" strategies. Power Grid was good the one time I played, but I don't know that I'll bother re-learning it and teaching it to others. It'll likely be a conventions-only thing (where I can get a refresher every time).

I played Tigris & Euphrate a couple of times when it came out and it just seemed like one in the endless chain of similar games. Princes of Florence is a fine little game that just doesn't come out often because we don't usually have the numbers of time for such. Die Macher is a wonderful game, but I suspect the next time I'll have 270 consecutive minutes for a game will be sometime in about 2017, when the kids are teenagers.

Ra is extremely overrated. Cute and tolerable. Pandemic had its 15 minutes of glory and I'm stupified that it's so highly ranked on BGG. Good game, likely seldom to be played in the future.

I have never played Go, to my knowledge and I haven't played Settlers of Catan for close to 10 years. It just got old.

So here's the scorecard (+1 = a game I will likely play more, -1 = a game I am unlikely to ask for in the future).

Agricola
Puerto Rico (-1)
Power Grid
Tigris & Euphrates (-1)
Princes of Florence, The (+1)
Die Macher
Ra (-1)
Pandemic
Go (-1)
Settlers of Catan, The (-1)

That's a net rating of -4 for my BGG Top 10. Looks like that puts me outside the mainstream. Who'd'a thought?
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Kudos on an interesting list!

1. Agricola +
3. Power Grid -
4. Twilight Struggle
7. Caylus +
10. Through The Ages +
12. War of the Ring +
15. Die Macher -
17. Brass +
20. Ra -
22. Railroad Tycoon +

Lets see.

Agricola: I do like me some Agricola. I personally prefer the family version, it reduces the AP and the game is fun without the cards. I think it deserves its high rank.

Power Grid is interesting because I like the game, and haven't played it to death, but I find myself suggesting other games to play instead. It could be because the last time I played it was a marathon 6 player game of death and I have no desire to play PG with 6 again. Ever. Great game though.

Twilight Struggle, I like, I don't play it too often, as my 2 player opportunities are limited. I like the theme, and I like the game. I kept this one over 1960, which I didn't like as much.

Caylus, I like. I prefer Caylus Magna Carta, however. I like the random element that shakes up the game a bit. Still, Caylus is great.

Through the Ages is probably my favorite game on this list, and possibly my favorite overall game ever. Incredible game. VERY fun with 3. Ok with 4.

War of the Ring I picked up when working at GenCon the year it was released. I wasn't really INTO the hobby at the time. I took it home, and attempted to play with my gamer (but non boardgamer) buddies. We floundered with the rules and eventually played something else instead. It has not been played again since. However I still have my copy and intend to try again, now that I'm a full blown nerd.

Die Macher I find Die Macher amusing, but entirely too fiddly and convoluted. I don't hate it, but I won't suggest it much either.

Brass I really like Brass. I need to play this one more often. The rulebook is terrifyingly long, but once someone taught me how to play I loved it.

Ra is a great auction game, and my group seems to default to Ra a lot. I like it, but I really have no reason to own my copy. And no reason to suggest it, as the others do that for me.

Railroad tycoon is unloved, unrightfully so, I enjoy the game, I like its largesse, and its just the right weight of traingame for me. I enjoyed the Rails of Europe expansion once, and we really need to play it again.

I'm a little more mainstream than I thought.

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Who knew.
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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3 - Power Grid +1
5 - Tigris & Euphrates +1
15 - Die Macher
16 - Shogun +1
19 - 1960: The Making Of The President -1
20 - Ra +1
21 - Goa +1
22 - RR Tycoon +1
29 - Go +1
31 - Settlers +1

All +1's, except Die Macher (which I'd like to play, but probably never will, but I have it just in case) and 1960 (Which I found to be a yawnfest but I keep it because my wife likes it). That gives me +7. I don't know what that means.
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4. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
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2. Puerto Rico
5. Tigris & Euphrates
8. Race for the Galaxy
9. Princes of Florence, The
14. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
17. Brass
21. Goa
31. Settlers of Catan, The
35. Wallenstein
36. Hammer of the Scots

Overlap with Randy: 4 (Puerto Rico, E&T, Princes of Florence, and Settlers)

However, I don't hold on games I'm no longer interested in playing; the only games on the list I haven't played in 2008 are The Princes of Florence & Hammer of the Scots, each of which I played in 2007. I suppose Hammer of the Scots is the most likely to disappear from my collection without further play (which would currently put Ticket To Ride, at #43, in its place). But I don't think that too likely; my score would currently stand at +10, therefore.
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5. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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Sadly, I own so many games that my personal list wasn't very insightful, so I added my own thoughts to each.

1. Agricola - Quite good. I was fearful it was overhyped, but after playing, I liked it.
2. Puerto Rico - I agree 100% with Randy's comments.
3. Power Grid - I like this one a little more every time I play it.
4. Twilight Struggle - Need to play this one more.
5. Tigris & Euphrates - My all-time favorite.
6. El Grande - Was in my first Euro game purchase (along with Settlers and Bohnanza) years ago. Should revisit this one.
7. Caylus - Bought early and liked it, but had less staying power than I expected.
8. Race for the Galaxy - Definitely a good game, but I somewhat prefer the simplicity of San Juan, despite its flaws.
9. Princes of Florence - An excellent game.
13. Commands & Colors: Ancients - One of the games I like the most but play the least. I need to find a way to get this out more often.
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6. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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First, great idea for a list.

The top 10 BGG-rated games in my collection are:

1. Agricola
2. Puerto Rico
3. Power Grid
4. Twilight Struggle
21. Goa
23. BattleLore
29. Go
37. Memoir '44
40. Ticket to Ride: Europe
43. Ticket to Ride

Agricola I acquired through a math trade and it hasn't hit the table yet, so I have no opinion on it. Ditto for Power Grid.

Puerto Rico is a one time favorite that is still a great game, but more often than not, we now play San Juan (my "#11") instead because there's no set up - just shuffle and play.

Twilight Struggle is one of my favorite games of all time, and I rate it a 10, so I'm higher than the average rating.

Goa is a fabulous game. I rate it an 8, and I enjoy it with 2, 3, and 4 players equally well.

Battlelore I received as a birthday present last December and while I've taken off the shrink, I haven't taken the game out of the box and I don't think I will be. I've tried to trade it away in a few math trades now...

Go is another of my 10's, and I play it frequently via pbem. My rating is higher than BGG's.

Memoir '44 is a game I enjoy, and my rating is very close to the BGG rating.

Ticket to Ride: Europe and Ticket to Ride are my #9 and #10, and my ratings for all the TTR games are essentially a half point higher than the BGG rating. Although I play all the TTR games, and rate them all similarly, TTR:Europe is my favorite for >3 players, and TTR:Nordic is my favorite for 2-3.

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7. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:225] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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An interesting exercise. The first surprising thing to me was how few of the Top-100 games I own. I think most of the top games are decent, but not great enough to spend my small budget on. Plus, I only recently got back into gaming after a six-year hiatus, so despite some new purchases, the bulk of my collection is "behind the times."

3. Power Grid (+1): I enjoy playing this, especially on BSW. My normal gaming groups have a decent amount of turnover, so this one doesn't make it out face-to-face a lot as the auctions are a little intimidating to new people.
22. Railroad Tycoon (+1): A lot of fun--the downside being the difficulty in transporting it.
24. Pandemic (+1): I agree with the original poster that this doesn't have too much staying power amongst harder-core gamers. But my parents love this game--and otherwise they only play Scrabble. So, it gets my support just for that.
31. Settlers of Catan (-1): Haven't played in ten years, and don't see that changing anytime soon.
49. Carcassonne (+1)
51. Acquire (+1)

67. Civilization (+1): (w/ Adv. Civ.) Wish I could play more. I'm currently trying to find a weekend to get 7 or so people together for it.
92. Indonesia: I really like it, but I don't think the rest of my group does.
125. Squad Leader: I don't get to play wargames much anymore. And tactical sims aren't really my taste.
132. Magic: The Gathering (-1): Never really played intensely. I'm glad I kept my cards since when I was a counselor at a summer camp, I connected with the kids during rest periods by playing the game with them.

Total (+4) Seems decent.
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8. Board Game: Starfarers of Catan [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:848]
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Obviously, I am more a casual gamer than a collector. I mostly play these games with my kids.

31 Settlers of Catan -1 trading with the kids is fickle
37 Memoir '44 -1 I'd rather play Heroscape
49 Carcassonne +1 still fun my mixing/matching expansions
73 Hive +1 I like abstracts
98 Blokus +1 good abstract, but too easy to beat the kids
119 Heroscape: Rise of the Valkyrie +1 I have invested heavily in this
122 Pitchcar +1 fun for the whole family
197 Heroscape: Swarm of the Marro +1 see HS: ROTV
206 Chess +1 classic, universal
277 Starfarers of Catan -1 The kids like it
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9. Board Game: The Ark of the Covenant [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1144]
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31. Settlers of Catan
133. Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries +
40. Ticket to Ride: Europe
43. Ticket to Ride
62. Ticket to Ride: Marklin Edition +
68. Tikal +
96. RoboRally +
111. For Sale +
169. Travel Blokus
213. Ark of the Covenant


My list may be a little askewed because my wife is pregnant and toward the end (hopefully) of a six weeks of very bad morning (all day) sickness, and we have a one-year old. We have only played a few games recently (Balloon Cup and Weilong). During this time I received a late birthday present of TTR: Nordic Countries and it has set for weeks with being played. So currently I am feigning game playing and a healthy, happy, not sick wife even more.
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10. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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All of my top-ranked games rate at least 8 with me, so I am likely to play all of them more. It does consistently surprise me that I'm apparently an exception in being rarely disappointed with my purchases. I do my research, but I would have thought that's the norm. Here's my list in order of how eager I currently am to get them to the table:

6. El Grande
1. Agricola
3. Power Grid
13. Commands & Colors: Ancients
2. Puerto Rico
19. 1960: The Making of the President
32. Tichu
24. Pandemic
31. Settlers of Catan
48. San Juan

Tichu and San Juan are lower on the want-to-play list than my ratings would lead one to assume, as I play them all the time online.
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Age of Steam -- Rating: 9 Comment: After playing your mind quivers, not in shock or burnout, but in exactly the same way your legs will after a pounding your way up a steep hill: in the riotous enjoyment of being alive and working hard and knowing that next time, next time, you can do better.


Imperial -- Rating: 8.5 Comment: Modestly prone to groupthink even with good players (even more so with inexperienced players). Faintly reminiscent of the 1829 branch of 18XX crossed with Acquire. Surprisingly emergently complex for such a simple system. Don't bother with the beginner setup with pre-allocated shares. Also don't bother with the investor card. Go straight to the advanced variant with without the investor card. It is far more interesting. Also, bin the paper money and use poker chips for faster and easier play.

Note the rhythmic power of countries on opposite sides of the board from each other. There are interesting phase systems that can be worked with such country pairs.

When played without the investor card this rates an easy 8.5 for me. When played with the investor card it falls to a dismal 3. It simply isn't worth playing with the investor card.

The game without the investor card is notably phase-driven and moderately money starved. The reduced economy makes the exact timing of bond purchases far more important to specific country fortunes and to final player net worth than when playing with the investor card (each bond purchase forms a larger percentage of the player's final holdings as less bonds are bought).

The game is far improved by playing with a group dedicated to Imperial. There's an easy whole point rating available for that special circumstance. Sadly that's not locally available, not in the manner I prefer, so Imperial is shelved out of rotation and sits at 8.5.


Go -- Rating: 8


Settlers of Catan, The -- Rating: 5 Comment: A solid game, but insufficient control and screwage for what I want out of game these days. Fond fond memories though.


Ticket to Ride -- Rating: 3 Comment: TransAmerica plus a couple, just not plus a very large couple. More complex/intricate than Coloretto but with the same or lower decision density and complexity and without anything to compare to Coloretto's interesting concentration on card counting. Very nice presentation, bits, art -- its just that the game itself is mostly missing. Mostly plays the players.


Carcassonne -- Rating: 7 Comment: Hunters and Gatherers of Carcasonne is the far better game, but doesn't expand to six players. That keeps me coming back to basic Carcasonne. The 2 player game is particularly good and is perhaps where the base Cacrassonne game shines both best and better than the other Carcassonne games.

The bottomless supply of expansions bring Carcassonne to the game it deserves to be: a long rasher of careful probability measurement and opportunistic mayhem.


Battle Line -- Rating: 6


Roads and Boats -- Rating: 8 Comment: Oooff. Fairly decent brain burner, runs long, but intensely involving and very interactive, both in terms of implicit board positions and explicit negotiation. Suffers in comparison with games like Nueland in that the balance of focus is turned too far toward solo-optimisation versus competitive exploitation for my preferences.


Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation -- Rating: 6


Hive -- Rating: 7 Comment: The heavy wood was nice, but the poor production quality for the stickers (uneven placement and scarring) wasn't attractive given the cost. Solid little game design, tho I've doubts on long term replayability.

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Your proposed rating scale is inconsistent. Most of the listed games I expect to play again but have little to no wish to play again. For instance I expect to play LotR: Confontation with my kids but I have near no interest in playing it. Ditto for Ticket to Ride and others. My scale: +1 = a game I expect to ask to play again, -1 = a game I am unlikely to ask to play again.

Age of Steam +1
Imperial +1
Go +1
Settlers of Catan, The -1
Ticket to Ride -1
Carcassonne -1
Battle Line -1
Roads and Boats +1
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation -1
Hive -1
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12. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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Hmmm.... I almost have all of them....

1. Agricola - I really enjoy it. I'm not sure it's quite as big as it's hype, but I do really enjoy it, both as a family game and with the cards.
2. Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico had its day in the sun with me. I still don't mind it, and I'd like to try it with the expansion, but it's not one I'll suggest much anymore.
3. Power Grid - Another one I really enjoy. I'm anxiously awaiting getting it to the table again, especially with a new map.
4. Twilight Struggle - Played once, and I had a good time. I'd bet it will play better with repeated plays.
5. Tigris & Euphrates - Played once, and I don't remember it. It obviously didn't leave a tremendous impression, and I have no real desire to get it out again.
6. El Grande - Another thumbs up. I love the Castille. I love paradropping caballeros all over the board. Good tension.
7. Caylus - I enjoyed it the first few times I played it, but other games, like Pillars of the Earth, have quickly replaced it as a frequent choice.
8. Race for the Galaxy - Again, I like this one. I've only played a couple of times, but I like how everything interacts.
9. The Princes of Florence - Another good one, in my opinion. One of the most tense auction games I've ever played.
12. War of the Ring - Played twice and enjoyed both times. I don't like how specific and complicated the cards are, though. I really think that could have been simplified a bit.

Hmmm. 9/10 from the top 10 and #10 is on pre-order. I like pretty much all of them, and don't dislike any of them. I guess my tastes aren't too discerning!
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13. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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So here's the scorecard (+1 = a game I will likely play more, -1 = a game I am unlikely to ask for in the future).

1 Agricola (+1)
2 Puerto Rico (-1)
4 Twilight Struggle (+1)
3 Power Grid (+1)
14 Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (+1)
13 Commands & Colors: Ancients (+1)
6 El Grande (+1)
11 Age of Steam (+1)
15 Die Macher
9 Princes of Florence, The (-1)

Ok so..
I have yet to play Die Macher, despite owning a copy for a long time. I truly enjoy the rest of the games. I only have played PoF once, and while it was a fine game, I have no more interest in that than PR - I'd rather play something else, though I wouldn't complain if everyone else was playing either and that was my only choice. TS and Hannibal won't get played much due to the number of players and their length, but they are excellent games and if the situation was right, I'd definitely play.

The BGG is collectively very wrong in ranking my #1 game at 11
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14. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Dan Neher
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2. Puerto Rico (+1) One Play. Five players. Looking forward to next play.
3. Power Grid (+1) One Play. Three players. Looking forward to next play.
5. Tigris & Euphrates (+1) Multiple plays. Vague idea of what I'm doing. Will surely enjoy the next play as much as the previous ones, namely, a lot.
6. El Grande (0) Unplayed. Indifferent after reading rules. Waiting for four or five veteran gamers (hard to come by in these parts) to try it.
9. Princes of Florence (+1) Played a few times and enjoyed it. Want to try again now that BGG threads have clued me into the strategy.
20. Ra (+1) Can't get enough.
21. Goa (+1) Second only to Ra in # of plays. Enjoy it more with each successive play.
29. Go (0) Unplayed and only a mild urge to try it.
30. Yinsh (+1) One play. Looking forward to the next one.
31. Settlers of Catan (+1) Love/hate relationship. Will probably play more frequently when Traders & Barbarians arrives.
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15. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1039]
Andrew Tullsen
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31 Settlers of Catan, The (-)
49 Carcassonne (+)
96 RoboRally (+)
116 Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
167 Diplomacy
187 History of the World (-)
189 Werewolf (+)
206 Chess (-)
209 Settlers of Catan Card Game, The (+)
255 Axis & Allies (+)

I don't really like Settlers. Funny as that might seem. I'm not exactly sure why.
Carc however is an awesome game. I love the tile laying.
Roborally - Great! I only wish I could play it more.
Carc Hunters - Haven't played it yet.
Diplomacy - Haven't played it yet. Need lots of people for this one.
HotW - I dislike that you can't move around in it. Rather annoying.
Werewolf - I use a minimum of roles, and when we have a big group, we'll play this.
Chess - Yeah, I own it. Who doesn't have a chess set?
Settlers card game - I like this more than regular settlers. You get more civ building fun.
Axis and Allies - Great game. I like it 2 player best. I know the setup by heart.


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16. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
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Of the ten highest-ranked games I own, Brass has the highest ranking of any game that hasn't been headlined here yet.

1. (#2) Puerto Rico - a 10 for me
2. (#3) Power Grid - 8
3. (#5) Euphrat & Tigris - 10
4. (#17) Brass - 9
5. (#20) Ra - 8
6. (#31) Settlers of Catan - 10
7. (#38) Samurai - 7
8. (#43) Ticket to Ride - 9
9. (#44) Modern Art - 8
10. (#45) Notre Dame - 7

I'll get Agricola eventually. So far it's been enough that one other player in my group owns it (and brings it every week).

1. Puerto Rico is a great game. What can I tell you that you don't already know about it? Well, I like it best with all five players, and I like it best with no modifications from the original game.

2. Power Grid is a top auction and economics game. We started digging this one as Funkenschlag, before the crayon-building part of the game had been stripped out.

3. Euphrat & Tigris was one of the first few games from the German Invasion to hit our tables. A terrific design, making lifelong Reiner Knizia fans out of all of us.

4. Brass is one of my favorites of the last year, easily beating out Liberté as my favorite Martin Wallace design ever. I like the slow build-up of detail and complexity of the options.

5. Ra was the game that proved you could have a really good game in just 45 minutes, and it has held up just fine even in competition with all the good 45-minute games that have come after it.

6. Settlers of Catan. Again, what can I say about this that you don't already know? A great system and a great base game that has spawned many worthy variants and spinoffs.

7. Samurai. I must admit I'm surprised to see Samurai this high in the rankings. It's a solid design but a very thinky game that only rarely hits our tables.

8. Ticket to Ride. A superb base game which in my opinion has only been diminished by the variants and spinoffs. Okay, the card game's not bad. But the simplicity is what makes this a classic for me.

9. Modern Art. A great air-filled confection of auction and groupthink. We don't play it often, but when we do it can be terrific fun.

10. Notre Dame. Another one I'm surprised to see rank so high. I don't turn my nose up when people want to play this game and have to admit I've been getting to like it better and better.

P.S. Actually, I see that I've left out Die Macher, Tichu, and Go, all of which rank higher than Notre Dame. At first I couldn't figure out how I'd missed them. Then I realized that since I'd been working with my collection of games rated 6.5 or better (a list I have a button for on my Quickbar), I'd missed some games I rate lower than that.

Obviously I'm not a huge fan of any of these three, though I'm happy to play them if that's what people want to play. I like Chess better than Go, Bridge better than Tichu, and Attila better than Die Macher.
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17. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:389]
 
Michel Boucher
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+1, must play again / 0, may play again / -1, not interested

75. Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 - 0
4. Twilight Struggle - 0
14. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage - 0
415. The Burning Blue - +1
28. Combat Commander: Europe - 0
8. Race for the Galaxy - 0
63. Here I Stand - +1
12. War of the Ring (First Edition) - 0
136. EastFront - 0
69. Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 - 0

There are the games I have played out of that list and there are a few games here that I will play anytime, The Burning Blue and Here I Stand. The rest are good, some are exceptional, but I would not necessarily list all these games as being my top ten.

Note that I must be the first poster here to have mostly wargames with only one Euro, rather than the other way around cool

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18. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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5. Tigris & Euphrates Cruelty is fun. T&E most impresses me for the way it creates KA-POW! situations in which a single, unpredictable move can radically alter the entire game board. Plays: 12

21. Goa This is our family's favourite long-ish game. I most like the endless possible strategies for victory, and the deeply subtle player interaction.Plays: 27

30. YINSH In my comments I call this "the little mindfuck," and compare it to a good philly cheese melt. Plays: 15

31. Catan We average about 4 games/week. Sometimes we randomise the harbours, sometimes we don't. Even when I get destroyed (like yesterday: 10-9-8-4), or someone rolls 11 seventeen times, I still have fun.Plays: 33

40. Ticket to Ride: Europe I don't win often. The addition of the green tickets (from the files section) has made the final scores closer in our family. People say this has less screwage than the original: they don't play with us. Plays: 10

48. San Juan Our favourite family game. 95% of our game nights close with a hand (or 2) of SJ. It's hard to describe why we love it, but we are 4 very different people, but this is a game we all agree on. (Three of us have also played Puerto Rico, and all 3 agree SJ is vastly superior.) Plays: 53

66. Mr. Jack I must be a masochist. Everyone beats me at this: I simply cannot get my head around coordinating the movements of the characters with turn order. But I still love it. Plays: 15

80. Through the Desert Of all the games on the list, this is the one I win consistently. I don't know why: it's a gut thing. Lots of paths to victory, doesn't feel anything like Go to me (and I love Go). The race to deplete a single colour of camels is fun, as is the hidden-chit variant. Plays: 19

94. Blue Moon City A lot of the people in my game club tell me this is the best game I own: I think it's pretty good, but let's not get carried away. I'm definitely a fan of the card-combining mechanics, but the modular board setup is more about variety than challenge: it doesn't really matter the way it does in Settlers or Through the Desert. Plays: 7

108. Lost Cities This is the game Shenomad and I have played most head-to-head. Great tension in a 15-minute cardstravaganza. Decisions, decisions. Plays: 84

I don't have to list +/-, because our collection is carefully constructed for variety, and thanks to BGG, we only buy games that will get played again & again (as you can see). Effectively, I'm at +10.

Great idea for a list!
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19. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:253]
Gabe Alvaro
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1. Agricola - Has been played at every Thursday game night for my group, save one, since it's English release. I've only played it a handful of times. I like the game and want to play it more. I don't like the I deck. I was glad to see it dethrone Puerto Rico for the number one spot on BGG. I personally have more desire to play it than Puerto Rico. +1

2. Puerto Rico - Great game, but my desire to play it fell off, so I downgraded my rating. Hopefully that's what others have done too. -1

5. Tigris & Euphrates - A masterpiece. I once played this three times in three hours. Needless to say, I'm comfortable with it. I'm good for this about once a month. 0

8. Race for the Galaxy - Love this. It's now my goto nightcap game, when all brain power has been exhausted learning newer games. RFTG fits me like an old comfortable pair of space slippers. +1

15. Die Macher - Proud to say I've played this at least five times, and I've taught it. I have yet to play a game of it though where there isn't a newbie and everybody is super comfortable with the rules. I think it would really begin to shine with 5 well-versed players. I hold out hope. +1

16. Shogun - This was recently, if not for long, discovered to be the highest rated game in my game group. Lots of fun. People love the tower. I do too. 0

20. Ra - Ra is the Jello™ of modern board games. There's always room for Ra. 0

21. Goa - I bring this to game night a lot, but it doesn't really get played unless there's at least three people present who know how to play it. +1

23. BattleLore - BattleLore is the Machu Picchu of my game collection. Sprawling, beautiful game that was just suddenly abandoned one day. I played 40+ games of this in 2007. I then played not a single game of this in 2008. -1

24. Pandemic - Lost some of its shine around my group. I still think it's fun. It gets brought in my bag every week simply because its thin box fits in a special pocket of my game bag. Lucky game. +1
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20. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
Aaron Cinzori
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1. Agricola - 9 (+1) I've had a lot of fun with this. I've gotten a lot of plays in a short amount of time which is unusual for me. I think that it's because my wife (not much of a game player), my 8-year-old son (an enthusiastic game player), and my gamer buddies all like the game. I'm not sure if this will make it to a 10 (and I don't know why I feel that way), but it is a very good game.
2. Puerto Rico - 10 (+1) This is a great game. I only play it every 2 or 3 months with folks who, like me, have played it around 10 or 20 times. But every time I play it, I enjoy it and I'm impressed with the variety of ways to win. It's in my top 3.
3. Power Grid - 10 (+1) My favorite game. I've enjoyed every game of it I've played. I own all the expansions. I'm always ready to play it. It feels like real brain-to-brain combat, but it's also genuinely fun.
5. Tigris & Euphrates - 8 (0) I played this quite a bit (for me) a few years ago, but it doesn't really call me anymore. I like the game play and I think it's a good game. I just usually want to play something else now.
7. Caylus - 7 (-1) I liked this a lot initially, but a string of 2-player games turned me off on it a bit. I like it better with 3 or 4 as long as we (including me) can keep it moving.
8. Race for the Galaxy - 8 (+1) Quick and fun. Easy to teach. I'm looking forward to playing this much more.
14. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage - 9 (+1) Great 2-player game. I like the Valley Games edition that I own. Engaging throughout. You get to deal with great swings of fortune every turn.
15. Die Macher - 7 (0) I like this, but I have to be in the right mood for it. That's partially because of the length even though I like other long games just fine. It might be that I don't play it enough to keep the big picture in my head. So it feels like a lot of moving parts that I can't quite see working together.
25. Age of Empires III - 7 (-1) This is fun if played quickly. It's a light game as far as I'm concerned. My wife and son like it pretty well which is probably why I still have it around.
28. Combat Commander: Europe - 8 (+1) This is the game I'm most excited about right now. I have a hard time finding opponents though. It's potentially a 9 or 10 for me, but I just haven't been able to play it enough to tell. My 8-year-old and I have played the first 3 or 4 turns of about 6 scenarios (because he loves getting the game out, setting it up, and playing a little before bed time), and I've played one full game with a grown-up. It seems very cool. I own all the expansions for it and have the next two on pre-order (I'm a sick, sick man).

Total: +4 Overall, I'm happy to play any of these games, and some of my all-time favorites are on the list. I guess I'm pretty mainstream for BGG.
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21. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
John Hilla
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1. Agricola: I dig it. I get the hype. I want to play now.
2. Puerto Rico: I'm with Randy on this one. Great game, but I'm not sure I need to play it again anytime soon.
4. Twilight Struggle: Haven't played it yet!
3. Power Grid: Ready to play anytime ... One of my faves.
5. Tigris & Euphrates: One of the first Euros I ever played ... I haven't played it in years now, but I never got to play it enough to get sick of it. I'd play again anytime. I certainly never mastered it!
6. El Grande: My personal #2 game ... Anywhere, anytime!
12. War of the Ring: Haven't played it yet!
19. 1960: The Making of the President: Haven't played it yet!
24. Pandemic: A lot of fun. I've played several times and had the results vary so widely that I don't feel I've played it out yet ... Still, one needs to be in the mood for a co-op game.
36. Hammer of the Scots: Haven't played it yet!
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22. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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2 Puerto Rico
3 Power Grid
5 Tigris & Euphrates
7 Caylus
11 Age of Steam
15 Die Macher
9 Princes of Florence, The
26 Imperial
59 Roads and Boats
21 Goa

Puerto Rico is one of my early Euro experiences. Introduced to Settlers and then managed to find PR. Love it when I first played it. My desire to play has decreased substantially over time as I have learned about many more games that match my tastes better. -1

Power Grid was another I came across early on. It was instant favorite of mine. We even had a PG tournament in our game group. Still, the more you play the better you get and the more the game begins to depend on random draws of power plants. My interest has waned, but the new China map as piqued my interest. +1 for China

T&E was a purchase based purely on BGG rank in my early Euro days. That was before I did some of the detailed research I do now when I buy a game. Then, I just looked at the top 20, read a review, and purchased. Still I am glad that I picked this one up. I don't get to play it often, but I would if I could. +1

I bought Caylus after playing another's copy. I like the lack of randomness, the player interaction, the way the board develops. I could see getting burnt after a while, but I don't get to play nearly often enough for that to happen. +1

Age of Steam is my single best purchase ever! I don't even remember the reasoning that led me to purchase it. The base game is awesome and some of the expansions are awesomer. +1 (can I give it more than that?)

A Christmas present from early on in my game collection. It's a funky game and I like it, but I have never even gotten my copy on the table. I think that because there are so many games that have jumped over this one in my personal rankings and the time it takes, I won't be requesting it. -1

Princes of Florence is another early pickup based mostly on ranking. Good, but not my thing. I will play only if someone else requests it. -1

Imperial is an awesome game. An easy top 10. Love the shifting alliances. Glad to see this reasonably highly ranked as it makes opponents easier to find. +1

Roads and Boats looks very cool. I have yet to play more than a few turns. +1

Goa was a purchase because my wife liked the game. It's good, but not one of my favorites. I will play if someone else asks for it. -1

Net: 2
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23. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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(I excluded games currently on my trade list - which leaves out Ingenious and RoboRally, neither of which I'm a huge fan of - which is, of course, why I'm trading or selling them )

7. Caylus (+)

The first heavy strategy board game I really liked. I haven't even had a chance to play it since I got my own copy, but I'd definitely like to get another game of this in sometime. It remains awesome despite the long playtime (3+ hours generally) and high AP potential (which contributes to the long playtime when I'm playing).

20. Ra

A bit overrated perhaps, but still a solid game. I've only played it twice and enjoy it reasonably well; I don't see it becoming a true favorite, but it's probably going to stick around for a while.

21. Goa (+)

Pretty dry, but I like it fairly well. I'll pick Caylus or Reef Encounter over this when I'm looking for a good heavy strategy game, but it's still up there and I'd like to play this again sometime soon as well.

31. Settlers of Catan (-)

I've liked this less and less the more I've played. It's not like I've really overplayed it either; I've only played it maybe a dozen times. I only picked up this copy in a math trade to give it a try with the family, and it didn't even go over too well there (took too long, 2 players out of the game half an hour before it actually ended). I may trade this away.

32. Tichu (+)

A solid game I enjoy. It will never be a 10 for me primarily because the luck factor can really screw up the game sometimes - players can completely lose the game because of the draw and no fault of their own - but it is generally very enjoyable and packed with tough decisions.

43. Ticket to Ride (+)

Fun for casual and heavy gamers alike. Always an enjoyable game.

51. Acquire

A good game I was glad to thrift. Not one I'll pull out all the time, but it's a good game I like to play occasionally.

56. Galaxy Trucker (+)

A fantastic game, and probably my favorite on this list. Always a blast to play, and we can toss in Rough Road Ahead to help balance it when newbies are playing.

80. Through the Desert

The only one on this list I have yet to play. I expect to like it but not love it =)

100. Torres (-)

Only played once, and I didn't especially like it (didn't hate it, but wasn't a lot of fun). It felt like the AP Potential was even worse than Caylus, but the decisions made were not all that interesting. I still have it because I want to try it once more before giving up on it.
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24. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:133]
Beau Bailey
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1. Agricola
3. Power Grid
8. Race for the Galaxy (+1)
13. Commands and Colors: Ancients (+1)
15. Die Macher (+1)
19. 1960
20. Ra
22. Railroad Tycoon
23. Battlelore (-1)
25. Age of Empires III (-1)

I've been playing tons of C&C:A and will likely play more over the next couple of months. My local group is very excited about the new RftG expansion so i will definitely be playing it more. I want to eventually get Die Macher to the table over the next couple of months. Battlelore is unlikely to hit the table for a while, due to the more recent acquisition of C&C:A, which is far superior. AoE3 has been played too many times too close together over the past month, kind of burned out on it for a while.


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25. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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o 1. Agricola the game is kind of dry and it isn't very intuitive what you are supposed to be doing. There is a lot of cube pushing and building, which I normally like, but this incarnation just leaves me scratching my head. I didn't feel fully engaged and I was constantly confused as to what I should do next (not because the choices were hard, but because the choices were non-obvious).

- 2. Puerto Rico is a one trick pony. If you don't follow the script, you are going to lose. PERIOD. When played with people of equal skill the game can be somewhat enjoyable as you can experiment with different strategies. With experienced players, the game drops into mechanical doldrums.

+ 3. Power Grid is the game that I think should be ranked #1. It is flawless design executed perfectly. Truly the masterpiece of masterpieces. I think the trick with this one is, most people aren't willing to experience the game and feel its intricacies choosing rather to lambaste its exterior and denounce it on minimal, cold, mechanical game play.

o 5. Tigris & Euphrates is a very pretty game. It has just the right amount of conflict and just enough exploration to be intriguing. The problem is that it requires a PhD in gameology to understand how to play it. The rulebook is poorly written and there are very few good player aids to guide players. There is no hope of getting a non-GAMER(TM) to play this on their first try. Even still, I have to have a rules-judge playing alongside to make sure everything is played right.

o 7. Caylus is the epitome of worker placement and building. The problem with it is length of play time. You get sick of playing about half way through. Otherwise this is a very excellent game and well executed.

o 8. Race for the Galaxy is a wonderful card game, and I would like it more except that it isn't very accessible to new gamers. The symbols can be very hard to understand, even with a cheat sheet in front of you. Once you know the symbols, the game flows quickly and is quite exciting, but up to that point, it is very tedious.

o 6. El Grande is a game I used to love. I'm not sure why it fell out of favor. One of the problems I have with it now is that I have the Decennial edition with the misprinted cards. I figure I should get off my but and get the new cards so I can actually play it. The trick is, there are so many other games I would rather play.

o 11. Age of Steam would get played every time I want to play something, but it is unapproachable for some reason and I can't quite put my finger on it. It is a terrific game, though unforgiving. Definitely not one to suggest to your mother-in-law...trust me, I speak from experience.

o 46. Up Front is a terrific game, but alas it is only 2 player. Add to that an excessively cryptic rule book and you have a deathly combination for a game. The upshot is, once you get through the dense rules, this is a very highly polished gem of a game. I absolutely adore it and if I had someone who would like playing it with me, I would leap at the chance.

- 29. Go has rules that are impenetrable. I've tried on 10 occasions to learn this game and I just can't GROK it. I've used trainers, read several variants on rule manuals and I just can't get it. I want to get it, just to see what all the hubbub is about.
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