Your Greatest Hit: What is your most thumbed Review and why?
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Towards the end of last year I posted a Definitive List of BGG World Records which included various categories for the Top BGG Contributions of all time, and a more specific and extensive follow-up list, All-Time Greatest Hits: Top 20 BGG Reviews (2008 edition).

But now it's your turn. BGG is a tremendous resource not just because of the top contributors, but because of the combined efforts of many contributors. That means that your contribution - great or small - plays an important role in making BGG what it is. And that's what this list is about: it's time to show-case your top contributions.

What is your most thumbed review, and why do you think it has received the most thumbs?

Is it because it is well-written or well-argued? Is it because it was the first for a new game? Is it because it is humorous? Or is it something else? Include the reasons why you think it has been your biggest hit, a link to your review, and a link to your other hot reviews. Use this link to see your hot reviews in order of thumbs received:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/browse/boardgame/0?username=...
(replace my user name with your own)

Enjoy browsing the efforts of our BGG reviewers, and where appropriate head over to the reviews themselves and give them a thumbs up! By adding your own top review to this list, maybe you'll get some more well deserved thumbs for it yourself! Don't be shy - even if you've only ever written one review and it has only 3 thumbs up, it belongs on this list, and here's your chance to give it some more views! I salute you all, the reviewers of BGG!

Feel free to comment on the reviews posted by others as well, and offer encouragement where appropriate.

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This is a link to the gallery of all the top reviews on BGG, in case you want to get ideas about what makes a popular review, by browsing the most successful ones.

To get things started in the list below, I've added the all-time top review on BGG, and my own top review. Please add yours in a similar format if possible. Thanks for contributing!
 
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Posted Thu Aug 21,2008 by Matthew Scrivner (MScrivner)

Current Recommends: 462 thumbsup

Reason why: This is our all time top review, and a big part of its success is the compelling, chatty and witty style used by Ameritrasher Matthew Scrivner to provide six reasons why Agricola is so lovable, and of course the fact that it is about the #1 game on BGG.

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Current Recommends: 416 thumbsup

Reason why: I was fortunate enough to get this review out when Dominion was still quite new, so the thumbs were partly a result of the game's hype, as well as the fact that my review included lots of pictures, and was helpful to people wondering what the game was about.

EndersGame's hot reviews link:
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4. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
 
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I got the most thumbs---a very modest 58 compared to the heavy hitters mentioned at the beginning of this list---for this review. I try to go a bit more in-depth in reviews than just a rehash of the rules and how play proceeds, and in this case I think I struck a good balance between brevity and depth. It helped considerably that I truly like this game, meaning it's easier to write in a light-hearted fashion about it. My later Liberté-review is, I think, too heavy. (Not to mention that Liberté is a very odd game to play.)

But judge for yourself: here are my other reviews.
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This is my most thumbed review at 29 thumbsup.

I think the reason this review got more thumbs than any of my others is that TS is a game I'm passionate about, and I think that shines through in my review.

My review of Fields of Fire is slowly creeping up though.
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Is there anything better than getting to add Busen Memo to a list with a legitimate reason? With 38 thumbs, this one is my top thumb-getter.

I believe I scored big because, as mentioned above, not even Tom Vasel reviewed it before I did (Tom still hasn't reviewed it, but with his new video review series, I suspect it's an instant hit)>
 
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Posted Wed Jul 16,2008 (jjacjackson)

Current Recommends: 53

Reason why: Two reasons really:
1) It was a negative review
2) A Eurogamer reviewing a GMT semi-war game

jjacjackson's reviews link:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/browse/boardgame/0?usern...
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I made 16 thumbs, and I'm happy!

No idea why though...
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This is my highest-rated review. And as my only review, it's also my lowest-rated! It's also currently the highest-rated review of the game.

Current Recommendations: 37. (In a row?!)

Why:
1. The designer, unbeknownst to me at the time, is a well-regarded member here.
2. It's really negative, and thus,
3. It was controversial.

If I had to do it over again, I'd probably tone it down. Luckily Stephen Glenn was a good sport about it, so my hat was (and is) off to him. However, I would still leave in the 2 Girls 1 Cup reference (Wikipedia link, SFW). Coprophagia = comedy gold!
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10. Board Game: Field Commander: Rommel [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1681]
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This is my highest with 65 thumbsup
I think it is so because:
1. It was a popular wargame last year and I wrote one of only two reivews on it.
2. I always try to do a critical analysis of the game and sum it all up with my "things I like about the game " and "Things that can be annoying angry " which gives a "quick and dirty" assesment.
3. I played the game about 10 times before writing the review so I had a lot of practical experience to write about.
4. I always give my opinion straight up: whether it is effusive praise cool or total condemnation yuk I always speak my mind so (I hope) my honesty shines through.
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11. Board Game: Munchkin Quest [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:3769]
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My most thumbed review was of Munchkinquest with 66 thumbs.

I believe this is because I strongly savaged the game.
My positive reviews where I try to encourage people to buy
and play the game got far fewer thumbs.
Go figure.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/324437

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This is my best to date, currently with 89 thumbs. I wrote it fairly soon after Twilight Struggle appeared, and TS was a very hot game at the time. (Still is, actually!) That was undoubtedly part of the reason for its warm reception.

But I also put an awful lot of effort into this review. As the title suggests, I wanted to compare and contrast this game, which was clearly inspired by CDG wargames, with the Euros that are what I usually play and enjoy. I talked about the production values, the rulebook, the kinds of choices and control that the players have (and don't have), the "paths to victory and defeat", and the historical background and the way the gameplay reflects the actual behaviors and thought processes of the original cold warriors.

For a while, this was among the top 20 reviews on the Geek, as measured by thumbs. Now it's slipped quite a ways from that position, eclipsed by any number of newer and very well-written reviews. But I'm still very proud of it.
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This review of Blue Moon got me 18 thumbs. It generated only one reply, adding information and a addedum by me when another deck was added to the game.

I try to write comprehensive reviews, and this may be my most comprehensive.

OTOH, the game is probably more popular than the others I wrote reviews for.

My most commented on review was for C&C:A exp. 1, when I was the first on the board to get it and post pictures.

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My most thumbed review (with a mere 35 thumbs) is this one on Three Battles of Manassas. (I listed it as a Session Report, but I've come to realize that it's really a review with a session report included.)

Why is it popular?

(1) It's a game I love. I like it when that shows through (unfavorable reviews can also be enjoyable to read, but good ones are rare.)

(2) It's a game that doesn't have a lot written about it, so someone who's looking to learn about Three Battles of Manassas has a good chance of reading my review.

(3) I wrote more about the feel of the game---what makes it unique and enjoyable---than about the bare mechanics. I'd rather read about the feel in a review; if I decide I like the game, I can read the rules for myself.
 
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This review of Hive is part of my "Every 100 Games Series" and I have no idea why it is my most thumbed review. It wasn't about a recent game, it wasn't controversial, it wasn't different than any of my other reviews, it didn't create a lot of discussion, it wasn't even game number 1000. I just don't know why. Either way I enjoyed writing it and enjoy writing reviews for the series.
 
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This happened to be my first review and also my best thumbed so far with 47. I feel it was well received because of it being informative and objective.

I've submitted a few more reviews following the same format but none so well received. I assume they were less recognized because the other reviews I've submitted were for games less frequented by BGGers.
 
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46 thumbs for the thread + 22 thumbs for the first entry = 68 thumbs total.
This was in fact part 12 in a series of statistical explorations of this game which got me another 107 thumbs in total, bringing the total to 175 thumbs. Of course, only a small part of those are relevant for the position in a thumb-based ranking.

The reason why I got that many thumbs for this is probably that it was a lot of work of a highly geeky nature, and since many (if not most) of us around here are geeks to at least some extent, that was appreciated by quite a few users.
 
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30 thumbsups. I believe people were delighted to see a review highlighting the new innovations in board game design.
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With 16 thumbsup, my Advance to Boardwalk review is my most thumbed review. I believe it has gotten those thumbs because it was the first and remains the only review of the game.
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This is the highest thumbed of my series of "Geeklist Game Reviews."

It currently has 178 thumbsup

If I were to venture a guess as to why this (and the others in the series) have all done well, I'd say it's because of the extensive use of pictures and the way I summarized the differences in versions.

Other Geeklist Game reviews include:

Pandemic
Cosmic Encounter
DOOM: The Boardgame
The Settler's of Catan
Railroad Tycoon
 
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Current recomendations: 21

This is the game's top thumbed review because I kept a review of a light, fun game...light and fun.

My top thumbed review of Heroes Incorporated is in the "standard" review form, and is probably my favorite. I think it's popular because I made some good points and shared my enthusiams for the game. I, Paragon, Command You to Play This Game
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Posted: October 13, 2007

Current Recommendations: 103

Reason why: I have no freaking idea. I would have thought my most thumbed review would have been for some really popular game like Agricola, or one of my longer reviews, like for Through the Ages. But instead, it's Galaxy Trucker. I was shocked to see it had passed the century mark.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's well written (it's not every day you get to write, "That's a ten-forward, good buddy") and covers the essentials nicely. It's just not one I would have picked to be on top.

Probably the big reason is that not only was this the first posted review of this game, the next ones didn't show up for almost a month (CGE had sent me the prototype to play prior to its release at Essen). So people looking for information about this anticipated game had only my review to check out. It probably gathered thumbs slowly over the weeks following its appearance, which also explains my surprise at the total. Anyway, I'm very pleased to have one of my reviews reach three digits worth of thumbs and at least the one that did it is a good example of my writing.
 
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Posted Mon Nov 3, 2008 (Jeff)

Current Recommends: 74 thumbsup

Reason why: The main reason why is timing. I got the opportunity to play this game before BGG.con, when not many people had a chance to see it yet. The buzz was high. I hope I did an adequate job of explaining the mechanics so that people could get a feel for the game before it was widely available.
 
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Steel Driver:

+ It was the first (and still the only) BGG review of Steel Driver (I bought it from Essen Spiel 2008).

I still agree with my writing though '9' is a bit inflated but on the other hand '8' would definitely be too low (8,6 would be correct?).

Edit addition: Currently 53 thumbs up for the thread (+ 24 more from my first entry + some geekgold).

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At 45 thumbsup my Thebes review is at the top. There are several reasons for it to be my top review:

1. It took about 3 months to write and 25 game sessions for Thebes...
2. In the last day after three months of dabbling I wrote about 90% of the review but I needed some alcoholic bevarages to wrap it all up, so it is partly written in a creative stupor and I think some people like that kind of incoherrent rambling.
3. I cluttered it with images as people like to look at pretty pictures more than read reviews, especially if they're drunk.
4. I made reference to the new Indiana Jones film, which wasn't released at the time and I think at that time people might have thought it was going to be a good movie.
5. Made some WWII nazi-references. Always a hit.
6. I used spell check.

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