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Here are my current top 25 favorites. I would love suggestions on what games I should add to my collection (such as Power Grid or New England) based upon the type of games that I enjoy. You can also see my collection and Top 10 at <A TARGET=BLANK HREF=http://hometown.aol.com/brettbartn/Games.html>http://hometown.aol.com/brettbartn/Games.html<;/A>
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1. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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I wish I could put my finger on just what it is about this game that I find so compelling; however, I am never able to say precisely what it is that makes this game head and shoulders above the rest. The limitless options, the balanced scoring mechanism and the monuments are just a few of the enjoyable aspects of this game. Of course, this game is a heavyweight and I tend to enjoy those types of games more than most. If you like heavy strategy and you don't mind a little conflict, then this game is for you
 
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2. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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El Grande truly is a grand game. It embodies everything that I look for in a solid strategy game. The components are great, though I find the game board colors to be mildly dull. The Castillo and the dials make for some grueling decisions. Just as in Tigris & Euphrates, there is nothing subtle about the player interaction in these games.
 
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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What's to say that hasn't already been said about Puerto Rico? A wonderful combination of gaming mechanisms that blend into one heck of a game.
 
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4. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Whoa!?!?! Where did this come from? If you were tracking with me on the first three titles, you might be surprised with this selection at the four spot. Obviously, the brain sometimes needs a break in between bouts of the heavyweight games. So enfer Citadels, the ultimate game when it comes to trying to outsmart your opponents as to what they will do and what role they will choose. Lots of fun, but can drag on in games with more than 5 players.
 
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5. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:554]
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Whew...back to the heavyweights. La Città is mesmerizing in the pain and suffering it can put you through to manage your 5 political actions as you try to compete with neighboring cities while still being able to feed the hungry people in your city. La Città is a great adaption of Sim City to a competitive boardgame.
 
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6. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:734]
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Though not as popular and mainstream as the other heavyweights, Medina is a great game (especially with four players). Things get crowded in a hurry as players scramble to get good position and tally the most points.
 
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7. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:306]
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Knizia's second entry here is good fun utilizing cards as the tools for gaining influence in Indian provinces.
 
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8. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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In my opinion, this game really plays well with 5 players, making the auction phase quite tense.
 
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9. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:208]
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An American classic.
 
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10. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
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Knizia again. I guess I like his games. I'll let the rest of my list speak for itself. Please feel free to comment and/or offer suggestions.
 
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11. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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12. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1492]
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13. Board Game: A Game of Thrones Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2293]
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14. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:514]
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15. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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16. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
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17. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1201]
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18. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:565]
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19. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:571] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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20. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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21. Board Game: Löwenherz [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:803]
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22. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:401]
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23. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:498]
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24. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:897]
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25. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:135]
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