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Ever have low (or no) expectations for a game, and have it quickly become what of your favorites? Especially when everyone slags a game, and then you find it to be a favorite!
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:494]
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Carcassone...The Castle?! Who needs another Carcassonne game! And this one only plays 2 players! But once you sit down, figure out the rules, and begin playing, you meet with a pleasant game that has all the warm familiarity of Carcassonne, with enough of its own flavor (including tile design, keep scoring, enclosed limits) to really feel like a game of it's own. Much better than my initial expectations (which, admittedly were low because I thought Reiner Knizia would find some way to add 5 suits of numbered cards to the game...)
 
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2. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
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My perception of Meuterer went from 'dumbed-down kid brother of Verrater' to 'one of the coolest card games ever' after finally getting a chance to play it this summer. Tricky commodity competition, keep the hi-scoring captain in check, vying for control of the ship's destination, warily eyeing the pirate's ship -- ARRRR! The rules take about 3 reads to get down, but what a game! What a price!
 
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3. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:986]
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Big City may be the most overlooked family board game in the history of family board games. And now that it is out of print, it will never get an expansion (which is so richly deserves), nor proper appreciation by the still-ignorant public. Enough like 'SimCity' to appeal thematically, and lots of room for good tactics.
 
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4. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:919]
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Land Unter rates (for me) as one of the best family card games ever behind Bohnanza, Frank's Zoo, For Sale. Wonderful artwork, and unique and interesting mechanics that have to be played to be understood. Shocked this game is so unplayed! Huge hit with everyone I have introduced it to.
 
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5. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:745]
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Fairy Tale: A CCG type game with Anime artwork is not something that appeals to me by description. But playing it completely changed my mind. This revolutionizes fillers and proves that fillers can be so good that you'll play them as a main course at a gaming night.
 
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6. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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Cartagena looked like Tim Burton's version of Candyland. No thanks. But at Funagain.con, Fall 2002, I played it and still consider it one of the coolest tactical racing games. Much fun, great price, keep you on your toes! Perennial favorite with non-gamers.
 
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7. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1067]
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Odin's Ravens is so familiar (part dominoes, part race game, part mess with your opponent) and yet so strange (auxilary deck, oddly colored computer generated artwork) that it seemed to get kind of lost a bit. After playing the game 7 times, it finally 'clicked' and I now think it to be one of the best 2-players games I have played -- highly replayable.
 
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8. Board Game: Frank's Zoo [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1193]
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Frank's Zoo: If Big City is the most overlooked family board game of all time, Frank's Zoo must be the most overlooked family CARD game. A neat non-linear system that is sort of a rolling-trick game, that has partnerships, and a neat scoring system, and great artwork. This has been a smash hit with non-gamers too. For how light it is, it is remarkably unique and interesting.
 
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9. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:854] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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Saboteur not picked up by an Amiercan company?? Why not? I had no expectation, and got a very light secret-partnership game with nice artwork and a 3-10 player range all for less than $10! Ay caramba! Why don't YOU own this yet?
 
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10. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1684]
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StreetSoccer: A soccer boardgame. How droll. Ah! but until you play it, you can't imagine how much a sports themed boardgame with dice could be so much fun. Light, quick, insanely replayable, my only disappointment is that I can't buy the figures in kits of my favorite teams from Europe!
 
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11. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1137]
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Clans has a gigantic board (that I still think includes some sort of futuristic shrinking/enlarging technology that Venice Connection is holding onto) lots of colorful huts, dirt-simple rules, and a great system of light bluffing, light deduction, and light competition. Abstract to be sure, but somehow endearing despite that. And games only take about 10 minutes. Filler board game -- who knew?
 
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12. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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BANG! Have you played this with a non-gamer yet? Only do so if you want that to be the only game they play for the next 6 months. That is how popular this game has been with my friends. 7 of them now own decks, with more planning to get their own, and they'll sometimes play 3-4 times in a night. I like variety, but have to admit, BANG! is the HIT game of all time with my non-gamer friends. It even gets more hype than Bohnanza with these guys.
 
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13. Board Game: Dragon's Gold [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1518]
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Dragon's Gold: Again, kind of under the radar. Pure negotiation in the basic game with neat scoring, and terribly tight time constraints with appropriately severe penalties for people who can't make agreements.
 
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14. Board Game: Tonga Bonga [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3311]
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Tonga Bonga is nearly impossible to describe quickly. It looked complicated and simple at the same time: too complicated to be enjoyed by families, too simple to be enjoyed by gamers. But boy was I wrong. This game is absolutely brilliant with 4 players. It's part race game, part economic game, part tactical assignment game -- it's impossible for me to descibe how appealing this game is. HOW IS THIS OUT OF PRINT?!
 
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15. Board Game: Armadöra [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2675]
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Nuggets is good with 2, great with 3, and drop-dead increible with 4 player partnerships. Such an itty-bitty game, such imple-simple rules, but packs a lot of punch for such a short game! Way fun!
 
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16. Board Game: Andromeda [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2237]
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Andromeda: You try and find one non-gamer that doesn't like this game. The art, the simple rules, the Cosmic Puck -- it may be older, it may not be ultra-strategic, but it'll get played often.
 
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17. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2279]
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Hellas a 2 player wargame...thanks but I already own Battle Cry. Well, come back and try this again. Part exploration game, part war game, part tactical action card game -- I've had so many memorable playings of this that it defies belief. Swingy? Absolutely. But very fun, and I am shocked at the muted reception.
 
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18. Board Game: Coda [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:2885]
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Coda looks very dull: black and white tiles with numbers on them. And deduction games are about the bottom of the food chain as far as capturing my interest. But since discovering Coda, I have played it over 50 times, and recommend it as wonderful filler. NOTE: You need to play with the "It's Rude To Point" variant: simply omit the phrase in the rules that says you must point to a specific tile before making your guess. Instead, simply choose a player, and ask them if they have a certain tile.
 
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19. Board Game: Bean Trader [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:5711]
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Bean Trader: This is the game that got me thinking about this list. It is the most underrated overrated game ever. See, everyone was expecting the next 'Bohnanza' which it isn't so they were crushed and rated it quite low and it never sold well. But then I read those reviews, was disappointed, played it and now enjoy it just as much as Bohnanza for the reason that it is a fun family 'delivery' game with approachable artwork and theme. It has been called 'overrated so often' that it has become underrated! And (except for the initial disappointment) I think the Bohnanza theme is a good choice -- if only because the artwork is a beacon to non gamers.
 
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