Was 2004 the best year for games.....ever?
Garrett Potvin
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When I was reviewing my collection the other night, I was amazed to see how many games from 2004 I have rated a 10, in fact it is by far the best year for games in my collection. If I had to choose 1 year to own games from, it would easily be 2004. What is your favorite year for game creation?
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1. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1038]
Garrett Potvin
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My favorite game- rating 10.

The changes from the orignal are well thought out and implemented. The East front is now a lot of fun and is no longer stagnant until someone gets desperate. The impassible zones, the new 3/3 tank , and the end of the one turn hop from the East Coast to France, all make a big difference in this game.

If you don't own this one , buy it now.

2 players is optimal, with 5 it becomes more of a social event (still fun , but it is harder to become truly engaged).
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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My favorite non-wargame, rating 10.

Don't let the "Dry" theme fool you; this is a Great Game! Although the theme may not get many peoples heart beats racing, it is not pasted on and works for me.

Has great balancing mechanics and is a serious, but enjoyable, exercise in resource management and cost benefit analysis.

Components are top notch.

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3. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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My rating 10.

Beautiful components, tough decisions and interesting end game scoring makes this game a winner.

Appeals to both gamers and non-gamers alike.

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4. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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My rating 10.

Fantastic Game! Mr. Borg took his principles from Battle Cry and applied them to WWII with great success.

Get the East Front Expansion!

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5. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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My rating 9.


Great game and one that my wife enjoys playing.

Has some similarities to PR, but there are enough differences to justify playing/owning both.
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6. Board Game: Axis & Allies: D-Day [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2094]
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My rating 8.

A&A system ventures into Battle Specific games . Fun game, I hope they continue the series with other battles. Very easy to teach, I taught my 8 year old nephew how to play the game and he did quite well. The Allied air impact can be devastating.


 
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7. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1405]
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My rating 8.

A combination of Lawless and Citadels with a theme that I love. Fast and fun with great components (the cards are some of the most durable I have ever seen). The auction mechanic of distributing the winners bid is refreshing and adds a nice strategic twist.

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8. Board Game: The First World War [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4712]
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My rating 8.

Quick and light strategic journey. Great components and fast game play. This game does a good job of creating a system that allows you to play the entire war in one evening (sometimes more than once if a quick surrender is acheived). The ending can be kind of anti-climactic, but otherwise a solid game.

 
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9. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:852] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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My rating 8.

What a hoot, this game had everyone accusing each other and allows for clever card play. What "Bang" should have been. The only downside is the random treasure draw, but winning is not that important in this game, you win this game if you make some clever plays and have fun ( which is pretty hard not do do, unless you are sick or just a plain old crank).

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10. Board Game: Lightning: Midway – June 4th to June 6th, 1942 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:4008]
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My rating 8.

Fun and fast. This card game some how does a good job of capturing the theme. Sure there is a dose of luck in this game, but there are plenty of opportunities for clever card play, bluff and pushing your luck.

The rules are terribly written, but there is a good FAQ at Consim.

If you like WWII games add this to your collection.

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11. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6352]
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My rating 8.

Fun and Fast. I used to think it this was just a little bit better than L: Midway due to feeling like I have more control and that a come back is more probable; now I like them about the same, but they are very different games. Good job of making slight tweaks in mechanics to accomplish the right flavor in each of these games.

 
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12. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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My rating 8.

This game is quite enjoyable. To me it feels a little like Settlers of Catan the card game, instead of Victory points you are collecting gold.

If you enjoy the SoC card game pick this up, it has the same feel except the different theme and some of its mechanics make it worth while.

 
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13. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1254]
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According to the Friendless stats: 2004. Games rated 8+ from 2004:

Power Grid
Goa
Ingenious
Maharaja: Palace Building in India
Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648
Ticket to Ride
Obstgärtchen
San Juan
Saint Petersburg
Axis & Allies
The Downfall of Pompeii
Hansa
Jambo
Puerto Rico Expansion
Reef Encounter
War of the Ring

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14. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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How could I have missed this one...love this game, slightly prefer the 2nd ed....Lord of the Rings in a box..awesome!
 
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15. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Whoops....missed this one as well...one of the best fillers ever!
 
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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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How could I miss this....editing after watching Tom V's top games from 2004.
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17. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Darn...this was a big miss as well....what a fabulous year!
 
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18. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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I've been on this site for 15 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I prefer a better balance of favorites to new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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Still an amazing game. Goa would remain a great game without the flag auction mechanic -- but with that mechanic, it rises to the cream of the crop for all time, and certainly a solid inclusion in the 2004 highlight reels.
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