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Boy, oh boy. BGG is a stat geek's paradise.

The latest toy Aldie's given us is the "Similar Games" feature on each game's information page. You can generate queries to find out how the people who love this game feel about other games.

So, I decided to start with the highest rated game, Puerto Rico, and see how those who gave that game a rating of '10' viewed all other games. This generates a list of games, sorted by those folk's ratings, and from there, I can go to their favorite game and check it out. When I run into a game I've already visited, I just skip to the next game.

Let's see where it leads.

Note: as always, expansions and franchise extensions are ignored in these lists.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Puerto Rico has so many fans who rated it a 10, I needed only to use their ratings to forumlate their list of favorite games. Here's how that list looked:

Euphrat & Tigris 8.72
YINSH 8.61
Princes of Florence 8.54
Paths of Glory 8.53
Goa 8.42

So it's off to see the Tigris...
 
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2. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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As I expected, those who love E&T also love Puerto Rico. So I'll have to skip the number one entry, or we'll end up in an endless loop forever. The list for E&T:

Puerto Rico 9.10
YINSH 8.65
Princes of Florence 8.46
die Macher 8.43
El Grande 8.41

Off to YINSH
 
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3. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:131] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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YINSH lovers, of course, love Puerto Rico and E&T. But after that, it's a diversion:

Puerto Rico 9.03
Euphrat & Tigris 9.00
Roads and Boats 8.93
Go 8.91
die Macher 8.88

So let's check out those modes of transportation
 
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4. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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Roads & Boats doesn't have a lot of votes, period. So we had to use all votes of 9 and 10 just to reach a reasonable sample of 50 voters. Here's how those R&B lovers see the world of games:

Paths of Glory 9.20
Puerto Rico 9.10
YINSH 9.05
Up Front 9.00
Forum Romanum 8.94
 
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5. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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So Roads & Boats lovers liked Paths of Glory better than any other game. The Paths of Glory list looks like this:

die Macher 8.96
Euphrat & Tigris 8.85
Puerto Rico 8.80
Hammer of the Scots 8.80
Goa 8.57

I expected another wargame, but found good ol' die Macher
 
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6. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Die Macher's most vocal fans have a favorites list as follows:

Puerto Rico 9.01
YINSH 8.71
Age of Steam 8.58
Euphrat & Tigris 8.53
Power Grid 8.5

So we're off to check out another game with not so many 10's (so I included those who rated it a 9)
 
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7. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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Now, fans of this game would rank the first expansion set at #2, if I allowed such entries into these lists. As it is, the favs from AoS fans are:

Puerto Rico 9.07
Euphrat & Tigris 8.82
die Macher 8.79
Power Grid 8.60
Go 8.41

So let's check out Power Grid
 
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8. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Voters giving Power Grid a 9 or 10 prefer:

Puerto Rico 9.04
Princes of Florence 8.62
die Macher 8.61
Hammer of the Scots 8.56
Euphrat & Tigris 8.53

So, we'll visit Florence next
 
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9. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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Princes of Florence is hugly popular, so there are well over 100 folks giving it a 10. They say:

Puerto Rico 9.36
Euphrat & Tigris 8.84
Goa 8.78
Power Grid 8.67
Age of Steam 8.65

So we will not look into Goa
 
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10. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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Goa is our first entry where the entire top 5 is made up of already visited titles, so we'll dig a little deeper:

Puerto Rico 9.28
Euphrat & Tigris 8.73
Princes of Florence 8.62
Power Grid 8.53
die Macher 8.44
El Grande 8.42

So, dipping all the way down to #6, we'll check out El Grande
 
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11. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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El Grande lovers really like their game. Two of the expansions rate in at #4 and #5, proving the point that expansions' ratings are boosted by the small portion of owners of the original game who purchase and enjoy the add-ons. But I digress...

Puerto Rico 9.14
Euphrat & Tigris 8.82
die Macher 8.68
Ra 8.44
Princes of Florence 8.42

Ra gets the nod
 
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12. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:133]
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The hardest-to-search game on the geek directs us to this list of similar games:

Puerto Rico 9.05
Euphrat & Tigris 8.56
El Grande 8.40
Princes of Florence 8.40
Ave Caesar 8.38

Where did that one come from?
 
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13. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1071]
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Ave Caesar, even with all votes of 9 and 10, has few voters. They would give the #1 slot to Carabande, except that they did so via the action set add-on, so it's invalid. Here's their official list:

Puerto Rico 8.96
Crokinole 8.94
Wallenstein 8.76
Maharaja 8.68
Modern Art 8.67

An unusual list and an unusual chain continuance...
 
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14. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Crokinole lovers have a fairly conventional list with two exceptions. They would rate a book as the number 2 game, if I allowed that into the data (Gamut of Games). Their other oddball opinion goes to the next chain entry...

Euphrat & Tigris (not P Rico!) 8.69
Princes of Florence 8.54
Puerto Rico 8.49
Up Front 8.45
die Macher 8.37

So we'll march on to Up Front
 
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15. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:373]
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Now this is the sort of list I expected to see from a wargame. I was also interested to see how it would look, since a good friend, and arguably the best Up Front player in the world, rated Up Front as his favorite game for years and years. That is until it was taken over by Napoleonic Wars. After weeding out a bunch of ASL Modules at the top of the list, here's what Up Fronters think:

Napoleonic Wars 9.08
Full Metal Planete 8.80
East Front 8.60
Romel in the Desert 8.58
Puerto Rico 8.46
 
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16. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1799]
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I expected to be delving deeper into wargamedom here, but was shocked when I saw this list of games preferred by Nappy Wars players:

Goa 8.98
Puerto Rico 8.88
the Civil War 8.83
Netrunner (!) 8.67
Memoir '44 8.65

So we stay in the wargame world a little longer...
 
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17. Board Game: The Civil War [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:909]
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Again, an ASL module took the top spot, until it was overturned by this judge's disagreement with that being a valid entry. The list of top five games from Civil War lovers:

DAK 8.92
Stonewall Jackson's Way 8.71
die Macher 8.67
Tunisia 8.64
Enemy at the Gates 8.55

I must admit to knowing absolutely nothing about our next entry...
 
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18. Board Game: DAK [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:3210]
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DAK. Hard core wargame, I suppose. So we must be moving on to more and more wargames, no? There are so few raters of this game, that voters who logged anything above a 6 got a say in this group opinion. The top 5 games as determined by DAK lovers (DAK excepted, of course):

Up Front 8.57
Settlers of Catan 8.54
Paths of Glory 8.44
Tunisia 8.44
Breakout: Normandy 8.44

And there we have it. A link back into the Eurogame world.
 
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19. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Which is a fine place to end. But just for completeness sake, here is the list of top 5 games, according to lovers of Settlers:

Puerto Rico 9.03
(Skip a million spin-offs of SoC)
Euphrat & Tigris 8.50
(Skip more expansions, not only for SoC, but RoboRally and Carcassonne)
Princes of Florence 8.33
Ticket to Ride 8.33
Memoir '44 8.31

My, those SoC players do love their expansions. I had to go to number 12 on their list to find 5 real, original games.
 
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