German Games That Have Aged Well
June Hwang Wah
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Every year, I see many new German games being published. I learn them and play when they hit the table. But they seem to hold less facination for me than the old "classics" that have started me on the path of Brettspeilling. They are not the highest rated games, but still I long for a session once in a while.

Here is a my list of oldies and goodies. I am sure you have your own list.

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1. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:800]
June Hwang Wah
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Travel the lands, visit cities and pick up your coloured cubes. A travelling salesman problem made into a game. One of my all-time favourites.
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2. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
 
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One of the earlier auction games.
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3. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:218]
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So many things to do, so little action points to do them. Do I excavate another level of the temple or post guards so that other unsavoury sorts do not come and share in the spoils?
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4. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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An abstract auction game with a pasted on Egyptian theme. And beautiful components to boot.

One of my favourite auction games, although I never seem to do too well.
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5. Board Game: Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1681]
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Its driven by a bunch of cards. But a great filler game.
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6. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:173]
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Another masterpiece from the doctor.
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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It is a pleasure to invite yourself to someone else's castle.
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8. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:320]
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A game of bluffing and psychology. Delightful party game.
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9. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1589]
Ron Pfeiffer
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I agree with your listing. Each of the games you mentioned have withstood the test of time. I would add Mississippi Queen, a game that I think is undervalued here on the GEEK. It is a very good game for play with NEWBIES. Quick to learn, easy to play with a reasonable playing length and with nice, well made playing pieces. For people who have never experienced German type games this game produces a fine introduction to the kinds of games that are out there and that most are unaware of.
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10. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:56]
Andres F. Pabon L.
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The oldest game in the BGG Top 10, and not likely to drop from there in the next few years. I find it still being not only one of the first area majority games, but still the best of them all, despite all what's been tried in following years. Every time I manage to get it out on the table, it's still a blast with almost anyone (my wife hates it, unfortunately).

For me, if there's a prototype of a German game that has aged well, it's this one.
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11. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:188]
Mike B
Netherlands
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This game from 1986 is still in the top 25. And if you look at the commenst of the individual ratings, you can tell it's pretty popular despite the "dry" theme of German elections.

Gamewise it could have been released this year.
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