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As far as I can tell, the most owned game in the bgg database is Settlers of Catan, which has almost 25,000 owners right now. I suspect there are more chess and checker sets than that, but not that are listed on bgg.

This list is for games that have fewer than 1% of the ownership of Settlers, but are loved or at least well-liked by those who have played them. I've added 20 I've found. Please add on every game that you know of that have fewer than 250 owners and an average rating of at least 6.5 (to choose an arbitrary cutoff point). When you add a game, put this information in the entry:

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The list is sorted by average rating. If a game gets more than 250 owners, I'll retire them from this list.
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1. Board Game: Savage Worlds [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:3374]
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Date Added: 2/28/10
Average Rating: 8.36
Number of Owners: 136
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2. Board Game: Angola [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:1743]
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Date Added: 3/1/10
Average Rating: 8.34
Number of Owners: 61

[Available for pre-order from MMP]
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3. Board Game: Entrapment [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:4805]
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Average Rating (at time of posting): 7.84
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4. Board Game: Canvas Eagles [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:3342]
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Date Added: 2/25/10
Average Rating: 7.89
Number of Owners: 131

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5. Board Game: I Ain't Been Shot, Mum [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:5076]
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Date Added: 3/2/10
Average Rating: 8.11
Number of Owners: 62
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6. Board Game: Guelphs and Ghibellines [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:4609]
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Date Added: 3/10/2010
Average Rating: 8.11
Number of Owners: 57
 
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7. Board Game: Ici, c'est la France! The Algerian War of Independence 1954 - 1962 [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:3865]
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Date Added: 3/1/10
Average Rating: 8.30
Number of Owners: 61
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8. Board Game: Capes & Cowls: The Superhero Board Game [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:5734]
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Date added: 10/13/10
Average Rating: 7.95
Number of Owners: 56
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9. Board Game: Valor & Victory [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:3122]
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Date Added: 6/29/2010
Average Rating: 8.03
Number of Owners: 178
 
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10. Board Game: Pitch Bowl [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Date Added: 3/5/10
Average Rating: 7.94
Number of Owners: 31

Finger flicking football game by a French designer.
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11. Board Game: Incursion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:2565]
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Date added: 03/09/10
Average Rating: 8.72
Number of Owners: 78

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Average Rating: 8.77
Numer of Oweners: 101
 
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12. Board Game: Black Elephant [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:5754]
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Date added: 02/26/10
Average Rating: 7.90
Number of owners: 55
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13. Board Game: Warangel [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:4297]
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Date Added: 3/5/10
Average Rating: 7.52
Number of Owners: 215

A "light fantasy wargame" with 115 different races to play.
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14. Board Game: The Quantumgame [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Date added: 02/26/10
Average rating: 8.04
Number of Owners: 18
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15. Board Game: Aerodrome [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:4815]
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Date Added: 2/26/10
Average Rating: 7.84
Number of Owners: 33
 
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16. Board Game: 90° [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:14297]
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Date Added: 3/10/2010
Average Rating: 7.81
Number of Owners: 43
 
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17. Board Game: Arena: Morituri te salutant [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:5292]
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Date added: 27 feb 2010
Average rating: 7.56
Owners: 82

Vlaada Chvatil's first release from 1997. Pretty hard to get. Haven't played my copy yet so can't comment on it.
 
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18. Board Game: Shuuro [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:5394]
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Date Added: 6/29/2010
Average Rating: 8.02
Number of Owners: 41
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19. Board Game: Feudal Lord [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:8401]
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Date Added: 3/1/10
Average Rating: 7.44
Number of Owners: 49
 
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20. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2869]
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Date Added: 2/25/10
Average Rating: 7.50
Number of Owners: 91
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21. Board Game: Hotel Life [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:4261]
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Date Added: 2/25/10
Average Rating: 7.58
Number of Owners: 79
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22. Board Game: Hard Vacuum [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:5162]
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Date Added: 3/5/10
Average Rating: 7.31
Number of Owners: 132

"A sci-fi space combat game based in a fictional World War II."
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23. Board Game: Button Soccer [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:6584]
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Date Added: 3/10/2010
Average Rating: 7.69
Number of Owners: 28
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24. Board Game: Cornerstone [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:3492]
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Date added: 10/13/10
Average Rating: 7.41
Number of Owners: 79
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25. Board Game: Zopp [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:3978]
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Date Added: 2/25/10
Average Rating: 7.55
Number of Owners: 95
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