Games every Geek should play at least ONCE
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By no means a definitive list, I wanted to make a list with a few games for your consideration, and a list where you can propose your own, and argue it out amongst the BGGers. These games should be representative of the spirit of the board game universe in some significant way. This last point is subject to interpretation, naturally!
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1. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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I feel the need to seed the list with this first entry. This, to me, is the grand daddy of all civ games. Large, lengthy, well designed, it is everything all heavy civ games strive to be. I rate this a 9, 10 being out of reach only due to its lengthy play time
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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THE gateway Eurogame! Were it not for Settlers, I likely would not have ever gotten into Euros. I honestly don't know what percentage of BGGers have never played Settlers, but if you haven't, you are missing something IMHO. I rate it a 7 now due to my fascination with the cult of the new, but I will still play it anytime it is suggested!
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Although this is a new addition to my collection, I find this a great co-op game, with fantastic re-playability. Another fine gateway game, which leads to other fine coops, such as Arkham Horror and Shadows over Camelot, both of which I enjoy a great deal.
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4. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:70]
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Knizia's best IMHO, a great tile laying game that should be played! Always engaging, always fun!
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5. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:56]
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Currently this is my favourite game. It offers a lot of interesting decisions, it is quite complex, and rather interactive. I love the tension and the excitement and the level of confrontation that you have in the game. A must try for a geek!
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6. Board Game: Time's Up! Game Geek Expansion [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
 
Olivier Lamontagne
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Just to make sure you're really a game geek.
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7. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:166] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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The 18xx series is too prominent for any series gamer to ignore. As the influence for countless games, all gamers need to experience this. I have not played it yet, but I intend to.
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8. Board Game: Traditional Card Games [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2548]
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And traditional board games. Too many to list, but they'd include chess, checkers, go, backgammon, dominoes, mancala, and nine-men's morris.

I think every BGGeek should play every well-known traditional game at least once in order to be a well-rounded gamer.

Whether you continue playing any of them is up to you, of course. But don't shrug them off just because some of them are old. There are usually good reasons why they've stayed around so long and remained popular.
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9. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:123]
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Everyone interested in board games should give this a try. You will need to invest some time in it before you see it's potential. It's not like most games where you have a good idea of how to play on your first or second game.
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10. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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May I humbly propose the dexterity game every 'geek should try at least once.

Although there are other dexterity games that are great (PitchCar, Tumblin-Dice), venerable (Shove Ha'penny) and some that are both (Carrom), this would have to the one dexeterity game you played if you played no other.
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11. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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As a Eurogamer, I would happily demur to those who know this genre better, but I would have to say this should be on every gamers "to play" list.

The game that revolutionized the card-driven mechanic around wargaming and a game whose depth and tension can be appreciated by gamers of all persuasions.
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12. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15468]
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Before casting stones, hear me out. Though most geeks hate Monopoly, they have to give credit to the fact that it did spawn the modern boardgame era. Do you think we would have even a quarter of the top 100 games if Monopoly was not so successful? Some of us geeks actually do enjoy the game.

For those of you still shaking your head in a side to side manner, then think about your hatred for the game, and how easy it is to trash it. Then think that you would never had the chance to do these things if you had never been forced to play it in the first place. For those of you who hate Monopoly, it is a necessary evil.
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13. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:188]
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How can the first ID'd game on the Geek not be included in this list. If Monopoly was the birth of modern gaming, Die Macher was the birth of Eurogaming.

And I still have not played it. shake
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14. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:503]
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A classic, probably the best negotiating game around, plus it offers a lot as a war-game. If you haven't played this one yet I strongly suggest you give it a try!
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Kai Bettzieche
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Ladenburg
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You are not a true geek unless you have played at least one of those games from this category ..
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16. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1702]
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Imagine a world where you had Monopoly, D&D or .... nothing.

Let me take you back to growing up in the 1970s.

The only saviour for anyone who now has more grey hair than they want (or less hair) was a nice little game of putting the right claimant on the Throne of England following the end of the War of the Roses. The right claimant being the one you control obviously. The game still works well, though I understand it is difficult to get hold of today.

Every geek should play this just for the bliss of remembering what it was like growing up (or for most of you: "to realise what us Grandad's had to put up with")
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17. Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1233]
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In case you can't get a hold of the previously mentioned Kingmaker...
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18. Board Game: Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:478]
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If you haven't played one of the iterations of this, you haven't played a game....period.

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19. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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It's remained one of the most highly rated games on BGG since its release.
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20. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14685]
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I know, plain and vanilla.... but at the time it was probably as much of a "gateway drug" game as Settlers is today. This game was modified and changed to pass on its genetics to the games we have today.

Perhaps it is assumed everyone will have already played this game and it will not be nominated, but I will go ahead and do so anyway.
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21. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3209] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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Or substitute some other popular party game.

I can't claim I like it but I'm glad I tried it. Once. Now I can clearly explain why we should play some other game instead.

Monopoly was on the list already, right? I feel the same way about that one.
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22. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1368]
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I see Puerto Rico and a bunch of other more modern games I woudl recommend, so i'd like to cover a few "classics".

This is the quintessential trading game. Yes, it's noisy, simple, and fun, but it has enough strategy that it makes for interesting play each and every time.
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23. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:420] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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Like Go, Chess is a classic for playing at least once. The varied movement powers and simple objective make it a great game to play, if you have the time.
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24. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:503]
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There is nothing simple about this game except the rules. Everything else requires the most cunning strategies and negotiation skills you can ever muster. The biggest issue is taht it takes at least 6 players for this game to get played properly and it is only ideal with 7.
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25. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2279]
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This captures the essence of strategic play (starting with the placement of your pieces) with bluffing, and varied powers in pieces (combat ability, and somewhat in movement).
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