Top 10 Games I want to play MORE!
Chris Busse
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This is a list of games that I enjoy but just don't seem to have the time for, or can't find anyone in my group who wants to play. My group is caught in the clutches of the German game craze; I'm hoping one day we can get back to some classic "big game" gaming. But, I have the feeling that with the exception of the occasional 18xx game, I should just remember the "good ol' days" and move on.
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1. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
Chris Busse
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I've played this one many times, the whole 18xx family, as a matter of fact; but I just can't seem to get enough of them. Of all the games on this list, this is the one I'm most likely to get a game of in my group.
 
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2. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:500]
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When I was young, I didn't have a group big enough to play this game; once I found my current group, they were already sick of this one. Why play 1 game of diplomacy when you can play 18 games of Ra, Manhattan, SoC, etc.
 
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3. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1671]
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This is one I played as a kid; started with the original polybag, bought the expansions, bought the commander's ed., etc. It didn't move over when I found my game group. I must have burned a solid year of my life playing this game, designing new scenarios, ship, weapons and races for this game. A real pleasure for the rules lawyer in me.
 
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4. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:225] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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Yeah, it takes forever; yes, it has some problems; but there has never been a game of this I did not enjoy. No one wants to play a game of conflict and confrontation anymore, though.
 
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5. Board Game: BattleTech [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:849]
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It's not perfect, but you get to be a giant robot with lots of weapons!!! How can you not want to play this game? I just wish I had the time and space to play this properly with minatures and lots of foam land the like.
 
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6. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:981]
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This one holds a special place in my heart (again giant robots). I'm surprised it never really took off; I guess massive giant robot rolls over humans is not enough of a back story for people to really latch on to. Played it a million times as a boy though.
 
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7. Board Game: War of the Ring [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2368]
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Its a war game, its Tolkien, nuff said.
 
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8. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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My group does not have any wargamers in it, so ASL stands here as a representative of all the other war games that I don't get to play anymore. As a boy, my brother and I must have fought the entire North Africa Campaign several times over. My skills have probably atrophied so much that I probably wouldn't enjoy it as much as I remember anymore.
 
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9. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:338]
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Ok, I only have played this twice. The second game broke down into a bunch of bickering and finger-pointing (which it seems ripe to do) and Rome fell (surprise!); but I didn't get the bug out of my system. 8 years later and I still think I want to play this game. (I guess I should take the advice of a bumper sticker I saw the other day: "Don't believe everything you think")
 
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10. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Ice age was brand new the last time I played, and right when I sold everything I had (except for my two signed cards). I really liked the game back then: about 1000 cards, everything was reasonably well balanced, lots of people to find to play the game. With Ice Age I saw the writing on the wall and jumped ship. I haven't really looked back. I would love to go back in time and play more at that time though.
 
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