Finnish Players' Picks 2009
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Let's all forget this GeekList is like half a year late. Finnish gamers voted back in October 2009 for their favourite games, once again naming 5-7 games they'd enjoyed that year.

We got 157 voters giving almost thousand votes to a wide range of games. Here's the cream of the crop, what Finnish gamers enjoyed between October 2008 to September 2009, aka the Essenic year 2009.

Here are the previous years: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003.
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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58 votes. Absolutely nobody was surprised when Dominion got a landslide victory.
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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43 votes. Finns love farming. Of course, it was Mikael Agricola who came up with the whole written Finnish language, so perhaps that also explains our fondness for this game. Winner in 2008.
 
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3. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:50]
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42 votes. Close fighting with Agricola, but in the end, one-vote difference meant Race for the Galaxy had to settle for third place. In 2008 RftG lost by two votes, so in 2010 voting the two games will be tied, right?
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4. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
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35 votes. In 2008, Power Grid got just 17 votes, so a great increase here - but it is a tremendously popular game.
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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22 votes. The voters are hardcore enough to make Carcassonne slowly lose popularity.
 
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6. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:129]
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22 votes. For some strange reason this fairly rare game did really well in the votes.
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7. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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22 votes. Puerto Rico is still the overall winner, if you count votes from all years, but it's showing its age and losing popularity.
 
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8. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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20 votes. Plenty of cult following for this one - not a surprise, I suppose.
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9. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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20 votes. The old war-horse. Still somewhat popular.
 
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10. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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19 votes. Here's a new game. I don't expect it'll get as many votes next year, but it might have similar cult following as Arkham Horror has.
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11. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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18 votes. Very popular game, despite all the attention-grabbing expansions.
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12. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:27]
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15 votes. This game is ranked #1 at Lautapeliopas game rating list, but the limited availability and long playtime means it doesn't do as well on this list.
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13. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:121]
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14 votes. Talk about cult following.
 
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14. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:141]
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13 votes. Popular, but somewhat limited access.
 
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15. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:186] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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13 votes. New, popular but not wildly so.
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16. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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13 votes. Galaxy Trucker is more fun, apparently.
 
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17. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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11 votes. Finnish edition and all, yet just 11 votes.
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18. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:109]
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11 votes. The new version beats the old one (Age of Steam) by two votes.
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19. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:576]
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10 votes. This one apparently never goes out of fashion.
 
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20. Board Game: Fauna [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:660] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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10 votes. This is impressive, considering the Finnish edition is coming out later this year.
 
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21. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:172]
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10 votes. An older favourite, still popular.
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22. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:116]
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9 votes. Solid popularity, possibly in increase next year thanks to the new edition.
 
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23. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:361]
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9 votes. This got some attention already as Wabash Cannonball, yet Chicago Express is just a medium popularity game.
 
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24. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:217]
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9 votes. Big hit in 2007, dwindling since. Some folks still like this a lot, but many have moved on. Notre Dame is again involved in the Finnish Board Game Championships, guaranteeing at least some votes this year.
 
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25. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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9 votes. The Finnish edition was already sold out - wonder if that'll show as lots of votes next year?
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