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Very simply, this is my personal Top 10 games that I've ever owned and/or played. If you disagree I'd love to hear why. If you agree, I'd love to hear why.
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1. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:298]
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This is one of the finest games ever produced in boardgame history. When you consider that it was self-published it becomes even more impressive. I really feel like this is a game that everyone should own for several reasons:

1. Its fairly cheap.
2. Its got simple rules.
3. Its got tough decisions.
4. The play time is about 30 minutes
5. It plays equally well with 2, 3, or 4 players.

I could go on and on, but this game is a must own. I know that it has been quite hard to get hold of but thankfully a new edition is coming out. When it does, I can't recommend enough that you buy it.

For further proof of my love affair with this game, check out my review.
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2. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:137]
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I don't care what version you have of this game, this one is pure brilliant. I love Reiner Knizia's designs, but this is the cream of the crop. Ra combines auctions with push-your-luck like no other game I know of. The fixed bids of the sun tiles make every decision incredibly tough. For example, sometimes a bid of 5 is too low and 6 is too high. That sort of decision makes Ra a real brain burner.

There's a dash of luck in here as well, but I find that the best player wins almost all the time. You'd have a hard time lucking into a win against experienced players.
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3. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:20]
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Once upon a time, I rated this a 10. I've dropped my rating to a 9, but I still think it's the best worker-placement game around. Many folks would say Le Havre is better, but Agricola just works better for me. I think its because it's a bit lighter than Le Havre and the game length is shorter as well.

I love the constant angst of this game. You never have enough time or actions no matter what you do. The constant need for food creates really great decisions and forces you to think of new ways to accomplish your goals.

This game is great as the family game and even better with the cards.
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4. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:186]
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This is one of the greatest 2-player games ever. Its incredibly simple to a point that at first glance you may think "that's it?", but under that simplicity lies a game of agonizing decision that is complete in 20-30 minutes. It's so tough to keep your options open and try to form powerful formations. Battle Line is incredible played with or without the battle cards.

If I was going to be stuck on a dessert desert island, I'd want to have this game in my bag.
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5. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1105]
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I have had more laughs and injuries playing Jungle Speed than any other game I've ever played. This simple game tests your reactions and pattern awareness like no other. True, this game gets lopsided when new players are put in the mix, but it's incredibly easy to pick up and it doesn't take long to get up to speed.

I will always have this game in my collection as it really is the ultimate dexterity/speed/matching game.
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6. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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The granddaddy of CCGs and the primary reason I'm involved in gaming. Magic created a lifestyle for me in my late teen years and gave me a real sense of belonging in the community at our 2 main stores. Tournaments became a twice-a-week thing and led us to all be quite competitive. Yet my friends and I always worked together to build the best decks possible.

When my wife and I got together, a local game store attracted me back into the fold. My second stint with Magic didn't last long, but it did lead me to board games.

I still love to play this game. I've got a bunch of pre-constructed decks and break them out on occassion. I don't get nearly as much opportunity as I'd like and my wife isn't really interested, but I'd play Magic any time if asked. Literally any time. If you see me and you have cards, just ask and I will play. This game is that good.
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7. Board Game: Trump, Tricks, Game! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3774]
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I learned to love Spades on a vacation I took with my wife. The iPod touch gave me access to the game and it led to a real love of trick-taking games. I bought this one on a whim and couldn't be any happier. TTG is incredibly difficult to play well because of some of the rules. For the first 3 rounds, each player can only win a certain number of tricks so you have to carefully plan which tricks you win. Unfortunately, your opponents can (and often do) screw up your plans badly.

The last round is no holds barred and can often prove pivotal. I've seen many games where one player sets up for the last round and scores so many points that they win easily.

If you like trick-taking games, this is the best of the best.
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8. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:434]
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Take one part tile-laying, one part auction, and one part luck and you get Vegas Showdown. The bidding is nasty in this game as once you get outbid you have to bid on something else first. Then you have to lay your tiles into your hotel, trying to fill up spaces and connecting rooms. Throw in some crazy events from event cards and you have a great game.

What I really like about this game is that there's no set way to go. You do whatever is best at the time and try to fit it into your overall strategy.

This game offers more than enough depth to satisfy me, but is accessible enough to work for new gamers. The theme works really well and the rules are simple enough.
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9. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:675] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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I love this game. Manoeuvre is a very light card-driven wargame that is easy to play and is a lot of fun. Luck plays a big part in this game, but it's fast and furious so it doesn't feel out of place. The 8 different forces all play a bit different and while some are obviously better than others, all have a chance to win.

I really enjoy the hand management of this game. Knowing when to press and when to hold back is key to victory. It's also important to take the hills and cities.

Most games of Manouevre turn into a slugfest with fighting over key areas on the map. I love that and it's one of the main reasons I will keep coming back to this game. Other wargames have come and gone in my collection but this one will stay because its highly accessible and a blast to play.
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10. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:440]
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This is the epitome of what I love about gaming. Simple rules and tough choices. Each turn is so simple: place 2 camels. But it's the agony over which colors and where to place them that makes my head hurt with joy. There's literally 100 different options on each turn and its so easy to make a mistake.

TtD looks great on the table as well with its pastel camels and little green trees. I've rarely played any game twice in a row, but this is one that I will play repeatedly.
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