Area Majority aka Area Control Game Favorites
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Yay! time for another favorites geeklist. This time it's area control and lots of good ones here to list. Feel free to add your favs!
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1. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:550]
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Classic area control, reimplemented as China. I've played this one over a thousand times but still enjoy it. I like WoP better than China because of the asymmetry of the board in regards to advisors/councilors and having only 3 cards to choose from. Really shines with 3.
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2. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:57]
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The area control game IMHO of the history of Euros. At its very best with 5 players this is a great game.
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3. Board Game: Andromeda [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2358]
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Panned for it's luck element, I actually find the "magic ashtray" the most fun part of the game in Andromeda. Not a serious game in my book but I think our group just likes the whining associated with bad shakes of the "magic ashtray'
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4. Board Game: Die Dolmengötter [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3231]
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Interestingly themed with shaman that can fly after ingesting herbs...it requires some cooperation to score making the trying to control the areas more challenging.
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5. Board Game: Drôles de Zèbres [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:7627]
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A lesser known 2 player game that makes a nice filler.
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6. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:964]
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One of the few games that involve bluffing that I enjoy. Has a nice area control mechanic with the different areas of the city.
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7. Board Game: Mykerinos [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:837]
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Double area control for the land and in the museum!
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8. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:551]
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Well the really nifty part of this game is the card division as that is what drives the area control factor. Holds up well for 3 players exactly.
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9. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:737]
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Nice to see a reprint of this finally get done. A great area control game with multiple victory conditions.
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10. Board Game: Gipsy King [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2713]
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Really enjoy this as a 2 player area control game with variable board.
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11. Board Game: Tycoon [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2313]
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Republished as El Capitán with more stuff but less functional graphics. The original is still a favorite of mine. Prices go up as folks invest more, but you reach a tipping point and things crash when you overinvest. Also, later investments can kick out pioneer investors. A crazy ride of an area influence game.
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12. Board Game: Wongar [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:4126]
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Now this is one wacky area influence game, and I'm not just talking about its theme or the way it looks. You never know when an area is going to score, and when it does, you first have a battle in which tokens fly in and out of the area being scored. Way underappreciated game in the genre; I think it helps to have one player very knowledgable and enthustiastic to teach it.
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13. Board Game: Medieval Merchant [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1762]
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The busy board is tough to parse, but there's a very challenging and strategic game in here. The lack of randomness reduces its sex appeal; this combined with the emphasis on strategy makes it a poor choice for today's predominantly different-game-every-week environment. Best played with a taskmaster who can rush through the end-of-turn payments.
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14. Board Game: Way Out West [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:3736]
Scott Henshaw
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A Martin Wallace area control which I like quite a bit. The way the board slowly spreads west as things open up plus the different things to control like buildings or farm and don't forget cattle. If you have cattle you better have a nearby sheriff and some gun men handy or rustlers might visit.
Some people are put off by the die rolls in combat resolution. It does add a random factor, but it is some what controllable. In the end real life is more random.
Not one of the best, but certainly a good one that is very over looked.
The bank in this game is just about unplayable. Not a huge upside vs. the potentially large downside. I have seen it used to propel a victory, but usually a bank is just a juicy target.
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15. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1390]
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As Ekted pointed out, none of the games here are area control, they are area majority.

I'm not a huge fan of area majority games, but I like Tower of Babel a lot, which makes it my easy favorite of them all. I love the high level of interaction, and the way that you can make points by either having your offers accepted or by having them rejected; so if people refuse to trade with you when they think you're ahead, you just rebalance your offers a bit and win anyway!
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16. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1341]
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Possibly the most complex of the lot.

But LOTS of fun!
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17. Board Game: Sun Tzu [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1028]
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A very good 2P game that combines area control and bluffing. The changing point-values of each area throughout the game is also an interesting mechanism.
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18. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:569]
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Okay, I lied--this is my favorite area majority game. I don't tend to think of it in those terms, since your pieces don't move after they're placed, but the "geography" of the nobles does affect gameplay, so I guess it qualifies. Great design and I love the challenge of plotting your actions from the cards you pick up each turn (right after you complain bitterly about them, of course!).
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19. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:537]
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Great Kramer area majority game #2. A real brain burner, which doesn't come out nearly often enough
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20. Board Game: WildLife [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1714]
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Great Kramer area majority game #3. It has very appealing and thematic mechanics and is another game that plays best with 6 (as long as you don't dawdle too much).

With these three games, together with El Grande and Tikal (which is at least partially area majority), you'd have to consider Kramer to be the all-time master of the area majority game. Particularly when you consider that he designed these titles with three different partners (or, in the case of Wildlife, by himself)!
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21. Board Game: Australia [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2007]
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I realize there is some dispute over Australia's status as an area majority game, but it does feel like area majority. The things that distinguish this Kramer & Keisling game are:
1. It is lighter than other K&K games, but is a satisfying puzzle nonetheless.
2. Large point swings on the perimeter scoring track offer thrills.
3. Its a good looking game, with little bi-planes and a windmill.
4. It plays well with two, and equally well with three or four (five is kinda chaotic).
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22. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:955]
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One of my first and favorite
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23. Board Game: Go West! [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:5979]
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Another attempt at Area Majority with a twist.
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24. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:215]
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Excellent game.
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25. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:530]
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Excellent game.
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