Designer's Masterpieces
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Which games are considered a designer's masterpieces.
These games are not only the designer's best work, but hopefully reflects to prospective game collectors, what's a keeper.
This list is in no particular order. Feel free to add any designer's I've neglected.
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1. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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This still has to be Knizia's masterpiece. Although he has created a plethora of excellant games, I think this is still his best.
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2. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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This game seems to have risen up through the ranks of popularity like the second coming.
 
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3. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:553]
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Apparently, this game, created by Gerd Fenchel
, was 5 years in the making. Dripping in theme, numerous decisions to make, this game is a fantastic civ game.
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4. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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By Wolfgang Kramer & Richard Ulrich. Originally, I had given Torres as Kramer's classic, then maybe I thought about Tikal. But, upon reflection, El Grande stands as his masterpiece. There are some great mechanics in this game, and the design is quite possibly the best even among today's standards.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Undoubtedly Klaus Teuber's masterpiece. This game has been probably the most played and most used game to introduce people to the world of german board games.
 
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6. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:206]
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This game, by Sid Sackson has been around since 1962! And is still highly regarded and popular today!
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7. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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Martin Wallace. Another Designer I very much respect. I'm taking a bit of a risk here, as I haven't actually played AOS! From the general response from the great www in the sky however, that this is his greatest work yet. Don't worry, I've ordered it, and when this game arrives in the south pacific from deutchland, I will be able to give you my own impression. If it doesn't live up to expectations, I'll give my vote over to Liberte...which I'm a great fan of.
 
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8. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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To be honest, I'm not a great fan of Bruno, I find his themes a bit cartoony feeling for my liking. Citadels though, is indeed a great game.
 
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9. Board Game: Serenissima (first edition) [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1101]
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Dominique Erhard's great game of trade, conquering, fighting, true love (?), deal making, backstabbing and all round fun!
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10. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:507]
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Although considered just another regional type game, el grande rip-off. This is quite a special game in my mind that is quick and accessible and infintely playable. Maybe it's because i rarely ever win in it?
 
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11. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:341]
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Another game I haven't yet played! It also is on order. Looks to be a whole lotta fun though. This is quite possibly Dirk Henn's masterpiece to date.
 
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12. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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Richard Borg's classic civil war board game. fast. simple rules.
 
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13. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:824]
Iain Cheyne
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Reading
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Mu has to be Doris and Frank's masterpiece.
 
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14. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:225] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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Francis Tresham isn't the most prolific designer, but he's certainly one of the most influential.
 
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15. Board Game: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1073]
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Serge Laget's "Mare Nostrum"?

Bruno described it as Serge's "Opus Major"
 
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16. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
Robert Martin
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Definitely Uwe Rosenberg's masterpiece. The game is one of the very, very few that rewards generous players and punishes selfish players, and yet is still fiercely competitive.
 
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17. Board Game: The Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1557]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
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Steven Hand's gothic horror masterpiece based on Bram Stoker's novel.
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18. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:475] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Kris Burm. Zertz must be one of the most accessible abstracts. It plays fast, and has great pieces, simple rules, interesting board-shrinking mechanism.
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19. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jekyll & Hyde [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1807]
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Mike Fitzgerald has a thing for card games. 'Jekyll and Hyde' has none of the extraneous rules/distractions of his other games. It's simple and it's smooth, and there's no shame in that.
 
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20. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1136]
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Leo Colovini. Perhaps I will cause more arguments here. Clans is a simple, streamlined game. A game pared to its essence.
 
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21. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
Michael Van Biesbrouck
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St Catharines
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Judging by BGG ratings this game is Stefan Dorra's masterpiece. It is also about to receive an English-language reprint. Intrige and Medina are the runners up, but MarraCash has special respect from a number of players. Die Sieben Siegel is showing early popularity.
 
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22. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
Robert Rossney
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It doesn't get a lot of play, because of its intensity, complexity, length, obscure (to Americans) theme, and components that are dense with German, but Alan Moon once called this the greatest four-player game ever invented, and he wasn't wrong. Plus it's where I got my avatar.

Runners up: the brilliant trick-taking game Was Sticht? and the ingenious placement game Attila.
 
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23. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1323]
Scott Woodard
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It's been around a while, but I think it's definitely Tom's "masterpiece." Any news on that Chessex reprint that was promised to us a decade ago?
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24. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:569] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Christoph Heinzl
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Fulda
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The masterpiece from Alex Randolph: Easy to learn, but hard to master.
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25. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
Randall Peek
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I would say that this is the masterpiece of marcel-Andre Casasola Merkle. Some might disagree and say that Attika beats it, but a lot of people find Attika to be rather dry and predictable, while this little marvel is very atmospheric and distills the best of what made Verrater a good game into a more playable and fun game.
 
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