"We're all in this together", my current Top 10 Cooperative Games list
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I didn't realize how many games in my collection have coop listed as a mechanic until doing an advance search. It was a pleasant surprise as it gave me enough material to come up with another Top 10 list from games I have.

Coop games have exploded over the past five years and there's themes out there to suit everyone. They're something of a puzzle that everyone needs to work together in completing. Sometimes a player will turn evil but that's a nice twist. All the games on this Top 10 list of mine pretty much have everyone starting out in a cooperative mode, or at least giving that appearance. Some games follow through to the end with that swim-or-sink mentality and some allow for a faction or factions to develop eventually pitting one group against the others. Whether you like the former or the latter, there's always plenty of fun to be had not to mention a few moments of tension when trying to agree on the right path to follow.

Without further ado, here's 10 that stay on my shelves rather than being relegated to a bin storage. Again, these choices only come from games in my collection, so something like Space Alert won't be found here. Thumb what you like and diss what you don't.

MY META-LIST OF ALL MY TOP 10's GEEKLISTS IS HERE: Something for Everyone!
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1. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:719]
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There's a few other Tolkien games along with this one that are coop and can be found on my "One game to rule them all": My top 10 Tolkien themed games list. IMHO, this one really took the Eurogame and turned it into a viable coop format.
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2. Board Game: Shadows Over Camelot [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:330]
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I found this one a tough nut to crack and even harder once the traitor was revealed (if there was one). Though probably not the first, this one used the twist of adding a traitor to the mix. The importance was in the timing of the traitor revealing themself to turn the game in their favor. The theme was well integrated into the challenge areas that need to be overcome. Throw in a few Monty Python and the Holy Grail puns and it makes for a fun evening.
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3. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:246] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Save the town of Arkham from being overrun by evil. Much improved over the original edition, this one just keeps growing with more story lines, monsters, characters and challenges to overcome. It's a great Lovecraft scramble to shut the gates of Hell while fighting off all its spawns. Maybe you'll go insane, maybe not.
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4. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:74]
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A hit from the first release, this game pits you in a real-world environment to stem the next great biological threat to humanity. It's only a matter of time before the next big Ebola threat manifests itself and we'll all be playing this for real. I felt plenty of angst in this one trying to determine where to go next to preempt the virus from spreading. This plus the expansion gives you plenty of variety in abilities that you'll need to make the best use of through cooperation.
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5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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"Space, the final frontier..." Oh wait, wrong series. Following the storyline of the most recent version of BG, this is an excellent coop game where you're constantly paranoid about who the sleeper Cylon in your bunch may be. Everyone has a role to play, and every role is important. Keep it straight forward with the base game or continue the escapades with the expansions. Any way you play it, it's a winner.
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6. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:200]
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This game is just plain fun, and tough too! It's constant mayhem running around to keep all the annoying ghosts and villians from stomping your village. I'm not sure I've ever won a game against the system yet but it's been a blast trying every time and seeing how much better you can do over the last game.
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7. Board Game: Mousquetaires du Roy [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1940]
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Squarely in the same category of mechanics as Shadows over Camelot, this one give a different theme to follow with challenges to match the characters and events of the period. Overall, a good romp in the King's service.
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8. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1524]
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This little gem is an excercise in CHAOS. How this boat ever got out of dry dock is beyond me, but as a group you'll have fun with all the things that go wrong.
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If you want a coop game with simple rules and suitable for good family fun, this is the one to get. It plays great with all ages and provides a good challenge that's not insurmountable. Excellent price point and good components, as well as travels easily. Worth having in any collection.
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10. Board Game: Star Trek: Expeditions [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2043]
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"To boldly go where no man has gone before." Okay, I think I got the right quote matched this time. This one is the newest kid on the block and it looks to be a good mix of clix mechanics with using the right character and cards to handle the task at hand. Of all the Star Trek board games ever released, this is the first one I've ever found good enough to want in my collection. I see more expansions coming out for this one in the future.
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