Games where you grow in ability
Chris Kessel
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I tend to like games where your position gains abilities over the course of the game. It's even better if player positions start with unique abilities. Even better still if it's a strategy game rather than an RPGish game (such as Talisman). I've yet to find a perfect game (I tend towards fantasy games), but its out there .
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
Chris Kessel
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Most "grow in power/ability" games are incredibly long. Not so with this gem. Though players start the game nearly identical, the limited supply of each building type means players rapidly move towards different sets of abilities and different strategies.
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2. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:875]
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A very long game, but a good one. As players research they gain new abilities. However, late in the game anyone can attack just about anywhere which takes a little luster off of it for me.
 
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3. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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I've only played the last part of this game once. It just takes too long for me, but it certainly fits the bill of "growing abilities".
 
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4. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1753]
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Ok, this one is a stretch, but I wanted to get the list to 5. You can end up with a variety of items, though mostly each just helps movement or combat.
 
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5. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:929]
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A classic I haven't played in 20 years, but you gain loot over the course of the game. I remember endlessly running into rules questions, but then, we were 13, maybe 14, and we probably didn't take time to fully understand the rules.
 
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6. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:790]
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Someone mentioned this in a comment. Your advances are your critters and vice versa. Huge battles of Dragons and Serpents at the end . A classic, but the downtime between turns is a killer.
 
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