The Updated Favorite Games List of the Five Guys
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For a time, I kept a single "favorite games" list of the Five Guys, which I updated periodically. I found that with edits effectively erasing previous editions of the list, it was difficult for me to keep track of the changing preferences of the group, so more recently I have shifted to making a new list from whole cloth whenever the group updates its preferences.

I expanded the list last time around from 10 to 15 games. The number of games we enjoy has simply grown too large to be constrained to a top-10 list.

It's been a good and active period for the Five Guys group. Kelly and Rick have become group regulars, and we have debuted a lot of especially good games and have become much more comfortable with several others. This latest list, therefore, shows some interesting shifts.

Dropping off the list since last time are: Santiago, Through the Desert, Ticket to Ride, and Samarkand. I would be speculating as to why, although none of the four have received breathless oohs and aahs from the group of late, plus there is the fact that a couple of these are favorites of a semi-regular who did not this time cast a vote (though, truth be told, I can't remember whether he voted last time either.)

This current list is also missing a ballot from one of our most devoted regulars, so I suspect I may revise the rankings in a few days if/when he gets around to updating his ballot.
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1. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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First last time, first this time. Acquire is the prototypical Five Guys game. Traditional, long-played, endlessly replayable.
 
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2. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
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Oh, joy. The group mirrors my personal #2 ranking, and T-fab moves up several slots in the standings. A couple of our members who didn't share my early enthusiasm for this game have started to take to it increasingly of late.
 
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3. Board Game: Sleuth [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:943]
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Long the favorite of the group, Sleuth slipped down to sixth last time around, but is now returning to the upper echelon, even though one of its biggest advocates hasn't voted, and even though one of our newbies was less than thrilled by it. Glad to see the old classic getting the credit it deserves.
 
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4. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1333]
 
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A surprising move to the upper ranks for this one. It debuted last time at #8, but has in very rapid time established itself as a group favorite. Wonderful balance of lightness, theme, and intriguing play.
 
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5. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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A long-standing favorite of the group, has not been played for a while. Given the love of the group for it, I really need to start bringing it to more game days in the future.
 
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6. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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This one really has two big fans in the group, and its position here is based almost solely on their fondness for it.
 
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7. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:933]
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This one soared all the way up to #2 last time even though it hadn't been played for a while. Of late we've played it more and it's dropped again. Not sure what that means.
 
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8. Board Game: Stage II [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:6568]
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Here's an interesting and delightful twist for the game group. This is a long-standing favorite of mine, an out-of-date old trivia game that I rarely foisted on my friends. But in recent days our group has expanded to include more trivia fans, and the result has been a resurgence of interest in this. A nice development for me.
 
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9. Board Game: Venture [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2705]
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Long a member of our Holy Trinity of Sid Sackson games, Venture is more lowly ranked here, largely because its biggest fan hasn't yet found time to vote.
 
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10. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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Modern Art plods its way, workmanlike, upward in group esteem. No one lists it as a top favorite but with every play it seems to get a bit more respect. This is its debut in the top 15.
 
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11. Board Game: Evo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:756]
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This one has lost a little steam but is still a solid group favorite, all the more impressive considering that many members of the group have not yet played it.
 
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12. Board Game: Pizarro & Co. [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1794]
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I'm pleased to see this one join the top 15 (I myself voted for it at #11.) It's made a promising debut with us and I believe it will repay repeat plays.
 
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13. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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As last time, only one member voted for this, and he had it listed first. Kind of a unique game in our group, a total split between the game's single advocate and others who have yet to feel any interest.
 
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Never one of my favorites, Carc continues to hang on in the top 15 but with every update seems to drop a little lower in the standings.
 
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15. Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:3768]
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Here's another surprise: trivia game Facts in Five re-emerges in the top 15, even though few in the group have played it. We may need to start giving added attention to trivia games in the future.
 
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