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Tom Vasel's idea for a list is really cool. But I would have chosen many different games for most letters, so here's my list of the best A to Z games.

(Hope you don't mind having your idea borrowed, Tom. My only apology can be that I'm bored at work today.)
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1. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1075]
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The choice between this and Age of Steam was really hard. AoS is a great complex game, but I need to play it a little more to see if it'll stand the test of time.
Ave Ceasar sure does and is still my favorite racing game.
 
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2. Board Game: Billabong [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1953]
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Admittedly, I have played very few games starting with B. Billabong is a fun, checkers like game for two to four players.
 
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3. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:801]
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Tough decision between this, Civilization and my own personal favorite, Chinatown. I picked Cosmic Encounter because I think no other game quite captures that mix of wackiness and humor. Civilization, on the other hand, seems a little too heavy by today's standard. More recent games have captured the same flavor while reducing the playing time to something more reasonable.
 
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4. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
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The classic game of negotiating wins without contest. Other games worthy of note here: Dune, also a classic and my personal favorite Dschunke.
 
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5. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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A difficult choice between El Grande and Euphrat & Tigris. I wish I could choose both to be in the list, but in the end, I think the Knizia game to be richer, strategy-wise.
 
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6. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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Using the german name Fursten Von Florenz (Die), I can put this game for F, saving the P for another highly acclaimed game.
 
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7. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1513]
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Very few games I've played in the Gs. This is one of the recent small card games that I can't ever get enough of.
 
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8. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:597]
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Few contenders agains AH's classic, happily reprinted by Hasbro with dozens of nice little plastic pieces.
 
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9. Board Game: Illuminati [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2452]
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Again, few contenders here. This game is probably more fun to play than actually interesting.
 
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10. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:949]
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Another classic. Just as many treacherous plays as in Diplomacy, but funnier.
 
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11. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:507]
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Fits here for its original title, Kardinal und Koenig.
 
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12. Board Game: Löwenherz [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:803]
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Less known than Settles of Catan by the same author. This game adds an aggressive twist not common in german games.
 
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13. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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That's the problem with A to Z list. Some letters, you can't seem to find a single game and others are just so full of it, each choice is like a sacrifice.
Mare Nostrum is a great modern version of Civilization, freed from all the downtime and complication. Modern Art is probably Knizia's best auction game. AndMagic the Gathering is probably the best thing since chess (but I said I'd put no CCGs when I started this list).
Die Macher wins because it's a perfect blend of strong theme, deep strategy and a lot of well though mecanisms that all combine in a captivating game like no other.

Strangely, I haven't ever played a game that either started by N or O. So on to...
 
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14. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Well, with Princes of Florence moved to F, this choice was a no-brainer.
 
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15. Board Game: Quo Vadis? [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1718]
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Few games in the Qs. This one is a little marvel of quick negotiations by the german master, Reiner Knizia.
 
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16. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:338]
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Another full packed letter. Again, Ra, another excellent Knizia auction game doesn't make it. And the choice was hard between the winner and Roborally (sorry again Richard). In the end, RoR wins for its simply perfect blend to the theme and the scope of its gameplay.
 
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17. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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How could you choose anything else but the classis bestseller?
 
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18. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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Hard choices again. Torres is an excellent game, worthy of its Spiel des Jarre title. Taj Mahal is an often overlooked Knizia, with a good blend of auctions and strategy. But you can't beat the little pastel plastic camels of this fun go-like game.
 
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19. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:680]
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Not that many U games. This one is both fun and actually has more strategy than you'd think at first sight. Plus, you play amoebas.
 
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20. Board Game: Vinci [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:596]
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A good game, with a little knigmaker problem, but the civilization drawing system creates new situations for every game.
 
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21. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:943] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
 
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True, it takes a long time to play. And a lot of space. And a complete knowledge of a mind-boggling quantity of rules. But you've got to have that if you want to play the whole of WWII at the corps level. No other game about the biggest war in human history is that acurate, that detailed and that rich.
 
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22. Board Game: Zero! [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2120] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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X, Y, Z

This little known game (or at least, not as much as it deserve) is the latest incarnation of a game system that turn air combat into an efficient and dynamic card game.
 
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