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Kingbreaker's 2011 Top-10 Standouts
John McKelvy
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A compilation that represents 12 month's worth of new gaming experiences.

I have been a member of the geek for over five years, but only really got involved with gaming in the fall of 2010 when my GF dragged me to a tuesday meeting of our local gaming group. We've been hooked ever since.




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1. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:346]
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This one hit the table for the first time in the Spring of this year. Our group planned a Game of Thrones Marathon. We started on a Saturday afternoon with a five-player game using the base set + ports. Since then we've tallied about 5 plays. Unfortunately this is a game that only gets played on game days or (rarely) on weekends. I'll be receiving the new edition for Christmas - solely for the capacity for six players.

This game is a wonderful combination of theme, mechanics, and diplomacy.
 
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2. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:49]
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The best word to describe this is "tight." Not as in tense (although it is tense) but in terms of seemless integration of mechanics for gameplay and theme. Only two plays, both as arachnids. Our second game was *tight* in the sense of extremely competitive throughout. One thing that rocks about this game is the near-absence of downtime. Everyone's moves have implications for everyone else - the amount of chaos is near-perfect.

 
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3. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64]
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The number 3 spot goes to BSG. The rating is based almost entirely on one play, begun at midnight on the Saturday of a convention. That session had enough plot twists and surprises to keep this game highly rated for quite a while.
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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4th goes to the old standby.

While there are games I enjoy much more, this one is good enough and short enough and common enough to be a nearly perfect filler. Many, many plays through the dominion.isotropic website.

 
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5. Board Game: Wars of the Roses: Lancaster vs. York [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:912]
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Theme, theme, theme. I am obsessed with medieval history, and this game drips with it. It is a spiritual successor to Avalon Hill's Kingmaker, but is a much better game.

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6. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:369]
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Based on one play at a convention. We played the earlier (supposedly superior) AH version. The production and some mechanics are noticeably dated, but the game itself is a tense balance of cooperation (preserving Rome from disasters) and screwage (becoming the most powerful faction in the Roman Senate.) As such, it is an elaborate riff on the Prisoner's Dilemma. This would be a great candidate for an FFG reworking.
 
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7. Board Game: India Rails [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:2326] [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
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One of the crayon rail games. A stalwart in our group owns most of them. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

As a newb, the biggest challenge was figuring out where all of the cities are!
 
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8. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:286]
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As a former roleplayer, every so often I have the Dungeon Crawling Itch. This isn't a cure, but it does moderate the symptoms
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9. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:298] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Belongs in my top ten because it is a good game for family and non-gamer friends.
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10. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:33]
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Arguably to only pure "Euro" on the list, this one somehow puts pleasure into competitive accounting!

 
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