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Arkham Horror is the most recent of a genre of games that I call pseudo role-playing games that have had some big hits lately. In these games players usually take on the role of a character who usually moves around the board looking for treasure/items, and fighting monsters in preparation for a final big confrontation. I want to like these games, but have found that I really don't usually. At least part of my dislike is that the fun of the games doesn't equal the long playing times that many of these games have.
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1. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Aaron Sapp
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Number one on the Hot Games List at the time this list was created. By the end of the game we were worn down by all of the steps that you take each turn. In addition there were some picky things about colors on the board not matching the cards and the order that things are done on the Mythos cards that bugged me. As far as I'm concerned it managed to capture none of the creepiness that make reading Lovecraft or role-playing Call of Cthulhu great. It is just another monster bash with the odds stacked in favor of the game.
 
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2. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
Aaron Sapp
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This game captures the feel of the movie genre it is imitating. The editing flaws have been well discussed.
 
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3. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1753]
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A classic. I own the second edition. We played it alot in high school. I'm no longer interested in going around and around the board drawing cards.
 
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4. Board Game: Runebound (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2938]
 
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Like Talisman, but with a free form board.
 
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5. Board Game: Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1735]
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This game seems to drag less than some of the others and is therefore my favorite of the bunch, but that impression is from only a couple of plays.
 
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6. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4468] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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This differs from the others in that there is no real character other than, "red guy running from zombies," but the mechanics are similar so I included it.
 
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7. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:547]
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I think this game defines this genre.
 
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8. Board Game: Candamir: The First Settlers [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2640]
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May not seem like a role-playing game, but this is essentially a lighter and less dragging version of Runebound. On your search for building components, you gain experience, pick up stat-boosting equipment, and fight monsters... seems RPish enough for me.

Since I got this I don't play Runebound anymore.
 
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9. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1673] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Mark Taraba
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Return of the Heroes
 
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10. Board Game: Battlestations [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1466]
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this one seems to fit
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11. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:929]
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Isn't this the first of this type of game? When I played in in high school (not long after it came out) I didn't know of any others like it.

I liked it a lot, but only got to play it once. The guy who owned it wasn't somebody I played games with regularly.
 
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12. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1526]
Morgan Dontanville
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Set up the scenarios. Pick the characters, and if you survive, you get to upgrade their abilities.
 
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13. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1636]
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You gain abilities and move your character through a long story.
 
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14. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
Thomas Phinney
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Shadows Over Camelot definitely fits this list. Each character has a different special ability, etc.
 
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15. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Dragons of the Forsaken Desert [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3692]
Jon Dockter
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I love this game and I have all the expansions. You move your character around a random map, which are drawn from a stack of cards and laid side by side to create the map. Players must fight monsters, which are played by opposing players, collect treasure, and finish quests. The first person to finish three quests is the winner.
 
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16. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:268]
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Not out yet, but this is definately on my "must buy" list.
 
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17. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:655]
Jesse Acosta
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This I feel is the mother of great pseudo RPGs. That is until I get my hands on Descent and see how well it plays out.
 
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18. Board Game: Arcadia: The Wyld Hunt [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:12863]
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A ccg where everyone chooses a few cards to specialize their character and then takes their character on a quest (provided by one of the opponents IIRC). The characters pick up extra equipment cards that are hidden around the map board (which is also created out of cards).

For a CCG it is much closer to runebound than it is to MtG.
 
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19. Board Game: Swashbuckler [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3679]
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Here you go then! Either in the 'Tavern', 'Pub', 'Gasthaus', 'Auberge', whatever!...or upon the 'Pirate Ship'!(on the 'flipside')
 
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20. Board Game: When Darkness Comes [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11418]
Martin Ahlström
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This one is a perfect example.
 
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21. Board Game: DungeonQuest [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1281]
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Another one
 
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22. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:806]
Martin Ahlström
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And this
 
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23. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1016]
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You're playing a role here and if the player play to the characters well enough it can be very hilarious.
 
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24. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1636]
Heinrich Glumpler
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This one offers an experience - it is not for the tactical oriented player
 
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25. Board Game: Princess Ryan's Star Marines [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:14279]
Michel Boucher
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Dungeon crawl with an SF feel.
 
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