After My First Year Madness - This What My Closet Holds
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I was introduced to The Settlers of Catan a few years ago. It was played in my house obsessively. Subsequently, I purchased the expansions and they too were played over and over.

Then, about a year ago, I decided that it was time for a new game. That is when I discovered BGG and it has been downhill ever since.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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The game that started it all.

We still use this as our primary Gateway game. It has just the right amount of player interaction. The reliance on luck of the dice makes it familiar to those who grew up on American games like Risk or Monopoly.
 
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2. Board Game: Catan: 5-6 Player Extension [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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The more the merrier
 
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3. Board Game: Catan: Seafarers [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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Ever make a purchase based on a name brand? I purchased the next 4 all at once.

This one was so-so.
 
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4. Board Game: Catan: Seafarers – 5-6 Player Extension [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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We often find ourselves with 6 players so the expansions are a must
 
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5. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Unless we're teaching a new player, we never play without this. It's not very popular here at BGG but it fits my group well.
 
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6. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights – 5-6 Player Extension [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
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Oddly enough, we have never used this.
 
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7. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Need a new game...

Search Google for board games and stumble onto BGG...

PR rated #1 at BGG, so take a chance and buy it!

PR is a HUGE hit with gaming group! Highly addictive, even for the Mrs.

Sign up at BGG, wife begins to wonder why I am at the computer all hours of the day...
 
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8. Board Game: Puerto Rico: Expansion I – New Buildings [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Got this at my first Con. Traded my "dealer dollars" that I had won for it.
 
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9. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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B-day gift #1

Requested this based on Geek reviews. It's a great game when time is short.
 
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10. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4454]
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B-day gift #2

My Axis and Allies roots made me try this. The base game is nothing to write home about but...
 
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11. Board Game: Attack! Expansion [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked]
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B-day gift #3

The expansion makes the game worth playing provided no one suffers from analysis paralysis.

My only gripe is that an early "Revolt" can effectively end the game for a player in turn one.

Our group uses the AA system for naval combat.
 
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12. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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B-day gift #4

Needed a two player game that was simple and fast
 
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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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B-day gift #5

Wanted a rail game... Age of Steam was out of print so I went with Geek suggestions and got this.

A HUGE hit with new players. In fact, it's too good. Once they play T2R, it's hard to get them to try anything else.
 
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14. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Mystery Train Expansion [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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Stumbled across about 10 of these in Game Trade magazines that were gathering dust. The FLGS cut me a deal. Hello Ebay
 
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15. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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Bought a b-day gift for a friend and threw this on the order for myself. Who hasn't done that?

To date the most popular game in my group. The wife loves it. I recently scored 86 - gotta love those jesters
 
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16. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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X-mas gift #1
Played this at Gen Con SoCal last year and was hooked. The only downside to this game is finding players. If given the choice, I'll play this game over any other.
 
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17. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
 
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X-mas gift #2

Took a chance on this one. BGG reviews were mixed but at Gen Con any time someone had this game out a crowd of eager players would form. I had to see what the fuss was all about.

Currently the most popular game in my war gaming group.
 
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18. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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X-mas gift #3

I could go to geek purgatory for this but this has only hit the table once and did not catch on at all with our group. Maybe it was too abstract but I know that it needs another chance.
 
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19. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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X-mas gift #4

Selected based upon geek ratings but feels like a combination of every other game to me. We played several times but in the end no one really liked it.

Should I trade it for Age of Steam?
 
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20. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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X-mas gift #5

Love this in large groups.
 
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21. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Got this the second it reprinted.

Yet another purchased based upon BGG ratings!
 
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22. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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T2R was such a hit, I ordered this the day it was released. I like the addition of stations - reduces the stress level
 
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23. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings Expansion [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Of course to save on shipping with my T2RE order, I added this.

"But honey, I saved us money." - Who hasn't said that to their wives?
 
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24. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:786] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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Added this to the order as well. Great filler game with 4 players/planes. Kinda dull with 2.
 
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25. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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Found this in shrink 2 weeks ago gathering dust in a game shop. WOO HOO.
 
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