The Game Bistro - Hall of Fame
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Welcome to The Game Bistro Hall of Fame.

The Game Bistro players have been gaming in Albuquerque since 1999. Part of the fun is the "Rate the Game" exercise. A secret formula is used to determine our "Game Bistro Game of the Year".

For reference, each player rates the games they played according to our unique rating scale.

Personal Endorsement - A game perfectly crafted to suit your tastes.
Excellent - A game you like a lot and will request.
Good - A nice game you'd enjoy playing ocassionally.
OK - A game you didn't hate, but would not suggest.
Poor - A game you'd like to avoid in the future.

At the end of the year, our "Game of the Year" along with a top 10 list is generated. As you can read below, our tastes sometimes veer off the beaten path. Other times we more predictable.

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1. Board Game: Whacky Wit [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:5622]
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Whacky Wit enters the collection with a big splash!

Top Games for 2014:

1. Whacky Wit
2. El Grande
3. Crokinole
4. Puerto Rico
5. Princes of Florence
6. Hansa Teutonica
7. Call My Bluff
8. Twin Tin Robots
9. Race! Formula 90
10. Trains
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2. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Crokinole was our top ranked game back in 2001. In a first ever "come back", Crokinole was also our top ranked game for 2011! It went on to rule the roost for 2012 and 2013.

Top Games for 2013:

1. Crokinole
2. Nieuw Amsterdam
3. Puerto Rico
4. Planet Steam
5. The Great Zimbabwe
6. Big Boss
7. Lexio
8. The Great Fire of London 1666
9. Trick of the Rails
10. City of Iron


Top Games for 2012:

1. Crokinole
2. Planet Steam
3. Big Boss
4. Glory to Rome
5. Peloponnes
6. Call My Bluff
7. Saint Petersburg
8. American Rails
9. Agricola
10. 7 Wonders


Top Games for 2011:

1. Crokinole
2. Mord im Arosa
3. Call My Bluff
4. Siesta
5. Princes of Florence
6. Water Lily
7. Agricola
8. London
9. Puerto Rico
10. Hansa Teutonica


Top Games for 2001:

1. Crokinole
2. Settlers of Catan
3. Doge
4. Canyon
5. Call My Bluff
6. Bohnanza
7. Medina
8. Carcassonne
9. Elfenland
10. Carabande



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3. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:108]
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Hansa Teutonica was our "Bistro Game of the Year for 2010".

The Top Ten:
1. Hansa Teutonica
2. Call My Bluff
3. Neue Heimat
4. Crokinole
5. Power Grid
6. Princes of Florence
7. Agricola
8. Puerto Rico
9. The Climbers
10. El Grande

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4. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:663]
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Planet Steam was our "Bistro Game of the Year" for 2009.

Here were the top 10 games for 2009:

1. Planet Steam
2. Tichu
3. Call My Bluff
4. Agricola
5. Power Grid
6. Puerto Rico
7. Steel Driver
8. Princes of Florence
9. Can't Stop
10. Princes of the Renaissance
 
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Agricola was our game of the year for 2008.

Here is our top 10 for 2008:

1. Agricola
2. Tinner's Trail
3. Der Untergang von Pompeji
4. El Grande
5. Carcassonne
6. Brass
7. Puerto Rico
8. Can't Stop
9. Tumblin' Dice
10. Cheops
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6. Board Game: Venedig [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:4296]
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Venedig was our top ranked game for 2007.

The top 10 for 2007:

1. Venedig
2. Tichu
3. Imperial
4. Fire and Axe
5. To Court the King
6. Vikings
7. Agricola
8. Power Grid
9. Die Saulen von Venedig
10. The Pillars of the Earth


 
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7. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:707]
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Hacienda was our top Ranked Game of 2006.

The top 10 for 2006:

1. Hacienda
2. Can't Stop
3. Der Untergang von Pompeji
4. Puerto Rico
5. Viva Pamplona!
6. Tempus
7. Canyon
8. Ave Caesar
9. Power Grid
10. Mykerinos
 
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8. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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Saint Petersburg was our top ranked game for both 2004 & 2005.

Top 10 for 2005:

1. Saint Petersburg
2. Call My Bluff
3. Manila
4. Power Grid
5. Carcassonne
6. Wallenstein
7. Web of Power
8. Ra
9. Caylus
10. Can't Stop.


The Top 10 for 2004:

1. Saint Petersburg
2. Call My Bluff
3. Power Grid
4. Maharaja: Palace Building in India
5. Goa
6. San Juan
7. Bamboleo
8. Tichu
9. Alhambra
10. (missing)

 
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9. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Puerto Rico was our top ranked game of 2003.

The top 10 for 2003:

1. Puerto Rico
2. Can't Stop
3. Traders of Genoa
4. Call My Bluff
5. Carcassonne
6. Doge
7. Viva Pamplona!
8. Crokinole
9. Shark
10. Das Motorsportspiel
 
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne was our top ranked game of 2002.

The top 10 for 2002:

1. Carcassonne
2. Puerto Rico
3. Crokinole
4. Can't Stop
5. Atlantic Star
6. Industrial Waste
7. Elfenland
8. La Citta
9. Take It Easy
10. Dragon Delta
 
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11. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Settlers of Catan was our top ranked game of 2000.

The top 10 games for 2000:

1. Settlers of Catan
2. Carabande
3. Auf Achse
4. El Grande
5. Call My Bluff
6. Battle Cry
7. Giganten
8. Ausgebremst
9. Bamboleo
10. Formula De
 
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12. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:561]
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Enduring Favorite. We've played it 50+ times. It is fun, fast and easy to teach.
 
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13. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
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Club Favorite. We've played Can't Stop 30+ times.
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14. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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Club Favorite. We've been playing El Grande since 2000, and have played it 30+ times. We never seem to play it very frequently, but we really relish this game when we do. Over the years many Bistro Players have given El Grande our highest rating, the "Personal Endorsement".
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15. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Club Favorite. With 30+ plays, it has proven to be a staple for club gaming.

Power Grid fell just a little bit short from being our game of the year in 2004. Power Grid vied with Saint Petersburg for table time back then. Now a days, Power Grid continues to see play, while Saint Pete is largely ignored.
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16. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Club Favorite. Ra plays up to 5 players, and is a quick, yet thoughtful game. We've played 25+ times.
 
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17. Board Game: Medieval Merchant [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1656]
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Classic. This game entered my collection back in 2001. It has received steady plays over all these years. We have played this game 15+ times.
 
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18. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Classic. Generally as a club, we just don't play cardgames. But Tichu has a small group of devoted players in the ranks of the club. 20+ sessions have been played by the club.
 
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19. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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Classic. Euphrat & Tigris never seems to get frequent play, but almost always garners high marks when it does get played. We've played over 15 times so far.
 
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20. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:460]
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Classic. Tinners' Trail has been a popular game getting 15+ times since its entry into the collection in 2008.
 
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21. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:592]
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Classic. Tumblin' Dice has proven a popular game since it was added to the collection back in 2008. We have played it 15+ times.
 
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22. Board Game: Viva Pamplona! [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3790]
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Classic. A fun, short game that can handle 6 players. This utility has helped get this game to the table 20+ times.
 
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23. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:508]
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Classic. We've been playing Web of Power since it entered the collection in 2001. This is a great game for exactly 3 players. This limits its play, as other games shine at 4 or 5 player counts. Even so, we have played this game 15+ times.
 
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