My Group's Top 20 Rated Games (4th Year)
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This is my annual updated list.

I've hosted a weekly game night for the past 4 years. We rate every game we play, each time we play it, on a scale of 1-10. This GeekList contains our cummulative top 20 rated games for the past 4 years.

We have a fairly diverse group of gamers and non-gamers, and since we gather on a weeknight, we focus on games that can easily fit into a single evening.

For anyone looking to add some great games to their collection, I can heartily recommend all of the titles on this list...
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1. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
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Our group has traditionally avoided cooperative games, but this one looked so irresistable that we just had to try it... and boy are we glad we did. It's hard not to like this excellent game. I'm not sure if it will be able to maintain its appeal long term, but for the present, it is our new favorite.
 
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2. Board Game: The Brotherhood [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:9988]
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You've probably never heard of this one - that's because it was a relatively obscure game published in the early 70's. This is however, IMHO, the best mob-gangster board game ever made.

The original bits were some of the dullest and uninspired components I've ever seen, so before springing it on my group, I created my own custom version. The game was an instant hit from the moment it landed on our table - not just because of the nice bits, but because it is simply such a great game!
 
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3. Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1021]
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Simple elegance. One of the great things about this game are the multiple approaches to victory.
 
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4. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:170]
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Our favorite game for 3 players. Be prepared to do some thinking.
 
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5. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1334]
 
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A classic that's out of print now, but you can substitute with Top Race or Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix to get the same experience. It can also be acquired cheaply on eBay.
 
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6. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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The strategy gamers in our group love this game. Tense and absorbing, but with clear streamlined mechanics. Try the Ireland expansion map with 3 or 4 players - it's a doozy!
 
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7. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:916]
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One of our all-time favorite quickies. The clever hand-passing mechanism is brilliant, and ensures that no one can complain about being the victim of bad cards.
 
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8. Board Game: Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1045]
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This one took us totally by surprise. There's just something addictively fun about this very simple game.
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9. Board Game: Light Speed [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2324]
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When you need to let your brain relax after a long strategy session, reach no further than Light Speed for a super-quick adrenalin rush!
 
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10. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Puerto Rico just seems to get better and better with age. Even folks who didn't warm up to the game at first, have begun to turn around and embrace it. It is indeed a classic.
 
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11. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1067]
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We really really liked Pickomino until it became blatantly obvious that you are totally at the mercy of your die rolls. Even though it seems like you have strategic decisions to make, it's all smoke and mirrors. The decisions are painfully obvious, and all you can really do is hope to get good rolls.
 
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12. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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Another classic that never disappoints.
 
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13. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:512]
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Another excellent game for just 3 players. In fact, it's ideal with 3.
 
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14. Board Game: Giganten [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1490]
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Underrated and under-appreciated. Giganten offers up a very enjoyable and absorbing gaming session. Make sure to play with the maximum 4 players, since it can be less competitive with just 3 players.
 
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15. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1805]
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Some folks in our group refuse to play Intrige because it's so mean and nasty. The rest of us love this game for exactly that reason. If your feelings are easily hurt, you should stay away from this game - but if you can separate your gaming self from your actual self, and indulge in a little harmless backstabbing, you'll have a ball!
 
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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Yup, we love it!
 
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17. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:560]
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A timeless classic that can be played by anyone.
 
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18. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:793]
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With the Elfengold expansion, of course. The only complaint about this one is that it can take a long time to finish - especially with a full table of 6 players. But it's such a fun journey, that we are more than happy to endure the length.
 
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19. Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:3359]
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Fun, fun, fun! As long as you don't take this game too seriously, you're virtually guaranteed to have a blast. Be prepared for some whooping and hollering during the game.
 
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20. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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This is about as close as our group gets to an abstract strategy game. It's simply brilliant.
 
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