AMS Lunch Gamers Top Ten List
Chris Sjoholm
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These are the top ten games played at lunch at my office. In order to get played (and thus rated), a game must be playable within about 45 minutes. I've been collecting ratings since 2000. My rating system is an overly complex system that normalizes each person's 1-10 ratings (to adjust for some people tending to rate higher than others) and with a weight to reward games that are rated more often. (Updated 11/20/2002)

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1. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:817]
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(Wyatt Earp) Rating: 7.804. Our new lunch hour favorite! I really enjoy how capture (meld) points don't directly affect your score, but rather your share of the reward.
 
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2. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1165]
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(Werewolf) Rating: 7.795. Werewolf has been almost universally praised by our group; only one person has rated it as low as 6. Of course, most of us also like Diplomacy, so being able to get in some backstabbing and mob mentality in 20 minutes is a Good Thing for us.
 
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3. Board Game: Pinochle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1952]
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(Pinochle) Score 7.778. An oldie but goodie.
 
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4. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:368]
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(Bohnanza) Rating: 7.763. We find that the Rio Grande version for 7 players takes too long; the original five suits makes the game fit comfortably within our 45 minute limit.
 
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5. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2121]
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(Mystery Rummy 2) Score: 7.641. Partnership play is quite interesting.
 
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6. Board Game: Taboo [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1629]
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(Taboo) Score: 7.543. Our favorite clue-giving game.
 
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7. Board Game: Quarto [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:818]
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(Quarto) Score: 7.526. A surprise hit this summer. Our highest rated abstract strategy game.
 
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8. Board Game: Rage [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2676]
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(Rage) Score: 7.522. This nomination whist (oh, all right, it's "Oh Hell") variant has been very popular. The special cards due mess with the level of control to some degree, but I don't think it makes it overly chaotic. The last round (1 card each) can be uncomfortable if you're the one hosed, because at that point you do have to just make a very slightly educated guess.
 
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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(Carcassonne) Score: 7.510. This was our most-played game in 2001, getting 21 plays in (only one other game had more than 10). We've got all the expansions.
 
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10. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1410]
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(Hera & Zeus) Score: 7.471. This game has the mystery of Stratego in a much more fun package.
 
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