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Michael
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I've seen threads asking about the best years in game design, but what years are best in your collection, and why? Let's see the lists. Don't include games you don't think are great, and Include expansions only if you think they are great and/or essential to the base game.

Edit: Suggested by TVis below, to find your list of games by year here on BGG, Find the STATS tab in your Profile area, then, in the upper right of that screen, look for a link "Games Owned By Year".

Best years for me are, in order (current Top 10 position in brackets):

2011

Dungeon Petz (#1)
Hawaii (#2)
Trajan (#6)
The Castles of Burgundy

2014

AquaSphere (#3)
Kanban: Automotive Revolution (#4)
La Granja (#5)
ZhanGuo (has a good chance of moving into my Top 10, but needs more plays)

2009 was a solid year with Shipyard (#8), Peloponnes, Macao and Jaipur.

2013 was pretty good, too, with Brew Crafters (will probably move into my Top 10), Nations (has a chance of moving into my Top 10), Bora Bora (#10 - will soon drop out of my Top 10) and Caverna.
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I haven't done the list for 2010, but I imagine it will be solid as well. 2011 and 2012 are fighting each other for the stop spot with 2011 in the lead. These are only based on ones played.

2011

Castles of Burgundy
Eminent Domain
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Game of Thrones: Board Game
King of Tokyo
Lord of the Rings: LCG
Mage Knight
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Takenoko
Summer Wars: Master Set
Walnut Grove

2012

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Android: Netrunner
Keyflower
Lords of Waterdeep
Red Winter
Seasons
Suburbia
Terra Mystica
Trains
Coup
 
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VolleyGame wrote:
... but what years are best in your collection, and why?

Perhaps you should give everyone a research HINT.

Spoiler (click to reveal)

Find the STATS tab in your Profile area. In the upper right area look for a link "Games Owned By Year".
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TVis wrote:
VolleyGame wrote:
... but what years are best in your collection, and why?

Perhaps you should give everyone a research HINT.

Spoiler (click to reveal)

Find the STATS tab in your Profile area. In the upper right area look for a link "Games Owned By Year".


I considered that, and you're probably right, I should have, but I got distracted. whistle
 
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Wow. That totally caught me out. I fully expected it to be 2011 or 2014. But it was actually ...

2012
Terra Mystica
Targi
Love Letter
Manhattan Project
Coup
Among the Stars
1812: Conquest of Canada
Exodus: Proxima Centauri
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My top two years, in order:
2015
Churchill
Cthulhu Wars
Food Chain Magnate

2010
Dominant Species
Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
Troyes
 
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Best year = 1977

Black Box
Castle Plans for Sieges in 25mm Scale
The Cattlemen
Chitin: I
Chivalry & Sorcery: Warfare & Wizardry in the Feudal Age
Cosmic Encounter
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #1
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #2
Dungeon Dice
Electronic Battleship
The Games of Middle Earth
Gettysburg (1977 Edition)
Lords & Wizards
Melee
Ogre
Rail Baron
Richthofen's War Maneuver Cards
Rivets
Star Fleet Battle Manual
Victory at Sea
War at Sea 2
War of the Ring
WarpWar
Wilderlands of High Fantasy

2003 wasn't so bad either for board games.
1980 was mostly RPGs.
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Well, since I am the cultist of the new, mine are:

2015 - 20 games
Artifacts, Inc.
BATTALIA: The Creation
Blood Rage - top 6
Churchill - top 7
Codenames
Cthulhu Wars - top 1
Firefly: Shiny Dice
Fireteam Zero
I Hate Zombies
Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown
Mysterium
Rum & Bones
Specter Ops
Super Motherload
Survive: Space Attack!
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
Tiny Epic Galaxies
Valley of the Kings: Afterlife
XCOM: The Board Game
Yashima: Legend of the Kami Masters


2014 - 16 games
Abyss
Arcadia Quest
Battle Merchants
Beasty Bar - top 8
Blue Max: World War I Air Combat
Camel Up
Dogs of War
Evolution - top 2
Falling (revised edition)
Five Tribes - top 4
Linko!
Lords of Xidit
Onirim (second edition)
Patchwork
Red7
Sheriff of Nottingham

My top 10 games:
2015, 2014, 2005, 2014, 2005, 2015, 2015, 2014, 2005 and 2008
 
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2014
Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)
Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore
Family Challenge
Istanbul
Nations: The Dice Game
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Pandemic: The Cure
Patchwork
Roll For It! Deluxe Edition
Roll for the Galaxy
Sheriff of Nottingham
Splendor
TacDex: The Walking Dead
Timeline: American History
Tiny Epic Kingdoms
 
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2004 was pretty good:
Memoir '44 (my #3)
Betrayal at House on the Hill (my #7)
Ticket to Ride (my #8)
Saboteur (top 20)
Power Grid (top 50)
and four other games in my top 100.

2000 wasn't bad:
Carcassonne (my #6)
Battle Cry (my #11)
Citadels (top 50)
Aladdin's Dragons (top 100)

Honorable Mentions:
1981 (Axis & Allies, Car Wars)
1959 (Diplomacy, Risk)


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I was just considering this the other day. Just considering games in my 50. 2013 has 9 entries, including my favorite game. However, 2016 has been a great year with 3 new entries in my top 10.

2013 - 9 Games
Viticulture (1)
Rococo (7)
Concordia (8)
Russian Railroads (9)
Nations (14)
Eldritch Horror (18)
Bruges (21)
Robinson Crusoe (28)
Francis Drake (39)

2016 - 7 Games
Star Wars Rebellion (2)
Scythe (3)
Star Trek Ascendency (6)
Cry Havoc (11)
Terraforming Mars (12)
Mansions of Madness 3nd edition (34)
Falling Sky (44)

2012 & 2014 each had 6 games in my top 50.
 
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2005 still king with for me have my top 2 all time same year
2005
Arkham Horror
Twilight Struggle
Twilight Imperium

2012
Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Kemet
Lords of Waterdeep
Mice and Mystics
Rex: Final Days of an Empire
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
Star Trek: Catan
Terra Mystica
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
War of the Ring (second edition)
Zombicide
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Definitely 2012 and 2014.

2012
Keyflower
Marvel Legendary
Seasons

2014
Legendary Villains (it is a base set also, so it counts)
Star Realms
Imperial Settlers

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2015
Cthulhu Wars (#1)
Mottainai (#3)
Food Chain Magnate (#5)
Trickerion (#6)
Argent: The Consortium (#8)

Counting the reprint of Tigris & Euphrates (#2) as well, that was one damn good year...
 
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2012 is coming up a lot, and I'm pretty sure its my bigggest year as well. pretty big year in games.
Terra Mystica
Suburbia
Tzolkin
Escape
Keyflower
X-Wing
Kemet
Vivajava
Archipelago

Pretty awesome year for games.
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Mike Urban
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chadnorth wrote:
Best year = 1977

Black Box
Castle Plans for Sieges in 25mm Scale
The Cattlemen
Chitin: I
Chivalry & Sorcery: Warfare & Wizardry in the Feudal Age
Cosmic Encounter
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #1
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #2
Dungeon Dice
Electronic Battleship
The Games of Middle Earth
Gettysburg (1977 Edition)
Lords & Wizards
Melee
Ogre
Rail Baron
Richthofen's War Maneuver Cards
Rivets
Star Fleet Battle Manual
Victory at Sea
War at Sea 2
War of the Ring
WarpWar
Wilderlands of High Fantasy


The early to mid-'70s were a wonderful time to be a geek in general, really. Dungeons and Dragons. Star Wars. The Silmarillion. The Ballantine fantasy line. Many games (with SPI and Avalon Hill dipping into fantasy and science fiction titles). And lurking in the background, the ARPANET and Internet...
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Best year- 1987

Runners up- 1977, 1990, 2005,2006
 
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is yet to come.
 
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My collection is pretty new and 2012-2014 were all big years. I've slowed down a lot since then:

pre-2000 - 8
2000 - 1
2001 - 1
2003 - 3
2004 - 2
2005 - 2
2006 - 2
2007 - 2
2008 - 3
2009 - 4
2010 - 2
2011 - 3
2012 - 10
2013 - 8
2014 - 10

2015 - 5
2016 - 1 (3 games on order for the rest of the year plus some potential BGG.CON purchases)
 
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