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Subject: The Most Fun Boardgames - The Top 100 - CONTEST RESULTS rss

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Tony Ackroyd
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After six months, six rounds and votes from hundreds of users on 295 nominated games, we have the final results of the contest to determine The Most Fun Boardgames.

Over the few years as I've discovered all these wonderful new boardgames I've slowly come to realise that what I want most from a game is fun. I've been seduced by amazing design, clever mechanics and hidden depths, but when I see past that, I want to have fun.

You can see the Final here, where Galaxy Trucker won a tight battle for the title:
[POLLS] What is the Most Fun Game? - Round 6 - The FINAL
There is a link to the previous round in each list.
Galaxy Trucker also pulled off the Fun Games Double by winning the Le Tour de Geek Fun Stage, but with the different scoring system there, Roborally came in 2nd. You can see the results of that stage -> here.

In the nominations and discussion thread we put together a shortlist of games and you can read some of the discussion about what makes games fun.

The contest was primarly conducted based on average ratings, but in addition games needed a (gradually increasing) minimum number of ratings to progress from round to round to keep the results representative of The Geek.

Here is the final rundown:

1 Galaxy Trucker
2 PitchCar
3 King of Tokyo
4 Crokinole
5 Space Alert
6 The Resistance
7 Telestrations
8 Eat Poop You Cat
9 Time's Up! (all versions)
10 RoboRally
11 Wits & Wagers
12 Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
13 Dixit
14 Claustrophobia
15 Battlestar Galactica
16 7 Wonders
17 Ca$h 'n Gun$
18 Loopin' Louie
19 Cosmic Encounter
20 The Downfall of Pompeii
21 Ticket to Ride
22 Wiz-War
23 Arkham Horror
24 Nexus Ops
25 Ra
26 Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
27 For Sale
28 Stone Age
29 Pandemic
30 Dominion
31 Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit
32 Dune
33 Tumblin-Dice
34 Kremlin
35 Say Anything
36 Daytona 500
37 Catacombs
38 Animal Upon Animal
39 Liar's Dice
40 Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
41 El Grande
42 Ascending Empires
43 Through the Ages
44 Werewolf (all versions)
45 Tichu
46 The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac
47 Tobago
48 Can't Stop
49 Aargh!Tect
50 Wok Star
51 Railroad Tycoon/ Railways of the World
52 Bohnanza
53 Citadels
54 Formula Dé
55 Tales of the Arabian Nights
56 Summoner Wars
57 Bausack
58 Combat Comander: Europe
59 Carcassonne
60 Thebes
61 Jungle Speed
62 Lords of Vegas
63 Sorry! Sliders
64 Snow Tails
65 Incan Gold
66 Betrayal at House on the Hill
67 Agricola
68 Forbidden Island
69 Pit
70 Dungeon Lords
71 Glen More
72 6 Nimmt!
73 Twilight Imperium (third edition)
74 Shadow Hunters
75 Wings of War
76 Race for the Galaxy
77 Hey, That's My Fish!
78 Battle Line
79 Magic: the Gathering
80 Dice Town
81 Ubongo
82 Saboteur
83 Category 5
84 Shadows Over Camelot
85 Coloretto
86 Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
87 Vegas Showdown
88 Junta
89 The Settlers of Catan
90 Castle Panic
91 Pickomino
92 Beyond Balderdash
93 Nuclear War
94 Union Pacific
95 Jamaica
96 Cribbage
97 Thunder Road
98 Guillotine
99 Middle-earth Quest
100 World Without End

Somehow Memoir '44 was not nominated, so after questions about "wargames not be fun" I added a chance to rate it and BattleLore. Based on the results of that mini poll they would have probably fallen somewhere in the 20th-30th range.

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And 101-200:

A lot of fun games here:

101 Autoscooter
102 Earth Reborn
103 Hart an der Grenze
104 Word on the Street
105 Isla Dorada
106 Sjoelen
107 Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
108 Pickomino
109 Catacombs
110 Alhambra
111 Witch's Brew
112 Mage Knights
113 Quarriors
114 Villa Paletti
115 Rattus
116 Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
117 Dancing Eggs
118 Gunslinger
119 Ingenious
120 Wizard
121 Fearsome Floors
122 Brass
123 GiftTRAP
124 Nuns on the Run
125 Mississippi Queen
126 Cloud 9
127 Martian Dice
128 Winner's Circle
129 Dutch Blitz
130 Lifeboats
131 Geistertreppe
132 Pillars of the Earth
133 The Awful Green Things From Outer Space
134 TransAmerica
135 I'm the Boss!
136 Magical Athlete
137 The Great Dalmuti
138 Identik
139 Lord of the Rings
140 Rumis (aka Blokus 3-D)
141 Bang!
142 Star Wars: Epic Duels
143 Caylus
144 Doom: The Boardgame
145 Small World
146 StarCraft: The Board Game
147 Powerboats
148 Roll Through the Ages
149 Chinatown
150 Space Crusade
151 Clue: The Great Museum Caper
152 Funny Friends
153 Pick Picknic
154 Blokus
155 B-17: Queen of the Skies
156 Evo
157 Sushizock im Gockelwok
158 Revolution!
159 Diplomacy
160 Busen Memo
161 Bridge
162 The Castle of the Devil
163 Indonesia
164 Make 'n' Break
165 You're Bluffing!
166 Niagara
167 Kuhhandel
168 Red November
169 We Didn't Playtest This At All
170 The Omega Virus
171 Outburst!
172 Apples to Apples
173 Taboo
174 Gambit 7
175 Tsuro
176 Pueblo
177 Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000
178 Things...
179 Hornochsen
180 Hang in There
181 Confusion
182 Loot
183 Hula Hippos
184 Dog
185 Advanced Squad Leader
186 Leaping Lemmings
187 Kakerlakensalat
188 Kakerlakenpoker
189 Excape
190 Monsters Menace America
191 Snorta!
192 Catch Phrase
193 Wise and Otherwise
194 Mystery of the Abbey
195 Cornucopia
196 Turn the Tide
197 Dragon Strike
198 Sitting Ducks Gallery
199 Giganten
200 Poison
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I haven't played any in the top 20. I guess that means I need to get out & have more fun.
 
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lmlawson wrote:
I haven't played any in the top 20. I guess that means I need to get out & have more fun.


There's little stopping you from playing Eat Poop You Cat, one of my favourite activities. Have you a pen? Paper? A couple of people? Give it a whirl!
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Amazingly (at least to me) I recently culled my collection to 10 games and the top 3 are there, as well as games I am surprised are such high placers like Claustrophobia.

Thanks for the poll. Quantifies suspicions I've had for a while.
 
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Why is Discworld: Anhk-Morpork at both 40 and 107?
Is this some inside Discworld joke that I've missed?
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Dragon Hide wrote:
Why is Discworld: Anhk-Morpork at both 40 and 107?
Is this some inside Discworld joke that I've missed?

Great spot! And Pickomino at #91 and #108.

Yeah, erm.... The 101+ results are taken from the basic Round 1 scores, but I reworked some of them based on number of ratings to see what would qualify for Round 2 (the Top 100), so some of the 101+ games got in....

I'd update it, but I think that would be less fun....
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Glad I did that actually otherwise Discworld would have been in the obscurity outside the Top 100....
 
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Played: 28-ish of the top 100. (I'm not always great at remembering the names of games, so it's hard to say for sure.) Of those, there are a couple that I don't consider particularly fun,including Tichu and Cribbage. (...cribbage, really?)

Unplayed ones that I've been interested in at some point: 26. And probably more that I have forgotten.

Highest rated game that I've played: #8 -- Eat Poop You Cat. It's fun, but not the most fun game I've ever played.

Most fun game I can think of that's not on the list: A Touch of Evil.

My favorite that is on the list would be Cosmic Encounter, which only came in at #19, landing between two games that really don't sound very fun to me (children's toy Loopin' Louie and euro cube-pusher Downfall of Pompeii). But what do I know -- I've never played them.

What really surprises me about this list is how different it is from BGG's list of ranked games. What do BGG's rankings stand for, if not fun? Is there such a thing as a good game that isn't fun?
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EPYC FTW
 
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Interesting results here Tony...

d10-1 2 of the top 5 are dexterity games. So when someone ponders the appeal of dexterity games the answer is fairly simple - they are fun.

d10-2 Claustrophobia takes the prize of highest placed thematic game at #13. This may well be due to the light ruleset, great visual appeal and quick set-up time and play length.

d10-3 Then there is the most staggering result of all. The first meaty or classic Euro comes in at no better than #41 in El Grande. If you don't agree with that assessment then it's Through the Ages at #43.

Given the usual popularity of games like Agricola, Puerto Rico and the like I'm 1) amazed these two top the Euro list and 2) that the data seems to be saying that whilst we (collective community) respect those titles we don't neccessarily think they are fun.

Quite interesting.

The Obvious defence is that the Top 100 is a very elite field and #4 and #44 are not that far apart - I'd agree but the results still say something I think.

Given the weight of many titles in the Top 100 beign of a lighter nature it would seem that we have equated fun in proportion to the length of the game in many instances.
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this isnt right.. no Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations ??? no Phantom Leader ??? no Dan Verssen Games (DVG) games at all????

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I have 5 out of the top 6 and I would love a cronky board as well.

And overall i agree with the list.

Thank you for the data it is appreciated.
 
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