REALLY!?!? You like this game. Games that you didn't think anyone would like, but turns into a groups favorite.
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1. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:290]
Joe Thomas
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Coshocton
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The game that inspires this list. I got this game from a great tanga deal not thinking that anyone would care for it. Was I wrong! The game was enjoy by one and all. Every time we bring it out, it goes over very well.
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2. Board Game: 1856 [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:519]
Joe Thomas
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Coshocton
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Even though some of the gaming group didn't care for Age Of Steam, this game really is very much liked! I knew that I was going to like it, but it surprises me how everyone really look forward to playing this!
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
Joe Thomas
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Coshocton
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I had this game for over a year and a half until we got to try it. I wasn't sure if anybody, myself included, would even like it. A great game indeed.
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4. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:868]
Joe Thomas
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This game really shocks me. We got two copies, that's two, from Goodwill for about $.50 each. Lucky we got both, some pieces were missing and together we had the whole game. A very fun game to play and everybody gets to take turns playing Mr. X.
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5. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Ken Mortis
United States
Binghamton
New York
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Before I tried it, I just couldn't wrap my mind around what people liked about it. The theme seemed dry, I'm not generally a fan of auctions...it was a mystery.


This is one of my group's favorite games. Even my mathphobic gf likes it.
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6. Board Game: Thunder Road [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1942]
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England
County of Essex
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I thought this looked rubbish (I only brought it cheap for the components). Turned out to be one of the favourite games with one of my groups (odd as they are all wargamers).
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7. Board Game: Bank or Bust [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
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I thought this looked like a really crap card game. This was played last Christmas by the family, and they loved it.
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8. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:28]
Troy Creamer
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Arlington Heights
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I think everyone was surprised how much people like this game. I was even more shocked when my wife and buddy (non-gamers) tried it and said immediately "lets play again".
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9. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:457]
Matthew Roskam
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
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Got this thinking only my son would play... It turns out my wife absolutely LOVES it! Boy, just when you think you have them figured out...
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10. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:514]
Brook Gentlestream
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Long Beach
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It's just moving cubes around a board, but surprisingly, everyone had fun. Go figure.

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11. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:640]
Ronster Zero
United States
California
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A pure negation game. Our group can be a bit feisty so I was not sure how this game would be received.

It's become one of our standbys that we have played a lot and still get in the rotation at least once a month.

It plays 6 and we can get a game played in 30-45 minutes now.
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12. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:816]
Chris Talmadge
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Clinton
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We end every game night with about 3 games of Guillotine. Plays pretty quick and pretty easy to learn the action cards. Limited strategies for points, but this is our go to game. We play bloody and unfriendly with lots of screwage. We love it! Plus the theme and pop-out guillotine are cool. "Oh Piss Boy..."
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13. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:192]
Geoff King
United States
Annandale
Virginia
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I didn't necessarily think this was going to bomb, but I was a bit surprised how much the group liked it.

There's a small group at my FLGS that I usually game with when I go there. A few of their standard games are Saint Petersburg, Puerto Rico, Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery and the occasional round of 7 Wonders. I guess Glen More isn't that far off from any of those, but between the tile-laying, resource collecting and funky scoring I didn't think it would be such a big hit.

Now every week I'm asked "Did you bring that Scottish game?"
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14. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
James ooo
United States
Texas
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I somehow convinced my wife to play this with me and she really enjoyed it. For some stupid reason I traded it away because I didn't think it got the proper table time it deserved. Now she is begging me to get it back and keeps telling me how much she misses it. When we played it was usually online and she liked to have the cards in her hands to play with.

I don't know how to post pics here but this is the link to a pic of her destroying me in a game. And she is as evil as she looks


http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/696559/twilight-struggle
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15. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:426]
Matthew Rooks
Japan
Kobe
Hyogo
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I got this game because I love the theme and the mechanics looked simple and fun. But I was not expecting much interest in it from other gamers in my group when I set it up at a recent game day. Boy, was I wrong. It was played 4 times in 2 days, and was the runaway hit of the game convention, with members still asking to play it. Really glad I bought it.
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16. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:258]
Ken Mortis
United States
Binghamton
New York
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Another one that I couldn't get what people were finding fun. Then I broke down and actually tried it. First time I brought it out, we played three games in a row and only stopped then because we had a previous engagment we had to get to.


I'm starting to learn that if I can't get what others like about a game, I have to try it.
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17. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:458]
Dave Hamrick
United States
Moore
OK
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Here's one that people really seem to enjoy. Who knew that dogsled racing could be so darn good?

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18. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1325]
Michael Stone
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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bugs? yet there is so much to this simple bluffing game.
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19. Board Game: Skull [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:513]
Michael Stone
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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but it's just coasters. The group can get pretty loud when this one comes out.
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20. Board Game: Off Your Rocker [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:5535]
Michael Stone
United States
San Antonio
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we tried this one out, one of many our group test plays and it was a surefire hit.
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21. Board Game: Poo: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:4686]
Jeremy Smith
United States
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
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I get funny looks everytime I explain what the game is about to new players. "This is a game whre you play monkeys and throw poo at each other." Sometimes the name of the game alone makes people think twice about playing it.

However, I almost always convince them to try the game. This game has converted more non-gamers to gamers than any other game in my collection, and it's always perfect to play when there isn't much time left in the night after playing heavier games.
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22. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:148]
Christopher Boat
United States
Ankeny
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A memory game? Seriously?

I was really hesitant to import a copy, but a friend of mine had tried it and spoke very highly the game, plus I can usually get players to at least try cooperative titles. I thought the concept sounded fun but I really didn't expect anyone else to jump on board the idea. Boy was I wrong! Instant hit at my game table. One of the few games we'll play multiple times in a row.
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23. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:511]
Stoic Bird
United States
Fairport
New York
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I bought this at a charity auction at my first board game con because it was charity and my wife had "expressed mild interest" (read: "didn't immediately say 'that doesn't look fun'...I've gotten better at discerning her tastes since then). She did give it a try, but didn't like it much. To my surprise, it's been a major hit with my local game group, though. One guy in particular who no longer lives in the area practically demands "the horse game" when visiting, and nearly everyone else enjoys it to the point of an occasional request.

This was the first of many games that proved to me that I'm a fairly poor judge of what my friends will like or dislike.
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24. Board Game: Prêt-à-Porter [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:654]
Daniel Hadlock
United States
Roy
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Originally I bought this because I have several daughters and thought as they got older the theme may be a lot more fun for them than many of the other games I have.

The majority of my gaming group took some odd methods to get them to play this one, but EVERY gamer friend I can get to play once loves it and wants to play again.

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25. Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:873]
Chris Funk
United States
Springfield
Ohio
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Almost every game night, this hits the table. Also permanently known as "The Horsey Game".
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