The Optimum Game Selection Tool
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Remember those old "Choose Your Own Adventure" Game books? Well this uses that process to choose the game for you to play based on:

# Players
Game Genre you want to play
Game Weight
(Light, Medium, Heavy, and a few Very Heavy)

Obviously the Weight category is massively subjective and Medium Wargames are heavier than Heavy Kids games, Gamer games are heavier than Family games, etc, so the Weight is varied based on the Genre you select.

I referenced a lot of BGG resources to help put this list together. Notably were the following geeklists, but there were many more:

Monty Circus's "Plays best with 2? 3? 4? 173? You tell me! Ultimate Optimum # of Players List"
jaquino's "75 GeekLists About Number Of Players: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8"
Robartin's "A Tribute to Ameritrash"
1000rpm's "Little Kids Games Championship: THE FINALS"
Dalestephenson's "The Thumbs Up List of Party Games"

YOU can improve this tool!
Writing this list certainly exposed my own areas of ignorance, in particular around Abstract games, Negotiation games and Heavy wargames.

1. If you can think of a game which you think would be an as good or better result than the one(s) you get then add a Comment to that geeklist item and state the other game, ideally with reasons. Unfortunately the popups don't let you add comments so you have to do this in the main list.

2. If some other games have been added as comments then give the game you like most a thumbsup to support that suggestion.

Many thanks to Boltongeordie for teaching me how to do dynamic links within a geeklist!

Many thanks to rooboomr for summarising the list in an Excel file as of 6 July 2007:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=25267

As an aside, if you haven't used "I don't know, what do you want to play?" to create yourself a set of cards of the games you own then you need to check this out now! Go to:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/28567 to understand it
http://www.superpowernosissies.com/games/idkwdywtp/ to do it

Update: The poll feature on games about ideal number of players has made it easy to add games to this list - thanks Aldie! Using that I have made some more lists you could use to solve the age-old problem of what game to play:
The Best Games for 1 Player
The Best Games for 2 Players
The Best Games for 3 Players
The Best Games for 4 Players
The Best Games for 5 Players
The Best Games for 6 Players
The Best Games for 7 or more Players

And my full reference geeklist for choosing games:
The Which Game to Play/Buy Metalist

If you liked this list, here is the version 2:
The Optimum Game Selection Tool v2.0
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76. Board Game: Touch and Feel [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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4 Player Dexterity Game

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Medium? go to 238

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77. Board Game: Touch and Feel [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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5 Player Dexterity Game

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78. Board Game: Touch and Feel [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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6 Player Dexterity Game

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79. Board Game: Touch and Feel [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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7 Player Dexterity Game

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80. Board Game: Touch and Feel [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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8+ Player Dexterity Game

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81. Board Game: The Party Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
 
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3 Player Party Game

Heavy? go to 322

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82. Board Game: The Party Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
 
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4 Player Party Game

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83. Board Game: The Party Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
 
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5 Player Party Game

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84. Board Game: The Party Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
 
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6 Player Party Game

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85. Board Game: The Party Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
 
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7 Player Party Game

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86. Board Game: The Party Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
 
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8+ Player Party Game

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87. Board Game: War [Average Rating:2.17 Overall Rank:11180]
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Medium? go to 177

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88. Board Game: Gamer Tycoon [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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1 Player Gamer's Game

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89. Board Game: Pass the Trash [Average Rating:4.74 Unranked]
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1 Player Ameritrash Game

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Medium? go to 220
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90. Board Game: Kids Rule! [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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1 Player Kids Game

Heavy? go to 306

Medium? go to 228

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91. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:966]
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92. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:219]
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93. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:219]
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94. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:184]
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95. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:219]
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96. Board Game: Fantasy Business [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:8446]
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97. Board Game: Fantasy Business [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:8446]
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98. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:489]
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99. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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100. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:476]
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