The Top/Highest ranked game from each year
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There are lots of Game Awards each year. I wanted to see who would win each years award if they were voted on by all BGG members.

So I have compiled a list of all the top ranked game for that year listed in year order working backwards. As the number of games is getting less and harder to exactly date there are individual years back to 1910, then decades back to 1800, then centuries back to 1000, then milleniums.

I have also begun listing the runners up. Any games that are very close to winning their year are in the runners up list in bold.

Some older years have no ranked games (ranking requires at least 30 ratings), or in some cases not even any games rated at all. Other old years an extremely low ranked gamed has won just because it is the only game with a ranking for that year. In these cases where there are no or only one ranked game I have listed the contenders for winning the year if they only had a few more ratings. Please help by adding ratings where you can to give a more accurate winner of the year.

While the bulk of the list is done, I am still working on completing and polishing the format of this list.
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51. Board Game: 5ive Straight [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3699]
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1958
 
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52. Board Game: Wide World [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:9671]
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1957

No game for 1957 curently has a BGG ranking but this one is close to being the first. It has 29 ratings, more than twice any other, and if just one more person rates it. And then as the only horse in the race it will automatically be the top ranked game for the year.
 
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53. Board Game: Eleusis [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2751]
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1956
 
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54. Board Game: Rome & Carthage [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:5048]
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1955
 
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55. Board Game: Bali [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:4698]
 
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56. Board Game: Qubic [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:10258]
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1953
 
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57. Board Game: Stadium Checkers [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:8768]
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1952
 
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58. Board Game: APBA Pro Baseball [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2967]
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1951
 
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59. Board Game: Flutter [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5932]
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1950

Again there is no BGG Ranked game with 30 or more ratings for this year. This game has 28 and a higher average rating than Scoop which has 27 ratings.
 
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60. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.18 Overall Rank:11163]
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1949

Although one of the lowest ranked games on the whole of BGG, it is the only ranked game of 1949 and therefore it is the highest ranked game for that year.

The only other game with even a single rating is Big League Baseball Card Game, that single rating being 7. Other games people may want to rate to get the dreaded Candyland off this list include:
Baseball, Captain Gallant, Cricket at Lords, Expanse, Jim Prentice Electric Basketball, L'Autoroute, Lobby, Managers Baseball Game, Principal Baseball Game, Roy Rogers Rodeo Game, Sark, Skudo, Strike Out



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61. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1143]
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1948
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62. Board Game: Subbuteo [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:867]
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1947

The only other ranked game from this year is the widely known, but not highly ranked Stratego.
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63. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:6741]
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1946

Again the only ranked game from this year.
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64. Board Game: Teeko [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
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1945

Another year with no ranked games, this one has the most ratings, five, and everything else has two ro less. 1945 Looks like it's a long way from getting a real top ranked game.
 
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65. Board Game: SHOC [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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1944

Forget ranking, this is the only game anyone (and even then only one person) has rated at all for 1944. 1944 might have been a good year for inspiring game desigins but I don't think much good game design was done in it.
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66. Board Game: Super Farmer [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:6498]
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1943

No ranked games this year but Super Farmer is the highest average rating and close to ranking with 26 ratings.

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Fletcher Pratt's Naval War Game - 7 ratings average 5.64
Trade Winds: The Merchant Marine Game - 1 rating average 5.00
 
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67. Board Game: Hex [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1821]
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1942

Another only game ranked for the year. But unlike some of the other clunkers with that title this one is ranked in the top 1000 at least.
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68. Board Game: All-Star Baseball [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:7484]
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1941

Another only ranked for the year with a quite low rating and ranking.
 
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69. Board Game: Conflict [Average Rating:5.12 Overall Rank:10009]
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1940

This time first in a two horse race beating the similarly ranked Spare Time Bowling.
 
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70. Board Game: Canasta [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2148]
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1939

Again the one and only but at least well known and in the top third (just) of ranked games.
 
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71. Board Game: Buccaneer [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:4421]
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1938

Three ranked games, beat Totopoly and Tripoley.
 
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72. Board Game: BAS-KET [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:9706]
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1937

Stock Ticker is only ranked a little lower is the only other game with a ranking for 1937. Two other games of interest with potential to take the highest place for this year are:
Lexicon - Average 6.5 from 26 ratings.
Star Reporter - Average 7.8 from 8 ratings, which would place this game very high if it continued to get more similar ratings.
 
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73. Board Game: Go to the Head of the Class [Average Rating:4.50 Overall Rank:11044]
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1936

Only ranked game of the year. Monopoly Stock Exchange Add-on has the next most ratings but is ineligible for a ranking as it is an expansion. Hexagonal Chess at the highly rated at 7.4 but only 8 ratings is the closest game to taking the ranking for the year.
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74. Board Game: Easy Money [Average Rating:4.91 Overall Rank:10881]
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1935

The three ranked games for this year are all basically the same, with this games cousins Monopoly and Monopoly taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. A case where being well known has worked against the original, the Swedish edition is much lower rated but because it has much less ratings is ranked higher.

The next closest game to a ranking is another of the same Monopoly: Australian Edition with 19 ratings. The best rated non-Monopoly is Game of Politics which has a higher average but only 6 ratings.
 
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75. Board Game: Sorry! [Average Rating:4.54 Overall Rank:11145]
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1934

Another only ranked for the year.
Others with potential for a ranking include:
Anagrams - Average 6.6 with 22 rankings.
Kan-U-Go - Average 5.0 with 14 rankings.
 
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