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The Games of Franz-Benno Delonge (1957-2007)
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Franz-Benno Delonge just died of cancer, and far too young. But as someone has pointed out, his games will live on with us for decades to come.

This list of his 13 credited games in alphabetical order is meant to be a place to share the happy memories that he has created for so many of us.

What is striking is Delonge's remarkable consistency: out of just 9 ranked games, 8 of them are ranked 700 or higher. I have great memories of playing Big City, one of the first euros I ever bought, and Transamerica, one of the very best quick starters out there.

I urge everyone who loves his games to play one over the next day or two, as a fitting memorial to this great designer. I never met Delonge, but the original forum thread has some nice anecdotes from those who knew him: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/204155 .

For more information about Franz-Benno Delonge, see the dice tower interview at http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php?page=611

Thank you for all the memories, and much peace and happiness to your family, Mr. Delonge.

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1. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:658]
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2. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415]
 
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3. Board Game: Dos Rios [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1474]
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4. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:831]
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5. Board Game: Goldbräu [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1528]
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6. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:1684]
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7. Board Game: Der Prestel Kunstmarkt [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:6038]
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8. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:442]
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9. Board Game: Nah Dran! [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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10. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:708]
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11. Board Game: Trans Europa [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:867]
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12. Board Game: Zahltag [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:7262]
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