Top -100 2 player abstracts -- my picks
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Nov 1, 2014

Dameo and Lines of Action climb as tastes move to classic simplicity and depth.




Dec 22, 2013

Adjusted the top -20 to be more reflective of current interest and desire to play.





Nov 3, 2012

More moves among the top 50

Sept 27, 2012

Dameo added and very high

Entrapment moved up

a few other tweaks


July 20, 2012

Added Armada and Netzwerk two unheralded games I like a lot.

Note as I add now some drop past 100, but are left for interest sake.

I have also created sister list for Dexterity games that are my second favourite genre after abstract strategy.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/144799/dex-top-20



Update July 14, 2012

This is a list which took ages to create.

And I still love to adjust it from time-to-time

Always seem a game arriving that deserves addition.

So visit on occasion.





UPDATE Sept. 1, 2011

This list has slowly grown over the time since I started it to have more than 30 (a few honourable mentions, so figured it was time to make it a top-50 from my personal collection, OK Top-65 as I over-added LOL I imagine one night I make it a top -75

OK 100 it is (Only made sense)

Enjoy





UPDATE 11/05/2011

A realignment of games

Hive dips as it becomes apparent early advantage near-impossible to overcome.

Terrace and Tzaar move up.



UPDATED - Sept 1/09 Tzaar and Axiom reach the top-25, and several ganes climb or fall a few spots, most notably Navia inching to second.

the list is inching toward a Top-35 LOL


The world of abstracts is where I am happiests, but among the hundreds of games which fit the category, only a few are my favs.

Here is a personal list, one which initially proved hard to finish as many games while enjoyed (Oshi and Razzle Dazzle come to mind) They are not deserving of a "Best Of" list.

Some recent game editions have since proven great additions to my collection and deserving og top-25

So the list remains a work in progress.

THE LIST IS DONE IN ORDER BEST through to 25

A couple of general comments, no dice may be rolled, cards randomly drawn, or pieces pulled randomly from a bag (Ta Yu), and make this list.

I am not a fan of stacking games in general.

Hex should be here, but so far I don't get it *laugh

Newer games which have my interest, but not yet played to know if they are as good as hoped include

Celtis (2006)

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/32417 (too pricey though)

Saikoro (2007)

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/27813 (tried and not worthy of top 25, or probably top 50

Exxit (2006)

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/22947 (still to try)

Retsami (2006)

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/31975 (good game not top 25 though at least with limited plays)

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I love this checkers-esque game
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27. Board Game: La Trel [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:9183]
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this is an under-rated mix of chess and checkers, very good game
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28. Board Game: Ordo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:4850]
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29. Board Game: Knight Moves [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:6797]
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basketball/chess = sweet
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30. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:522]
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Excellent, and deeper than you think
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31. Board Game: Gounki [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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Intriguing play
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34. Board Game: Catchup [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:3751]
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35. Board Game: King's Court [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:5027]
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Checkers upgrade I like, but has been dropped out of Top-25 thanks to arrival of Terrace and Navia Drapt
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36. Board Game: Odin's Rune Chess [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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This chess variant rocks
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37. Board Game: Checkers 2000 [Average Rating:5.08 Unranked]
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This is one that gets no respect and it's really excellent. I love that the board can be oriented in two ways to provide a different view to game in terms of initial strategy, and that you can lay out your pieces in any fashion you want, again adding some choices to the game absent in most abstracts.
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38. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1148]
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This one may be flawed as written among experts but how many of us achieve that kind of stature
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39. Board Game: Qyshinsu: Mystery of the Way [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:4972]
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a sweet game, zen-like, awesome components. Really enjoying game. may slip after the blush of new fades, but so far climbing up the chart
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40. Board Game: Pacru [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:5572]
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a bit of a steep learning curve, but one for true abstract fans to savior
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41. Board Game: Murus Gallicus [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:4692]
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Another one with a classic feel to it
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42. Board Game: Volo [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:4957]
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Diggin' this one
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43. Board Game: Tacticum [Average Rating:6.73 Unranked]
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I love the versatility of play options
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44. Board Game: Crosshairs [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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The theme and game play have me a fan
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45. Board Game: GridIron Master [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:7021]
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CFL Football and chess, can if get much better
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46. Board Game: Axiom [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2719]
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47. Board Game: Monkey Queen [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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So simple, with a classic feel
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48. Board Game: Kendo [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:5212]
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Its rated 203 among abstracts, an unbelievably under appreciated game. This is why they say good things come is small packages, Fails as a 3-player, and not great for four, unless you try team concept, but head-to-head a very enjoyable contest.
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49. Board Game: Opulent Chess [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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This is really up there with Omega and should be better known
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50. Board Game: Kings Court [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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I am a sucker for chess variants
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