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BGTG 141 - 100 Great Games, part 4 (with Stephen Glenn and Mark Jackson)

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Stephen Glenn and Mark Jackson rejoin me (Mark JOHNson) to continue this series. In 2012, these two guys polled a number of experienced gamers (a few designers, many reviewers, all enthusiasts) for their top games, consolidated their answers, and asked to come on my podcast to count down the results. I was pleased to be part of the poll, and doubly pleased to have them on Boardgames To Go. I really like how Stephen describes this:

"a fun list to discuss over coffee & pie."

The poll was for our favorite games, not necessarily the best games. We even got to submit a top fifteen, which took the usual tough request for a top ten and gave us more breathing room for five more titles. I know in my case, it made it easier to add some very recent games to my longstanding favorites. On each podcast we're counting down 15 titles until we get to a final show with the Top Ten. I'll be interspersing 100 Great Games countdown episodes with my other podcast episodes.

Here are #41-55 on the list, counted down in reverse order as we discuss them on the podcast.

Now we're really getting into some notable titles with firm reputations of being great games. And yet, one or more of us keep finding games that we take issue with. There's nothing wrong with that, of course--these are the compiled results of many gamers, not just us. You should understand that we can respect a game, and its place on this list, even if we don't like it personally. In fact, I hope that sort of different opinion makes for a good listen, and will spark some feedback in the blog comments, below.

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P.S. If you want to see the original version of the list these guys made it in 2005, it's still available at 100 Great Games, 2005 Edition (THE ONE HUNDRED).

Board Game: Arkham Horror

#55 - Arkham Horror
Designers: Richard Launius & Kevin Wilson
Artists: Finér, Hrynkiewicz, Ludvigsen, Miller, Nicely, Schomburg
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Year: 2005

Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage

#54 - Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
Designer: Mark Simonitch
Artists: Amoral, Doyle, Gondeck, Miller, Simonitch
Publisher: Avalon Hill/Valley Games
Year: 1996

Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy

#53 - The Castles of Burgundy
Designer: Stefan Feld
Artists: Julien Delval & Harald Lieske
Publisher: alea
Year: 2011

Board Game: Saint Petersburg

#52 - Saint Petersburg
Designer: Bernd Brunnhofer
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Publisher: Rio Grande/Hans im Glück
Year: 2004

Board Game: Galaxy Trucker

#51 - Galaxy Trucker
Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Artist: Radim Pech
Publisher: Czech Games Edition
Year: 2007

Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper

#50 - Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
Designer: Mike Fitzgerald
Artists: Conrad, Poshkus, Boginski-Barbessi, Van Duyn, Hoffmann, Stephan
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems
Year: 1998-2009

Board Game: Blokus

#49 - Blokus
Designer: Bernard Tavitian
Artist: Alan D. Hoch
Publisher: Educational Insights
Year: 2000

Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe

#48 - Combat Commander: Europe
Designer: Chad Jensen
Artists: Brimmicombe-Wood, Jensen, MacGowan, Myrick, Simonitch
Publisher: GMT Games
Year: 2006

Board Game: Show Manager

#47 - Show Manager
Designer: Dirk Henn
Artists: Hartwig, Horst, Schlemmer
Publisher: db Spiele, Queen Games
Year: 1996

Board Game: TransAmerica

#45 - TransAmerica
Designer: Franz-Benno Delonge
Artist: Marcel-André Casasola Merkle
Publisher: Winning Moves
Year: 2001

Board Game: Civilization

#45 - Civilization
Designers: Francis Tresham & Mick (Mike) Uhl
Artists: Dovey, Kibler, MacGowan, Rohmer, Sheaffer
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Year: 1980

Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons

#44 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
Designer: Francis Tresham
Artists: Atkinson, Blando, Kibler, Talbot, Zug
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Year: 1986

Board Game: Le Havre

#43 - Le Havre
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Artists: Klemens Franz & Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Lookout Games
Year: 2008

Board Game: Risk Legacy

#42 - Risk Legacy
Designers: Rob Daviau & Chris Dupuis
Artist: uncredited
Publisher: Hasbro
Year: 2011

Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)

#41 - Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
Designer: Kevin Wilson (plus Clark, Konieczka & Sadler for 2nd ed)
Artists: Ejsing, Goodenough, Walls (1st ed) / Henning Ludvigsen (2nd ed)
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Year: 2005, 2012

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