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Alrighty. Here it is. My Top 50 games of all time (right now). I even argue with the way the list arose, but the time-tested Vasel method cannot be questioned. My basis when considering the games was "which would I pick given the choice of A or B". I included 51 just cause I felt it was interesting.
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1. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:168]
Chris Miller
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Not really surprising. I will play this game any chance I get. The worker placement is fantastic. Buildings, bombs, espionage, climactic end. Just a top notch game. Kudos Minion
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2. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:209]
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Dear to my heart. It comes to the table rarely enough, that it has not gone stale. I love the meeples. I love calling the cabbage "rice balls" and the leeks "broccoli". When you get your engine running and win by that single point, it's incredibly rewarding.
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3. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:78]
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I love Sim City and this is about as close to a board game version as I've ever played. Love placing the tiles and planning how they'll impact current and future tiles. Also, love the pacing of scoring. Too fast and you burn out; too slow and you can't catch up.
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4. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:41]
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I've only played this game once, but it took all the best from the Arkham series of games and placed it in a box. Cannot wait to add it to my collection. Nice board. Nice mechanics. Nice theme. Only beef is the components are same-old, same-old. Wish they would've amped them up for this fantastic game.
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5. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:353]
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I knew this would be in my top 5 somewhere. It's such a perfectly bad perfect game. Tile placing always entertains me. The exploration is fun, but the traitor mechanic is what sets this game apart. 50 haunts to pick from means potentially 50 different games. Now they just need expansions
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6. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:275] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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Played a few times and had a blast every time. I'm charmed by the Brewster's Millions feel. The twist that I have tons of money I'm trying to get rid of always feels kinda weird.
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7. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:165]
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How this ended up at 7 is beyond me! Ah, who am I kidding? I lose 90% of the time (and usually badly), but given the chance, I always want this to come to the table. Old with many, but not with me.
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8. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:125]
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Curse Jamie for getting the Black Box edition. One of those games I wish I had in my collection. Art is fantastic and I'm really digging games where cards can serve multiple purposes based on how you use them.
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9. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:46]
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Hey! It's my list! Tacked on theme or not, LoW is tons of fun each and every time I play.
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10. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:21]
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One of the best impulse buys I ever made (only partially because it's hard to find). Great components + tile placement + co-op + multiple near-impossible scenarios = FUN.
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11. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:648]
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Love the board. The fact that the board's a map really adds to the theme of the game for me. Some complain about the live-action art, but I think (aside from the vampire on the front box) it's done well and doesn't detract. Something about games with multiple locations with their own special event decks does it for me. Multiple big-bads + co-op works well too. It's a fun ride, for sure.
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12. Board Game: Core Worlds [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:436]
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Eminent Domain was way up on my list until Core Worlds came along. It added the spice that Eminent Domain needed.
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13. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:395]
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Brian's favorite game! I like games where you have to do the best with the crap you get. The caveat? They have to take less than 30 minutes. Not 3 hrs like Misery Farm.
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14. Board Game: Cargo Noir [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1380]
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Bidding + Set Collection in a light game. I like the art as well and the boats are made from some amazing type of plastic (I may be crazy, but it seems softer than other plastics). Oh, yeah. Those big coins are great for playing with and intimidating your opponents.
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15. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:354]
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Insanity. The only way to describe this game. Timed games work for me as well and this game, being 10 minutes, can fit in those holes in a gaming night. Very challenging and very fun.
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16. Board Game: Rook [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1768]
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I grew up with this game. My family would play it non-stop at get-togethers and we were ruthless. It wasn't until later in life that, to everyone else, that ruthlessness came off as being an a-hole. Just thinking about playing this gets my competitive blood boiling.
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17. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:175]
Chris Miller
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At GenCon, I saw the giant version of this game and thought "HOLY HELL! That would be a prize piece in my collection". Then I saw how much it would cost and realized my collection would be on the front lawn if my wife found out I'd spent that much. I ended up getting the small (i.e. regular) sized copy and was glad I didn't foot the $300 for huge Takenoko. The components in this game are all about cute and they're cuter smaller. Fun tile placement. Great components and simple mechanics with a decent level of strategy. One of those games that catches the eyes of non-gamers
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18. Board Game: Guildhall [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:596] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Aside from my beef with the rules for end of game timing, I really enjoyed Guildhall. I really enjoy set collection mechanics and when you add in the powers of the cards and the take-that aspect, this makes it's way up my list.
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19. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:492]
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Buy low, sell high! Oh yeah, if a passenger is taking up space where you want to put that juicy cargo, toss him out the airlock.
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20. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:73]
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This is one of the few wargames I actually enjoy playing. The pyramids letting you strengthen various aspects of your strategy is really enjoyable. I also like that you can be defeated in battle, but still come out the winner. As long as you've made a few points while holding a spot, it was a success.
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21. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:369]
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One of the great deck-builders. A much cleaner Core Worlds-style game.
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22. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:198]
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This is the non-aggressive person's aggressive game. It forces you to eat your friends and dunk them in the ocean.
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23. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:223]
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The thing I love about this game is how it sneaks up on you. You think you've got everything under control and then BAM! walls explode and buildings collapse.
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24. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:164]
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This seems to not get much love, but I really enjoy playing it. I like the components and the city-building feel I get.
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25. Board Game: Dutch Blitz [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1839]
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I have 6 demolished Dutch Blitz decks that attest to how much fun this game is to play.
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