Steve's top 50 Games of ALL TIME
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Hi, I'm Steve of the Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast. Our listeners challenged us to list the 50 best board games. Out of the games I've played in my lifetime... these are my current favorites.
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1. Board Game: Horus Heresy (2010) [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:971]
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Can't get enough of this game, I wish they'd make an expansion that adds factions for more players. I love war games with little plastic units, and this is currently my favorite one for 2 players.
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2. Board Game: Man O' War [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1578]
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Love on the high seas! For me anyway. This is one of my favorite miniatures games. I wish they would re-release it.
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3. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:182]
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Luckily for me, my friends have deep pockets (read it and weep Nick D!)so I get to play this goodie. You can be either the Space Marines or the hordes of Tyrranids and do battle on a derelict Space Hulk, squad versus squad. I love it!
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4. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:361]
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I love this game. 50 different haunts, a new house every time... all you need are some friends and you can play this for hours! I suppose you could also play if you have zero friends and multiple personalities too, but I wouldn't recommend that.
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5. Board Game: Runewars: Banners of War [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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Runewars is a great game, similar to Axis and Allies in many ways (which I also enjoy) but with a fantasy theme. There are plenty of other differences, but that's what it always reminds me of. It can be a tad long, but it's worth it.
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6. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:162]
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This is my current favorite hidden movement / deduction game. When Jack is caught, game over. There's no fighting your way out, you have to think 1 step (or more) ahead of the Bobbies.
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7. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:213]
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I love skirmish games, and this is a great one. I'd have Memoir 44 on here too, but I haven't played the actual board game - just the PC version on Steam.
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8. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:54]
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Humanities struggle for survival - with a traitor! Tons of fun, guaranteed.
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9. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:11]
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My favorite Feld game, i'm not the best at it but I still have fun every time. I enjoy the randomness of the tiles and figuring out what my best options are.
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10. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:351]
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I really enjoy these hidden movement / deduction games, and this is one of my favorites.
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11. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:671]
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I just recently experienced this game, and I've gotta say I'm impressed. It's rare that I can play a game and get the fuzzy feeling you may get when the unknown awaits on the board in front of you, waiting for you to unlock it. I love how you have to get clues and figure out where the monster is, then defeat him in combat. It's a great Ameritrash game, and since i'm a huge fan of the Horror genre, this game floats my boat.
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12. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:114]
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This game is a hoot to play, I really dig slapping your ship together and hoping it doesn't go to pieces as you race for the end.
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13. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:473]
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This is a great Medieval fighting game. It can be long, but it's worth the time investment! There's a lot of strategy hidden in this box.
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14. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:141]
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I have been playing Sid's Civilization computer games since 1992 or 1993. After 20 years of playing, I still want more! This board game version gives me the feel of the games while being a lot of fun at the same time. It's a fairly lengthy game, so I don't get to play as often as I'd like. Fortunately, it's still a lot shorter than the PC games!
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15. Board Game: Warhammer Fantasy Battles (8th Edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:3244]
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More blood for the Blood God! I always look forward to the next time I can field my bloodthirsty army of mutant daemons and grizzled Northmen.
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16. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:263]
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Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? Ok, that was from 'Airplane!' but if you answered YES anyway, you'll love this game. Even though it's based on the intellectual property of the Spartacus tv show on Stars, this game is awesome. You pick one of four Ludus's from the show and buy gladiators and weapons, then fight against your opponents in the arena.
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17. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:174]
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This is a great worker placement game that we've reviewed. There's a lot of fun in this box, and it has plenty of replay-ability. Actually attacking your opponent doesn't seem to generally benefit you much, but there are plenty of other angles you can try to get the win.
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18. Board Game: Space Cadets: Dice Duel [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:834]
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This is my favorite party game for large groups. All the intensity of Space Cadets, plus some friendly competition against the opposing team thrown in.
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19. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1028]
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This is a great cooperative play game. The mini games at each station are fun, but things get pretty intense quickly.
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20. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:2216]
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This is a game from my childhood, and it remains fun to this day. To win you must trick your opponent while figuring out where their flag is. Very rewarding if you find an able adversary. A true classic.
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21. Board Game: Doctor Who: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4926] [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
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I'm a huge fan of The Doctor and his television show, but I also think this is a fun card game. Some people bash it for having photos from the show as the cards, and say that the theme is pasted on. Maybe, but I think it's a cool card game and I don't mind having a bunch of Daleks and Cybermen on the cards. Allons-y!
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22. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1018]
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This is a great deduction game, if you are into that. Be the first to figure out which monk is the killer by processes of elimination.
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23. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:253]
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Great game, I enjoy the randomness of flipping the tiles and finding a sweet spot to place them - or a mountain to block another player.
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24. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:167]
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This is a fun Feld game. There are many interesting strategies hidden in the combinations you can make from the characters. Makes for lots of replay-ability.
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25. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:80]
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This game reminds me of Sim City, minus the natural disasters and Godzilla. Normally I wouldn't consider a game about city planning to be synonymous with fun, but Suburbia sure is - in my personal Thesaurus, anyway.
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