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theTopoftheTable: A Quest to Play the Entire BGG Top 100
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One person's journey to play the 100 best board games in the world (and a few games outside the Top 100 as well). For additional content, check out my blog, www.thetopofthetable.com. I'll update this GeekList each time I add another top 100 review to BGG. Thanks for reading!

The items in this Geeklist are sorted by popularity (based on number of thumbs received by each BGG thread), with the most popular reviews at the top. New reviews will appear at the bottom of the list initially but will be adjusted as they accumulate more thumbs.
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1. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:12]
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Review #21/100: War of the Ring 2e (6/8/2017, Ranked #13)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] My First Time Trying War of the Ring
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/06/08/review-war-of-the-ri...



I hope my excitement is evident in this review, as I chronicle my experience trying the epic War of the Ring for the first time.
 
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2. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:71]
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Review #24/100: Tigris and Euphrates (8/7/2017, Ranked #60)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Tigris and Euphrates Has Aged Like a Fine Wine
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/08/07/review-tigris-and-eu...



In this review, I take a look at one of the oldest (and arguably still one of the best) games on the BGG Top 100.
 
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3. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:129]
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Review #8/100: Go (2/10/2017, Ranked #97)

BGG Thread: [Playing the Entire BGG Top 100] A Beginner's Opinion on Go
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/02/10/review-go/



In this review, I talk about the Top 100 list's oldest game, and how learning to play it can be a humbling experience.
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:16]
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Review #20/100: Puerto Rico (6/1/2017, Ranked #12)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] In Defense of Puerto Rico's Geek Rating
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/06/01/review-puerto-rico/



In my first post after SU&SD's special feature on the BGG Top 100, I take a look at the 2002 classic Puerto Rico and question their critique of the BGG ranking algorithm.
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5. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:5]
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Review #11/100: Twilight Struggle (2/24/2017, Ranked #3)

BGG Thread: [Playing the Entire BGG Top 100] A Non Wargamer's Take on Twilight Struggle
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/02/24/review-twilight-stru...



In which I take a look at one of the most popular games on the top 100 list, and question whether it is deserving of its high rank.
 
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6. Board Game: Inis [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:108]
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Bonus Review: Inis (3/21/2017, Ranked #282)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] When Inis Ends in a Tense Finish, It's a Win-Win
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/03/21/review-inis/



Inis is not yet in the BGG Top 100, but I couldn't wait any longer to post a review of this one. It's one of my favorite games of the moment, with beautiful artwork and rich theme. Best of all, the mechanics always manage to funnel players into a nail-biting ending. This one's definitely worth a look.
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7. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:20]
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Review #35/100: Concordia (3/19/2018, Ranked #23)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Concordia is a Refreshing Mediterranean Breeze
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2018/03/19/review-concordia/



Five years from its initial publication, Concordia is still gaining in the rankings. Is it too early to call this game a classic?
 
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8. Board Game: SeaFall [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1739]
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Bonus Review: Seafall (7/2/2017, Unranked)

BGG Thread (Spoiler Free Version): [Top of the Table] I Hoped All the Critics Were Wrong (Spoiler-Free Version)
BGG Thread (Full Version): [The Top of the Table] I Hoped All the Critics Were Wrong
ToT Blog (Full Version): https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/07/02/review-seafall/



Seafall had so much potential, but it proved to be too ambitious and not sufficiently playtested. In this review, I offer my thoughts on what went wrong and what I think they could have done differently.
 
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9. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:59]
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Review #15/100: Patchwork (4/9/2017, Ranked #43)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Patchwork is Actually Set in a Dystopian World
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/04/10/review-patchwork/



In this review, I pose a theory that Patchwork is actually set in a dystopian world run by textile mega-corps.
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10. Board Game: The Gallerist [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:66]
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Review #30/100: The Gallerist (12/20/2017, Ranked #67)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] An Original Work of Art in a Crowded Genre
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/12/19/review-the-gallerist...



In this review, I consider what sets The Gallerist apart from the numerous other worker placement games in the BGG Top 100.
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11. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:4]
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Review #17/100: Terraforming Mars (4/23/2017, Ranked #10)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Terraforming Mars: Turning Regolith into Pure Gold
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/04/23/review-terraforming-...



In this review, I talk about why Terraforming Mars is one of my current favorites, while also dissecting a couple of its drawbacks.
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12. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:44]
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Review #7/100: 7 Wonders (2/3/2017, Ranked #32)

BGG Thread: [Playing the Entire BGG Top 100] Is 7 Wonders Still Relevant?
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/02/03/review-7-wonders/



In this review, I question whether 7 Wonders still deserves to make it to the table in a time of so many great new games.
 
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13. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:82]
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Review #32/100: Santorini (2/7/2018, Ranked #68)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Don't Judge Santorini By Its Cover
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2018/02/06/review-santorini/



Don't let Santorini's cartoonish exterior fool you -- this box holds a brilliant two-player abstract with strategic depth and loads of replayability. It's quickly become one of my favorite new games.
 
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14. Board Game: Anachrony [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:62]
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Review #36/100: Anachrony (5/3/2018, Ranked #78)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Anachrony is a Ruthlessly Efficient Time Machine
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2018/05/03/review-anachrony/



Anachrony brings new meaning to running a "Just In Time" inventory system.
 
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15. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64]
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Review #28/100: Battlestar Galactica (11/26/2017, Ranked #56)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] My First Time Encountering Battlestar Galactica
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/11/25/first-impressions-ba...



In this review, I describe my first time trying out BSG and give my initial impressions. You can trust my opinions, I'm not a Cylon.

 
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16. Board Game: A Feast for Odin [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:30]
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Review #27/100: A Feast for Odin (11/17/2017, Ranked #33)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] A Feast for Odin Isn't Actually About Vikings
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/11/16/review-a-feast-for-o...



In my second "Uwe Rosenberg Fan Theory" review, I explain why A Feast for Odin is not actually about Vikings.

If you like this one, be sure to check out the first entry in this series: [Top of the Table] Patchwork is Actually Set in a Dystopian World
 
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17. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:85]
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Review #9/100: Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2/16/2017, Ranked #60)

BGG Thread: [Playing the Entire BGG Top 100] Which is Better: Castles or Suburbia?
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/02/16/review-suburbia-and-...



In this review, I compare two games by Bezier Games which both combine variable pricing with tile laying.
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18. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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Review #10/100: Suburbia (2/16/2017, Ranked #75)

BGG Thread: [Playing the Entire BGG Top 100] Which is Better: Castles or Suburbia?
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/02/16/review-suburbia-and-...



Part of a double-review (same as #9), in which I compare Castles of Mad King Ludwig to Suburbia.
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19. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:67] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
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Review #3/100: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective (1/9/2017, Ranked #52)

BGG Thread:Reviewing the Entire BGG Top 100 -- Review #3/100: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/01/09/review-sherlock-holm...



In this review, I discuss why I consider Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective to be a bit of a hidden gem among the BGG Top 100, and an especially good game for people who love mysteries or hate long rules explanations.
 
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20. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:25] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
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Review #31/100: Mansions of Madness (1/26/2018, Ranked #67)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Mansions of Madness Nails the 'Digital Hybrid' Concept
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2018/01/26/review-mansions-of-m...



In this review I discuss the excellent second edition of Mansions of Madness and its digital companion app.
 
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21. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:11]
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Review #16/100: The Castles of Burgundy (4/17/17, Ranked #10)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Castles of Burgundy is the Tim Duncan of Board Games
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/04/17/review-castles-of-bu...



In this review, I give my opinion on how Castles of Burgundy measures up against some of the 'flashier' games in the top 10.
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22. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:10]
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Review #29/100: Terra Mystica (12/13/2017, Ranked #7)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Terra Mystica Nearly Perfects 'Perfect Information'
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/12/13/review-terra-mystica...



In this review, I discuss why the heavilly strategic Terra Mystica feels like a 'best in class' game to me.

 
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23. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:9]
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Review #26/100: Great Western Trail (8/23/2017, Ranked #15)

BGG Thread: [Top of the Table] Great Western Trail is a Delicious Steak Salad
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/08/23/review-great-western...



If you like "point salad" games with a unique mechanic, Great Western Trail is definitely worth a look.
 
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24. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:7]
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Review #6/100: Scythe (1/27/2017, Ranked #6)

BGG Thread: Reviewing the BGG Top 100-- Review #6/100: Scythe!
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/01/27/review-scythe/



In this review, I describe the beauty and mechanical brilliance of Scythe, one of 2016's hottest releases.
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25. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.65 Overall Rank:2]
Drew Hauge
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Review #4/100: Pandemic Legacy Season 1 (1/13/2017, Ranked #1)

BGG Thread: (SPOILER-FREE) Reviewing the Entire BGG Top 100 -- Review #4/100: Pandemic Legacy Season 1
ToT Blog: https://thetopofthetable.com/2017/01/13/review-pandemic-lega...



In this SPOILER FREE review, I talk about my experience playing Pandemic Legacy Season 1, my favorite gaming experience I've ever had. I also give some tips for getting the most enjoyment out of legacy games.
 
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