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1. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:2956] [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 15

Plays recorded on BGG: 3

Apples to Apples was my go-to party game for several years, and it produced a number of memorable moments over those plays.
 
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2. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:991]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 15

Plays recorded on BGG: 7

For a few years, this was my go-to social deduction game. We played mostly with Dodge City.
 
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3. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:361]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 20

Plays recorded on BGG: 7

Bohnanza was one of my earlier board game obsessions, and I played a lot of two-player duels over the years.
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:133] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 15

Plays recorded on BGG: 25

Carcassonne was my first Eurogame, and it was my gateway into the world of board gaming. Those were the days.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 8-10

Plays recorded on BGG: 5

I remember being amazed when I first played Catan; I had not played anything like it before, and I spent a number of years wanting to play it far more than I did. It is part of my gaming heritage, and although I rarely play it anymore, I owe it a great debt.
 
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6. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:714]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 10

Plays recorded on BGG: 4

I originally purchased this game to fill the Catan-shaped hole in my collection since the full board game was so ubiquitous. I really enjoyed this game for a number of years, though I found that my appetite for the game waned significantly as I found other two-player games.
 
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7. Board Game: Cranium [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:5825]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 6

Plays recorded on BGG: 0

For a while in the early '00s, this was THE party game. I don't know if I ever lost a round, actually.
 
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8. Board Game: Dutch Blitz [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1816]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 30+

Plays recorded on BGG: 5

This is one of my all-time favourites, and it remains my go-to game for fast play. My favourite session came when I actually got -20 points in a round (no cards out from either my hand or blitz pile) and still came back to blitz to win.
 
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9. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2292]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 3-5

Plays recorded on BGG: 1

One of the fun little games I owned for years and played only a few times.
 
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10. Board Game: Five Crowns [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4218]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 20+

Plays recorded on BGG: 5

Another game that I played a lot with my wife (especially before we were married). It's a lot like Corsari in that there are limited choices you can make and that it mostly depends on your opening hand, but I was not too concerned about strategy; I was more concerned about spending time with a cute girl.
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11. Board Game: I Go! [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2341]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 15

Plays recorded on BGG: 3

I played this a lot as a two-player game with my wife. It has a great "take that" element, and it's a fun little filler with a little strategic edge.
 
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12. Board Game: Kaiser [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:9334]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 40+

Plays recorded on BGG: 1

I had a group of friends with whom the trump game Kaiser was our default activity before we all got married.
 
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13. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Journey to Jupiter [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:12825]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 3

Plays recorded on BGG: 1

I was a huge fan of the Killer Bunnies franchise, so I was excited to play this space version of the game when it came out. It was a little clunky and long, but I did enjoy it a few times before I cleared it out of my collection.
 
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14. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:14494] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 20

Plays recorded on BGG: 6

This was one of the games that hooked me on games. In the year before I joined BGG and got married, we played this once a month, adding another expansion each time. In the years after I joined BGG, my wife and I played this game a lot; I remember one spring break in which we played four times in a span of two days. We sold it a couple of years ago, but it still holds a place in my heart.
 
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15. Board Game: Loaded Questions [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:4509]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 5

Plays recorded on BGG: 0

This party game was a fun alternative to True Colors for a little while.
 
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16. Board Game: Outburst II [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:11903]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 12+

Plays recorded on BGG: 0

Outburst was one of my family's favourite party games when I was growing up, so I would definitely have a lot of plays.
 
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17. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:14634]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 5+

Plays recorded on BGG: 0

A ridiculous random push-your-luck game that is a lot of fun - especially when you roll a jowler or a razorback.
 
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18. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1341]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 15-20

Plays recorded on BGG: 4

I have no idea how much Pit I played over the years, but it was a lot. I do remember that I used it once in a Grade 10 business class to teach about the market - I don't know if it really worked or not, but at least it was fun.
 
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19. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:847]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 15+

Plays recorded on BGG: 1

I was never a huge poker fan, but there were a few years when I played a few rounds a year. I should really get back into it at some point.
 
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20. Board Game: Portobello Market [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1643]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 5

Plays recorded on BGG: 2

A fun little strategic family filler that we played a number of times before trading it away. It scratches the same itch as Ticket to Ride, which is why we ultimately kept TTR and traded this one.
 
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21. Board Game: Rook [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1869]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 30+

Plays recorded on BGG: 10

I only recently got back into playing Rook after a number of years away from the game, but it rivalled Kaiser for my favourite trump game for a number of years.
 
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22. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1524]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 5

Plays recorded on BGG: 0

My fondest memories of this game were playing it at my grandmother's house when I was younger.
 
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23. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1454]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 30+

Plays recorded on BGG: 0

This was one of my favourite games when I was growing up, and I should really play more of it now.
 
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24. Board Game: Sequence [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3092]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 10+

Plays recorded on BGG: 1

Another favourite for my wife and I - there is just enough strategy and just enough luck to enjoy this as a fun pass-the-time kind of game.
 
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25. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1184]
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Estimated pre-BGG plays: 10

Plays recorded on BGG: 1

I first played Set when I was in Grade 5, and it has always been one of my favourites for a quick logic game.
 
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