Top 101 Games of all time
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This is the current list of my top 101 games of all time as of August 2019. If you would like to hear more about games I play and what I think about them check out my podcast Punchboard Paradise. As you can probably guess from my list we talk a lot about Medium to heavy Euro games. Thanks.
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1. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:11]
Board Game: Great Western Trail
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My number 1 game now for 2 years. I have played over 60 times of the base game and now over 10 with the expansion and for me it is a fresh as the first time I played it. I love the fact you can go many different ways between cattle, moving your train or buildings. I love it at all player counts and think it has so much interaction. I don't think there is one go to way to win, it's about playing the players and the situation and how the board layout comes out. I will play this anytime and don't see any game over taking this anytime soon.
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2. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:19]
Board Game: Brass: Lancashire
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I am one of the many that didn't experience this game until the Roxley did its reprint last year but I am 100% on the ban wagon now! Talk about great player interaction Brass has it all. Between fighting for cites, canals, rails and shipping you have to learn to pick your battles. All player counts once again work well. I like the new 2 player board they made but will still play on the main board with 2. The production of this game is outstanding but I would play the old version if I had to, Brass is amazing!
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3. Board Game: Brass: Birmingham [Average Rating:8.67 Overall Rank:3]
Board Game: Brass: Birmingham
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Most of what I said above. Some people will say the old version is more complex and takes higher strategies other will say the beer makes things much harder. I will say both games are amazing and can't wait to get more plays of both!!!!
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4. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:411]
Board Game: Madeira
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Talk about high levels of strategies, Madeira has it on many levels. This is a dice game where the dice make little difference in decisions. Now don't take me wrong have a one and needing to go to a 3 spot can be painful but when drafting your dice the values all most never have an impact on which ones you take, this game is all about those crown's request. Get two of the same and could kill you in the last round. Then the pirates are amazing. You need to take them to make your engine roll but don't take two many or you can't get rid of them and even having one more than your opponents can give you huge negative points. So much great things about this game.
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5. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:166]
Board Game: Nations
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Now I know that a lot of euro game players rank Through the ages as one of their favorites but for me that game just fell flat with my group. Way to long of time between turns was a big part of the reason. I have played Nations over 50 times and every game is different and the main reason I love it is the very strong player interaction and the game is different everytime. Now I will say this game was good as the base game but became amazing with the expansion.
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6. Board Game: Arkwright [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:591]
Board Game: Arkwright
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This is probably the biggest mover on my list. It's heavy, crunchy, long, brain burning and all together Wonderful!! This is the type of game when your done you spend the next day thinking about what you did and how you could do better. The special titles make such a huge difference and they can make or break your game strategy. If you like heavier games then you must try Arkwright!
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7. Board Game: City of the Big Shoulders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:630]
Board Game: City of the Big Shoulders
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Wow I just got this game at Gen Con and has already jumped into my top 10. 18xx meets workerplacement. I love everything about this game from the different companies you get to run to how you make the action spots different ever game. I can't get enough of this game. I am really looking forward to what Raymond designs next!
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8. Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:95]
Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico
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Engine building 101. That is what this game is all about. You take cards by using workers that you place on your player board and then try to make a point engine. But the unique thing is the workers value is determined by dice rolls but the dice rolls effect every player. I have always liked this game but I will confess that the expansion made it a top 10 game. The player powers are so good and the way you need to bid for the player powers is top notch. (more games should do this) Overall this game is amazing.
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9. Board Game: Clans of Caledonia [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:51]
Board Game: Clans of Caledonia
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Terra Mystica I like, Gaia Project I love but Clans just is a step above for me for a few reasons. One easier to teach/learn to play, two I love filling contracts and three stock market. The player powers are great two(Gaia's are more diverse) even though some seems more over powered than others. This game just hits the fun zone and will continue to play this over and over again.
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10. Board Game: Grand Austria Hotel [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:79]
Board Game: Grand Austria Hotel
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Dice drafting at its best. Tough decisions every turn. Do I put out more rooms, do I put out a staff card, etc. The only thing I don't like is playing this with 4. I personally like it best at two but would play it with 3 if all were fast players.
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11. Board Game: Skull King [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:497]
Board Game: Skull King
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So this game mixed in with all these heavy Euros. Yep it is my groups go to filler, trick taker, opening game or ending game. It is just fun, fun, fun.
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12. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:69]
Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo
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Dice worker placement at its best and best player powers ever!! Once again I like filling contracts, I like the travel, I like figuring out what your going to do each turn but never being able to do everything. If you like dice worker placement this is the best.
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13. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:53]
Board Game: Le Havre
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This is my top Rosenberg game partly because I don't have a lot of Rosenberg games in my top 100 but I really love this game. Now it is a two player game for me. I have played it with three a couple of times and it works. I would never play it with anymore. I do love ever turn you doing something great but still very tough decisions on what to do each turn.
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14. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:325]
Board Game: Bruxelles 1893
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This has been one of my favorites since I first played it. I really like that it is a worker placement with bidding trying to control the columns to win the bonus cards but also trying to control the four corners to score victory points. Really solid game that I always look forward to playing.
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15. Board Game: Gaia Project [Average Rating:8.48 Overall Rank:7]
Board Game: Gaia Project
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16. Board Game: La Granja [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:179]
Board Game: La Granja
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Great multi use cards and a great game!
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17. Board Game: Nippon [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:335]
Board Game: Nippon
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18. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:15]
Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy
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Feld's #1 for me. The combos and points are so much fun!
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19. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:234]
Board Game: Rococo
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Area control, deck building and I get to make dresses. Sign me up!!
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20. Board Game: Mombasa [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:87]
Board Game: Mombasa
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My second Phister on the list. I don't like it as much as GWT but it is still a great game!
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21. Board Game: Newton [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:351]
Board Game: Newton
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This game doesn't have a ton of player interaction but it is a great puzzle and I am looking forward to the new expansion coming out at Essen.
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22. Board Game: Haspelknecht [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1241]
Board Game: Haspelknecht
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23. Board Game: The Gallerist [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:59]
Board Game: The Gallerist
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The first of back to back Lacerta's on my list. I love how there are so few actions spots and yet so much decisions to make each turn.
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24. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:458]
Board Game: Vinhos
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Just barely below Gallerist but still a fantastic game with very few base actions. You better get to making extra wine to move those barrels around.
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25. Board Game: Wildcatters [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:1313]
Board Game: Wildcatters
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The is game has great player interaction with area control and shares. But don't be caught without enough or your in trouble!
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