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SABG Top 50 List -- 2008
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Last year the members of the San Antonio Board Gamers voted on their Top 50 games. And this year we did it again! So here it is. Each player got 20 votes, and a #1 vote was worth 40 points (and a #20 vote was worth 21 points).


2007 Geeklist -- http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/24956

11 Voters mentioned 129 distinct games, and 51 games got two (or more) votes, so this is really a "Top 51".

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1. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:19]
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Power Grid again shows up at the top of the list. In fact, it has exactly the same number of voters, and same number of points, despite the fact that some voters changed (including people who voted for Power Grid). Eerie.

7 Voters, 244 points. Last year's rank -- #1 (No change)
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:47]
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The big jump from last year, which isn't a surprise since it hadn't been released (two playtesters voted for it).

5 Voters, 179 points. Last year's rank -- #36 (+ 35).
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3. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:125]
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Probably the most surprising game on this list when comparing SABG rankings vs BGG. This has gained a fair number of voters over the last year.

5 Voters, 154 points. Last year's rank -- #20 (+17).
 
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:10]
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The last of the games that show up on five (or more) lists, and one that gets played infrequently, but is well-regarded.

5 Voters, 148 pts. Last year's rank -- #3 (-1)
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5. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:186]
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An older game makes a big leap up the charts.

Four voters, 128 pts. Last year's rank -- #28 (+23).
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6. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:94]
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And joining Tikal in the "Elder statesman gaining quickly" is PoF.

4 voters, 127 pts. Last year's ranking -- #32 (+26)
 
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7. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:782]
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Another big rise for a newer party-ish game.

4 voters, 122 points. Last year's rank -- #38 (+31).
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8. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:79]
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Solid growth for this ....

3 Voters, 116 pts. Last year's rank -- #26 (+18)
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9. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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... and it's close cousin. In fact, they were back-to-back last year, but flipped.

3 Voters, 113 points. Last year's rank -- #25 (+16).
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10. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
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Arkham Horror makes the biggest leap from any game that showed up last year...well, maybe. (See below).

3 Voters, 110 points. Last year's rank #48 (+38).
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11. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:90]
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Goa climbs steadily, which is odd, since I don't recall it being played since the last voting. I must have missed those sessions.

3 Voters, 106 pts. Last year's rank -- #19 (+8)
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12. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:810]
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Ok, the real mover and shaker. Since so many games were bunched up, I extended last year's list to around 60 games. If you count those 'almost made its', then Poker is the biggest gainer. If you don't, its the highest "New" game.

3 Voters, 105 points. Last year's rank -- #53 (+41).
 
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13. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:363]
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The real 'highest-new-game.'

3 Voters, 104 pts. Last years rank -- none.
 
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14. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:107]
 
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Another newcomer. And we'll see how it moves next year, since a few people played it after voting closed this year.

3 Voters, 100 points. Last year's rank -- N/A.
 
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15. Board Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1051]
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Either this or Race for the Galaxy probably commanded the most playtime over the last year. I've personally played ~40 games in the last year, and each of the other 6 manager has probably done the same. But only 3 people voted for it.

3 Voters, 98 points. Last year's rank -- N/A.
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16. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:121]
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All those new games had to push some games down.

3 Voters, 96 pts. Last year's rank -- #11 (-5)
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17. Board Game: Celebrities [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:2807]
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One of the only party games to survive from last year to this one. Tumbles out of the top 10.

3 Voters, 93 points. Last year's rank -- #8 (-9).
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18. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:95]
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Another game nudged down slightly by the newcomers.

3 Voters, 90 pts. Last year's rank -- #12 (-6)
 
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19. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:183]
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Our first tie sees Sid Sackson's classic game nove up a few spots ...

3 Voters, 88 pts. Last year's rank -- #23 (+4)
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20. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:416]
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... with an even more classic game sliding ever-so-slightly.


3 Voters, 88 pts. Last year's rank -- #15 (-4)
 
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21. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Another solid entry that slid. (All TtR votes have been lumped together).

3 Voters, 86 pts. Last year's rank -- #7 (-14).
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22. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:144] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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The grand-daddy of all CCGs stays on the list.

3 Voters, 85 pts. Last year's rank -- #13 (-9).
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23. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:691]
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The classics never go out of style for long.

3 Voters, 82 points. Last year's rank -- N/A.
 
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24. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:362]
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Tied with Titan.

3 Voters, 82 points. Last year's rank -- #51 (+28).
 
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25. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:456]
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Another classic slowly moving up the ranks.

2 Voters, 79 points. Last year's rank -- #34 (+9).
 
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