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SABG Top 50 -- 2010
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Every year the San Antonio Board Gamers vote on their favorite games. We voted in '07, '08, and '09. Traditionally (since this is the fourth year, it's now a tradition) we hold the voting by Email between Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

This year we again had 13 voters, which is somewhat disappointing as we've had significant growth in number of people who attend. Our normal Monday night gaming often has 12+ people, and we've started pushing 20 on some nights. So I had hoped for a few more voters.

The San Antonio Board Gamers blog has our discussion (some game, some video game, some random). And if you are even in San Antonio stop by!

The scoring system -- Each voter makes a list of their Top 20 games. The #1 game gets 40 points, each game down the list getting one less point, so the #20 game gets 21 points. This means that being #20 on two lists is worth (slightly) more than being someone's favorite game, but that two people's favorite will outrank three people's "barely made the list."
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1. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:54]
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The top spot on the list remains unchanged, as BSG is the only game to appear on 9 lists. (290 points).
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:45]
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Race shows up on 8 lists and easily takes second place. (259 points). Race has always been on the list (barely making it in '07, and in the 2nd spot every year thereafter).
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:21]
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Power Grid shows up on six lists, but gets enough points to edge the #4 game .... (201 points). Power grid has shown up on the list every year, and always in the Top 3.

The Top 3 games were unchanged over the last year.
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4. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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Small World made the list last year, at #15, and jumps up to #4 showing up on 7 lists! However, most people voted for it fairly low (#15 or so), whereas most of the voters who picked Small World picked it in their Top 10, so Small World is fourth on points (201-197). Using the Alternate Scale the difference would be clearer (141-127).
 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride climbs a few spots, up to #5. 6 Voters, 190 points.

From now on I'll simply note when a game has been on the list all 4 years by labelling it perennial.
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6. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:67]
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War of the Ring grinds up a few spots from #9 last year. 5 Voters, 185 points.

A perennial
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7. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:81]
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Another grinder, up from #11. 5 Voters, 181 Points.

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8. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:817]
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Big Jump from #18 to #8.
6 Voters, 171 points.
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9. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:110]
 
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A huge jump for Hannibal, from #38 to #9. Of course it was 14th in 2008. It just depends who votes... 5 voters, 161 points.
 
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10. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:98]
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Hansa's been getting a lot of play (often 2-3 times a session) in the last few months, so I'm not surprised it shows up on the list. I am surprised it edged into the Top 10! The real test will be next year ...
5 Voters, 155 votes.
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11. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:87]
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(Standing in for the series).

No game with fewer than 5 votes appeared in the Top 10, and most of the top 20 needed four votes. Combat Commander has the most points of those games, with 144. Still edging up from last year, where it was 16th.
 
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12. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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136 points, and virtually unchanged from last years 13th position.

A perennial
 
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13. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:532]
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History didn't make the list last year, despite appearing in 07 and 08. This year it storms back with it's highest place ever! (4 voters, 127 points).
 
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14. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:14]
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Last years #4 falls out of the Top 10. 4 Voters, 122 points.
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15. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:104]
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While San Antonio is hardly a charter city in the cult of Tichu, there are a few adherents. For us this is a few times a year game, rather than every session. But that's good enough for 15th, with 4 voters, 119 points.

A perennial
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16. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:60]
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The classic shows up again. 4 Voters, 113 points.
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17. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:121]
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4 Voters, 113 points. Ra barely made the list last year, but this year it's back to its typical "Top 20" position.

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18. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:3]
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4 Voters, 107 points. TS made the list in '07 (barely, at #45), and then faded the last two years, before enjoying a resurgence.
 
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19. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:185]
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Now we're down to the games with three voters...

There's a three way Tie for 19th (3 Voters, 105 points). Acquire's spot is practically reserved every year at somewhere between 19th and 23rd. That's consistency!

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20. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:433]
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Tied for 19th (again with 3 voters, sigh).

Like Acquire, Bridge is in it's typical spot, with slightly more variety (15th-24th).

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21. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64]
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Tied for 19th.

A perennial (albeit a bit more bouncy than Acquire or Bridge, as it's ranged from 14th-38th).
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22. Board Game: Washington's War [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:361]
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3 Voters propel this new entry to #22nd (with 100 points exactly). I need to try this.
 
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23. Board Game: Hordes of the Things [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:2831]
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3 Voters, 98 points. Down from 12th, last year.
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24. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:128]
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One of the biggest surprises (to non-SABG members) was Glory to Rome, which made the list in '07, and was Top 10 the last two years. It still gets played, but not as obsessively, and slides into a tie at #24. (3 voters, 92 points).

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25. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:180]
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Also Tied at #24. (3 Voters, 92 points).
 
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