The Top Classics of Ameritrash (and how they continue to survive)
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I wanted here to examine the games which were considered the absolute "classics" of Ameritrash. Right off the bat, this leads to two problems.

First, what is Ameritash? That gets discussed, debated, and defined non-stop on these boards, so I'm going to go with the famous quote by Justice Potter Stewart in 1964: "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced ... but I know it when I see it." We all know Ameritrash, even if we disagree on individual cases.

Second, what is a classic Ameritrash game? Here, I drew inspiration from Matt Thrower's excellent breakdown of classic AT. However, I didn't follow his model in two very important ways:

1. I am only imposing a strict age requirement, and only on the first edition of a game. We'll say that the first edition had to have been published by 1990, an arbitrary year just after Doctor Who ended, but also around the time that Eurogaming was taking off. This was when Eurogames were emerging, but they were still the current thing rather than a separate or better thing.

2. I am, to the best of my ability, compiling statistics from not just the first editions of these AT classics, but also from subsequent editions and re-implementations. This means I'm pulling stats from games with multiple editions in the same entry (Titan), games with virtually identical editions but different entries (Tales of the Arabian Nights and Tales of the Arabian Nights), and games with very different rule sets but the same "soul" (The Fury of Dracula and Fury of Dracula). However, I am not including "sequel" editions that seek to change the scope or setting of the game (eg., Axis & Allies is included, but Axis & Allies: Pacific is not). Please let me know if I've missed an important edition's entry. However, I am specifically skipping miniatures and CCG re-implementations.

This is, of course, a starting list. I would like to add to it.

As far as the statistics go, I am taking the average rating (not Geek rating) from each game and multiplying it by the number of votes it received. This product then gets added to the similar result for each of the other editions of a single game, leading to a sum I am referring to as the game's massive. The quotient of the massive divided by the sum total of voters for all editions is our new average. It is this average that this list is sorted by. However, sorting by the massive also leads to an interesting list which indicates the overwhelming number of players a game has, even if it is more poorly regarded. I will include both as a reference at the end of this list. I am also trying to include, where I could locate it, the year of the Latest English printing of any edition of a game, to show how readily accessible it is to locate. The publishers mentioned with each edition were the publishers of the earliest edition of the game's entry, included as a point of reference.


At the end of this list, I will have an entry for nominating more games to add to this list. Please only suggest games as comments on this item. Please only put one game per comment, so that thumbs can help determine the general consensus of the nomination. Games published after 1990 will be ignored, as will the second and subsequent nominations for the same game.
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1. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:323]
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Dune

1979 (Avalon Hill): 7.64 x 2885 = 22041.4
Rex, 2011 (Fantasy Flight): ???

Massive: 22041.4
Average: 7.64

Latest English: 1984


The top spot goes to Dune, a fact which should surprise very few people. Dune takes the science fiction novel by Frank Herbet and turns it into a tightly designed battle for control of Arrakis. Easily the strongest point of the game is its representations of the major factions from the novel and their personalities being so well integrated into the game mechanics. A spiritual reprint of sorts is due out this year in the form of Rex from Fantasy Flight, but the source material license is lost, leading to the setting being moved to FFG's own Twilight Imperium universe.
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2. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:512] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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The Republic of Rome

1990 (Avalon Hill): 7.63 x 2007 = 15313.41

Massive: 15313.41
Average: 7.63

Latest English: 2009


This massive game of senators, bribery, and backstabbing had more scope and depth than any other game of politics published recently. Forcing players to work together somewhat lest the board itself defeated everyone, The Republic of Rome is definitely an "event" game. The recent reprint by Valley Games makes it pretty easy to find as well.
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3. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:324] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Civilization

1980 (Hartland Trefoil): 7.57 x 4274 = 32354.18

Massive: 32354.18
Average: 7.57

Latest English: 1989


Francis Tresham's epic about early tribes forming into Mediterranean nations has been claimed by Eurogamers and Ameritrash alike, which speaks to its appeal greatly. Even more dividing is whether or not including Advanced Civilization makes or breaks this classic.
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4. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:4361]
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Arkham Horror

1987 (Chaosium): 6.5 x 318 = 2067
2005 (Fantasy Flight): 7.58 x 14105 = 106915.9

Massive: 108982.9
Average: 7.556

Latest English: 2008


This is the first example on this list of a game inflated greatly by its followup edition. The Chaosium classic was beloved by many, leading to a reprint that became even more beloved. A monster AT game, H.P. Lovecraft's world is evoked in all of its pulpy glory, even though Lovercraft probably never intended anyone to actually throw some dynamite at Cthulhu. This game also has the highest massive score on this list, simply by the sheer number of people who has played it.
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5. Board Game: Space Hulk [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:594] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Space Hulk

First Edition, 1989 (Games Workshop): 7.46 x 2334 = 17411.64
Second Edition, 1996 (Games Workshop): 7.62 x 132 = 1005.84
Third Edition, 2009 (Games Workshop): 7.61 x 3526 = 26832.86

Massive: 45250.34
Average: 7.552

Latest English: 2009


The first Games Workshop title on this list, Space Hulk takes the legends from GW's Warhammer 40,000 universe and puts them into a fierce tactical board game. Despite the fact that the latest edition came out in 2009, you'll have to hunt around for this game; expect to pay over $200 for a copy. This game might be higher rated as well, if it hadn't been for the backlash against GW's legal department.
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6. Board Game: Full Metal Planète [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:2134]
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Full Métal Planète

1988 (Ludodélire): 7.49 x 425 = 3183.25

Massive: 3183.25
Average: 7.49

Latest English: French only


A mining game of exploitation and combat, Full Métal Planète's fame comes not from its brutal gameplay or luckless combat, but from its assortment of over eighty actual metal pieces. Look up the pictures if you've never seen this game; the pewter tanks and bases look amazing. This game has been out of print for years, and never even had an English language printing.
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7. Board Game: Blood Bowl [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:6749]
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Blood Bowl

First Edition, 1986 (Games Workshop): 5.81 x 369 = 2143.89
Second Edition, 1988 (Games Workshop): 6.70 x 751 = 5031.7
Third Edition, 1994 (Games Workshop): 7.53 x 2565 = 19314.45
Living Rules, 2004 (Games Workshop): 7.90 x 1633 = 12900.7

Massive: 39390.74
Average: 7.407

Latest English: 3rd Edition, 2002. Living Rulebook is continuously updated.


If you've ever wanted to take a Warhammer Fantasy army and play a game of football, then you've probably already played Blood Bowl. It went through three editions before the Living Rules came into effect. Leagues are still in play globally, so there's no reason someone couldn't still start today.
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8. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:288]
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Survive!

1982 (Parker Brothers) 7.36 x 2858 = 21034.88

Massive: 21034.88
Average: 7.36

Latest English: 2011


Survive! pits players against each other while they try to save ten people from a sinking island and sea monsters. The island sinks by removing the hex pieces that make up the board. Notoriously cutthroat, Stonghold did a joint reprint this year, combining it with Escape from Atlantis, so it's readily available.
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9. Board Game: The Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2195]
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The Fury of Dracula

1987 (Games Workshop): 7.07 x 762 = 5387.34
2006 (Fantasy Flight): 7.31 x 5185 = 37902.35

Massive: 43323.35
Average: 7.285

Latest English: 2006


Three or four hunters (depending on the edition) seek out the Count across Victorian Europe, but the Count's moves are all hidden. This game of deduction and combat drips with theme, but there was criticism of the Dracula player being able to cheat to easily, by accident or intent. Fantasy Flight's new edition is probably the most drastic change between any two editions on this list. Which game is better is still a dividing issue.
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10. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:2424]
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Tales of the Arabian Nights

1985 (West End): 7.23 x 556 = 4019.88
2009 (Z-Man): 7.28 x 2733 = 19896.24

Massive: 23916.12
Average: 7.272

Latest English: 2009


This storytelling game pushes the definition of what a board game is. Some criticize its seeming lack of meaningful decisions, but Tales of the Arabian Nights is more about the experience and the remarkably cohesive stories that are told. Z-Man put out a high quality and faithful reprint recently, so you have no excuse not to get this.
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11. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1040]
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Merchant of Venus

1988 (Avalon Hill): 7.24 x 1680

Massive: 12163.2
Average: 7.24

Latest English: 1988


A science fiction game of space trading, Merchant of Venus set players to move around goods for profit, upgrade ships, and play its unique supply/demand market. Despite the cool looking guys on the cover, this game was never reprinted, so interested gamers are looking at over $200.
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12. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1144]
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Cosmic Encounter

1977 (Eon): 6.99 x 3195 = 22333.05
1991 (Mayfair): 7.22 x 432 = 3119.04
2000 (Avalon Hill (Hasbro)): 6.47 x 611 = 3953.17
2008 (Fantasy Flight): 7.50 x 4860 = 36450

Massive: 65855.26
Average: 7.238

Latest English: 2011


One of my two personal favorites on this list, Cosmic Encounter has gone through more publishers than most hobby games as far as unique editions go. Infinitely modular, no two games can be the same. Fantasy Flight's recent printing is exceptional, including fifty different alien races to pit against each other in the base game alone.
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13. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:626]
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Diplomacy

1959: 7.13 x 6027 = 42972.51

Massive: 42972.51
Average: 7.13

Latest English: 2008


The poster child of backstabbing, people say that you can't win a game of Diplomacy without betraying someone. Go look up the horror stories of this classic and see people talk about players being reduced to tears and friendships ending because promises weren't honored. The game play is simple enough once you get the hang of it, and it's very easy to find as well.
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14. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1104]
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Titan

1980 (Gorgonstar): 7.09 x 2581 = 18299.29

Massive: 18299.29
Average: 7.09

Latest English: 2008


The second of my two personal favorites on this list, Titan is an epic monster-army slug-a-thon. Straightforward enough once the game is in front of you, Titan utilizes a unique movement system on a world board, then moves to one of eleven terrain boards for tactical combat. Valley put out a great reprint a few years ago, so you should go buy this game.
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15. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1218]
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Kremlin

1986 (Fata Morgana): 7.09 x 1674 = 11868.66

Massive: 11868.66
Average: 7.09

Latest English: 1988


A game of politics in Soviet Russia, players secretly influence and support politicians. The winner is the leader who can wave at the May Day parade three time. Because influence is kept secret, sudden twists and betrayals are inevitable. Because it has been long out of print, Kremlin might be hard to find.
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16. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:912]
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Shogun / Samurai Swords

1986 (Milton Bradley): 7.06 x 3028 = 21377.68

Massive: 21377.68
Average: 7.06

Latest English: 2011


Shogun is a game of war in feudal Japan. During a civil war, players need to muster strength, complete with castles and Ronin, to strike down their enemies. Shogun was reprinted as Samurai Swords in 1995, and is currently available from Avalon Hill (Hasbro) under the title Ikusa.
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17. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1291]
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Magic Realm

1979 (Avalon Hill): 7.05 x 1189 = 8382.45

Massive: 8382.45
Average: 7.05

Latest English: 1986


Notorious for having one of the most complex and difficult rulebooks ever, Magic Realm remains a classic for those who have figured it out. Between choosing your own victory condition, playing with one of sixteen different characters, playing with up to sixteen players, and having one of the most engrossing role-playing experiences seen in a board game, you can see their point. This game has been out of print for years and is the game I'd like to see back in print the most.
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18. Board Game: BattleTech [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1066] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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BattleTech

First Edition, 1984 (FASA): 6.89 x 1899 = 13084.11
Compendium, 1990 (FASA): 7.66 x 28 = 214.48
Classic Battletech Introductory Box Set, 2002 (Catalyst): 7.76 x 270 = 2095.20

Massive: 15393.79
Average: 7.007

Latest English: 2011


A tactical combat game where players control thirty-foot tall Mechs battling out has one of the largest expansion libraries on this list, by pure virtue of the extensive customization rules which allow you to take a Mech and truly make it yours (before you blow something up with it). It was reprinted this year, so picking up a copy shouldn't be any trouble.
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19. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1917]
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Wiz-War

1983 (Jolly): 6.98 x 1240 = 8655.2
2011 (Fantasy Flight): ??

Massive: 8655.2
Average: 6.98

Latest English: 2011


Along with Cosmic Encounter, Wiz-War is said to be the biggest influence on Richard Garfield when he was designing Magic. A chaotic game of casting spelling and stealing treasures, it is due for a reprint later this year from Fantasy Flight, which guarantees lots of plastic and lots of cards.
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20. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2091]
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Gunslinger

1982 (Avalon Hill): 6.97 x 641 = 4467.77

Massive: 4467.77
Average: 6.97

Latest English: 1982


Gunslinger is the third and last game on this list designed by Richard Hamblen (Merchant of Venus and Magic Realm being the first two). Gunslinger is a second-by-second battle in the Old West. Numerous different guns, locations, and scenarios are included in this long out of print and hard to find game.
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21. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1289]
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Junta

1979 (Creative Wargames): 6.91 x 2940 = 15478.4

Massive: 15478.4
Average: 6.91

Latest English: 2005


Junta is a cutthroat game of running a government while trying to keep as much money as you can. Other players are unaware of the amount of money El Presidente has at his disposal and how much he's keeping for himself instead of distributing to the other players. Assassinations and coups are common place. This game was published very recently by Purgatory Publishing and should be easily available for very cheap.
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22. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3994]
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Warrior Knights

1985 (Games Workshop): 6.59 x 417 = 2748.03
2006 (Fantasy Flight): 6.96 x 2295 = 15973.2

Massive: 18721.23
Average: 6.903

Latest English: 2006


This GW classic gave players armies led by the titular knights, with the goal of controlling half of the kingdom. The game is also famous of its assembly, where laws are passed that change the nature of the game and players are appointed to powerful titles. Fantasy Flight published a reprint which, while similar, introduced a number of changes. Largest was the fate deck, a combination of a dice deck and seven different die result tables.
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23. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2236]
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Star Fleet Battles

1979 (Task Force): 6.71 x 897 = 6018.87
Designer's Edition, 1980 (Task Force): 7.68 x 26 = 199.68
Commander's Rulebook, 1983 (Task Force): 7.25 x 58 = 420.5
Captain's Edition Basic Set, 1990 (Task Force): 7.25 x 226 = 1638.5

Massive: 8277.55
Average: 6.868

Latest English: 2005


A Star Trek game that could not be called Star Trek, Star Fleet Battles utilized a compelling system where players planned and executed ship movement simultaneously, but made decisions concerning weapon fire while movement was taking place. Featuring the major races and more from Star Trek: The Original Series, this heavy but thematic game is still very easy to find.
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24. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1329] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
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Ogre

1977 (Steve Jackson): 6.86 x 1208 = 8286.88

Massive: 8286.88
Average: 6.86

Latest English: 2012


Ogre blurs the line between AT and simple wargame. One of two players controls a number of troops, tanks, and vehicles. The other player controls just one unit, the super tank known as Ogre. The fight is balanced. Steve Jackson is putting out a new edition next year for collectors, but some fans are already put off by the price tag versus product quality.
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25. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:582] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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HeroQuest

HeroQuest, 1989 (Milton Bradley): 6.85 x 4332 = 29674.2
Advanced HeroQuest, 1989 (Games Workshop): 6.46 x 670 = 4328.2

Massive: 34002.4
Average: 6.798

Latest English: 1989


A classic dungeon crawl, HeroQuest sustained replayability with a single board with its iconic 3D furniture and door models. On a single generic floor plan, these models could create unlimited maps. A notable fault of the game is that while heroes grow stronger, enemies do not. The game was redesigned and ported over to the Warhammer Fantasy universe for Advanced HeroQuest. Both editions are long out of print, but surprisingly available on eBay.
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