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Top 10 Board Games - Over the Years

Chad DeShon

Pandemic Legacy created quite a buzz by becoming the number 1 rated game on BoardGameGeek.

The Top 10 on BoardGameGeek is a conglomeration of the opinions of gamers worldwide. That means it is almost certainly different from your personal top 10. That is fine, good even.

Even if it doesn't match your (or my) personal taste exactly, the list is interesting for at least two reasons.

1) The Top 10 provides a common vernacular. Most gamers have heard of most of the games in the Top 10. If you tell me what you do and don't like about the games in the Top 10, then I can quickly get a feel for what kind of games you like and what we might like to play together.

2) It shows clear trends of where the industry has been and where it is going. Agricola's ascension was followed (and is still being followed) by countless takes on the worker placement genre. Twilight Struggle and Android: Netrunner show an uptick in the popularity of two player games. Does Pandemic Legacy tell us that even more legacy or "play once" games are on the way?

On that note, let's look at how the top 10 list has changed over the last few years.
 

2016

  1. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
  2. Twilight Struggle
  3. Terra Mystica
  4. Caverna: The Cave Farmers
  5. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  6. Puerto Rico 
  7. Agricola
  8. The Castles of Burgundy
  9. Mage Knight Board Game
  10. Android: Netrunner

2015

  1. Twilight Struggle
  2. Terra Mystica
  3. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  4. Agricola
  5. Puerto Rico
  6. Caverna: The Cave Farmers
  7. Android: Netrunner
  8. Eclipse
  9. Mage Knight Board Game
  10. Power Grid

2014

  1. Twilight Struggle
  2. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  3. Agricola
  4. Puerto Rico
  5. Android: Netrunner
  6. Eclipse
  7. Terra Mystica
  8. Power Grid
  9. Mage Knight Board Game
  10. Le Havre

2013

  1. Twilight Struggle
  2. Agricola
  3. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  4. Puerto Rico
  5. Eclipse
  6. Power Grid
  7. Le Havre
  8. Mage Knight Board Game
  9. Brass
  10. Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

2012

  1. Twilight Struggle
  2. Agricola
  3. Puerto Rico
  4. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  5. Power Grid
  6. Le Havre
  7. Brass
  8. Dominion: Intrigue
  9. Dominion
  10. Caylus

2011

  1. Twilight Struggle
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Agricola
  4. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  5. Power Grid
  6. Le Havre
  7. Dominion: Intrigue
  8. Dominion
  9. Brass
  10. Caylus

2010

  1. Agricola
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Power Grid
  4. Twilight Struggle
  5. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  6. Dominion
  7. Le Havre
  8. Tigris & Euphrates
  9. El Grande
  10. Caylus

2009

  1. Agricola
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Power Grid
  4. Twilight Struggle
  5. Tigris & Euphrates
  6. Dominion
  7. El Grande
  8. Caylus
  9. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  10. Race for the Galaxy

2008

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Power Grid
  3. Twilight Struggle
  4. Tigris & Euphrates
  5. Caylus
  6. El Grande
  7. The Princes of Florence
  8. Shogun
  9. Age of Steam
  10. Agricola

2007

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Tigris & Euphrates
  3. Caylus
  4. Power Grid
  5. El Grande
  6. BattleLore
  7. The Princes of Florence
  8. Twilight Struggle
  9. Age of Steam
  10. Die Macher

2006

  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Caylus
  3. Tigris & Euphrates
  4. Power Grid
  5. The Princes of Florence
  6. El Grande
  7. Die Macher
  8. Wallenstein
  9. Game of Thrones, A: A Clash of Kings Expansion
  10. Paths of Glory

Happy gaming,
Chad

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