ChipChuck's Favorite Games Since Birth
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The following list are my favorite games released every year since my birth (1978). Most are board games, but there are a few RPGs included as they surpassed every game released in those years.

Some years won't surprise anyone, but others might.

My Selection Criteria:
1. I must have PLAYED the game.
2. Game must have been released in year being considered.
3. I did my very best to avoid expansions.

Personal Note: I'd be very interested to see other folks' lists.
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26. Board Game: Le Passe-Trappe [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3512]
Board Game: Le Passe-Trappe
2003

Haven't played a lot of games from 2003, but play this every year at BGG.con.
 
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27. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:170] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride
2004

Easily a favorite.
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28. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:395]
Board Game: Shadows over Camelot
2005

First experience with the traitor mechanic. Great fun!
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29. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:137]
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients
2006

Love the system in all forms.
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30. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:56]
Board Game: Race for the Galaxy
2007

Tried to learn from the rule book and failed. Discovered "how to play" videos and it was a breeze.

Still a favorite of mine.
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31. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:96]
Board Game: Pandemic
2008

Top-notch!
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32. RPG Item: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:41]
RPG Item: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
2009

Was everything I wanted D&D 3.5 to be.
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33. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:54]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
2010

I'm with the crowd on this. It's a great game.
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34. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:268]
Board Game: Takenoko
2011

Love playing this with my kids.
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35. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:65]
Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep
2012

I don't care what the haters say about pasted on theme. They have no imagination! I love LoW, and feel completely like I'm a scheming director sending my parties of adventurers out to do my bidding.
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36. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:73]
Board Game: Eldritch Horror
2013

Fixed everything I wanted fixed with Arkham Horror (I love Arkham, for the record)
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37. RPG Item: Player's Handbook (D&D 5e) [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:4]
RPG Item: Player's Handbook (D&D 5e)
2014

I LOVE this new system. Takes me back to 2e glory.
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38. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.62 Overall Rank:2]
Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
2015

I'm one of the herd.
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39. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.43 Overall Rank:4]
Board Game: Terraforming Mars
2016

Man this was a tough year to choose!

Honorable mentions include: Scythe, Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure, and Tiny Epic Western.

Terraforming Mars is a fantastic game all around. The variable powers introduced by the advanced corporate cards really expand the game, and the engine-building is amazing. 2016 was nothing if not a banner year in the golden age of designer board games.
 
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