Rumblin' Stumblin' through 2018...
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So it's time to pick a Top 20 again. And it's comin' a bit early this year. But the good thing is that this year, we get some time to go out and spend all that year-end cash BEFORE the year ends!

This is a work in progress. Like just about everything else I've done this year. Should I be selfish and list all the games/variants I've done? (It'd be the only vote they get- I'd be the anchor on the list for sure!) Or should I go with all the popular stuff- even though I don't own (and will never own) Mage Knight? I might end up with Spirit Island... Scythe is too big for my play space, and Mr. President is still in P500 limbo...(that last one was a long shot...)

No, I'll be good to the group and to Kevin who does this for us. I'll make it as honest a list as I can, going with what I'm playing and enjoying- which is not nearly as much as I'd like (thanks WORK!) Sorry kids, I try not to use four-letter words in anger...

Expect this list to move around. I've just gotten a few games in, and I expect a few more before I have to submit my final list. Comments of all kinds are welcome. I'm doing a Keto diet, so I'll have to decline the offers of beer.... cry
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1. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:539]
Board Game: Elder Sign
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This is going to be on this list somewhere. I just enjoy the game. I have several expansions and am usually quite content to just play the base stuff. I don't play so much that I've memorized everything, so it's always a "new" game for me.
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2. Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:809]
Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game
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This is going to be on the list somewhere. I have the expansion for the game, and enjoy playing through three games with the base parts, then going for two more with the expansion. And then I'll sit and think about it for a few months, then pull it out again.
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3. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1189]
Board Game: Magic Realm
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Sigh. I wish I could just sit and play this. But I can't- so I enjoy thinking about it and playing as much as I can. It may not get the table-love it deserves, but it's not leaving my hands- or my thoughts...
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4. Video Game: Empire Deluxe [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:2308]
Video Game: Empire Deluxe
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This is a video game. So it won't get sent to Kevin.

But for me, it's such a time suck! I'm playing about an hour a day... I've actually had this game (and versions of it) since it was commercially sold. If I could get those hours back, I'd have enough time to write the Great American Novel and be retired...cry

But it's here because I'd love to see some sort of boardgame version of this. I'm afraid it'd be way too fiddly to actually work. And running some sort of 'automa' deck or COIN system would just be too much work... But I'd be happy to be wrong...
 
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