Top 200 Games - 2009 Edition!




  Intro (please read!)


And once again, I've decided to make my top 100 games list, just like 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.

In 2005, I was asked to put together a list of my top 100 games for a board game conference in Malaysia.  I was a fan of top ten lists at the time, but it never occurred to me to put together my top 100!  However, I spent the plane ride there writing down and making the list from memory.  I was fairly happy with it, and decided to post it onto the 'net to see if anyone would find it interesting.

Apparently enough people found it interesting, as it became the most popular section of this website, and remains so until this day.  I decided to keep making the lists as the year went by, and two years ago, I made two changes - went to my top 200 games, and moved the list from December to August / September.

Some thoughts on the list.

1.)  I've played 1750+ games, which is a decent amount.  The top 200 of that list is the top 11% of games that I've played.  So just because a game is # 200 on the list, does not by any means mean that I think it's a bad game.  Far from it!  I think every game on this list is an excellent game.  I have not gotten rid of any of these games, and have no plans to do so in the near future. 

2.) Want to know how I chose the games I did?  Watch my intro video!



3.)  Some changes are major on the list, but most are minor, and just because a game dropped down a few notches, doesn't mean I suddenly dislike it - it's only because new games have been inserted on the list.  And even when a game dropped down a ton of notches, it doesn't mean I dislike it, I just don't enjoy it AS much.  If a game drops completely off the list - well, then I may have had a bigger change of mind.

4.)  When looking at the top 100, some interesting statistics occur.

- Rio Grande is apparently my favorite publisher, followed (closely!!) by Fantasy Flight, Asmodee, Z-man Games, Days of Wonder, Hasbro, and FRED.  But even so, there are quite a few small publishers on the list, which gives me hope for new publishers.

- Themes are easier to pinpoint.  Fantasy and science fiction rule the day.  With more great science fiction games coming out, we're starting to see how interesting that genre can get.  No more medieval trading!   A few abstract games have made the list, but theme is very important, especially in the top ten.

5.)  MELODY is doing her top 100 this year!  I think her list will be much more interesting than mine.  I gave her complete freedom when putting her list together, so it should be interesting to see how our lists compare.  We have 11 of the same games, so maybe you should take special note of them.  I'm convinced that we'll have more of the same as favorites in future years, but who knows?  It's her list!

Well, I'm sure I'm going to get feedback on the list, and you are certainly welcome to tell me what you think.  A Geeklist is or will soon be up about the subject, and you can sound off there. But enough blathering, on to the lists.

I'll be posting them in groups of three, starting from # 100, and working up to # 1.

To the Games!

# 100 – 98

# 95 – 97

# 92 – 94

# 89 – 91

# 86 – 88

# 83 – 85

# 80 – 82

# 77 – 79

# 74 – 76

# 71 – 73

# 68 – 70

# 65 – 67

# 62 – 64

# 59 – 61

# 56 – 58

# 53 – 55

# 50 – 52

# 47 – 49

# 44 – 46

# 41 – 43

# 38 – 40

# 35 – 37

# 32 – 34

# 29 – 31

# 26 – 28

# 23 – 25

# 20 – 22

# 17 – 19

# 14 – 16

# 11 – 13

# 8 – 10

# 5 – 7

# 3 – 4

# 1 – 2