Mark’s Top 100 Games: A Roundup

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Every two years (or so) I blog my top 50 or 100 games on my personal blog, akapastorguy. This time around, I decided to share that list with our always wonderful Opinionated Gamers readers…along with some random thoughts I had about the list.

method to madness

This is how I come up with the final list:

  1. Download my BoardGameGeek collection. (There are 4227 games I’ve played/owned/rated, so that’s a pretty substantial list.)
  2. Clean the spreadsheet to remove expansions and any games rated below 6. (As of today, that’s 1722 games.)
  3. Review and clean up games that obviously won’t end up in my top 100. (Example: As much as I love Wits & Wagers or Win, Place & Show, none of them will be in my top 100 games…and that leaves me with around 500 games to work).
  4. Randomize the list of games and start comparing them in 1v1 playoffs. (The question I ask myself: which game would I choose to play, given the right number of players and the right amount of time?)
  5. The losers of the first round face each other… and the losers of the second round do the same.
  6. The losers of the third round are eliminated from contention.
  7. This process (which is long and a bit tedious) continues until I have roughly 100 games, each of which has won multiple 1v1 qualifiers to get here. Now when a group is dropped, I order them to get into the top 100.
  8. Once I’m in the top 25, I order them myself, leaving the 1v1 process behind.

tastes change

Out of curiosity, I compared my current 2022 list to my 2020 top 50 list, as well as my 2014 and 2012 top 100 lists. (No, I’m not sure what happened in 2016 and 2018. Evidently, I was playing lots of games instead of writing about them).

Over the last decade, I’ve had 192 games on my top 100/50 lists… but only 18 of them appear on each of the four lists:

  • Africa
  • Agricultural
  • Year 1701: Das Brettspiel
  • rising empires
  • Catan
  • Claustrophobia
  • DungeonQuest
  • Favor of the Pharaoh/Woo the King
  • heroscape
  • Im Reich der Wüstensöhne
  • Memories 44
  • Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld
  • Pandemic/Pandemic Legacy: Seasons 1 and 2
  • race for the galaxy
  • Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit
  • Street football
  • Thebes
  • ticket to ride
  • Zooloretto

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Note: Three other games would be on that list were it not for an issue with my ranking system that caused five “should be top 100” games to drop from the final list. We’ll talk about that more in a minute.

And 22 games have appeared on three of the four lists… Obviously part of the change is due to new and exciting games that have appeared since 2012… but it’s also a matter of my changing tastes. (And the change in who I regularly play with: My kids are getting older, and the pandemic definitely changed the games that came to the table.)

Everyone in the family

Four game families appeared on the lists… in other words, although they are not the same game, they are definitely related.

  • Daytona 500 gave way to Downforce
  • Pandemic gave way to Pandemic Legacy
  • The city gave way to Jump Drive
  • Courting the King gave way to Favor of the Pharaoh

BGG and me

Only 8 of the games on my top 100 list are currently on the BGG top 100 list… and there’s even one on my list that isn’t ranked (Wolfgang Riedesser’s Route 66).

And 41 of the games on my list don’t appear in the BGG Top 1000 ranking.

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mistakes were made

In the process of moving lists from one spreadsheet page to another, the following five games were lost and not considered for inclusion, which is maddening, since all five likely ended up in the top 100 list.

  • 7 Wonders
  • fast food franchise
  • nemo’s war
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse
  • Terraforming of Mars

I haven’t chosen to rip other games to fit…instead, I think it’s smarter to own up to my mistake.

Mark’s Top 100 Games List for 2022

Here it is… the list you’ve been waiting for, including direct links to my blog posts on each of these games.

  1. Memories 44
  2. race for the galaxy
  3. clash of cultures
  4. heroscape
  5. Armageddon
  6. dungeon alliance
  7. Catan
  8. Unmatched: Battle of Legends
  9. Im Reich der Wüstensöhne
  10. Pandemic Legacy: Seasons 1 and 2
  11. Zooloretto / Aquaretto
  12. Year 1701: Das Brettspiel
  13. ticket to travel
  14. Lost Ruins of Arnak
  15. DungeonQuest
  16. The Charlatans of Quedlinburg
  17. Marvel Champions: The Card Game
  18. Imperium Classics/Legends
  19. Africa
  20. Xia: Legends of a drift system
  21. Res Arcana
  22. Dune: Empire
  23. Undaunted: Normandy/North Africa
  24. pharaoh’s favor
  25. Street football
  26. Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld
  27. rising empires
  28. Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon DVD Game
  29. miniature golf designer
  30. Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit
  31. dungeon lords
  32. Quantum
  33. we stopped
  34. eminent domain
  35. jump drive
  36. Tucana Trails
  37. Tales of the thousand and one nights
  38. new borders
  39. It’s a wonderful world
  40. Period: Middle Ages
  41. Thebes
  42. I can not stop
  43. core worlds
  44. The princes of Florence
  45. Baseball Highlights 2045
  46. Innovation
  47. The Tiefenthal Taverns
  48. legacy of risk
  49. show manager
  50. Claustrophobia
  51. for what’s left
  52. Barenpark
  53. Ra
  54. Cloud Age
  55. cartographers
  56. Dry metallic sound!
  57. tobago
  58. Septikon: uranium mining
  59. O Zoo le Mio
  60. Nexus Operations
  61. Keltis: Der Weg der Steine ​​Mitbringspiel
  62. Lord of the Rings
  63. Impact: Battle of Elements / Strike
  64. roll player
  65. My city
  66. The fall of Pompeii
  67. Tanz der Hornochsen!
  68. downforce
  69. Die Schlacht der Dinosaurier
  70. Vom Kap by Kairo
  71. suburbs
  72. trains
  73. catan ship
  74. galaxy trucker
  75. gallop turn
  76. Gingerbread house
  77. Around the world in 80 days
  78. Rhino Hero: Super Battle
  79. Diamond
  80. The dragon and the jar
  81. Zahltag
  82. Traumfabrik/Hollywood Blockbuster/Dream Factory
  83. Fireball Island: Curse of Vul-Kar
  84. Wurfel Bonanza
  85. The search for El Dorado
  86. Survive: Space Attack!
  87. Bonanza
  88. Arctic Scavengers
  89. year 1503
  90. mississippi queen
  91. Agricultural
  92. Canyon
  93. Route 66
  94. red flame
  95. Kauchuk/Rules the Kingdom
  96. entdecker
  97. dice city
  98. marrakesh
  99. Catan’s Rivals
  100. Colon

Full Disclosure: I received review copies of Flamme Rouge, Survive: Space Attack, The Dragon & Flagon, Septikon: Uranium Mining, Lost Ruins of Arnak, Unmatched: Buffy, some Heroscape expansions, and some Memoir ’44 expansions.

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About Mark “Papa Fluff” Jackson

Follower of Jesus, Husband, Father, Pastor, Board Gamer, Writer, Legomaniac, Disneyphile, Voted Most Likely to Have the Same Christmas Wish List at Age 57 as at 7

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