Friday, November 18, 2005

The Whole Enchilada

Here they all are - from #1 - #100!
  1. Puerto Rico
  2. Euphrat & Tigris
  3. El Grande
  4. Settlers of Catan
  5. Princes of Florence
  6. Power Grid/Funkenschlag
  7. Age of Steam
  8. Ticket To Ride
  9. Ra
  10. Tichu
  11. Acquire
  12. Lord of the Rings
  13. Bohnanza
  14. Cosmic Encounter
  15. St Petersburg
  16. Union Pacific
  17. Time's Up
  18. Crokinole
  19. Medici
  20. Mu & Mehr
  21. Memoir '44
  22. Die Macher
  23. Taj Mahal
  24. La Citta
  25. Lost Cities
  26. Civilization
  27. Liar's Dice/Call My Bluff
  28. Showmanager/Atlantic Star
  29. Battleline/Schotten Totten
  30. Modern Art
  31. Carcassonne
  32. RoboRally
  33. Torres
  34. Expedition/Wildlife Adventure
  35. Web of Power
  36. Fresh Fish
  37. Roads & Boats
  38. Through the Desert
  39. Tikal
  40. I'm The Boss/Kohle Kies & Knete
  41. For Sale
  42. Bridge
  43. Traumfabrik
  44. Lowenherz
  45. 1830
  46. Attika
  47. Titan
  48. Adel Verpflichtet/Hoity Toity
  49. Poker
  50. Goa
  51. Go
  52. Ricochet Robot
  53. Daytona 500
  54. Can't Stop
  55. Wallenstein
  56. Diplomacy
  57. Schnappchen Jagd
  58. Wizard
  59. Hannibal: Rome v. Carthage
  60. Blokus
  61. Stephensons' Rocket
  62. Smarty Party
  63. San Marco
  64. LOTR: The Confrontation
  65. History of the World
  66. Elfenland
  67. Citadels
  68. Ave Caesar
  69. Flaschenteufel
  70. Scrabble
  71. Breaking Away
  72. Basari
  73. Dr Jekyl & Mr Hyde
  74. Taboo
  75. Quandary
  76. Hare & Tortoise
  77. War of the Ring
  78. Was Sticht?
  79. MR1: Jack the Ripper
  80. 6 Nimmt!
  81. Spades
  82. Backgammon
  83. Age of Renaissance
  84. Um Reifenbreite
  85. Battle Cry
  86. Res Publica
  87. Vinci
  88. Gipf
  89. Code 777
  90. Dune
  91. Chinatown
  92. Royal Turf
  93. Domaine
  94. Carabande
  95. Capitol
  96. Mamma Mia
  97. McMulti
  98. Africa
  99. Dvonn
  100. Samurai

For more detail (designer, date of publication) and direct links to each entry, check out the Recaps listed on the right hand side.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are not many surprises on this list, are there? Not very much different from the top 100 of the Geek.

A shame. I was hoping to find a unique game that usually drops out of the mass statistics.

The only place where I've had that experience was at the reports of Faidutti's Ludopathic Gathering.

4:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, given enough participants, most 100 lists are gonna look roughly the same, right? I mean, a good game is a good game. The surprises, if any, are gonna be near the bottom... and there are defintiely a few here.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, this is fairly close to the BGG rankings, but only if you remove every wargame first. I'd rename this list the Top 100 eurogames, if I were you, since you are ignoring all other catagories.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Hmmm... all Euros, eh?

What about:
- Acquire (pre-dates Euros by about 20 years)
- Cosmic Encounter
- Time's Up
- Crokinole
- Civilization
- Liar's Dice
- RoboRally
- Bridge
- 1830
- Titan
- Poker
- Go
- Can't Stop (which became a Euro after it's publication by Parker Brothers USA)
- Diplomacy
- Wizard
- Hannibal: Rome v Carthage
- Smarty Party
- History of the World
- Scrabble
- Taboo
- War of the Ring
- Spades
- Backgammon
- Age of Renaissance
- Dune

Over 1/4 of the list are not "Euros"... sigh.

12:19 PM  
Blogger LeisureGuy said...

Glad to see Go included. I like Bridge, but it's a card game, not a board game, right? And what about Chess? and Checkers (Draughts)? Both of those would, I think, belong in any top 100 list...

8:41 AM  
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6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Top 100 list, and I agree with over 90% of it. But I have one major problem with it. How can possibly Chess, the timeless game, not be in the top 100!?


5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of comments:

1. "LeisureGuy" in a previous post pointed out that Bridge is a card game and should not be included. In that case about 10% of the games in the list should be removed, including:

- Tichu
- Bohnanza
- Mu & Mehr
- Lost Cities
- Poker
- Wizard
- Flaschenteufel
- 6 Nimmt!
- Spades

2. Bridge is the ultimate partnership card game. Some of the card games in the list are ranked higher than Bridge, including Mu & Mehr, which is ironically an inferior derivative of Bridge!


5:31 PM  
Blogger Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Why isn't Chess here? Well, frankly, because when Stephen asked 65 gamers to rank their 15 favorite games, it didn't end up on enough lists to break through into The One Hundred.

No comment on the relative goodness/greatness of Chess - probably more indicative of the folks who chose the list.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Derek Knight said...

admittedly, I'm not deep into games, but off this list, I've played like...5.

And I'm only really good at one.

Did Smarty Party make it because of the whole "pants" aspect? Seriously.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Conqueress said...

YAY!!! Found you through Collin, and very happy to see two of my personal favorites - Elfenland and Ra. I'll be spending some time here reviewing the list to find more for my collection (who needs a linen closet when there are games to fill it with instead?). My husband and I do game night once a month, so this is going to open some new adventures! Thanks!!!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where the write up on Hare and Tortoise it appears to have been replaced by Chinatown?

7:15 PM  
Blogger Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Anonymous - not sure what the problem is... I'm still finding H&T right where it's supposed to be.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One significant omission from the list, which is excusable for an English-language list/site. The German card game "Skat". Not well known in North America, but probably the ultimate card game. Think 3-handed Euchre amplified and diversified by 10 orders of magnitude, with trillions of combinations that guarantee a lifetime of replayability - and all with a standard "short" deck of Ace-thru-7. Brutally addictive. Check the web or a Hoyle's Game Guide for the rules.

2:42 PM  
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9:53 PM  
Anonymous Titan Poker Games said...

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2:02 PM  
Anonymous Sildenafil Citrate said...

This is a good job and the perfect list ranking you could get in here but I don't understand the name "Enchilada" What is it?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

An enchilada is a Mexican dish - according to Wikipedia: "An enchilada is a corn or flour tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, seafood or combinations."

The phrase "the whole enchilada" is an English idiom meaning (according to Wiktionary): "All of something or a group of related things taken in totality."

10:21 AM  
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7:34 AM  
Anonymous Nathan R said...

I like looking at Top-100 lists online, but normally there are glaring ommissions. I don't understand how any boardgame list could leave off Axis and Allies, Risk, Chess, I think Monopoly, and even something like Twilight Imperium. I have to agree with another of the posters- the list is light on wargames and is very heavy on German-style Eurogames. That in of itself isn't a bad thing but it effectively excludes many classic wargames that are important to the developement of many games as well as the culture and history of boardgames. A large segment of the boardgame population plays these games- and many of them aren't even represented.

Also, I think your list is missing Vegas Showdown, which isn't a wargame, but just a really good one.

1:44 AM  
Blogger Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Because I set this site up under the old Blogger template, the sidebar is tied to the date of the original post - which means that many of you expressing disdain for the particular choices made here haven't read The Introduction:

In short - this list was skewed from the beginning towards the most-enjoyed games of a group of experienced gamers, most of whom were (at the time) a part of the Euro-game scene.

You may or may not agree with their choices, but there was no attempt to be well-rounded, exhaustive, balanced and/or objective.

8:10 AM  
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Anonymous taruhan bola said...

hmm, nice post but i am agree with Mark..all not Euros is it?

9:54 AM  
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