I have written a series of posts looking at the Board Game Geek (BGG) top 100 games, checking to see if I had the game in my collection and talking a little bit about each one, if I could. At the end of the first seventy games covered I owned 27 for a 39% ownership rate. I also have had four games that I formerly owned but had sold, so they didn’t get counted. Today I will cover games ranked from 30 up to 21.
For all posts in this series check for the BGG Top 100 tag.
Okay, I am cheating a little bit here. If you came into my house today and looked, you would not see this game on my shelves. But I have funded the current Kickstarter campaign for the sequel (Lockdown) and I included the original game as part of that. So I am counting it. 😛
This is a weird one. It’s not the first game that appears multiple times in this list (Pandemic) but it’s the first one where it’s essentially two versions of the same game. Apparently the revised edition was considered to be different enough from the first release that it wasn’t just a revision but an entirely new game…anyway, here’s the original game, which I do not own.
28: Food Chain Magnate
Don’t own it, haven’t really researched it at all.
27: Caverna: The Cave Farmers
I have never thought about “following” a particular game designer, but in this instance I sort of have. This is one of several games by one of the more popular designers out there (he also did Agricola, Fields of Arle and Patchwork which are all on the BGG top 100 list). I didn’t buy it because of the designer though…I liked the idea of being a dwarf eking out a living by farming the forest and exploring their cave. Oh, and I found a used copy for a really good price. Oh, and that used copy came with an already assembled box insert from The Broken Token, which was a huge score! 😀
26: Puerto Rico
This one is often listed as inspiration for a number of other later games, but I don’t currently own it.
This one I own! I am ashamed to admit that I don’t know that much about it, other than it’s on the top 100 list and comes from a respected designer, and no I haven’t played it yet…
24: Mage Knight
This is one of the heavier (more difficult) games in my collection, coming in at a solid 4.3 (out of 5.0) on the BGG scale. (In case you were wondering, On Mars comes in as my heaviest game at 4.62!) Despite the weight, I picked it up because I tend to enjoy the fantasy theme, and this game is highly regarded in the solo-gamer community. I have the base game plus all of the expansions (plus the Broken Token insert). I will have more posts about this game in the future.
23: The 7th Continent
I do not own this one.
22: A Feast for Odin
Two games by the same designer in the same bucket; this is another Uwe Rosenberg game (from Caverna: The Cave Farmers earlier in this list). I just picked this one up this summer (along with the two mini expansions) so I haven’t played it yet.
21: Viticulture Essential Edition
Worker placement games often have interesting themes (like Lords of Waterdeep). This one is based on growing wine! I can’t decide whether to add it to my collection or not. It is quite highly regarded, and the “essential edition” was reprinted with expansion material and some revised rules built in, so it’s definitely the way to go. For now, I do not own it.
Games Mentioned: 80
Games Owned: 32 (40%)
Games Previously Owned: 4
After 80 games I own 32, which brings my cumulative percentage up to 40%! If my calculations are correct, I still need 12 more games (from the final 20) in order to hit the 50% mark. Given that the highest number I have had so far in any block of ten games has been five, that might be difficult. At the same time, the final 20 games are supposed to be the most popular as measured by Board Game Geek, so maybe it’s more likely that I own them? Stay tuned to find out!