Mark’s Top 100 Games: A Recap

Every couple of years (or so) I blog through my top 50 or top 100 games over on my personal blog, akapastorguy. This time around, I decided to share that list with our ever-so-wonderful Opinionated Gamers readership… along with some random thoughts that I had about the list.

Method to the Madness

Here’s how I come up with the final list:

  1. Download my BoardGameGeek collection. (There are 4227 games that I have played/owned/rated, so it’s a pretty substantial list.)
  2. Clean the spreadsheet to remove expansions and any game rated below 6. (As of today, that’s 1722 games.)
  3. Go through and clean off games that obviously won’t end up in my top 100. (Example: much as I love Wits & Wagers or Win, Place & Show, neither of them is going to be in my top 100 games… and that leaves me with about 500 games to work with.)
  4. Randomize the list of games and begin 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 correct amount of time?)
  5. The losers of the first round are faced off against each other… and the losers of the second round do the same.
  6. Losers of the third round are removed from contention.
  7. This process (which is long and a bit tedious) continues until I’m down to approximately 100 games, each of which have won multiple 1v1 playoffs to get here. Now, as a group is dumped, I order them to fit into the top 100.
  8. Once I’m down to the top 25, I order them myself, leaving the 1v1 process behind.

Tastes Change

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

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

  • Africa
  • Agricola
  • Anno 1701: Das Brettspiel
  • Ascending Empires
  • Catan
  • Claustrophobia
  • DungeonQuest
  • Favor of the Pharaoh/To Court the King
  • Heroscape
  • Im Reich der Wüstensöhne
  • Memoir 44
  • Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld
  • Pandemic/Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 & 2
  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit
  • StreetSoccer
  • Thebes
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Zooloretto

Note: three other games would be on that list if not for something wrong with my sorting system that caused five “should be in the top 100” games to go missing 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, some of the change is due to new and exciting games that have appeared since 2012… but it’s also an issue of my tastes changing. (And the change in who I game with on a regular basis – my boys are getting older and the pandemic definitely changed what games got to the table.)

All in the Family

Four families of games showed up on the lists… in other words, while they aren’t 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
  • To Court the King gave way to Favor of the Pharaoh

BGG and Me

Only 8 of the games on my top 100 list are currently in the BGG Top 100 list… and there’s even a single 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 rankings.

Mistakes Were Made

In the process of moving lists from one spreadsheet page to another, the following five games were lost and did not end up being considered for inclusion – which is maddening, as all five of them would likely have ended upon the top 100 list.

I haven’t chosen to boot other games out to fit them in… instead, I think it’s wiser just to recognize my error.

Mark’s Top 100 Games List for 2022

Here it is… the list you’ve been waiting for – which includes the direct links to my blog posts about each of these games.

  1. Memoir 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 & 2
  11. Zooloretto / Aquaretto
  12. Anno 1701: Das Brettspiel
  13. Ticket to Ride
  14. Lost Ruins of Arnak
  15. DungeonQuest
  16. The Quacks 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: Imperium
  23. Undaunted: Normandy/North Africa
  24. Favor of the Pharaoh
  25. StreetSoccer
  26. Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld
  27. Ascending Empires
  28. Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon DVD Game
  29. Minigolf Designer
  30. Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit
  31. Dungeon Lords
  32. Quantum
  33. Wildlands
  34. Eminent Domain
  35. Jump Drive
  36. Trails of Tucana
  37. Tales of the Arabian Nights
  38. New Frontiers
  39. It’s a Wonderful World
  40. Era: Medieval Age
  41. Thebes
  42. Can’t Stop
  43. Core Worlds
  44. The Princes of Florence
  45. Baseball Highlights 2045
  46. Innovation
  47. The Taverns of Tiefenthal
  48. Risk Legacy
  49. Showmanager
  50. Claustrophobia
  51. For What Remains
  52. Bärenpark
  53. Ra
  54. CloudAge
  55. Cartographers
  56. Clank!
  57. Tobago
  58. Septikon: Uranium Mining
  59. O Zoo le Mio
  60. Nexus Ops
  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 Downfall of Pompeii
  67. Tanz der Hornochsen!
  68. Downforce
  69. Die Schlacht der Dinosaurier
  70. Vom Kap bis Kairo
  71. Suburbia
  72. Trains
  73. Starship Catan
  74. Galaxy Trucker
  75. Giro Galoppo
  76. Gingerbread House
  77. Around the World in 80 Days
  78. Rhino Hero: Super Battle
  79. Diamant
  80. The Dragon & Flagon
  81. Zahltag
  82. Traumfabrik/Hollywood Blockbuster/Dream Factory
  83. Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar
  84. Wurfel Bohnanza
  85. The Quest for El Dorado
  86. Survive: Space Attack!
  87. Bohnanza
  88. Arctic Scavengers
  89. Anno 1503
  90. Mississippi Queen
  91. Agricola
  92. Canyon
  93. Route 66
  94. Flamme Rouge
  95. Kauchuk/Rule the Realm
  96. Entdecker
  97. Dice Town
  98. Marrakech
  99. The Rivals for Catan
  100. Columbus

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.

About Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, boardgamer, writer, Legomaniac, Disneyphile, voted most likely to have the same Christmas wish list at age 57 as he did at age 7
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4 Responses to Mark’s Top 100 Games: A Recap

  1. David Mills says:

    I love reading lists like this, lots of great games I know, and others that I should check out when I get a chance.

    Seeing Canyon in the list is indeed a surprise. I actually have an old copy in storage that I have never played. I assumed it was really just a scoreboard for Oh Hell (a game I truly enjoy), but your inclusion means that I’ll need to pull it out and try it. I also had no idea that there was a mini-expansion, I’ll need to print myself a copy.

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