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Seeking Board Game Recommendations based on my favorites

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Last Edited by TofuVic August 26, 2019 at 11:58 AM
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Hello, I hope you're well.

I do not consider myself a serious boardgamer, but have played slightly over 80 board games to date, as listed below. I am seeking recommendations based on the list of board games I have enjoyed, as well as those I have not enjoyed as much.

Board games I enjoy generally are:
  • strategy and social deduction
  • easy to learn
    • low complexity rating; preferably under 2.5 at BGG, but up to 3.0 may be doable
  • fast-paced
    • little downtime
  • not too lengthy
    • approximately an hour or less per play, but beyond 1.5 hours may be doable
  • many people can play
    • preferably 4 to 8 players - and more would be better
  • decent to high replayability
  • thematic
    • preferably with some storytelling
Please note some of game placements on my list may be controversial, such as how I ranked BANG!, Settlers of Catan; and Cards Against Humanity. The following is the list of board games I have played in the last half a decade or so. Tier 1 the are ones I've enjoyed the most. The games in each tier are ordered alphabetically.

Tier 1
  • Azul
  • Batavia
  • Codenames: Pictures
  • Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
  • Deception: Undercover Allies
  • Deluxe Pit
  • Dice Forge
  • Guillotine
  • Jackbox Games: Drawful 2
  • King of Tokyo
  • Lords of Waterdeep: A Dungeons & Dragons Board Game
  • Mafia
  • Not Alone
  • Pandemic
  • Salad Bowl
  • Salem 1692
  • Shifty Eyed Spies
  • Splendor
  • Spyfall 2
  • Ticket to Ride
Tier 2
  • Acquire
  • Codenames
  • Charades
  • Dead of Winter
  • Dead of Winter: The Long Night
  • Deadwood 1876
  • Dice Throne: Season One
  • Dominion
  • Epic Spell Wars of The Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre
  • For Sale
  • Go Nuts for Donuts
  • Hanabi
  • Ingenious
  • Jackbox Games: Drawful
  • Jackbox Games: Mad Verse City
  • Jackbox Games: Trivia Murder Party
  • Monopoly Go
  • Ricochet Robots
  • Room 25 Ultimate
  • Saboteur
  • Sequence
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Splendor: Cities of Splendor Expansions: Trading Posts
  • Sushi Go Party!
  • Taboo
  • The Resistance
  • The Resistance: Avalon
  • Tortuga 1667
Tier 3
  • Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
  • BANG! The Dice Game
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Coup
  • Cranium
  • Dead Last
  • Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
  • Jackbox Games: Fakin' It
  • Jackbox Games: Guesspionage
  • Jackbox Games: Patently Stupid
  • Jackbox Games: Split the Room
  • Munchkin
  • Mysterium
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf
  • Scattergories
  • Set
  • Shadow Hunters
  • Small World
  • Sushi Go!
  • We Didn't Playtest This At All
  • Wits & Wagers
  • Zombicide
Tier 4
  • BANG!
  • BANG! Dodge City
  • Burke's Gambit
  • Carcassonne
  • Catan: Cities & Knights
  • Cranium Dark
  • Disney Villainous
  • Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies
  • Electronic Catchphrase
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Flux
  • Jackbox Games: Quiplash 2
  • Jackbox Games: YOU DON'T KNOW JACK: Full Stream
  • Samurai Sword
  • Star Fluxx
  • We Didn't Playtest This Either
Tier 5 (ordered alphabetically)
  • A Game of Thrones: The Board Game
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Crossfire
  • Jackbox Games: Earwax
  • Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
  • Quick and Dirty
  • Settlers of Catan
Own, but Have Not Played
  • Last Friday
  • Paperback
  • Unexploded Cow
Potential Interest
  • 7 Wonders (high interest)
  • Blood Rage
  • Captain Sonar
  • Celestia
  • Citadels
  • Cosmic Encounter
  • CrossTalk
  • Cryptid (high interest)
  • Cyclades
  • Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core
  • Dixit Odyssey
  • Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space
  • Five Tribes
  • Galaxy Trucker
  • Ghost Stories
  • Ice Cool
  • In the Name of Odin
  • Kemet
  • Kingsburg
  • Linkee
  • Machi Koro (high interest)
  • Mansions of Madness (2nd edition)
  • Memoir '44
  • Oceanos
  • Pandemic: On the Brink (high interest)
  • Pathfinder Adventure: Rise of the Runelords
  • Roll for the Galaxy
  • Secret Hitler
  • Smash Up
  • Stone Age
  • The Others
  • Ticket to Ride: Europe (high interest)
  • Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia (high interest)
  • Ticket to Ride USA 1910 Expansion (high interest)
  • Zombicide: Black Plague
  • Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue
Thank you!
Tofu Vic

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I personally love several of the games on your list! I have played and enjoyed Pandemic, Salad Bowl,Cards Against Humanity, All versions of Catan, and Monopoly as well as Taboo and Charades.

I know you are looking for suggestions, but I am glad you posted these, and I will be following to see what others suggest as well Smilie
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