Here's a list of the top twenty games as played by the readers of Sumo magazine. For the last few years, Sumo's readers have been sending in lists of games that they've played more than five to ten times. I've compiled them and weighted the games according to whether they were played 5+ or 10+ times. I think this is a pretty good indication of how good the game is, though it might favor short games over longer games (though maybe not--look at Civilization and 1830). Anyway, here's the list. Enjoy!
Note: I kept the scores of the 18xx games separate--otherwise, 18xx would definitely have been in the number one spot.
1) Acquire 2) Sechs Tag Rennen 3) Formel Eins/Daytona 500 (but count also included Formula One votes - ed.) 4) Risk 5) Hare and Tortoise 6) Railway Rivals 7) 1830 Adel Verplichtet 8) Civilization Diplomacy Speed Circuit 9) Hols der Geier 10) Liar's Dice 11) Family Business 12) Junta 13) Kremlin 14) Clue/Cluedo Win, Place and Show 15) Shark 16) Der Ausreisser Metric Mile 17) Heimlich and Co. 18) Borsenspiel Monopoly 19) Statis Pro Football 20) Britannia Cosmic Encounter Karriere Poker Sherlock Holmes Card Game
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