Board Games, Tabletop Games

How Many Games from the BGG Top 100 Do You Own?

BoardGameGeek maintains a massive database of board games, expansions and accessories.  As part of the community aspect of the site, users are encouraged to rate the games they play and own.  From these rating, games are given a score and can be placed in order.  The first hundred games in this list are generally held in quite a high regard by a lot of gamers.  It’s a good place to look for shopping ideas as well, as you know that these are games that have really appealed to people.  Arguably the cult of the new has a big influence on the list, especially recently, but it’s been interesting to watch how the list has changed over the past couple of years.

So, with that said, what about my own collection?  How many of these games appear on my shelves?  I’m not overly surprised by the number of these titles that appear in my own collection, but I’m quite disappointed in the number I own but have not played.  Here is the key I will be using as I colour-code the list, along with the number of items on the list that fall into that category:

  • Owned and played (27).
  • Owned but not played (13).
  • Played but don’t own (3).
  • Want to try (9).

The numbers in brackets below give the year that the game was released.  Let’s take a look at the full list at the time of writing:

  1. Gloomhaven (2017)
  2. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015)
  3. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (2015)
  4. Twilight Struggle (2005)
  5. Terraforming Mars (2016)
  6. Star Wars: Rebellion (2016)
  7. Terra Mystica (2012)
  8. Scythe (2016)
  9. 7 Wonders Duel (2015)
  10. Great Western Trail (2016)
  11. The Castles of Burgundy (2011)
  12. War of the Ring (Second Edition) (2012)
  13. Caverna: The Cave Farmers (2013)
  14. Puerto Rico (2002)
  15. Agricola (2007)
  16. Mage Knight Board Game (2011)
  17. Blood Rage (2015)
  18. Arkham Horror: The Card Game (2016)
  19. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition (2016)
  20. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization (2006)
  21. Mechs vs. Minions (2016)
  22. Viticulture Essential Edition (2015)
  23. Star Wars: Imperial Assault (2014)
  24. Concordia (2013)
  25. Orléans (2014)
  26. Power Grid (2004)
  27. Eclipse (2011)
  28. Food Chain Magnate (2015)
  29. A Feast for Odin (2016)
  30. Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island (2012)
  31. Brass: Lancashire (2007)
  32. Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar (2012)
  33. Le Havre (2008)
  34. Android: Netrunner (2012)
  35. Kingdom Death: Monster (2015)
  36. The Voyages of Marco Polo (2015)
  37. The 7th Continent (2017)
  38. Codenames (2015)
  39. Keyflower (2012)
  40. 7 Wonders (2010)
  41. T.I.M.E Stories (2015)
  42. Caylus (2005)
  43. Eldritch Horror (2013)
  44. Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) (2005)
  45. Race for the Galaxy (2007)
  46. Lords of Waterdeep (2012)
  47. Dominant Species (2010)
  48. Five Tribes (2014)
  49. El Grande (1995)
  50. Patchwork (2014)
  51. Fields of Arle (2014)
  52. Roll for the Galaxy (2014)
  53. Dominion: Intrigue (2009)
  54. Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure (2016)
  55. Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game (2014)
  56. Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game (2012)
  57. Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (2008)
  58. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (2017)
  59. Gaia Project (2017)
  60. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases (1981)
  61. Mombasa (2015)
  62. Russian Railroads (2013)
  63. Trajan (2011)
  64. Troyes (2010)
  65. Dominion (2008)
  66. Tigris & Euphrates (1997)
  67. Pandemic (2008)
  68. Santorini (2016)
  69. The Gallerist (2015)
  70. Crokinole (1876)
  71. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) (2012)
  72. Kemet (2012)
  73. Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2014)
  74. War of the Ring (first edition) (2004)
  75. Stone Age (2008)
  76. Clans of Caledonia (2017)
  77. Alchemists (2014)
  78. The Resistance: Avalon (2012)
  79. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) (2011)
  80. Forbidden Stars (2015)
  81. Arcadia Quest (2014)
  82. Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game (2014)
  83. Star Realms (2014)
  84. Ora et Labora (2011)
  85. Suburbia (2012)
  86. Nations (2013)
  87. Ticket to Ride: Europe (2005)
  88. Chaos in the Old World (2009)
  89. Commands & Colors: Ancients (2006)
  90. Istanbul (2014)
  91. Railways of the World (2005)
  92. Paths of Glory (2004)
  93. Anachrony (2017)
  94. Captain Sonar (2016)
  95. Pandemic Iberia (2016)
  96. Cosmic Encounter (2011)
  97. Combat Commander: Europe (2006)
  98. Azul (2017)
  99. Goa (2004)
  100. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game (2011)

As I mentioned above, there are too many games there that I own but have not played.  These titles need to be a priority to get to the table this year; after all, the games don’t get any better sitting on the shelf.

Size of the collection is also something that I think can be too big a focus on BGG, whilst it’s really not an important factor in the enjoyment of the hobby.  It’s important that you have good games that you play and enjoy, rather than just focusing on the acquisition.  I’ve been guilty of this folly in the past, but I’m trying to get better and I intend to catch up on unplayed games, rather than adding more and more to my already overflowing shelves.

What about you, how many of these do you own?  How many have you played?  Which games have you not tried, but would like to?

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1 thought on “How Many Games from the BGG Top 100 Do You Own?”

  1. Nice post! While you are correct that games don’t get better sitting on a shelf, according to the logic of the “cult of the new” all those resting games are actually getting worse with each passing minute! Hilarious huh! Anyway, your advise to gamers to play games they like and enjoy rather than chasing the BGG list is sound.

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