I’m lazy, so here is my top 6.
#6 One Night Ultimate Werewolf. I love lieing my friends in their faces! I’ve had so many fun times with this. Our group loves hidden roles, bluffing, be-a-cock games, and ONUW rules them all.
#5 Smallworld. This was the first “new” board game that the cat (me) dragged in after watching Wil Weaton on Tabletop. The artwork is beautiful, the rules are simple and there’s so many possibilities thanks to the different combinations of races and abilities. It does not hit the table very often, but it nevertheless has a special place in my heart.
#4 K2+Broad Peak. There’s something very satisfying in blocking people from getting into their tents, then stepping over their cold bodies later. And in the game.
#3 Pandemic. This is one brilliant piece of cooperative game design. I don’t think there’s much to say, except that it is so amazing to introduce new people to this game, holding out, not telling them about the epidemic cards until the first appears and then watch as they realize that they will start reinfecting cities.
#2 Archipelago. This has to be, hands down, the most gorgeous game created. Apart from being so beautiful to look at, it…kinda plays like riding a bike that holds together with string. The different mechanics are kinda creaking and you’d expect it to fall apart every second, but somehow it holds together. I think it is very group dependent, but all I have played it with have had a bloody awesome time. I love the smell of pineapples in the morning.
#1 Twilight Motherf*xin’ Imperium 3. I love this game to death. Played it for the first time last autumn, and have gotten it to the table 3 times (6, 5 and 5 player games), and a new evening with 8 players is coming up. It is so ridiculously epic. I’ve had more than a few dreams about TI3. There is nothing more satisfying than getting a few friends together to pummel eachother in outer space for 12 hours straight. This is the game I will take with me to the grave.