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Derek Carvers' Top Ten

Of course, with so many splendid games, the difference between their respective merits is often marginal.  Anyway, these are the games that I always look forward to playing and/or have had their good share of table-time.

In alphabetical order:
DIE MACHER (but we play a hybrid version of the first and second editions)
I pondered long over NEULAND, which I consider a perfect game.  However, it is now probably better known in a revised version that has destroyed its original elegant concept.  So I wouldn't wish to get the two versions confused.
I also accept that LINES OF ACTION was originally a set of rules in a book to be played on a draughtboard with a standard set of draughts.  However, it was later published as a stand-alone game (L.O.A) by Hexagames.

Dominant Species Dominant Species
From awarding winning war game designer Chad Jensen, 'Dominant Species' sets players against each playing a species trying to evolve and prosper before the Ice age comes.
Power Grid Recharged (2nd Edition Core Set) Power Grid Recharged (2nd Edition Core Set)
Power Grid Recharged has all the strategy and fun of the classic first edition, but adds some updates that improve the (already great) gameplay. Buy power stations at auction, purchase the raw materials to fire you stations from a fluctuating market, connect cities to your grid. An incredibly absorbing and tense game - the definitive economic game?
Power Grid: Fabled Expansion Power Grid: Fabled Expansion
Power Grid: Fabled Expansion offers completely new experiences for both the Power Grid and Power Grid deluxe base games through the new Fable Game system introduced in Fabled Fruit.
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Released in 2002 Puerto Rico had a five-year run as the highest ranking game at BoardGameGeek - it is the finest example of the Euro Game.
Puerto Rico Deluxe Puerto Rico Deluxe
A Deluxe edition of the classic Puerto Rico board game.
Puerto Rico Deluxe (Bashed Box) Puerto Rico Deluxe (Bashed Box)
A Deluxe edition of the classic Puerto Rico board game.
Tichu Tichu
Derived from an ancient Chinese game first played by westerners in 1979 Tichu is an incredibly gripping team card game