Kevin Sun

Rankings: Board Games

Disclaimers: There are many games that I've only played a few times (or even just once) (especially the ones I've ranked lower), so my opinion of them isn't based on a ton of experience. Also, for some games, I've only played a knockoff version (see below).

Light (roughly BGG weight 0 - 1.3)

  1. Hedbanz
  2. Can't Stop - Best played digitally.
  3. Diamant / Incan Gold
  4. A Fake Artist Goes to New York
  5. Werewords
  6. Kemps
  7. Wits & Wagers Party
  8. Kingdomino
  9. Wink
  10. Buttons
  11. The Mind
  12. Skull
  13. Telestrations
  14. L.L.A.M.A.
  15. Wavelength
  16. Ninety-Nine (the "adding" game)
  17. Sushi Go!
  18. 6 nimmt!
  19. Spyfall
  20. Exploding Kittens
  21. No Thanks!
  22. For Sale
  23. UNO
  24. Love Letter
  25. Paper Soccer
  26. Cards Against Humanity
  27. Sleeping Queens
  28. When I Dream

Medium-Light (1.3 - 2)

  1. Coup
  2. Hanabi - This is my most-played game, by far. Best played digitally.
  3. The Resistance: Avalon
  4. Just One
  5. Codenames and (Duet)
  6. Jaipur
  7. Patchwork
  8. Downforce
  9. Dice Forge
  10. King of Tokyo
  11. Two Rooms and a Boom
  12. Gin Rummy
  13. Magic Maze
  14. Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
  15. Splendor
  16. Marshmallow Test
  17. Snatch
  18. Blokus
  19. Colt Express
  20. Carcassonne
  21. Paperback
  22. Secret Hitler
  23. Hey, That's My Fish!
  24. Eruption
  25. Bananagrams
  26. Onirim
  27. Lost Cities
  28. Celestia
  29. Hanamikoji
  30. Mint Works
  31. Monopoly
  32. Tokaido
  33. Ticket to Ride
  34. Dou Dizhu
  35. Tuo La Ji - I think this game is almost as heavy as Bridge (~3.86).
  36. Mysterium
  37. Werewolf / Mafia
  38. Munchkin
  39. Cribbage
  40. One Night Ultimate Werewolf

Medium (2 - 3)

  1. Forbidden Desert
  2. Istanbul
  3. Lords of Vegas
  4. Exit: The Game
  5. Quantum
  6. Small World
  7. Res Arcana
  8. Dominion
  9. Chinatown
  10. Modern Art
  11. Pandemic
  12. Flash Point: Fire Rescue
  13. Catan
  14. Poker (Texas Hold'Em, Ricochet)
  15. The Crew
  16. Fort
  17. Inis
  18. Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
  19. Burgle Bros. (solo only)
  20. 7 Wonders
  21. Viticulture: Essential Edition
  22. Ninety-Nine (the trick-taking game)
  23. Ghost Stories (solo only)
  24. Irish Gauge
  25. Targi
  26. Stone Age
  27. Le Havre: The Inland Port
  28. Charterstone
  29. Race for the Galaxy
  30. Mission: Red Planet
  31. Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (solo only)
  32. Betrayal at House on the Hill
  33. Hive
  34. Smash Up

Medium-Heavy / Heavy (3 - 5)

  1. Brass: Lancashire
  2. Caylus
  3. Yokohama
  4. Troyes
  5. Russian Railroads
  6. Marco Polo II
  7. Food Chain Magnate
  8. Puerto Rico
  9. Spirit Island
  10. Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
  11. Root
  12. Argent: The Consortium
  13. City of the Big Shoulders
  14. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
  15. Gaia Project
  16. Terra Mystica
  17. In the Year of the Dragon
  18. Lewis and Clark: The Expedition
  19. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
  20. Power Grid
  21. Village
  22. Concordia
  23. Keyflower
  24. Scythe
  25. At the Gates of Loyang (solo only)
  26. Twilight Struggle
  27. Kingdom Death: Monster (incomplete)
  28. Chess
  29. Bridge
  30. Go

Total: 28 + 40 + 34 + 30 = 132

Interested in (definitely not exhaustive): Captain Sonar, Dead Last, Femtitvå, Great Western Trail, Lifeboats, Le Havre, Magical Athlete, Mechs vs. Minions, Smartphone Inc.

More on knockoffs: Many lighter games can be played with just a standard deck of cards, some paper, and a pen (e.g., see here, here, here). There's also a huge list of card games on Pagat, and some "minimalist card decks" (e.g., here).