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. Chocolate Factory
  13. Dice Hospital
  14. Flash Point: Fire Rescue
  15. Catan
  16. Poker (Texas Hold'Em, Ricochet)
  17. The Crew
  18. Fort
  19. Inis
  20. Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
  21. Burgle Bros. (solo only)
  22. 7 Wonders
  23. Viticulture: Essential Edition
  24. Ninety-Nine (the trick-taking game)
  25. Ghost Stories (solo only)
  26. Irish Gauge
  27. Targi
  28. Stone Age
  29. Le Havre: The Inland Port
  30. Charterstone
  31. Race for the Galaxy
  32. Mission: Red Planet
  33. Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (solo only)
  34. Betrayal at House on the Hill
  35. Hive
  36. 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. Agricola
  16. Gaia Project
  17. Terra Mystica
  18. In the Year of the Dragon
  19. Lewis and Clark: The Expedition
  20. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
  21. Power Grid
  22. Village
  23. Concordia
  24. Keyflower
  25. Scythe
  26. At the Gates of Loyang (solo only)
  27. Twilight Struggle
  28. Kingdom Death: Monster (incomplete)
  29. Chess
  30. Bridge
  31. Go

Total: 28 + 40 + 36 + 31 = 135

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).