- Basari/Edel, Stein & Reich
- Oltremare - Merchants of Venice
- Settlers of Catan (and all the various permutations)
- Traders of Genoa, The
For comparison, the top five games from 2002:
The Apples Pickers were asked about a couple of preferences:
- They overwhelmingly preferred playing "vanilla" Settlers over any other version (both Seafarers & the Historical Boxes received votes).
- There is a very slight preference for Edel, Stein & Reich over the original Basari... the games are not identical but are very similar.
And, yes, this time around (2006) The Traders of Genoa ended up on this list... and still managed to make it into the top 6. Impressive.