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11th Feb '17 5:34:32 PM Xtifr
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For a brief overview, there are four general categories of board games: Abstracts like chess; Party Games, which have a penchant for randomness and fun over hard strategy; [[WarGaming Wargames]], which typically feature maps full of troops duking it out at varying levels of realism, and {{Eurogame}}s, which focus on gaining victory points through economic competition over game resources rather than direct combat (the most famous of these is "The Settlers of Catan" - the Germans have a particular love of these and they can sometimes be called "German Games"). A fifth category not well known outside of Boardgaming circles is "Ameritrash" which focuses on the theme of the game and aggressive gameplay which mixes strategy and luck. (Named as a contrast to Eurogames which are perceived as very skill-based). It should be said that AmeritrashGames aren't always made in or are exclusive to America - games such as the Avalon Hill line of board games for many years reached international audiences but were cut from the shortlist of games to preserve in print because of Hasbro's MoneyDearBoy. Many games float among these categories.

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For a brief overview, there are four general categories of board games: Abstracts like chess; Party Games, which have a penchant for randomness and fun over hard strategy; [[WarGaming Wargames]], which typically feature maps full of troops duking it out at varying levels of realism, and {{Eurogame}}s, which focus on gaining victory points through economic competition over game resources rather than direct combat (the most famous of these is "The Settlers of Catan" - the Germans have a particular love of these and they can sometimes be called "German Games"). A fifth category not well known outside of Boardgaming circles is "Ameritrash" which focuses on the theme of the game and aggressive gameplay which mixes strategy and luck. (Named as a contrast to Eurogames which are perceived as very skill-based). It should be said that AmeritrashGames aren't always made in or are exclusive to America - games such as the Avalon Hill Creator/AvalonHill line of board games for many years reached international audiences but were cut from the shortlist of games to preserve in print because of Hasbro's MoneyDearBoy. Many games float among these categories.
21st Jan '17 2:57:36 PM Xtifr
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Recently, WilWheaton has promoted the board game hobby with his [[WebVideo/{{Tabletop}} web series]], [[http://tabletop.geekandsundry.com/ Tabletop]], where he and several 'geek celebrities' play a variety of board games. Additionally, webcomics like [[http://www.dorktower.com/ Dork Tower]] and [[http://overboard-comic.com/ Going OverBoard]] detail the adventures of your average Board Game Geeks.

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Recently, WilWheaton Creator/WilWheaton has promoted been promoting the board game hobby with his [[WebVideo/{{Tabletop}} web series]], [[http://tabletop.geekandsundry.com/ Tabletop]], series, ''Series/TableTop'', where he and several 'geek celebrities' play a variety of board games. Additionally, webcomics like [[http://www.dorktower.com/ Dork Tower]] ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' and [[http://overboard-comic.''[[http://overboard-comic.com/ Going OverBoard]] OverBoard]]'' detail the adventures of your average Board Game Geeks.
31st Dec '16 10:46:47 AM tracer
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* TabletopGame/{{Battleship}}: Naval warfare game originally created for pencil and paper play, but successfully adapted into a commercial form by Milton Bradley. If characters are seen playing this, it usually indicates they've had ''way'' too much idle time to kill. Due to the deeply embedded memories of MB's marketing campaigns, nobody ''ever'' is depicted destroying a cruiser or carrier, but within 3 turns one player ''will'' finally announce "You sank my battleship!" This is more often than not done ironically, or with a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] on it, at least recently. It received a loose (and rather unsuccessful) film adaption in 2012.

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* TabletopGame/{{Battleship}}: Naval warfare game originally created for pencil and paper play, but successfully adapted into a commercial form by Milton Bradley. If characters are seen playing this, it usually indicates they've had ''way'' too much idle time to kill. Due to the deeply embedded memories of MB's marketing campaigns, nobody ''ever'' is depicted destroying a cruiser or carrier, but within 3 turns one player ''will'' finally announce "You sank my battleship!" This is more often than not done ironically, or with a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] on it, at least recently. It received a loose (and rather unsuccessful) [[Film/{{Battleship}} film adaption adaption]] in 2012.
31st Dec '16 10:44:41 AM tracer
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* Pachisi (and relations like Ludo and Sorry): A series of games, originally from India, that involves racing pieces around a track and trying to be the first to get all of them to a home space.

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* Pachisi (and relations like Ludo Ludo, Parcheesi, and Sorry): A series of games, originally from India, that involves racing pieces around a track and trying to be the first to get all of them to a home space.
18th Nov '16 3:53:48 AM Bagpiper
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* TabletopGame/{{Backgammon}}: Not as popular a game anymore; the goal is to move your pieces into your own "home board" while doing everything possible to stop or outrun your opponent. Many of the higher-quality kits have boards that close and latch like a briefcase (with handle) for easy transport.

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* TabletopGame/{{Backgammon}}: Not as popular a Possibly the most ancient game anymore; in existence that it still widely played, though waning in popularity; the goal is to move your pieces into your own "home board" while doing everything possible to stop or outrun your opponent. Many of the higher-quality kits have boards that close and latch like a briefcase (with handle) for easy transport.



* TabletopGame/CandyLand: The stock example of a childish game. Children are enthralled by the [[SugarBowl colorful world]], while anyone over the age of 10 will only play in order to spend time with someone under the age of 10. This treatment is very much TruthInTelevision: Candy Land is totally unaffected by any player choice nor is the flow of the game at all suitable for gambling.

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* TabletopGame/CandyLand: The stock example of a childish game. Children are enthralled by the [[SugarBowl colorful world]], while anyone over the age of 10 will only play in order to spend time with someone under the age of 10. This treatment is very much TruthInTelevision: Candy Land is totally unaffected by any player choice nor is choice, but the flow of the game is not at all suitable for gambling.



* TabletopGame/{{Checkers}}[[/index]] (also known as Draughts): The archetypical game of casual minds; e.g., young children and leisurely seniors. While definitely a simpler game than chess, checkers may be treated as if it were barely above the level of tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses). Extra bathos points for a character using a chess set and board to play checkers. Almost invariably, one character will be looking supremely confident until the other player reaches out and ''click-click-click-click-click'' takes most of their pieces in a single move, often with a smug "King me!" at the end when they make it to the last row (even though they made backwards jumps that would be illegal if the piece were not ''already'' a king.

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* TabletopGame/{{Checkers}}[[/index]] (also known as Draughts): Draughts in some areas): The archetypical game of casual minds; e.g., young children and leisurely seniors. While definitely a simpler game than chess, checkers may be treated as if it were barely above the level of tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses). Extra bathos points for a character using a chess set and board to play checkers. Almost invariably, one character will be looking supremely confident until the other player reaches out and ''click-click-click-click-click'' takes most of their pieces in a single move, often with a smug "King me!" at the end when they make it to the last row (even though they made backwards jumps that would be illegal if the piece were not ''already'' a king.



* TabletopGame/TwilightImperium: A space board/tabletop game that incorporates not just war strategy, but politics and trade as well.
* TabletopGame/TwilightStruggle: A popular card-driven board game about the Cold War.

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* TabletopGame/TwilightImperium: A An incredibly in-depth {{doorstopper}} of a board game with a space board/tabletop game opera theme that incorporates not just war strategy, but politics and trade as well.
well. Combat is treated as a means to an end rather than always being a path to victory in itself. Games can last several hours.
* TabletopGame/TwilightStruggle: A popular two-player, card-driven board Cold War strategy game about the Cold War.built around a mechanic of crisis aversion; it's notable for being a war game that doesn't involve any actual combat (save abstracted military coups).
18th Nov '16 3:29:23 AM Bagpiper
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* TabletopGame/{{Cribbage}}: A rare combination of a card game and a board game, players advance pegs on a peg board to race to the end of a track based on rounds of card play. Utterly incomprehensible to the uninitiated, but undeniably popular.

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* TabletopGame/{{Cribbage}}: A rare combination of a traditional card game and a board game, players advance pegs on a peg board to race to the end of a track based on rounds of card play. Utterly incomprehensible to the uninitiated, but undeniably popular.
3rd Oct '16 12:20:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* TabletopGame/SmallWorld: A {{Risk}}-like world conquest game with fantasy flavor and an emphasis on individual racial powers in combat over dice rolling.

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* TabletopGame/SmallWorld: A {{Risk}}-like TabletopGame/{{Risk}}-like world conquest game with fantasy flavor and an emphasis on individual racial powers in combat over dice rolling.
1st Aug '16 8:45:42 AM Morgenthaler
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[Film/WarGames Or how about a nice game of]] ''TabletopGame/{{Chess}}''?[[note]]From top to bottom: ''TabletopGame/{{Risk}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Go}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Battleship}}'']]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[Film/WarGames Or how about a nice game of]] ''TabletopGame/{{Chess}}''?[[note]]From top to bottom: ''TabletopGame/{{Risk}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Go}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Battleship}}'']]-]
''TabletopGame/{{Battleship}}''[[/note]]]]-]
23rd Jul '16 12:44:16 AM Mikeyfan93
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* TabletopGame/{{Icehouse}}: A boardless board game played with pyramidal pieces pointing at each other. Something like a cross between Go and vector arithmetic; more than four hundred games using the pyramidal pieces are listed on one site alone [[http://www.icehousegames.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page here]]. [[note]]And created by Andrew Looney, inventor of TabletopGame/{{Fluxx}}.[[/note]]

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* TabletopGame/{{Icehouse}}: A boardless board game played with pyramidal pieces pointing at each other. Something like a cross between Go and vector arithmetic; more than four hundred games using the pyramidal pieces are listed on one site alone [[http://www.icehousegames.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page here]]. [[note]]And created by Andrew Looney, inventor of TabletopGame/{{Fluxx}}.[[/note]]
12th Jul '16 11:13:51 PM Koveras
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* TabletopGame/{{Yahtzee}}: Where players roll five dice, trying to get as many matching numbers as possible. If they succeed in getting all five to match they get a "Yahtzee" and a large point bonus. Bonuses are also awarded for poker hand-esque combinations, such as a pair of twos and three threes making a full house. Another variation of TabletopGame/{{Yahtzee}} was also released as it was made only for girls (known as Yahtzee Pink Edition).

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* TabletopGame/{{Yahtzee}}: Where players roll five dice, UsefulNotes/{{dice}}, trying to get as many matching numbers as possible. If they succeed in getting all five to match they get a "Yahtzee" and a large point bonus. Bonuses are also awarded for poker hand-esque combinations, such as a pair of twos and three threes making a full house. Another variation of TabletopGame/{{Yahtzee}} was also released as it was made only for girls (known as Yahtzee Pink Edition).
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