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Title: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 10:59:43 AM
Hey all, and welcome to our latest list of crap- the forum's top tabletop games! So sit back and relax as we travel through this list of the top games that folks here like to play with friends and enemies.

A quick note first- today, July 27, is Gygax Day, a day that celebrates the life of E. Gary Gygax, the creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game, as well as celebrating the enjoyment of the gaming hobby. No, I hadn't planned specifically for the list to begin today.  It's just a neat coincidence.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:00:14 AM
Claiming the second post so that I can stick the completed list here later.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:09:18 AM
But first, I babble!

Before we get started, I must take a moment to discuss what is truly important in a game. Is it how fun the game is? No. It the strategic depth of the game? Nah. Is it how cool the pieces are? Nope. Is it how many times you get to use the word "wood" while playing it? No, of course not. There are two things of vital importance when talking about games.

Important thing #1:
There are many ways to randomize results in a game. You can spin a wheel or draw a card or race rats with numbers painted on them. But to me the coolest method by far to get a random result is to roll a die.

Why? Because dice are the pinnacle of human invention.  It's true. Look it up.

Anyway, as I am obsessed with dice, throughout the list, we'll be paying attention to our first important question:

How many dice does this game use?

And you get bonus points if you use polyhedral dice rather than just six siders.



Important Thing #2:
When you play a lot of board games, you begin to notice something. Game manufacturers are rather fond of certain colors. Pick up a new board game, open it up and look at the pieces. Nine times out of ten, you'll see pieces in the same basic four colors: red, blue, green and yellow. Sometimes games get a bit avant garde and add black and white to their repertoire. But we all have our favorite colors, and mine tend to hang out in the part of the color wheel often ignored by game makers. So in this list, we'll also be paying attention to this important question:

Are purple and orange used in the game?

Because purple is cool. And orange is, well, orangey.

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:11:35 AM
And let's start off with an entry which didn't qualify, but I'm listing it because it got a good number of votes, but everyone who voted for it ranked it, well, you'll see.

Oh, and a heads up- I got a bit chatty when writing a lot of these up.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:18:02 AM
# DNQ: Kill Doctor Lucky

(http://paizo.com/image/product/catalog/PZO/PZO5501_500.jpeg)
3 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#25 by Compound, Asbestos Bill, Gojikranz )

Publication Date: 1996

Number of Players: 3-7

Designed by: James Ernest

Publisher: Cheapass Games/ Pazio Publishing

Description:
Welcome to the J. Robert Lucky Mansion, a rambling country estate seven miles north of nowhere. It’s a stormy midsummer’s evening, ten seconds after mid¬night. And someone’s just shut off the lights.

You have hated Doctor Lucky for as long as you can remember, and you’ve been secretly awaiting this per¬fect chance to take the old man out. Maybe he destroyed your dry cleaning business; maybe you think he’s the king of the vampires. Perhaps he’s the only person standing between you and the family fortune. Or maybe his cat just keeps peeing in your shrubs. Whatever your reason, it’s good enough to push you over the edge. And now you absolutely can’t wait to put the old bastard away.

And, though you don’t know it, everyone else in the house wants to kill him too.

Kill Doctor Lucky is an inversion of the popular mystery type games where you rush around a building attempting to discover who offed the poor old guy this time. Except in this case, well, it's you trying to kill the old scumbag. 

KDL is a rather backstabby game where the only thing keeping you from killing the good Doctor are the other players who can either stop you by simply being around to keep an eye on the old coot or, even worse, by using their own cards to keep your righteous fury from being completed. And as the game continues, it becomes easier and easier to kill the old guys. So eventually, someone will Kill Doctor Lucky.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Well, by Killing Doctor Lucky. Duh.

Fun Gaming Facts:
The first edition of Kill Doctor Lucky simply gave you the rules, map and cards. It was up to you to find pieces for it. As a result, pretty much every version looked different. Some folks used fancy miniatures for the players and the Doctor, while others just used pennies. These days though, it's all nice and pre-printed, so you never have to ask "Hey, is the Doctor the He-Man figure or the old ink cartridge?"

And a few years back a popular rule was added to the game which added Doctor Lucky's little dog. Who you also have to murder. Look at you. You killed a dog. Are you proud of yourself? Hrmph. Maybe our next game should be "Kill Doctor You."

Dice:
None. That heathen James Ernest resolves everything with cards. Cards. It's like we're back in the stone age.

Purple and Orange?:
Back in the Cheapass days, tokens could be any color, including multiple hues of the glorious colors that are purple and orange. Or they could be pennies.

But the modern version has just standup tokens, two of whom have purple and orange backgrounds, despite their non-purpange clothing.  So, that's a yes!

Awards & Stuff:
1997 Origins Awards Winner, Best Abstract Board Game.
1997 GAMES Magazine's GAMES 100 Winner.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
In 2000, Cheapass published Save Doctor Lucky, where you need to save the good doctor while the ship he's on slowly sinks into an icy abyss.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $25.86 (http://www.amazon.com/Paizo-Publishing-PZO-5501-Doctor/dp/1601252455/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343355522&sr=8-1&keywords=kill+doctor+lucky) Or hey, you can get it from the designer himself (http://www.cheapass.com/freegames/kdl) and then just send him a few bucks.

Next Turn:
The actual list! And Entomophobics? You might want to skip ahead to #50.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:23:21 AM
# 50: Hive
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZXc5dJReL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
24 Points (On 1 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Asbestos Bill)

Publication Date: 2001
 
Number of Players: 2
 
Designed by: John Yianni
 
Publisher: G3/Gen Four Two/ Others
 
Description:
A strategic tile based game where each player has a number of tiles that represent bugs trying to surround the opponent's queen while keeping their own queen safe.
 
Hey, How Do I Win This?
By isolating the opponent's queen with your army of icky little bugs.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
Two expansions to the game exist, one adding mosquitoes and the other adding the evil ladybugs.
 
Oh, and hey. A version of the game for the iPhone. (http://itunes.apple.com/app/hive/id493894488?ign-mpt=uo%3D4)
 
Dice:
Pshaw. No. Dice, despite the awesome bugsquishing abilities of the d30 and various metal dice, have no use in this completely tile based game.
 
Purple and Orange?:
Halfsies. While the glory that is purple is represented by the Beetle tiles, orange apparently has no place in the world of bugs.
 
Awards & Stuff:
2006 Mensa Select (http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Mensa_Select) Winner.
Dr. Toy. Smart Play Smart Toy Product of Ecellence
Spiele Hits for Two - Spiele Academie
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
None!
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Well, there's SPI's old "Rescue from the Hive" where a group of space marines need to rescue a princess, er, diplomat's daughter, from a hive full of space bugs. Which doesn't quite fit how the game is played, but hey! Space bugs!
 
There's actually a rather large number of games where groups of bugs try to kill each other. X-Bugs, Chitin: I, Cootie (I'm pretty sure the rules there were 1) build a bug 2) throw it at your sister. At least that's how we played it.) or where players try to kill the icky things.
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $24.50 (http://www.amazon.com/Gen42-Games-5513656-Hive-Original/dp/B000EN5ZLW/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343359774&sr=1-1&keywords=hive)
 
Next Turn:
Wordmaking! To the extreeeeme!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:28:28 AM
# 49: Upwords
(http://i2.listal.com/image/1613/600full-upwords-screenshot.jpg)
24 Points (On 1 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Mrs. Dick Courier)

Publication Date: 1981
 
Number of Players: 2-4
 
Designed by: Elliot Rudell
 
Publisher: Milton Bradley/ Hasbro
 
Description:
Multiple players try to construct words using tiles that they have in their hands, scoring points for longer words and if it's a flat word or a stacked one. Along the way, players may stack additional tiles vertically onto previously played words.
 
Recently, Hasbro rebranded the game with the name of another popular word-based game. Wordwang Upwords, IIRC.
 
Hey, How Do I Win This?
Points! Whomever ends the game with the most points wins!
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
Recent versions of Upwords have larger grids (10x10 as opposed to the original game's 8x8 grid) and also contain number tiles for use in Sudoku puzzles.
 
And in some unknown country, the game is titled Intelect Up & Down, which I suppose is an improvement over Crucimaster.
 
Dice:
None. Apparently your little letter game doesn't need to randomize numbers.  Whatever.
 
Purple and Orange?:
No. Boring old white tiles with black text. Lame.
 
Awards & Stuff:
None.
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Surprisingly, the only other word based game out there is Bookworm Adventures, which is sadly a computer game and thus can't be mentioned on this list.
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $17.20 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4394-Scrabble-Upwords/dp/B001AAASY2/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343360721&sr=1-1&keywords=upwords)
 
Next Turn:
Our string of tile based games continue!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:34:30 AM
#48: Dominoes

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/Dominoes.jpg)
24 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by Tripe)
Publication Date: Approx 1500 AD

Number of Players: 2-10

Designed by: Unknown

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
A traditional tile game played in many different cultures around the world. Most western versions are based on trying to match pips on a domino with a domino in your own hand. So a tile with a 3 and 4 may be matched by any tile with either number on it. If no match is available, you draw a tile. Play proceeds until one player's hand is empty or until no player can make a play. At that point, the total of the pips in hand are counted and tallied. After a predetermined number of games, the person with the lowest point total wins.

Other variants allow you to accumulate score during the game, with the goal being getting the highest scores.  In the UK, for example, most games uses the "five and three" rules where your goal is to make lines which total multiples of five and three. (i.e. 15, 30, 45, etc.) And you need to get exactly 61 points to win. If you have too many points, you need to lose points, presumably by using negative value dominoes. Or maybe by hitting the wicket somehow.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Well, sometimes you need to get the most points. Other times you need to have less points than all the other players. And sometimes you just need to be the first one to not have any dominoes left.

Fun Gaming Facts:
While most domino games use the double six set of tiles, where the maximum total on any side of a tile is 6, there are also double 9 and double 12 sets. The double 12 sets provide much more building material for those inclined to just ignore the game and instead build stuff with the tiles, BTW.

Dominoes has no connection to either Claudine Auger nor Genesis. Sorry, Starman.

Dice:
None. While the design of a domino tile generally mimic the results of a roll of a pair of six sided dice (albeit a roll where sometimes you can't find one or both dice) it cruelly uses no dice of its own.

Purple and Orange?:
Sometimes. Traditional dominoes are black and white. However, in many versions the pips are colored for ease of seeing which ends match. See?

(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic320865_md.jpg)

And sometimes the manufacturers get artsy and just color the whole thing.

(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic187234_md.jpg)

A distinct lack of purple in that shot though.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:
Technically Jamaican Dominoes received a vote. It differs from traditional dominoes in that it's team based. Except when you're playing cut throat, in which case it isn't. Generally you need to win six games to win the whole shebang in cutthroat. In the team version though, sometimes you need to win six games in a row. Wow. Those Jamaicans have a lot of free time.

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $7.99 (http://www.amazon.com/Double-Professional-Dominoes-Spinner-Wooden/dp/B001VE30PQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343358268&sr=1-1&keywords=dominoes) for a double six set in a wood case.

Next Turn:
A distinct lack of tiles! And of understandable rules!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on July 27, 2012, 11:36:33 AM
Why didn't Kill Doctor Lucky qualify?
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Invader_quirk on July 27, 2012, 11:39:01 AM
# DNQ: Kill Doctor Lucky

(http://paizo.com/image/product/catalog/PZO/PZO5501_500.jpeg)
3 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#25 by Compound, Asbestos Bill, Gojikranz )

Dear lord, Cheapass Games has sold out! That's really disappointing to me. The three-dollar games that had you use pieces everybody has in their game closet was the way to go.

Quote
# 51: Hive
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZXc5dJReL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

24 Points (On 1 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#24 by Asbestos Bill)

Better than chess. I wish I had found the time to write up a list. This would have been way up there. I highly recommend it to anybody with a penchant for strategy. I think you probably meant to say it was #2 on Bill's list, though.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:41:07 AM
# 47: Euchre

(http://www.epchamber.com/Resources/Pictures/Euchre%20cards.jpg)
25 Points (On 1 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Cole Stratton)

Publication Date: 1848
 
Number of Players: 2-7
 
Designed by: Unknown
 
Publisher: Public Domain
 
Description:
Euchre is a trick taking card game. Although for two to seven players, Euchre is best with four playing as partners. This is a relatively simple bidding and trick-taking game and one of the best non-threatening partnership games.

A standard deck with everything removed but the 9-A of each suit is used. Players are dealt a five-card hand and the object is to win three of the five tricks. A card is turned up to determine trump, which can be either accepted or refused by each player in turn. If refused, another bidding round takes place in which each player is given the privilege of naming trump. The player fixing trump has the option of playing alone or with partner. (Playing alone increases the scores and penalties.)

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Er, plastics? Yeah, speaking as someone who played Squad Leader whose rulebook was larger than many phonebooks, I still find Euchre pretty incomprehensible.
 
Still easier to understand than cribbage though.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
Yes, the game is indeed named after its creator, Bob Uecker. He was 18 when he created the game.
 
Dice:
No, I'm pretty sure that it doesn't. Although with my knowledge of the rules, it might indeed use dice and live elephants for game play. If so, it would explain why we had the elephants back in the storeroom at the old game store.
 
Purple and Orange?:
Nope, unless you're using a really odd deck of cards.
 
Awards & Stuff:
None.
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
For other card games that completely confound me, just look at Fizzbin or Duel Monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh series. I'm pretty sure that Yugi just makes rules up while he's playing.
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!  $7.27  (http://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Euchre-Games-Playing-Cards/dp/B005LTPRRG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_t_1)
 
Next Turn:
Oh dear lord. More tiles.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:43:48 AM
Why didn't Kill Doctor Lucky qualify?

Well, despite 3 people voting for it, it only got 3 points. Technically it was ranked about #186. I just included it because so many people stuck it on on the very last slot on their lists.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:48:52 AM
# 46: Mahjong

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Majiang2.JPG/200px-Majiang2.JPG)
27 Points (On 2 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#6 by Tripe)
Publication Date: Maybe 500 BC, maybe 1850-75.

Number of Players: 4

Designed by: Unknown, but it might have been Confucious, or a Chinese Nobleman, or possibly Steve.

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
Mahjong is a game that originated in China, commonly played by four players (with some three-player variations found in Korea and Japan). Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance.

The game is played with a set of 136 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, although some regional variations use a different number of tiles. In most variations, each player begins by receiving thirteen tiles. In turn players draw and discard tiles until they complete a legal hand using the fourteenth drawn tile to form four groups (melds) and a pair (head). There are fairly standard rules about how a piece is drawn, stolen from another player and thus melded, the use of simples (numbered tiles) and honours (winds and dragons), the kinds of melds, and the order of dealing and play. However there are many regional variations in the rules; in addition, the scoring system and the minimum hand necessary to win varies significantly based on the local rules being used.

Generally, a player will draw a tile from a center wall and then discard another tile from their hand until a player has a quartet of three "melds" and  two "eyes." (Which are basically pairs.) They then get points or a payout, if the players are gambling.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Generally the play continues for 16 rounds. At the end of those rounds, the highest score wins.

Fun Gaming Facts:
The first Mah Jong sets to be sold in the US were sold by Abercrombie & Fitch. Huh.

In addition, the PRC banned Mahjong when they came to power in 1949 as it involved gambling. The ban was later lifted in 1985.

Dice:
No, it's ano... holy smokes! Yes! 3 six siders are rolled to determine who starts the game in many parts of the world! You could probably just draw a tile too, but who cares? It's dice! Wooooooo!!!!!

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_bAK6EsBXdwc/SFNCovTPvWI/AAAAAAAAAWc/1BcoLFR7f7o/s400/is4.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
Generally, no. Some tile sets will get awfully strange, but generally only the basic four colors plus black and white are used to color the tiles.

Awards & Stuff:
None in modern times, although Japanese Mahjong parlors make about 3 billion yen a year. I'm sure they stifle their tears with vast piles of money.

Related Games that Received Votes:
Hey dominoes is similar! Just like a cow is similar to a lizard since they both have four legs!

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $23.81 (http://www.amazon.com/CHH-Imports-Cantonese-Style-Mahjong/dp/B000BXFM1S/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343363454&sr=1-2&keywords=mahjong) With dice!

Next Turn:
Our trip through the orient continues!

No, it's not Tentacle Bento.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 11:54:28 AM
# 45: Chinese Checkers
(Aka Stern-Halma)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DJk%2BXU2kL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
28 Points (On 2 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#11 by C Jones)
Publication Date: 1893

Number of Players: 2-6

Designed by: Unknown. Once again, probably Steve.

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
Chinese checkers is a board game that can be played by two, three, four, or six people, playing individually or with partners. The game is a modern and simplified variation of Halma.
The objective is to be first to race one's pieces across the hexagram-shaped gameboard into "home"—the corner of the star opposite one's starting corner—using single-step moves or moves which jump over other pieces. Others keep playing to establish 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and last place finishers.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Er, you move all your pieces across the board to an opponent's starting area. Geez, it's like I don't even read my own descriptions when I ask questions.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Chinese checkers? Nothing to do with China. Germans made the game and were inspired by an earlier American game. The Germans take an interest in a board game. That's extremely uncharacteristic of them.

And who actually introduced the game to China? Japan.

Dice:
No. Just marbles, holes and sometimes pegs.

Purple and Orange?:
Generally, no. The four standard game colors plus black and white tend to be the most used. Othertimes random marbles are used. Every once in a while you'll see a purple or orange marble, but it's not standard.

Awards & Stuff:
None. Although I'm sure that Spiel des Jahres would have tossed one their way if they'd been around in the 1800s.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Component-wise, Marbles!  Otherwise, well, Halma. It's played like Chinese checkers, but the board is square, uses 2 or 4 players, and the pieces are generally traditional checkers. It also gets referred to in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy too.

Quote
EDDIE:
To counteract the restlessness caused by long stretches of deep space flight, the crew will occasionally like to let off steam by playing electronic ‘Halma’. Gee, would that be a great idea fellas? ‘Halma’, or spacebattles?

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $25.07 (http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Checkers-Made-in-USA/dp/B002VH00VY/ref=sr_1_sc_3?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343365003&sr=1-3-spell&keywords=chinese+ceckers) USA made too! 'cause buying Chinese Checkers made in China would be, well, odd.

Next Turn:
Our tie-ins with Hello Kitty begin!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on July 27, 2012, 12:00:16 PM
Related Games that Received Votes:
Technically Jamaican Dominoes received a vote. It differs from traditional dominoes in that it's team based. Except when you're playing cut throat, in which case it isn't. Generally you need to win six games to win the whole shebang in cutthroat. In the team version though, sometimes you need to win six games in a row. Wow. Those Jamaicans have a lot of free time.
And Ackee, and salt fish and Guinness with condensed milk, man I need to go to a Jamaican place soon, miss that food. :)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 12:01:35 PM
# 44: Trouble

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VS6W7RDGL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
32 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#12 by Cole Stratton)
Publication Date: 1965

Number of Players:

Designed by: Frank & Paul Kohner, Fred Kroll

Publisher: Milton Bradley/Hasbro

Description:
Trouble is a Parcheesi -esque game where you move pieces around a board while trying to land on others player's pieces, sending them back to "home" and avoiding being landed on yourself.

And it has the coolest dice rolling in any game. Ever.

Oh, just watch the commercial.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfznucMwNuU)

Hey, How Do I Win This?
By being the first player to get their four pieces all the way around the board.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Wow. You wouldn't think it, but there are a gajillion tie-in games to Trouble. The previously threatened Hello Kitty version:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kTPExVvUL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Star Wars:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ARQoqn-bL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Yeah, this is going to take up the whole page if I keep showing pictures, so I'll link instead. Smurfs (http://www.amazon.com/Smurfts-Pop-N-Race-Game/dp/B001APII1M/ref=sr_1_8?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343365126&sr=1-8&keywords=trouble), Cars 2  (http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Disney-Pixar-Cars-Edition/dp/B00433OUOM/ref=sr_1_7?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343365126&sr=1-7&keywords=trouble), Scooby Doo (http://www.amazon.com/Pressman-Scooby-Doo-Pop-Race/dp/B0011G9L2K/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343365126&sr=1-2&keywords=trouble), Dora the Explorer  (http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic1032658_md.jpg) (and a Diego version too, but I won't link to him. He knows why) and even  Glee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ).

And a pop-o-matic-type bubble was recently used in a kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2067825909/attacks-of-opportunity?ref=users) to allow disabled games to be able to roll dice.

Oh, and hey. Kirsten Dunst, back in 2006.
http://www.youtube.com/v/ids9ozA43Yo?version=3

Dice:
Oh yes! While it's trapped in a plastic bubble, unable to be touched by human hands, there are indeed 1 or 2 six sided dices popping along their merry way.

(http://www.mathwire.com/images/dice.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
No. Standard four boring colors. Except in the Hello Kitty version, which swaps in pink for red, because you can't have a Hello Kitty thing without the color Pink.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Double Trouble! Just like regular trouble, but with twice the dice popping goodness! Or Headache, which also uses the pop-o-matic bubble.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $14.40 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4658-S5-Trouble-Board/dp/B00000DMFN/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343365126&sr=1-1&keywords=trouble)

Next Turn:
...really? (shrug) Well, it's your list.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on July 27, 2012, 12:03:02 PM
# 47: Mahjong
Publication Date: Maybe 500 BC, maybe 1850-75.
The latter more likely than not.

Woo, love Mahjong, wish I could find an actual Mahjong app, not yet another bloody solitaire one.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 27, 2012, 12:08:23 PM
...really? (shrug) Well, it's your list.


Based on this, I'm guessing it's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: the Gathering.  Too many colons.

# 47: Mahjong

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Majiang2.JPG/200px-Majiang2.JPG)

Never played it but always wanted to.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 27, 2012, 12:09:08 PM
Only fourteen lists? That's a tad disappointing. I thought this topic would be more popular.  :-\
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 12:18:15 PM
# 43: Candy Land
 
(http://www.hasbro.com/games/en_US/candyland/images/generic/article/slides/candyland-1980s.jpg)
33 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Monty)

Publication Date: 1949
 
Number of Players: 2-4
 
Designed by: Eleanor Abbott
 
Publisher: Milton Bradley/ Hasbro
 
Description:
Race through the enchanted candy forest and be the first to reach the Candy Castle! You draw cards and then move to that colored space, or that site on the board!
 
Hey, How Do I Win This?
You reach the Candy Castle! It's just past the last purple space on the board.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
Candyland was created by a woman with polio to play with severely injured and mentally handicapped people.
 
Additionally, Candy Land was one of the subject of one of the first internet domain name disputes. Hasbro wished to acquire the site to promote the game, but at the time it was occupied by, shall we say, a site of a more... adult nature. Let's just saying that giving the licorice to Lolly had a different meaning on that site.
 
Dice:
Nope. Yeah, there are candy colored dice.
Candy corn & chocolate:
(http://lord-of-the-dice.de/chessex/food/candy%20corn.jpg) (http://lord-of-the-dice.de/chessex/food/chocolate.jpg)
 
But you don't use them in this.
 
Purple and Orange?:
Yes and no. While the board makes use of both colors, generally the pieces are the standard four. Meh. It's not the same.
 
Awards & Stuff:
According to Forbes, Candy Land was the most popular game of the 1940s.
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Well, there's ball in a cup, but that involves a great deal more strategy than Candy Land. Maybe batting around an empty styrofoam cup?
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $11.69 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-04700-Candy-Land/dp/B0000BYRUS/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343369188&sr=1-2&keywords=candy+land)
 
Next Turn:
The most propane related game on the list. Not counting Propane: The Game.
 
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 12:28:22 PM
# 42: Boggle
(http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080625225512/kingofthehill/images/c/c9/Peggy_the_Boggle_Champ.jpg)
34 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by Pak-Man)

Publication Date: 1972
 
Number of Players:1-8
 
Designed by: Bill Cooke & Alan Turoff
 
Publisher: Parker Brothers
 
Description:
Boggle is a dice rolling word game. 16 six sided dice, each with a letter on a side are rolled and players are given 3 minutes to construct as many words as possible using those letters. The lists are then compared, and words found by multiple players are removed. Each player then scores their remaining words are then scored by the number of letters in each word.
 
Hey, How Do I Win This?
Highest point totals win. Sometimes for a single game, sometimes for a series of games.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Wink Martindale used to host a televised game show based on Boggle.
 
A variation of Boggle exists that requires players to make words using only adjacent letters.
 
Hey! Wild Tangent has a version of Boggle! I'm sure some game stores in Syria also stock it, but I'd advise not heading to either location.
 
Dice:
Oh yes. They may not have numbers, but they are most certainly dice.
 
16 dice! (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3131/3148846939_6642704ee0_z.jpg)
 
Purple and Orange?:
No. Black and white dice (with a red bonus die in some versions) and a blue base. Nary a cool color to be seen.
 
Awards & Stuff:
None.
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $14.09 (http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Brothers-4601-Boggle/dp/B001MV7DQA/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343370491&sr=1-2&keywords=boggle) Oh. Hey. That one is orange.  I guess I would have seen that if I hadn't given a shoutout to Peggy instead. C'est la vie.
 
Next Turn:
It's also called "that blasted piece is stuck in there again."
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: goflyblind on July 27, 2012, 12:31:03 PM
# 44: Candy Land
growing up as a diabetic, i was forced to play "artificial sweetener land." :(
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 12:32:19 PM
# 41: Connect Four
aka The Captain's Mistress

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5103F3DHQ0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#8 by Thrifty)
Publication Date: 1974

Number of Players: 2

Designed by:   Ned Strongin & Howard Wexler

Publisher: Milton Bradley/ Hasbro

Description:
A tic-tac-toe style game where players drop checkers into a slot on a board 7 rows across by 6 rows deep in an effort to get 4 same colored checkers in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

Well, can't really get any more in depth than that, huh?

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Get four checkers in a row.

Fun Gaming Facts:
The Captain's Mistress is the same game, but generally played with colored balls rather than checkers.

Yes, colored balls. Stop snickering.

Various sports teams and universities make versions of the game licensed for the team, like so:
(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-52442162199817_2218_1359820739)

Granted, there's not likely to be anyone at Ohio State who can mentally handle the demands of playing Connect Four...

Ohio State! When you can't get into a community college come here instead!

Dice:
Nope.

Purple and Orange?:
No again. that would cost money. Standard checkers come in red and black, so that's what you get. And the balls in Captain's Mistress are wood colored...

Damn it. Stop snickering!

Awards & Stuff:
2011 JoTa Best Game Released in Brazil Nominee

Yeah, way to stay current, Brazil.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Score Four. From the 1960s, you have a 4x4 grid of, er, poles, and you placed beads on them in an effort to make four in a row. Since you can stack beads, you can get the 4 in a row horizontally and vertically.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $18.80 (http://www.amazon.com/Connect-4-Five-Ways-Play/dp/B003IT7AK8/ref=dp_ob_title_toy) And 5 ways to play! With yellow checkers too! Ooooh!

Next Turn:
Road trip!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 12:37:36 PM
# 40: Mille Bornes

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GuXi451nL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
35 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by Pak-Man)
Publication Date:1954

Number of Players: 2-6

Designed by: Edmond Dujardin

Publisher: Parker Brothers & Many others

Description:
Mille Bornes is a racing card game. Players play cards in an attempt to be the first to travel 1000 kilometers, while avoiding the perils that the other players set upon them.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Be the first player to play enough mileage cards to traverse 1000 kilometers.

Er, it seems wrong to use mileage with kilometers, doesn't it?

Fun Gaming Facts:
Want to play this, but don't want to deal with the Frenchness? Well, try Race Cards! It's the same game, but using Nascar racing instead of french driving.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope.

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame. Rumored to be the second best selling game of all time in France. I can't tell you what number one is yet.

No, it doesn't involved colored balls. Geez, are you still on that?

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Grass. Instead of being car drivers, you're drug dealers trying to sell pot. Be the first to reach $420,000 in sales! (rolls eyes)

For an actual racing game, head over to board game land and check out Formula De. Hell of a fun game with many, many racetracks available to race on. And an actual use for the legendary d30 die.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $13.38 (http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-1034-Collectors-Edition/dp/B00004SDAP/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343372405&sr=1-1&keywords=race+cards)

Next Turn:
30-39! Band names! Blowing stuff up! Shakespeare! Rube Goldberg! More baffling card games! And a real RPG!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 27, 2012, 12:39:53 PM
That's all for today. I'll probably post the next ten over the weekend and get back to ten a day on Monday.

Dice count so far: 21 d6s
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 27, 2012, 12:53:18 PM
# 44: Candy Land
growing up as a diabetic, i was forced to play "artificial sweetener land." :(

I was raised in a new-agey, organic home. Artificial Sweetener Land starts to sound pretty appealing when you compare it to Bean Curd & Brussels Sprouts Land.


# 41: Mille Bornes

35 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by Pak-Man)

Oh man, first official space-out face palm. I can't believe I forgot Mille Bornes! I fucking loved this game. My sister and I played it all the time. Dammit.  >:(
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Pak-Man on July 27, 2012, 01:35:42 PM
# 43: Boggle
(http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080625225512/kingofthehill/images/c/c9/Peggy_the_Boggle_Champ.jpg)

34 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by Pak-Man)

BOO-YAH!

Boggle was THE go-to pastime whenever I would visit my grandmother and gajillion uncles and aunts. I played a game with Tyrant in her honor when she passed away.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on July 27, 2012, 01:36:28 PM
# 41: Mille Bornes
I added this to my list at the last second. Used to play it a lot, but I haven't seen it in ages.

Once when I was in elementary school, two girls found an old copy of this game stashed away somewhere and tried to figure out how to play it. Unfortunately, everything was in French. I happened to see it, and I told them "I can tell you how to play that", and they replied "well get over here." I remember one of them was named Yvette, and she was cute. Can't remember who the other one was.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 27, 2012, 03:56:36 PM
# 41: Mille Bornes
Never heard of this one.

Good list so far.  Interesting to see what comes down the pipe next.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: gojikranz on July 27, 2012, 03:57:52 PM
ive got the cheapass version of kill dr lucky kinda lame to have a real version. 

forgot connect 4 i loved that as a kid.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 28, 2012, 01:37:18 PM
Okay, taking it easy on the weekend, so here's five more entries for today.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 28, 2012, 01:39:30 PM
#39: Taboo

(http://media.iqtoys.co.nz/images/original/8b1a87dd2c63443d97e49086fed39863.jpg)
36 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#10 by Cole Stratton)
Publication Date: 1989

Number of Players:4-10

Designed by:   Brian Hersch

Publisher: Hasbro/ Parker Brothers

Description:
Taboo is a party word game. Players take turns describing a word or phrase on a drawn card to their partner without using five common additional words or phrases also on the card. The opposing partners watch a timer and use a buzzer to stop the game, buzz the player describing if one of the five off limits words or phrases is used, or the describing player makes any gestures. The describing team gets a point for each card they guess successfully and the opposing team gets a point for each card they pass on, make gestures on, or lose for saying one of the off limits words or phrases.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
You get points for each word your team guesses correctly and lose them for each time you use a "taboo" word. Highest total at the end of the game wins

Fun Gaming Facts:
Taboo was briefly the basis for a game show on Spike (at the time The Nashville Network). The host was Chris Wylde. You know. The star of The Chris Wylde Show Starring Chris Wylde.

Yeah, I should probably stop making fun of him since Cole probably knows Wylde personally.

There's also a Bible Taboo. The words I see in the sample photo include "Mary", "Tabernacle", "Faith" and "Redeem." I'm guessing "Ephesians" probably isn't in there though.

Taboo is also likely the only game on this list to have been played on Will and Grace.

Dice:
Yes. Modern versions of the game include a six sided "game changer" die. Which changes the game. Somehow.

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/preview.thegamecrafter.com/4B85697C-AD78-11E0-B487-B1BA0C070879.png)

Purple and Orange?:
Kinda. Early versions of the game included a board, which was veeery purple, but more recent versions of the game have jettisoned it.

Awards & Stuff:
1992 Spiel des Jahres Recommendation.
1990 Mensa Select Winner.
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee.


Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:


Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $29.95 (http://www.amazon.com/TABOO-30658-Taboo/dp/B005172G3G/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343501073&sr=1-2&keywords=taboo)

Next Turn:
Oh look. The hard-core gamers show up.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 28, 2012, 01:45:21 PM
 
# 38: GURPS
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-r7Mqb6rQp30/T3awlaBDBgI/AAAAAAAAAJQ/x7GG16loXPI/s1600/GURPS.jpg)
37 Points (On 2 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#6 by Compound)

Publication Date: 1986
 
Number of Players: 2+
 
Designed by: Steve Jackson
 
Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
 
Description:
GURPS, a.k.a. Generic Universal Role Playing System is a tabletop role playing game. In it, one player takes the role of the Game Master, or GM. who designs and runs the game, and the other players take the roles of characters in the setting who then run through the adventure created by the GM. At least in theory. More often that not though, players will respond to "Okay, an evil overload has kidnapped the princess" with "Sweet. We're opening up an interdimensional portal to Vegas. We're going to start a Falafel stand and use our profits to fund an extreme volleyball league."
 
Most GMs respond by drinking heavily.
 
Gurps itself includes many, many, many supplements allowing you to play in almost any background or setting including licensed settings such as Miles Vorkosian, Conan, Discworld, Wild Cards and Casey and Andy (http://www.galactanet.com/comic/). Even Star Trek. And no, I'm not going to explain the legal mess that allows that to happen.
 
 
Hey, How Do I Win This?
Well, you don't. It's generally open ended. You may win a specific adventure or tournament, but in most RPGs just like in life,  there's no "you win" space at the end of the trip.
 
This has been your zen gaming moment of the day.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
Gurps is a refinement of an earlier Steve Jackson design, The Fantasy Trip, which Steve no longer owned the rights to. It includes an expanded, but still rather small in RPG terms, set of statistics for the character and a much, much detailed system of skills than ever appeared in TFT.
 
Gurps also has a habit of having other games publish a version of their setting using the Gurps rules. This includes White  Wolf's Vampire, Mage and Werewolf settings, R. Talsorian Games' Castle Falkenstein, GDW's Traveller, Pinnacles's Deadlands and ADB's Prime Directive.
 
Steve Jackson is a huge Lego fan, which gives him the inside track on any eventual Lego RPG.
 
Gurps is also the system most often referred to in the webcomic Irregular Webcomic.
 
Dice:
Yes. Gurps uses a 3d6 system for skill resolution as well as using d6s for all sorts of reasons. 'Cause d6s are cool.
 
(https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQF_crL5iAnLKFNFQNgZnSf8TQ0PspF1oaj2BANvRndohvAMPOS)

Purple and Orange?:
Er, no. Gurps is all black and white since it's all texty. Some players may write in purple and orange pens, but that's generally regarded as a "back away slowly and don't make eye contact" sign.
 
Awards & Stuff:
Origins Award- 1988- Best RPG Rules
Origins Hall of Fame -2000
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
The Hero System, which is superior to Gurps in every way, shape and form. Search in your heart, Gurps players. You know it is true.
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $28.90 (http://www.amazon.com/GURPS-Basic-Set-Characters-Edition/dp/1556347294/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343505161&sr=8-1&keywords=gurps)
 
Next Turn:
Yeah, yeah. Non-rpg geeks can wander back in now. And now it's time to burn things!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 28, 2012, 01:52:27 PM
# 37: Fireball Island

(http://planetpm.webring.com/fireballisland/nicebox.jpg)
37 Points (On 2 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Thrifty)
Publication Date: 1986

Number of Players: 2-4

Designed by: Chuck Kennedy & Bruce Lund

Publisher: Milton Bradley

Description:
A plastic tiki idol is placed in the raised middle of a molded, 3d board, where it can rotate freely. Players move their explorer pawns up the sides of the mountain along paths and through caves, trying to reach the top of the mountain, retrieve the idol's giant ruby, and take it down the other side to the waiting boat. However, both the idol and volcanic vents throughout the board periodically spit out "fireball" marbles, which physically roll down the mountain, either plowing through explorer pawns in their path, or toppling triggered bridges as they pass under them.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Grab the ruby and get back to the boat. Easy!

Fun Gaming Facts:
While many remember Fireball Island as on of the largest games ever mass produced, I'm pretty sure that Battle Masters and Omega Virus were physically larger. Plus, you know, Twister also has a much bigger play area.

Hey, here's a review from the Angry Video Game Guy.
http://www.youtube.com/v/AfA6KxGAdOk?version=3&
That copy, by the way? Very definition of "Poor condition."

Dice:
Yes, a mere d6.
(https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRDY5fw12F8SytBjyhH0ReiPJWbi7o7DFv3LXGYi3qG2Nq8VS3rcg)

Purple and Orange?:
Yes! Explorers in the game were purple, orange, red and blue.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
For a different "race to the center of the map to grab a precious artifact" game, check out Talisman which involves various fantasy adventurers (and sometimes Sci-fi ones)  and a heck of a lot of back-stabbing by the other players.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $149.98 (http://www.amazon.com/Milton-Bradley-FIREBALL-ISLAND-adventure/dp/B004XCX2T2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343505540&sr=8-1&keywords=fireball+island) Hey, it's been out of print for decades.

Next Turn:
Your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 28, 2012, 01:56:20 PM
# 36: Reversi/ Othello
a.k.a Hei Bai Qi

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31SQ-tcLL-L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
37 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#12 by Tripe)
Publication Date: 1883

Number of Players: 2

Designed by: Maybe John W. Mollett or Maybe Lewis Waterman

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
Othello/Reversi is a grid based game where player alternate placing discs. When a disc is surrounded by discs of a different color, the inbetween discs are flipped to the surrounding color.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
At the end of the game, the player with the most pieces in their color wins.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Both Waterman and Mollett claim to have created the game, and both claimed that the other stole the idea. There are also claims that they both stole the game and it was actually the creation of a third, unnamed, person. Probably Steve. And 100 years later, a Japanese game designer invented it, again, and naturally mentioned no previous version of the game.

Reversi was one of the first games published by German games maker Ravensburger.

Oh, hey. Simpsons Othello.
(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic983751.jpg)
Wow. that color scheme makes my eyes bleed.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope. Black and white on green. Or in the Simpsons version, red and blue on yellow. Really. No one with any graphic design experience at all on that project, huh?

Awards & Stuff:

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Well, of course there's 2004's Classic Dinner Party: Dine with William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway. Oooh. Excitement abounds. "Will? Can you pass the fried chicken?"

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $26.75 (http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-B3165-Othello/dp/B00004TQMQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343501909&sr=1-1&keywords=othello)

Next Turn:
American Woman! You are on this list!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on July 28, 2012, 01:59:14 PM
# 38: Fireball Island
I had Fireball Island on my list initially, but I ditched it in favor of Mille Bornes. I still have the game, but I only played it like 3 or 4 times.

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 28, 2012, 02:00:08 PM
# 35: Guess Who?

(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/products/048001c9c77e_a400.jpg)
40 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Thrifty)
Publication Date: 1979

Number of Players: 2

Designed by:   Theo & Ora Coster, Theora Design

Publisher: Milton Bradley

Description:
The mystery face game where you flip over a collection of faces with different color hair, eye color, hair, hats, glasses etc. to deduce who the secret person is that your opponent has chosen. You flip over the hooked tiles as you narrow your choices by asking characteristic questions.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Be the first to guess who your opponent has chosen.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Once again, there are a number of licensed properties that use the base game design like so:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61Q775nbpkL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Yes, use the Force to guess the mystery face.

Dice:
Nope.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope.

Awards & Stuff:
1989 Årets Spil Best Children's Game Winner

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
None I can mention without giving future results away.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $17.99  (http://www.amazon.com/Guess-Who-05801/dp/B0036RIOPC/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343507433&sr=1-1&keywords=guess+who)

Next Turn:
#35-#31! Four games! And Justin Beiber, who somehow ended up at #32

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 28, 2012, 02:09:40 PM
# 38: Fireball Island[/c]
I had Fireball Island on my list initially, but I ditched it in favor of Mille Bornes. I still have the game, but I only played it like 3 or 4 times.

If you can figure out how to ship it and if it's in good condition, may I suggest ebay? Good condition copies tend to sell in the $200 range there. that is, assuming you want to get rid of it, of course.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on July 28, 2012, 02:11:02 PM
I totally forgot that I put Guess Who as number one.  I thought I'd chosen Monopoly.

I have owned and lost, at least half a dozen Guess Who sets in my lifetime.

One question about Guess Who.... do the game cards actually talk?
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 28, 2012, 02:14:28 PM
# 36: Guess Who?

(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/products/048001c9c77e_a400.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nZpkG.gif)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on July 28, 2012, 02:19:29 PM
# 38: Fireball Island[/c]
I had Fireball Island on my list initially, but I ditched it in favor of Mille Bornes. I still have the game, but I only played it like 3 or 4 times.

If you can figure out how to ship it and if it's in good condition, may I suggest ebay? Good condition copies tend to sell in the $200 range there. that is, assuming you want to get rid of it, of course.

Really?! I used to run a Pack 'n Mail store, so I know how to ship it. And it's in perfect condition. And I know exactly where it is (unlike most of my old games), so I might have to look into that.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Coragale on July 28, 2012, 08:40:16 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/nZpkG.gif)

THAT IS A SUBJECTIVE QUESTION AND IS GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Kete on July 29, 2012, 08:18:02 AM
# 37: Reversi/ Othello
a.k.a Hei Bai Qi

37 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#12 by Kete)

I didn't vote for Othello.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on July 29, 2012, 08:19:47 AM
Yeah that would be me that had it at 12. Somebody else might have as well but I know I had it at 12. :)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 29, 2012, 04:08:20 PM
# 34: Stratego

(http://www.collecttoys.net/Games/images/stratego.jpg)
42 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Tripe)
Publication Date: 1947

Number of Players: 2

Designed by: Jacques Johan Mogendorff

Publisher: Hasbro/ Parker Brothers/ Spin Masters

Description:
"The gameboard is your battlefield. You have an army of men at your disposal and six bombs. Your mission--protect your flag and capture your opponent's flag."

"Secretly place your men, bombs, and flag on the gameboard with these objectives in mind. But remember your opponent is doing the same thing, so you must plan a defense as well as an offense."

"Once the armies are in place, advance your men. When you're one space away from an enemy, attack. You and your opponent declare ranks. The lower-ranking man is captured and out of play.
"You control your pieces and risk your men in battles where the strength of your enemy is unknown. The suspense builds as your men move deeper into enemy territory. Move with caution and courage. The next piece you attack could be a bomb. And when attacked, it could "blast" your man off the board and out of play."

"The first to capture an enemy flag is the winner!"

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Capture the enemy flag before your opponent does the same.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Stratego seems to have been heavily inspired by the 1909 game L'Attaque which uses many of the same concepts-  The board, the number of pieces, the "higher number piece beats the lower number one" concepts, mines, flags, Spies that can kill the highest rank piece, but only on offense, etc.

A collectible version called Stratego Legends was attempted in the late 90s. It was a nice concept (different pieces fought better or worse depending on the land they were on) but ultimately was ignored.

Like many other games, Stratego has also been heavily licensed. versions of the game using the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Marvel settings all exist. As does a "Republicans vs. Democrats" version. I'll just pause here to allow you to insert your own "politician that I'd like to blow up with a bomb" joke.

There you go.

And holy cow, the version I own is worth $225 on Amazon! Man, if I only had kept it sealed.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
No. Red and blue are the standard colors.

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
The Generals- Like Stratego, but based on a Filipino version of the game that uses fewer pieces, a moving flag and most importantly, a referee who arbitrates combat as the strength of the opposing piece is not revealed in this version.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $17.66  (http://www.amazon.com/Spin-Master-Games-20040172-Stratego/dp/B0045OV9IO/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343589679&sr=1-1&keywords=stratego)

Next Turn:
Or, as it is also called, "lie about your hand."
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 29, 2012, 04:12:17 PM
 
# 33: Go Fish
(http://literacyteacher.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/go-fish.jpg)
42 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by Mrs. Dick Courier)

Publication Date: Unknown
 
Number of Players: 2-6
 
Designed by: Unknown
 
Publisher: Public Domain
 
Description:
Using a standard 52-card deck, five cards are dealt to each player, or seven if there are four or fewer. The remaining card pack is shared between the players, usually sprawled out in a non-orderly pile referenced as the "ocean" or "pool".

The player whose turn it is to play asks another player for his or her cards of a particular rank. For example, "Steve, do you have any threes?" The player who is asking must have at least one card of the rank he asked for in his hand. The recipient of the request must then hand over a card of that rank, if he has any. If the recipient of the request has none, he tells the player to "go fish," and the player draws a card from the pool and ends his turn. If the player receives the card he wanted (through either means), he may take another turn. If the player is now holding a pair of one rank, he may place the cards face up in front of himself.
 
Hey, How Do I Win This
When a player runs out of cards they win.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
A few variants of the game exist. In some versions, you need to collect books rather than pairs, i.e. 4 of a kind. In other variants, you need to show that you have a card of a rank before asking for it, and in still other versions you need to ask for specific cards, i.e. 3 of clubs.
 
Dice:
No, our diceless run continues.
 
Purple and Orange?:
Generally no as standard card decks are used. A few versions use, for example, animals instead of suites and numbers and other colors might sneak in that way.
 
Awards & Stuff:
None.
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Literature, where players gain points for guessing who holds what set of cards. Okay, it's only really similar since it's called Fish in some places.
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $8.49 (http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Deluxe-Animal-Games/dp/B000GL1COG/ref=sr_1_3?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343599186&sr=1-3&keywords=go+fish)
 
Next Turn:
I apologize for the next entry.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 29, 2012, 04:17:44 PM
# 32: Sorry

(http://trus.imageg.net/graphics/corp/2266494_Image_ProductDescription.jpg)
42 Points (On 6 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#6 by Thor)
Publication Date: 1929

Number of Players: 2-4

Designed by:   Paul T. Haskell Jr. & William Henry Storey

Publisher: Parker Brothers/ Hasbro

Description:
Race your four game pieces from Start around the board to your Home in this Parcheesi type game. By turning over a card from the draw deck and following its instructions, players move their pieces around the game board, switch places with players, and knock opponents' pieces off the track and back to their Start position.

Slides are located at various places around the game board. When a player's piece lands at the beginning of one of these slides not of its own color, it automatically advances to the end, removing any opponent's piece on the slide and sending it back to Start.

Game moves are directed exclusively by cards from the play-action deck. If one plays the normal version in which one card is drawn from the deck each turn, the outcome has a huge element of luck. Sorry can be made more of a strategic game (and more appealing to adults) by dealing five cards to each player at the start of the game and allowing the player to choose which card he/she will play each turn. In this version, at the end of each turn, a new card is drawn from the deck to replace the card that was played, so that each player is always working from five cards.

A player's fortunes can change dramatically in one or two rounds of play through the use of Sorry cards, the "11" cards (which give the player the option of trading places with an opponent's piece on the track), and the fact that it is possible to move from Start to Home without circumnavigating the full board by making judicious use of the "backward 4" cards.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Get all your pieces to home before the other players do.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Well, there's a Spongebob Squarepants version of Sorry. And a Spider-Man 3 version. And Neopets. And a Splash Mountain version too.

And according to Randall Munroe, there are very few variants of Strip Sorry out there. Please don't try to create some.

Dice:
None, although there is a Sorry branded dice game where you try to roll your colors. And Sorry Express uses dice instead of cards. But hey, no one voted for that.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope. Boring old 4 standard colors.

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee

Related Games that Received Votes:
The previously mentioned Trouble.

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:


Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!  $20.61 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-390095-Sorry/dp/B00000IWD0/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343600182&sr=1-1&keywords=sorry)

Next Turn:
Justin Bei... oh. Wait. I miscounted. Instead, I flail about trying to decipher a game's rules again.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 29, 2012, 04:24:13 PM
# 31: Spades

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aXudL1gNhCY/T0f9tEUwNBI/AAAAAAAAADA/tO3cUDiOmKQ/s1600/Ace_of_Spades.jpg)
45 Points (On 2 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by thor)
Publication Date: 1938

Number of Players: 4

Designed by: Unknown

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
This trick-taking game is a standard deck playing card game and takes on many different group-specific rules. Generally speaking, each player is given thirteen cards and a partner who sits across the table. Each player bids the number of tricks he'll take, and then the partners collectively attempt to take at least as many as they bid. The tricks are fairly standard with following suit if you can, and spades as the trump suit. If you make your bid you earn ten times the number of tricks you bid, otherwise you lose that many points. Plus there is usually a nil bid, which means you personally won't take any tricks but your partner still plays as normal.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Score 500 points and then return the ruby to the boat while avoiding the other players and the giant fireballs trying to knock you into the smoldering pit.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Spades is part of the Whist family of games, which include Bridge, Hearts and the aptly named Oh, Hell.

Spades can also be traced back to a place of Origin: Cincinnati, OH. It spread in popularity during World War II as Ohio residents taught it to other GIs. Gee, thanks Greatest Generation.

Dice:
No.

Purple and Orange?:
No.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:


Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! Really? Not one in the game area right now? Well, try this deck of cards for $3.70 (http://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Poker-Standard-Index-Playing/dp/B000050GET/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343601782&sr=1-2&keywords=playing+cards)

Next Turn:
Probably the only game on the list which has a music video about people destroying a copy of it.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 29, 2012, 04:28:29 PM
# 30: Mouse Trap
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b3/Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg/250px-Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg)
45 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#13 by Pak-Man)

Publication Date: 1963
 
Number of Players: 2-4
 
Designed by: Gordon Barlow, Marvin Glass, Harvey Kramer, Burt Meyer, Sid Jackson
 
Publisher: Milton Bradley/ Ideal
 
Description:
Mouse Trap pits 2-4 players against each other as mice trying to navigate through a complex mousetrap. They build the Rube Goldberg inspired mousetrap as they move their mice across the board. They also try to collect cheese cards, which allow them to move other mice to cheese wheel which is the bait for the trap. Once the mousetrap has been completely constructed, players can attempt to capture each others' mice in it by turning the crank, which activates the mousetrap. If the mousetrap doesn't malfunction, the mouse is captured and out of the game.
 
Hey, How Do I Win This
The winner is the last mouse who avoids being trapped.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
In a proper operation, the player turns the crank, which rotates a vertical gear, connected to a horizontal gear. As that gear turns, it pushes an elastic-loaded lever until it snaps back in place, hitting a swinging boot. This causes the boot to kick over a bucket, sending a marble down a zig-zagging incline (the "rickety stairs") which feeds into a chute. This leads the marble to hit a vertical pole, at the top of which is an open hand, palm-up, which is supporting a larger ball (changed later on to a marble just like the starter one). The movement of the pole knocks the ball free to fall through a hole in its platform into a bathtub, and then through a hole in the tub onto one end of a seesaw. This launches a diver on the other end into a tub which is on the same base as the barbed pole supporting the mouse cage. The movement of the tub shakes the cage free from the top of the pole and allows it to fall.
 
In 2006, the game was re-released in the United Kingdom with a completely new design in which there are three mousetraps, and in which the board and plastic components are completely different. The most obvious change is the addition of a model toilet at the top of the tallest part of the game which also serves as an activation method for any of the mousetraps. Another key difference is that all of the mousetrap is set up in advance of the game. It has been criticized for flimsy parts and non working sections of the traps. The UK also had a game show version of the game where children participated in a life sized version of the game.
 
The intersection of I-25 and I-70 in Denver was referred to as "The Mouse Trap" for many years, but it generally had fewer bowling balls than the game.

Oh, yeah. The aforementioned video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_0i5WqiIcc).
 
Dice:
Yes. Generally one six sided die is used.
(https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRDY5fw12F8SytBjyhH0ReiPJWbi7o7DFv3LXGYi3qG2Nq8VS3rcg)

Purple and Orange?:
No, generally the standard four colors are used, with an occasional nod towards real mouse colors like grey or brown.
 
Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:
 
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!  $25.48 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4657-Mousetrap/dp/B00000DMFD/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343602555&sr=1-1&keywords=mouse+trap)
 
Next Turn:
#20-29!  Trains, discs, gold mines, beads, crayons and sigh, even more cards. Next time!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on July 29, 2012, 04:33:27 PM
I'm kind of surprised Sorry got so many votes. I think I had it at #25. The version I have belonged to my mom when she was a kid. This house has been in our family since 1943, and it is jam packed with old crap (and I love it that way).

Go Fish huh. IMO the second most boring game to use the standard 52 card deck. #1 being War of course.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 29, 2012, 05:26:28 PM
Go Fish huh. IMO the second most boring game to use the standard 52 card deck. #1 being War of course.

Really?  More than War?
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 29, 2012, 05:44:56 PM
# 32: Spades
45 Points (On 2 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by thor)

I have to say, it was mighty nice of the god of thunder to take time out of his busy schedule to compile a list of his favorite tabletop games.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: AmazingThor on July 29, 2012, 09:41:33 PM
I have to say, it was mighty nice of the god of thunder to take time out of his busy schedule to compile a list of his favorite tabletop games.
That's why I'm AMAZING Thor ;)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on July 30, 2012, 11:56:41 AM
# 31: Mouse Trap
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b3/Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg/250px-Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg)
45 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#13 by Pak-Man)

Fun Gaming Facts:
In a proper operation, the player turns the crank, which rotates a vertical gear, connected to a horizontal gear. As that gear turns, it pushes an elastic-loaded lever until it snaps back in place, hitting a swinging boot. This causes the boot to kick over a bucket, sending a marble down a zig-zagging incline (the "rickety stairs") which feeds into a chute. This leads the marble to hit a vertical pole, at the top of which is an open hand, palm-up, which is supporting a larger ball (changed later on to a marble just like the starter one). The movement of the pole knocks the ball free to fall through a hole in its platform into a bathtub, and then through a hole in the tub onto one end of a seesaw. This launches a diver on the other end into a tub which is on the same base as the barbed pole supporting the mouse cage. The movement of the tub shakes the cage free from the top of the pole and allows it to fall.

That's not how it works.  You turn the crank, which snaps the plank, and boots the marble right down the chute.  Now watch it roll and hit the pole and knock the ball in the rub-a-dub tub, which flips the man, into the pan.  The trap is set; here comes the net.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 30, 2012, 11:57:54 AM
# 31: Mouse Trap
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b3/Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg/250px-Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg)
45 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#13 by Pak-Man)

Fun Gaming Facts:
In a proper operation, the player turns the crank, which rotates a vertical gear, connected to a horizontal gear. As that gear turns, it pushes an elastic-loaded lever until it snaps back in place, hitting a swinging boot. This causes the boot to kick over a bucket, sending a marble down a zig-zagging incline (the "rickety stairs") which feeds into a chute. This leads the marble to hit a vertical pole, at the top of which is an open hand, palm-up, which is supporting a larger ball (changed later on to a marble just like the starter one). The movement of the pole knocks the ball free to fall through a hole in its platform into a bathtub, and then through a hole in the tub onto one end of a seesaw. This launches a diver on the other end into a tub which is on the same base as the barbed pole supporting the mouse cage. The movement of the tub shakes the cage free from the top of the pole and allows it to fall.

That's not how it works.  You turn the crank, which snaps the plank, and boots the marble right down the chute.  Now watch it roll and hit the pole and knock the ball in the rub-a-dub tub, which flips the man, into the pan.  The trap is set; here comes the net.


Here it comes!  Any second now.... any... uh, let's just play Crossfire.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on July 30, 2012, 11:59:53 AM
# 31: Mouse Trap
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b3/Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg/250px-Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg)
45 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#13 by Pak-Man)

Fun Gaming Facts:
In a proper operation, the player turns the crank, which rotates a vertical gear, connected to a horizontal gear. As that gear turns, it pushes an elastic-loaded lever until it snaps back in place, hitting a swinging boot. This causes the boot to kick over a bucket, sending a marble down a zig-zagging incline (the "rickety stairs") which feeds into a chute. This leads the marble to hit a vertical pole, at the top of which is an open hand, palm-up, which is supporting a larger ball (changed later on to a marble just like the starter one). The movement of the pole knocks the ball free to fall through a hole in its platform into a bathtub, and then through a hole in the tub onto one end of a seesaw. This launches a diver on the other end into a tub which is on the same base as the barbed pole supporting the mouse cage. The movement of the tub shakes the cage free from the top of the pole and allows it to fall.

That's not how it works.  You turn the crank, which snaps the plank, and boots the marble right down the chute.  Now watch it roll and hit the pole and knock the ball in the rub-a-dub tub, which flips the man, into the pan.  The trap is set; here comes the net.


Here it comes!  Any second now.... any... uh, let's just play Crossfire.

CROSSFIRE!!!!!!

You'll get caught up in the

CROSSFIRE!!!!!!

The commercials made that game look ridiculously difficult.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Darth Geek on July 30, 2012, 12:33:02 PM
# 31: Mouse Trap
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b3/Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg/250px-Mouse_Trap_Board_and_Boxjpg.jpg)
45 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#13 by Pak-Man)

Fun Gaming Facts:
In a proper operation, the player turns the crank, which rotates a vertical gear, connected to a horizontal gear. As that gear turns, it pushes an elastic-loaded lever until it snaps back in place, hitting a swinging boot. This causes the boot to kick over a bucket, sending a marble down a zig-zagging incline (the "rickety stairs") which feeds into a chute. This leads the marble to hit a vertical pole, at the top of which is an open hand, palm-up, which is supporting a larger ball (changed later on to a marble just like the starter one). The movement of the pole knocks the ball free to fall through a hole in its platform into a bathtub, and then through a hole in the tub onto one end of a seesaw. This launches a diver on the other end into a tub which is on the same base as the barbed pole supporting the mouse cage. The movement of the tub shakes the cage free from the top of the pole and allows it to fall.

That's not how it works.  You turn the crank, which snaps the plank, and boots the marble right down the chute.  Now watch it roll and hit the pole and knock the ball in the rub-a-dub tub, which flips the man, into the pan.  The trap is set; here comes the net.


Here it comes!  Any second now.... any... uh, let's just play Crossfire.

CROSSFIRE!!!!!!

You'll get caught up in the

CROSSFIRE!!!!!!

The commercials made that game look ridiculously difficult.
Didn't one of the kids from the Crossfire commercials look like Ryan Reynolds? I remember thinking that from the Nostalgia Critic's video about commercials.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on July 30, 2012, 12:39:04 PM
I totally forgot Guess Who, that was a fun game.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Kete on July 30, 2012, 12:42:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/Dkc2vYUEA9w
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on July 30, 2012, 12:51:48 PM
Go Fish huh. IMO the second most boring game to use the standard 52 card deck. #1 being War of course.

I had trouble coming up with 25, so I had to fill out the bottom of the list with card games.  Go Fish was one of them.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 02:52:23 PM
And we're back. Hey! More games!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 02:54:34 PM
# 29: Hearts
 
(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic191579_t.jpg)
46 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by DB Barnes)

Publication Date: 1850 
 
Number of Players: 3-7
 
Designed by: Unknown
 
Publisher: Public Domain
 
Description:
Hearts is a trick taking, standard deck playing card game, without trumps, which has been played popularly for generations and has many variations. The object is to avoid capturing hearts at one (1) point apiece and (in the most commonly played version today) the queen of spades, at thirteen (13) points, the card on which the whole game pivots. But to make it interesting, it is also possible to "shoot the moon," taking all the hearts and the queen, a coup that gives 26 points to each of your opponents or reduces your point total by 26 points, depending on if that variation is used.
 
The game is played like most other trick-taking games. One player leads each trick by playing a card from their hand. Each other player, in clockwise order, then plays a card from their hand. The first trick is led by the player to the left of the dealer. Players must "follow suit"; that is, play a card of the same suit as the lead card, if they are able. If they are not able to do so, they can play any card (an action known as "sloughing"), including a penalty Heart or the Queen of Spades. The trick and any penalty points it contains are won by the player who played the highest-value card of the suit that was led. That player then becomes the lead player for the next trick, and play continues until all players have exhausted their hands.
 
Hey, How Do I Win This[size=0pt]? [/size]
Score more than the other players.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
The Aussies call their version of Hearts "Rickety Kate."
 
Dice:
None. cards only.
 
Purple and Orange?:
Nada.
 
Awards & Stuff:
None.
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
How many trick taking games are we up to now? Hearts, Spades, Euchre.
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
 
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! Heh.  $4.00  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XjvoyldJL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
 
Next Turn:
Let's head down to the general store.
 
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 02:58:13 PM
# 28: Checkers
a.k.a English Draughts

(https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRFeamP9w8u_ROrrB11F--vbCcJan7wkN4-unOSdacOM_appU7o)
47 Points (On 6  of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#7 by Mrs. Dick Courier)
Publication Date: Circa 1150

Number of Players: 2

Designed by: Unknown

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
Abstract strategy game where players move disc-shaped pieces across an 8 by 8 cross-hatched ("checker") board.

Pieces only move diagonally, and only one space at a time. If a player can move one of his pieces so that it "jumps" over an adjacent piece of their opponent and into an empty space, that player captures the opponent's disc. Jumping moves must be taken when possible, thereby creating a strategy game where players offer up jumps in exchange for setting up the board so that they jump even more pieces on their turn. A player wins by removing all of his opponent's pieces from the board or by blocking the opponent so that he has no more moves.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Remove all of your opponent's' pieces from the board.

Fun Gaming Facts:
The traditional red and black checkerboard that many of you are thinking of right now? Serious checker players hate that board. Why? Because since the pieces are the same colors, it makes it much harder to see the pieces at a glance. The American Checker Federation recommends the use of a green and tan/white board and red and white pieces. Good luck finding that combo anywhere other than the ACF website, BTW.

Yes, I used a non-red and black image up above. It was the best image available.

Dice:
Sigh. None.

Purple and Orange?:
No. Generally pieces tend to be rather red, black or white.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:
Chinese checkers.

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
International draughts, which is played like checkers but has a larger board and more pieces. Plus it uses the "draughts" name.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $5.95 (http://www.amazon.com/Pressman-Toy-Checkers-Board-Games/dp/B0000BYRUI/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343669239&sr=1-1&keywords=checkers) Horrible reviews of that version, BTW.

Next Turn:
No! It was transubstantiation! How can you not get that?
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:02:14 PM
# 27: Pictionary

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ViRbvhYRL._AA300_.jpg)
48 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by Monty)
Publication Date: 1985

Number of Players: 3-16

Designed by: Robert Angel

Publisher: Seattle Games/ Hasbro

Description:
Pictionary is a mix of a racing game and charades wherein multiple teams move around a board, land on a space and then draw a card based on the letter on that space. Each card will have  a list of terms to be guessed and depending on what letter appeared on the space landed on, a picture must be drawn. At that point, the other members of a team must guess what is being drawn before the timer ends or in the case of an all play, all team compete to see who can be the first to guess what is being drawn.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
The team with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

Fun Gaming Facts:
You know, Ellen de Generes is a big fan of the game.

So is Cormac McCarthy.
http://www.youtube.com/v/UGxqOOHxaFo?version=3

Dice:
Yes. A standard six sided die and a "challenge die" are used.

(http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Opaque%20Dice/Opaque%20Graphics/1612s/Purple1612.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
While both colors are used on the board, the pieces are still in the standard four colors . Kinda.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Charades.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $31.49 (http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Brothers-5713-Pictionary/dp/B0026FQ4BQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343685587&sr=1-1&keywords=pictionary)

Next Turn:
It actually shows up earlier in google searches than what it refers to now.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:04:51 PM
# 26: Ticket to Ride

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61dDQUfhuvL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
48 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#7 by Johnny Unusual)
Publication Date: 2004

Number of Players: 2-5

Designed by: Alan R. Moon

Publisher: Days of Wonder

Description:
Railroad barons race to complete train routes across North America (or a variety of other maps). They claim routes by playing matching sets of same colored train cards.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Players are dealt route cards at the beginning of the game. They gain points by completing those routes by the end of the game or lose them if they fail to build that route. You also gain points by playing trains to the board and by having the longest connected train route by the end of the game. Highest score at the end of the game wins.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Aside from the basic Ticket to Ride game, which uses the North American map, there are also versions of the game using the European map, Switzerland, Asian and Nordic countries.

And while Ticket to Ride has resisted the temptation to add zombies to the game (No seriously. There are a few zombie train games out there.) there is an expansion that adds an alien and a dinosaur to the game, who basically exist to prohibit routes into a city and to annoy the hell out of other players.

And hey, watch Wil Wheaton & Co. play the game.
http://www.youtube.com/v/qHmf1bau9xQ?version=3

Dice:
No. Although there is a dice expansion which replaces the card drawing in the game with dice rolling. Yay dice!

Purple and Orange?:
Kinda. There are orange and purple colored cards, but the train pieces are the standard four colors plus black.


Awards & Stuff:
2004 Boardgameratings.com Best Family Game.
2004 International Gamers Award Best Strategy Game Nominee.
2004 International Gamers Awards - General Strategy; Multi-player Nominee
2004 Japan Boardgame Prize Winner, The Best Advanced Game
2004 Meeples' Choice Award
2004 Meeples' Choice Award Winner
2004 Nederlandse Spellenprijs (Netherlands) Nominee, Game of the Year
2004 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Nominee
2004 Origins Awards Winner, Best Board Game
2004 Schweizer Spielepreis Family Game 2nd Place.
2004 Spiel des Jahres (Germany) Winner, Game of the Year
2004 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
2004 Spiel des Jahres Winner
2004 Tric Trac Nominee
2005 Årets Familiespill (Norway), Nominee, Family Game of the Year
2005 Årets Spel (Sweden) Winner, Best Family Game
2005 Årets Spel Best Family Game Winner
2005 Årets Spill Best Family Game Nominee
2005 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming
2005 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Nominee
2005 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Winner
2005 Juego del Año (Spain) Winner, Game of the Year
2005 Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Nominee
2005 Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Winner
2005 Vuoden Perhepeli (Finland) Winner, Game of the Year
2006 Golden Ace (France) Winner, Game of the Year
2006 Hra roku (Czech Republic) Winner, Game of the Year
2006 Hra roku Nominee
2006 Hra roku Winner
2006 Japan Boardgame Prize Winner, Best Japanese Game
2008 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection
2010 Hungarian Boardgame Prize Nominee

Yeah, folks seem to like it.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Rail Baron. Or Empire Builder, which had nifty crayon drawing on an erasable map. But it still involved trains.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $34.98  (http://www.amazon.com/Days-of-Wonder-DOW-7201/dp/0975277324/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343673234&sr=8-1&keywords=ticket+to+ride)   It's on Steam too for $9.99  (http://store.steampowered.com/app/108200/) And a Xbox Live version too.

Next Turn:
Meeples! Glorious meeples!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:09:44 PM
# 25: Carcassone

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EJymhCkAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
49 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#6 by Asbestos Bill)
Publication Date: 2000

Number of Players: 2-5

Designed by: Klaus-Jurgen Wrede

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Description:
The game board is a medieval landscape built by the players as the game progresses. The game starts with a single terrain tile face up and 71 others shuffled face down for the players to draw from. On each turn a player draws a new terrain tile and places it adjacent to tiles that are already face up. The new tile must be placed in a way that extends features on the tiles it abuts: roads must connect to roads, fields to fields, and cities to cities.

After placing each new tile, the placing player may opt to station a follower piece on a feature of that newly-placed tile. The placing player may not use a follower to claim any features of the tile that extend or connect features already claimed by another player. However, it is possible for terrain features claimed by opposing players to become "shared" by the subsequent placement of tiles connecting them. For example, two field tiles which each have a follower can become connected into a single field by another terrain tile.
The game ends when the last tile has been placed. At that time, all features (including fields) score points for the players with the most followers on them.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
After the last tile is placed, the person with the most points wins the game.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Hey! How many expansions are there for Carcassone? Thirty.

Versions of the game exist for iPhones, Androids and Xbox Live.

The follower token for Carcassone, the meeple, is the unofficial mascot for the BoardgameGeek website.
(http://www.meepleschoice.org/images/meeple.jpg)

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope. The basic colors are blue, red, green, yellow and black. There are purple and orange token in other expansions. I think.

Awards & Stuff:
2004 Vuoden Perhepeli Winner.
2002 Årets Spel Winner, Best Family Game.
2001 Spiel des Jahres Winner, Game of the Year.
2001 Deutscher Spiele Preis Winner, Game of the Year.
2001 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Nominee, Game of the Year.
2001 Spiel der Spiele Hit Games with Friends Winner.
2000 Meeples' Choice Award Winner.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Agricola. Although instead of building a city, you're running a farm.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $20.88 (http://www.amazon.com/Rio-Grande-Games-RGG170-Carcassonne/dp/B00005UNAX/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343674689&sr=1-1&keywords=carcassonne)

Next Turn:
A word game with a pun in its title? I am shocked, shocked by this!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:15:06 PM
# 24: Scattergories

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a7/ScattergoriesBox.jpg/245px-ScattergoriesBox.jpg)
50 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Johnny Unusual)
Publication Date: 1988

Number of Players: 2-6

Designed by:   Unknown

Publisher: Habsro

Description:
"The Game of Scattergories," published in 1988 by Milton Bradley, is a great game for any group to play. In the game each player fills out a category list 'with answers that begin with the same letter.' If no other player matches your answers, you score points. The game is played in rounds. After 3 rounds a winner is declared, and a new game can be begun.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Get more points than anyone else by listing the most words.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Alliteration is encouraged in the game. For Actors with "M", Martin Sheen will only net you a point, but Matthew Modine will get you two.

Dick Clark hosted a gameshow version of Scattergories and Chuck Woolery was a regular guest on the show.

Dice:
Yes! It uses a special twenty sided die with letter instead of numbers.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b2/ScatDice.JPG)

Purple and Orange?:
Nope.

Awards & Stuff:
1990 Mensa Select

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:


Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!  $26.79  (http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Brothers-5721-Scattergories/dp/B001RNC0VG/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343676582&sr=1-1&keywords=scattergories)

Next Turn:
Two letters. A lot of thought.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:20:36 PM
# 23: Go

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CwACqrfcM1Y/TwLC1x9m1HI/AAAAAAAABK0/Te564yLxDcU/s1600/Go%25281%2529.jpg)
51 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by CJones)
Publication Date: Approx 2200 BC

Number of Players: 2

Designed by:   Unknown. Probably Steve. He got around a lot.

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
Two players alternately place black and white playing pieces, called "stones", on the vacant intersections (called "points") of a grid of 19×19 lines (beginners often play on smaller 9×9 and 13×13 boards). The object of the game is to use one's stones to surround a larger total area of the board than the opponent. Once placed on the board, stones may not be moved, but are removed from play if captured. When a game concludes, the controlled points (territory) are counted along with captured stones to determine who has more points. Games may also be won by resignation.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
The player with the most pieces on the board at the end of the game wins.

Fun Gaming Facts:
About 40 million people play Go worldwide. It is also one of the few games to have been played in space. (In 1996)

Atari was named after a term used in Go. It means "used for a situation where a stone or chain of stones has only one liberty, and may be captured on the next move if not given one or more additional liberties."

Dice:
No.

Purple and Orange?:
No. Black and white are the traditional colors. And Go is very resistant to non-traditional ideas.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $17.43 (http://www.amazon.com/Go-Game-with-Wood-Board/dp/B00000IZPL/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343677948&sr=1-2&keywords=go)

Next Turn:
However, you need a $100 co-pay before you take your turn.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on July 30, 2012, 03:24:19 PM
Quote
The Loch Ness monster is a pussy!

The actual monster or the roller coaster? I've ridden the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg more times than any other RC in the world.

I've never even heard of Ticket to Ride. It's funny how Wil Wheaton has become cool now (well I think he is anyway).
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:28:20 PM
# 22: Operation

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QwnHIc7WL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
53 Points (On 5  of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#7 by Thrifty)
Publication Date: 1965

Number of Players: 1-6

Designed by: Marvin glass & John Spinello

Publisher: Milton Bradley/Hasbro

Description:
Operation is a dexterity game in which you must extract silly body parts from a hapless patient. In the course of the game you acquire cards which dictate that you must remove a certain piece from the body of the patient. To do this you use a set of tweezers that are attached by wire to the game board. If you are sloppy and touch the metal sides of the hole where the item is located, the patient's pain is indicated by a sudden buzzer and light-up nose. Successful extractions net cash.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
By having the most cash at the end of the game.

Fun Gaming Facts:
There is a car-based version called Pit Stop, in case you get squeamish at the thought of er, electric buzzing.

The patient's official name is Cavity Sam.

In 2004, a new piece was added to the game: "brain freeze" an ice cream cone placed in the brain. It was chosen by fan vote.
 

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Not too many dexterity based games made the list actually. Don't Break The Ice also required dexterity but lacked an electrical buzz noise.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $14.99 (http://www.amazon.com/Milton-Bradley-40198-Operation/dp/B0017RSYCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343687238&sr=1-1&keywords=operation)

Next Turn:
Sigh. Yeah, I'll just fake what I understand what I'm typing again.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:33:05 PM
# 21: Gin Rummy

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b8/Ginrummycover.jpg)
55 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by D.B. Barnes)
Publication Date: 1909

Number of Players: 2-4

Designed by: Elwood Thomas Baker, Charles Graham Baker

Publisher: None

Description:
Gin Rummy is a popular two-player "draw and discard" standard deck playing card game derived from Rummy in which players follow basic Rummy rules for forming "melds" of three or more cards of the same suit, or 3 or 4 cards of the same rank. Each turn players draw a single card, either from the top of the discard pile or from the top of the draw deck, and then discard a card from their hand.

Melds are formed in a player's 10-card hand and kept there until a deal is ended by one player "knocking" when he has few enough non-melded "deadwood" cards to "go out": generally cards whose values total 10 or less (with face cards valued at 10 and aces low), though some variants value differently. The player that did not go out then has the opportunity to place his melds and "lay off" any of his cards that he can add to his opponent's melds. The values of the remaining deadwood are compared and the player with the smallest total scores the difference.

If the player that did not go out's deadwood is the same or less than his opponent, he gets a 20 point (Variant: 25 points) bonus for "undercutting"; if the player that went out with "Gin" by emptying his hand without deadwood, he scores a 25 point bonus (and cannot be undercut, and the opponent cannot lay off deadwood to his Gin meld). The game continues with subsequent deals until one player's total score reaches at least 100. At that point, the winning player is awarded an additional 100 points (he also doubles this score if his opponent has not won a hand). Each player then scores an additional 25 points for each hand won. The winner is the player with the most points. (Numerous variants and much regional variation occurs in the values assigned to these scores, and many bonuses and additional variations in scoring exist.)

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Score 100 points.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Stu Ungar is widely regarded as the greatest gin rummy of all time. Now you know.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:


Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! Eh, just grab the card set from Hearts or Spades unless you want an electronic version.

Next Turn:
No, not with Founders and Gamma stuff.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:36:17 PM
# 20: Dominion

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b5/Dominion_game.jpg/200px-Dominion_game.jpg)
56 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Asbestos Bill)
Publication Date: 2008

Number of Players: 2-4

Designed by: Donald X. Vaccarino

Publisher: Rio Grande Games

Description:
In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can "buy" as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most efficient path to the precious victory points by game end.

From the back of the box: "You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion! In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and feodums. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner.

"But wait! It must be something in the air; several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. Your parents wouldn't be proud, but your grandparents, on your mother's side, would be delighted."

Hey, How Do I Win This?
The game ends under two conditions: when the stack of Province cards (the highest-value Victory card in the base game) has been exhausted, or when any three other stacks have been exhausted. At that time, the players count the number of Victory Points in their complete decks, and the player with the highest score is the winner. When playing with the expansions, other victory conditions may be introduced, but generally based on when a certain type of card is exhausted.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Every turn can be labeled as "A,B,C" You get an action phase, a buy phase and a clean-up phase.

In the 4 years since release, Dominion has had 7 expansions published.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
No. Just cards.

Awards & Stuff:
2010 Årets Familiespill (Norway), Winner, Family Game of the Year
2009 I Mensa HungarIQa Társasjátékverseny, Legjobb Stratégiai kártyajáték - I Mensa HungarIQa Boardgame competition, Best Strategy cardgame
2009 Japan Boardgame Prize, Game of the Year, Winner
2009 Spiel der Herzen, Game of the Year
2009 BoardGamer.ru Card Game of the Year.
2009 BoardGameGeek Golden Geek, Winner, Game of The Year and Card Game
2009 Deutscher Spiele Preis, Game of the Year, Winner
2009 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming winner
2009 Dice Tower Gaming Awards, Best Game of the Year, Winner
2009 Games 100, Best Family Strategy Game, Winner
2009 Guldbrikken, Årets Jurypris (Special Jury Prize), Winner
2009 FAIRPLAY Magazine, A la carte, Card Game of the Year, Winner
2009 Hra Roku (Czech Republic), Game of the Year, Winner
2009 J.U.G. Winner
2009 JoTa - Card-Game Winner (Critics / Audience)
2009 Lucca Games Best of Show (Italy), Winner, Best Card Game
2009 Ludoteca Ideale, Games of the Year
2009 Mensa Select, Winner
2009 Origins Awards, Winner, Best Card Game
2009 Spiel des Jahres Winner
2009 Vuoden aikuistenpeli Adult Game of the Year, Winner
2008 Meeples Choice Awards
2010 Nominated for the Juego del Año Tico.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
There's been a huge boom in constructed deck games in recent years, mostly inspired by Dominion. Warhammer: Invasion, for example.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $31.46 (http://www.amazon.com/Rio-Grande-Games-RGG370-Dominion/dp/B001JQY6K4/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343684724&sr=1-1&keywords=dominion)

Next Turn:
#19-11! Memory games, more RPGs, word games, head games (It's you and me baby and I can't take it any more. Head games. Don't wanna play no head games.) And I fumble around with the rules of still more card games! All this and more next time!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 30, 2012, 03:42:46 PM
A few random notes for today:

*The list may be late tomorrow or pushed to Wednesday as I've got some work stuff to take care of. We'll see how my schedule works out.

*A quick joke explanation from above:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I've never even heard of Ticket to Ride. It's funny how Wil Wheaton has become cool now (well I think he is anyway).

It's his blog. It rehabilitated his reputation in geeky circles. (Well, for most people at least. It actually moved moved me from neutral to antipathy regards Wil.) I mostly watch Tabletop to see Wil lose. He's quite obliging there.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Pak-Man on July 30, 2012, 04:05:19 PM
Ooh. Dominion looks like fun. I might have to track that one down. Don't know if I want to pay $30 for it, though...
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on July 30, 2012, 04:28:17 PM
# 22: Gin Rummy
Semi-interesting story. I had Gin Rummy on my list (kinda wish I had put it higher now that I think about it). The "interesting" bit is that the guy who taught me how to play it is also the first person I've ever known to be murdered. He was shot in the head during a convenience store robbery. And that wasn't even the first time he'd been shot in the head. I've never played the game again since then.

Sad thing is, he isn't the only person I've known who's been murdered...
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on July 30, 2012, 04:35:08 PM
I played a modified version of Operation at GenCon 2003.  You would play Operation, and the other players would try to distract you by yelling at you and throwing things at you.  Points were calculated based on how many pieces you could extract before setting off the buzzer.  Then the pieces would be reset for the next guy.  I was really good at the game, at least back then, so I won by a pretty big margin.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 30, 2012, 08:15:12 PM
Ooh. Dominion looks like fun. I might have to track that one down. Don't know if I want to pay $30 for it, though...

Dominion is a pretty cool game.  No board (though you need space for the stuff you want to buy) and actually rather easy to get the hang of.

# 24: Go

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CwACqrfcM1Y/TwLC1x9m1HI/AAAAAAAABK0/Te564yLxDcU/s1600/Go%25281%2529.jpg)

Always wanted to play this.  Largely because I was a fan of Hikaru no Go.

http://www.youtube.com/v/1_WMa42spAs

It also increased the popularity of Go in Japan immensely as it used to be seen as an "Old Man Game"

# 25: Scattergories

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a7/ScattergoriesBox.jpg/245px-ScattergoriesBox.jpg)

Loves me some Scattergories.  It's also a good game for ESL teaching.

# 26: Carcassone

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EJymhCkAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Those Germans make some damned fine board games.  Carcassone on X-Box Live is also pretty fun.

# 27: Ticket to Ride

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61dDQUfhuvL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

I like this one a lot, but I don't think I'll be playing it much anymore, since apparently my friend and his fiance who own it are all played out of this one.

Looking forward to seeing what comes up next.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on July 31, 2012, 09:40:54 AM
I love word games...I kicked ass at Scattergories.

Never heard of some of these though, like Ticket to Ride.  Sounds like a good game though.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 05:25:45 PM
Okay, let's see if I can sneak in some more entries.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 05:27:09 PM
# 19: Mastermind
a.k.a. Codebreaker

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2d/Mastermind.jpg/200px-Mastermind.jpg)
57 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by CJones)
Publication Date: 1971

Number of Players: 2

Designed by:   Mordecai Meirowitz

Publisher: Hasbro/ Pressman/Invicta Plastics

Description:
Guess the color of hidden pegs. A deduction game where each player takes turn making a limited number of guesses, using logic to deduce what pegs the opponent has hidden.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
By guessing the color combo before a certain number of guesses. (Usually 20)

Fun Gaming Facts:
Numeric and letter-based versions of Mastermind also exist.

Mastermind has been produced in electronic and non-electronic versions. There have been variations that use from 3-6 holes and 5-26 colors/numbers/words to guess.

Computer programs have been programmed that can deduce what the pattern is in a standard game in 4.3 moves. Keep that in mind next time you're on move 18 or so.

Here's the original box art from 1973.
(http://www.le.ac.uk/press/press/mastermind1.jpg)

Here's the same couple in 2006:
(http://www.le.ac.uk/press/press/mastermind2.jpg)

She's a computer programmer now, BTW.

Dice:
None

Purple and Orange?:
Sometimes. There have been a number of different colors used for the pegs, and purple and orange are sometimes used.

Awards & Stuff:
While the box art above says "Game of the Year" I can't read who gave that out. So it won something.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!   $8.97  (http://www.amazon.com/Pressman-Toy-Retro-Mastermind-Game/dp/B002EY5X5W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1343772302&sr=8-2&keywords=mastermind)

Next Turn:
 I'm guessing "flirty" because I think Tom is just choosing random cards from his hand.
 
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 05:33:02 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-plrdb_sHeTk/TijgJ7h8BoI/AAAAAAAAEdU/fmE5pBOG0VY/s1600/obi-wan.jpg)

These aren't the droids you're looking for.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 05:35:58 PM
# 18: Apples to Apples

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HHBli%2Bh7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

61 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Cole Stratton)

Publication Date: 1999

Number of Players: 4-10

Designed by: Matthew Kirby, Mark Alan Osterhaus

Publisher: Out of the Box Publishing/ Mattel

Description:
Apples to Apples consists only of two decks of cards: Things and Descriptions. Each turn, the current referee selects a Description and players try to pick, from the cards in their hands, the Things that best match that Description. The referee then chooses the Thing that appeals most and awards the card to the player who played it. The unusual combinations of Things and Descriptions are humorous to the extreme, and will quickly have the entire room in an uproar. Once a player has won a pre-determined number of cards, that player wins.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Win a certain number of cards before someone flips the table over in disgust at your choices.

Fun Gaming Facts:
I've met John Kovalic, the artist for this game. This was back when he was drawing a muskrat related comic strip, not these days when he's chillin' at Wil Wheaton's b-day party.

Target sells a variant called "Sour Apples to Apples"  where the judge chooses the best and the worst answer of the cards. The worst answer gets to spin on the punishment wheel and suffers for the next round with a minor penalty.

The Spanish edition is naturally called Manzanas con manzanas.

Dice:
Nope.

Purple and Orange?:
Unfortunately, no. The standard colors are red and green. Because, you know. Apples.

Awards & Stuff:
1999 Mensa Select Winner
2001 Origins Awards Winner, Best Card Game Supplement
2003 Japan Boardgame prize Winner, Best Japanese game
Games Magazine Hall of Fame

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Cards Against Humanity, which plays like Apples to Apples, but instead of nouns and descriptions, you have questions, such as "What's the next Happy Meal toy?" and rather inappropriate answers, such as "German dungeon porn" or "Eating all the cookies before the AIDS bake sale."  And the best answer gets an awesome point. Needless to say, it's not for everyone.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $22.99  (http://www.amazon.com/Apples-Party-Box-Hilarious-Comparisons/dp/B00112CHCK/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343776543&sr=1-1&keywords=apples+to+apples)

Next Turn:
I once saw someone set about 300 of these on fire.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 05:49:13 PM
# 17: Magic the Gathering

(https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcReUBRHaIIW_AqYiX-Opmtkef68Upu7zz1uHGtJiOdS8b4uTOnApQ)

62 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#5 by Johnny U)

Publication Date: 1993

Number of Players: 2

Designed by: Richard Garfield

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast/ Hasbro

Description:
Magic: The Gathering (MTG; also known as Magic) is the first collectible card game, created by Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic continues to thrive, with approximately twelve million players as of 2011. Magic can be played by two or more players each using a deck of printed cards or a deck of virtual cards through the Internet-based Magic: The Gathering Online or third-party programs.

Each game represents a battle between mighty wizards, known as "planeswalkers", who employ spells, items, and creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
By either reducing your opponent to zero life points or below or by being the last player with cards in your draw deck.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Magic begun the collectable card game genre, which dominated the gaming scene throughout the 90s. There are fewer CCGs around these days, but they're still around.

The two rarest cards in the game are a card given to the 1996 World Champion (Aussie Tom Chanpheng, BTW) and a card to celebrate the opening of the magic center in Japan. In both cases, only a single card exists in the world. Additionally, Richard Garfield used a Magic card to propose to his wife and also to celebrate the birth of his first two children. But there are 15 of each of those in the world, so they're not rare at all.

Magic the Gathering was shown on ESPN2 for a while. It wasn't exactly the most spellbinding of presentations to watch.

And those 300 cards burned above to show people at a con that "they were just frigging cards?" Today, those cards would be worth thousands of dollars. Yeah, Mr. "You Magic Players suck" probably regrets that these days.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
No. While purple and orange are used in the artwork of some cards, the main colors in magic are red, blue, green, white and black. Although Phil Folgio predicted orange mana back in 1994. (http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20080713)

Wow, Phil made more What's New comics after The Duelist? How did I not know that?

Awards & Stuff:
2005 Origins Awards Winner, Collectable Card Game or Expansion of the Year (for "Ravnica: City of Guilds").
2005 Årets Spill Nominee, Strategy Game of the Year (for 9th Edition).
1998 Origins Awards Winner, Best Card Game Expansion or Supplement (for "Urza's Saga").
1996 Golden Ace, (Game of the Year, France) Winner
1995 A la carte Fairplay Magazine prize for card games 1st Place.
1994 Mensa Select Winner
1994 Lucca Games Best of Show (Italy), Winner, Best Translated Game
1993 Origins Awards Winner, Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Boardgame and Best Graphic Presentation of a Boardgame.
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Oh, let's say Legend of the Five Rings, a CCG based on a fantasy version of the Orient with dueling clans. And it's just about to release its 10,000th different card at GenCon. And yay, Toku.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! Here, have a core set fat Pack (http://www.amazon.com/Magic-2013-Core-Set-Pack/dp/B0086W3M9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343779479&sr=1-1&keywords=magic+the+gathering+2013)

Next Turn:
A classy, urbane game.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 05:57:32 PM
But first, more Magic stuff that I didn't want to stick in that entry.

Since Magic began, people have been creating homemade magic cards. Pretty much any genre imaginable has had folks make Magic cards for it.

Twilight
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Celebs:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

MST3k
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
(None for Rifftrax though, although a GIS gives ...interesting... results. (No, not porny.)

Googly Eyes
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Although I think that's a real card with googly eyes attached to it.

The President
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Monty Python
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Dune
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Radioactive Man
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
(One of my favorite cards ever, BTW.)

And yes, even My Little Pony
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And sadly, I'm not sure if that's a random fan made card or one from the "official" fan made MLP set.

Curse you bronies for making me ask that.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

This one though? It's a real card.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 06:01:11 PM
# 16: Backgammon

(http://cdn.free-slots.me.uk/wp-content/uploads/backgammon_board3.jpg)

71 Points (On 4 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Tripe and Gojikranz)

Publication Date: Approx 3000 BC
 
Number of Players: 2
 
Designed by:   Unknown
 
Publisher: Public Domain
 
Description:
Backgammon is a classic abstract strategy game dating back thousands of years. Each player has a set of 15 "men" that must be moved from their starting positions, around, and then off the board. Dice are thrown each turn, and each player must decide which of his men to move based on the outcome of the roll. Players can capture each other's men, forcing the captured men to restart their journey around the board. The winner is the first player to get all 15 men off the board. A more recent addition to the game is the "doubling cube", which allows players to up the stakes of the game, as it is often played for money. Although the game relies on dice to determine movement, there is a large degree of strategy in deciding how to make the most effective moves given each dice roll as well as measuring the risk in terms of possible rolls the opponent may get.

Backgammon may be the first game to be mentioned in written history, going back 5,000 years to the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia. During the 1920's, archaeologists unearthed five boards from a cemetery in the ancient town of Ur. At another location, pieces and dice were also found along with the board. Boards from ancient Egypt have also been recovered from the tomb of Tutanchamun, including a mechanical dice box, no doubt intended to stop cheaters.

It was often enjoyed by the upper classes and is sometimes called "The Aristocratic Game." The Roman Emperor Claudius was known to be such a fan that he had a set built into his coach so he could play as he traveled (the world's first travel edition?).

The rules in English were standardized in 1743 by Edmond Hoyle. These remained popular until the American innovations of the 1930's.
 
Hey, How Do I Win This[size=0pt]?
Remove all 15 of your pieces before your opponent. Do that before they remove any checkers and get a gammon for double the points. Do that before they remove any checkers from the starting area and get a backgammon for triple the points.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
A wordy quote regarding the different names of the game:
Quote
The names of the game were many. In Persia, Takhteh Nard which means "Battle on Wood". In Egypt, Tau, which may be the ancestor of Senat. In Rome, Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum ("game of twelve marks"), later, Tabula ("table"), and by the sixth century, Alea ("dice"). In ancient China, T-shu-p-u and later in Japan, Sugoroko. The English name may derive from "Bac gamen" meaning "Back Game", referring to re-entry of taken stones back to the board.
The doubling cube is an American creation, dating back to the 1920s.
 
Hugh Hefner used to host backgammon parties at the Playboy Club. No that's not a euphemism for anything other than playing backgammon.
 
Dice:
Yes! A pair of six siders plus the doubling cube.
 
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_bAK6EsBXdwc/SFNCovTPvWI/AAAAAAAAAWc/1BcoLFR7f7o/s400/is4.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
Nope/
 
Awards & Stuff:
None.
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
 
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $16.29 (http://www.amazon.com/Backgammon-Board-Game-Inlaid-Wood/dp/B001AX4HOQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343780482&sr=1-6&keywords=backgammon)
 
Next Turn:
I've actually seen more fistfights involving this than with poker.
 
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on July 31, 2012, 06:26:54 PM
# 20: Mastermind
Fantastic game, almost had fourth place on my list had to settle for fifth.

# 19: Chess
Highest Vote: (#1 by CJones)
*Ahem*

# 16: Backgammon
Also splendid. :)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 07:06:35 PM
*Ahem*

Oh , hell. That's not an ahem, that's a "say, what does that flashing light on the reactor console mean?"
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 07:07:15 PM
And we take a quick moment to recalculate numbers as there's a duplicate entry.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on July 31, 2012, 07:14:18 PM
Out of my 3,4,5,6 and 7, my #4 Mastermind is the first to make it (my numbers 1 & 2 were givens, and there was no chance they wouldn't make it).

I suspect 5 will make it. 6 probably not, even though it won the Spiel des Jahres. I'm surprised not to have seen my #3 by now. I have a bad feeling, if it was going to show up, it would have already. Then again, I fully expected Chess to take number 1 easily, so who knows. Finally my number 7 is another trick taking card game, and we've had several of them, and that's not even including Bridge. Before the internet, I'd never seen anyone play, or even mention this game, since my grandmother taught me how to play it. She'd invite me (I'm about 12 at this point) and three of her elderly female friends over, and we'd play it. Yep little kid me versus 3 old women.

After my grandmother's passing I haven't played the game, which is a shame, cause I really liked it. I simply don't know anyone who knows how to play it, and I can't remember the rules well enough to explain it.

Oh, and I checked my Mastermind. It has that same cover (the one where they're younger) except the game of the year star is on the right instead of the left. The first word is "Awarded". It says nothing about awarded by whom, or what year. And might I add: TWENTY GUESSES?! The one I have gives you ten. I guess they figure kids are getting stupider and stupider.   
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on July 31, 2012, 07:17:26 PM
And we take a quick moment to recalculate numbers as there's a duplicate entry.
What do you mean a duplicate entry?
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 07:22:25 PM
And we take a quick moment to recalculate numbers as there's a duplicate entry.
What do you mean a duplicate entry?

A glitch in the Matrix. A strange sense of Deja vu that came when reading the remaining entries.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 07:26:33 PM

Oh, and I checked my Mastermind. It has that same cover (the one where they're younger) except the game of the year star is on the right instead of the left. The first word is "Awarded". It says nothing about awarded by whom, or what year. And might I add: TWENTY GUESSES?! The one I have gives you ten. I guess they figure kids are getting stupider and stupider.

Or I misremembered how many chances you get. One of the two.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 07:27:09 PM
Anyway, where was I?  Oh yeah, 15.

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on July 31, 2012, 07:27:57 PM
The set I used had 15 slots on it.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 07:28:21 PM
#15: Uno

(https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT6HuUjKloqAoE6DwsT8FEMLPnQQnySrdwKeQoKqmICb9aMFeB9uw)

72Points (On 7 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#7 by DB Barnes)

Publication Date:1971

Number of Players: 2-10

Designed by:   Merle Robbins

Publisher: Mattel

Description:
Players race to empty their hands and catch opposing players with cards left in theirs, which score points. In turns, players attempt to play a card by matching its color, number, or word to the topmost card on the discard pile. If unable to play, players draw a card from the draw pile, and if still unable to play, they pass their turn. Wild and special cards spice things up a bit.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Be the first player to play you last card. You then score points based on teh cards remaining in other players' hands. first player to a cetain point value (generally 100) wins.

Fun Gaming Facts:
The Uno world championship is held annually in Moscow. No, I have no idea why there. The last championship game took 5 hours and 16 minutes to play.  (The 2012 tourney is next week, BTW.)

There are psychological studies that detail people's tells in Uno games.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
No. Uno uses the traditional four colors.

Awards & Stuff:
None

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Crazy eights, which plays quite similarly to Uno. Plus, it's O-Ren Ishii's gang, divided by 11.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!  $6.55  (http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-42003-Uno-Card-Game/dp/B00004TZY8/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343783597&sr=1-1&keywords=uno)

Next Turn:
My one game rant in this list!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on July 31, 2012, 07:29:16 PM
Well I notice that Chess has mysteriously vanished. I knew it couldn't be at #19.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 07:31:38 PM
# 14: Hungry Hungry  Hippos

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SPIu7M2SL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

73 Points (On 7 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#10 by Thrifty)

Publication Date: 1966

Number of Players: 2-4

Designed by: Fred Kroll, Masatoshi Todokoro

Publisher: Milton Bradley/ Hasbro

Description:
Two to four players, each controlling a plastic hippo, try to gobble as many marbles off the playing field as possible.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
It's just above here. The description was a whole sentence long. You're so lazy that you couldn't read that?

Fun Gaming Facts:
My rant. Okay, watch this commercial.
http://www.youtube.com/v/R1x8GzWZbpU?version=3&

Did you watch it? Good. See the kids in the video? That's not how you play the game.

Oh, it may be the way you played the game, since you know, you've seen it played in that way in the commercials, but that's not the way the game was originally supposed to be played. When the game was originally released, the rules for the game were to release a single marble onto the field and the players then try to chomp it then the next player released of one their marbles. Yes, one marble at a time. And yes, it does play exactly as boringly as it sounds. 

But at some point, possibly due to the realization that no child on the planet actually played it in a method other than "send as many marbles as possible" onto the field, Milton Bradley added an "advanced" rule that just affirmed the way that everyone played it in the first place.  So now you know.

Also, in a 1990 New Yorker, Edward Allen wrote a short story named after the game. The New Yorker's synopsis:
Quote
The narrator reminisces about his first year out of college, in the seventies, when he was unemployed and spent his time watching television. He lived in a cabin, in what had once been a Jewish summer resort. His taste ran to reruns of shows from the fifties and sixties. He especially remembers the commercials, particularly one for a children's game called "Hungry Hungry Hippos." In the nineties, he thinks about the days in the seventies when he chose to live among the remains of the fifties and sixties, and could have used some encouragement about the eighties. He wishes that he could go back and tell himself that his poverty would be as insubstantial as his education. Aboard an airplane during a business trip in the present, he recalls the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" as a symbol of his experience in the seventies.

Sounds like a laugh a minute fun ride!


Dice:
No.

Purple and Orange?:
Yes! Orange is used as a standard color and that pink-looking hippo is allegedly purple.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $22.23 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-5297-Hungry-Hippos/dp/B001RNJ8WK/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343784726&sr=1-1&keywords=hungry+hungry+hippos+game)

Next Turn:
We take a trip into Hinduism.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 08:09:27 PM
#13: Chutes and Ladders
a.k.a. Snakes and Ladders

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a7/Snakes_and_Ladders.jpg/250px-Snakes_and_Ladders.jpg)
75 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#3 by Monty)
Publication Date: 200 BC

Number of Players: 2-6

Designed by: Unknown

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
Traditional game from ancient India was brought to the UK in 1892 and first commercially published in the USA by Milton Bradley in 1943 (as Chutes and Ladders). Players travel along the squares sometimes using ladders, which represent good acts, that allow the player to come closer to nirvana while the snakes were slides into evil.

Wow. How profound.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
By achieving Nirvana, man. Or by reaching the last square. Whatever.

Fun Gaming Facts:
There are Canadian versions of the game where the chutes are replaced by toboggans. No, really.

Oh, hey. Hello Kitty again.
(http://shop.target.com.au/medias/sys_master/public/9095425622046.jpg)


Dice:
Yes! A six sider!

(http://openclipart.org/people/wirelizard/six_sided_dice.svg)

Purple and Orange?:
No.

Awards & Stuff:
Just the joy of achieving good karma, man.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Candyland! Although without the karmic reward. I guess that makes it Unitarian.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $12.00 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4555-S5-Chutes-Ladders/dp/B00000DMF6/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343785994&sr=1-1&keywords=chutes+ladders)

Next Turn:
For fun I'll do the next entry without any punctuation.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 08:11:48 PM

# 12: Yahtzee

(http://www.hasbro.com/common/productimages/en_US/8f0b984e6d4010148bf09efbf894f9d4/B3BF9C98D56FE1124DE361D02C0A680E.jpg)

81 Points (On 3 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#9 by Kete)
And three votes at #13 too.

Publication Date: 1956

Number of Players: 2-10

Designed by: Unknown

Publisher: Milton Bradley

Description:
Yahtzee is a dice game made by Milton Bradley (now owned by Hasbro), which was first marketed by game entrepreneur Edwin S. Lowe in 1956. The game is a development of earlier dice games such as Yacht and Generala. A public domain version of Yahtzee, which is popular especially in Scandinavia, is Yatzy. Yahtzee is also similar to the English game of Poker Dice and the Cheerio dice game.

The object of the game is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make one of the thirteen possible scoring combinations. A game consists of thirteen rounds during which the player chooses which scoring combination is to be used in that round. Once a combination has been used in the game, it cannot be used again.

The scoring combinations have varying point values, some of which are fixed values and others of which have the cumulative value of the dice. A Yahtzee is five-of-a-kind and holds the game's highest point value of 50 (not counting multiple "Yahtzees" in the same game).

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Get more points than the other players. And try to say as many sentences as possible without pausing at all.

Fun Gaming Facts:
According to Hasbro, the game was invented in 1954 by an anonymous Canadian couple, who called it "The Yacht Game" because they played it on their yacht with their friends. Two years later they asked Emily Hoot if She would make up some sets to be given as gifts to their friends who enjoyed the game. Hoot perceived the possibility of marketing the game, and acquired the rights to the game from the couple in exchange for 1,000 gift sets. This story is expanded by Hoot in the 1973 book, A Toy is Born by Marvin Kaye. The story is reported much the same way in several books on games.

Peter Marshal once hosted a game show based on Yahtzee.

50 million copies of Yahtzee are sold every year.

Yahtzee has been cited as a precipitating factor in a case of domestic violence (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/28/ian-stuart-wood-arrested-_n_985636.html#s381688&title=Albert_Tejeda)  and as the motive for at least one murder. (http://www.kare11.com/news/article/930082/391/Dispute-over-Yahtzee-game-may-be-motive-for-mothers-murder)

Oh, and yes. Hello Kitty again.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514kf07RulL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Dice:
Yes! 5 glorious dice, all waiting to be rolled!

(http://www.pokerstore.com/images/dice_5red_16mm.jpg)

And yes, I know Yahtzee uses white dice only.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope.

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
The above mentioned Yacht, which predates Yahtzee and has slightly different scoring. Still dicey though.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $9.06 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-00950-Yahtzee/dp/B00000IWH6/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343786128&sr=1-1&keywords=yahtzee)

Next Turn:
Well the joke is spoiled, but I'll use that image anyway.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on July 31, 2012, 08:21:45 PM
# 11: Battleship
a.k.a. Battleships or Sea Battle

(http://skirtonthemat.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/death-battleship.jpg?w=500)

94 Points (On 7 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#6 by Thrifty)

Publication Date: 1967 with earlier versions predating WWI

Number of Players: 2

Designed by: Unknown

Publisher: Milton Bradley

Description:
Battleship (also Battleships or Sea Battle) is a guessing game for two players. It is known worldwide as a pencil and paper game which predates World War I. It was published by Milton Bradley Company in 1943 as the pad-and-pencil game "Broadsides, the Game of Naval Strategy", and as a board game in 1967.

5 ships of varying sizes are deployed onto a 10x10 grid and the players must deduce where the opposing ships are by shooting at them using the grid co-ordinates, i.e. "B-5."

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Sink your opponent's ships before they do the same.

Fun Gaming Facts:
One standard variant of the game is the "salvo" version where each player gets as many shots each turn as they have ships remaining.

The most recent version of Battleship uses a hexagonal map, a "captured man" on an island that must be found and two non-straight pieces (the carrier and a triangular weapons platform.)

In 2011, Hasbro introduced a miniatures based version of the game called Battleship Galaxies. It has pegs and the name, but not much else in similarity.

There are also Star Wars and PotC versions of the game.

Other similar games published:
Salvo (1938), Combat: The Battleship Game (1933), Broadsides (1943), Sink It (1943), Salvo (from Ideal this time, 1961), Swiss Navy, Sunk, Convoy, Wings, Naval Battle. And on electronic versions include Naval Strike, Naval Combat, Naval Clash, Advanced Mission, Super Battleship, Grid Attack and Battlefield.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
No, grey ships. Red and white pegs.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $19.99 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-37083-Classic-Battleship-Edition/dp/B007GE6VMO/ref=sr_1_3?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343791020&sr=1-3&keywords=battleship) It's the movie tie-in version too.

Next Turn:
The top 10! I can't say anything without spoiling it other than one entry might seem familiar. See you then!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 31, 2012, 08:49:55 PM
# 14: Hungry Hungry  Hippos

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SPIu7M2SL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Wow, really?  The popularity beyond saying the name of the game surprises me.  You really just push down on the tails a lot and hope for the best in my experience.

I still love Magic the Gathering.  Some of the new deck stuff isn't always fun, but I really enjoy it, even though I don't play it that much anymore.

Best representation of the Magic experience.
http://www.youtube.com/v/Ze7Jw7Ky-Ys

Also, 2:46 is every experience I have listening to rules to a new game.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: gojikranz on August 01, 2012, 12:41:06 AM
i dont really get the hungry hungry hippos love.  battleship is pretty good we had the electric star wars version it was pretty awesome. 

l love backgammon its pretty much my go to though i generally play it on the computer not a tabletop...
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on August 01, 2012, 12:14:03 PM
# 16: Backgammon

Related Games that Received Votes:
Two on my list are relatives if not direct ancestors of it, and I assume they'll not be showing up as we get into to the top ten.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on August 01, 2012, 12:35:51 PM
i dont really get the hungry hungry hippos love.

Well it's better than playing The Waiting Game.

I voted for Hungry Hungry Hippos, as you can see.  I can't really explain it either.  I guess I just really like the game when I was a kid for some reason.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Darth Geek on August 01, 2012, 12:38:38 PM
SO Chutes and Ladders has an ancient historic, religious background? That's like learning Hungry Hungry Hippos is a deep metaphor for starvation in Africa.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 51 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 12:49:16 PM

Two on my list are relatives if not direct ancestors of it, and I assume they'll not be showing up as we get into to the top ten.

Yeah, but I'm trying to not use games that actually were nominated as that would show whether or not they ended up on the list.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 12:49:44 PM
Anyway, five more entries and then I head off to lunch!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 12:52:50 PM
# 10: Dungeons & Dragons

(http://www.trollandtoad.com/images/products/pictures/133073.jpg)

98 Points (On 5 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Johnny U & Compound)

Publication Date: 1974

Number of Players: 2+

Designed by: E. Gary Gygax

Publisher: TSR/ Wizards of the Coast/ Hasbro

Description:
A fantasy role playing game where one player takes the role of "dungeon master" whose role is to guide the other players on an adventure and the remaining players play adventures who do their best to successfully complete the adventure. In theory.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
You don't.  D&D often just ends. Just like life.

No, not the one with the little cars.

Fun Gaming Facts:
By 2004, more than 1 billion dollars had been spend on D&D products and the game had been played by more than 20 million people. (Including James Franco on Freaks & Geeks.)

The game has been the basis for many movies, some horror related (Knight Chills), some "True Crime" (Mazes and Monsters), some adventure related (Cloak & Dagger, The Hard Way) and three not very well done movies titled "Dungeons and Dragons."

Game creator E. Gary Gygax is likely the only game designer to ever appear on Futurama and the game itself inspired one of the Futurama movies.

Some well known D&D players include Robin Williams, Vin Diesel (who has a tattoo of one of his characters' names), Steven Colbert, Bill Amend, Karl Urban, Kurt Schilling, Tim Duncan and that Wil Wheaton guy.

The iconic Rust monster, who eats the valuable weapons and gear that players collect over their adventures, was based on a figure found in a bag of random monsters found in a dime store.

Dice:
Hell yes.  D&D uses at least 3 (sometimes 4) six siders, a pair of ten sided dice plus four sided, eight sided, twelve sided and the heavily used twenty sided die.

(http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Speckled%20pages/Speckled%20graphics/Polysets/25303Fire.jpg) (http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Speckled%20pages/Speckled%20graphics/16mms/Fire16.jpg) (http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Speckled%20pages/Speckled%20graphics/16mms/Fire16.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
Well, no. No pieces after all. (Quiet, 4th ed. players. Minis are optional.)

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame
Origins Awards - All time Best Role Playing Rules of 1977
Origins Awards- Best Roleplaying rules - 1989
Origins Awards- Best Roleplaying Game- 2000

Related Games that Received Votes:
Gurps.

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Well, there a gajillion RPGs out there. Just in the fantasy genre, you have highly acclaimed ones such as Runequest, Pendragon or Ars Magica, less known ones like Adventures in High Fantasy or, er, yeah, those, like Synnibar or Spawn of Fashan.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!   $13.59 (http://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Dragons-Fantasy-Roleplaying-Game/dp/0786956291/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343845209&sr=8-1&keywords=dungeons+and+dragons)

Next Turn:
No. I'm not doing the joke.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 12:57:51 PM
# 9: Settlers of Catan

(http://images.amazon.com/images/G/01/toys/detail-page/B000W7JWUA-2-lg.jpg)

111 Points (On 6 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Kete)

Publication Date: 1995

Number of Players: 3-4 Or even more with expansions.

Designed by: Klaus Teuber

Publisher: Mayfair/ Capcom/ Many others

Description:
In Settlers of Catan, players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players collect these resources to build up their civilizations to get to 10 victory points and win the game.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Be the first player to get 10 victory points, which are obtained by building roads, cities, armies and other stuff.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Over 15 million copies of Settlers of Catan have been sold and it is available in 30 different languages.

There have been a gajillion spinoff games involving Catan, including expansions with seafarers, knights, pyramid building, the Trojan war and the space-faring Starfarers of Catan.

There is also a Settlers of Cannan game, for the more religious out there.

A novelization of Settlers (http://www.amazon.com/The-Settlers-Catan-Rebecca-Gable/dp/1611090814/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343851031&sr=8-1&keywords=catan+book) also exists, for the curious.

In August, Mayfair will be releasing Star Trek: Catan, a Catan variant using the setting of Star Trek: the Original series. It will be sold exclusively at Target. Curse you, Mayfair. I've got enough to buy already this fall.

And speaking of Star Trek, here's Wil Wheaton again:
http://www.youtube.com/v/o3WJTlDa7oo?version=3&

And hey, Settlers of Cataan, pizza edition:
(http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic65551_md.jpg)

Dice:
Yes! two six sided dice.

(http://www.lordkilgore.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2d6.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
Sometimes. Orange is sometimes used for piece colors, but it changes from version to version.

Awards & Stuff:
1995 Spiel des Jahres Game of the Year
1995 Deutscher Spiele Preis 1st place
1995 Essen Feather
1995 Meeples' Choice Award
1996 Origins Award for Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Board Game
2004 Hra roku
2005 Games Magazine Hall of Fame
2005 Gra Roku Game of the Year

Related Games that Received Votes:
Dominion & Carcassone, which both involve city/culture building, albeit in very different ways.

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $32.00 (http://www.amazon.com/MayFair-Games-MFG3061-Settlers-Catan/dp/B000W7JWUA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343845745&sr=8-1&keywords=catan)

Next Turn:
Hey, I could use another picture with Death here too!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 01:03:03 PM
# 8: Clue
a.k.a. Cluedo

(http://sixwordstochangetheworld.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/clue-game.jpg)

135 Points (On 11 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#4 by Mrs. Dick Courier)

Publication Date: 1949

Number of Players: 3-6

Designed by: Anthony E. Pratt

Publisher: Parker Brothers

Description:
The classic detective game! In Clue, players move from room to room in a mansion to solve the mystery of: who done it, with what, and where? Players are dealt character, weapon, and location cards after the top card from each card type is secretly placed in the confidential file in the middle of the board. Players must move to a room and then make an accusation against a character saying they did it in that room with a specific weapon. The player to the left must show one of any cards accused to the accuser if in that player's hand. Through deductive reasoning each player must figure out which character, weapon, and location are in the secret file. To do this, each player must uncover what cards are in other players hands by making more and more accusations. Once a player knows what cards the other players are holding they will know what cards are in the secret file.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Be the first to deduce who killed Mr. Boddy.

No, not Mr. Black.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Parker Brothers sold a unique version "Clue" for the US market, while Waddingtons sold their version "Cluedo" in the UK. Both companies used slightly different maps and rules. However, in the early 90s Hasbro bought both companies and starting in 2002, just produced one version for both markets. (Although the titles in both markets remained the same.)

Clue has had several dozen spinoff games including VHS versions, expanded versions with more rooms, characters and murder weapons, Museum heists, children's versions (which lack an actual murder), versions set on trains, Secrets and Spies, the updated Clue: Discover the Secrets and various computer games using the name. Oh, and the movie too.

Licensed versions of Clue include the Simpsons, Alfred Hitchcock, 24, Scooby-Doo, Seinfeld (yes, really), the Office, Harry Potter, Family Guy, Arrested Development and Dungeons & Dragons.

There was also a Clue: Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror, making this the only Clue game to be based on a theme park ride based on a tv show at a theme park owned by a major film studio.

Dice:
Yes! However, some editions use one die and others use two dice.

(http://www.lordkilgore.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2d6.jpg)
Purple and Orange?:
Halfsies. Professor Plum has been a character since the beginning but there are no orange pieces in the game.

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee

Related Games that Received Votes:
Kill Dr. Lucky

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
221b Baker Street, where players race around and collect clues in an attempt to solve a mystery.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $19.99 (http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-1137-Classic-Edition/dp/B00349MPQQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343848189&sr=1-1&keywords=clue) for the "classic" version, rather than the recent redo of the game.

Next Turn:
Oh, I hope no one was voting for Conway's version of this...
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 01:03:47 PM
Oh, hai Death.

 (http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/9551/deathclue.jpg)
 
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 01:09:29 PM
 
# 7: The Game of Life
(http://andrewejenkins.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/the-game-of-life.jpg)

138 Points (On 8 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Pak-Man)

Publication Date: 1860/ 1960
 
Number of Players: 2-6
 
Designed by: Milton Bradley (Yep, he existed), Reuben Klamer, Bill Markham
 
Publisher: Milton Bradley
 
Description:
A game where a number of players embark on the great journey of life, where they are born, go to school, get jobs, get married, have children and eventually retire, all while driving cute little cars.
 
The modern game consists of a track on which players travel by spinning a small wheel (in the center of the board) with spaces numbered 1 through 10. The board also contains small mountains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain), buildings, and other three-dimensional (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-dimensional_space) objects. Playing pieces are small, colored, plastic automobiles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile) which come in red, blue, white, yellow, orange, and green; each car has six holes in the top in which blue and/or pink "people pegs" are placed throughout the game as the player "gets married" and has or adopts "children". Some "early modern" editions have eight automobiles.
 
Hey, How Do I Win This[size=0pt]?
The player with the highest dollar amount at the end of the game wins! Just like in real life.
 
Fun Gaming Facts:
The AARP has criticized the game for implying that life ends at retirement.  Fuck off, AARP.

 Life is based on "The Chequered Game of Life" which was created in 1860 by Milton Bradley. That version used a modified chess board where landing on certain spaces would give you points with the goal of getting 100 points to win the game. This version used a top to determine how far you moved as rolling a die was considered to be gambling at the time.
 
Licensed versions of Life include Star Wars: A Jedi's Path, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sailor Moon, Monsters Inc, Pokemon, Spongebob, Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones, Family Guy, the Simpsons and a "Rock Star Edition" which involves lots of "wrecking hotel rooms" spaces.
 
Dice:
None. Life uses a spinner.
 
Purple and Orange?:
Yes. Purple and orange cars tend to be included.
 
Awards & Stuff:
None.
 
Related Games that Received Votes:
 
Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Not a board game, but Princess Maker pops into mind. Payday too, I guess.
 
Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $17.82 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4000-Game-of-Life/dp/B00000IWD7/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343849168&sr=1-1&keywords=life)
 
Next Turn:
14 straight hours of this on ESPN 2!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on August 01, 2012, 01:13:49 PM
There was also a game show in the UK based on Cluedo. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluedo_(UK_game_show))
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 01:16:51 PM
# 6: Poker

(http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/files/2009/05/rtr1gahq1poker.jpg)

141 Points (On 9 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by CJones)

Publication Date: 1810

Number of Players: 2-10

Designed by: Unknown

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
Poker is played with a standard deck of 52-cards, and sometimes Jokers are added as wild cards. (I'm having a Simpsons flashback here.) The object of the game is to win the pot which contains all the bets the players have made in a deal. Players are dealt cards which are usually reduced to a Poker hand of five (5) cards. Betting and bluffing are used in rounds until all bets are squared up, or until all other players have conceded the pot (folded). If all bets have been squared up, the rounds are followed by a "showdown" in which all hands are fully revealed; the one with the best combination of a Poker hand of five (5) cards being the winner.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Get better hands than your opponent and get all of their money.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Poker's popularity spiked in the early 21st century after the introduction of online poker and the invention of the hole card camera for televised games.

Ten episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation involved poker in some fashion.

There are many, many poker variants including draw, stud, hold-em, donkey, Pai Tai, Klotsky and many, many others. I'm not going to explain them all.

Strip poker is a traditional poker variation where players remove clothing when they lose bets. I'd be shocked if anyone here had ever heard of this rare variant though.

Well known celebrity poker fanatics include Jennifer Tilly, Gabe Kaplan, Tobey Maguire (who is alleged to have won over $10 million dollars off of other Hollywood celebs), Michael Phelps, James Woods, Ben Affleck, Wil Wheaton (again) and, of course, Chris Hanel.

Dice:
None. Unless you're playing poker dice.

Purple and Orange?:
Nope.

Awards & Stuff:
None.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $1.45 (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dtoys-and-games&field-keywords=poker) You'll still need chips though.

Next Turn:
We get wordy again.

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 01:18:04 PM
There was also a game show in the UK based on Cluedo. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluedo_%28UK_game_show%29)

Australia as well.

Okay, the list will resume in a few hours.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Pak-Man on August 01, 2012, 01:24:39 PM
The old school game of life where you play the stock market and get a chance at the end to risk it all to auto-win in a mansion is the bomb. Modern Life is too over-simplified. (The exact opposite of ACTUAL modern life! :^))
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on August 01, 2012, 01:28:08 PM
There was also a game show in the UK based on Cluedo. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluedo_%28UK_game_show%29)

Australia as well.
I will have to watch some of that; the UK version was was pretty fun most of the time, controversies about art imitating life for one of the actors notwithstanding.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on August 01, 2012, 02:20:06 PM
# 6: Poker
What I really like about Poker, besides the mathematical and psychological parts, is the fact that's it's really a crap load of different versions of the same game smashed together. Unlike trick taking games, where you have to pick one version and stick with it, in Poker, the one you play can change from one hand to the next. The dealer specifies the rules of the game, and everyone else has to go along with it. Of the popular varieties, I'm not a big fan of 5-card draw. But I do like 5 or 7 card stud, and Texas Hold 'em.

Oh and I played one of the VHS versions of Clue. It had a butler named Diddit.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 04:16:55 PM
# 5: Scrabble

(http://www.almightydad.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/scrabble-large.jpg)

147 Points (On 9 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by DB Barnes)

Publication Date: 1948

Number of Players: 2-4

Designed by:   Alfred Mosher Butts

Publisher: Mattel/ Hasbro

Description:
Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a gameboard marked with a 15-by-15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Score more points from words than your opponents.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Scrabble is sold in 121 countries and there are 29 different language versions. Approximately 150 million sets have been sold worldwide, and sets are found in roughly one-third of American homes.

Boardgamegeek.com notes that this is unplayable is other languages. Duh.

The Hub currently runs a game show called Scrabble Showdown, which is based on the game. And in 1987, Chuck Woolery hosted a Scrabble game show as well.

The highest theoretical score in a game of Scrabble is 2015.

In 1984, two players set the Guinness World Record by playing Scrabble for 153 hours straight. Guinness has since stopped recording these types of records as they feel that they are too dangerous.

The tile set:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/63/Scrabbletileset.png/220px-Scrabbletileset.png)

And Randall Munroe notes:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I get excited by being able to spell "Ostrich" too.

Dice:
None at all.

Purple and Orange?:
No.

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee

Related Games that Received Votes:
Boggle & Upwords.

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Skip-a-cross, which is Scrabble but with a different name. Apparently it was licensed from Hasbro one year when there were a lack of Scrabble sets available for sale.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $19.46 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4024-S5-Scrabble-Crossword/dp/B00000IWDB/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1343862956&sr=8-2&keywords=scrabble)

Next Turn:
War. Huh. What *is* it good for?
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 04:23:40 PM
# 4: Risk

(http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/a2/6/AAAAAjR1CSgAAAAAAKJhQA.jpg?v=1196541379000)

159 Points (On 10 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#2 by Amazing thor)

Publication Date: 1959

Number of Players: 2-6

Designed by:   Albert Lamorisse, Michael I. Levin

Publisher: Parker Brothers

Description:
Risk is a strategic board game, produced by Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro). It was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse and originally released in 1957 as La Conquête du Monde ("The Conquest of the World") in France. Risk is a turn-based game for two to six players. The standard version is played on a board depicting a political map of the Earth, divided into forty-two territories, which are grouped into six continents. The primary object of the game is "world domination," or "to occupy every territory on the board and in so doing, eliminate all other players." Players control armies with which they attempt to capture territories from other players, with results determined by dice rolls.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
By taking over the world!

Fun Gaming Facts:

Risk has had many alternate versions released over the years. Even most of the licensed versions tend to have different rules than the basic game, rather than just changing the images on the board and pieces, which is the standard for most licenses. These spin off games include Castle Risk, Risk Napoleon, Risk 2210 AD, Risk: Lord of the Rings, Risk Godstorm (a CCG-ish version), Risk Clone Wars, Risk Transformers, Risk Narnia, Risk Metal Gear Solid and Risk Factor.

The most recent release of Risk is Risk Legacy where the game changes the more time you play the game. I won't say more due to spoilers.

A few "anti-Risk" games exist where your goal is to be peaceful. In Glasnost the Game, for example, your goal is to be the first to achieve the complete disarmament of your territories. Ironically, the goal can only be completed after you conquer almost all of the world.

Dice:
Yes! 5 six sided dice, 3 for the attacker, 2 for the defense.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5a/Risk-dice-example.jpg/220px-Risk-dice-example.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
At various times, yes. Not at the moment though.

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Supremacy, where you're trying to take over the world using your armies and navies as well as strategic weaponry. It usually ends up in a nuclear holocaust though.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!  $28.77 (http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-Games-Risk-1959/dp/B001Q1PE44/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1343859430&sr=8-3&keywords=risk+board+game) This is the 1959 reprint with wooden pieces. the current issue of the game has different rules than previous versions of the game.

Next Turn:
Pie. Piece. Triangle. Wedge. Whatever you call them.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 04:30:53 PM
# 3: Trivial Pursuit

(http://gnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/game-over-for-trivial-pursuit-inventor-dead-at-59-545x355.jpg)

1985 Points (On 9 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Pak-Man, Monty, Gojikranz)

Publication Date: 1981

Number of Players: 2-24

Designed by:   Scott Abbot, Chris Haney

Publisher: Parker Brothers, Hasbro

Description:
Trivial Pursuit is the original trivia game that started it all.

Each player has a circular playing piece with six pie-shaped holes. The goal of the game is to collect a pie in each color. The colors correspond to different question categories.

The board consists of a circular track with spaces in seven different colors. Six of the colors correspond to question categories while the last color gives a new dice roll. Six spaces along the track are "pie spaces", and from these there are "spokes" of track leading to the middle of the board.

Players roll a die and move along the track in any direction they like. When a player stops on a color they get a question of the appropriate category. If the player answers a question correctly while on a pie space, they get a pie of that color (assuming they don't already have it). A correct answer on another square allows the player to roll again.

Once the player has one pie in each color, she can move along the spokes to the middle of the board to win the game.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Get all six pie pieces and then move to the center of the board and answer one last question to win.

Fun Gaming Facts:
Between 1983-5, 30 million copies of Trivial Pursuit were sold.

Two different lawsuits have been launched against Trivial Pursuit- one alleging that many on the questions and answers were stolen from his books and another alleging that they told one of the creators about the game during a hitch hiking trip in the last 70s. Neither lawsuit was successful.

How many different game shows did Trivial Pursuit spawn? Seven. Three in the US, two in the UK and one in Spain and Germany.

In 1988, a made for TV movie called "Breaking all the Rules: The Creation of trivial Pursuit" aired. It portrayed the creators of the game as beer loving Canadians. So, apparently it was pretty accurate.

Some of the various editions of the game: Genus, Baby Boomers, 80s, 90s, Disney, Silver Screen, All American, Star Wars, Millennium, Lord of the Rings, Globe Trotter, Pop Culture, SNL.

And the correct answer was "The Moops."

Dice:
Yep. A six sided die.

(http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Speckled%20pages/Speckled%20graphics/16mms/Fire16.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
Orange? Yes. (That's history, IIRC. Meh. Sports and Leisure. My bad.) Purple? Sometimes. In recent editions purple takes the place of the brown slice.

Awards & Stuff:
1990 Mensa Select
1986 Årets Spel, Winner, Best Family Game
Games Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price!  $31.81 (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-16762-Trivial-Pursuit-Edition/dp/B0036RNWPY/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343859596&sr=1-1&keywords=trivial+pursuit)

Next Turn:
Whoa. Deja vu.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 04:32:41 PM
# 2: Chess

(http://www.moviemail.com/images/large/seventh_seal3_rgb.jpg)
194 Points (On 11 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by CJones, Kete & Tripe)

Publication Date: Approx 1475 with earlier versions from the 6th century

Number of Players: 2

Designed by: Unknown

Publisher: Public Domain

Description:
Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a square checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently. Pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, with the object of the game being to 'checkmate' the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by the voluntary resignation of one's opponent, which typically occurs when too much material is lost, or if checkmate appears unavoidable. A game may also result in a draw in several ways, where neither player wins. The course of the game is divided into three phases: the beginning of the game is called the opening (with the development of pieces); the opening yields to the phase called the middlegame; the last phase is the endgame, generally characterized by the disappearance of queens.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
By forcing the opponent's king into checkmate.

Fun Gaming Facts:
The pieces used in chess have evolved throughout the years. The Indian precursor to Chess used infantry, cavalry, elephants and chariots in place of pawns, knights, bishops and rooks respectively. There are also allegations that bishops were originally "ships" and their names were changed after the clergy objected to the lack of God-related items in the game. However, that may be just an urban legend.

There are numerous fictional versions of chess: Wizard's Chess from the Harry Potter novels, 3-d Chess from Star Trek, Stealth Chess from Discworld, and a future version in Schlock Mercenary where Cthulhu is now a standard piece.

Chess is one of the few games that has had a ballet based on it, called Checkmate.

Numerous variants have been created that involve adding more than 2 players and/or a second or third playing board.

Chess is also one of the most customized games out there. Chess sets exist with both sides represented by Civil War soldiers, Mario, The Simpsons, Pirates of the Caribbean, Nascar, Star Trek, Star Wars, Texas, The Beatles, Transformers, circuit board pieces, Jack Daniels, fossils,  Hello Kitty (http://www.amazon.com/Sababa-Toys-756-Hello-Kitty/dp/B0002EH3WW), Legos, Keys, Macs vs. Pcs, Muppets, Kingdom Hearts, and even a variant where the pieces are made of ice.

Dice:
None.

Purple and Orange?:
No, unless you have a very, very odd set. Like this pink and white one. (http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Wooden-Chess-Game-Set/dp/B0048HZGZK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_t_2)

Awards & Stuff:
None. Not even a single Spiel des Jahres award over the centuries.

Related Games that Received Votes:
Checkers for the board, Go and Candyland for the strategic options.

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Knightmare Chess, a variant that allows players to play cards to alter game play.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! Oh, have a nice wood set for $16.30 (http://www.amazon.com/John-N-Hansen-TM-3-Classic/dp/B000IZYWF6/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343774484&sr=1-2&keywords=chess)

Next Turn:
Our top ranked game!

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 04:42:55 PM
Oh hey, an MST3k reference.

http://www.youtube.com/v/RZovoKgYxsE?version=3&
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on August 01, 2012, 04:43:40 PM
Something actually beat Chess?! I can only think of one thing that could be...
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 04:51:31 PM
# 1: Monopoly

(http://www.hasbro.com/common/productimages/en_US/8ee05ccf6d4010148bf09efbf894f9d4/ADE5020F19B9F369107AA9391334FB07.jpg)

208 Points (On 11 of 14 lists)
Highest Vote: (#1 by Mrs. Dick Courier)

Publication Date: 1933

Number of Players: 2-8

Designed by: Charles Darrow, George S. Parker, Elizabeth J. Magie Philips

Publisher: Parker Brothers

Description:
The classic real estate game. Buy properties, build houses and hotels, collect rent from fellow players. Repeat as necessary until everyone else is bankrupt.

In the USA in 1933, Charles Darrow devised Monopoly. The patent was filed 31st August 1935 while the game was on sale in America. Based on an earlier game, The Landlord's Game, it was at first rejected by Parker Bros., as being too complicated to be a success. How wrong could they be! It came to the UK in 1936, made under license by Waddingtons. Darrow died in 1967 having realized he had developed one of the most successful board games of all times. It was awarded as Game of the Century by the TRA (Toy Retailers Association).

Monopoly was patented in 1935 by Charles Darrow and released by Parker Brothers. The game was actually one of a number of variants in existence at the time, all of which date back to an earlier, 1904 game by Elizabeth J. Magie, called The Landlord's Game. Magie was a proponent of the Single Tax put forth by famous author Henry George. The game was designed to show how the Single Tax would work - players could choose to play under regular rules or alternate "Single Tax" rules.

The game didn't really go anywhere and Magie lost interest in it. Variations of the game evolved, however, and homemade versions traveled up and down the Atlantic coast and even as far west as Michigan and Texas, being developed all along the way. Eventually the game was noticed by Charles Darrow who introduced it to the world in its current form.

Hey, How Do I Win This?
Be the last player with any money.

Fun Gaming Facts:
The spaces on the board are all based on locations in Atlantic City.

In 1941, the British Secret Service had John Waddington Ltd., the licensed manufacturer of the game outside the U.S., create a special edition for World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis. Hidden inside these games were maps, compasses, real money, and other objects useful for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners by secret service-created fake charity groups

Early versions of the game all contained $15,140 in currency. In editions released after 2008, the game contains $20,580 instead as the quantity of certain bills were changed.

The pieces in the game: Wheelbarrow, Battleship, sack of money, man on horseback, racecar, Train, thimble, howitzer, shoe, dog, iron, top hat, and in Oz, a koala. Retired pieces include a rocking horse, purse and lantern.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bb/US_Deluxe_Monopoly_Tokens.jpg/220px-US_Deluxe_Monopoly_Tokens.jpg)

In 2000, FAO Schwartz produced a "One of a Kind Monopoly"  which sold for $100,000. (In real money, not monopoly money.) The pieces, houses and hotels are made of gold, the board is rosewood, the street names are in gold leaf, rubies, sapphires and emeralds are all used on the board. Oh, and the game included real cash instead of Monopoly money.

Hasbro states that the longest game of Monopoly ever played lasted 1,680 hours (70 days or 10 weeks or 2⅓ months).

Monopoly was banned in the USSR until 1987.

Two game shows have been spawned from Monopoly. As has the McDonalds Monopoly game. (Which these days is run by Albertsons, I think.)

Last month, a Kickstarter project was "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City" which was a boardgame that mixed Monopoly with Cthulhu. It was successfully funded.

Many inversions of Monopoly exist- Anti-Monopoly, where players try to break apart a monopolized city, The Mad Magazine Game, where  players try to be the first to lose all their money and Go For Broke, where players were also trying to lose all their money.

Licensed versions include Kissopoly, Word of Warcraft, Simpsons, Disney, the Office, Nascar, NFL, The Godftaher, the Beatles, Klingon , Spongebob, Batman, Bass Lakes Fishing, Best Buy, BBK Clinical Research, Duel Monsters, Coke, Futurama, Justice League, Muppets, Mayberry, American Idol, QVC, Treehouse of Horror, Seinfeld, Star Trek, Transformers, the Wizard of Oz and many American cities and states.

And yes, of course, Hello Kitty.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51A84C3xZlL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Dice:
Yes! Two six sided dice. Recent edition also include a third "speed die."
(http://stochastix.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/dice.jpg)

Purple and Orange?:
Yes. While all the pieces are silver (or gold), several of the properties are purple (Baltic and Atlantic) or Orange (The New York Ave set.)

Awards & Stuff:
Games Magazine Hall of Fame.

Related Games that Received Votes:

Related Games that Didn't Receive Votes:
Solarquest, which combines Monopoly with blowing stuff up with lasers.

Hey! It's an Amazon link with the price! $21.49  (http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-00009-97-Monopoly/dp/B00000IWCT/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343862321&sr=1-1&keywords=monopoly)

Next Turn:
None! It's over! Final thoughts in a sec.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 04:53:08 PM
Oh, and I didn't include it above, but Monopoly: Game of thrones edition.

(http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/8/2011/05/medium_throneopoly_board.jpg)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2012, 05:12:42 PM
And now a quick list of games that unfortunately didn't make the list:

Nuke Norway Now!
Christians & Lions
NATO, Nukes and Nazis
My Little Pony: Hide and Seek
I Think You Think I Think
Banana Slap
Zombie in My Pocket
Die Roll
Kittens in a Blender
We Didn't Playtest This At All
Huhuuh
Play the Game
What's That On My Head?
Give Me the Brain
The Sinking of the Titanic
and , of course,
(http://www.bannedinhollywood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Giant_Isopod_01-588x433.png)

Only one of those is not a real game, BTW.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on August 01, 2012, 05:55:13 PM
Wait, wasn't Chess mentioned earlier?  I swear I saw that picture from the Bergman movie.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Thrifty on August 01, 2012, 05:56:33 PM
Well here was my list.

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on August 01, 2012, 06:08:07 PM
Here's my list

1 Chess
2 Poker

3 Survive! (I'm very disappointed this didn't make it. It's been reprinted since my childhood as Survive: Escape from Atlantis)
4 Mastermind
5 Settlers of Catan

6 Focus, also known as Domination. (A severely under appreciated game. This did win a Spiel des Jahres. I think it was for 1981)
7 Pitch, also known as Setback (I only ever played Cutthoat Pitch, but I know there's a partners version too, similar to Bridge. My Grandmother taught me how to play it)
8 Risk
9 Go
10 Scrabble
11 Chinese Checkers
12 Uno
13 Reversi, also known as Othello

14 Axis & Allies (I'm amazed this didn't make it)
15 Mille Bornes (I'm amazed this DID make it)
16 Mystery Mansion
17 Connect Four
18 Strata 5
19 Gin Rummy
20 Magic: The Gathering
21 Stratego
22 Monopoly
23 Trivial Pursuit
24 Clue
25 Sorry



Honorable mentions:

Fireball Island (yes I do own this)
Backgammon
Parcheesi
Checkers
Dominos
Battleship
Zaxxon
Dukes of Hazzard
Yahtze
Uncle Wiggly
Chutes and Ladders
Tarot
Dungeons & Dragons
Bridge (I would like to have included this, but I've never made heads or tails of Bridge)
HanaFuda (I've been meaning to learn this game.)

I've got two Monopoly sets. One ancient one with wooden pieces, that belonged to my grandmother. And another slightly more modern one with the classic pewter pieces (in actual pewter) that belonged to my father's little sister.. I suck at Monopoly, but my sister's husband's father, who's a natural businessman, kicks ass at the game.

EDIT: I had both Perfection and Simon and I didn't think of either of them.  >:(
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Pak-Man on August 01, 2012, 06:36:23 PM
My list:

1. Trivial Pursuit
2. The Game of Life
3. Chess
4. Monopoly
5. Mille Bornes

6. Smess: The Ninny's Chess
7. Battleship
8. Operation
9. Boggle
10. Hungry Hungry Hippos
11. Scrabble
12. Fireball Island
13. Mouse Trap
14. Chutes and Ladders

15. Jenga
16. Carcassonne
17. Yahtzee
18. Clue
19. Guess Who
20. Candy Land

21. Simon
22. Pente
23. Othello
24. Checkers
25. Trouble


I must have excellent taste in Board Games. :^) Pente is practically Othello, and Simon straddles the boundaries of "Board Game," and nobody's ever heard of Smess. (MAYBE they know it as "All the King's Men" but Smess is the cooler version) so I'm not surprised they didn't make it. No love for Jenga, though?
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: The Lurker on August 01, 2012, 06:39:56 PM
I considered working on a list, but forgot about it until it had already started.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on August 01, 2012, 06:47:21 PM
I considered working on a list, but forgot about it until it had already started.

Which is a shame. This is one I really looked forward to, and I had absolutely no trouble filling up my list. And it was still very good (Thank you to Compound   :clap:  :clap: Great job!)  But when I saw only 14 people submitted lists, I was a little disappointed.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: The Lurker on August 01, 2012, 06:54:06 PM
# 2: Chess
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZD0Z0CwRDJw
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Darth Geek on August 01, 2012, 07:09:02 PM
Nice list. Good job Compund!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2012, 08:28:43 PM
Great list!  A lot of fun.  BTW, Scrabble was my number 2 too.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZD0Z0CwRDJw

Only heard this song for the first time a couple years ago, but this is still a great song.

D & D is a very fun game.  I DMed a few years back after playing 2 fun campaigns (one I was a drunken monk and the other I crossclassed to become a Bard-barian.  The latter was VERY potent.  I also had a guitar-axe I called my Cherry Axe) and it was a lot of fun, but we just never found the time to keep going, which was a shame, since I had some fun stuff I never got to (we did get to do a murder mystery though).

Scrabble is another all time favourite.  Played against my aunt recently.  She's a pretty hardcore player.  Only beat her once.

BTW, don't forget to vote for the next LoC, in the place to be:
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=25593.0
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on August 02, 2012, 09:07:28 AM
1.   Chess
2.   Backgammon
3.   Stratego
4.   Xiangqi
5.   Mastermind
6.   Mah-jong
7.   Go
8.   Cripple Mr. Onion (really, the real world version is tons of fun)
9.   Jamaican Dominoes
10.   Hnefatafl
11.   Enochian chess
12.   Othello/Reversi
13.   Chaturaji
14.   Five Crowns
15.   Risk
16.   Trivial Pursuit
17.   Senet
18.   Royal Game of Ur
19.   Nine Men's Morris
20.   Cluedo
21.   Draughts
22.   Alquerque
23.   Hex
24.   Snakes and Ladders
25.   Ludo

Did I miss any? I did uncommonly well on this one. :)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 02, 2012, 09:17:26 AM
My list:

1. Dungeons & Dragons
2. Scrabble
3. Trivial Pursuit
4. Scattergories
5. Magic: the Gathering
6. Apples to Apples
7. Ticket to Ride

8. Puerto Rico
9. Carcassonne
10. Once Upon a Time
11. What?
12. Paranoia
13. Dominion
14. Pictionary
15. Chess
16. Poker
17. Monopoly
18. Risk

19. Shadow Run
20. Balderdash
21. Diplomacy
22. Cards Against Humanity
23. Taboo
24. Crokinole
25. Cribbage
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 02, 2012, 09:34:20 AM
# 2: Chess

Related Games that Received Votes:
Checkers for the board, Go and Candyland for the strategic options.
And Shogi!



On a related note, I (and Gilly) can't believe how mainstream you guys are. You guys are so mainstream; I gotta get you some underground...

Dominion
Hive
Settlers of Catan

Shogi
Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Magic: The Gathering
Risk: Legacy (but *not* Risk)
GURPS
D & D
Ticket to Ride: Europe
Castle Panic
Vegas Showdown
Munchkin Quest
Star Trek Expeditions
No Thanks
Pentago
Brawl
Godzilla Smash
Caribbean Star
Munchkin
Light Speed
Fudge
Starbase Jeff
Kill Doctor Lucky

and I recently played Give Me the Brain again, and I had forgotten how fun it is.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 02, 2012, 09:35:55 AM
Also:

(http://www.qwantz.com/comics/comic2-1955.png)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on August 02, 2012, 09:44:27 AM
# 2: Chess

Related Games that Received Votes:
Checkers for the board, Go and Candyland for the strategic options.
And Shogi!

And
4.   Xiangqi
10.   Hnefatafl
11.   Enochian chess
13.   Chaturaji
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 02, 2012, 09:46:48 AM
And don't forget the expansions.

(http://comedycentral.mtvnimages.com/images/shows/important_things/videos/season_1/it_105_chess_v6.jpg)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on August 02, 2012, 09:53:25 AM
There are actually a fairly large number of fairy pieces out there.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 02, 2012, 12:44:50 PM
Bill, you still had three of your top five place.

My list, BTW.

I'm a bit surprised that I'm the only one who mentioned Werewolf. Especially since it's played on this forum.  And being advertised for on this page.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Tripe on August 02, 2012, 12:48:05 PM
I don't think of Werewolf/Mafia as a tabletop game, same way I don;t think of spin the bottle as such, it's a social game but not tabletop.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 02, 2012, 01:40:29 PM
Bill, you still had three of your top five place.

I must have missed something... [EDIT} Yep. Several pages worth... You people have redeemed yourselves somewhat, but are still more boring than I ever imagined :P

Kudos for having Ace of Aces on there, though I don't know that I'd count it as a table top game.

My dad bought Arkham Horror a while ago, but we never played it :/ Co-op games are pretty cool though.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 02, 2012, 01:45:59 PM
Nice writeups by the way. I'm a fan of purple and orange as well; our house is decorated in it (which you'd know if you actually came to a QT showing  :angry:)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: ColeStratton on August 02, 2012, 02:09:42 PM
Pretty table-tastic list, y'all. Here's mine:

1.   Euchre (sad I was the only one to include this -- it's seriously addicting, but it needs 4 people to play it and they all have to be into it for it to be fun)
2.   Trivial Pursuit
3.   Apples to Apples

4.   Encore (it's a singing board game that is hard to find but a lot of fun)
5.   Liar’s Dice
6.   Catch Phrase
7.   Scrabble
8.   Texas Hold ‘Em Poker

9.   Pass the Pigs (you roll pigs -- what is wrong with you people?)
10.   Taboo
11.   Solarquest (Monopoly....IN SPACE!)
12.   Trouble with the Pop-o-Matic Bubble
13.   Yahtzee
14.   Risk
15.   Gin Rummy

16.   Golf (card game)
17.   Hungry Hungry Hippos
18.   Dungeons and Dragons
19.   Uno

20.   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Role Playing Game)
21.   Rummikub
22.   Pictionary
23.   Mille Bornes
24.   Sorry!
25.   Settlers of Catan

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 02, 2012, 02:55:01 PM
9.   Pass the Pigs (you roll pigs -- what is wrong with you people?)

We had Pass the Pigs. Sort of a surrealist version of Craps.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 02, 2012, 03:20:18 PM
Wow, only four of mine didn't make it. I'm so generic.

1. Trivial Pursuit
2. Scrabble

3. Hearts
4. Monopoly
5. Gin

6. Scattergories
7. UNO
8. Chutes and Ladders
9. Poker
10. Boggle
11. Taboo
12. Checkers

13. Blackjack
14. Tiddlywinks
15. Pictionary
16. Go Fish!

17. Trouble
18. Chess

19. Rock'em Sock'em Robots
20. Clue
21. Mousetrap

22. Operation
23. Candy Land
24. LIFE

25. Electric Football


Thanks for drivin' the list, Compound.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Pak-Man on August 02, 2012, 03:44:00 PM
Ooooh! I can't believe I forgot Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots!

Also, great list, Compound! Every entry was lovingly crafted and I read every one!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 02, 2012, 04:45:36 PM

9.   Pass the Pigs (you roll pigs -- what is wrong with you people?)


D'oh. I meant to write a supplemental entry on "Pass the Pigs/ Pigmania" but it slipped my mind. Oh well. (I have a German copy of the game a few feet away from me. I think my rationale in buying it was "Wow! A German copy of Pass the Pigs! It must be mine!")

And Cole was also the only person to give Palladium any love with his vote for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And Other Strangeness.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Pak-Man on August 02, 2012, 06:52:10 PM
Incidentally, #26 - Ticket to Ride just happens to be Steam's deal of the day. If you want a cheap PC version to try it, it's only $5 for the next 15 hours.

Sounds like destiny. I think I will...
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on August 03, 2012, 12:39:50 PM
Good list, I love Monopoly, but I'm surprised it beat out Chess.  Even though I've never played chess.

Most of mine were on the list, and some I've never heard of that I'll have to check out.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: CJones on August 03, 2012, 12:59:27 PM
I don't think I've ever actually finished a game of Monopoly. Not as per the official rules anyway. We'd usually just set a time limit, and whoever was ahead when time was up was declared the winner. And I've only ever met one person who actually used the "auction" rule. Which is where any time any player lands on an unowned property, and they decide not to buy it at list price, it goes to auction, and whoever bids the highest gets it. This causes all the properties to be bought up very quickly.

But my main problem with Monopoly, is that if it's played by the "real" rules, the game gets very boring once everything's been bought, all the trades have been made and everything's been monopolized by somebody. Then you just go around the board over and over waiting to see who gets knocked out first.

I'm really disappointed Survive! didn't make it. He's a video explaining the current version, Survive: Escape from Atlantis. The original, which is what I have, is only slightly different.

http://www.youtube.com/v/R31hK2IQZsk

One of the main things I like about this game is that once the Pawns are placed, you're not allowed to look at anyones's point value. So you have remember which ones are the ones worth saving, and guess, or deduce, which of the opposing players pieces you should kill off.

Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: gojikranz on August 04, 2012, 05:39:05 AM
anyone else vote for atmosfear?  that game was huge for us kids in the 90s i recall.  vhs technology at its best.  i shoulda voted for the pigs we have that game
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: AmazingThor on August 04, 2012, 05:48:41 PM
Wonderful stuff, Compound!

And I have finished every game of Monopoly I've ever played. One time that meant postpoing the game for weeks until we could all meet back again. We had a neutral party keep the board preserved, ala that Risk episode of Seinfeld.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 06, 2012, 03:54:04 PM
For those who havent played it, Dominion is an awesome game.  Anyone who liked magic would enjoy it, without getting into the lets pay millions of dollars to play.  Quite fun.  My only problem with it is that its really only playable for about 3 to 4 people.  Over that gets weird, and two people its kinda dull. 

PS shame Axis and Allies didnt make the list. 
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Compound on August 06, 2012, 04:14:52 PM
Holy cow! Sarc's alive!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 06, 2012, 04:17:08 PM
Mostly hehe. 
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Coragale on August 06, 2012, 04:51:47 PM
For those who havent played it, Dominion is an awesome game.  Anyone who liked magic would enjoy it, without getting into the lets pay millions of dollars to play.  Quite fun.  My only problem with it is that its really only playable for about 3 to 4 people.  Over that gets weird, and two people its kinda dull. 

PS shame Axis and Allies didnt make the list. 

I like Magic, and I don't like Dominion. Don't know what it is, but I generally can't get into most of these games. I like D&D, Pathfinder, and the like, and I like Magic, but I can't wrap my head around board games or table top games.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 06, 2012, 05:25:50 PM
But dominion is a card game at its heart.   The entire premise built on good deck building, where you are balancing trying to get a working deck and having as many game winning cards (since the way the game works those two elements work against each other)
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Coragale on August 06, 2012, 06:12:53 PM
But dominion is a card game at its heart.   The entire premise built on good deck building, where you are balancing trying to get a working deck and having as many game winning cards (since the way the game works those two elements work against each other)

I understand where you're coming from, but I have not once felt the same way about a game of Dominion as I have about a game of Magic. Dominion just bores me.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 06, 2012, 06:21:46 PM
Fair enough, magic is a better game.  Just more expensive and time consuming.  So much so that ill never get back into again, cest le vie.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 06, 2012, 06:58:26 PM
For those who havent played it, Dominion is an awesome game.  Anyone who liked magic would enjoy it, without getting into the lets pay millions of dollars to play.  Quite fun.  My only problem with it is that its really only playable for about 3 to 4 people.  Over that gets weird, and two people its kinda dull.

Were there expansions for >4 players? Or did you just shove an extra guy in? A friend who's studying (video) game design and I tried to engineer a good 2-player set (http://www.dominiondeck.com/games/duel-set-made-two-players (http://www.dominiondeck.com/games/duel-set-made-two-players)), and I think it worked pretty well. But generally, yeah, exactly 4 players is the way to go.
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 06, 2012, 07:03:08 PM
Wever used the expansions buts more of the way the game is played, its just not a more is better type of thing. 
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Edward J Grug III on August 09, 2012, 06:46:40 PM
Oh, I missed a list very relevant to my interests!

Anyone here play board games via yucata.de (http://www.yucata.de/en/GameInfoList)?

Edit: My user name there is tedprior

It's a great way to try Euro board games!
Title: Re: LoC #62 - Top 50 Tabletop Games
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 09, 2012, 07:01:09 PM
Oh, I missed a list very relevant to my interests!

Anyone here play board games via yucata.de (http://www.yucata.de/en/GameInfoList)?

Edit: My user name there is tedprior

It's a great way to try Euro board games!

I signed up. Added you.

*retreats back into the shadows*