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Tabletop games are games played in a parlor setting, such as those played on a board or map, card games or card systems, miniatures played in a confined area, and paper-and-pencil role playing games. These games often require strategy, but they can also be games of luck, skill, or knowledge. Electricity is either minimal or absent.

Social Board Game Club (*.pdf)
Family Game Table Rules (*.rtf)

Fun with various Playing Card Systems (Chinese Mah-Jongg deck, French Standard deck, Italian Tarock deck, etc.)

Official Rules of Card Games (*.pdf book)
Games with Tarot Playing Cards - [see page 12] (*.pdf book)
Rook Rules (*.pdf) Tarot Minor Arcana plus one Major Arcana card
Abridged Mah Jongg Playing Card Rules (*.pdf)
Bid Grid for Contract Bridge Novices (*.pdf)
Whist Rules (*.pdf)
- Cartomancy
Useful Cartomancy Decks = [suggested public decks]
Tarot Card Divinatory Meanings = [a fully illustrated guide]

Paper & Pencil Roleplay Gaming Tools

Event Resolution Guide (*.doc)
Attack Table Sliderule (*.xls)
Saving-Throw Tables (*.xls)
Subordination Tables (*.xls)
Character Attribute Tables (*.xls)
Movement Guide (*.doc)
A Monster Description Template (*.xls)

Rulebooks from several superior Board-style Games - (portable document files)

For successful game play, it is recommended that all players familiarize themselves with the game rules beforehand.
Bear in mind though that the host always has final authority on how a game is to be played (but the host is also obligated to reveal any variations before the game commences).


13 Days ~ [ History | Errata ] cold war
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Afrika Korps ~ [ Basics | Chart | Units | Log ] + (Bonus: 1) ww2
Agility ~ [ Aid ]
Air Show ~ [ Aid | Sequence ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3) *attractive to players of: Masterpiece
Air Wars: MiG Alley ~ [ Basics ] korean war
Airfix Battles ~ [ Aid ] *attractive to players of: Memoir '44
Airlines Europe + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Acquire
Animal Upon Animal *attractive to players of: cardgame House of cards
Art of Chill Game + (Bonus: 1)
Attack Sub + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) cold war
Avalanche
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Barbarossa + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Dominion
Battle for Souls ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2)
Battle Line + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: cardgame Poker
Battle Sheep *attractive to players of: Hey, That's My Fish!
Battleship retro edition
Black Box ~ [ Patterncard ]
Blitzkrieg ~ [ Basics | Chart | Units | Log ] + (Bonus: 1)
Blokus
Breakthrough- Cambrai ~ [ Aid | Playbook | Errata ] + (Bonus: 1) great war
Breakthru *attractive to players of: Hnefatafl
Brezhnev's War ~ [ Aid | Errata ] cold war
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Civil War Game 1863 civil war
Cold War + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: cardgame Blackjack
Concordia ~ [ Aid | Setup | History ] + (Bonus: 1) roman ages
Connect Four
Conquest of Paradise deluxe second edition ~ [ Aid | History ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3) dark ages
Crows + (Bonus: 1)
Cuba- The Splendid Little War ~ [ Aid ] war with spain
Cubist ~ [ Aid | Expansion ]
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Dale of Merchants ~ [ Expansion ] + (Bonus: 1)
Dingo's Dreams *attractive to players of: Bingo
Displacement Chess: Peripheral Bishops ~ [ Basics ]
Double Double Dominoes
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Equate *attractive to players of: Scrabble
Evolution ~ [ Aid ]
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Feng Shui Game Pack
Feudal
Final Act + (Bonus: 1)
Fire & Movement: Shanghai Incident ~ [ Basics ] + (Bonus: 1) ww2
Freight Train + (Bonus: 1 \ 2)
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Gaslands *attractive to players of: Car Wars
Gipf
Great War at Sea: Remember the Maine ~ [ Basics | Weather | Fleet | Log | Data | Errata | Improvements ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 4) war with spain
Great War at Sea: Russo-Japanese War ~ [ Basics | Weather | Fleet | Log | Data | Errata | Improvements ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3) war with spain
Great War at Sea: Zeppelins ~ [ Basics | Group | Log | Data | Improvements ] + (Bonus: 1) great war
Guess Who?
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Haleakala
Hanamikoji
Hand of Destiny: Lettow-Vorbeck ~ [ Basics ] great war
Hive ~ [ Expansion ]
Homestretch ~ [ Improvements ] *attractive to players of: Can't Stop
Hong
Hoot Owl Hoot! *attractive to players of: Candy Land
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Imhotep + (Bonus: 1)
Impact City Roller Derby ~ [ Aid | Log ]
Indycar Unplugged ~ [ Improvements ] *attractive to players of: Chutes and Ladders
Iron and Oak ~ [ Aid | Playbook ] + (Bonus: 1) civil war
Istanbul ~ [ Aid | Expansion ] + (Bonus: 1)
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Jaipur ~ [ Errata ] + (Bonus: 1)
Jump Drive ~ [ Aid ] *attractive to players of: 7 Wonders
Jumpin *attractive to players of: Chinese Checkers
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Kahuna + (Bonus: 1)
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Labyrinth
Latice deluxe edition
Landlord + (Bonus: 1)
Lightning: Poland ww2
Ligretto Dice *attractive to players of: Dutch Blitz
Lost Cities + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) *attractive to players of: cardgame Cribbage
Luchador! second edition *attractive to players of: Yahtzee
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Management ~ [ Blurb | Log ]
Manoeuvre ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2)
Master Mind *attractive to players of: Clue
Memory spidersense spider-man edition
Mercury/Market Garden ~ [ Aid | Errata ] ww2
Mille Bornes classic edition ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2)
Mini Orchard *attractive to players of: Hi Ho! Cherry-O
Mob Town ~ [ Aid | VariantAid ] *attractive to players of: Small World
Multiplayer Pentago
Musket & Pike: Sweden Fights On ~ [ Basics | Aid ] + (Bonus: 1) renaissance
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Navegador ~ [ Summary | History | Improvements ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) *attractive to players of: Puerto Rico
Neuroshima Hex! 3.0 ~ [ borgo | hegemony | moloch | the outpost ] + [ iron gang | new york | uranopolis ]
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Odin's Ravens second edition *attractive to players of: Backgammon
Onitama
Oshi
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Pandemic: Iberia ~ [ Aid ] war with mexico
Pente *attractive to players of: Go
Planes ~ [ Aid ] *attractive to players of: Mancala
Planetarium
Ploy
Police Precinct second edition ~ [ Aid ] *attractive to players of: 221B Baker Street
Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time
Protect the Penguin *attractive to players of: Don't Break the Ice
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Qin *attractive to players of: Carcassonne
Quarto!
Quinto ~ [ Scorecard ]
Quoridor
Qwirkle + (Bonus: 1)
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Rack-O
Ranglin' Rabbits
Raptor ~ [ Aid ]
Reds! ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) great war
Robotory
Rubik's Race
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Santorini
Sekigahara ~ [ Aid ] renaissance
Sequence for Kids
Shields & Swords II: Battles on the Ice ~ [ Basics ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) middle ages
Shields & Swords II: The Grunwald Swords ~ [ Basics ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) middle ages
Skip-Bo *attractive to players of: cardgame Spite and Malice
Snow Tails
Sorry! Star Wars edition
Spot it! ~ [ History ]
Square Off
Star Trek Panic ~ [ Aid ]
Stay Alive
Stellar Conflict
Stone Age ~ [ Aid ] *attractive to players of: Agricola
Stronghold second edition ~ [ Aid | Blurb ] + (Bonus: 1)
Survive 30th anniversary edition ~ [ Expansion ]
Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge *attractive to players of: Mystery Date
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Take Off! *attractive to players of: Trouble
The Great Heartland Hauling Co. ~ [ Aid | Expansion ] + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Game of the States
The Guns of Gettysburg 150th anniversary edition + (Bonus: 1) civil war
The Rose King
Thunder & Lightning *attractive to players of: Stratego
Tiny Epic Galaxies ~ [ Clarification ] + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Caylus
Topple
Traverse
Tsuro
Twilight Struggle deluxe edition ~ [ Aid ] cold war
Twixt
Tzaar *attractive to players of: Checkers
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Uno classic edition
Upwords
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Victory or Death ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Axis & Allies peloponnesian war
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Warp 6
Waterworks + (Bonus: 1)
Welcome to the Dungeon ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1)
Why First?
Wilderness War ~ [ Charts | Playbook ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) revolutionary war
Word on the Street *attractive to players of: Boggle
Word Power ~ [ words ]
World's Fair 1893 ~ [ Start | Actions | Scoring ] + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: El Grande
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Yinsh *attractive to players of: Othello
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Zombies!!! directors cut edition ~ [ Expansion ]

Multiplayer Board-style Games

Animals on Board + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: cardgame Rummy
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Best Treehouse Ever
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3 Catan family edition ~ [ Basics | Aid ]
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3 For Sale
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Ivanhoe + (Bonus: 1)
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Jamaica + (Bonus: 1)
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Kemet ~ [ Aid | Expansion | ExpansionAid ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) *attractive to players of: Risk
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Libertalia + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: cardgame War
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3 Mahjong
Maria ~ [ Politics | Log | Aid | Sequence ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3) revolutionary war
3 Mermaid Rain ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1)
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Nuclear War ~ [ Spinner | Placemat | People ]
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Payday retro edition ~ [ Chart ]
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Ratrace *attractive to players of: The Game of Life
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The Great Dinosaur Rush ~ [ Aid | Screen ] *attractive to players of: Ticket to Ride
The Grizzled ~ [ Aid ]
The Hunger Games: Training Days ~ [ Aid | Improvements ] *attractive to players of: Monopoly
5 The Resistance *attractive to players of: Werewolf
3 Tin Goose ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Power Grid
TriBond diamond edition
Trumpet *attractive to players of: cardgame Bridge
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Windup War *attractive to players of: RoboRally
3 Wings for the Baron second edition ~ [ Track | Standard | Campaign | History | Solitaire ] great war
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Games that could be successfully played by a lesser focused player, have been flagged with a greenish bar beside their icon (e.g., weight 1.69 or lower).
Note also that when we state that a game might be attractive to players of a more well known game, we are not claiming that this game is a re-skinned clone; but rather that either the games theme, mechanics, or objectives, are broadly comparable.

These are all tabletop games I own, and while all are Good, not every one is Great. This is because a couple were gifts or thrift store finds, and which although I have found some enjoyment playing, I would probably not have purchased new. On the other hand, if the game listed here is an "edition" of the more common title, it is because in my opinion the variant plays noticeably better. Read the linked BGG reviews and ratings before purchasing a game for yourself, although honestly you would not go wrong acquiring any of these games blind.

One thing you will note is that these games cross all skill levels and most genres. This is because I feel that gaming is a social event, and a good host should have games available for any type of player and timeframe. This is why you see 10 minute quickies and 3 hour slogs, two player brain burners and multi-player laugh fests, games that fit in your pocket and games that fill a dining room table. Bear in mind also that even hard-core strategists might just want to play short, silly (but still good) games now an then, which is why you also see what some people regrettably describe as "kids" games listed here.

Most mass-produced games, including those considered "family classics", are really not that good, and the manufacturer often does not even care. The maker just trades on name recognition and heavy marketing to convince parents to buy them. When you see a game listed here as "attractive to players of ___", it is because I believe most people would enjoy this game equally or better than game "___". Also, if you start to master a game, you can make it fresh again by using alternative rules.

Games that could be successfully played by a lesser focused player, have been flagged with a greenish bar beside their icon (e.g., weight 1.69 or lower).
Note also that when we state that a game might be attractive to players of a more well known game, we are not claiming that this game is a re-skinned clone; but rather that either the games theme, mechanics, or objectives, are broadly comparable.