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Tabletop Gaming

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)
Abridged Mah Jongg Playing Card Rules (*.pdf)
Bid Grid for Contract Bridge Novices (*.pdf)
Games with Tarot Playing Cards - [see page 12] (*.pdf book)
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)

Games that require more focus from the player, have been flagged with a reddish bar beside their icon. 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 mechanics, or the games objectives, are broadly comparable.

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 ]
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Afrika Korps ~ [ Basics | Chart | Units | Log ] + (Bonus: 1)
Agility ~ [ Aid ]
Air Show ~ [ Aid | Sequence ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3)
Airfix Battles ~ [ Aid ] *attractive to players of: Memoir '44
Airlines Europe + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Acquire
Animals on Board + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Rummy
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Barbarossa + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Dominion
Battle Line + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Poker
Battle Sheep *attractive to players of: Go
Battleship retro edition
Best Treehouse Ever
Blitzkrieg ~ [ Basics | Chart | Units | Log ] + (Bonus: 1)
Blokus
Bowling Solitaire ~ [ Log ]
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Catan family edition ~ [ Basics ] | Aid
Cold War + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Blackjack
Connect Four game on! edition
Conquest of Paradise deluxe second edition ~ [ Aid | History ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3)
Crows + (Bonus: 1)
Cubist ~ [ Aid ]
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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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Elevenses for One + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: Solitaire
Equate *attractive to players of: Scrabble
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Feng Shui Game Pack
Feudal
Final Act + (Bonus: 1)
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Gipf
Great War at Sea: Remember the Maine ~ [ Basics | Weather | Fleet | Log | Data | Errata | Improvements ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 4)
Great War at Sea: Russo-Japanese War ~ [ Basics | Weather | Fleet | Log | Data | Errata | Improvements ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2 \ 3)
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Haleakala
Hanamikoji
Hive ~ [ Expansion ]
Homestretch ~ [ Improvements ]
Hong
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Indycar Unplugged ~ [ Improvements ]
Istanbul ~ [ Aid | Expansion ] + (Bonus: 1)
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Jaipur ~ [ Errata ] + (Bonus: 1)
Jamaica + (Bonus: 1)
Jump Drive ~ [ Aid ]
Jumpin *attractive to players of: Chinese Checkers
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Kahuna + (Bonus: 1)
Kemet ~ [ Aid | Expansion | ExpansionAid ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) *attractive to players of: Risk
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Latice deluxe edition
Landlord + (Bonus: 1)
Libertalia + (Bonus: 1) *attractive to players of: War
Ligretto Dice *attractive to players of: Dutch Blitz
Lost Cities + (Bonus: 1 \ 2) *attractive to players of: Cribbage
Luchador! second edition *attractive to players of: Yahtzee
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Mahjong
Management ~ [ Blurb ] | Log
Manoeuvre ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2)
Master Mind *attractive to players of: Clue
Memory spidersense spider-man edition
Mille Bornes classic edition ~ [ Aid ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2)
Mob Town ~ [ Aid | VariantAid ]
Multiplayer Pentago
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Navegador ~ [ Summary | History | Improvements ] + (Bonus: 1 \ 2)
Nuclear War ~ [ Spinner | Placemat | People ]
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Odin's Ravens second edition *attractive to players of: Backgammon
Onitama
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Pandemic: Iberia ~ [ Aid ]
Payday retro edition ~ [ Chart ]
Planes ~ [ Aid ] *attractive to players of: Mancala
Police Precinct second edition ~ [ Aid ] *attractive to players of: 221B Baker Street
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Qin *attractive to players of: Carcassonne
Quarto!
Quoridor
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Rack-O
Raptor ~ [ Aid ]
Ratrace *attractive to players of: The Game of Life
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Santorini {also covers the Expansion rules}
Sekigahara ~ [ Aid ]
Sequence for Kids
Skip-Bo *attractive to players of: Spite and Malice
Snow Tails
Sorry! Star Wars edition *attractive to players of: Pachisi
Star Trek Panic ~ [ Aid ]
Stellar Conflict
Stone Age ~ [ Aid ]
Survive 30th anniversary edition ~ [ Expansion ]
Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge
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The Great Dinosaur Rush ~ [ Aid | Screen ] *attractive to players of: Ticket to Ride
The Great Heartland Hauling Co. ~ [ Aid | Expansion ] + (Bonus: 1)
The Guns of Gettysburg 150th anniversary edition + (Bonus: 1)
The Hunger Games: Training Days ~ [ Aid | Improvements ] *attractive to players of: Monopoly
The Resistance
The Rose King
Thunder & Lightning *attractive to players of: Stratego
TriBond diamond edition *attractive to players of: Trivial Pursuit
Tri-ominos
Trumpet *attractive to players of: Bridge
Tsuro
Twilight Struggle deluxe edition ~ [ Aid ]
Twixt
Tzaar *attractive to players of: Checkers
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Uno classic edition *attractive to players of: Crazy Eights
Upwords
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Why First?
Word on the Street *attractive to players of: Boggle
Word Power ~ [ words ]
World's Fair 1893 ~ [ Start | Actions | Scoring ] + (Bonus: 1)
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Yinsh *attractive to players of: Othello
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Zombies!!! directors cut edition
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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.