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National Games: Games that are most popular in your country and culture
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If I visit country X, what game am I most likely to find the people there playing? Maybe it's a board game, maybe it's a card game, but let's hear about them all! This list is not about where games originate, or about the current best-sellers, but simply about which games that are most popularly played by the public at large in a country in the present time. If a certain game has a high level of play in a certain country or culture, it belongs on this list, and I need your help to complete the list.

So what games are most commonly played in your country? In other words, what game are your countrymen known to play regularly and often? Or maybe you've visited a foreign country, and discovered that game A or B had an extremely popular following there. If so, then make sure that country and game are on this list!

I expect this list will focus mostly on traditional games, but it might prove especially useful for gamers doing international travel, so you can brush up on the rules of a culturally popular game that you can expect to come across on your travels!

Please add to this list (in the same format, i.e. COUNTRY: Game), and feel free to add alternative suggestions for each country already in this list if you disagree with the choices made. To keep the list organized, please don't add new items for countries already on the list, but post further discussion and alternative suggestions (include an image if possible) with the existing item for that country.
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26. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:10975]
Jonas Gustafsson

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SWEDEN: Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit or many other trivia game remains the most popular here.

Swedes love to answer trivia questions and any game sells better if there are trivia questions in it.

In fact even ASL often becomes a trivia game with some of my friends...
 
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27. Board Game: Yut Nori [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8853]
Seong Park
South Korea
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KOREA: Yutnori

A game called Hwatu would be the most popular game but I couldn't find it in the database (might be in a different name). This game isn't played often but most people in Korea have played this game. With a standard western card deck, the 7-card-stud variation of Poker is the most popular. The most popular commercial boardgame is HaliGali and the most known commercial boardgame is Blue Marble.
 
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28. Board Game: Loteria [Average Rating:4.31 Overall Rank:10466]
G. Gomez
United States
Chula Vista
California
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MEXICO: Loteria

Though Loteria is certainly a popular game in Mexico, it is probably not the one that gets played everyday.

I would guess maybe Dominoes, Chess or Checkers.
The answer to that might actually be answered only by region, Northwest, Northeast, South, Central, etc.
 
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29. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
Joker Smiley
United States
California
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HONG KONG: Mah-Jongg

This is the 4-player Rummy-like gambling game with Euro-like scoring mechanism, not the solitaire pair-matching game marketed in the West. Think the Texas Hold 'Em craze in the US, except that it hooks both men and women, and isn't just a fad (unless you call 150 years a fad ...)

Other games popular in Hong Kong:

* Chinese Chess (or Xiang Qi, more brutal and dynamic (I think more fun) than FIDE Chess - and not the same as 'Chinese Checkers' which is marketed in the West (indeed the latter isn't a Chinese game at all!))

* Big Two (card game very popular among younger people; a 'climbing game' like Scum or Tichu with added sophistications such as poker hands, etc.)
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30. Board Game: Fanorona [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3910]
Tim Snyder
United States
Marietta
Georgia
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MADAGASCAR: Fanorona

You'll find this listed as the royal game of Madagascar. There's even a story about a prince losing the throne over a game.
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31. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:11025]
David Pugh
United States
Massachusetts
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JAMAICA: Checkers

My Jamaican friends would insist I put this up. It's either Checkers or Dominoes

 
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32. Board Game: Go-Moku [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:3966]
ronaldinho @boardspace.net
Taiwan
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TAIWAN

Gomoku is pretty popular. It's not a coincidence that it was a Taiwanese professor who came up with a variant to this game: Connect 6.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/22847

The most revered/taken-seriously game is Go, but it's not as widely played because of it's intellectual and time constraints.

Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess), Ban Qi ("variant" of the former played by kids), and Mah Jong are probably the most widely played, which I'd imagine is also the case in China.

But those that are uniquely popular in Taiwan, I think are Gomoku and Chinese Checkers. Note: I think the rules for Chinese Checkers in Taiwan are a bit different from the Chinese Checkers sold in the US (different sized boards, 2-3 players, etc).
 
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33. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:914]
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TURKEY: Backgammon = Tavla



See this article about Tavla (Backgammon) in Turkey:
http://www.msoworld.com/mindzine/news/classic/bg/tavla.html
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34. Board Game: Euchre [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:992]
stephen stover
United States
lake dallas
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United States - Midwest

This card game is very regional in the US.

Almost everyone I have talked to have learned the game from soneon who grew up in Ohio, Michigane, Indianna, Illinois, or Wisconsin. there are probably exceptions to this rule howeverI know that is whre I learned it.
 
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35. Board Game: Dan Qi [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Judit Szepessy
Canada
London
Canada
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Dan Qi is an ancient Chinese game.

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36. Board Game: T.E.G.: Plan Táctico y Estratégico de la Guerra [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:8379]
Eurojuegos Buenos Aires
Argentina
Buenos Aires
Capital Federal
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Yes, we play chess and stuff...

I won't add the national traditional card game, wich is undoubtly Truco but instead the national traditional boardgame TEG (1976), that is, sadly, just a RISK variant. It made quite a career here although.

These are the sequels:

T.E.G. II (1984) is quite different, but that actually worked against it

TEG: La Revancha (says 1985, but I think it was after that) came as a remake of the first one. The best in the series no doubt

T.E.G. de los Negocios (2008) themed with a global financial war, not a great comeback (broken IMO)

TEG Independencia (2010) themed for the 200th aniversary of our national revolution

You won't find a single euro design in Argentina... soblue


PS actually, the first local euro was an indie desing released in 2010. Hope! meeple
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37. Board Game: Tarock [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3724]
Samo Gosaric
Slovenia
Ljubljana
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Slovenian most popular cardgame. The interesting part of Habsburg's legacy - the game is a variant of Rufenkönig, also the whole former Hasburg empire has a variant to play with tarock cards (Hungarian tarokk, slovak, Austria has I think 2 versions)

(Disclaimer: regions close to Italy however don't play this as they use italian, or better Trieste cards for games like briskola)

The deck is 54 cards - 8 (4 court cards) in each of four french suits + 21 tarok + the Joker (Skis).

Note that Slovenian rules are different and as far as I know the most competitive of the whole bunch: http://www.pagat.com/tarot/sltarok.html

The game is quite complex with a lot of possible bids/games and played with 4 can be nicely chaotic (think of it as ameritash meets Bridge). I'd say weight 3.0 is on the mark, but most of the people in Slovenia know this game and have learned it while playing (Most popular student campus game).

I blame this game for a particular trend I've noticed as far as "gateway games" go in Slovenia - if they're less interactive than Tarock than they don't fare well.
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38. Board Game: Sueca [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
Phelan
Portugal
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Portugal: In every place I've been to, there's always a gathering of elders playing Sueca. It's also played a lot in colleges.
 
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39. Board Game: Mus [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:1165]
juan garcia
Spain
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SPAIN:

The most extended national card game of Spain is MUS, is played overall in Castilla ( CENTER SPAIN), Aragon and Pay Basque....

It's a brilliant game composed of 4 sub-minigames, where you compete/bid with the same 4 cards!!.

It's a partnership game 2 vs 2 ( you are allowed to pass signals between partnerships like blinking the eyes, bite the lips etc... , with a lot of Bluffing, Intimidating , braggart , bravuconery... etc...

Very very fun game... With a very peculiar Spanish vocabulary...

In Catalonia for example the most traditional game is "La Butifarra"... A quite complex card game...
 
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