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Which games are good for learning geography? (QUIZ)
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I've learned a lot about geography from board games - about some areas more than others. I can now tell the difference between Ravensburg and Regensburg. However, I think not all games with maps are created equal. There are some games whose maps I have 100% memorized without really thinking about it. Others I don't learn much from unless I pay particular attention.

This is an experiment to see which games are the best for learning geography. These games all have maps of real places, and names of locations printed on the map. Let's see how well you've learned. Please only answer the quiz if you've played the game a few times, enough that you should be familiar with the map.

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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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One of the United State's reasons for going to war in Vietnam was the "domino theory": the theory that if Communism were allowed to thrive in Vietnam, it would spread to neighboring countries.

If that were true and it spread west, which of these would be the last bastion of capitalism in southeast Asia?
Thailand
Malaysia
The Philippines
Cambodia
Burma
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:11]
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To make it a little more challenging, I'm asking people to answer about the region they would be expected to be less familiar with. So Americans should answer this question.

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There are two cities called Frankfurt in Germany. They are distinguished on the Power Grid board by appending the name of the river they're on, for example Frankfurt/Main.

Which of these is the name of the other Frankfurt?
Frankfurt/Rhine
Frankfurt/Elbe
Frankfurt/Oder
Frankfurt/Danube
Frankfurt/Rhone
    333 answers
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:11]
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Europeans should answer this question. If you're neither American nor European, feel free to answer both.

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Americans can sometimes be uncreative when naming places. For example New York is just named after York, in England.

Which of these is a capital city named by just appending "City" to the name of the state?
Jefferson City
Oklahoma City
Minneapolis City
Denver City
Portland City
    342 answers
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4. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:26]
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Which of these regions of Spain is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, not the Mediterranean Sea?
Aragon
Castile
Catalonia
Galicia
Valencia
    348 answers
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5. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:41]
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Which of these is not a city in South America?
Bogota
Lagos
Lima
Santiago
Sao Paolo
    408 answers
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:83]
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Sometimes games can teach you bad geography. The Ticket to Ride board is mocked for its misplacement of this city, which should be at the tip of Lake Superior. Instead, they put it about where Minneapolis should be.

What city is it?
Denver
Duluth
Kansas City
Montreal
Nashville
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7. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:171]
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You can learn both ancient and modern geography from games. Let's see if you learned anything from this one.

Which of these places is not on the Nile?
Amarna
Berenike
Edfu
Memphis
Thebes
    283 answers
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8. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:253]
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Of course, it might be more likely that your geography skill learned from games help you when you're lost on a European vacation.

Which of these Austrian cities is closest to the Swiss city of Zurich?
Graz
Innsbruck
Linz
Salzburg
Vienna
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9. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:258]
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Or geography for modern explorers studying ancient places.

If you were in Greece and wanted to dig in Mesopotamia, in which general direction would you go?
North
South
East
West
Southwest
    341 answers
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10. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:355]
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By the beginning of the 20th century, most of the major nations of Europe were the same as those of today, but their borders looked a little different.

Which of these regions was then, but not now, part of Germany?
Prussia
Livonia
Tyrolia
Bohemia
Galicia
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11. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:357]
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I like looking at the map in this game and recognizing how the old Roman names for cities have changed into their modern names.

Which of these cities was located in what is now France?
Castra Regina
Colonia Agrippina
Lugdunum
Mediolanum
Vindobona
    260 answers
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12. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:480]
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Which of these Baltic-area capitals is on an island?
Copenhagen
Oslo
Riga
Stockholm
Talinn
    296 answers
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13. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:526]
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The French cities on the Atlantic Ocean were convenient targets for Viking raids, but Vikings would really raid anywhere they could sail to.

Which of these French cities was a longer trip for the Vikings, being on the Mediterranean coast?
Arles
Bayeux
Bordeaux
Nantes
Rouen
    241 answers
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14. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:640]
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A few games have small scale geography. If you need to get somewhere on the London Underground, will you remember this game and know which train to take?

Starting from Euston, if you're travelling west, which of these stations might you be heading to?
Charing Cross
Finchley
London Bridge
Paddington
West Ham
    218 answers
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15. Board Game: Eurorails [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:706]
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In the game "Eurorails", the names of the cities and rivers are printed with their "native" spelling (e.g. "Wien", instead of Vienna).
The disaster cards, on the other hand, sometimes use the English spelling which makes it harder to tell what it corresponds to.

Which river is named in its own language on the gameboard but is given in English on the "Flood" disaster card?
Loire
Rhone
Rhein
Danau
      38 answers
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You'll have to excuse my ignorance but I don't know how to "show" the correct answer within the poll (I thought that I was doing pretty well just to get the poll questions to show up in this format!)

So I'll do it this way:

Spoiler (click to reveal)
Danau is printed on the gameboard, but the "Danube" river is flooded on the card.
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16. Board Game: The End of the Triumvirate [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:841]
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Another ancient game. This one can familiarize you with the Roman names for provinces, instead of cities.

Which of these modern nations best corresponds to the region the Romans knew as Illyricum?
Croatia
Germany
Lebanon
Libya
Spain
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17. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:972]
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This game takes place not so long ago, but still there were some differences in the international borders. Most of Africa was still divided between European colonies.

Which European country controlled most of West Africa?
Great Britain
France
Belgium
Germany
Italy
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18. Board Game: 10 Days in Europe [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1168]
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19. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1188]
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20. Board Game: 10 Days in Asia [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1285]
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Smaller nations sometimes form federations, and operate as a single entity. This allows them to compete with larger nations in various global markets. The United Arab Emirates is perhaps one of the most notable today.

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Which Emirate is not part of the United Arab Emirates?
Abu Dhabi
Ajman
Dubai
Qatar
Sharjah
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