The Definitive German Game Name Guide
Stephan Rothschuh
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Dear fellow geeks.

Many games originate in Germany. Some of them are released in English, but many of them aren't. But I know that some of you play the German games even if you don't know any German. Now, most of those game names are hard to pronounce for non-Germans, which is not surprising, as German pronunciation, while being much more regular in itself than English pronunciation for example, is still quite different from many others.
Searching BGG, I have found a few threads and geeklists about this topic. Daniel Ott started a list trying to explain the pronunciation of game names, and apparently there once were a few audio files, which are, however, no longer available. I also have to make honorable mention here of Alex Eaton-Salners, who did a great job with his "German for Gamers" lists, and apparently a non-German native speaker at that.

So this geeklist is another attempt at spreading love an understanding for the German language. Don't get me wrong, I love the English language; so much so, in fact, that I made it my profession (I am a freelance translator).
And please don't take this as preaching or lecturing, but rather as my way of contributing to our community and helping those of you interested in this sort of thing to finally get those weird German names right.

I aim to cover all German game names in the database that have no English alternate names (and maybe some that do if I feel like it). I am adding games in irregular intervals, but if you guys have a particular game name that you would like to know the pronunciation and/or translation of, just add a new empty post with the game or drop me a PM. I will then add the audio file and translation as soon as possible.

I will sort this list alphabetically because I think that will make it easier to find a particular game. Please drop me a PM if you think otherwise.

P.S.: I try to speak slowly and clearly so as to make it easier to distinguish the individual sounds, but forgive me for not having a perfect radio voice. I do my best.

Also, I am uploading the files through a free web hoster, where they will be deleted if they are not accessed for a certain period of time. So if any audio file is no longer available, please drop me a PM.
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1. Board Game: 6-Tage Rennen [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2546]
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6-day race
 
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2. Board Game: Alhambra: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2197]
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"stimmt so" is what you say to a waiter when you are paying the bill and giving a tip meaning "I don't want any change, the rest is your tip" (what do you say in English?)
 
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3. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:577]
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4. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:363]
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means "Antiquity"
 
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5. Board Game: Aquädukt [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1371]
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means "aqueduct"
 
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6. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:480]
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means "The Master Builders of Arkadia"
 
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7. Board Game: Auf Achse [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1831]
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literally: "on axle", figuratively: "on the road"
 
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8. Board Game: Augsburg 1520 [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1463]
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9. Board Game: Ausgebremst [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2482]
 
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ausgebremst is the past tense form of the verb "ausbremsen", which means to brake/slow down in such a way as to block another car/bike/...
 
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10. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:280]
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The name is a play on words. "Bohne" means bean. In German, the letter "z" is pronounced "ts", as in "bits".
 
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11. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:810]
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litterally "bottle devil"
 
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12. Board Game: Brauerei [Average Rating:5.87 Unranked]
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means "Brewery"
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13. Board Game: The Castle of the Devil [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1169]
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means "The carriage ride to the Devil's Castle"
 
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14. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:164]
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15. Board Game: The Climbers [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1149]
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means "the climbers" (can be used litterally or figuratively, i.e. climbing the social or job ladder)
 
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16. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1324]
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cockroach poker
 
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17. Board Game: Dampfross [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2260]
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literally "steam steed", is a metaphor for "steam locomotive"
 
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18. Board Game: Dark World [Average Rating:5.12 Overall Rank:10978]
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means "The Black Eye", which doesn't sound funny in German because what you get after being punched in the face is called a blue eye, not a black eye.
 
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19. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:696]
 
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means "diamond"
 
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20. Board Game: Dicke Kartoffeln [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4834]
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means "fat potatoes"
 
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21. Board Game: Die Dolmengötter [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2249]
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the dolmen gods
 
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22. Board Game: Drachentöter [Average Rating:5.78 Unranked]
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means Dragon Slayer
 
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23. Board Game: Dschunke [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1242]
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means "junk" (as in the type of ship)
 
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24. Board Game: Ebbe & Flut [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2394]
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"high tide & low tide" (the English ebb and flow is related to this)
 
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25. Board Game: Edel, Stein & Reich [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:802]
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the name is a play words.
literally: "noble, stone & rich", but Edelstein means precious stone, and steinreich means filthy rich
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