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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26. Board Game: Extrablatt [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2073]
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An Extrablatt is a special edition of a newspaper that is released because of some big import piece of breaking news.
 
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27. Board Game: Fallschirmjaeger [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:2119]
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means "paratrooper(s)" singular and plural are the same (like in sheep or fish)

(Fallschirm=parashoot, Jäger=hunter/chaser)
 
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28. Board Game: Familienbande [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2313]
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family ties/bonds
 
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29. Board Game: Feurio! [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2623]
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Feurio is a made-up word derived from "Feuer"="fire"
 
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30. Board Game: Fische Fluppen Frikadellen [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1377]
 
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"fish (plural), fags (i.e. cigarettes), patties (as in burgers)"
 
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31. Board Game: Frischfleisch [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4846]
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frisch means fresh
Fleisch means meat or flesh

 
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32. Board Game: Die Fugger [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1872]
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The Fuggers were an influential banker family in the 15th and 16th centuries.
 
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33. Board Game: Funkenschlag [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:680]
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means something like "the act of striking a spark"
 
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34. Board Game: German Railways [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1292]
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means "Prussian Eastern Railway"
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35. Board Game: Giganten [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:963]
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means "Giants"
 
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36. Board Game: Die Glücksritter [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:7106]
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Glück means luck
Ritter means knight

English has a similar concept in the term "soldier of fortune"
 
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37. Board Game: Goldbräu [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1488]
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Gold is gold, and bräu stems from the word "brauen", which means "to brew". Quite a few beer names follow the pattern "something-bräu". I don't know whether there is an actual Goldbräu beer.
 
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38. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1059]
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"The Golden City"
 
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39. Board Game: Hab & Gut [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:642]
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literally "belongings and goods"

used for example in "all mein Hab und Gut": "all my possessions"
 
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40. Board Game: Hart an der Grenze [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1692]
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the name is a play on words

as a phrase, when something is "hart an der Grenze" it means that it is almost too much/almost over the line/limit/just as much as one can bear

but literally, and with the box art in mind, it can also mean "tough at the border"
 
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41. Board Game: Haste Worte? [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2717]
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literally: do you have words?

figuratively: what do you say to that?
 
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42. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1192]
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heimlich means "stealthy/sneaky"
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43. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:877]
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means exactly the same as "noblesse obige"
 
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44. Board Game: Igel Ärgern [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1660]
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"Igel" means "hedgehog(s)" (singular and plural are the same, as with "sheep")

"ärgern" means "to annoy/tease"

So it's "to annoy hedgehogs" or "hedgehog teasing"
 
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45. Board Game: Im Reich der Wüstensöhne [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2917]
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46. Board Game: Jenseits von Theben [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1194]
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means "beyond Thebes"
 
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47. Board Game: Kakerlakensalat [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1916]
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cockroach salad
 
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48. Board Game: Klunker [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2173]
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Klunker is a colloquial word for jewel
 
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49. Board Game: Krieg und Frieden [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2502]
 
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means "War and Peace"
 
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50. Board Game: Kupferkessel Co. [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:914]
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means "copper kettle/cauldron Co."
 
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