Improbable Games - I Can't Believe They Made That!
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This list is dedicated to those games whose existence I find remarkable for a host of different reasons: creativity, racism, over-simplicity, amount of effort put into development, etc.

In general I'm not knocking these games, mind you. If a game made it to market and we ended up playing it, then kudos to the designers and publishers for pulling it off.

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51. Board Game: Mary Dowser [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Hilko Drude
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Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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Before the game, one player hides a little magnet within the board. When the other players are searching for water, they have to pretend the rod is attracted by the board so other players don't find the magnet too soon. Definitely unusual, I would say.
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52. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2848]
Lou Seelbach
United States
Huntington
West Virginia
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"Barbarossa is set in a fictional Second World War setting, where cute Nazi girls rush against Moscow to defeat the evil magician Stalin.

The game takes over the in game deck building mechanism from Dominion. Each player starts with a small deck of resource cards and during the course of the game one buys cards from an open card pool to build a deck of cards to play with. Goal of the game is to conquer Moscow. If Moscow falls the player with the most victory points wins."

I feel less faith in the human race after reading about this game. I understand making a Dominion clone, but having sexually provacative Nazi anime girls as your heroines is wrong on so many levels.
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53. Board Game: BreaKey [Average Rating:1.53 Overall Rank:10580]
Josh
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Massachusetts
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I know, let's make a collectible game where, in order to play, you have to break the pieces. Brilliant!
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54. Board Game: River Dragons [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1205]
Scott Johnson
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Cloquet
Minnesota
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Building bridges across the water while blocking others with simultaneous action selection. Fun and unpredictable!
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55. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:793]
Germany
Stuttgart
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Chopping of heads!

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56. Board Game: Unspeakable Words [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1931]
Darren Rigby
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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Who would have thought of mixing Lovecraftian lore with a word game? (An acquaintance of mine did -- if you knew him, you wouldn't be surprised.) Demons live in corners, and letters have corners. The first player to play 100 points worth of words without losing his mind wins.
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57. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1377]
Emmanuel B
France
Paris
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The tokens are magnets, and you've got to make them stand slantwise, using magnetism from tokens already there.

The game is really fun, and mixes tactic and dexterity pretty well.
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58. Board Game: Bell-Bottomed Badassses on the Mean Streets of Funk [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4807]
Carl Patten
United States
St. Paul
Minnesota
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Even after learning that the extra "s" is a deliberate tribute to a classic blaxploitation movie, I am still amazed this made it to print without being "corrected" by an overzealous copy editor.
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59. Board Game: Foreign Exchange [Average Rating:4.28 Overall Rank:10298]
Robin Brown
United Kingdom
Bicester
Oxfordshire
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I found a copy of this to give a colleague who worries about our currency hedging in my office.

He's now looking for one for me. Anyone know of "database administration" the boardgame!!

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60. Board Game: Ice Cube [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Janet Linsey
United States
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You make head-shaped ice cubes in the included ice tray and place them on the plastic feet to be the movers. Last one to melt wins.

I had this one as a kid back in the 70s. Didn't get to play it that often because you had to plan ahead to make the ice cubes and it was pretty messy.

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61. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:681]
Spinach Fell Nimh
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Fountain Valley
California
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A game in which the first thing that happens is one player is eliminated, based on no information. And more players are eliminated quickly and regularly and completely arbitrarily. And yet the game still enjoys a great deal of popularity.
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62. Board Game: Trötofant [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:3507]
Tom
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Seattle
Washington
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As the tree spins, players attempt to pull the 'branches' off, using a party-horn tooter thing.

Great with alcohol.
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63. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:27] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Roland W. est. 1984
Germany
Unterriexingen
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a game about shuffling ?

and people buy this? You do not get paid for playing?????

and it is game of the year in germany...wtf
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64. Board Game: Gooey Louie [Average Rating:4.06 Overall Rank:10213]
Matt Jolly
United Kingdom
Bourne
Lincolnshire
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And how about trying to pull boogers out through the noose without destroying the brain????

I am not ashamed to say I have enjoyed this game. When I was a bit younger!
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65. Board Game: Body War [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Gianni Cottogni
Italy
Torino
Piedmont
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Probably the wargame on the smallest scale ever: the map is a limph node.
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66. Board Game: Emira [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:2947]
Ian Madsen
United States
Bountiful
Utah
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A game where the goal is to get the most wives.

The one game we played I won. (Women just love gay men. )
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67. Board Game: Cleopatra's Caboose [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:7070]
Ralph T
United States
Signal Hill
California
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A game about building railroads in ancient Egypt that deliberately cribs every successful element of Eurogames (except camels). And it appears to be an excellent game.
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68. Board Game: Black Magic Ritual Kit [Average Rating:1.60 Unranked]
Christopher Lawrence
United States
Mos Angeles
California
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Even having worked for the Dotts (the owners of AH), this one still defies explanation.
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69. Board Game: Road Kill Rally [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1678]
Ralph T
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Signal Hill
California
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Well, I never too a second look at this game until it showed up on the "Now Shipping" list of zman games (just assumed it was another take on a Car Wars themed game) but I had to think, wow that is pushing the envelope.


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70. Board Game: Spin the Bottle [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Dean
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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Exec: "I want something creepy."
Flunky: "How about we package Spin the Bottle?"
Exec: "Nothing creepy about that."
Flunky: "It is if we package it as a family game."
Exec: "Close, but not nearly creepy enough."
Flunky: "How about with this cover?"
Exec: "Perfect!"

How anyone looked at this picture and didn't immediately get the wooglies is beyond me. I can't believe that this ever saw print...
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71. Board Game: Doggie Doo [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:10409]
Coen Velden
Germany
Geldern
Deutschland
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What gets in.............must come out!

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72. Board Game: Dungeon Fighter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:613]
Wolfram Troeder
Germany
Bruchkoebel
Hessen
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A game where dice are thrown from the nose while hopping around and with eyes closed and you have to hit a target with the die almost regardless of the die face after die has hit the table twice before the last resting place of the die counts.....
Sure thing.
Misses only a highly debatable illustration with some female flesh showing.
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73. Board Game: Carcassonne: Catapult [Average Rating:4.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:4.91 Unranked]
Wolfram Troeder
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Bruchkoebel
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Throwing meeples around the living room on your own free will with the help of a dual-use sausage tong....

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