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Kirk
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Outside of most dexterity games, which seem to all have a contaption element to them, what are some of your favorite and least favorite games that have "contraptions" worked into the game.

One of the oldest I recall from when I was a kid was Mouse Trap. Dark Tower was another oldy but goody from my youth.

I haven;t tried Potion Explosion yet (I own it) but it looks promising!

T'Zolkin is another game that has a bit of a movement contraption and is an outstanding game to me.

On a much lighter note, I like Mystic Veil which has a bit of a card contraption thngy to it....

When done well, "contraptions" can bring a new element to game play that I believe enhances it somewhat.
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Everyone wants to play with dice pyramid in Camel Up, whether or not it's advantageous to move the camels on their turn.

Just in time for Halloween, 13 Dead End Drive and 1313 Dead End Drive have lots of moving traps that really fit the theme of trying to bump off other potential heirs.

Château Roquefort is a favorite of mine with the entire board + box a maze with sliding traps.

Polar Dare! is a not-terrible (for kids) mass market game that has ice floes that slide up and down the board. Ride your penguins on the floes to get across the board, while avoiding the polar bear.











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Wallenstein/Shogun and Schrille Stille?

Schrille Stille:



The Schrille Stille CD player gimmick is a pretty elaborate one for a simple, light game - but it actually serves a function that I can't think of any other way to accomplish as well. Each player has a variety of chips that fit into 14 different holes around the perimeter of a circular piece of cardboard; black numbers for positive effect, red numbers for negative effect, a player color chip with a dot on it to get a VP reward if something currently at a particular position will end up in the highest position after all of the effects are applied, and a plain player color chip to take the total effects applied to any particular position as VPs. The piece of cardboard fits in a flat cardboard folder that conceals one's chip placement from other players, with the top flap serving as a screen while you're placing and also as a player aid. After placement, each player folds the top down and hands it to the player who is operating the gimmick, who stacks them all (including folder) on a spindle. A final piece of cardboard with no holes, but indications for the numbers, is placed on top for concealment, then the folders are removed. As they are removed, the chips fall into holes in a thick circular piece of wood set on the base of the spindle that are oriented under the chip holes. Then the spindle is turned, orienting the the numbered holes over a chute one at a time, causing them to fall out, and resolving the effects.

It would be a big mechanical improvement for a co-op traitor game over the traditional method of shuffling a pile of player-contributed cards to mask the traitor's identity. With the CD tower (which could just as easily be a rotary telephone for a mid-20th century theme) the best you can tell is whether the traitor played before or after someone else within a particular number. Also, it gives the equivalent of 14 different stacks of cards simultaneously with very little effort (with no indication of who chose to place in what stack, only how many), so individual tasks for the group to solve could be very complicated.

edit: just discovered the strangest thing about this game - the tokens are 1/2 inch. Strange for a German game, I'd assumed metric. I can experiment with the co-op idea with a $5 order from caseyswood.com
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cool username wrote:
Everyone wants to play with dice pyramid in Camel Up, whether or not it's advantageous to move the camels on their turn.

Just in time for Halloween, 13 Dead End Drive and 1313 Dead End Drive have lots of moving traps that really fit the theme of trying to bump off other potential heirs.

Château Roquefort is a favorite of mine with the entire board + box a maze with sliding traps.

Polar Dare! is a not-terrible (for kids) mass market game that has ice floes that slide up and down the board. Ride your penguins on the floes to get across the board, while avoiding the polar bear.













Thanks! I have Camel Up! I'll have to check out the others...
 
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Colt Express is another contraption game that I think is fairly fun and the contraptions (especially if you have the stage coach expansion) really add to the game.
 
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Neither favorites nor least favorites, but just what springs to mind:

Kogworks is interesting. Technically the contraption is unnecessary, but it helps manually verify the game state (i.e. whether or not the gears can turn or are locked in a loop that won't turn).


Similarly for the laser in Khet: The Laser Game.

The sort of nondeterministic marble chute mechanism in Potion Explosion is a bit like the cube towers (mentioned up thread) in games like Wallenstein and Amerigo.

Somewhat analogous to your Tzolkin gears are the 4 board quadrants of Pentago.
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Crossbows and Catapults has catapults to chuck things at the opposing side. Especially their head. Especially my brother.
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Abiezer Coppe wrote:
Crossbows and Catapults has catapults to chuck things at the opposing side. Especially their head. Especially my brother.


Yes! This game is tons of fun!!

Can it still be found?
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I really like Destruct 3, not sure if you think of that as a Dex game. The large version plays a lot better.

Poseidon's Kingdom has a fun wave for ride rolling.

Ab die Post! and Inkognito both have contraptions for movement.
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saturnkk wrote:
Abiezer Coppe wrote:
Crossbows and Catapults has catapults to chuck things at the opposing side. Especially their head. Especially my brother.


Yes! This game is tons of fun!!

Can it still be found?


Pirates on the High Seas devil
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Key to the Kingdom. You can almost create a new board by jumping in the portal. By the by, is there a Dungeons & Dragons scenario where you have to fight a dark elf with your eyes literately shut?

Goosebumps: Terror in the Graveyard Game's box is one big moving graveyard with ghost launcher. Sadly, I couldn't get the Headless Ghost to launch...

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If taking about older mass market games, don't forget The Omega Virus
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Guantanamo wrote:
If taking about older mass market games, don't forget The Omega Virus


Forgot about that game. Only, beat it once though.....
 
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Mouse Trap
 
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saturnkk wrote:

Yes! This game is tons of fun!!

Can it still be found?


Unfortunately not without paying silly money over on Amazon for a second hand copy.

That's a game that really could do with a new edition.
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Goofy Golf Machine is amazing and hugely more exciting than mouse trap - plus everything works lol!
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Played this many many years agoLegend of Zagor with my brother .
We loved the figures and board but preferred HeroQuest.

Recently played Impact with my son when he was younger which is surprisingly good fun.
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Carcassonne: Catapult adds a dexterity element to Carcassonne, to mixed reviews...
 
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The Fastest Gun - The big disc with holes in it, that you turned to control who got killed during the game's shoot outs, created real suspense in what was otherwise a pretty simple roll-and-move monopoly clone.
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I just had a funny thought about the vague word "contraption": If a contraption is some kind of device or gadget which acts partly autonomously (as opposed to e.g. you directly moving a piece on the board, or you drawing a card from a stack), then ordinary dice and spinners would seem to qualify as contraptions!



It's not obvious how to define "contraption" to exclude dice and spinners (other than explicitly excluding them)...

If we try to define a contraption as involving more than one part (so as to exclude a die), that still doesn't exclude spinners, and for dice there are often separate parts: dice cups, dice towers, dice trays, and pop-o-matics.


(Surely a pop-o-matic dice thingie is a "contraption"! Or is it?)
 
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An inside joke, but people that play Magic: The Gathering don't have contraptions.
 
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A game from my younger days that I knew as haunted house but is listed under Which Witch?
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Geert Vinaskov wrote:
An inside joke, but people that play Magic: The Gathering don't have contraptions.

Like soap and anti-perspirant?

I joke! I joke!
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saturnkk wrote:
Can it still be found?


Well, if you don't mind playing Crossbows and Catapults from Clothespins... laugh

http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-clothespin-catapult/

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One of the newest contraption games has to be Potion Explosion. I can't speak to how good the game might be, but it sure does look pretty.
 
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