Games That Feature Wales As An Actual Location Rather Than Just An Unsightly Growth On The Belly Of England
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Living in Wales as I do, it's always nice to see games that actually feature Wales as a seperate location from England. Doesn't happen very often, but then I suppose we are a bit small and insignificant. Here's the few games in my collection that actually do this.
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1. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:575]
Jim Patching
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The best example I could come up with of Wales featuring in a boardgame. Look, we even get our own army! And the incentive to cross the border and burn York! Although I reckon it should really have been Hereford - in almost every Welsh uprising, Hereford seemed to get burnt. Apparently it's still legal to shoot a Welshman with a longbow in Hereford
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2. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1745]
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The only appearance of my home city of Cardiff that I could find.
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3. Board Game: The Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1624]
Jim Patching
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If he really wants to, Count Dracula can pop down to Swansea and do the Mumbles Mile.
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4. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2983]
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This probably doesn't really count for this list actually. Although Wales is actually on the game board, from what I can remember you can't actually go there. I think it's just there to balance out East Anglia.
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5. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:15593]
Michael Nerman
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As a kid, we used to play with a variant that you could ride the whale. You'd actually put armies on it and you could attack any maritime territory with those armies.

You spelled "whales" wrong, by the way.
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6. Board Game: The Marcher Lords [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:11644]
Alfred Wallace
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There are a few games out there with more Wales on the map than England--this is one of them...
 
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7. Board Game: 1825 Regional Kit R1: Wales [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
Karl Benisch
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Stockholm
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The Wales "Add on"
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8. Board Game: British Rails [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2272]
 
Geoff Dunbar
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Wales is a playable part of the British Rails game; you can see a small part of it on this picture. It's somewhat out of the way and a pain in the ass to get to (completely unlike real life I'm sure), but does have some valuable delivery cards.

Geoff
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9. Board Game: Mordred [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3900]
Peter Millen
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Greyabbey
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All-Welsh Arthurian high jinks from Martin Wallace. You may find it a bit hard to find for your collection, but there have been rumours of a reprint for ages.

In peace

Peter
 
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10. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:422]
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So close, and yet so far:

Not many people know this but Torres was originally designed around the King Arthur legend, but when the publishers weren't interested it got re-themed to Welsh castles (principally those in Gwynedd).

Unfortunately, the publishers didn't like this either, and decided to go with a Spanish theme.


See the article by Wofgang Kramer:
http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/InventingTorres.shtm...
 
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11. Board Game: Monopoly: Wales-Cymru [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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This edition is from 2000.

Earlier this year, the BBC reported that after "extensive research", the publishers of the game had picked Swansea as the Welsh city for a new Edition.

At least one person in Cardiff breathed a sigh or relief.
 
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12. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:523]
Seth Owen
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Wales shows up more often than one might think. It's a key space in Diplomacy, for example.
 
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13. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:1019]
Seth Owen
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Wales is also a vital part of the British empire in Empires in Arms.
 
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14. Board Game: Europe Engulfed [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:964] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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And even in the 20th Century, Wales is a key part of Britain in Europe Engulfed.
 
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15. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #1: England & Ireland [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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What should have been "Ireland and half of England plus most of Wales" was cruelly re-named for marketing purposes.

Cardiff is city #2
 
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16. Board Game: Railway Rivals [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:3375]
Railway Rivals has a large variety of maps available, including at least one featuring Wales and was, I think, invented there too. Certainly it and the maps were for many years available from the designer David Watts in Milford Haven.
 
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17. Board Game: Imperium Romanum II [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3146]
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Wales is is here, although not yet called Wales. I think this barely qualifies.
 
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18. Board Game: Imperium Romanum II [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3146]
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Wales is is here, although not yet called Wales. I think this barely qualifies.
 
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19. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1917]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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Wales is a Key duchy in The Napoleonic Wars, meaning it's worth a victory point. As the French, I've invaded it more than once.
 
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20. Board Game: Diplomacy: Hundred Variant [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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A diplomacy variant.
 
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21. Board Game: The Hundred Years War [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:12785]
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22. Board Game: Riding through England [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
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Everything these days seems more about graphics than substance. Take this over produced glossy number for example. I can barely tell one colour from another?
 
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23. Board Game: 10 Days in Europe [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1668]
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Wales appears as a country you can visit during your European tour.
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24. Board Game: Kings and Castles [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:5683]
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This was the second game I thought of when I saw this list (britannia being the 1st, (the welsh black/green faction are always my first choice ifn we are playing with choices rather than random assigments) its quiet a little gem of a game but not many seem to own it on the geek (although I still have to admit it needs to be added to my collection information) Wales in this game is important to a few people as some kings only score for territory in wales

Walker Red Eye

P.S. I live on the ridge top of the weald of sussex so come impending global disaster perhasp we should initiate exchange of ambassadors now so they dont need to get their feet wet come the flood
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25. Board Game: Mabinogion [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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A self-published game based on the Welsh medieval stories.
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