The Dark Continent
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"As I advanced slowly toward him I noticed he was pale, looked wearied, had a gray beard, wore a bluish cap with a faded gold braid round it, had on a red-sleeved waistcoat, and a pair of gray tweed trousers. I would have run to him, only I was a coward in the presence of such a mob – would have embraced him, only, he being an Englishman, I did not know how he would receive me. So I did what cowardice and false pride suggested was the best thing – walked deliberately to him, took off my hat, and said:
'Dr. Livingstone, I presume?'
"Yes", said he, with a kind smile, lifting his cap slightly."

The meeting of Stanley and Livingstone is one of the more famous events in the history of the exploration of Africa. Their exploration of Africa together is legendary to say the least (although in his own time Stanley was less than well recieved by society upon his return from Africa). The exploration of Africa in the 19th and 20th century makes for rather facinating reading....and gaming as well. Here is a list of games where one can explore the Dark Continent, it's rich history and it's people. I have purposely avoided wargames on this (except in one spot) because I wanted to have games about exploring the continent rather than making war on it. I have also avoided Egypt because...well, that's sort of a history unto itself.
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1. Board Game: Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? African Adventure! [Average Rating:4.86 Unranked]
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I must admit I am completely unfamiliar with this game but it sure does fit on this list.
 
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2. Board Game: Source of the Nile [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3016]
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I owned the original Discovery version of this game and while it was a fun game, the crayons and the map were a pain in the butt. Today I would simply use dry erase markers but we didn't have those when I was a teen. Still, it was a fun game.
 
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3. Board Game: Heart of Africa [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:12659]
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Now here is a game that I find very interesting. I love the theme and the folks at Phalanx make some wonderful games quality wise. I have their game Revolution and it's just fantastic.
 
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4. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1613]
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Sort of a touring game. Not to bad from the number of good ratings it's getting from the folks here at BGG.
 
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5. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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How could I not include Jambo. A great game that sadly is not in my collection....yet.
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6. Board Game: Africa [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3418]
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I love the cover of this game. Mind you in real life this cover represents the exact moment one soils their trousers because that bull elephant isn't coming over so you can pet it.

Created by Ueber designer Reiner Knizia who has designed everything from Blue Moon to Colossal Arena and Euphrat & Tigris. You will find this talented gentleman on many a favorite game designer list.
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7. Board Game: Africa 1880 [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:11136]
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From reading the reviews for this one the game it seems looks a bit better than it plays. Unfortunate because it's a cool looking game.
 
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8. Board Game: Africa [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Not a game I am familiar with and from the looks of it I am not the only one.
 
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9. Board Game: Afrikan tähti [Average Rating:4.63 Overall Rank:15290]
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This game goes back to 1951 and has had many reprintings over the years it seems.
 
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10. Board Game: Congo The Movie [Average Rating:4.42 Unranked]
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This was actually a fantastic book by Michael Crichton. Unfortunately they made a really bad movie out of it and an even worse game.
 
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11. Board Game: Zulu! [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Ok, their aren't a lot of games about the Zulu Nation and what there are deal with the Zulu War (and I was trying to avoid wargames in this list). However I wanted this facinating culture to at least get some mention as it had such a huge impact on the history of the continent.
 
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12. Board Game: Kolonial Afrika [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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I know nothing about this game.
 
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13. Board Game: Dark Continent [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
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Ditto
 
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14. Board Game: Bushman Exploring and Gathering [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Not about exploring Africa, but about the native bushmen of the Kalihari.
 
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15. Board Game: Kalah [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:3456]
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This is the classic African board game. Well, it might be better to say it is like a chessboard- you can play a lot of games on a chess board, and there are lots of Mancala games.

Easy to make at home too.
 
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16. Board Game: Chad: The Toyota Wars [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:8232]
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Very good game about a difficult war. Whomever controls the Govt. Gets the Army and some time the Libyans or West African Oeacekeepers. Both sides compeate for control of 20-30 other armed factions. Weather and combat contribute to good or poor harvests which in turn affect your ability to recruit new troops.
Great sim of a nasty little little conflict.
 
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17. Board Game: Cannibal Pygmies in the Jungle of Doom [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:8597] [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked]
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Did you hear the one about the cannibal who passed a missionary in the jungle?
 
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18. Board Game: Expedition: Congo River 1884 [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12751]
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This game represents the scramble for the Congo river region in 1884 by 4 European countries.
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