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I've long been a big fan of the Diceland series by Cheapass Games. The boardless action of it makes it a unique member of my game collection. A previous geeklist (available here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...) has made a list of similar games, but what I'm looking for is different.

This list will be made up of games which are played without a board, where the position of the playing bits are vital (so no games where location doesn't matter like 'Pass the Pigs' or Cheapass' 'Button Men') and are not placed in a regular grid (so this means no games like 'Hive' allowed). I'm looking for as complete of list as possible, so if you think there is a game that is border line , error on the side of adding it anyway.

(Note: even though all of the games listed here are basically almost all space/air combat games, do not feel limited to this genre, post games of any theme.)
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1. Board Game: Diceland: Space [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:5587]
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My favorite from the Diceland game series that inspired this list. Oversized paper dice that represent units are thrown on to a table and manipulated to destroy the other units via abilities marked on the sides of the dice.
 
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2. Board Game: Light Speed [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2480]
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Another from Cheapass games. Here Cards are played in real time with the intent to score points by aiming the lasers on your ship at opponents or at the asteroid in the middle.
 
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3. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3444] [Average Rating:6.03 Unranked]
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Another game that James Ernest worked on that fist on this list. Here ships are punched out of cards and then placed on the table and race to try and collect gold from islands.
 
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4. Board Game: Rocketmen: Axis of Evil [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:10197]
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Basically Pirates of the Spanish Main with a space theme, however with enough differences that I've decided to give it its own entry.
 
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5. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:824] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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A game where cards representing World War I aircraft battle it out by placing cards which dictate the next action to be done.
 
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6. Board Game: Techno Witches [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3736]
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Don't really know much about this game, but it certainly seems to fit what it is I'm looking for.
 
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7. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:859]
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If PSOM is here, then this would fit. Board is made by cards that are placed in circles (much like the islands for POSM).
 
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8. Board Game: Wreckage [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13491]
Joseph Cardarelli
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Tucson
Arizona
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This game uses cardboard pieces to represent Cars, and other chits and things for terrain. Plays like a streamlined Minis game. I traded it away, as it wasn't very tactical.
 
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9. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1608]
Thomas Eager
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Portland
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No boards, just books. Probably my favorite two-player filler.
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10. Board Game: ChiZo RISING [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:12317]
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ChiZo is a new collectible tile game, that appeals to both 'collectors' as well as 'eurogamers' and 'wargamers' as it has a little of all elements. It is actually quite good, quite strategic, and plays fast.
 
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11. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2821]
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Not just boardless, but also turnless.
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12. Board Game: X-Bugs [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3726]
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tiddley winks on speed, with lots of fun options
 
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13. Board Game: Worm Up! [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4904]
Robert Rossney
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A nastily competitive blind-bidding game about worm racing. (Or, apparently, camel racing, though the worms look better.) Clever, fun, underrated game.
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14. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1065]
Richard Diosi
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Ontario
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Bang definitely fits both the "no board" criteria and the "player seating" factor. A better game with more players in my opinion.
 
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15. Board Game: Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2042] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
Chris Kice
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Shorewood
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Chrononauts is a card game, but requires that you set up the timeline "board" on the table. Most of the game action happens on the timeline with the patches and paradoxes.
 
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16. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1677]
Mark Hudson
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Los Angeles
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Loot is a pirate-themed game where multiple combats can be occuring, and card positioning determines who is using what color ships to attack.
Unfortunately, none of the pictures here on the 'Geek show a game in progress, and I left my set at work so am unable to snap a quick pic.
 
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17. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:805]
Steve K
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Its not a board - its a tea-towel!
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18. Board Game: Im Auftrag des Königs [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:5741]
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Another Adlung boardgame without a board
 
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19. Board Game: Maelstrom [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:4098]
 
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This tile laying game involves movement and combat, so position is vital to game play. A very fun game with high replayabilty due to number of tiles included in base game and the availabilty of expansion packs.
 
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20. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:203]
Naomi Dushay
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Redwood City
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hive came to mind immediately - no board, and placement matters
 
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21. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:186]
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Melbourne
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I think this game fits. Seeing the suggestion of Odin's Ravens made me think of it.
 
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22. Board Game: Battleships at War: Atlantic [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
Barry Kendall
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Easy-to-play tactical WW II naval game. Big counters (which are much improved by mounting on heavier stock before cutting out) for individual battleships and cruisers. Don't know whether to call it a boardgame without a board or a miniatures game without miniatures, but it's played on a table or on the floor; one inch equals 1,000 yards for movement and firing range.
 
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23. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2622]
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A perfect example. The small bits and lack of board make this one I often travel with.
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24. Board Game: Twilight Imperium: Armada [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:6418]
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While reading others, I remembered these, which fit the cirterion (I know its yet another tabletop minerature game, but I think it looks cool enough to list).
 
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25. Board Game: Plunder [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4145]
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Woodbridge
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Nice little Pirate game where the cards make the board. Makes it wonderfully portable. I love taking it to all sorts of conventions.
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