"Non-random" Games
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Now, people whom game with me know though I enjoy and will play any games, my particular favourites are those with what I call "non-random" elements. As such, I wanted to create this list and allow people to add to it (so I can check them out!)

Let me clarify though what this means. At the purest, the classic board game would be one everyone knows, Chess. Mind you, I hate Chess but it is a good example of no randomness at all. The games I include in this category will tend to have random set-up of board before play commences. Once started though, there will be no "random elements" like drawing tiles (even from some open choice) or cards. As such, fan faves like Puerto Rico is therefore ruled out since there is some element of plantation tiles. (and before you guys flame me, don't get me wrong, I like PR...just does not fit this strict criteria).

And before anyone tells me that "All games have random elements in you do not know what your fellow gamers will do", yes I know this point. As stated, only NON-HUMAN RANDOM ELEMENTS if you want to be pedantic. Also, please don't bother pointing out "randomness" turn order or player seating in every game

Remember, it does not mean "non-random" = good game or "random" = unfair game (like Puerto Rico or Power Grid which you can still play very well around "random" element)

Games are in no particular order (whatever came to my mind when trying recall them) and by no means exhaustive. So please do add to list bearing in mind criteria I have set
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1. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:506]
Teik Chooi Oh
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Maharaja is one of my favourite games, in part because of the "non-random" element. Setup is only "random" bit to determine order Maharaja will score cities (and as very important part of strategy, amendable too)
 
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2. Board Game: Medieval Merchant [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1656]
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One of my favourite games which I do think is under-rated. Again, set-up random in which player gets which city discs but this is divided evenly among "high" and "low" number discs. Though only 1 city (Cologne) with value of 8, player whom own that disc is not necessarily winner anyway (and often than not, is not!) My 2nd German game after Settlers and perhaps why I am so enamoured by it
 
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Since discovering this at Essen, rapidly rising in my estimation to be my favourite game. Setup of primary buildings has random order but after that, it's "clockwork" (and yet of course not, making it superb game for this defination)
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4. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:559]
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Antike is one of many other "civ" like games which I am sure you folks will point out can be non-random. As this does not (unlike many "civ" games) use dice, I include it in this list
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5. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:500]
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ah, the classic Diplomacy. Not everyone's favourite but definately non-random (other than how lying, back-stabbing you expect your "friends" to be)
 
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6. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1092]
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Niagara is one of those rare breed of "Game of the Year" at Essen that appeals to family and yet have a lot to offer gamers that has no random elements too!
 
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7. Board Game: In the Shadow of the Emperor [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:838]
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by far my favourite game at Essen 2004, In the Shadow of the Emperor actually employed clever new tricks of "aging" and "having kids!". Also under-rated for me despite its generous rating as some may think.
 
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8. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1136]
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Great introductory game for non-gamers and great fun...without any randomness! I love Clans
 
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9. Board Game: The Bridges of Shangri-La [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1169]
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Bridges of Shangri-La is another superb "non-random" game beyond setup.
 
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10. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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I think this qualifies. I haven't played it for a while.
 
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11. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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12. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:120]
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13. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1175]
Mark Christopher
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Does Bonaparte at Marengo fit on this list? There's some random set up at first, but then no random elements. However, the identity of the units are hidden from the opponent except during combat (and a few other times).
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14. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:513]
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Only random element is the global pick of the calpulli tiles for the first round at the beginning of the game when preparing the board... But this counts as "just a different game setup".

Then no other random or chaotic element comes in.
 
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15. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:569] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
T Jesper Edmark
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This game certainly fits the criteria of the list. Basically the only random element here is the players that happens to pass by, stop to snag a couple of tokens and then move on.

Love this game!
 
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16. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1254]
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Must be the ultimate NON LUCK GAME!
 
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17. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1254]
Steve Bachman
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No random element in the game whatsoever, unless you randomly deal out the player factions at the start of the game.
 
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18. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
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No random element other than player order.
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19. Board Game: Kage [Average Rating:5.04 Unranked]
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No luck here at all, other than who goes first
 
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20. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3552]
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Definitely no luck in this brain burner
 
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21. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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There is no setup to Hive. You each take your 11 pieces and start playing.
 
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22. Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1021]
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It's been a long time since I've played this one but I think choosing the starting player is the only random element in the game.
 
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23. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:413]
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By your definition, it fits.
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24. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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Only the tile layout is random.
 
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25. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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As pointed out by that other similiar but not quite fit this criteria thread, I agree A Game of Thornes would fit in. Yes, cards are played by players during combat but by my defination these are not random since everyone knows what cards each player has.
 
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