Games for people who like to play WITH their games, when not playing them...
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This is a list of games for people who like to be creative, primarily with painting and building miniatures, boards and objects, but also adjusting the rules to fit their new creations. You know, the kind of game where you think that replacing card counters with physical objects, or exchanging the setting for a new one, would really make your gaming experience that much cooler...
And sometimes you end up spending at least as much time playing around with stuff and ideas, as actually playing the game. The following games are presented in no particular order.
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1. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fourth edition) [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2545] [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked]
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Boy, have I spent years converting and painting miniatures. And gluing cardboard and polystyrene. Though I talk about the 40k variant here, Warhammer fantasy has it too.
My time with this game has been spent 80% playing WITH, and 20% playing the game.
Just added a picture of some of my jungle fighters...in jungle terrain!
 
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:293] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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This one seems to appeal to a LOT of people. You can buy a 3d version, but at the price it´s going for, no wonder so many of us break out the glue and cardboard. I have made my own 3d pieces, and will upload pictures at some point in the future.
Just added a picture of my own 3d pieces.
 
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3. Board Game: Space Hulk [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:452]
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These are minis that I made for an expansion for Space hulk, that has a campaign detailing the exploits of a group of native american-like terminators returning to their homeworld. Having captain Broken knife, librarian Two-heads-talking, weaselfierce and all the others on the board really enhances my enjoyment of the game.
 
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4. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:836]
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I made these marines for the game, I think they are way cooler than the official ones. I just made some miniature sentry drones for the expansion, and somewhere down the line, I´d like to add 3d objects, such as barricades/cover sections for the marines to hide behind and the Invaders to smash up.
My ultimate dream for DOOM (apart from discovering the perfect game balance, like everyone else who bought the game.) is to build a full 3d board for a unique homemade scenario.
 
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5. Board Game: Shadows Over Camelot [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:330]
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This seems to be a popular one for people who like painting their figures. I'm not talented nor motived enough, so I bought the pre-painted "Company of Knights" pack. (Hopefully, DoW will put out painted versions of the other pieces as well.)
 
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6. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:277] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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One of my favourites at the moment. Although I find myself curiously obsessed with getting ALL the official expansions, I have made a few new units and plan to make my own pieces of terrain.
 
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7. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1061]
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I know most of us could never aspire to anything like this. (Where would you even keep it, when not playing?). But this really has me drooling!
Also, check out picturs for a board like this made for Shadows over Camelot.
 
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8. Board Game: Hour of Glory: Stronghold Kit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:5224]
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This one begs to be played with miniatures, and to have little pieces of furniture and fireplaces added to it!
Luckily Warm Acre, the compagny that sells the game, has minis available for it. No fireplaces though...
 
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9. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:280]
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Dooms younger sibling. Apart from making 3d dungeons, treassure markers, new heroes and monsters, you could add outdoor terrain, 3d campaign maps, even entire castles to this one.
 
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10. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Although I really like the way that this game reminds me of days of old, playing Ambush and Squad Leader and other games like them, I think it could be fun to add 3d objects to it. I have, off course painted all the figures for it.
Recently I bought a whole bunch of little Samurai figs for a homemade variant, but there´s just so many of them, I haven´t gotten around to start painting them. The game mechanics seem perfect for Sengoku-period samurai battles though.
 
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11. Board Game: Frag [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:6827]
 
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A game, that after a few tweaks of the rules, gave me a lot of fun! 3d boards, miniatures and homebrewed rules, this has a lot of options for downtime playtime!
But since DOOM came out with the expansion with the Deathmatch rules, it sort of has taken over in this department.
 
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12. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:349]
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Since I work with kids, I just had to make my own version of this. It has the same game mechanics, but BABYRALLY is all about guiding your toddler through a long hazardous day at the daycare center, moving around to all your favourite toys.
It has had a curious attraction for girls in my business, who would never look twice at boardgames!
 
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13. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2094]
J. Romano
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Denver
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For entertainment's sake outside of actually playing a game, it's hard to beat Polarity, especially if you like playing with magnets.

Also, this game is one of the easiest games to clean up after: the pieces just literally stick to themselves!
 
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14. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1552]
J. Romano
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And for those who enjoy playing with lasers and mirrors, Deflexion is a tough game to beat.

(I'd imagine that it's more fun with a fog machine, though.)
 
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15. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:262]
Zopper Alf
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I'm sooo close to make me an own board for Blood Bowl. Always wanted to have a special version of it - maybe even with a modular board (or at least with some floor tiles with the teams logo on it so that you can replace it depending with whom you're playing )
Take a look at those Hero Quest pics btw: http://www.hq-cooperation.de/galerie/board/modular/boardbau_... and http://www.hq-cooperation.de/galerie/board/boardbau.html
 
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16. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fourth edition) [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2545] [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked]
Aaron Tubb
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I just love creating terrain for WH40k, especially buildings for city fights. The picture shows a game I played on my ping pong table.
 
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17. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2779]
Chris Johnson
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Perth
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A lot of people enjoy coming up with new stuff for their pyramids.

http://icehousegames.org/wiki/?title=Main_Page
 
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18. Board Game: Piecepack [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:4375]
Chris Johnson
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Similar to Icehouse pyramids, and sometimes in addition to Icehouse pyramids, there's piecepack.

http://www.ludism.org/ppwiki/
 
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