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The Album Games were notable for their innovative package design, in which the game box doubled as the game board.

The initial Album Game boxes were virtually identical to double-LP record albums. Indeed, the games carried a disclaimer on the cover stating that no record was included. When the album was opened and folded flat it served as the game board.

The Album Game format was modified to include a "spacer" that the album folded around, making the later Album Games an inch thick when closed. This made the games look less like a record album, and also provided a more practical storage space for counters, dice, etc.

The Album Game line included two-player and multi-player games, and covered a diverse range of genres - such as fantasy, sci-fi, historical wargames, and family games.
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1. Board Game: Adventurer: A Game of Man to Man Brawling in the Far Future [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:11911]
Board Game: Adventurer: A Game of Man to Man Brawling in the Far Future
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A science fiction game of man-to-man combat. Based on the popular Album Game Swashbuckler, Adventurer is a tongue-in-cheek game of outer space tavern brawls and spaceship boarding actions.


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2. Board Game: Apache: A Game of the Old West [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:17110]
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An oddball game of settlers vs. Indians in the old west. Strange event cards (like UFO's!) make me wonder what the designer was thinking when he came up with this one.

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Board Game: Asteroid Pirates: A Game of Ship to Ship Combat in the Asteroid Belts
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Tactical space combat involving space pirates among asteroids.

 
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4. Board Game: Attack of the Mutants! [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:9381]
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Stylish 50's monster-movie parody involving a horde of mutants invading a college science lab. One player controls the onslaught of mutants. The other plays tries to stop them using the expected stereotypical characters (brainy scientist, his daughter, student athlete, etc.) and the scientist's band of trusty robots.
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Board Game: The Barbarians: Games of the Fall of Rome and the Mongol Invasion of Europe
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Two-in-one introductory wargame: The Sack of Rome and The Mongol Invasion of Europe. They don't come much easier than this...

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6. Board Game: Battle: The Game of Strategy [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:16561]
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Nice execution of the "generic wargame" concept, with a twist: diceless combat. Battle proclaims itself an "all skill" wargame. The generic counters can represent troops of various historical eras (or fantasy armies), and the terrain is represented by counters. Allows for virtually a limitless number of scenarios.
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7. Board Game: Beachhead: A Game of Island Invasions in the South Pacific 1942-1944 [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:14566]
Board Game: Beachhead: A Game of Island Invasions in the South Pacific 1942-1944
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Tactical WWII game representing an amphibious assault against a Japanese held island in the Pacific.

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8. Board Game: Commando Actions: A Game of Tactical Level Combat in World War II [Average Rating:5.15 Unranked]
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Tactical WWII game of small unit actions involving British Commando units.

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9. Board Game: Dallas: A Game of the Ewing Family [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:16053]
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Yes, it is that Dallas. Play one of the characters from the TV series, and try to make more money than the other players.

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10. Board Game: Demon's Run [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:15427]
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Tactical spaceship racing game.

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Board Game: The Fall of South Vietnam: A Game of Combat in South Vietnam – 1973-1975
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Introductory area-movement wargame. Incorporates a decent amount of chrome considering the level of simplicity.

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12. Board Game: Fast Attack Boats: A Game of the Arab-Israeli Naval War 1973 [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:14268]
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Introductory game of naval combat. Lots of dice rolling makes luck a big factor here. Negligible simulation value.
 
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13. Board Game: French Foreign Legion [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:7892]
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Arabs attack a lone desert outpost in a game inspired by those old Foreign Legion movies. Man-to-man combat system, but play value is somewhat limited by the single map (a desert fort).

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14. Board Game: Hero: A Game of Adventure in the Catacombs [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:15474]
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Unusual game for three players. Each player controls a hero moving through separate "dungeons" to get to a princess trapped at the center of the mapboard. The monsters in each dungeon are moved by one of the opponents. A straighforward, if somewhat flavorless, hack and slash style fantasy game.
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15. Board Game: Market Madness [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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Simple stock market simulation.

 
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16. Board Game: Neck and Neck: A Game of Horse Racing [Average Rating:5.26 Unranked]
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So simple (and lacking in gaming value) that it really doesn't seem to belong with the rest of these games. Bare bones game of horse racing and betting, possibly enjoyable for chidlren.

 
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17. Board Game: Raider!: A Tactical Game of Commerce Raiding in WWII [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:12141]
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Interesting wargame of German commerce raiders in the Indian Ocean during WWII.

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18. Board Game: The Roaring 20's [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:16106]
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Fun multi-player game of warring mob factions. The players each control their own gang, and take turns being the police chief. Bribes offered to the police chief just might effect how that player moves the police cars during the heist segment of the game...

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19. Board Game: Superiority: A Game of the Invasion of Europe in the Near Future [Average Rating:4.29 Unranked]
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Lackluster game of NATO vs. Soviet Union in Europe. Uses dual mapboards for Battleship style gameplay.

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20. Board Game: Swashbuckler: A Game of Swordplay and Derring-do [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:4771]
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A gem of a game if you take it for what it's worth: brawling and boarding actions inspired by the great Hollywood swashbucklers. If you are looking for a fencing simulation, prepare for disappointment. Especially fun with several players, as mugs are thrown, tables flipped, carpets yanked, etc. Followed by a science fiction version of the game system, Adventurer.
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21. Board Game: United Nations: A Game of World Domination in Our Time [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:16359]
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Another album game that can accomodate several players. Players represent real world nations, and seek to gain control over other countries through aid, diplomacy, and force.

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Board Game: Close Assault: A Man-to-Man Game of Squad Tactics and Command – Europe 1939-1945
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A man-to-man WWII wargame, using the same system that was later used for Avalon Hill's modern tactical game Firepower.

Technically Close Assault isn't one of the Album Games, but the physical format is close enough to merit mention here. The game used a folding album-style game board, but with a 2" thick insert to give even more space for counters, dice, and other components - in other words, "albumus maximums"!
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