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This is supposed to be a list of the games for which copies of the rules and all the appropriate parts (cards, counters, boards etc) are available on BGG or elsewhere on the internet. If you know of more, please add them!

Lest I be accused of encouraging copyright violation, I'm only interested in seeing games that are OOP and hard to find. It's a good way to try them!

There are a couple of lists a bit like this which contain some more excellent candidates for make-it-yourself games:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&;listid=897
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&;listid=975
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1. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3560]
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The game that started me on the list. I've been on the lookout for this for ages and once I discovered that the rules were here on BGG I created my own board image in photoshop. Add dice and you're ready to play!
 
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2. Board Game: King of the Tabletop [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4135]
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I haven't tried this one, but all the required bits seem to be there.
 
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3. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:216]
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You can get images for almost everything you need to play from one of the links on the BGG page labelled "fan site with player aids and variants". You'll need to add your own counters to represent troops though but since they're only coloured discs, that shouldn't be too hard.
 
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4. Board Game: Dawn of the Dead [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:7066]
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Again it's a link from the BGG page, labelled "scans of game components and rules". Having read the rules though, I'm not sure why anyone would take the time to make up the counters...
 
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5. Board Game: Ghoulash [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:8589]
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A bit different this: the game is distributed free. You just need the PDF playsheets from the Ghoulash homepage, again listed in the links from the BGG page.
 
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6. Board Game: Zombie Plague [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3227]
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Another one that's distributed in the public domain. There's a link to where you can download the components on the BGG page. You'll need to provide markers for the humans and zombies in the game: the rules suggest miniatures but you can substitute any sets of coloured pawns from other games. I've now made a set of counters you can print and use which I've uploaded to BGG.
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7. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1165]
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You can play this with a deck of playing cards. However there's a more complex version of the 'mafia' variant, with cards, available for download from BGG in PDF format
 
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8. Board Game: 18EU [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:2246]
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18EU - all you need is available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/18xx/. You will probably need to join to access the files area
An excellent game easily up to the standards of the professionally published 18XX games
 
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9. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:622]
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I made my own board for this game. I kept the stop sign shape of the board, but used a road graphic that you travel along as you roll a number. The three "pawns" that you use to keep track of progress are micro machine cars mounted on chess pawns. So, as you roll, the cars travel down the roads! Wheeee! For the other markers, I just used generic wooden markers painted in 4 different colors. I actually like the theme of my board more than the latest mountain climber theme! Plus, it was much cheaper!
 
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10. Board Game: The Way [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:13147]
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BoneGames production from 1994. Great little strategy game you can make yourself.
 
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11. Board Game: Evil Genius [Average Rating:3.71 Unranked]
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This is a freebie, but it doesn't look much good from the reviews, despite a nice premise.
 
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12. Board Game: Piecepack [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:4283]
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This one's a game system, with maybe 70 games available on the website. You can make the pieces (tiles and coins, mainly) out of paper, cardboard or wood, using the pdfs on the site.
 
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13. Board Game: Rat Hot [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2627]
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This is a very clever game of tile placement for 2. We've had quite a bit of fun with this one over the weekend.
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14. Board Game: Kardinal & König: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:4426]
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Card game version of Web of Power.
 
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15. Board Game: Code 777 [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1350]
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16. Board Game: Black Vienna [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2363]
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17. Board Game: Talisman Sorcerers Tower Expansion (Fan expansion for Talisman) [Average Rating:6.68 Unranked]
Tony Barber
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Free expansion for that great game Talisman
 
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18. Board Game: Clay-O-Rama [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:5723]
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Well, given that all this game consists of is the rules (a link to which is available off the geek) and some containers of PlayDough, you can certainly make this yourself.
 
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19. Board Game: Army of Darkness [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:12034]
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There is link to a PDF of all neccesary equipment.
 
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20. Board Game: Glider-Pit Gladiators [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
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"The players control primitive gliders descending into a deep, sheer-walled pit. Within this natural arena the glider pilots engage in ritualistic gladiatorial combat. A combination of martial and flying skills is required for victory. Every decision a player makes, from the selection of weapons to the anticipation of fickle air currents, can be the first step down a road to glory... or disaster."

All components are available on the BGG page.
 
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21. Board Game: The Shining [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
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My own design, so I don't know if that counts - but you can download it both from BGG and from another online source. Knock yourself out!
 
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22. Board Game: Oh No, There Goes Tokyo! [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:8271]
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Another one of my home-brews - I am putting up the files on BGG so that it can be downloaded, assembled, and played.
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23. Board Game: Borderlands [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3778]
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There are enough resources in the BGG entry of this game to make a copy yourself. OK, there are no counters, but hey, you can always make some yourself
 
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24. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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http://civproject.net/home.htm

Actually for the expansion. You will need to print the maps, the cards, the counters, and the rules. The map goes from India to Spain and you can have up to 18 players now. There are horrific new calamities.

It's a great game and the expansion is well done. I'm going to buy a laminator real soon now.
 
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25. Board Game: Star Viking [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:7518]
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Star Viking and most of the other Dwarfstar-Heritage Minigames are available for download from http://dwarfstar.brainiac.com/ds_starviking.html (legally, they have permission from the current copyright owners.) They're wargame type games, not what BGG users typically prefer, but I particularly like Star Viking.
 
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