Games with (very) few components
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I mostly play complex games with lots of components (counter, cards, wooden/platic pieces), so I was wondering what games have very few components (counting each card + game board; Childrens games do count). Please feel free to add to the list.
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1. Board Game: Snail's Pace Race [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:15306]
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6 game pieces, 2 dice, 1 board = 9
Childrens game.
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2. Board Game: Siam [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2590]
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wooden board, 5 elephants, 5 rhinoceros, 3 rocks = 14
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3. Board Game: Spooky Stairs [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2200]
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4 ghost, 4 children, 4 marker, 1 die, 1 board = 14
Childrens game.
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4. Board Game: Phantoms vs Phantoms [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2280]
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16 ghost, 1 board = 17
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5. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:204]
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22 pieces = 22
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6. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:704]
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Game Base, 4 Base Arms, 4 Paddles, Center Cone, Loopin' Louie in Plane, 12 Tokens with Storage Bag, Label Sheet = 25
Childrens game.
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7. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:734] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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29 Animals + 1 die = 30
Childrens game.
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8. Board Game: L-Game [Average Rating:5.05 Overall Rank:14595]
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Two L shaped pieces, two tokens, 1 board = 5.
Invented as a challenge to make an intriguing game with very few components.
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9. Board Game: Four Field Kono [Average Rating:4.45 Unranked]
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8 pieces, 1 board = 9
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10. Board Game: Chutes and Ladders [Average Rating:2.80 Overall Rank:15673]
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1 board, 1 die, 1 pawn for each player: = 4 or more
True for Game of Goose and many more racing games.
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11. Board Game: Super Sharp Pencil & Paper Games [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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1 sheet of paper, 1 pencil = 2
I think you are sticking to boardgames. Very similar games can be played with some paper (1 sheet, sometime squared, or maybe 1 for each player) and 1 pencil (or 1 each for player, sometime colored).
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12. Board Game: Achi [Average Rating:4.37 Unranked]
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6 pawns, 1 board = 7
(main picture for this game is wrong, showing 4 + 4 pawns)
 
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13. Board Game: Don Q. und der Dreh mit den Windmühlen [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
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Board, 4 windmills/giants, Don Q., Sancho Panza: 7
Not a lot for a boardgame!
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14. Board Game: Volta [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:7629]
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OK, Perlhuhn can do even better than Don Q:
Board, 2 cubes, 2 marbles= 5
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15. Board Game: Babylon [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:12413]
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The game Babylon consists of 12 tiles.
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16. Board Game: Flip Out [Average Rating:4.39 Unranked]
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1 large die,
1 scorepad,
1 bag for die
1 rulebook
1 pencil (not included)

5 components for this variant of Pig. And at least 3 of them are superfluous.
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17. Board Game: Yahtzee [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:15565]
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Five Dice, 1 Scoring pad, 1 pencil, 1 cup = 8
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18. Board Game: Le Boomb! [Average Rating:4.35 Overall Rank:15585]
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1 plastic bomb
+ 1 die
2 pieces total
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19. Board Game: EinStein würfelt nicht! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:7355]
Corné van Moorsel
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Maastricht
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1 board
1 die
2x6 numbered pawns
TOTAAL: 14.
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20. Board Game: Win, Lose, or Banana [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:15043]
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Contents:
3 Cards
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1 card = 1
Famed (and less famed) designers made these promotional games for daVinci. Allowed materials for each of them: one single card.
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22. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:2398]
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I have the travel edition, one piece.
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23. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15540]
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Pair of pigs, score sheet, scoring chart = 4

I guess you could say that you can play without the scoring chart once you memorize the scores. In that case, it would be 3.

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A whole pile of games with four pieces each.
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25. Board Game: Strike Force One [Average Rating:4.67 Overall Rank:15349]
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Wargames famously have a zillion pieces...but not quite all of them. This is the smallest quasi-serious game I know of--a map, a chart, and ten counters: 12 components in all.
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