LIST OF PSUEDO RPG BOARDGAMES
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This is a list of games that could be considered RPG-LITE style of game. A nod to the days of HeroQuest or those Dungeons and Dragons Challenger Series Modules sitting in your closet right now.

Now, we old gamers who are finding less and less time to invest in a full blown RPG experience. Yet, we still crave cardboard adventure and funny dice. What if you just want a plug and play experience? This list of games is for you busy roleplayer! Now, grab the Doritos and Beer and lets GET INTO CHARACTER!!...KIND OF!!
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1. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1184]
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Great Game for gaming with your Catan friends...they laugh about how silly and random a Dragon is...while in your own head...you ARE the Ninja, on a mission to save the Realm of Talisman!
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2. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:706]
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Wait...so I can play an epic RPG'esque Campaign...by myself??!! Awesome! Oh, yeah and my friends can play too.
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3. Board Game: Quest: A Time of Heroes [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:6132]
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The Perfect plug and play RPG!! Oh wait...you can only be 4 characters and 2 of those are wierd monsters...aw...and you say that there's no plans for any expansions or future adventures? ...oh...sorry.
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4. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:663]
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Ah, Warhammer Quest...you were so close to a great system, now you're just an over-priced collector's item. Thanks for all the Skaven...
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5. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:261] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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My current favorite! Let's play a horror survival/mystery RPG! Nice! Great game.
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6. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:239] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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This was a fun game, it's kind of what brough me back into RPG's after a 7 year break.
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7. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:551]
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I'm pretty sure a lot of us started right here.
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8. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:78]
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I KNOW THIS IS A TACTICAL MINIATURES GAME! Ok, that out of the way, this is still a fun game with all the familiarity of a Dungeon Crawl RPG.
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9. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1679]
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This one adds some depth to the storyline (if not gameplay).

Fun social game.
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10. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:941]
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Wander around and slay monsters for treasure.
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11. Board Game: Wizards [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:4314]
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Quest to save the world as it slowly gets eaten up.
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12. Board Game: The Return of the Stainless Steel Rat [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:6186]
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Mystery adventure using a paragraph system (like Tales)

Solo or two player.
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13. Board Game: Barbarian Prince [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3659]
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Solo quest to regain your kingdom
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14. Board Game: Lone Wolf and Cub Game [Average Rating:4.22 Overall Rank:15424]
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Solo or two player game based upon comic characters.
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15. Board Game: Valkenburg Castle [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:11198]
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Another tactical dungeon crawl - repeated entrances to
capture treasure and eventually cleanse the castle of
its denizens
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16. Board Game: Azhanti High Lightning [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:6488]
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Hey, if tactical dungeon quests are okay, why not
on board a spaceship?
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17. Board Game: The Mystic Wood [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3458]
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Very simple quest game, which for some reason goes
for a fortune now (gave my copy away long ago).

Box cover makes me think of Runequest.
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18. Board Game: Citadel of Blood [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:5648]
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Solo dungeon crawl.
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19. Board Game: Snapshot [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:7890]
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If AHL qualifies, then this one should too!

Character generation is a very light version of the Traveller system, and it's a representation of the combat tables from Traveller. It adds action points, and uses a square grid rather than range bands...

In other words, it's De-RPG'd CT Bk1, with two ship maps for doing boarding actions.
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20. Board Game: When Darkness Comes [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11884]
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and the expansions, you can add rules to make it more an RPG, or subtract things to get it down to a monster stomping board game.
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21. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:220] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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55 page storybook? Check. The designer even admits he was inspired by Mouse Guard.
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22. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:20]
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I can't believe nobody listed Mage Knight Board Game.
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23. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:195]
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There are no items here except the ones your guys start the scenario with, but there's all the running and exploring and adventuring and combating of a proper RPG to be had.
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24. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:404]
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The roles are fixed by the novel, but I think this one can count as a pseudo-RPG despite its distinctly Scotland Yardish gameplay. You travel the lands by road and train, procure items underway, combat evil minions and try to uncover where the bad guy is hiding and running.
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25. Board Game: Munchkin Quest [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:3788]
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Not a particularly good game, but definitely a pseudo RPG in every sense of the word.
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