Games worth buying multiple copies of
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Games where buying multiple copies of the same game is of some value, either to implement optional rules or to expand a modular board in a sufficiently interesting way, or perhaps some other reason.
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1. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:123] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Two copies of the game are required for the Overlord rules which allow more than 2 players.
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2. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:309]
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The rulebook suggests buying two copies to play a team game with more than 2 players.
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3. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:295] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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This is a popular one for multiple copies, as it allows the sculpting of complex battlefields.
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne readily absorbs multiple copies, allowing for vast landscapes and longer games.
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5. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:835]
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With 2 base sets, the players can play a "tournament" game wherein each player constructs and plays with his own deck. Standard play is that both players draw out of the same deck.

Even more variety when two copies of Catan Card Game: Expansion Set is thrown into the mix.
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6. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:275]
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Since the only to start the whole game over is to start fresh.

Admittedly, you probably won't get quite the 'shock' value.
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7. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:52]
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Theoretically, this game could be played as 'duplicate', with multiple tables having the exact same setup (in terms of pink buildings) and players competing against players at other tables with the same start position.

Any game with no 'luck' or 'hidden' factor could be played this way. It's best known with Bridge, and technically, Chess tournaments *are* 'duplicate' (since every game starts the same way, position-wise).
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8. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:45]
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Better deck customization.
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9. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2784]
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It's virtually mandatory to play this 4-players with two sets.
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10. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1229]
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The original Fjords has a lot going for it, but it simply doesn't have enough tiles to be great... and the game requires you to play 3 "rounds" of basically starting over each time.

Using two sets, you can play "Mega-Fjords", which takes the game to great status:

Mega-Fjords Variant Rules
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11. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:77] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
 
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Almost requires more than one copy to play seriously.
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12. Board Game: BattleCON: War of Indines [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:637] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Michael B. Hansen
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There is quite a bit of game here. Two sets expands it a little bit because you can run mirrormatches.
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13. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:134]
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Because the card quality really isn't that great. Even though it comes with two decks. I've gotten about 40 plays out of each deck, and they are currently pretty worse for the wear. I've got a back-up copy in shrink on the shelf, and it is time to bust those out and say goodbye to the old ones.
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14. Board Game: JAB: Realtime Boxing [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3109]
Clive Lovett
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Good for having a tournament when four guys at the table...or more
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15. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:446]
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For mega games!
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16. Board Game Accessory: Wings of War: Miniatures
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The more the merrier.
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17. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:50]
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When Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts is eventually released you can have a base set for the first expansion arc and a base game for Alien Artifacts. No fussing around with separating cards when you feel like playing a certain arc. I've heard of people already getting multiple base games and first arc expansions, so they can play the game in multiple configurations without having to sort their cards out. I think that's a bit too much but I do have a second base set waiting for the new expansion arc.
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18. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1976]
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After the first one becomes too soaked in vodka and beer, may another pristine copy take its place. laugh
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19. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:57]
 
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I own two copies of the base game of Twilight Imperium. Partly because I wanted to play 8 player games before they brought our the first expansion, partly because I wanted to make HUGE galaxies!

I also own two copies of Tide of Iron; more miniatures is always better. The same is true for Space Hulk.
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20. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:191] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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Beastmaster vs Beastmaster! I do wanna try...
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21. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:382]
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So that a game can have up to eight players, or up to four teams of two -- across a mega-sized map with multiple Monoliths.
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22. Board Game: Plato 3000 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3908]
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Small and inexpensive card game with excellent artwork. One deck is enough for a 2p game, and two decks is enough for a 4p game.
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23. Board Game: Fische Fluppen Frikadellen [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2321]
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This game is made to be played with three sets. You can then play the game on three tables with 15 players. You have to accomplish a task on each board. You try to play faster then the other tables to get an competitive advantage over the other tables (encouraging the other players on your table helps). Great fun!
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