Games that use a map
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I love maps, maps of real places Alabama, Washington, England, The Moon and of not so real places, like the island in "Tactics II" and Middle Earth. A few "Rules"

1- Games that use maps as a primary part of the game. that is the game is played on the map, such as "Ticket to Ride", not just a decoration or to set a theme. Try to post a game that the actual features of the map affect the game play, like the resources available on "Settlers of America" or the navigation aids in the game "Hold Short"

2- Try and avoid posting wargames, I love wargames, but lets face it nearly every wargame is played on a map and the list would fill up with SPI and Strategy & Tactics very quickly!


3- Maps may be either of a real place or a fictional place, furthermore they may be defining maps that come premarked, or abstract ones that are filled in by the player, such as "Empire Builder" or "String Railways"

Let me know what your favorites are!
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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On my example games:
The first one "Ticket to ride" has some great mechanics and the great big map of the US (and nearly everywhere else on Earth) make this game a gimmie for the list.
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2. Board Game: Catan Histories: Settlers of America – Trails to Rails [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1176]
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I've not played this one, but I have played the "Delmarva" map and I LOVE IT! Not only do you get a map, but the resources are pretty close to where they belong! One of my favorite Non-wargame map games.
 
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3. Board Game: Hold Short [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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This one is a rare beast! It is an aviation trivia game and is played on an actual aeronautical sectional map! How Great Is That! I have it and it gets play time once in a blue moon. It must be played with the right crowd or it simply stalls and spins...
sorry about the bad joke
 
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4. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:966]
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I have played this one a few times and it is quite fun. Using a crayon to "Build" railroads on a map (In essence making the map) is great!
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5. Board Game: String Railway [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1942]
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Yes, it is a board game/map made of strings! I never said it had to be a paper map. Never played it but I have watched Tom Vasel's review many times and love the look of this game. Make your own map with string! Fabulous!
 
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6. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:304]
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Europe Map, by the same designer as Ticket To Ride.

Never played it, by it's on my wishlist whistle
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7. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:111]
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Played on old-style map.
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8. Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:441]
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Huge map of Middle Earth
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9. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:709]
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Map of Terrinoth. All big box expansions have maps of other parts of the realm.
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Map of New Angeles and the moon colony whose name i always forget.
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11. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:228] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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Map of Europe and north of Africa.
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12. Board Game: Iron Dragon [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1318]
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Not only played on a map, but you get to draw on it.
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13. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:379]
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Another map
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14. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:31]
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This game is double sided, and all the other map expansions for it
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15. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:217]
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You play on arrakis
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16. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:240] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Of course, can't forget this one! You can't see very much of the actual map anymore, due to the shading and plethora of text boxes, but it's there!
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17. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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world map
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18. Board Game: Zombie State: Diplomacy of the Dead [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2598]
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another world map


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19. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:384]
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Map of Europe and Mediterranean area.
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20. Board Game: American Megafauna [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2949]
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Features a big map of North America, from a few years ago. Despite the hexes, pretty sure this one isn't a wargame!

Likewise its follow-up, Bios: Megafauna.
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21. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:348]
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Old map of Germany. The map was a reason for me purchasing this game.
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22. Board Game: Bermuda Triangle [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:12789]
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Map of the Caribbean Sea; you move from port to port collecting cargo, but watch out for the "storm cloud"!
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23. Board Game: Origins: How We Became Human [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2559]
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Another hex map that's not a wargame, only this time you move from hex-point to hex-point, and only move in to the hex centres when you settle down...
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24. Board Game: Xanth [Average Rating:4.98 Overall Rank:15238]
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Played on a map of Xanth, naturally.
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25. Board Game: Conquest of Paradise [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1512]
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Now, is this a wargame? It's by GMT, and you can certainly fight one another, but it's not necessary, and I've played entire games with no direct conflict.

And it's another hex map. Note that, although you lay tiles to create most of the map, there are fixed points over to the west and east, and the discovery of islands is governed in many ways by the 'basic' map. Plus, if you wanted to, you could recreate the entire real Pacific with the tiles included.

...leaving 3 extra mythological islands over... ninja

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