Games that don't get called by their real names
Kent O.
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I don't think that I have seen a GeekList like this before (but I'm sure that someone will direct me to it if it has)...

This is a Geeklist of games that often get called by something other than their real names. This is NOT a Geeklist of games that you hate so that you won't call them by their names (so no "Munchkin" ie "The Game from Hell" or anything like that) This is for those games where either:

1. Someone asks to play that "so and so" game.
or
2. You suggest a game, but they don't know what you are talking about until you say "that so and so" game.

Have fun!

Sprout

ps--I wonder how long it will take before "Busen Memo" shows up. Maybe we'll all be able to show restraint...
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1. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:296]
Kent O.
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Nobody ever asks to play "Airlines Europe". They always ask for either "Airplanes" or "The Airplane Game"
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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Few people ask for "Bohnanza". It's almost always "The Bean Game"
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3. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:256]
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When I suggest this one, I usually have to remind people that it is the "Whiskey game"
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4. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:670]
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This one is generally referred to as "The Penguin game"
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Diced Coffee or Coffee Dice (or VivaJava Dice)
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6. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
BJ Shoemaker
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My wife calls this game Burger, Burger, Burger. Thanks Tom Vasel. =P
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7. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
Phil Alberg
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This will always be known as "The Camel Game".
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8. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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This one was easy. "The Firemen Game."
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9. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Another one that came right to mind.

Either "Outbreak" laugh or "The Virus Game."
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10. Board Game: Kupferkessel Co. [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1456]
Phil Alberg
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My daughter refers to this as "The Egg game". Mind you, there aren't a whole lot of eggs in this game, but they must've made an impression...
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My girlfriend always calls this "The Panda Game".
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12. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:532] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Ed
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Also known as 'the zombie game' at my family gatherings. My wife calls its 'Zombies' when its mentioned as well.
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13. Board Game: Potion-Making: Practice [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3724]
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Oh yeah, I forgot one. We always call this "Potions" not "Potion Making Practice"
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14. Board Game: Imperator [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:13580]
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We Like Sheep!

This game's original name was "King of Kings"

I and my x-wife (amongst other in our local game-group) were in on the play-testing of this game. My X and I are kinda classical music buffs, so we started referring to this game as "We Like Sheep"...

As I am sure you all know, Handel's Messiah contains the phrases "King of Kings, and Lord of Lords", and "All we like sheep have gone astray..."

So naturally after calling the game "We Like Sheep" a few times, all of us, including the designer (also somewhat of a classical music lover) just called it "We Like Sheep"...

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15. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Craig Somerton
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Simply known in our house as "trains".
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16. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:243]
Jack Francisco
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My buddy yBob and I like to throw this one out at Macky-o or Macho in hopes of fooling some of the other GSGers who don't like it.
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17. Board Game: Micro Mutants: Evolution [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2078]
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My friend calls this one "Flippy Bugs".
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18. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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I know a lot of people call it "Harbor Town", but when trying to describe the game to a co-worker somehow we started calling it "Sim Dock Worker"
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19. Board Game: Hart an der Grenze [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2389]
The root of all evil... but you can call me cookie.
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It would only makes sense to our group but....we call this game

Dos Enchiladas
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20. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:50]
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my wife cannot understand what I;m talking about unless I call this game. D&D catan.
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21. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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Monster Dice
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22. Board Game: Zombie Plague [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3227]
 
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Everyone refers to this as "Zombies", which causes extra confusion, as I use the playing pieces from Zombies!!! for the PCs and zombies.
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23. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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I call it Goa.
My kids call it No. Ugh.
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24. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
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This one's known as "The Sinking Island" by someone we play with...

Susie_Cat.
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25. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:15106]
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Boops!
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