Gimme a J! Gimme an X! Gimme a Y! What's That Spell?
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So I was scrolling through the (unofficial) BGG app on my phone and realized I have at least one game that starts with each letter of the alphabet except for J, X and Y.

And this geeklist was born. Recommend a game that starts with one of those letters below, and tell me why you recommend it.
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1. Board Game: Jack Straws [Average Rating:4.55 Overall Rank:16763]
J Weintraub
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Maybe you own a J game, but just don't know it? This is the same as pick-up sticks, isn't it?
 
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2. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:115]
David Etherton
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Excellent two-player game. You're trying to collect sets of goods, but your opponent is drawing from the same pool. There's a secondary currency, camels, which you have to keep an eye on as well. You want to take a lot of cards as once because it's more efficient, but that opens your opponent up to the replacement cards being even better.
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3. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:551] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
Juan Medina
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Really cool two player game with good interaction and lots of variability due to the card distribution.
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4. Board Game: Jenseits von Theben [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:2239]
Joe Huber

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While there aren't any X or Y games which have managed to stick in my collection, there are a lot (well, 5) games starting with a J:

Jenseits von Theben - the game that became Thebes - if my favorite of the lot, and one of my very favorite games of all.

Jambo has been, for some time now, my favorite two-player game. I avoided it for a while because of some of the comparisons made, but once I tried it I was hooked.

Jati is an abstract I enjoy - my review can be found here.

Jericho is an enjoyable little filler - though the cards in the Uberplay edition are almost unplayable; the original Abacus edition doesn't have this problem. Best with 2-3.

Julchen und die Monster is, if not an inspiration for Love Letter, in the same family - and rather more interesting, at least for me.
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5. Board Game: X Pasch [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:8872]
Joe Huber

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There aren't a lot of games starting with an X. My favorite of them is probably X-Pasch, a fun dice game from Valentin Herman, the man who haunted Mike Siggins' Essen reports.

Xe Queo! is a clever little small abstract, if you enjoy such things.

Xerxes is another abstract, if a little bigger and a little less clever.
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6. Board Game: Xe Queo! [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:4426]
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This is a short abstract bluffing game that's hard to find, but easy to DIY. The reason it's in my collection is to fill the X-spot in my gaming alphabet.
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7. Board Game: Xēko Mission: Madagascar [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:10939] [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
J Weintraub
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Haven't played it myself, but I have heard good things about it. How's that for a rousing endorsement?
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8. Board Game: Yggdrasil [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:721]
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Great cooperative game, with very streamlined rules and a lot of room for variable difficulty.
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9. Board Game: Yukon Company [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:10934]
Joe Huber

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My favorite Y game is this early Dirk Henn game which is very clever and works well - but goes on too long for what it does.

Behind that, there are a lot of enjoyable games beginning with a Y, though none of them really struck home with me. Probably the best known is Yspahan, which is a nice little dice game with something to it. Ys, from the same publisher, also has its fans.

It doesn't get love on BGG, but that doesn't make Yahtzee a bad game; it can be rather fun. Yahtzee Free for All is worth checking out, if you want a bit more depth to the game.

Finally, YINSH is recommended by many as the best in the Gipf series, if you enjoy abstracts.

Oh, and to answer the title of this geeklist - juxtapositionally.
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