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"Orc" was an unpopular synonym for goblin or ogre with a pedigree going back to Old English, before Tolkien gave it enormous currency as the name by which his elves knew their hereditary enemies. Then Gary Gygax ensured the perpetuation of this imaginary race in fantasy gaming.

Orcs have never gotten the sort of love that, say, Star Trek's Klingons do, and they are often just a kind of generic enemy cannon fodder, notable for their lack of individuality or even detail. I'll admit, I don't even like them much. But here's a list for anecdotes and opinions about orcs in tabletop games. I'll seed the list with a few choice orc-ful games, and then I hope to learn further orc lore as the list grows.
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1. Board Game: Wizard's Quest [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3260]
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This game was one of my favorites when I was in college. Orcs are the ubiquitous nuisance of the thing. Sure, the chits are goofy-looking. But if you need enough generic evil minions to cover large portions of an island, orcs fit the bill.
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2. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Tundra Orcs – Second Summoner [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
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I like Summoner Wars orcs, because they have character. Between the Tundra Orcs and the Swamp Orcs, there's a lot of bone-crunching and blood-coughing on offer.

The newest orc summoner, Torgan of the Tundra Orcs, is awfully challenging to play. Some of his troops are especially prone to accidental suicide, and Tundra orcs are generally on the slow and clumsy side, causing me to imagine them losing their footing on the ice every time they miss a die roll.
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3. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.42 Overall Rank:12]
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Considering Tolkien's seminal role in orcery, there has to be at least one LoTR game on this list, even if I don't own any. How about this one? It's got an orc or two in it.

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4. Board Game: Munchkin 2: Unnatural Axe [Average Rating:6.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.45 Unranked]
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I've never played Munchkin myself, but I understand this expansion gives players the opportunity to play orcs. The original set must surely offer the chance to kill orcs.
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5. Board Game: Warhammer Quest: Lair of the Orc Lord [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Well, if there's a game system fantasy world where orcs do have the caché that Klingons enjoy in Star Trek, I suppose it's probably Warhammer.
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6. Board Game: Orcz [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:14611]
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Looks like it was made for this list.
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7. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:643]
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Or, as I like to call it: Orcgricola.

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8. Board Game: Riddle of the Ring [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:6224]
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Ok, here's another LoTR game. Although this one is likely to make the hard core fan wince in a bit of pain. The theme is there, but it's more than a bit silly. The game's got an every man for himself thing going on that undermines any sense of "fellowship". Personally I love it because it's so goofy.

Anyhow it does have Orcs; orc armies, half orc armies, even Ugluk the orc captain of Isengard shows his face in the game.

The main reason I thought of it for this list is because of a crack a friend made while playing. He was playing one of the Black riders and at one point in the game he commented "Elves? Pfft, Elves are just Orcs with a little man-scaping"!
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9. Board Game: Dwarf King's Hold: Green Menace [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:9071] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
 
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Love this one, its Orc Space Hulk
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10. Board Game: Swords & Sorcery [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:4616]
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Orcs are very well represented in this game. Chairman Naskhund is one of the most fascinating orcs in gaming history. He even runs his communist government from New Orc City!
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11. Board Game: Pocket Battles: Elves vs. Orcs [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2715] [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
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I have wanted this game for a while.
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12. Board Game: 'Ere We Go: Orks in Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:5.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.74 Unranked]
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Warboss Urgluk Facemelta sez dis list needs moar dakka.
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13. Board Game: Batt'l Kha'os [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3431]
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I just picked this game up as an impulse buy, since it was 60% off at my FLGS. Summoner Wars' Tundra Orcs have especially engrained in me the idea that Orcs = chance over skill, but this game looks like it has minimal randomness. I'm intrigued, and I'll try it out soon.
 
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14. Board Game: Chaos Marauders (second edition) [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:14752]
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This one somehow escaped my notice when I originally assembled this list.

It's in the FFG holiday sale right now for $7 new, so there's a copy on the way to my place!
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15. Board Game: Orcs Orcs Orcs [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:3729]
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Well, this new game is a candidate for this list if ever there was one!
 
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16. Board Game: Rune Age: Oath and Anvil [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
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This expansion adds Orcs of the Barren Plains to the range of player races in Rune Age.

I played these orcs for the first time this morning, and I narrowly won in a solo outing on the "Resurgence of the Dragonlords" scenario:

 
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17. Board Game: Orcs Must Die! The Board Game: Order Edition [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5820] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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Hm. So, what else is new?
 
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18. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Swamp Orcs – Second Summoner [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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I had to come back to this old list to add this newly-published item: the very bestest of the orc decks in Summoner Wars.
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19. Board Game: Orctoberfest [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
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Well, fancy that. This GL was first, though.
 
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20. Board Game: ORC [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4520]
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Despite the "2016" date, I didn't get wind of this one until this week's Gen Con coverage.
 
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21. Board Game: Orc-lympics [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:7244]
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Despite the "orc" in the title, this game evidently includes athletes from various fantasy races. Orcs are in fact relatively scarce, outnumbered by humans, goblins, elves and dwarves.
 
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