What's in a Name?
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Attention, linguists!

You may have noticed that many games are published in different editions for different markets worldwide and often bear different names depending on the market.

This list asks you to consider games that have alternate titles in different languages, and to make an assessment as to which names really do the games justice in those languages.

Don't get too hung up on assessing every name (especially if you don't know what they mean!) or determining if there is a "worst" name. There will be certainly some games where each name in each languages is well-chosen!

If you'd like me to see another game with a poll added to this list, send me a GeekMail!
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1. Board Game: The City [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1696]
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I had to throw this one in...

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What do you think of the name for the German-only edition of this game?
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The City
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2. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:470]
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Released at Spiel 2013, with four titles in four languages to date. (This game inspired this GeekList).
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Glück Auf
Coal Baron
Gueules Noires
La Era Del Carbón
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3. Board Game: Fast Flowing Forest Fellers [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1780]
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This game by German designer Friedemann Friese has names in German, English and French.

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Fast Flowing Forest Fellers
Flussfieber
Rivière d'Enfer
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4. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:302]
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I think this one's pretty straight forward as the name is taken from Robinson Crusoe's companion... but what about the Greek and Asian titles?

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Friday
Freitag
Pátek
Piętaszek
Vendredi
Venerdì
Vrijdag
ΡΟΒΙΝΣΩΝΑΣ
ロビンソン漂流記
星期五
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5. Board Game: The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:867]
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This book was originally published in French. Which title perhaps suits best what the players are trying to do?

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The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet
A kis herceg-Az én kis bolygóm
Der Kleine Prinz: Mein Zuhause ist zu klein
Mały Książę: Stwórz mi planetę
Le Petit Prince: Fabrique-moi une planète
El Petit Príncep: fes-me un planeta
El Principito: hazme un planeta
Printze Txikia: egin iezadazu planeta bat
Ο μικρός Πρίγκιπας: Φτιάξε μου ένα πλανήτη
小王子: 給我一個星球
星の王子さま:ボードゲーム
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6. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Originally published as Funkenschlag, German designer Friedemann Friese's hit game has been published with a myriad of names. Do any of them turn you on? Any of them turn you off?

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Alta Tensão
Alta Tensao
Alta Tensión
Alta Tensione
Funkenschlag
Hoogspanning
Power Grid
Reţeaua Energetică
Vysoké Napětí
Wysokie Napięcie
Энергосеть
電力会社
電力公司
파워그리드
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7. Family: Ticket to Ride
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This one has a fair bit of variety, as well. Which titles do you think are on track, or off the rails?

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What do you think of this game's name?
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Ticket to Ride
Les Aventuriers du Rail
Menolippu
Wsiąść do pociągu
Zug um Zug
¡Aventureros al tren!
Τρενάκια
チケット・トゥ・ライド・アメリカ
乗車券
티켓 투 라이드
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