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Looking to collect a list of "meta games". Games about games. Especially games about making games.

Fun recursive stuff.
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1. Board Game: File 13 [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15637]
Martin Grider
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This is the only one I know about (as of this post) that is specifically about making board games.
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2. Board Game: Gamegame [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Brian Train
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What makes a game a game?
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3. Board Game: Pink Godzilla Dev Kit [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:8285]
Martin Grider
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In this silly card game, you're a video game developer. Fun art!
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4. Board Game: The Con Game [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
Rich Shipley
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A game about being a game publisher.
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5. Board Game: I Don't Know, What Do You Want To Play? [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:6847]
Stephen Roney
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Ladera Ranch
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A game about choosing which game to play?
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6. Board Game: The Metagame [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4015]
Martin Grider
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A game where you conceptually pit video games against one another by asking questions like "which game has better art?"
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7. Board Game: Ludoviel [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:10040]
Jonathan Takagi
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San Marcos
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Not about making games, but it is a game about other games.
 
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8. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:4559]
Martin Grider
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Pretty meta example.
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9. Board Game: Time's Up! Game Geek Expansion [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Jonathan Takagi
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I love Time's Up and I know a lot about games, but strangely enough, this fell a little flat when I played it.
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10. Board Game: Gambler [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:13811]
PK WADDLE
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Austin
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Another bit of a stretch-- but this is a game where you roll-and-move to play other various Gambling games
 
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11. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:759]
patrick stevens
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Los Angeles
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And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
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This game is about running a game factory.
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12. Board Game: Adlung Land [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:8279]
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This is kind of a stretch. The game has a theme park theme, but the attractions are names of other Adlung games.
 
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13. Family: Tetris
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I can't quite decide if games that "simulate" other games qualify for this list. There are seven Tetris board games alone!
 
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14. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:813] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
Russ Williams
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Wrocław
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If playing the full version of GIPF, using so-called "potentials" from any/all of the expansions GIPF Project Set 1, GIPF Project Set 2, GIPF Project Set 3, then you will occasionally interrupt your game of GIPF in order to resolve an attempt to use the power of a "potential" by playing a sub-game of a different game from GIPF Project (e.g. to use a DVONN potential in the GIPF game, you must first win a game of DVONN).
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15. Board Game: Worker Placement [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13839]
Kevin Garnica
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I don't know if this counts, but here's a game called "Worker Placement" that utilizes the, um..."__________" mechanic.

It's actually quite brilliant. Players are competing temp agencies as they try to find jobs to place their workers in. If anyone is interested, it's currently on Kickstarter. I am eventually going to back it.

Next thing you know, there'll be a game about patio construction called "Deck-Building". Or a game about kitchen-floor repair called "Tile-Laying".

(This is too easy). laugh
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16. Board Game: TOM: The Origins Metagame [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Robert Seater
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Ashland
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there are two metagames!
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17. Board Game: White Elephant [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:14963]
Jordan Booth
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Play the classic gift swap game at multiple holiday parties for lols and profit.
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