Games Where You Pull Stuff Out of a Bag.
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There's something magical about pulling stuff out of a bag in a game. It's quickly becoming a favorite mechanic of mine, and unfortunately the BGG search engine doesn't help much.

This list is for games that utilize the mechanic that fuels dreams.

I WONDER WHAT I'LL GET!
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1. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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This is one of the first chit-pull games I played. The suspense of pulling the Ra chit that will end the round when you still have two sun tiles is intense!
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2. Board Game: Dread Curse [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2967]
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I'm fairly new to board gaming so I was quite charmed when I un-boxed this game and found a black cloth bag inside! The face people get when they pull the Black Spot chit, and then try to hide their reaction is priceless.
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3. Board Game: Piñata [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1844]
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Pulling little colorful wooden candies out of a bag really makes you feel like a kid again. Lots of fun!
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4. Board Game: The Duke [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:392] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Shaking a bag full of hefty wooden tiles is almost as satisfying as pulling out the tile that checkmates your opponent! This is a great game that is short enough so that lucky blowouts can be excused, deep enough so that you can do some serious brain cardio, and forgiving enough to just experiment and have a fun time.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR 2.
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5. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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I have yet to play this because the box size makes it real cumbersome to bring to a game night, but I know it's going to be good because... THIS GAME COMES WITH THREE PINK BAGS. So excited to throw down and pull pull pull!
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6. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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The bag that comes with the game is huge! Can't wait to give this game a few shakes and a pull!
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7. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:297]
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This game is hilarious. The chit-pulling isn't as individually suspenseful, but it's fun watching everyone's face as they assess the board.
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8. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1504]
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Perhaps the granddaddy of pull-stuff-out-of-a-bag games. On the other hand, the set we had when I was little instructed you to arrange the tiles face down on the table (we used the lid of the box).
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9. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:376]
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Not just one, or two, or three... But five bags!
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10. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:231]
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You could be a straight 7, 6, 5, or you might have to wait until it's all free. Either way the drawing of the Master Builders creates a great tension that can change the momentum of the game but not so much that it takes away the strategy thanks to the cost of placing early builders. Solid game and uses this mechanic excellently.
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11. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:52]
Scott Daniel
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You are pulling element chits out of the bag for Adaptation, Abundance and Wanderlust every turn.
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12. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:659]
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You are drawing tiles to replenish your hand. Very similar to the Scrabble mechanic.
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13. Board Game: Yggdrasil [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:664]
Stefaan Henderickx
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The cool thing in this game is that you can manipulate the quality of what's in the different bags (and than pull out the 1 out of 10 chits you did not want).
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14. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
Scott Daniel
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You seed the political capital bag with 10 cubes for each candidate. These cubes are pulled for various actions (initiative, advertising, support checks, election day campaigning, etc.). The bag is replenished by the amount of rest cubes each candidate generates each turn. If the bag ever runs out prior to election day, it's re-seeded with 10 cubes per candidate. The election day cube pulls can swing the game if it's close.
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15. Board Game: Blueprints [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:722]
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And a recent one. Pulling dice out of a bag, I did not see that before. A bigger bag would have been better, but really nice filler.
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16. Board Game: Die Magier von Pangea [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3467]
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Like Thebes above, this is a five-bagger.
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17. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:327]
Kentaro Sugiyama
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First game I thought of when seeing the title of this GL.

The blue box edition from FFG was great--there's nothing like the sound of plastic tiles clanking around in a cloth bag.

The mass-market edition, I heard, has punchboard tiles. Punchboard? Really?
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18. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:446]
steve mayer
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Pull tiles to see which part of the city will be overrun by lava...send your opponents' citizens to a fiery death. Fun game but rather disturbing if you give the theme much thought.
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19. Board Game: Speculation [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2275]
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In the original version, a player rolled two dice.

In the reprint, the dice have been replaced by two bags of tokens - to even out the chances and to permit different token values.

There's a mini-expansion that re-introduces the original dice,
 
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20. Board Game: Kings & Things [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1772]
Helmut Hohberger
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Munich
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You are pulling the eponymous Things (i.e. your armies) out of a cloth bag.
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21. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:1108]
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You pull raiding cubes out of the bag.
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22. Board Game: What's In The Bag [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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A great party game. Pull a disc out of the bag which will have a couple of personalities on it. You then need to describe one ofthem to other players who have to figure out who it is. Either as teams or as a general round robin. Player at the end with the most discs wins.
 
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23. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:196]
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In this game, the dress tiles are double-sided, so they come with a black cotton bag to pull the tiles from.
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24. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:344]
Lutz Pietschker
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You draw resources from a bag (which was very small in the 1st ed. at least): Coal, iron, stone, and events.
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25. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:42]
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You never know what worker colours you're going to get. Red, blue, yellow — or even a rare green, if someone has previously discarded one.
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