Top-50+ PnP games
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I've done my 'Top' lists for several game genres (Abstract Strategy, Dex games, card games and dice games) and figure time to do it for crafted games.

The idea of PnP has always been a grey area for me.

For example, Lines of Action, are sort of PnP as a commercial edition is hard to find, yet really all you do is print rules and use a check set.

Other games, like Ketchup, at least require a specific board printed.

And then there are games like Arimaa, out long before a commercial set was produced, so fashioning a set was the only option, and games like Arimaa are more home builds than PnP.

Still I tend to lump them together.

I'll add that component heavy games (lots of chits) are not a favourite at any time, and less so as a PnP (too fidgety to make for me) so you won't see that sort of game here.

So here is my top-25 list, (and yes I expanded it to 50 now, darn you Todd Sanders )
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1. Board Game: Arimaa [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:2210]
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This is one of my happiest builds, looks good on backgammon pieces. GREAT ! game
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2. Board Game: They Who Were 8 [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:10951]
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Great and simple card offering from Todd Sanders, and four player, a nice PnP option for a small group
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3. Board Game: The Fomorian War [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Sanders again, 3 or 4 player
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4. Board Game: IUNU [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:5641]
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I am way too addicted to what Sanders creates. Versatile as a 2, 3, or 4 player game
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5. Board Game: Micropul [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2407]
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This is great since allows you to play solitaire or as 2-player
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6. Board Game: Army Ants [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:10353]
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You can play this with a standard card deck but so my more thematic with the print ant cards.
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7. Board Game: No Good Gremlins [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
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Lots of cards to print, but worth it
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8. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:3087]
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Commercial set seems forever delayed, so I made this fun game.
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9. Board Game: Zed Deck [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:11764]
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A fun solitaire offering that is easy PnP, and it has zombies
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10. Board Game: Until Dawn [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
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Amazing zombie art here
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11. Board Game: Zombie in my Pocket [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2696]
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Solid solitaire. Likely the Granddaddy of PnP zombie fare
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12. Board Game: Space Assault [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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Dex flicking game worth the effort
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this game was fun to build




 
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14. Board Game: Crikey! Jerries Over Blighty! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I am a sucker for skill-flicking games and love the theme.
 
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15. Board Game: Steam Lords [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
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Two player card game by the prolific Todd Sanders, whose games are all worth a while
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16. Board Game: Aether Captains: Capek Golems [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:11670]
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Another two player offering from Todd Sanders
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17. Board Game: Aether Captains: The Search [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:10953]
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Another Sanders

I dig that he is offering two player games.
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18. Board Game: Ragnarök: Aesir and Jötunn [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:10099]
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Not sure PnP files still exist, but a fine game.

Actually my first Sanders game and another two-player.
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19. Board Game: Teeko [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
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Hard to find this old one, but easy enough to PnP this old classic
 
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20. Board Game: Catchup [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:4990]
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The board clearly makes this fine abstract strategy game a PnP worthy of Top-25.
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21. Board Game: Free Trader [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:7431]
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with the 'moonshiner' re-theme this nice little solitaire game grabbed me
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22. Board Game: Spartan Chess [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
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super happy to make this great chess variant
 
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23. Board Game: Splut! [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:8042]
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2-4 player game to fashion
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24. Board Game: Empire Engine [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:5854]
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Sweet 4-player offering and a quick build.
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25. Board Game: Pocket Imperium [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:3824]
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A rare 3-player PnP
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