Rygel's List of Games with Unique Mechanics and Components
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I wanted to make a few Geek Lists for the games I play to better keep track of what I like and dislike. To date I have several lists encompassing many different ideas.

After making many serious game lists, I decided to make a few sillier Geek Lists for games that might not necessarily be mainstream or readily on everyones game radar.

This Geek List is meant to be of a more playful and silly nature and focus on games with unusual components and mechanics. These are the sort of games that any gamer would easily recognize at a glance because of strange pieces.

I really enjoy unique pieces and game play. Nothing draws me into a game more quickly than some previously unseen piece or unused mechanic. Much of my game collection is filled with games that have odd components and new mechanics.

If multiple games share an odd component or mechanic I will list the game which introduced me to the odd component or mechanic.


With each of these games I will list -


1 - Unique Component - List what pieces parts make the game stand out


2 - Unique Mechanic - List what odd mechanics use the above mentioned unique components


3 - Quick Thoughts - My quick silly thoughts about the game


4 - Links - Give links to other Geek List the game is also on


**The games are not listed in any particular order
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1. Board Game: All Wound Up [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:15078]
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Unique Component - Wind-up Zombie robots that walk across the board


Unique Mechanic - Racing with wind-up zombies using a card drafting mechanic.


Quick Thoughts - Great silly fun.


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On my Two Player Game List here - http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/171376/item/3268152#item32...


On my Children's Game List here - http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/174625/item/3268153#item32...


 
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2. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1088]
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Unique Component - A Backgammon board is unique and easily recognizable.


Unique Mechanic - The entire game is unique. I believe this has more to do with the games age then anything else. One of the first games ever created. And still one of the best.


Quick Thoughts - I absolutely love Backgammon. Many believe this just to be a game of pure luck. But those are people who don't know how to play. It offers deep strategy in a chaotic environment. Planning ahead and mitigating the roll of the dice is the strategy.


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3. Board Game: Bausack [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:820]
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Unique Component - 98 oddly shaped wooden pieces.


Unique Mechanic - Trying to stack some of those pieces is rough.


Quick Thoughts - Excellent dexterity game.


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4. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
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Unique Component - The components are not unique in any way. But the game play is extremely different then anything before its time.


Unique Mechanic - This is was the first time a player took on the roll of the game and played against the other players.


Quick Thoughts - The ease of play, great team feeling and many scenarios make this game immensely replayable. A great game for a group.


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5. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:985]
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Unique Component - The many building pieces that come in several different shapes, sizes and types. Even has a railcar line.


Unique Mechanic - Players actually build the city. That is the game.


Quick Thoughts - Great game. I feel this is a game that never got the spotlight it deserves. That is because it was never published in America, but it is worth the price.


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6. Board Game: Booby-Trap [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:14767]
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Unique Component - A spring loaded booby trapped board.


Unique Mechanic - Players try to remove piece without setting off the booby trap.


Quick Thoughts - One of my childhood favorites. I love this game. Great with children.


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7. Board Game: Captain Clueless: Lost in the Caribbean [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:7902]
 
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Unique Component - Markers and a blindfold


Unique Mechanic - Players are blindfolded then made to draw the course of their ship on the map to a specific island. Rather hard to do when you can't see. Plus the map has plenty of other islands for your ship to run aground.


Quick Thoughts - Basically this is the same game as VOC! Founding the Dutch East Indies Company but I prefer this one. This game takes out much of the competitive nature of VOC! so you are left with just the silly fun of trying plot a map course blindfolded.


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8. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Unique Component - Everything is tiles


Unique Mechanic - The entire game is played by laying tiles. That is not a new concept now, but at the time it was fairly inventive.


Quick Thoughts - Good game. Too many expansions.


Links - The decided to play all the expansion together at once in one MASSIVE game. Here is the Geeklist for that -

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/191033/carcassonne-project



 
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9. Board Game: Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000 [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3922]
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Unique Component - Chopsticks and a bowl.


Unique Mechanic - An all out war over picking up pieces with chopsticks.


Quick Thoughts - Silly game that is always good for a laugh.


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10. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Unique Component - Polished circular wooden and wooden pucks.


Unique Mechanic - Flicking the pucks across the board.


Quick Thoughts - Many games use the flicking dexterity mechanic. I listed this one because I believe it is the oldest known game to use this mechanic. Plus, I think it is the most fun game to use the dexterity flicking mechanic. There is nothing extraneous with this game. Just pure flicking with deep strategy.


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11. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Unique Component - No unique components. The whole game is only cards.


Unique Mechanic - This is the game that introduced deck pooling.


Quick Thoughts - This is another game that I think catches a lot of unwarranted crap. It is a good game. It did go a bit crazy with expansions, but it remains easy to play and fun.


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12. Board Game: Elemental Rift [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:8741]
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Unique Component - Not really any unique components, but the wooden tiles from the first edition are the pieces I am speaking of.


Unique Mechanic - This game has an extremely unique and innovative mechanic of decaying and adding element component tiles to the rift. The components are in a constant state of change. Brilliant!


Quick Thoughts - Truly an awesome game. This could be John Clowdus best game and that is a big statement.


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On my Two Player Game List here - http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/171376/rygels-two-player-g...

 
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13. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:951]
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Unique Component - Crayons


Unique Mechanic - This was the first crayon-rail game.


Quick Thoughts - I really enjoy this game.


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14. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:576]
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Unique Component - Different sided dice as car gears


Unique Mechanic - Each increasingly sided dice represents the increasing gears of your race car. Lower gears have fewer sided dice which equals slower movement of your car. High gears have higher sided dice which equals faster movement. Players can choose their dice/gear but then must move the rolled number of spaces.


Quick Thoughts - This is one of the best racing games ever created. It allows for 10 players. The rules are extremely easy and play is simple. Yet it still offers excellent racing strategy. It had full Formula 1 licensing so all the real tracks were represented.


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15. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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Unique Component - Not really any unique components. Mainly just tiles. There are few odd small bits, but that is not the interesting thing about this game.


Unique Mechanic - Players are timed to puzzle together a spaceship with the tiles. Then they must fly those ships through dangerous areas of space in a race to pick-up and deliver goods.



Quick Thoughts - This game is amazingly simple, yet amazing difficult and fun at the same time. Great game. Puzzling together a good spaceship is not as easy as it sounds.



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16. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
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Unique Component - No unique components. Just cards.


Unique Mechanic - This is the first game that introduce the concept that a single card could be used for six different things. Each card has multiple, multiple, multiple uses.


Quick Thoughts - This game is sheer beauty in design. Brilliant.


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17. Board Game: Hamsterrolle [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1177]
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Unique Component - Giant hamster wheel


Unique Mechanic - Players place pieces into the wheel which causes the wheel to turn. As the wheel turns other piece might fall out. The first player to get rid of all their piece without making other pieces fall out is the winner.


Quick Thoughts - Excellent silly game. Great for a laugh.


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18. Board Game: Hart an der Grenze [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2389]
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Unique Component - Suitcases. No other game comes with suitcases. Real tin suitcases.


Unique Mechanic - Guessing what is in others suitcases is just silly goodness.


Quick Thoughts - Not many other games bring out laughs like this one.


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19. Board Game: Hermagor [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1123]
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Unique Component - No unique components.


Unique Mechanic - The bidding system for purchases is fantastic. It uses a grid and area influence/control to collect items. It is beautiful.


Quick Thoughts - This system is only used in one other game and it was designed by the same person. Charon, INC.


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20. Board Game: Igloo Pop [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2547]
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Unique Component - Tiny igloos with a random number of pieces in each.


Unique Mechanic - Shaking the igloo to guess how many pieces are in each one.


Quick Thoughts - Silly goodness and a great children's game.


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21. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:682]
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Unique Component - The whole game is unique.


Unique Mechanic - Once again the whole game is unique. It is essentially a children's game but it is so mush fun adults can't get enough.


Quick Thoughts - Easily one of the best laugh out loud games. Where else can you barnstorm and knock out chickens?


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22. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Unique Component - No unique components. This is strictly a card game.


Unique Mechanic - This introduced deck building. For the first time player had to build a deck from available cards, then pit that deck an opponent.


Quick Thoughts - I do like the game. It is fun to play. But this game became a pure money hog extremely quickly. Anymore it is not worth the price to play.


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23. Board Game: Micro Mutants: Evolution [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2078]
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Unique Component - Tiddledy Winks as characters with special abilities.


Unique Mechanic - This is a dexterity war game with each tiddledy wink acting a special character with special abilities. Take out your opponents by tiddledy winking them to death.


Quick Thoughts - Silly goodness. Great with children.


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24. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1584]
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Unique Component - River boats with little coal indicator paddle wheels for movement. The river tiles to build the flowing river are very inventive too.


Unique Mechanic - Players never know where the river will flow. In other words, you can't see around the bend to know what is coming next. The tiles are laid randomly with only a single future river tile known and shown. This makes for very interesting strategy in a racing game.


Quick Thoughts - This is a fun racing game. It is unlike any other game. The coal resource is used for everything but is extremely rare. You need to use it, but at the same time you need to be tight with it. You need to plan for things you cannot yet see. And the other boats can push you around to places you might not want to be. Great fun.


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25. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Unique Component - No unique components.


Unique Mechanic - From what I can remember this is the first real fully cooperative game where the players compete only against the game itself.


Quick Thoughts - Fantastic game. Easy to learn, but still offers deep strategy. Scaling difficulty keeps the game replayable.


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