Games that are better with Bagpipes and Banjos - a Christmas geeklist
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So, I was tasked by my Santa to make a list of games that were best played accompanied by banjos and bagpipes.

Now if you’re a normal person, you would say that list of games would be zero. And I can’t fault you for that. BUT, in the event that you prefer your drone attacks to be loud and in mixolydian mode, this list is for you!
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1. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:300]
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FREEEEDOMMMMMM!!! Ironically, I just won this game in an auction but haven’t yet gotten to play it. I can’t think of a more appropriate themed game for bagpipes than this. Then again, you ARE playing the English. Perhaps having bagpipes in the background will help you to woo and quell the Scottish press for independence. Then again, it might make it worse, especially if they’re untuned.
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2. Board Game: Battle Cry: 150th Civil War Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:911]
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Rouse your confederate army with songs of old Dixie. There is so much music from this period of history that would go well with any (U.S.) civil war themed game. There’s also a bit of a tie-in with bagpipes here as well, as many of these songs and tunes were brought over by Scottish immigrants (look no further than Scotland county, NC).
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3. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:256]
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This game is set in Scotland during the Jacobite rebellion of the 1700s. What is notable here is that during this time period, the bagpipes were actually outlawed as an instrument of war. As far as I know, they’re the only musical instrument to have that distinction. The Battle of Culloden in the mid 1700s determined the bagpipes’ fate, and it was this ruling that caused the first bagpiper to be put to death for carrying his “instrument” into battle.
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4. Board Game: Scotland the Brave [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:12258]
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This is another game set in Scotland during the war for independence. However, in this game you can play the English OR the Scots. If nothing else, you can use bagpipes to try and woo Scottish nobles to your cause (if you’re the Scots, natch).

Also notable here is that this game title is the second most requested tune bagpipers get asked to play (after Amazing Grace). Well, maybe the third, given how many times people yell “FREEBIRD!!!” at me. 

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5. Board Game: Moonshine [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
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Ride the white lightning!

You can’t have any proper hooch manufacturing game without good and proper Appalachian music in the background. So grab your corn mash, grab the 5 string and get pickin’.
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6. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Ok, you might be wondering how a game centered on ancient Egypt made it into this list. The earliest incarnation of the chanter (the part of the bagpipe that makes the actual notes) is the arghul, a traditional instrument that is still played today. Later models of the arghul even have a single drone attached to it. The Scots actually modeled the bagpipe off of this instrument, so at its core bagpipes are traditionally more Egyptian than Scottish.

Of course, tell a Scot that and he’ll likely toss a sheep at you.
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7. Board Game: Yankees & Rebels [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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We return yet again to the American Civil War, and more specifically the 3 day battle of Gettysburg. Something is needed to try and inspire the greys while Lee plans his strategies. In reality, his battle-ready banjo brigade didn’t work so well for him. To be fair, it’s hard to appear deadly and formidable while plucking Flop Eared Mule into battle.
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8. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Why is this game included in this list? Let’s face it, if your gaming experience is surrounded by bagpipes and banjos, the freaking END IS CLEARLY NIGH.
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9. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:685]
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Because nothing is quite as Scottish as having some Haggis with Bagpipes!
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10. Board Game: Highland Clans [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:10606]
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I've never played with bagpipe or banjo accompaniment, but I'm guessing meeple
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11. Board Game: Lords of Scotland [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1410]
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Bring on the bagpipes!
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12. Board Game: Bonspiel Curling [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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It's not a true Bonspiel if you are missing the bagpipes

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13. Board Game: Catfish Bend Storybook Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Why, with a nice banjo in the background, this Southern story game would come to life!
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14. Board Game: BraveRats [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1798]
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Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your nests, 3-5 years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR CHEESE!
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15. Board Game: BattleLore: Scottish Wars [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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Why is this item not on the list?
It even has the word Scottish in it...
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16. Board Game: Firefly: The Game [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:275]
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I'm just feeling kind of truthsome right now. Banjos are shiny.

http://youtu.be/HfmvxmsU1XM
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