BEST COMBINATORIAL 2-PLAYER GAME OF 2014 - NOMINATIONS
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In the past two year we voted for the BEST COMBINATORIAL 2-PLAYER GAME OF 2011/2012 and BEST COMBINATORIAL 2-PLAYER GAME OF 2013 to find out what be most popular 2-player combinatorial games (often reffered to with the easy to misunderstand term Abstract Strategy Games) of the last years were.

One year later it is time to vote again.



If you want to nominate a game, add it to the list. If you want to vote for a game, give a thumb to the list item. CLOSED



Before you add games to the list, make sure they fit the following criterions:

- no randomness during the game (randomly selecting the starting player or a random start arrangement is OK)
- no hidden information
- no real-time or simultaneous actions
- for 2 players only
- published in 2014 (no reprints)


The list will be open for submitting new items until 9th of February
and
for voting until 23rd of February.



Edit: voting periode extended by one week on public demand.
Notice that this voting periode is only to select 10 finalists.
You will get at least three more weeks to have a closer look at the finalists before you have to submit your ballots.



For the 10 (or more if there is a tie) games with the most thumbs, I´ll than make a poll to finally determine the winner.

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1. Board Game: Battle of the Beetles [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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2. Board Game: Callanish [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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By Jose Manuel Astilleros.
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3. Board Game: Calliro [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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A pattern building game with tow-coloured tokens.
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4. Board Game: Come About [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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In Come About players are maritime merchant traders in command of a fleet of trading ships navigating along many perilous trade routes. The player with the most ships, along the most number of trade routes, is declared “Nauclerokubernetes”, the Greek word for merchant-master.
 
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5. Board Game: Constructo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:7706]
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An interresting stacking game by Santiago Eximeno.

Winner in the CIUDAD DE GRANOLLERS game design contest 2013
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6. Board Game: Epunamun [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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7. Board Game: Fendo [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:8317]
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Game of moving pieces and walling off territories. You can not place a wall which would split the main "open area" (i.e. the area with more than one piece in it) into 2 open areas. This leads to some interesting surprising situations where pieces can be temporarily unable to move.

Web-published and physically/commercially published in 2014.
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8. Board Game: Genius Loci [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
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9. Board Game: The Hoarder and the Gatekeeper [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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10. Board Game: inpHeXion [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Just played this on my new 7x7 Hex board. It's a nice take on Hex that will require more exploration to get a feel for its depths.
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11. Board Game: Io [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Io is an Othello variant with a more flexible move protocol and a more 'organic' character. It starts on an empty board and knows neither Othello style compulsory capture nor compulsory passes. It ends when the board is full, the winner being the player with the most territory, and cannot end in a draw.

Io rules at mindsports
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12. Board Game: Line or Colour [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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I'd like to submit this brainburner for your consideration. Thank you.
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13. Board Game: Minimize [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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By Brian Wittmann.

Minimize offers simple rules, interesting gameplay, and a myriad of unexplored strategy. Definitely check this out if you haven't already.
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14. Board Game: Minoa [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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This is another game I like.
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15. Board Game: Myriades [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Matteo Perlini
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Myriades was accidentally discovered during my researching for a game with an infinite number of moves per turn. (Infinito is my closest game to this holy grail.)

Each player has numbered colour stones, black or white. Grey stones are neutral and immovable.

Each turn consists of two actions, performed in this order:

1. OPTIONAL MOVE: you can move a stone of your colour as a Queen.
If your stone ends its move next to one enemy stone whose value is less replace any friendly stone – but the stone just moved – on the board with a neutral grey stone.

2. COMPULSORY PLACEMENT: you must place a stone onto any empty space.

The game ends when the board is full, whoever has the least sum of his values wins.
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16. Board Game: Onitama [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:178]
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A card driven (but still perfect information) capturing game
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17. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:57]
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I played this game at GenCon last year, but only just noticed it last night at my local game shop. It's a lighter affair, but there are definitely some interesting decisions to make. I think it qualifies for this list. There is randomness in game setup, but not afterward. (Note that the BGG listing says there is card drafting in this game, but that's definitely not true.)
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18. Board Game: Pathwayz [Average Rating:5.98 Unranked]
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I've heard great things about this Othello-like. It's gotten some buzz around these parts lately.

[update]

Found a copy at a local shop and played. Very cool idea with interesting tensions. The board doubles as an Epaminondas board as a bonus.
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19. Board Game: Pent-Up [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:7750]
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Nestor´s tile stacking game with pentominoshaped tiles
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20. Board Game: PO-GO [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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One of the winners of the Nestorgames Rings design contest http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/177816/item/3398426#item33...
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21. Board Game: Syrtis [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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22. Board Game: Thicket [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
 
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23. Board Game: Tixel [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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By, Martijn. Worth of consideration, too.
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24. Board Game: Tomoe [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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25. Board Game: Whirlwind [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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Square board connection game with simple rules. No capture, no movement, no diagonal connections and no draws.
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