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World Boardgaming Heritage List
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For this geeklist, nominate games you think belong on the (fictional) World Boardgaming Heritage list.


The (fictional) criteria for inclusion are based on UNESCO's criteria for World Heritage sites and are as follows:

I. Represents a masterpiece of human creative genius and cultural significance.

II. Bears a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a boardgaming tradition or to a boardgaming subculture which is living or which has disappeared.

III. Is an outstanding example of a type of a boardgame which illustrates a significant stage or development in boardgaming history or significant on-going processes in the evolution of boardgaming.

IV. Contains superlative game play, unique or innovative mechanics, or components of exceptional beauty and aesthetic importance.


When you nominate an item, please justify your nomination under one or more of the above criteria.

Please note - this list is not simply about nominating your favourite games. It is for nominating games which are significant in the history of or to the culture of boardgaming in some way. So while almost any well-ranked game could easily be justified using the broad criteria above, please consider the spirit of the list; just as to be a included on the real World Heritage list most sites need to be unique in some way - the only example of its type, or the first example of the type, or significant in terms of the development of the type, etc etc - games also need to be unique (for their time) or significant to be included on this list. They don't necessarily have to be rated highly either; if they're the first using a particular mechanic for example, even if they are not much good by today's standards or expectations, they still deserve a spot.


I've put a few together for the general idea but am more interested to see what others might nominate.

Feel free to agree/disagree, with the games people list, or with the criteria itself!
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1. Board Game: Senet [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:5899] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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As possibly the oldest board game on record, Senet bears testimony to an ancient boardgaming tradition (II), represents a significant development in boardgaming history (III) and surviving sets contain aesthetically beautiful components (IV).

 
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:298] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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As the first game to introduce German Family Games to a mass market outside Europe, Catan illustrates a significant stage in boardgaming history (III), introducing the idea to many players that useful in game events could occur even when it was not their turn, an important development (III).
 
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3. Board Game: Verräter [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1440]
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As the first role-selection game, Verrater illustrates a significant development in boardgaming history (III).
 
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:16]
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By introducing the idea that role-selection would apply to all players, with special advantages to the selector, Puerto Rico contained innovative mechanics (IV) and illustrated an important development in the history of boardgaming (III). Criticised in some quarters for its treatment of the issue of slavery, it also represents developments in the ongoing evolution of board games (III).
 
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5. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:129]
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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This is also a game that was designed millennia ago, but unlike Senet, it is widely played today and has a rich history of strategy and competition. It is also remarkably simple in components and rules while being complex in play.
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