"Evil pairs": pairs of similar games that aren't to be confused
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The purpose of this Geeklist is to provide a compilation of pairs of games that can easily be mixed up because they share a similar/identical title despite being different games. Typically, one game will be widely popular (that's why people think they know what they are going for) whereas the other game is ranked low, old and/or unknown to most of us.

This list could be refered to in Math Trades, where (in step 3) people have to go through list of hundreds of games selecting the ones they are interested in.

Please contribute to this list if you know of any more "evil pairs"!

(Please stick to the format used in the first entries: geeklist item = the more popular item; item description = photo of the cover and link to the less popular item that IS NOT the popular game)
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1. Board Game: 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2720]
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Is not the same as 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis



Same designers, publisher, art, and theme and yest, still not the same.

ETA- reversed order originally listed in (had just played 13 Minutes, which I did enjoy).
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2. Board Game: 1776 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2764]
Chris Dr
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The geeklist item is a fine Avalon Hill wargame.

However, 1776: The Birth Of A Nation (shown below) is a pretty lame-looking roll-and-move. I almost made this mistake at a thrift store once.



(There's also a couple other games with "1776" as part of a larger title, but their covers aren't anything like these two.)
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3. Board Game: 1812: The Cradle of Steam Railways [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:7125]
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is not 1812


nor is it 1812


nor is it 1812


(Though as that last one is unpublished there's only two "real" collisions.)
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4. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:20]
Craig Coffin
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is not
Agricola, Master of Britain


...though this mix-up isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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5. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:880]
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Is not Aladdin's Dragons, though they are very similar and are by the same designer.

Susie_Cat.
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6. Board Game: Alchemist [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2676]
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Is not Alchemists

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7. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:280]
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I asked for this for Christmas. My brother was delighted to get me this by accident instead.
https://boardgamegeek.com/image/386861/amerigo
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8. Board Game: Atlantis [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1809]
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is not Atlantis


and is not Atlantis


and is not Atlantis


and definitely is not Survive: Escape from Atlantis!


nor is it Escape from Atlantis

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9. Board Game: Attila [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1934]
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is not Attila


nor is it Attila


nor is it Attila

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10. Board Game: Automobiles [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:620]
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is not
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11. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:659]
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and

Battle-Cry


Battle Cry!


Battle Cry
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12. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64]
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is not:

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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13. Board Game: Beowulf: The Legend [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1927]
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is not

,

despite both being designed by Dr. Reiner Knizia.
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14. Board Game: Bomb Squad Academy [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3746]
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Is not another version (or expansion of) :
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15. Board Game: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1730]
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Is not:



(confusingly enough released the same year)

or:

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16. Board Game: Bus [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1901]
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is not BUS
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17. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:777]
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Is not Rivals for Catan
Very close, but not the same.
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18. Board Game: Chainmail [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:14338]
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...but some people now think Richard Berg instead of Gary Gygax...

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19. Board Game: Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:61]
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Is not the much more dull sounding Clonk! (pun intended)



Even more confusing that they both use the exclamation mark.

I wonder if this is why Clank! has the qualifier "A Deck-Building Adventure" afterwards.

Edit: Turns out they are both about going underground and taking treasure and trying not to disturb something big and dangerous!
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20. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:847]
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is not


Nor is it


It isn't


Certainly not


And not this either


Nothing like the Eon original will all 9 expansions.
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21. Board Game: Crazy Race [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:10531]
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and is also not Crazy Race
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22. Board Game: Cry Havoc [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:405]
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Is not

Cry Havoc

( A medieval skirmish game I remember from my younger days)

Nor is it
Cry Havoc

(which I'd never heard of)
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23. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:71] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
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is not Dead of Winter (second edition)


As a FLGS found out when their order showed up. This was at the height of the DoW shortage and they thought they hit a goldmine when they found it in stock at their distributor...
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24. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:682]
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Is not Dominion
The names differ only a tiny bit, as do their covers.
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25. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:226]
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Is not:

Dune

This was the cause of my first ever rerun about 9 years ago.
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