What is your favorite game with little or no luck?
Mark Morrise
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I want to find another game that I would enjoy with no or low luck, and I am interested in others’ favorites. I have listed three that I already have.

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1. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:176]
john newman
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Generally when I think of games with no luck, I think of games generally classified as abstracts. This worker placement game has no cards, no dice. With the expansions, it's a solid game in its own right. For me, this is my favorite no luck game.
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2. Board Game: BattleCON: Trials of Indines [Average Rating:8.72 Overall Rank:3546] [Average Rating:8.72 Unranked]
Carl Karnuth
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Fleming Island
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The whole series, really, just adding in the most recent set. You know what all your opponent's options are, they know yours, and it comes down to who can out-think the other. No dice, no draw decks, no randomness.
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3. Board Game: Brew Crafters [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:457]
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Yet another worker placement with no randomness in it.
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4. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Redford
Michigan
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If you like Spyrium, then you might like his first design. Caylus is a worker placement with absolutely no luck or random chance in the game at all other than the starting turn order.
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5. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3561]
Clark D. Rodeffer
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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Chase has been a favorite of mine for 30 years.
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6. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Mark Morrise
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I learned to play chess at age 8 when my friend Roger taught me. I am looking for something with more theme.
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7. Board Game: DVONN [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:346] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Brad Miller
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Or any of the GIPF project games.

Nice no luck abstracts.
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8. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:200]
Jay Sachs
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Despite your hope, there is not even any inherent symbolism; gravity is simply a coincidence.
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There's randomness in the initial setup but that's it.
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9. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
Mark Morrise
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Salt Lake City
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This game perfectly fits this category but it is hard to find people who will play it with me.
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10. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:108]
Rafael Duarte
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Only luck is the order how the tiles will appear. But the game is all about the decisions of the players. Such an awesome game.
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11. Board Game: Hex [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2551]
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Hex is a wonderful modern classic and belongs to this list of great games. Hex is an excellent connection game and probably the game with greatest depth relative to simplicity of rules.
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12. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
Chris Broggi
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Southwick
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I generally prefer a little luck in my games, but this no luck game is one of my favorites. I also enjoy its younger brother, Imperial 2030.
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13. Board Game: In the Shadow of the Emperor [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:838]
Mark Casiglio
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Ansonia
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An overlooked, heavy, no-luck Euro and one of my favorites.
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14. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1800]
Bill Fogarty
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If you like Diplomacy but hate how long it takes, this is the no-luck game for you.
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15. Board Game: Kamisado [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1091]
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Orangeville (near Toronto)
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Game of perfect information, but only a few choices each turn. This prevents brain burn (chess for example).
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16. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:89]
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Another worker/building placement style game that has absolutely no luck or random chance other than selecting the first player.
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17. Board Game: Pentago [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1700]
Mark Morrise
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My daughter gave me this for my birthday, and it is a no-luck game.
 
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18. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
Andrew Roberts
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Marion
Iowa
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The only luck is the plantation tiles that get turned up for the Settler action.
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19. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1256]
Michael Debije
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Eindhoven
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One of my greatest games all-time. Tresham is a genius. Add in Civilization and 1830: Railways & Robber Barons and you have a trio of awesome options.
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20. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:74]
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Excellent game with no luck (except for a few of the good power which could be omitted) and great varitey/replayability.
If the new hyperthematic Roxley version is too much chibi, the classic version of Santorini can be contructed as a simple DIY project without too much effort:




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21. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1083]
Russ Williams
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Wrocław
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Go is already in the list unsurprisingly, so I'll add the only other game I've got rated 10.

This Japanese member of the Chess family has a drop rule (after you capture a piece, it becomes your prisoner, which you can drop onto an empty space as yours, instead of moving a piece on the board) which is a fantastic change from most Chess versions and adds all kinds of new strategy, tactics, and drama.
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22. Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1021]
Bill Eldard
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Burke
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No hidden information. No randomness. Cash holdings are private, but players see all cash earnings during the game, so they have the opportunity to track each player's holdings.

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23. Board Game: Sumeria [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2536]
jamuki (Jueguetistorias)
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Madrid
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Sumeria is an excellent, underrated gem of a game. It has very little randomness (only the turn scoring bonuses are random in all game) and no luck.

There is an outstanding review by Ender that will shred more light onto this game. Suffice is to say that it has area majority/area control mechanisms that creates a tense and interactive game.
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24. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
Brad Miller
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My favorite no luck game.
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25. Board Game: Wealth of Nations [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1125]
Bill Eldard
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No luck. Nothing is hidden (though players can keep their cash holdings secret), and nothing is random. All the game information is on the table.
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