Deceptively Simple Games
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I have just discovered Schotten-Totten and the more we play it, the more we appreciate how clever this seeminly simple game is. There are very few rules, just a set of cards and a dash of brilliance.

I would like to find other games that would fit this description and I'm counting on you all to contribute, please.
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1. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:369]
Mary Weisbeck
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I know I'm not the only one who thinks this game is great, I've looked at the comments!
 
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2. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1067]
 
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Odin's Ravens comes close but for some reason it just doesn't have the same spark that results in a nagging need to play again...NOW.
 
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3. Board Game: Rat Hot [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2626]
Mary Weisbeck
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Believe it or not, this simple game is quite addictive; but only when you play that you must match at least one icon when laying your tile.
 
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4. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1411]
Daniel "Cahwyguy" Faigin
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Astoundingly easy to explain the rules, yet there is quite a bit of strategy involved in how one plays the game.
 
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5. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
Tim Benjamin
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Los Alamos
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Rules:
1)Start at a corner
2)Place one piece with only a corner touching another of your pieces
3)Try to place all your pieces

Warning:
This game could fry your brain!
 
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6. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
Jody Ludwick
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Indiana
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Coloretto

This is an excellent filler and one with great turn angst!
 
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7. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:205]
Jody Ludwick
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Hive

Very simple instructions and design, however, there is a definite beginning, middle, and end game feel to this chess-like game of positioning for 2.

I'd like to see an expansion for this game... more bugs!
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8. Board Game: Gloria Picktoria [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2421]
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I think Get the Goods fits the bill quite nicely. There are very few rules, but quite a bit of challenge in the way to play your cards. Alan Moon has a knack for allowing you one move LESS than you really want to take each turn, and this game is one of the best examples of this principle.
 
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9. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
Jody Ludwick
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Cartagena

This game fits perfectly in this catagory of Deceptively Simple Games, the 'Jamaica' version anyway.
 
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10. Board Game: Megiddo [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:11302]
David Peterson
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Love this game!!! Simple and fun - like 3-D tic-tac-toe....
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11. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:477] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Iain K
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I can't think of any game that fits the bill better. Zertz has two, maybe three rules. And is one of the deepest games I have ever encountered. It's like checkers for Vulcans. Beware brain burn though.
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12. Board Game: Stonehenge [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:7162]
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The game can be learned in seconds, but something about this abstract is really intriguing.
 
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13. Board Game: Poison Pot [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:8671]
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Fast, addictive and fun.
 
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14. Board Game: Siesta [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:4613]
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Descriptions of this game's rules tend to make it sound a little fuzzy and unfocused. But it's a terrific game of creating patterns to score points. Easy to learn, but very competitive -- and addictive.
 
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15. Board Game: Gobblet [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1816]
Rhonda Quiroz
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Leavenworth
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Gobblet! This is a very simple, yet strategic game for all age groups and plays in about 15 minutes or less. Similar to tic-tac-toe, yet you're trying to line up 4 in a row of one color (dark or light). The trick is that you can "gobble" up opponents playing pieces by placing your larger "gobblets" over their smaller ones.
 
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16. Board Game: Canoe [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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The object of this game is to create two "canoes" (a pattern of four pegs) on the board; however, your finished canoes may not touch any of your other pegs. A tricky, mind-bending game that is tougher than it appears.
 
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