Colorblind unfriendly games
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I'm colorblind and feel neglected by some game artists. Why is it so hard to throw in a little bit of contrast when you pick colors for your game? Anyway, here is the list of the games I have a hard time playing. Feel free to add new entries.
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1. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:306]
Philippe Beaudoin
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Two of the player's colors look the same to me, but the worst thing are the cards! Light pastel!? Two of them are undistinguishables. I had to mark one set of cards in order to play.
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2. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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Much has been said about the pastel camels, but I'll add in my bit by saying that I can't see them! Here again I had to mark the head of a set of camels with a black dot.
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3. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1049]
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I have the french Jungle Speed. Here again I tried marking a set of cards with a black dot in a vain attempt to play the game, but other players can spot the colors much more quickly than me.
 
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4. Board Game: Attila [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1830]
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Overuse colors, hard for me to read the board.
 
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5. Board Game: Magna Grecia [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2256]
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Everybody complains the board is hard to read, for me it's a nightmare! With two players it's not that bad but with more it becomes hell. To help a little, I've bought colored dice that help me know who owns each city (and the number of connections to it).
 
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6. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1136]
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Two of the ground colors are very similar to me. Fortunately, there's a bit of texture so I can distinguish them, but the board is difficult to read.
 
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7. Board Game: Gargon [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3999]
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Two of the colors are difficult to distinguish, which is very bad since you need to be able to tell them in the other player's hand. The only good thing is that I can ask them which color without showing it since its background is colored.
 
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8. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1538]
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There are two colors with which I have trouble. If I'm dealt the wrong card I'll be looking really hard for my character on the board. That gives very useful information to my fellow players. I guess I should mark the cards.
 
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9. Board Game: True Colors [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:5283]
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See in the box? You've got light green cards and the aqua cards as well as dark blue cards. Then you have a kind of orangish yellow and an orangish red. I'd say in about half the games I play of this, someone is colorblind and has a horrible time figuring out the colors. They end up piling their cards in the order people sit around the table. Sometimes they can't even put the cards back into the right piles. I must admit, they do look like confusing colors.
 
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10. Board Game: Pueblo [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1008]
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Two of the colors are quite similar. Fortunately, they do not appear until the 4 player game.
 
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11. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:13558]
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Not colorblind, but I've heard the board is hard to see.
 
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12. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4454]
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Also heard that some of the pieces are hard to tell apart.
 
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13. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
Rene Wiersma
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This otherwise great game for five players comes with only four colors (to me): blue, yellow, red and brownish!

Trust me, playing this game when you cannot keep the green and the brown cubes apart is a nightmare.

I painted the brown cubes in a lighter pinkish color, to be able to distinguish them from the green ones.
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14. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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This game uses 8 different colors and, considering that, they didn't do a bad job. I can keep the cards apart, because there are symbols on them. However, I have trouble seeing the difference between the green tracks and the orange/brownish tracks on the board. It would have been nice if the tracks on the board also showed the symbols that are on the cards of the corresponding color.
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15. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:341]
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It doesn't look so bad in this picture, but I cannot tell the difference between the green and the brown cubes in low light. I haven't painted the cubes yet...
 
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16. Board Game: Tony & Tino [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:7006]
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This is a two-player game. They only needed to select two colors for each player. Which colors do the game company choose? Blue and purple. Why they didn't choose another primary color is beyond me, but I had to mark all the tokens from one color so I could tell them apart enough to divide them.
 
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17. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:369]
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I was unable to tell much difference between the orange and the yellow cards in my deck, so I had to mark one of them to keep track.
 
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18. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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There are too many different colors to distinguish in this game, but the blues and the purples are too similar for my eyes.
 
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19. Board Game: Pompeji [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4815]
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This is another tough one to distinguish, because the color is only in the very center of the cards. Some of them are faint, which makes it that much harder. Luckily, when I played this game, my buddy helped me score the streets. I know he was being honest, because I won most of the times.
 
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20. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:697]
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The ever infamous Liberte. The subtel pastel tone is hard to distinguish even to the people who are not color-blind.
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21. Board Game: IceTowers [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:4401]
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The IceHouse pieces included in this set(IceTowers) have pastel-ish transparent colors which make it very hard to distinguish them for the color-blinds.
 
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22. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Forgot it in my initial listing but I have real trouble telling the green cards from the yellow ones. Fortunately, I didn't need to mark down the cards since I can distinguish them using the building names but it's not easy.
 
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23. Board Game: Tongiaki: Journey into the Unknown [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2183]
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Oh, marvelous. I just opened up my copy of the game, and it took me ten minutes just to separate the orange pieces from the green pieces. I'll have to get my wife to confirm that I separated them correctly before marking one set of pieces....
 
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24. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:896]
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Played this recently with a colorblind friend and there was confusion about cube colors a couple of times.
 
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25. Board Game: Nicht die Bohne! [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2528]
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This one usually causes a little bit of trouble for the color blind guys in the group. One of them says that the shading on the beans helps some.
 
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