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Most board games are generally set somewhere. I thought to myself I wonder which continent are most board games based in? I've just looked at the top 50 rated games (as of Dec 31 2007).

Board game developers would presumably think that their board game will have more marketing potential if people buying the game are familiar with where the game is set. With most board gamers living in Europe and the USA will these continents dominate the list? Check out below and see. The running totals are shown progressively with each game.

The continents are:

North America
South America
Africa
Asia
Europe
Australia

Some games cover two continents evenly (such as Power Grid) so they get two votes. However if a game is predomonantly in one continent it only gets one vote.

If you disagree with any of my groupings add a comment.

Not all games are included as they cannot be classified (such as Go).

I have not included any expansions to the base games.

If you have time on your hands feel free to extend this list beyond the top 50 rankings games.....
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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Pretty obvious one to start with. North America gets one point.

North America : 1
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 0
Europe : 0
Australia : 0
 
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:28]
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Another easy one to work out. One point for North America, one for Europe.

North America : 2
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 0
Europe : 1
Australia : 0
 
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3. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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A bit over the place but predominanly in the USA and Russia so North America and Asia get one point.

North America : 3
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 1
Europe : 1
Australia : 0
 
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4. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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Apparently based in modern day Iraq so Asia gets a point.

North America : 3
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 2
Europe : 1
Australia : 0
 
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5. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Set in France so Europe scores a point.

North America : 3
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 2
Europe : 2
Australia : 0
 
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6. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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This ones in Spain so Europe scores again!

North America : 3
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 2
Europe : 3
Australia : 0
 
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7. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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This one mentions medieval cities so Europe gets a point and takes the lead.

North America : 3
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 2
Europe : 4
Australia : 0
 
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8. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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Asia gets another point with this game set in Japan.

North America : 3
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 3
Europe : 4
Australia : 0
 
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9. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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The base game is in the USA so North America gets another point.

North America : 4
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 3
Europe : 4
Australia : 0
 
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10. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:253]
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This is set in medieval Europe so one more to Europe to regain the lead.

North America : 4
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 3
Europe : 5
Australia : 0
 
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11. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Set in Germany so Europe goes further ahead.

North America : 4
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 3
Europe : 6
Australia : 0
 
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12. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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17th century farming. I presume this was in Europe? We'll give Europe one point anyway.

North America : 4
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 3
Europe : 7
Australia : 0
 
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13. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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Another vote for Europe. Europe out in front now. Still looking close for second place.

North America : 4
South America : 0
Africa : 0
Asia : 3
Europe : 8
Australia : 0
 
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14. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:135]
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Africa gets its first vote with this one.

North America : 4
South America : 0
Africa : 1
Asia : 3
Europe : 8
Australia : 0
 
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15. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
 
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Europe stretches out its lead with this one.

North America : 4
South America : 0
Africa : 1
Asia : 3
Europe : 9
Australia : 0
 
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16. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
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Pretty obvious with this one. North America 1 point.

North America : 5
South America : 0
Africa : 1
Asia : 3
Europe : 8
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17. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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I presume this is Goa, on the west coast of India, so one point for Asia.

North America : 5
South America : 0
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 8
Australia : 0
 
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18. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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World War 1 was mostly in Europe so Europe 1 point.

North America : 5
South America : 0
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 9
Australia : 0
 
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19. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Set in USA, so another point for North America. North America is catching up on Europe again.

North America : 6
South America : 0
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 9
Australia : 0
 
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20. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:133]
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This one gets two votes and is shows both North and South America. South America therefore gets off the mark. Not looking good for Australia, my beloved homeland!

North America : 7
South America : 1
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 9
Australia : 0
 
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21. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
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Europe makes it into double figures with this one.

North America : 7
South America : 1
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 10
Australia : 0
 
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22. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:342]
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Europe keeps on powering ahead.

North America : 7
South America : 1
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 11
Australia : 0
 
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23. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
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Can't really dispute this one! 1 more point for Europe.

North America : 7
South America : 1
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 12
Australia : 0
 
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24. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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People might dispute this one, but I'd say it's based in Europe given that there's sheep and then there are also knights and city walls etc. (if you include Cities and Knights expansion). So Europe 1 more point.

North America : 7
South America : 1
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 13
Australia : 0
 
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25. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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One of a number of war games in the top 50 list. Most of them seem to be set predominanly in Europe so Europe 1 more point!

North America : 7
South America : 1
Africa : 1
Asia : 4
Europe : 14
Australia : 0
 
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