Games about New Zealand
Andrew Rae
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I remember when we played a game called Australia recently thinking, why not new Zealand. Are we not big enough, unique enough or simply do we not game enough. The conclusion was the latter and a recent check of avatars showed less than 50 NZ geeks with avatars. Sad

Still there are a few games listed on the geek with close ties to New Zealand. Shear panic is NOT one of them. Neither will I claim the multitude of Lord of the rings, even though middle earth is spread serenly across our great land.

My hunt turned up a couple of extra games I had no idea about including a yet unpublished wargames.

New Zealand is the land of the long white cloud, the home of middle earth and we are generally understated do-it-yourselfers. Go New Zealand.
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1. Board Game: Takeover: The New Zealand Sharemarket Game [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
Andrew Rae
New Zealand
Wellington
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So monopoly was your childhood classic? Not here, not in New Zealand. We dived right into the sharemarket at age six, and had it mastered by the age of eight. Sure the game could run for more than 24 hours but heck didn't our parents think THAT was a great investment.
 
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2. Board Game: Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars, 1845-1872 [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
Andrew Rae
New Zealand
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This isn't published yet, and reports suggest that yet another company has it in the pipelines. Yet the production and map you see in the graphic are beautiful and there is richness embedded in the history. The story of the Maori people ought to be told in more games. I'm left asking two questions. Why did it take an american to make it and where the heck are the other two islands!
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3. Board Game: Poleconomy [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:14228]
Andrew Rae
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It seems that there were versions done for every country just like monopoly. Yet poleconomy is a far superior game and introduced a wealth of businesses and company that were at thier peak before the 1987 sharemarket crash. Dealing with companies that make products you know and love was fantastic ... kindof like the game you play watching TV adds where you got to own the company that was advertised next. Surely you played that one.
 
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4. Board Game: Try Time: New Zealand's Rugby Trivia Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Andrew Rae
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Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this is great. Yet it is the sole game dealing with our beautiful game, rugby. Did you know the Rugby world cup is the third largest sporting event after the olympics and the soccer woreld cup. Go figure, I don't believe it myself.

Still for ten minutes this was fun, thank goodness I only paid 5 bucks at the warehouse to buy it.
 
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5. Board Game: Tour of New Zealand [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Andrew Rae
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New Zealand has a phenominal landscape or rolling hills, jagged peaks, flowing glaciers and national parks full of plants and animals not seen anywhere else in the world. The indiginous Maori culture and the do-it-yourself nature of us kiwis means any tour of New Zealand will never be forgotten. Don't miss the chance to tour down under.
 
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6. Board Game: Heatway Rally Game: New Zealand [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Andrew Rae
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Did you know New Zelaand has the first sanctioned grand prix of the calendar year, round five of the A1 GP in Taupo. We also have a leg in the World Rally Championship (WRC) which is second to none. This year the rally was won by less than a second making it the closest in WRC history. I'm surprised more people don't crash looking at the beautiful scenary!
 
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7. Board Game: Monopoly: The Here & Now New Zealand Edition [Average Rating:4.64 Unranked]
Andrew Rae
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This is all about iconic locations. The funny thing is that like other here and now editions this was based on a vote form the public. Hence the result is that some small patriotic communities love themselves enough to get rediculous locations through. Larnic castle for example is something people form Otago take out of towners to. they would never go there themselves.

Yet this edition makes me want to take a garden gnome to all those places and photograph it and how can that be bad. The added beenfit is that surely if I am travelling with my garden gnome then I won't have to play monopoly with my sister in law. Two plays already, where will it stop.
 
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8. Board Game: Conquest of Paradise [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1485]
Colin Hunter
New Zealand
Auckland
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This game features new zealand as well as several references to maori culture.
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9. Board Game: Catch That Kiwi [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
June King
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Wow, this appears to be the only game with "Kiwi" in the title.
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10. Board Game: The Amazing Moa Hunt [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
David George
New Zealand
Auckland
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A treasure hunt around New Zealand! Try this with your overseas players.
 
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11. Board Game: Gisborne: Die ersten Kartographen [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:13362]
Gabriel Lim
New Zealand
Tauranga
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This is releasing soon. You are an explorer who has landed in Gisborne and has to reach the west while avoiding obstacles such as wolves.
 
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12. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1481]
Miles Brown
New Zealand
Palmerston North
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Designed in good old NZ - the Cathedral was based on the Christchurch Cathedral that the creator, a pilot, used to fly over and use as a landmark all the time. Game ID is # 7 too - one of the first games on the site?!?
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13. Board Game: John Ridgways' Round the World Yacht Race Game [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
David George
New Zealand
Auckland
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Sailing and New Zealand go together. At least this round the world map includes New Zealand with a stop as many miss the island completely. Also I felt sorry for this game as it's not been listed in any geeklists before. Has no one does a geeklist of sailing games?
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14. Board Game: Clippers [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2096]
Miles Brown
New Zealand
Palmerston North
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OK this one isn't _about_ New Zealand but its one of the destinations, and since we have the largest south pacific population...
 
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15. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2242]
Wendell
United States
Yellow Springs
Ohio
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Somebody (not me I'm lazy) needs to develop a game based on that hilarious horror-comedy flick "Black Sheep!" What more do you want - zombie-sheep in a beautiful rural New Zealand setting. Throw mint sauce on the nasty were-sheep and watch it sizzle!
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16. Board Game: Maori [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1644]
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I don't think this game is avaliable with rules in english (or Maori) but worth having in your list.
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