The Best ? Game Contest #12: Cowboys
Preston Fuller
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Ashland
New Hampshire
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Here is how it works. Every week I will post a “The Best ? Game Contest” with a specific category or idea that fits into the world of board gaming.

From now until 11:59pm EST, Friday (3/29/08) anyone can submit one game they believe best fits that weeks category or idea. Of course, you can add as many comments as you like on any number of entries.

At any point up till 11:59pm Friday everybody can give One vote for one game on that list. That is done by simply giving the entry a thumbs up.

*Feel free to give as many comments as you like and thumbs up for the comments. Please consider giving the geeklist itself a thumbs up as well.
I will award .25 geek gold to the winning entry (most votes) of that week.

I will delete any duplicates.

OK, Let’s start with…
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1. Board Game: Cowboy Roundup [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Preston Fuller
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Ashland
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I just saw 3:10 to Yuma last night. So, this week we look for the Best of Western/Cowboys in gaming.
 
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2. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1016]
David Kahnt
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Youngstown
Ohio
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I don't know if this is the "best one," it certainly is the most popular.

-DK
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3. Board Game: Way Out West [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3517]
Scott Brooks
United States
Freeport
Texas
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My favorite cowboy / western-themed game...
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4. Board Game: Oregon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:986]
Kristin Johnson
United States
Williamsport
Pennsylvania
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I bought Oregon for the cowboy meeples.

 
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5. Board Game: Desperado [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
NH
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Desperado. Nothing quite like it. The stories that can come out of Desperado games are the stuff of legend.

It's a miniatures game, where one figure equals one person (or animal). A deck of cards is used to determine actions. Dice for movement and for firing. Bullets can be limited or unlimited depending on the GM.

Never play against a ten-year-old girl. She'll shoot you from maximum distance and roll really, really well, leaving you slowly bleeding to death in the street.

In one game at GenCon, I was due at the booth to relieve my publisher, but was in the middle of a Desperado game. So I simply had my character walk down the middle of the street, going from door to door and shooting those in each building. I figured I'd die quickly but entertainingly, and make it back to the booth in time. But luck was strange that day - there must have been over 20 shots taken at me that stroll down the street. None of them hit me, as I picked off competitor after competitor - I felt like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven ("I've always been lucky in gunfights" - though that movie wasn't released yet at that time). It finally ended in a knife fight, with me killing my last opponent but receiving a "bleeder" wound that would kill my character before a doctor could find him. The stuff of legend.

We usually play with a dozen figures - anywhere from 1 to 4 figures per player, depending on the number of players. Each gunfighter has 100 "hit points" - when they're gone, that figure dies. So that's a total of 1200 hit points in the game. At the end of the game, there's usually less than 10 hit points left.

Now *that's* satisfying Old West gaming, son.
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6. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1526]
Clark D. Rodeffer
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Ann Arbor
Michigan
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I can't believe no one has mentioned this one yet.
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7. Board Game: Cowboys: The Way of the Gun [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3977]
Kent Reuber
United States
San Mateo
California
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The new cowboy gunfighting game from Worthington Games.
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8. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:817]
Eric Boivin
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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I also can't believe no one submitted that one yet...
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9. Board Game: Bushwhackin' Varmints out of Sergio's Butte [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:9602] [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
Marc B.
United States
Palm Bay
Florida
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Love me some B-movie games!
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10. Board Game: Lawless [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4795]
Thomas Eager
United States
Portland
Oregon
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goo A "Take-that" game of dirty tricks are skullduggery. My crew really enjoys this one. goo
 
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11. Board Game: Gutshot [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:7191]
Thomas Eager
United States
Portland
Oregon
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ninja Heard a lot of good things about this miniatures system too. Truly a great title for this setting. ninja
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12. Board Game: Walt Disney's Frontierland Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Dave Dawn
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Monroe
Michigan
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We had this one when I was a kid but no one seems to know where it went. Bummer. The tokens are metal miniature cowboys on a horse on its back legs.
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13. Board Game: The Rules With No Name [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:8155]
Flying Arrow
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Pennsylvania
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I forgot the name of this one.
 
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14. Board Game: Six Gun Sound: Blaze of Glory! [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
Wolfgang Blum
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Mountain View
California
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I like the mini rules from 2 Hour Wargames. They are easy to pick up and come with a campaign system built into the ruleset.They can be played solitaire or,if you like, with all the players on the same side.
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