Best Games to Cannibalize for Your Prototypes
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Some games have great mixes of generic components that can be easily used to test out your latest game design. What games do you borrow parts from?
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1. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:896]
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Big bag of cubes in 5 colors.
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2. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:955]
 
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11 colors of wooden sticks, and a few other miscellaneous pieces.
 
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3. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:560]
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Huge mix of discs, meeples, and boats in 6 colors. Temples, and an ssortment of 4 different types of cardboard resource tokens.
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4. Board Game: Rheinländer [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1671]
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A deck of cards from 1 to 55. Wooden discs and plastic horse/rider figures in 5 colors. Various other discs and blocks.
 
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5. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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Camels in 5 colors, riders, cardboard discs with 1-3 on them, and cardboard scoring chits.
 
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6. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:402]
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Stackable plastic towers. Wooden pawns in 4 colors.

Similar to Arkadia.
 
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7. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2636]
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Stackable plastic pyramids in 10 colors and 3 sizes.
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8. Board Game: Stonehenge: An Anthology Board Game [Average Rating:5.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.41 Unranked]
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Generic cards, blocks, discs, and pawns.
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:503]
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Meeples, walls, and towers.
 
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10. Board Game: Kreta [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1356]
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Wooden pawns, houses, cylinders, boats, pyramid and disc in 4 colors.
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11. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:339]
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Ridiculous amounts of beings, vehicles, and space vessels in 6 colors.

Similar to Twilight Imperium III.
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12. Board Game: Masons [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1463]
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Nice supply of walls, towers, and buildings in 2 sizes
 
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13. Board Game: Mesopotamia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1751]
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A nice supply of huts, pawns, sticks, tokens, rocks, and the goofiest interlocking tiles on the planet.
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14. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:13528]
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you could make five games using the bits from this one. it has ships, it has soldiers, guys on horseback, cannons, exploreres,buildings huge tiles, chits, dice, a gigantic map.
The only thing missing are good rules.
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15. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Rick Holzgrafe
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Sticks and houses in four colors, plus 37 sturdy hexagonal tiles in six colors (seven, counting the desert). Print your own hex artwork and stick it down with rubber cement: later it peels up easily and leaves no trace - no stains, residue or tearing.
 
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16. Board Game: Flinch [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:14923]
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One of the best, 10 sets of cards numbered 1-15
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17. Board Game: Tongiaki: Journey into the Unknown [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2187]
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This one comes up fairly regularly on Tanga at a very reasonable price. It's great if you want lots of boat/ships in many colors (12 or 15 ships in six colors).
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18. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:808]
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Having 6 suits (with ranks 0-18 in three colours and 0-20 in the others) can be very handy for card game design. I have two decks for this purpose.
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19. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:804]
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Interlocking hallway tiles and more plastic monster then you can shake a BFG at.
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20. Board Game: Terrain Vague [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:7284]
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160 hex-tiles - 20 of each of eight "colours".

56 plastic stands for self-made cardboard figures.

Create / change, try your own hexboard without any PC with that! and get figures n them in a couple of minutes.
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21. Board Game: Spiel [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:6246]
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Get this edition at ebay (Germany) for about 15 Euros and you get 281 wooden dice. Plus a triangular 3D-board.

Never have to look for a D6 again

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22. Board Game: Rage [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2675]
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$3.77 at Walmart. 0-15 in six suits.
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23. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I could start a geeklist for all the games I use the Carcassonne scoreboard.
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24. Board Game: War on Terror [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3411]
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Cones, discs, and cylinders in six colors. Money and counters, too. And a pad to write your secret prototype messages on!

And best of all: The Balaclava of Evil!

 


Just imagine it as a thinking cap to expand your (evil) prototypiness! ... you cannibal, you!
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25. Board Game: Stargate SG-1 [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:14964]
 
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When you say "best" games, this may not quite qualify.

But apparently it includes 820 plastic spaceships.
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