The Olympic Games of gaming
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So the Olympics are nearly upon us (if the athletes can breathe and not all get positive drug tests from eating the chickens) and in my crazed Olympic-adoring mind a sudden thought flashed across my wonderings....

Would it be possible to recreate all Olympics events using reasonable boardgaming alternatives....Now I don't just mean the 100 metres sprint and a bit of swimming I mean these:

Diving
Swimming
Synchronized swimming
Water polo
Archery
Athletics (track and field)
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Boxing
Flatwater canoe/kayak
Slalom canoe/kayak
BMX
Mountain biking
Road cycling
Track cycling
Equestrian
Fencing
Field hockey
Football (soccer)
Artistic Gymnastics
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Trampoline
Handball
Judo
Modern pentathlon
Rowing
Sailing
Shooting
Softball
Table tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Triathlon
Beach volleyball
Indoor volleyball
Weightlifting
Wrestling



So are there any games that offer up one or more of these events as a subject or at least offer up the "spirit" of the event? If it's a good game, even better.
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1. Board Game: Breaking Away [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1972]
 
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I'll offer up two.....

Number one covers the "TRACK CYCLING" category.

The designer of the magnificent Breaking Away did say that in an ideal world this game would be played along one long piece of track as opposed to an oval track cycling track but tough. I say the board and setting is perfect and Breaking Away reminds me a little of the Madison event in regards of racing around the track picking up sprint bonuses every number of laps and trying to break away from the rest of the field.
Very cool game and the track cycling is my favourite set of events at the Olympics.
I foresee 9 golds for team GB!
 
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2. Board Game: The World Cup Game [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1779]
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Ahh what better way to cover "FOOTBALL" than with the best football game. The tournament approach is brilliant and it's a great game that can take a massive number of players.

However you'd have to choose a world cup expansion that DOESN'T include any of the British teams because we're not allowed to compete as Great Britain in the Olympics because we normally compete as our own smaller countries - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland. Hmph.
 
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Beach volleyball, played using cards to pass, set, and spike your way to a win.
 
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Fencing. This quick little game gives a nice fencing experience, using a linear board and cards numbered from 1 to 5.
 
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5. Board Game: Olympia 2000 (v. Chr.) [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:5773]
 
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Olympia 2000 covers a number of Olympic events. I think. I've never played it.
 
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6. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Decathlon [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2943]
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Reiner Knizia's Decathlon has ten mini dice Olympic event games
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To follow up on the earlier entry, I remember playing this Decathlon game back in the day.
 
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8. Board Game: Olympics [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:11212]
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I had this game as a kid and loved it intensely. Four countries - GB, USA, Germany and France and you'd have a runner, jumping and throwing piece and compete in all the events using dice. I'd add my own longer distance events using all the pieces for a larger field of athletes.
This one had 100, 200, 400 and hurdles, long, triple, pole vault, hammer, shot and javelin....So yeah pretty much everything you could want. KAWAII
 
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12. Board Game: Olympigs [Average Rating:4.36 Unranked]
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This list reminded me of this game, which I haven't played since I was a kid and now I want to go buy it again for nostalgia shake

The Olympigs offers up the high jump (over a string of sausages, which has got to be off-putting for the piggys!); the long jump and Pigputt (shotput).
Oddly it has a gold(ish) pig, and a silver but no bronze.
 
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How about this great team racing game? I just played it recently and it captures the spirit of a team event very well without getting bogged down with details.

It was one of those games I didn't think I would enjoy, but I absolutely loved it.
 
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If this isn't an Olympic sport, it should be!
 
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Hoops are in the Olympics. US women have won the gold for the 4th straight time. Hope the US men regain the gold!
 
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And baseball and softball are making their swan songs in the Olympics, victims of the IOC's usual idiocy.
 
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17. Board Game: Octet [Average Rating:5.95 Unranked]
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Racing sculls!
 
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So the Olympics are nearly upon us... AGAIN!



My game came just in time for the basketball competition...
 
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19. Board Game: SP Volley [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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It's a game of statistical professional volleyball - in English - Free PnP.

The game recreates an entire volleyball match. Each action is divided in serve, reception, set, spike and so on based on individual and team statistics.

The entire game is driven by 102 FAC (Fast Action Cards).

Men's National Teams - Olympic Games London 2012

 
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20. Board Game: Solo Baloncesto [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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One of the most popular Olympic games...
Do you remember 1972 dramatic final?
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another olympic sport.

most of the boxers became "pros" after Olympic games
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A basketball simulator that allows you to feel all the adrenaline of a game.

It is important to apply plays to enhance the players' individual characteristics.

Different dices (D6, D12 and D20) are used for the movements of the players of the attacking team with and without ball, the number of hexes that the ball can move (passes) for each turn, definition if the various actions (shootings, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, fouls and injured) have or not success.
 
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