Language Lesson: Latin Game Names
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My worst subject throughout has always been foreign languages. I took both Spanish and Latin in high school. I continued with Latin in college because I had to fulfill a requirement and since it was a dead language we didn't spend much time speaking it.

Anyway, I was reading EnderWiggins review: What kind of nonsense is this? A Pictorial Review of Board Game Latin and thought I would see how many games have Latin names and what those names might mean.

I haven't done anything with Latin in more than a decade. So, there are probably errors. There are also a few that I know I don't know. So, if you do please comment. Also, feel free to add any I might have missed even if you don't know the translation.
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26. Board Game: Pachisi [Average Rating:4.48 Overall Rank:17676]
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It should have its own entry, because Pachisi has 2 dice and Ludo has but a single die.


But more to the point of this list: Ludo means "I play".
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27. Board Game: Circus Imperium [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:4436]
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Imperial Racing Circle (though these chariots never raced in Ancient Rome)
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28. Board Game: Morituri Te Salutant [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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The ones who are about to die salute you!
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29. Board Game: Ubi [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:16653]
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Where

a cool (but now dated) geography trivia game


(And incidentally, trivia is Latin for "three roads". If you really wanna dig into the details of how words evolve over time, look into this one...)
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30. Board Game: Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2107]
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Multiple translations:

In a row, reads "The sower Arepo holds the wheels with effort"

In boustrophedon, reads "The Great Sower holds in his hand all works; all works the Great Sower holds in his hand"

For more trivia, see here.
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31. Board Game: Ad Acta [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:6406]
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To the files
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32. Board Game: SPQR [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2354]
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Senatus Populusque Romanus ... The Senate and the People of Rome
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33. Board Game: Pax Britannica [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:2771]
Michael Edwards
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British Peace.
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34. Board Game: Ad Astra [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1053]
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My knowledge of Latin is pretty much limited to the contents of this list, but one Latin phrase I do know is "Per Ardua ad Astra" - normally translated as "Through adversity to the stars" - the motto of the RAF.

I was very surprised to see only 2 games using it in the title though.
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35. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:630]
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Not sure if place names count for this list...
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36. Board Game: Imperium Romanum II [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3407]
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Roman Empire
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37. Board Game: Gladiator [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:4079]
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Since this was originally connected to the game Circus Maximus, I suppose one could argue that the Latin noun "Gladiator" is intended here. Of course, the fact that the word transfers unchanged into English makes its inclusion here dubious.
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38. Board Game: Ludus Romanus [Average Rating:4.99 Unranked]
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This is a modern version (hypothetical reconstruction based on our limited evidence of the mechanics) of the Roman game commonly known as "latrunculi" -- little robbers
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39. Board Game: Tabula [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:13580]
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"Board" -- this is a modern version of an ancient backgammon precursor.
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40. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1396]
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A popular version of the werewolf game is entitled "Lupus in Tabula." This is a play on words that refers to the Latin phrase "Lupus in Fabula" -- i.e. the wolf in the story -- said of someone who arrives on the scene after having been spoken about (cf. "speak of the devil"). I always assumed the pun was to be translated as "The wolf at the table" or the "Wolf in the Board(game)" but the explanatory notes in the rules booklet discuss a werewolf being sighted in the town named "Tabula."
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41. Board Game Publisher: alea
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Alea means "dice" in latin.
When Caesar decided to cross with his army the Rubicon river he said:
"Alea iacta est", the dice are now rolling.
We're on a roll, baby, now it's time to kick the senators asses! arrrh
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42. Board Game: Carpe Astra [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6275]
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How can we forget?

Seize the Stars
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43. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:56]
 
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On the box cover it reads "Pax Magnifica, Bellum Gloriosum", which translates to something like "Magnificent Peace, Glorious war".

I could be wrong.
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44. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1119]
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The name of the game is the name of the character. Gulo Gulo is genus and species of the wolverine.
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45. Board Game: Terra Nova [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2245]
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And a bit of Latin phraseology that I translated and am quite proud of, being an amateur at this stuff myself (and several people, more proficent than I have argued about whether it's correct or not,
AFAICT, this is the best translation I've found - that is more people seem to agree on it):

Sam sum. Sum Sam. Amasne ova viridia et pernam viridem?
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46. Board Game: Magna Grecia [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2689]
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Great Greece

(My Big Fat Greece Game)
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47. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1045]
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Carolus Magnus
Charles the Great- Charlemagne
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48. Board Game: Quid [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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How / why.
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49. Board Game: Quod [Average Rating:5.15 Unranked]
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What.
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50. Board Game: Quad-S [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
 
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Four-S.
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