'Hey! Stop Playing with That!' The Best Game Pieces
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A geeklist of game pieces that:

- lend themselves to miniature scenarios while waiting for your turn

- make you buy games you know are terrible

- stay on a shelf in the living room after the game is over

- appear in various forms around the house (seat cushions, paintings, birthday cakes, clothing)
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1. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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I love playing Container and I love the boats!

The great thing about Container is that the boats can be in three places: at the docks, in the sea or on the central island. This makes it very easy to remember where the boats were located on the board when you pick them all up to show your gaming buddies what the Exxon Valdez catastrophe would have been like if there had been four Exxon Valdez's. And sound effects.
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2. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fifth edition) [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1878] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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Are these things ever beautiful...

I have to admit I did stop to consider how improbable it was I would ever have a Warhammer 40K army that would approximate what they advertise online and in stores. I did consider that I would likely set this project aside, becoming the proud owner of a lot of useless plastic... but I bought this game anyway.

I've played a few rounds of 40K since I purchased the figurines but the fun stops at the setup phase. The armies look very impressive (painted or not) when layed out on a table but the rules are so bland that the polished glitter quickly fades to reveal thin gameplay opportunities.

I stopped keeping tabs on how much the Imperial Guard has cost me.
 
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3. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:414] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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I've been thinking about what game piece I might leave out of the box but I can't think of any.

The truth is I don't want to admit I'd choose Monsters Menace America (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/156301)

I leave chess out on a table: because I like the look and because it is the only game that I might receive an invitation to in my own home.
 
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4. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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I know it's already on the list, but I've never been such a hardcore fan that I had my couch upholstered to look like a meeple. The closest I've come is changing my desktop to this wonderful image from G M K:
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5. Board Game: Heroscape Expansion Set: Utgar's Rage [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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KRUG SMASH!!!!! Also, Krug makes a fine start player marker - far better than any crappy little cardboard token those other games give you. But most importantly....KRUG SMASH!!!!
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6. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1132]
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7. Board Game: Antler Island [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3975]
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How could you not love them?
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8. Board Game: Master Thieves [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2558]
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So suckered in I paid full list price for a game with a gorgeous jewel box. One of my friends nailed it, it's the grown up version of Dark Tower.
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9. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2276]
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Ooops, you mean there was a game for these? And it was in the same box?
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10. Board Game: Inkognito [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1397]
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I adore the bits in this game. That psycho nun takes some beating!
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11. Board Game: The Kids of Catan [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:14920]
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Now this one is rather popular at our place.
The gamepieces are big and lovely to play about with.
Actually the box endorses "free play" , and I let the kids play....

Untill that dreadfull saturday afternoon ! cry

2:05 PM - Kids : "Daddy let's play a game !"

2:06 PM - Dad (Excited) "Yesss, Carcassone ? Powergrid ? Axis & Allies ??"

2:07 PM - Kids (with big question marks on their faces) "No, the one with the little houses ?"

2:12 PM (yes it took a while to find the game) the box is opened on the family dining table.

2:13 PM - Dad (swearing in national language) "Godverdoemme !!! we are missing some pieces here ! "

2:15 PM - Mum, Dad & Kids sifting through all the toys looking for one house & 2 trees

2:56 PM - Kids watching telly, mum cheking her email at the desk

7h30 PM - Kids gone to bed

8h30 PM - Mum annoyed with Dad as he's emptying every single toy container on the living room floor, accompanied with loads of swearing

10h30 PM - Mum is leaving for bed, after demanding that the living room needs to be cleared by the morning after

11h46 PM - Dad rages into the master bedroom, switches on the lights abruptly (only 300Watts) holding the three missing pieces up in the air shouting "Look at this !!!!!! Yeah....!!!"

The morning after ...
9h06 AM - Dad (happy chappy !) "So anyone still up for a game ?

9h07 AM - Dad puts away the game very high up the shelves after mum mumbled something about to little sleep last night and leave her alone, and the kids desperately wanted to go outside to play....

Ah well , just a regular afternoon i guess...

Bernie
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12. Board Game: Whad'Ya Know? [Average Rating:5.15 Overall Rank:13591]
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Who wouldn't love a Michael Feldman Bobblehead to play with?
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Speed Circuit

Now these are game pieces. When you first obtain the game, there are 6 little metal cars.

30+ years of rolling around in the box, you are lucky to have 2 wheels attached to any one car. I sometimes substitute a tylenol capsule for a white car, you hardly know the difference.
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14. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2339]
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I love miniatire games, but the Colossal Red Dragon from D&D is about as good as they get.

I've not actually had mine out of the box yet. I hear it doesn't play too well, basically crushing a 1000pt war band. Well, that's the point isn't it?

The Black Dragon and Blue Dragon are pretty impressive too.
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