Help me spend my money on a small publisher game or unique game.
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Hi all,

I need a new game or to be honest I just want to spend a few bucks and purchase a new game or two. So for that above stated reason I want the geek comunity to help me out since I havent been as faithful a BGGer as I use to be. I enjoy all types of games but actually prefer small publisher games or games with unique mechanics. Im sort of the guy who gets the odd stuff that every one makes fun of until they play then ask to borrow it. . So help me out here. Give me a cool small publisher game to spend some money on.
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1. Board Game: Kamisado [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1103]
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Too get the list started. Here is one of the unique ones Im looking at looks cool and Tom Vassels review has almost pushed me over the top. So either push me over or pull me from the ledge.
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2. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:718]
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This one is almost a sure thing. But convince me not to buy it if you dont think it is worth the moola.
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3. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1181] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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I remember my first encounter with Slugfest Games there first time at Gen Con with Kung Fu Fighting. I bought it from them right after the demo and Marc and I played it all weekend. A couple years later they came out with Red Dragon Inn and it has become my new favorite of theirs.
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4. Board Game: 18EZ [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:8200]
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and his business partner Clay are getting ready to debut this at GenCon. As a wargamer, I know you won't shirk from longer, heavier games, and this has three levels of difficulty so everyone can start out at their own pace. You might find out you want to try more 18XX games after getting your feet wet.
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5. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:384]
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You want unique mechanics from small publishers, and looking at the games you own it's clear you like wargames, mostly manageable ones that don't take forever to play. Given that, I'm surprised you don't own already own Napoleon's Triumph.
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6. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1035]
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A small publisher, an asymmetrical set up and situation, different rules for the French and Spanish units, unique cards for each side, and plays in 20 minutes.

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7. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:384]
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In the wonderful game, Bonaparte at Marengo, this is how to get nasty Frenchies out of a village.
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Here's a wargame with almost unique diceless mechanics. Beautiful looking, tense playing.
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8. Board Game: Axiom [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:3882]
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Great looking abstract with insidious play; I thought I was good, spatially, but this game bedevils me.
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9. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:290]
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Best card game of 2008.
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10. Board Game: Timber Tom [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3418]
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Published by a small publisher. You won't believe the quality of the board and all the components. thumbsup

Some would call this game a collectors item.
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11. Board Game: Court of the Medici [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2184]
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A great 2-player card game from Z-man and only $6.40 at Boards & Bits.
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Winsome is one of the smaller publishers around, typically only publishing 80 copies of each of their games each year as a Collection, sold as a single lot at Essen. This year's collection is particularly good. B&O is a solid and highly original game, Kansas Pacific raises opportunity cost management and game length prediction to an all new high, and the various expansions for last year's titles are both original and game-changing.
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13. Board Game Publisher: Smirk & Dagger Games
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This is a relatively small publisher with some very clever games.
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14. Board Game Publisher: Strategic Space
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My company is still pretty small -- 3 published in 2007, hopefully 4 more in 2009. Of the ones that are out, 4th Corner probably has the most unique mechanic, and it's still pretty inexpensive.
 
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15. Board Game Publisher: Bucephalus Games
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This is a pretty new and still small publisher. They launched a whole bunch at once, and several are pretty clever.
 
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16. Board Game: Skallywaggs [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:9294]
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This is a game from a very small publisher I met at Origins last year. The mechanic of building a pirate crew out of cards for various heads, middles and legs is pretty clever, and I've stolen it for a cooperative RPG I'm working on.
 
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17. Board Game: Linwood [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:13003]
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This looks interesting.
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18. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:253]
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This looks like a neat spin on Friedrich (by the same designer).
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19. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:932]
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This game is on my radar.
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20. Board Game: War for Edaðh [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:6724]
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This one also seems interesting.
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21. Board Game: Origins: How We Became Human [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2485]
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Do you have some Sierra Madre games?

Origins
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and more! All unique, packed with history and science. My favorite publisher.
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22. Board Game: Affentennis [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:3623]
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Monkey Tennis!!!

It's Tennis, but with Monkeys!!

More? Ok, it's actually a really good game, it plays like a real tennis match and is a lot of fun, and quick to play too. You do need a big table, but it's an excellent game.

It's small press, most of the components are hand made from wood. Apart from the big felt court. And the monkeys. And the ball. And the bag. ahem.
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23. Board Game: Garden Competition [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:4115]
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An excellent game, regardless of whether you're into gardens or not. Definitely fits the profile, as pretty much the only way to buy this game is direct from the publisher. They used to handmake every component, printing off labels and gluing them to cardboard, but after some more success with the game, they've been able to get all the pieces professionally made and it all looks and plays fantastic.
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24. Board Game: Ultimate [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:8660]
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The Affentennis entry reminded me of this (smaller) gem:

Porazzi's design is true to the Spirit of the Game, and is an excellent sports sim. It's also yet another beautiful self-published game.

Getting it was super easy: I sent Angelo an email, requested my teams (that's right, you can get custom team colours), and threw him some Euros. Under two weeks later I was playing my game. Huge Kudos to Angelo and his people for speedy delivery.

If you like hex-map games: probably for you
If you like sports games: recommended
If you play ulti: STRONGLY recommended
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25. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:2872]
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Gord's Calculus was original, but this is a more accessible game. An excellent abstract, which as a bonus, evokes a theme really well. The only game to which it compares in Taluva, though Santorini is much less forgiving. Did I mention it's unique, wooden, and gorgeous?
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