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These are games which feature pieces that move, and are not controlled by any of the players.

I only know of two off the top of my head, and I'm sure there are many more, so please add!
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1. Board Game: Emerald [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2242]
Mark Haberman
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Currently my favorite lighter game and possibly my favorite game overall.

Whenever a player enters the dragons domain, a roll of the dice determines how far the dragon moves.

If he lands on a player piece, they must pay a gold card, or get eaten.

Adds some tension to the game as you are never sure if you'll get eaten or not. Also, it balances the advantage of going first, since the dragon's domain moves down one space every time it moves. The earlier players will have to deal with the dragon the whole game, while the later players should be safe until the end.
 
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2. Board Game: Viva Pamplona! [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3793]
Mark Haberman
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Just played this for the first time last week. Fun roll and move game where higher rolls aren't usually better.

You need to stay as close to the bull as possible. The bull is moved through a deck of cards which also determines when scoring will occur. You never know if the bull will be moving, or if it will go "wild" and scoring occurs.
 
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3. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1019]
Becky Zamborsky
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Berea
Ohio
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The black pirate ship moves from island to island without being controlled by a particular player.
 
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4. Board Game: Wizard's Quest [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2937]
John O'Haver PhoDOGrapher
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Louisville
Kentucky
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Both the Dragon and the Wizard move by dice roll to a random area on the 36 area map, with the Dragon eating a random number of pieces and the Wizard blessing the space it enters and preventing combat in the region.
 
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5. Board Game: Bermuda Triangle [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12457]
Nick Stellato
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Grafton
Ohio
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I'm pretty sure that moving the storm was done in a random fashion. I may be mistaken, I haven't played this game since the 70s.
 
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6. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:912]
Dave Eisen
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Menlo Park
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I don't have to outrun the monster. I just have to outrun YOU.
 
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7. Board Game: Monopoly: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:15006]
Scott A. Reed
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Lawrence
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The One Ring moves around the board and signals the end of the game when it has made its circuit.
 
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8. Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2031]
Scott A. Reed
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Hugo is activated by a special figure on the die and moves three spaces when rolled, overtaking whomever is in his path.
 
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9. Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2031]
Steven Winsor
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All I can think of. Similar to White Lady, but better. Haven't played it, just saw it in an old Games magazine.
 
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10. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2067]
Seth Ben-Ezra
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Peoria
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Dr. Lucky wanders the board in this game.
 
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11. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
Lyman Hurd
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Cupertino
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At least in the base game, Sauron is a non-player character.
 
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12. Board Game: Wolfpack [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:7707]
Heinz Kiosk
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An oldie solitaire from SPI. Lots of programmed behaviour for the allied convoys and aircraft.
 
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13. Board Game: Tante Tarantel [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:7203]
Dave VanderArk
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The spider's move around the web is randomly determined. First, there is a die roll, which gives the base number of spaces she will move. Next, she moves a bonus number of spaces depending on how angry she is (determined by how many bugs have escaped) Finally, she might move in or out a row, depending on the original die roll. Less predictable than Finstere Flure, and faster because you can only move one bug at a time. Additionally, the "angry" element which speeds up the spider is a great tension builder. This is a game that works well with children but also with gamers who are looking for a fast, fun game with a great theme.
 
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14. Board Game: Buck Rogers: Battle for the 25th Century Game [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2986]
Johan L
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The planets revolve around the solar system as you play.
 
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15. Board Game: Vanished Planet [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6159]
Jay Little
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A cooperative game, where the Big Bad Thing you're trying to avoid (an alien presence sweeping through the galaxy) grows and expands during the game w/o player control. When the alien menace reaches your home world, you're out of the game.
 
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16. Board Game: Street Illegal [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:7683]
Heinrich Glumpler
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Koeln
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In this game the "Alte Hasen" (old pros) are racing against the players.
 
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17. Board Game: Monkey Madness [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Automatic gorilla hunts your monkeys up the tree. I still have to play this game with my kids.
 
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18. Board Game: Tyrannosaurus Wrecks [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
Morgan Dontanville
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Charlottesville
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In this stinker you spend more time seeing where the dinosaurs go than you do taking your turn. Especially, when you lose it or spend the last half of the game mindlessly running back to your time machine.
 
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19. Board Game: Dragonhunt [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:9958]
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Brimstone the Dragon flies around and fights based on die rolls.
 
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20. Board Game: Groo: The Game [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3186]
Michael M.
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Groo does his own thing in this game. Players decide if he moves clockwise or counterclockwise, but that's about it.
 
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21. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:677]
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Ambush, and numerous other solitaire games...
 
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22. Board Game: Inkognito [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1403]
Andreas Burger
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The Postman can be move be all Player
 
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23. Board Game: Chutes and Ladders [Average Rating:2.79 Overall Rank:15346]
mike tilton
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couldn't resist, , actually, I'm surprised no-one has added it already
 
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24. Board Game: Dragon Strike [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:12488]
Marc B.
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In Dragon Strike when the dice rolls 3 or 5 then the dragon is activated by the push of a button. After that, it's all random movement as the dragon tries to knock jewels loose from the thieves. We have a lot of fun playing this with our 6 and 8 year olds. A lot of squealing and laughing when the dragon "is after us".
 
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25. Board Game: Outreach: The Conquest of the Galaxy, 3000AD [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:5776]
Ron K
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The non-player races moved, developed, and interacted with the players through a set of scripted rules - perhaps the original NPCs.
 
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