Games where you make the board as you play
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Most of the games we play use a board. Some are simple and rudimentary, while some are elaborate and close to a work of art. They can contain just a map of some area, can host a ton of boxes for token and counters or can help with the flow of game play.

Then there are those games which start with no board. The board gets created as you play the game. Either by laying tiles, cards, or some other object that brings the game to life.

This list is dedicated to such games. My knowledge of these is limited so please add ones you feel are appropriate.


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1. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:204]
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This seems like the game to start with for this subject. While I have never played this game myself, I think it would be something that would interest me. Seems like a straight tile laying game in which the board helps to dictate or restrict your movements.
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2. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Tomb of the Lich Lord [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2602]
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This game starts you out as a hero with the map unexplored. Each turn you lay down room cards to expand the map. These build up to make the dungeon as you play. It uses an interesting mechanic in which you accumlate glory and peril which are used by you and against you.
I don't play it as much as I used to, but I do remember enjoying it when we played.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne along with the expansion fit this bill perfectly.
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4. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:620]
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A classic push your luck game. Each new tile that comes out either gives you gems or increases the chance you will be run off or actually runs you out.
I've always liked to see how different people play this game. Some people you would never think are conservative, while others just keep going and going.
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5. Board Game: Scrabble Slam! [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:15331]
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Ok, while you do start with a 4 letter word at the beginning of the game, each new card played changes the word so you have a new challenge.
A new card game we picked up recently, it can be fun and helps get non gamers into the fun... unless they hate spelling.
 
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6. Board Game: The Battle for Hill 218 [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1489]
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While there is a linear function to the playing of the cards, each card type has it own laying and direct fire or covering fire rules. Watch out for those tricky Special Forces. While I think when two good players are limited or helped by their card drawing, knowing what to play and when is crucial.
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7. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Im not sure if CCGs belong here.

On the one hand, you do start with nothing but your deck and hand. Then, play these cards for your hand/lands/units and go from there. Seems like it has all the things need to be on this list.

But then CCG's seem to be their own beast. Not quite a board game in my mind, plus with being able to expand your deck and tune it seems more like a hobby all its own.

What do you think?
 
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8. Board Game: Source of the Nile [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3040]
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In this you literally draw the map as you go along--
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9. Board Game: Order of the Stick Adventure Game: The Dungeon of Dorukan [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:5197]
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You place cards to build the dungeon.
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10. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:423]
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You create the haunted house as you go.
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11. Board Game: Mystery Mansion [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:6481]
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You create the haunted house as you go.

Stop me if you've heard this one.
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12. Board Game: Goldland [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1684]
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A beautiful game, fun bits.
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13. Board Game: Mesopotamia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1763]
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Tiles with wavy edges.
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14. Board Game: Drakon (third edition) [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1512]
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“Brothers, oh brothers, my days here are done, the Dornishman’s taken my life, But what does it matter, for all men must die, and I’ve tasted the Dornishman’s wife!”
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Really fun little game that I like to use as a gateway. It can be more fun to mess with people than actually win.
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15. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:412]
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Beautiful artwork, nice thick tiles, cool wooden buildings.
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16. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:740]
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Both people make their own "boards" from cards.
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17. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:229]
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Ditto.
 
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18. Board Game: Caylus Magna Carta [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:671]
 
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See above.
 
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19. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:218]
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The board itself is blank, and each turn the current player adds a new jungle tile to it, making the temple/treasure locations and pathways vastly different each game.
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20. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1105]
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This is actually a pretty good little filler. You build the board through tile placement and then switch to area control mode.
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21. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:4512] [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
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Great fun. Plus, the mechanism where the number of zombies spawn depends on the number of open streets in the new tile works beautifully
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22. Board Game: Tongiaki: Journey into the Unknown [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2197]
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Another game with wavy tiles, this one has you playing as Polynesians exploring the Pacific.
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23. Board Game: Medieval [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4943]
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In Medieval, not all areas start on the map. Players can select cards to expand the map.

And later, when the Mongols arrive, you start REMOVING parts of the map!
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24. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:568]
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The board starts small but can grow quite large when introducing new landscape tiles during the game.

Played my first 2-player game of this just last week. Great stuff!
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25. Board Game: Lost Valley [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1295]
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From the trading post, which is present at start, everything else gets explored and placed as the game goes on.
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