American Wood
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While wooden components are common in German games, a number of American games featured wooden components, usually before converting to plastic.

This list is for games which:

1) Were published in American editions
2) Initially contained wooden pieces, and
3) Later converted to some other material(s)

Additions most welcome.
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15319]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Monopoly's a classic example; the wooden pawns have become metal tokens, and the wooden houses & hotels have become plastic. I own a late-30s copy.
 
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2. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14501]
Joe Huber

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Risk has never been a big favorite of mine, but has always been a good one to pick up for bits - the plastic components make great replacement for the factories in Outpost. But I was fortunate enough to come across a copy with wood bits in a Williamsburg thrift store this year, and will be holding onto that.
 
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3. Board Game: Phlounder [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:13585]
Joe Huber

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Massachusetts
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Another game I had the fortune to find a wooden copy of in a thrift store - but in this case it became trade bait, the game not appealing sufficiently to hold onto. Within a year or two of the initial release, the wooden tiles had become plastic.
 
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4. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:206]
Joe Huber

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Similar history to Phlounder - though I had to win this in auction.
 
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5. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2278]
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Another lucky thrift store find - for all of $0.50. I really like the wooden components - they are definitely more enjoyable to play with than plastic.
 
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6. Board Game: Super Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3666]
Alan Richbourg
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Arlington
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I'm sure there are versions of Scrabble with plastic pieces. I'd only play with wood though.
 
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7. Board Game: Ker Plunk [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:15266]
Stacy Whiteman
United States
San Jose
California
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My childhood version of Kerplunk had wooden sticks. Now they are plastic.
 
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8. Board Game: Booby-Trap [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:14767]
Scott A. Reed
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Lawrence
Kansas
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I believe some more modern versions have moved to plastic, but my parents had a set with wooden pieces.
 
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9. Board Game: Carrom [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1198]
Scott A. Reed
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Lawrence
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Older American/Canadian Carrom/Crokinole boards came with wooden carroms, bowling pins, and other accoutrements, but modern versions have been replaced with plastic parts. The wooden carroms can fetch quite a penny on auction sites.
 
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10. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:500]
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Lawrence
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Early versions of Deplomacy had wooden bits, later moving to plastic and metal.
 
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11. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7554]
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Do the current versions of Clue have plastic pieces? I haven't looked at one, but we own the older version with a box like this (only half the size, but with a full-size board). The player tokens are simple painted wooden pawns, and the weapons are metal (including a tiny genuine lead rod for the lead pipe) and string tied as a noose for the rope.

Talk about nostalgia!!
 
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12. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1015]
Read the rulebook, plan for all contingencies, and…read the rulebook again.
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Austin
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My Avalon Hill copy of NAPOLEON has wooden pieces with faces stamped in white. Great agme, BTW. Columbia is responsible for the current edition.
 
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13. Board Game: 5ive Straight [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5207]
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Phoenix
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The game initially came on wooden board with wooden pegs, much nicer than the current edition.
 
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14. Board Game: Teeko [Average Rating:6.12 Unranked]
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Originally the pawns were made of wood, but by the '60s they were plastic.
 
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15. Board Game: Pirateer [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:14409]
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Privateer (aka Pirateer) was originally published with wooden pieces.
 
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