Games I used for a talk on go
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I gave a talk on the game of go, and somewhat touched on the topics on games in Asia in general, at a museum. I wanted to give a nice atmosphere around the talk and placed some games around the demonstration board I was using to show go on. Here are the games I brought with me.

The first 7 games are the games I brougth with me. Feel free to add games I could have brought with me to give more atmosphere. No war games, relation to Asia and/or go, and aesthetic is a requirement for these games.

I considered bringing Twixt, but decided it is too distant a relative to go. I considered bringing Durch die Wuste but decided it doesn't look nice enough.

All in all, it was a successful talk, and around 20 people tried go afterwards, and I helped explain or clarify things in mahjong, xiangqi and shogi to some!
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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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Brought 9 sets (including my demo board and 5 13x13 board). Sold 2 and used all of the others at some point.
 
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2. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1004]
 
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A must too, I brought a copper set, looks nice!
 
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3. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1083]
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Brought a vinyl mat and plastic pieces that I got last week.
 
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4. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:616]
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Brought a plastic set that I got this summer in Beijing. Also nice looking, but I will get a better one next time I pass China
 
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5. Board Game: Hex [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2551]
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Brought a set that looks exactly like this. Made from laser cut hexagons that I glued on a vinyl mat. Related to go through John Nash, and in terms of game-play.
 
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6. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1489]
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Brought a wooden Holzinsel set. Related to go through the objective of the game, to surround parts of the board.
 
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7. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:172]
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Well, it was an exhibition on samurais after all...
 
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8. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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This has been somewhat simplistically called "multi-player Go" by schocks like me(!). However, as a game where area control by surrounding hexes with camels is a component of the scoring, it could be displayed as an example of a game that takes the concepts of Go and extends them to a popular, multi-player format. I also think it shows well, and the rule simplicity is reminiscent of Go.

Just a thought.
 
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