Games Inspired by Truchet Tiles
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Father Sebastien Truchet (1657-1729) was a priest living in France during the 17th century. He was what we'd call today a Renaissance man, having made contributions to many different fields, such as, hydrology (he designed the canals of Paris), typography (he standardized type sizes and designed the ancestor of the Times New Roman font), and engineering (he designed a tree moving machine, sundials, and guns). In 1704, after seeing some floor tiles being used in the construction of a chapel, he wrote a paper in which he described the myriad ways in which a single square tile, divided diagonally into two colors, could be used to create a huge number of patterns solely dependent upon the orientation of the tiles.

His paper is remembered today because the tilings he wrote about have been interpreted as a form of graphical mathematics, and they have applications to other fields, such as crystallography.

This list is for games that use Truchet tiling as either a core mechanic or component of the game. The games should use a minimal number of tile patterns which are oriented and placed adjacent to other tiles according to the rules of the game. To use a definition, they should include tilings which seek the "composition of a surface by assembling basic parts without blank spaces and without overlapping, using a minimal number of different constituent parts ".

While the definition is by no means rigid, it is not meant to include games like Dominoes or Carcassone which have a large number of different tiles. Remember, the good Father Sebastien Truchet used only one tile!
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1. Board Game: Black Path Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Don't know what's wrong with the BGG images of this one, they are all blacked out! Maybe that's a pun on its name. For better pictures of the tiles, see the wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Path_Game


Number of Tile Types = 3 2
 
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2. Board Game: Amoeba [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:11314]
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In this game players attempt to natch match a pattern shown on their cards by judiciously placing their tile. Hopefully, your opponent won't ruin your plans!

Number of Tile Types = 2 1
 
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3. Board Game: Truchet [Average Rating:5.54 Unranked]
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This one shares the name with Sebastien. The tiles make up the board in which the game is played!

Number of tiles = 2
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4. Board Game: Trax [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3169]
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Number of Tile Typess = 3 2
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5. Board Game: Turnabout [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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Number of Tile Types = 2
 
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6. Board Game: Meander [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:7130]
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Number of Tile Types = 4
 
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7. Board Game: Topology [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:9893]
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OK, I think this one is pushing the limit at five tile types. Still, it looks intriguing...


Number of Tile Types = 5 16 (gasp!)
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8. Board Game: Actiles [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Interesting that this game was designed for a four-tiles (or cards) only contest. Were there other contests for 3, 2, or even 1?


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This one is not only the only 3-D game (so far), it is also the only game (so far) with just one tile type! Not Really! See comments below.

Number of Tile Types = 1
 
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10. Board Game: Verbindung Gesucht [Average Rating:5.34 Unranked]
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One kind of die with two kind of patterns, curves and crosses (even if color vary on different die faces, with game effects). Or maybe three patterns: curves of two different colors, cross of a single color, crossing lines of two different colors.
 
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11. Board Game: TAIJI [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:6997]
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I'm adding this one to the list as it meets the spirit. The board constrains tile placement somewhat. Only 1 tile!

Number of Tile Types = 1
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12. Board Game: Palago [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:6031]
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Number of Tile Types = 1

Cameron Browne, who has games already on this list, has written an entire book on Connection Games (which was mentioned previously in this list). I have the book, though I have not read it entirely, and I suspect a fair number of those connection games might qualify for this list.
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13. Board Game: Xutoli [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Number of Tile Types = 2

Another invention by Cameron Browne. This uses the same set of tiles as Truchet and Che

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14. Board Game: Che [Average Rating:5.46 Unranked]
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Number of Tile Types = 2
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15. Board Game: Boche [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Boche is won by enclosing a group of the opponent's color.



Number of tile types = 1
er... actually that's kind of hard to define. If we're talking faces then there are 2, but you look at it as a cube then It's just 1.

btw there are at least 5 more unlisted games here if anyone wants to add them: http://www.cameronius.com/games/
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16. Board Game: Super Sharp Pencil & Paper Games [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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Collected rules for paper & pencil games. One of these is "Black", after the name of the inventor William Black. It must impress illustrators since it is on the covers of several editions of the book: the Italian, the Czech and the US. On the US one it looks like the two kinds of "tiles" are cut and used as such, while they are drawn. As you can clearly see on the lower left "board" on the Czech cover:

 
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17. Board Game: Trichet [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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A game using triangular Truchet tiles. The players compete to see who is first to assemble a complex shape. There are two tile types.

Number of tiles = 2
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18. Board Game: The Legend of Landlock [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:7438]

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Two types [aside from a couple of special tiles]. Two of the four opposing corners are either connected with land, or with water.
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19. Board Game: Yellow [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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2 types of tile...
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20. Board Game: Come About [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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2 tiles that are double sided.
 
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21. Board Game: Tomoe [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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4 different tiles = all possible permutations (unless you allow areas to "branch out")


 
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