Best Vintage Abstracts
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For this list a game needs to be an abstract strategy game.

It must be a truly classic game, one still worth playing today. A Masterpiece if you will.

And for vintage, at least a century old, so nothing created after 1910.

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1. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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The obvious one
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2. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1092]
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Japan's chess
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3. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:129]
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Such a classic
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4. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1069]
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Chinese chess
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5. Board Game: Bashni [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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A recent find for me
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6. Board Game: Camelot [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:4329]
 
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I love this one
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7. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:16261]
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a hundred variants played worldwide
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8. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2460]
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Another that has stood the test of time
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9. Board Game: Kalah [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:3510]
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The start of a range of seeding games
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10. Board Game: Nine Men's Morris [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:15927]
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There is also three men's morris, which was reduced to execrable Tic-Tac-Toe (Noughts and Crosses).
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11. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1117]
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This game takes a lot of flak from people who think it's only luck.

And from those who think abstracts can't include dice.
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12. Board Game: Hnefatafl [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2466]
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Also called Tafl, Tablut, or King's Table.

Is it the first board game with unequal sides?
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13. Board Game: Salta [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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Excellent 2 player game.
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14. Board Game: Go-Moku [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:5639]
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Played with components from Go, but a different game entirely.

And then there's the Japanese variant, Renju, which is supposedly better somehow.

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15. Board Game: Nine Man Morris and The King & The Knights [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Everett Warren
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Played on a Nine Men's Morris board ~ and, technically could be played with those pieces, although the set I have came with a separate, taller piece for the king ~ this is an unequal sides game.

The three knights take up position in one row ~ off the top of my head, I can't recall if it was required to be one of the four outer sides, but we tend to play it that way, and the king starts anywhere else. The king moves first.

The knights attempt to capture the king (by cornering him), and the king attempts to land on one of the spots originally held by a knight.
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16. Board Game: Colorito [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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Not as famous as most of the rest, but from 1892 and published several times in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, and now again by nestorgames.
Great mechanics and the more often I play it, the better it turns out. I love the two colours per player and the more subtle gameplay compared to Salta.
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17. Board Game: Rithmomachy [Average Rating:5.48 Unranked]
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A game which, according to Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants, was once held in higher intellectual esteem than chess.
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18. Board Game: Bagh Chal [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:8974]
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This one is very old and very popular in some parts of the world.
 
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