Nuthin’ But Bits
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Games that consist only of unique bits.

No boards (including small boards such as in Sternenhimmel)
No cards
No tiles (Carcassonne)
No collectible games (Disk Wars, Vortex, etc).
No dice games, although dice can be a randomizing component.

Shove the bits in your pocket (or a sack), and go!

8-23-10 Updated - removed some items that didn't really fit the criteria.

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1. Board Game: MeM [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
Lourdes Tallet
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When I first learned about this game many years ago, I thought, ‘Cool game – with just a bunch of differently colored bits!’
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2. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2486]
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Moose and ‘stepping stones.’

A lot of dexterity games fit this category.
 
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3. Board Game: Karambolage [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:6354]
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Another dexterity game. This time, wooden disks are flicked within a ring made from wooden posts and string. It does have 2 dice to determine what color disk you must flick and the color of the disk you must hit with it.

Based on a billiards game I know by the Spanish name ‘Carambola.’

This would be quite a lot to stuff into one’s pockets.
 
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4. Board Game: X-Bugs [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:3492]
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Another dexterity game – Strategic Tiddly Winks. It has 2 dice to dictate which kinds of insects can move.
 
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5. Board Game: Jack Straws [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:15020]
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Pick-up Sticks using a thin, metal hook to pick-up little plastic crutches, shovels, ladders, hockey sticks, etc. I can't believe this one has no image - I feel like this game is very easy to find.

On eBay, I saw a game called ‘Electric Jackstraws’ that is more akin to Operation, which I guess is an electrified Jackstraws of sorts. In this game, there is a short can with a metal cover which has holes in it. There are metal tweezers attached by a wire to the cover with which you attempt to pull out whatever it is that is in the can. The auction ends Jan 31, so search for it if you are curious.
 
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6. Board Game: Bausack [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:820]
Lourdes Tallet
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This will round-out the dexterity games to represent all of the balance-the-bits games such as:

Jenga, Chop Stix (Jenga with Chopsticks), Blockhead!, Balance
 
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7. Board Game: Battle Chips [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Lourdes Tallet
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30 wooden chips represent 2 armies. On a turn, select 3 chips and drop them onto the playing surface. ‘Heads’ or ‘Tails’ determines the strength and some faces have special powers. Next, resolve combat. Unfortunately, the company, Tim’s Games, no longer exists.
 
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8. Board Game: Worm Up! [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:4563]
Lourdes Tallet
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A race of colored bits. Each player has a die to secretly and simultaneously select movement.

I guess that when they stopped production of the ‘Blazing Camels’ edition (pictured here), they sold the bits to the makers of Through the Desert (image 45083).
 
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9. Board Game: The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2451]
Lourdes Tallet
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A story-telling game requiring only a few bits (coins will do).
 
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10. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15191]
Lourdes Tallet
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This is essentially a dice game, but the pig dice are unique.
 
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11. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2635]
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Square-ish, cone-shaped bit sets for playing many different games. Cool.
 
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12. Board Game: Dicke Dämonen [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:6139]
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Pawns and string loops – who’d have thought?
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13. Board Game: Leapfrog [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:5868]
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Frogs and chips. Looks and sounds cool – on order.
 
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14. Board Game: Die Mauer [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:5926]
Lourdes Tallet
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Wall, tower and gate pieces. Build a wall, trying to get rid of your pieces first.
 
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15. Board Game: Dutch Mountains [Average Rating:5.17 Unranked]
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Really, just a puzzle using some wooden disks.
 
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16. Board Game: Marbles [Average Rating:4.71 Overall Rank:15196]
Loris GIANADDA
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Hey, I played this a lot!
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17. Board Game: Knucklebones [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Never played this. But that's a classic!
 
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18. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11147]
Ray Hundley
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How about this? Another dexterity game.........
 
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19. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1407]
Fred Campbell, Jr.
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I understand that the pictured game comes with a board, but we used to play this all the time just using the tile floor of the gaming store and whatever bits you wanted to use (painted rocks, etc.). For me, it defined "shove the bits in your pocket and go."
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20. Board Game: Bausack [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:820]
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The only thing you get is a bunch of wooden pieces and bidding 'beans'
 
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21. Board Game: Pick Up Sticks [Average Rating:4.24 Overall Rank:15307]
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It's an oldy but hey, nothing but a pile of sticks!
 
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22. Board Game: Kalah [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:3456]
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Would the wood tray be considered a board?
 
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23. Board Game: Barrel of Monkeys [Average Rating:3.65 Overall Rank:15302]
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Love them monkeys...
 
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24. Board Game: Blockhead! [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:13561]
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Nothing but blocks!
 
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25. Board Game: Robogear [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
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You can either "shoot" your enemies or actually shoot little missiles at them! Whoo doo Whoo!
 
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