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Games have official names for their bits; but over time due to convenience or confusion, some of those bits acquire nicknames. Which games have nicknamed bits, and what do you call them?
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1. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
Ken Dozier
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Cinnamon = bacon
Ginger = popcorn
Nutmeg = almonds
Cloves = tree roots
Pepper = peas
 
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Ken Dozier
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Followers = meeples
 
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3. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
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Stones = chiclets
 
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4. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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Canal Overseer = Pepe
 
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5. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
Matthew Dupree
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The camel is named Machmoud. He is used to menace those who displease his owner. If Machmoud is extremely displeased he turns himself invisible to the offender (being 2 dimensional, this is not hard).
 
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6. Board Game: Ta YĆ¼ [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1269]
Matthew Dickinson
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My friends and I came up with names for specific tiles in Ta Yu. Number the locations where a path can exit the tile starting at one end and go around clockwise (there are eight). The tiles whose paths leave at the indicated positions have the following names. Mirror images of these arrangements have the same names, of course...

1,2,8: The Pants (looks like someone put a little Speedo on one end of the tile - see lower right in the pic)
1,5,7: The Wide Pants (or, The Oblivious Tourist)
2,6,8: The Pimp Shoe (center left in pic, adjacent to a Wishbone)
2,7,8: The Li'l Pimp Shoe
2,4,7: The Wishbone (center left in pic)
2,3,4: The Brass Knuckles (both for its appearance and its devastating defensive use)
2,3,5: The Ladle

There may have been others, but it's been a looong time.
 
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7. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
Alex Bove
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I like to call the Blokus pieces by the names of the Princes of Florence buildings that correspond to their shapes.
 
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8. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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A guy at my game club calls the colonists "slaves." It bothers some people, but the bourgeoisie was not working the fields, ya know.
 
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9. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:950]
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We have plenty of pet names for the commodities in the Crayon Rail games. Of course, the rules seem to encourage this by giving a commodity different names in different games: "hogs", "swine", or "pork"? "tourists", "pilgrims", "scientists", or "passengers"?

Some common pet names are "lumps" (coal in some games), "french fries" (uranium), "2D buckets and 3D buckets" or just "buckets of ___" (coal/ore in various games), and "leaves" (tobacco/pipeweed).
 
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10. Board Game: Wongar [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3903]
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Who can remember which dude is the ancient and which dude is the ancestor? We just call them Simon and Garfunkel. Hint: the guy with the frizzy 'do is Garfunkel.
 
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11. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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Sauron? No, it's Evil Kitty!
 
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12. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1197]
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Most of the goods on the cards look like what they're supposed to, but not Spices (second from the left in the pic). I call 'em Bongo Drums.
 
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13. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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In our group, "the robber" has taken on the nickname "the ninja." We actually decided to replace the standard weeble with a heroclicks mini. I think it adds a lot to the game. Saying that you got "hit by the robber" is not nearly as meaningful as saying that you got "Ninjaed!"
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14. Board Game: Sucking Vacuum [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:12571]
Liz Wald
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The monkey is always called Ham (in a can) of course. First American in space (?) and he has a locker in the shuttle bay. He also makes an appearance in the prequel Natural Selection.
 
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15. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:697]
Richard Smith
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The asteriod chits with a '?' on them are called 'space spuds' by most everyone I know.
 
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16. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1040]
Ash Timms
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The infantry units always end up being called 'dudes' by our gaming group. "Pass me a russian dude" or "didn't that dude die last battle?". I don't know why, I'm from Australia - none of use the word 'dude' very often elsewhere in our lives, just one of those things i guess...
 
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17. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Gold = Butterscotch candies.

Hmmm... no wonder I keep losing, I keep eating all the Buttersco... er, gold.

 
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18. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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Unfortunately in my gaming group, the mighty seafaring house Greyjoy with a mighty Kraken as their house symbol will forever be called House 'Squid'... ;-)

 
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19. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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THE PLUG.

Remember - according to the rules, the region of the plug is taboo.
 
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20. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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According to the rules, that king on the board there is a bull.

I'm afraid after its inaugural appearance with our group, its been forever known as the donkey. Took us two games and a rules reread to notice it really was supposed to be a bull. Too late by then - it was already a donkey in our minds.
 
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21. Board Game: Keythedral [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:681]
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There is a resource tile that we always call 'fields of bacon' (visible in the accompanying picture). I have no idea what it is really supposed to be (a vineyard, perhaps?). Likewise, we call the associated resource bacon.
 
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22. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:492] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Sometimes, no matter what the designer intended, something looks like something else.

In Jambo, we call the red material looking commodity a "meat carpet".

yes, it sounds disgusting but in the context of the game there is nothing like saying "I'm trading in my three meat carpets for 8 gold".
 
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23. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:565]
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Forgot about this one.

Amphoras = carrots or arrowheads
 
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24. Board Game: Sluff Off! [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1027]
Anye Freer
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Frisco
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Dancing Steven. 'Nuff said.
 
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25. Board Game: Tutankhamen [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2994]
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There's the bagpipes, the harmonium, the tin of sardines, the underpants, and the long pink object.
 
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