Games were you get to build your unit from the ground up.
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I've always liked games where you get to design your army/car/whatever. It helps make the game different each time you play. Please feel free to add anything else, as I love these types of games.
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1. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2068]
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I loved this game when I was younger. It was definitely the vehicle design rules that drew me in. I was always trying to find a way to fit a better weapon into a design, or carry more armour. Of course, they buggered it up with 5th edition.
 
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2. Board Game: The Creature That Ate Sheboygan [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3580]
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Never played this game, but I've been interested in it ever since I heard about it in a book called 'An introduction to wargames' that was in my local library.
 
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3. Board Game: Robots! [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:9788]
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Not too much design in this game, but there are three drive units and a selection of weapons that you can juggle around to get the best from your forces.
 
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4. Board Game: Starfire [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:3901]
Eric Smith
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Toronto
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In this one you got to design star-ships as a string of letters. Generally you put armour and shields at the beginning of the string and your vital components near the end. I seem to remember that designing a clever ship was usually more fun than actually fighting the battles.
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5. Board Game: Evo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:756]
Matt Kimball
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Evo has an element of unit design going on. Everyone starts with the same dinos, but adaptations which can be used to customize your critters are auctioned off.
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6. Board Game: BattleTech [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:849]
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Frankfurt am Main
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Like in Car Wars, you are able to design your own Mechs and Vehicles.
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7. Board Game: Ram Speed [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:9576]
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Buy your ships and then equip them with crews and armament.
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8. Board Game: Melee [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2464] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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Design and outfit your gladiators
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9. Board Game: Senjutsu: Dynamic Samurai Combat [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:5647]
Greg Benson
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Syosset
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You can outfit your samurai with different weapons, or armor in this descendent of Stratego. I just got this game and it's great fun!
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10. Board Game: Circus Maximus [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1587]
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Players design chariots, drivers, and horse teams.
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11. Board Game: Battlestations [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1466]
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Eden Prairie
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A hybrid boardgame/rpg - not only do you build an individual character, but as a group you assemble a crew and design a space ship as your vessel to go off an explore the depths of space.
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12. Board Game: Clash of the Gladiators [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4547]
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Assemble your intrepid gladiator teams from the different types of warriors -- spearmen, netters, shield bearers, etc. A quick n' dirty combat game with fairly good replay value due to the different combinations of gladatorial foursomes.
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13. Board Game: Starmada X [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:7806]
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Portland
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Suprisingly, many tactical space combat games don't provide general ship-construction rules.

The publisher of Starmada even has an Excel spreadsheet on their web page to make it easier.
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14. Board Game: Gammarauders [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:8439]
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Bryan
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Modular Mecha-Killer Penguin anyone?
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15. Board Game: Combots [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:12639]
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Crystal Lake
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Combots. Custom build your battle-bot from a multitude of interchangeable metal parts (Rocket platforms, shields, lasers, claws)
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16. Board Game: Demon's Run [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:12094]
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Oldie and not so goodie: Demon's Run let's you distribute points to build your ship for this space race game. From the listing:

"Fuel, Structural Integrity, Pilot Integration, Main Engines, Manoeuvre Engines, Tractor (used to recover buoys), Laser (used to attack buoys, mines and other players' ships), Scrambler (used to disorient an opposing player), Screens and Velocity."
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17. Board Game: American Megafauna [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2866]
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Sparks
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I would like to play this someday
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18. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:792]
Jackson Boomhower
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Burlington
Vermont
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I'm surprised no one put this in here as it seems to be an oldie classic on this site. (one I actually own). Your armies are made up of the monsters you are able to recruit by traversing the board. The monsters you can recruit are dependant on those you have in the army and the type of hex you are on. Every army, every time, can be different and it makes the battle combinations nigh limitless.
 
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19. Board Game: Clay-O-Rama [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:5723]
Joe Mucchiello
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Edison
New Jersey
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Aren't there a bunch of game such as this?
 
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20. Board Game: Road to the White House [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5768]
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Lake Worth
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Has rules for creating customized Presidential Candidates!
 
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21. Board Game: Super Giant Monster Showdown [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:9167]
Dane Peacock
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Stansbury Park
Utah
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Monsters built completely from the ground up.
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22. Board Game: Dirtside II [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:4705]
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Dirtside is a set of generic rules for 6mm science-fiction land warfare. It has a gritty sci-fi feel to it, so it may not be satisfying to people who prefer anime mecha games like Robotech, but the gameplay is well-balanced and excellent. A surprising number of elements exist in this game that really work well, including orbital artillery, drop troops, hidden units, etc. The game is also meant to be used with any minis you want -- I have armies built from Epic 40K minis, Renegade Legion grav tanks, Brigade Models wheeled vehicles, and Mechwarrior VTOLs.

The vehicle design system can handle anything from infantry teams to dropships to huge mecha, and anything in between. The design system is, in fact, the most complicated part of the rule book, but yours truly recently uploaded an Excel spreadsheet to the Dirtside page that automates pretty much everything you could want to do, design-wise. Great game, great design rules.
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23. Board Game: BattleTech: AeroTech [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:10161]
Manuel Pombeiro
Portugal
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Aerotech 2 now has a full range of miniatures completly supported by FanPro and its sibling IronWindsMetals
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24. Board Game: Red Sand, Blue Sky: Death in the Arenas of Rome [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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In this game you can design individual Gladiators then join them into troupes. They can gain experience and abilities as you progress through a campaign. Includes rules for different armour and weapons.
One of the best Gladiator games I have played.
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25. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2202]
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