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This list is here to help people catalog pen and paper games that are available for free over the internet. Because you cant always have a board game on you. In general this list should only contain games that you can play with a pen and a blank sheet of paper. If more is required to play it make sure to mention it.
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1. Board Game: Five Sides [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Tyler Tinsley
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This is one of my own. It’s amazing how many points you can score with just one line. Add some of your favorite pen and paper games.
 
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2. Board Game: Snare [Average Rating:5.14 Unranked]
Steve Downin
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Stockbridge
Georgia
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I made up the grid for Snare as a Microsoft Excel file. You can download it from the BGG page, print it out, and play to your hearts content.
 
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3. Board Game: Sprouts [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:10808]
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
Arkansas
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In Sprouts, draw a number of dots on the paper. Your move is then to connect two dots with a line and draw a new dot on that line. Lines can never cross and dots can have at most three lines connected to them. Last player to make a move wins.
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4. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.61 Overall Rank:15327]
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
Arkansas
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There's always Tic-Tac-Toe...
 
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5. Board Game: Boxes [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:15064]
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Dots and Boxes is a classic pencil-paper game and is deeper than you might remember. See http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/boxes/ for more info.
 
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6. Board Game: Veptheca [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Veptheca connects the dots of a grid with vector addition
 
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7. Board Game: Middleman [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Middleman is a commodity exhcange game.
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8. Board Game: Jotto [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:8251]
Mark Goadrich
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You just need a pencil and paper to play this word version of Mastermind.
 
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9. Board Game: Black Box [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2801]
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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You can play Black Box with just pencil and paper, the board makes it much more attractive.
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10. Board Game: Stop-Gate [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked]
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Stop-Gate can be played with either a chess board and some dominoes, or just graph paper and a pencil.
 
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11. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1500]
Mike Banks
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Harrisburg
Pennsylvania
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ok -- forget the silly "board", tokens, etc, and just get to the heart of the game: inventing definitions that other people could fall for.

you need: one dictionary, paper and pencils.

one person finds a word nobody knows, and all write a made-up definition, plus the one who looks it up writes the real one. read em all, everyone votes, and players score for everyone who voted for his/her definition. The looker-upper also score one for everyone that was stumped.

everybody is the looker-upper once -- tally the score
i've been playing this for 30 years with my family..
 
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12. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15310]
Jorgen
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Ferndale
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13. Board Game: Scribe [Average Rating:4.69 Unranked]
Mark Steere
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Palo Alto
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Scribe is a pen and paper game of my own design. The board is intentionally easy enough to draw, so a blank sheet of paper will do. However there is a downloadable board (shown) available at marksteeregames.com.

Scribe is perfectly balanced such that random play will afford exactly fifty percent chance of winning to the first and second move players. No draws.

Mark Steere
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14. Board Game: Game of SIM [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Herb
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SIM isn't exactly trivial. A very nice alternative to Tic-Tac-Toe.
 
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15. Board Game: Bløctagøns [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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He's one. Use highlighters so you can see both color's bridges.
 
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16. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:133]
Daniel Ajoy
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With this file.
 
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17. Board Game: Calculate! [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked]
Daniel Ajoy
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All the games in Calculate!
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18. Board Game: Cootie [Average Rating:3.35 Overall Rank:15313]
John "Omega" Williams
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Kentwood
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There is a pen and paper version of this called Beetle.
 
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19. Board Game: Folium [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Santiago Eximeno
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Madrid
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FOLIUM is a minimalist abstract game for 2 players, inspired by Bruno Faidutti’s Babylon/Soluna.

You only need a blank sheet, a pen and scissors to play.
 
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20. Board Game: Quarto [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:818]
Daniel Ajoy
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With this file: Pen and Paper version of Quarto!
 
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21. Board Game: Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:11060]
Daniel Ajoy
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Play it on paper:

http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2013/06/16/ultimate-tic-tac-t...
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22. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:670]
Daniel Ajoy
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With this PDF file.
 
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23. Board Game: Thicket [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
 
Rey Alicea
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24. Board Game: Hunters: Enter the Darkness [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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[geekurl=http://mattcintron.wix.com/huntersdark]Hunters Dark[/geekurl]arrrharrrharrrh I really like this one its call Hunters Dark a horror slash Fantasy one done in a post apocalyptic mid-evil world.

http://mattcintron.wix.com/huntersdark
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25. Board Game: Esquinas [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Antonio Recuenco-Muñoz
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Liverpool
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Paper and pencil game, created by yours truly, in which letters are used to build a figure and not a word; the different closed sectors in the figure contain corners which have to be "collected" by the players.

I hope that whoever plays it finds it at least worth the try.
 
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