Frequently Misattributed Games
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While recognition of game authors is very limited anyway, there are a number of games that seem to be subject to frequent misattribution. Please feel free to add others...
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1. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1540]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Author: James Hlavaty
Frequently Attributed To: Tom Lehmann

I've seen many, many author-aware gamers make this mistake; I suspect the same thing might happen with Mystic War if that game were mentioned more frequently.
 
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2. Board Game: Slapshot [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2765]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Author: Tom Dalgliesh
Frequently Attribued To: Alan Moon

That's what happens when you publish one, and only one, game from another designer in your personal line.
 
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3. Board Game: Code 777 [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1345]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Author: Alex Randolph
Frequently Attributed To: Robert Abbott

The box cover has Abbott's name on it, but he has indicated that the credit belongs to Randolph.
 
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4. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15329]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Author: Elizabeth Magie
Frequently Attributed To: Charles Darrow

A classic, well known misattribution by this point, but I'd still bet that if you asked a random sampling of the people that among those with an answer, Darrow would be chosen 10 times more often than Magie.
 
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5. Board Game: Le Mans [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:8497]
Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
NH
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All right, "frequently" isn't really appropriate here, I admit. But I was astonished to learn that Tom Shaw designed this. I've reminisced with other old-timers who played the 1960s AH games when they were new, and most of them were surprised, too. We all thought Charles S. Roberts designed all the AH games before 1963, but it just isn't so. This one is 1961, for example.
 
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6. Board Game: Scream Machine [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4493]
Geeky McGeekface
United States
Manassas
Virginia
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Many people assume that this game was designed by Osama bin Laden, but it just ain't so!
 
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7. Board Game: Head to Head Golf [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
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No, silly, this is the bin Laden game
 
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8. Board Game: Bear Buddies [Average Rating:3.65 Unranked]
Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
VA
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Author: The Devil
Frequently Attribued To: Christine Welz

This is a classic case of possession. Often the most common and certainly a classic cause of misattribution.
 
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9. Board Game: Ploy [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4881]
Dan Blum
United States
Wilmington
Massachusetts
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While I wouldn't say that Ploy is frequently misattributed, it may be the only game attributed to the wrong person on the box (aside from Code 777 and "ghosted" games, which are different cases).

The Schmidt Spiele edition of the game, called Imperium, is credited to Sid Sackson on the box instead of Frank Thibault (well, actually it's credited to "Sid Saxon," but they're not the first publisher to make that mistake).

No picture of this box on the geek, but one can be seen at
http://www.abstractstrategy.com/imperium.html
 
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