Classic, Out of Print, Must Have Games!
Justin Gortner
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Hi All,

Thanks in advance for you help.

I'm looking for unique and very well designed classic board and/or card games that are no longer in production. I'm looking for games that are very balanced, strategic, and that possibly have a unique mechanic or way of playing.

The only example I could think of is the only older game I have, which I believe to be an excellent and balanced game: Shogun / Samurai Swords by Milton Bradley.

Don't feel you have to stick with war games; any games are acceptable. The only restriction I'd like to impose is a game play time of under 5 hours.

Thank you all!

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1. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1949]
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The mechanics need to be modified a bit to make the game more intuitive, but I think the foundation is here for an excellent game.
 
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2. Board Game: The Art of Siege [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked]
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I really want this game. In fact I have nearly desided to stop buying games for a year or two in order to buy a copy.
 
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3. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:402]
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Torres has been out of print for a while now, and I know it's on my must-have list. I think it's being reprinted, so hopefully soon it won't belong on this list. It may also not qualify as a classic since it's not that old.
 
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4. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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I also want Tikal and it seems to be out of print and a must have.
 
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5. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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El Grande, another out of print must have. Does classic imply really old though? Like a decade? more?
 
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6. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:793]
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Last one, I promise. Elfenland, apparently not available, also seems pretty highly regarded.
 
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7. Board Game: Merchants of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1516]
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...interesting mechanics here
 
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8. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
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Hannibal Rome vs Carthage is a VERY well-balanced two-player OOP wargame from Avalon Hill. Personally, I'd be especially interested in any other well-balanced wargame recommendations.
 
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9. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:790]
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Might not make the list for time reasons (though most games should come in well under 5 hours), but this is almost the archetype for the list otherwise.
 
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10. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1534]
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Ah, the days I spent playing this in college when I really should have been studying.
 
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11. Board Game: Montage [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:3687]
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Montage is a crossword building game in which you give clues to your partner for words you want to put in the grid. This is one of the most fun word games I've ever played. Knock-on-Word is a derivative of it, but not as good.
 
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This is the first out of print game that I turned to ebay to find; I have never regretted that purchase. I enjoy pulling out this game and teaching it to seasoned gamers who have never bumped into this delightful game. It takes a lot of careful thought to play and that's rare, IMHO, in a game that is seldom longer than 45 minutes to play. I have the 3M version and like it better than the other editions that have been released, but again that's just my opinion.
 
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13. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1327]
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Since you include Samurai Swords, you can look into Fortress America; another of the Gamemaster series that is considered to be very balanced, once players are familiar with the game.
 
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14. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1327]
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Since you include Samurai Swords, you can look into Fortress America; another of the Gamemaster series that is considered to be very balanced, once players are familiar with the game.
 
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15. Board Game: Full Metal Planète [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:1520]
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1988, diceless strategy game.

Very fun game, nice mechanics, easy to understand. The one rule a bit hard to grasp at first is the "Under enemy fire zones": but an extremely interesting aspect of the game, it just would not be the same game without it.

It can sometimes be bougth in the geek market or e-bay, but is generally quite expensive: 300 euros.

I was lucky to get a used copy years ago at 20 canadian $. Had the game for maybe 8 years before i got play it: 2 years ago.

If you can get you hands on one, it should be quite an enjoyable experience.
 
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16. Board Game: Full Metal Planète [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:1520]
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1988, diceless strategy game.

Very fun game, nice mechanics, easy to understand. The one rule a bit hard to grasp at first is the "Under enemy fire zones": but an extremely interesting aspect of the game, it just would not be the same game without it.

It can sometimes be bougth in the geek market or e-bay, but is generally quite expensive: 300 euros.

I was lucky to get a used copy years ago at 20 canadian $. Had the game for maybe 8 years before i got play it: 2 years ago.

If you can get you hands on one, it should be quite an enjoyable experience.
 
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17. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:337]
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This is a great strategy game in which each player controls factions of senators and tries to work together to guide Rome out of the early republic while each is positioning his own senator for a power play that will put him in control of Rome. The game transitions very well from more or less cooperative (when Rome is starting out, and you must all band together to protect it from foreign wars) to competitive (when one senator gets too powerful and must be taken down a notch or perhaps assassinated.) The secret deals, alliances, voting and prosecuting of fellow players are all a tremendous amount of fun. There is little to no down time in the game -- you're never just sitting around waiting for someone else to finish his turn. The game is out of print and hard to find, unfortunately, but worth picking up if you can find it.
 
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18. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1753]
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How did this not get on the list. Man I miss playing this one. I know they've released an update but I like the original.
 
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19. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:929]
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OOP and truly a unique game-there is *nothing* else like it in Fantasy Boardgaming!
 
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