The "Other" Logic - Games that use Induction instead of Deduction (Please Add)
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Most logic games are using deductive logic. In example: Cluedo is a deductive game because you know all possible cases and try to find out the special one (who dunnit?)
In Inductive you know examples and try to find out the broader principles after which these rules apply.

I hope i could make myself a bit understandble - its a bit difficult to express such complex things in english (which is not my mothertongue...)

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1. Board Game: Eleusis [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:3840]
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You try to find the rules of the game by trying various combinations of cards.
THE Classic of inductive games
 
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2. Board Game: Code Breaker [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:12311]
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A commercial variant of Eleusis. As stated on Abbots website, this was actually designed by Alex Randolph.
 
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3. Board Game: Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1099]
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This one takes it even further: You have to find out the motions of your pieces and then use them to follow the game objective
 
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4. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:710]
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The inventor, I thought, credited eleusis as part of the inspiration.

I think it works as a game much better than eleusis.
 
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5. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:710]
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In this game, someone creates a rule using these Icehouse pyramids, which everyone tries to guess through creating examples which are marked as Correct or Incorrect.

Can be devilishly frustrating...
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This the game I thought of. I believe it is an inductive logic game. Starting with no infomation and using trial and error to find the correct pattern.
 
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7. Board Game: Coda [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:2881]
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8. Board Game: Patterns II [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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My favorite. I even have a webserver and scripts set up to play it with my friends. It can be found in the Gamut of Games.
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9. Board Game: Genius Rules [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:10241]
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This is commercial form of Eleusis with special cards with famous people on them. This allows a lot of properties to base the rule of God on--living/dead, female/male, different fields of expertise, shape of portrait, etc.
 
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10. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:864]
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Poker is a classic example of an inductive reasoning game. Until the final showdown, you can never know with certainty what cards your opponents are holding, but by observing what they do, and how they react to what you do, you try to form a good enough hypothesis to gamble on.
 
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11. Board Game: Mao [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:9257]
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Mao

IMHO most of the games on this list are deduction games (because they ultimately are solved with certainty). Here's a genuine inductive logic game (because the rules that you thought were true can reverse themselves thus adding the "likelihood-but-not-certainty element" for all elements)
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12. Board Game: Jewels in the Sand [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Here you create and guess rules for words. A very good game with an interesting playning premise. Woth checking out (on the creators homepage)
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13. Board Game: Black Box [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2801]
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A good and difficult game where you need several attemps to valid your intution and get the right configuration.
 
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14. Board Game: Queries 'n Theories [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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This is an older game that I believe uses induction.
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15. Board Game: El Club de los Martes [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:4780]
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Well, i think this game fits in this geeklist. It's a game where the armchair detectives must use inductive logic to solve the crime.
 
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16. Board Game: Professor Pünschge [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:7124]
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The professor (one player) is following his path by a simple rule connected to several qualities of the spaces. The other players (co-op or competitive) try to find out the principle rules.
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17. Board Game: The 3 Commandments [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:13035]
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One player the "high Priestess") sets the rules, the other ones score points or not (and they don`t know exactly, why!) trying to find out the reason for the priestess`reaction.

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18. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:81]
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This not-yet-out game looks like it has substantial induction elements, although the rules aren't as free-form as in Eleusis or Zendo.
 
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