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Lewis Pulsipher
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Many years ago people enjoyed playing a computer game called "Populus", in which the player took the part of a god attempting to gather more worhshippers (and reduce the number of worshippers of competing gods). Computer games such as "Black and White" (by the same designer, I believe) continue the genre, though with great differences.

My friends who play many more boardgames than I cannot think of any boardgame "God game". So I decided to see if anyone on the Geek can think of any. How about it?

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Gods by Michael Schacht
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/2600
 
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Who is greater than a god? A titan! So there is Avalon Hill's Titan.
 
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Mythology is out of print, but it was a good example:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/2262
 
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Santorini is an abstract game (and a very good one) where you get to play with Greek Gods (and semi-gods).

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9963



 
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Nothing like Black & White, but perhaps Risk: Godstorm?
(http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/10383)

There's also Gods - 1997 (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/1224)
and Gods - 2001 (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/2600)
 
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ObComment: this should probably be a GeekList....

You might want to consider La Citta. It's not a "God game" in the true sense of the word, but the object is to attract people to your cities and away from your opponents' cities by making them more attractive places to live.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/554
 
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Yes, I remember Populous well! Fabulous game for its time. If I look at my collection two games come to mind - Civilization and Mare Nostrum(with the mythology expansion). I think civ games in general really best capture the spirit of populous. You act as a guiding force for the growth and development of your chosen people. Civ has catastrophes such as floods and earthquakes and MN allows you to recruit gods to help guide your people. In today's world I think MN is better suited due Civ's very long play time.
 
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I read the title of the list, and was immediatly struck 'what was that old Warfrog game from years ago that I thought sounded like a populous boardgame?'. After a little digging, I found it- The game is Lords of Creation- I haven't played it, but it really does sound like what you'te looking for. And if you're the type that is OK with fan-created variants, the to post in the general forum on LoC's game page here on the geek is titled "Populous Variant for Lords of Creation". Sounds like someone's already done the work for you.
 
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I'd like to throw in Mesopotamia, which is very populous like and Ark Of The Covenant which is Carcassonne with a religious theme.

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And I forgot Die Dolmengotter (The Dolmen Gods)
 
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Your best bet is probably with the Splotter games Roads & Boats and Antiquity. Unfortunately, both are out of print and hard to try without paying exhorbitant sums.
 
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Pantheon by Gamesmiths BGG ID 4847 is a god game which to an extent represents what you are looking for. Not a particularly good game mind you, but it is a god game.
My vote would go for Warfrog's Lords of Creation as mentioned above.
 
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Sphere wrote:
Mythology is out of print, but it was a good example:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/2262


While many of the others are more civilization games, Mythology is a real god game where you are actually playing a god and manipulating heroes and monsters around the ancient Greek world.
 
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Lords of Creation also fits the bill.

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I'd almost argue ANY civilization building game could qualify.

After all. what role do the players play in Civilization? You can effect birth rate, force legions of followers to move to specific site and form a city, move other followers into battle, manipulate the trading with other gods, inspire them to progress in the arts and sciences, unleash natural disaters on worshipers of the "False gods" sitting across the table and decide which of your followers lives and dies in many situations.

THAT'S GOD-LIKE POWER!
 
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Thor! (about scandinavian gods)A glorified game of "Loco".
 
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Yes, Lords of Creation by Warfrog is exactly what you are looking for. One person here even made up some additional cards that mimic Populous features. Recommended.
 
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Gheos

From BGG game description:

"The players are gods at the dawn of time, creating earth's landscape and inhabiting it with people. They can command the creation and destruction of continents and the rise and fall of civilizations.

As gods players seek to gain followers among the civilizations. They offer those followers luxuries, and oversee the building of pyramids and temples on their continents. In the end the god with the most loyal, wealthy, and powerful followers will become ruler of gods, and wins the game..."
 
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Age of Mythology?
 
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