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Odd Hackwelder
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I have been discussing this topic with a bunch of people. Most people are not clear exactly what the qualifications for a micro game are, including myself. Let's hear your opinion. Thanks.

Here are some of the games people have suggested.
Some of these in my opinion are not a micro game, what do you think?

Village in a box
Love letter
We didn't play test this at all
Nuts
Poo
Fluxx
Get bit
Council of Verona
This town ain't big enough for the 2-4 of us
Coin age
Coup
8 minute empire
Tiny epic kingdom
Circus divas
Skulls & roses
Win, lose banana
Where art thou Romeo
Roll through the ages

And..
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If it doesn't fit in my pocket, I don't consider it a microgame.
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https://www.thegamecrafter.com/contests/micro-game-challenge
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I'd say a microgame is one with minimal components, and also minimal rules.

Any card game with a full deck of cards is not a microgame to me. That eliminates at least Fluxx and Poo: The Card Game.

I wouldn't consider Eight-Minute Empire a microgame, because of the number of components: it has several maps, each player has several cubes, it has a full deck of cards, and it has money.

What it really comes down to for me, though, is the feel. Do I feel like the game is truly micro when looking at it? And then again when playing it? Coup, for instance, looks a lot like a microgame: it has just a few cards, not nearly a full deck (that sounds like the lead-in to a bad joke). Playing it, the rules are very simple. But it's a great game, because it packs a lot of game into a few simple rules and cards. But, it also has money tokens, and just a few too many rules. So I'm on the fence about it being a microgame.

Love Letter has an incredibly small deck. There are very few rules: draw a card, pick one of your two cards, and do what the card says. And it has tokens only to track wins, they don't have a mechanical effect in the game. To me, there's no question that it's a microgame.

Another one not listed, Button Men: is that a microgame? Almost no components: a button (or card, if you print the free versions), and barely a handful of dice. Roll, capture, re-roll. But each set has a different new rule: poison dice, trip dice, shadow dice. So I'd call it a microgame, but I could see others saying that it isn't.
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Hanabis fits into my pocketm, too.
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Roll Through the Ages is definitely not a micro game. I do not consider it a very good game either.
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Sail to India is the best micro game I know of.

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Skittykitts is the original micro game.
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love letter x infinity
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Pixel Tactics or the well received Minigame Library from Level 99 Games.

http://www.lvl99games.com/?page_id=1459
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Poserdisposer wrote:
If it doesn't fit in my pocket wallet, I don't consider it a microgame.

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I think the idea of a "micro-game" in general is relative. One person might consider something a micro-game and another person will think that same game isn't. There's no 100% correct answer.

For me, I define a micro-game as something that is:
•small (either in number of components or in size of the components themselves)
•Portable (can easily fit in your pocket or a handbag/bookbag without taking up a significant amount of space)

And things that I think don't define a micro-game:
•Complexity/Simplicity (I think a micro-game can be just as complex as any other game)


I don't know all the games on the list (I haven't played them all), and I'm not gonna say one is or one isn't, because to one person maybe they all are, to another maybe none of them are. It's all relative.
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I'm not sure exactly what a good micro game is, but the best micro game is Revolt on Antares!



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Horror Leader wrote:
Skittykitts is the original micro game.
+1

Fantastic little game for 2p. It takes a few (very fast) games to learn the cards, but there is some legitimate strategy once it hits that point.

21 card deck:
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I like eight minute empire
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Thanks everyone.
I love learning about "micro games".
I am designing a couple now.
I like the fact there is no real definition of what micro is.
One of my games has 100 components, but they are tiny.

I think I might start collecting and reviewing micro games.
One think I like is they are easy to ship around the world.
It's important that it has replay value.
And they can be more affordable for people to collect.

What do you think about micro games that can be added together to make a bigger game? Does it then become a regular games in smaller parts?



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Call me old school, but when I think of Microgame, I think of something that is not only very portable, but very minimal. Looking at some old ziplock games by Steve Jackson, or some of the Cheapass Games catalog, these are little more than a board/deck of cards, the rules, and anything else needed to play [dice, counters, etc] are the responsibility of the players.

Some examples I think of:

Ogre [1977 Metagaming Concepts/Steve Jackson Games]
Give Me the Brain [1996 Cheapass Games]
Cthulhu 500 [2004 Atlas Games]
Coin Age [2014 Tasty Minstrel]
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Siouxfire wrote:
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Pixel Tactics or the well received Minigame Library from Level 99 Games.

http://www.lvl99games.com/?page_id=1459

Those are all excellent games, but I don't know that I'd call it any of them a microgame. Mainly because they all have a full deck of cards as the main component. Also, they all have several rules to them.
 
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There is a lot of talk about micro games now. Tons of designers want to start making them and packaging them with other games by designers. I think it is a great Idea. What do you think? And where do I find more in on micro games?
 
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Anymore micro games?
 
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Tiny Epic Kingdoms
 
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Guillotine
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NOIR: Deductive Mystery Game
 
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