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Subject: Board games that can be played with things you have lying around. rss

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Andreas Nygren
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I don't have that many games to play, because I don't always want to put money in to buying a new game, But I would still want to try some new games. What I do have is a lot of dice and cards and general stuff, that could be used to play games. I am a bit of a collector of things, but new board games hasn't been a huge priority since I don't have that many people to play them with. But I have a big collection of standard playing cards, German, Spanish, and different kinds of playing cards. Dice and some miniatures from when I used to play Warhammer. A ridiculous amount of paper. Little bits and things that can be used as tokens. Printed game money. Chess pieces and boards. Maps. and finally Time.

All that, plus, Generic things that can be used in loads of ways intrigue me, so does Rulebooks. And paper. So I like to find these kinds of games.

And I'm not at all opposed to writing things down.
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Chris Mcpherson
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I played the game diamonds with a regular deck of cards and pennies, and homemade player screens.

You can also make homemade copy of love letter really easy with normal cards, card sleeves, and white paper.

We also made homemade copies of cypher and lost legacy. We had no art, just the text. It gets the point across though, hehe.
 
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'Bernard Wingrave'
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Here are two pages with a lot of info on games you can play with playing cards:
https://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/standard_deck_playing_ca...
https://www.pagat.com/

I would suggest the following:
Eleusis
Indian Chief
Both use traditional cards but do not feel (at least to me) like traditional card games.
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Andrew H
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There are a few ideas on this thread:

Pretty good games that can be played with a Rage Deck (not the CCG)

A Rage deck isn't quite the same as a the ones you list, but you could use deck sleeves with solid colors on the back side to merge two decks together.

Edit: Sorry correct geek list updated
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Alison Mandible
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I've been playing a lot of games recently with a homemade Yavalath set:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/143644/games-you-can-play...

Despite the fancy name, it's just a hexagonal board (printable from any number of places) and lots of tokens in 2 or 3 colors.

If you have 40 tokens in each color rather than 30, you can also play the excellent games Catchup and Odd. Catchup requires a scorekeeping method-- you can actually do it using only the corners on the outside of the board, but just keeping score with dice or something works just as well.
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Chris B
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https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/12/cheapass...
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/37718/games-war-trea...
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/6881/toy-war
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Ryan Keane
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Check out the many PnP games available on BGG.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamecategory/1120/print-play

Here's a couple lists of the higher rated ones:
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1280946/top-10-rated-multi-...
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1280357/top-10-rated-solo-p...
 
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All you need is some matchbox cars, some dice, and a ruler. I've played a few times with my son and he enjoyed it. You can find the rules under the file section.
 
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Does playing with my sons who were often just laying about count?
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Alvin C
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Zendo

I've played it with M&Ms, Through the desert camels, etc.
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Not sure what you are after. maybe you could find a way to play chess or checkers on bathroom/kitchen tiles.

From what someone mentioned about making a Love Letter deck. We once made a Love Letter deck out of a pack of Disney Frozen happy family cards


Scattergories Is an easy game to play without the real game. you can make you own custom catergories to fit your interests.
 
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If you have a pet or significant other that likes to nap, you can play Buckaroo!.

Simply take it in turns to place as many items as possible onto the sleeping party. You lose if they wake up.
 
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Could be wrong but I think what the OP is after is not so much print and plays or standalone games that use normal cards but published boardgames/cardgames that would be possible to replicate using generic bits and pieces.

So, love letter fits as a suggestion.

But I might be wrong.
 
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A few non-PnP games I know of that are easy to make yourself:
Qwixx
The Resistance
Coup
Codenames (choose your own words, or use pictures instead)
Dixit (choose your own pictures off the web)
Liar's Dice
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Go. All you need is a grid and two sets of equivalently-sized tokens. I've played on the beach before using a drawn grid, stones for one side and twigs for the other.
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Fight! Is probably my go-to game of the sort the OP describes. All you need is a table of friends and loose change or colored paper-clips or whatever of the sort you can find.
 
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We played One Night Ultimate Werewolf with pieces of cardboard before it was available in Europe.

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Timothy Martin
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There's a book called A Gamut of Games by Sid Sackson (1969, but there are plenty of reprints on Abebooks and Amazon) containing about 40 original games that can be played with cards, pen and paper and/or the boards and pieces from other games. It's worth a look, both for the games themselves (many of which were later commercially manufactured) and for the insights into design it provides.
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Each of my nieces and nephews has played a rousing game of 52 card pickup exactly one time each. I enjoyed the game thoroughly, I will try to find a rule sheet.

I remember playing a wargame with legos, I think it was called brick wars or something like that, something I found on the internet years ago.

[edit to add Brick Wars]
 
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allismom3 wrote:


Cheapass Games, recommended above, has a lot of their games available for free on their website, including, in addition to Print and Play (boards, cards, etc.), rules for games that just use stuff you already have with no printing required. My favorite of these is the abstract Take-Back-Toe.
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captkiddeo wrote:
allismom3 wrote:


Cheapass Games, recommended above, has a lot of their games available for free on their website, including, in addition to Print and Play (boards, cards, etc.), rules for games that just use stuff you already have with no printing required. My favorite of these is the abstract Take-Back-Toe.


I used to play a lot of Button Men. Forgot to add that to my list before. You don't need to print anything - just put a list of the characters on your phone and grab a bunch of polyhedrals.
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The Quiet Year

Uses a standard deck of cards, game length can be variable.

Could be played solo... Better with 3+

People need to willing to discuss many topics or issues that could arise.

Fun story telling game.
 
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Just had a thought these are my favorites for solo, co-op, head to head dice rollers. Small foot print minimal record keeping.

Quick, easy and lots of theme
#1 Red Sand, Blue Sky: Heroes of the Arena
#2 Joust: Heroes of the Lists
#3 Qwik Game of the Wasteland

A little more involved but good story tellers/adventures
#1 Six-Gun, The Cowboy Action Game
#2 FNG: Unconventional Warfare
#3 Nuts! Final Version

All are by TwoHour Wargames
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I think you should buy Looney Pyramids. Very creative.
 
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ZÈRTZ can easily be played with some marbles and washers.
 
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