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I'm not asking about games that uses math as most games will do that by having players add or subtract victory points. I think what I need is a game with a heavy math theme.
 
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Well, it isn't exactly a math theme, but still worth a look.

Ricochet Robots

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Most of the time, when I see people asking about "mathy" games, they are just referring to games with lots of arithmetic. If that's the case here, you might check out Power Grid. It also features a bit of graph theory I suppose (the cities and connections are a graph).

For a lighter game that still features a fair bit of arithmetic, check out Sumoku. I have not personally played it, but many of my math students have mentioned that they enjoy it. Another great option in this approximate game weight is Beyond Baker Street.

If you are looking for something very heavy, check out Arkwright. Be warned that it is quite difficult to learn from the rule book, but luckily there are a couple of videos to help with that now.

Finally, if you are looking for a game that features more of the logic/proof side of mathematics, you might like to try Battle Line. Another one to consider like this is Code 777.
 
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How about 1830: Railways & Robber Barons or 1846: The Race for the Midwest?

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Math / science theme, for sure: High Frontier.

Otherwise, I found Tikal to be *fun* with mathy decisions for resources.
~ Spatial analysis: try Pueblo, also by Kramer & Kiesling.

You want economic games? There are too many to list. ~ Cheers!

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Asked slightly differently just days ago: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1622874/games-math-teacher-...
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Most games can be described by math at some level, but I'm having a difficult time imagining what a math theme might look like. Professors racing to develop a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem, perhaps? Can you describe in more detail what you are trying to find?
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WFF 'N PROOF - more math than all the maths

edit... oh, you said fun.
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Stockpile Is Maths based on probabilities and speculation.
Great game too.
 
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Akumulate, Just4Fun, Ka-Ching!

 
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It doesn't exactly have a math THEME, but 7 Wonders is all about adding up points.
 
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Not themed, but you use a lot of maths to decide how many resources you get.

If you want "numbered games"
6 nimmt!
No Thanks!
they are good games.
 
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Professor X wrote:
It doesn't exactly have a math THEME, but 7 Wonders is all about adding up points.


Well, that could be said about any game really? since 95% of games have victory points which would need to be counted.
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Power Grid my favorite game of all time

The Scepter of Zavandor
 
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I think Cribbage and its variants strengthen mental addition skills, though I wouldn't say it's a math theme. I would also argue that Bowling Solitaire and even Star Realms can build up addition skills, though to a smaller degree, and also without a math theme.
 
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botanybob wrote:
Power Grid my favorite game of all time

The Scepter of Zavandor


Scepter's predecessor Outpost was going to be my recommendation.
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Yuck! That game's clearly in my no-fun category.

+1 for any Knizia games.
 
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feraswheel wrote:
Professor X wrote:
It doesn't exactly have a math THEME, but 7 Wonders is all about adding up points.


Well, that could be said about any game really? since 95% of games have victory points which would need to be counted.


At a high level, yes. But 7 Wonders introduces exponents and multiplications into the mix as well (not simply addition and subtraction) which I've not seen before in a game.

So while I'd certainly agree that every game with "points" includes some math, 7 Wonders includes more math - and slightly higher level math - than most.
 
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That was one short question from the OP, but still only one reply actually answered the question asked:

Butsudoka wrote:


Why do so many people think they can answer just by looking at a title and not reading the two short sentences posted by the original asker?

Math THEME people! Math theme!
 
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slashing wrote:
That was one short question from the OP, but still only one reply actually answered the question asked:

Butsudoka wrote:


Why do so many people think they can answer just by looking at a title and not reading the two short sentences posted by the original asker?

Math THEME people! Math theme!


Which of the previous posters can fairly be said to have not read the "two short sentences posted by the original asker?" Which one exactly? Almost all have acknowledged that their suggestions don't have a "math theme" per se. Have you, in fact, read the short sentences contained in each of their posts? If you had, you might have noticed that little qualifier.

Perhaps, just perhaps, folks here are just trying to be as helpful as possible in light of the slim pickings.

Is that so horrible? Why all the negativity?
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slashing wrote:
That was one short question from the OP, but still only one reply actually answered the question asked:

Butsudoka wrote:


Why do so many people think they can answer just by looking at a title and not reading the two short sentences posted by the original asker?

Math THEME people! Math theme!

I take personal umbrage. Which responder with large red letters thinks these do not focus on correctly accomplishing a math operation at their very core just by looking at the pictures ?

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Professor X wrote:
slashing wrote:
That was one short question from the OP, but still only one reply actually answered the question asked:

Butsudoka wrote:


Why do so many people think they can answer just by looking at a title and not reading the two short sentences posted by the original asker?

Math THEME people! Math theme!


Which of the previous posters can fairly be said to have not read the "two short sentences posted by the original asker?" Which one exactly? Almost all have acknowledged that their suggestions don't have a "math theme" per se. Have you, in fact, read the short sentences contained in each of their posts? If you had, you might have noticed that little qualifier.

Perhaps, just perhaps, folks here are just trying to be as helpful as possible in light of the slim pickings.

Is that so horrible? Why all the negativity?

Apologies if I over-reacted and came across all negative. I just see so many threads where what's being asked is ignored by responders. The OP specifically stated "I'm not asking about games that uses math" - so it just seemed to me that all but one respondent hadn't read that sentence.
 
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TVis wrote:
slashing wrote:
That was one short question from the OP, but still only one reply actually answered the question asked:

Butsudoka wrote:


Why do so many people think they can answer just by looking at a title and not reading the two short sentences posted by the original asker?

Math THEME people! Math theme!

I take personal umbrage. Which responder with large red letters thinks these do not focus on correctly accomplishing a math operation at their very core just by looking at the pictures ?

TVis wrote:



You're right. I mis-understood your suggestions.
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