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Dan B.
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This is just a question I need answered for my sanity. I have always wondered what's the fascination with sheep games. I have never met a person who, when asked, claim they just love sheep. "What's your favorite animal?" Never once has someone I met said sheep.

There are really a large amount of games that are themed around sheep. Not many centered around cows, lambs, horses(not counting racing games), goats, donkeys...etc etc. Pigs and chickens are decently represented, but sheep still may claim their fair share.

Please enlighten me!
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James C
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You aren't asking the right people about their favorite animals.
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Because sheeps are awesome. cool
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CARL SKUTSCH
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Check out Clockwork Wars. It's a pretty darn good dudes on a hex map Euro'ish steampunk game. Quick and fun.
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Everyone loves sheep. Join us. Baaaaaaaaa.
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dannydeuce wrote:
This is just a question I need answered for my sanity. I have always wondered what's the fascination with sheep games. I have never met a person who, when asked, claim they just love sheep. "What's your favorite animal?" Never once has someone I met said sheep.

There are really a large amount of games that are themed around sheep. Not many centered around cows, lambs, horses(not counting racing games), goats, donkeys...etc etc. Pigs and chickens are decently represented, but sheep still may claim their fair share.

Please enlighten me!


A prevalent, historical farming animal... many games have to do with farming or agriculture or building societies/villages/towns... ergo one would use the appropriate, historical animule.

FWIW, I know several families that own sheep. They're cute, timid, and shit everywhere.

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Medieval farming includes shepherd complete with crook and his flock, have I been brainwashed?
 
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darthhugo wrote:
There are really a large amount of games that are themed around sheep. Not many centered around cows, lambs, horses(not counting racing games), goats, donkeys...etc etc. Pigs and chickens are decently represented, but sheep still may claim their fair share.

I don't think he is complaining about sheep in Catan or Agricola. I assume he is talking about silly stuff like Space Sheep! or abstracts like Shear Panic.
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Sheep. Why Sheep?


For the shear pleasure?
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Check out Clockwork Wars. It's a pretty darn good dudes on a hex map Euro'ish steampunk game. Quick and fun.
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There's also Battle Sheep!

I do see the OP's point. There are a lot of sheep about (just look at my microbadges). It's sorta nice that I'm playing La Granja today, which just has pigs and donkeys, no sheep.
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dannydeuce wrote:
This is just a question I need answered for my sanity. I have always wondered what's the fascination with sheep games. I have never met a person who, when asked, claim they just love sheep. "What's your favorite animal?" Never once has someone I met said sheep.

There are really a large amount of games that are themed around sheep. Not many centered around cows, lambs, horses(not counting racing games), goats, donkeys...etc etc. Pigs and chickens are decently represented, but sheep still may claim their fair share.

Please enlighten me!


Actually, my wife (and I - by association) is obsessed with sheep. Although yes, cats as a domesticated animal are her favorite, she's loved sheep for as long as I've known her. We have sheep cutting boards, stuffed animals, books, and other assorted objects scattered across our house - most of which are on display.

The ironic thing is - although my time playing board games is relatively short compared to (probably) a lot of BGG members, sheep are what got us into board gaming. We had decided to one day, about 2 years ago, to get coffee at our local Barnes & Noble. We walked up to the board game display, saw Agricola All Creatures Big and Small. The box art wih its plethora of sheep, caught our attention and we bought it having no clue what to expect. Since the only games we had played previously were monopoly, life, and scrabble, we weren't sure how this game would go, or if we would even play it more than once.

Two years later - we have over 40 games. And ACBAS, along with other "sheep games" (Agricola, Caverna, Felds of Arle) stand among our favorites.

So if it weren't for sheep, my wife and I never would have discovered this particular hobby (or its community).
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cowples and pigples don't really cut it like sheeples
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Up with goats! Down with sheep!
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Try my rollover text.

Sheep? Bah, I say. Bah.
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GSReis wrote:
I don't think he is complaining about sheep in Catan or Agricola. I assume he is talking about silly stuff like Space Sheep! or abstracts like Shear Panic.


Correct. The reason I posted this was I saw yet another game on bggnews with sheep yet again as the main characters, that game being Cake Duel. Game looks interesting, I just thought "Why sheep?".

With that said, I get all your points but I still am left wondering..."Why sheep?".
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A) if a game involves flocks/herds than sheep make more sense than many other animals (herd of donkeys? I don't think so) - eg Shear Panic

B) Easiest to draw. Any moron can draw a sheep (or make e.g. a sheeple), try drawing a donkey...

C) scottish or irish game designers? If they look out a window it's all they see
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I'm Welsh. There are sheep everywhere ! Better to like sheep really. Perhaps also it's the success of " Shaun the sheep" !
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I have had goats, pigs, cows, horses, chickens, geese, turkeys, rabbits around growing up, but those damn sheep were the worst. Any one who says they love them must not have ever raised one.
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darthhugo wrote:
FWIW, I know several families that own sheep. They're cute, timid, and shit everywhere.


And what about the sheep that they own?
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Here's a little IT joke: Never tell a Welshman he needs more RAM.

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Sheep happens
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Because he teuchter!
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Jorath wrote:
Medieval farming includes shepherd complete with crook and his flock, have I been brainwashed?
Where is the "Cats Shepherd" of "ye plague-ridden olden times"? >sauron< ~"MEOWS!" up to 11!
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Vodkaman wrote:
cowples and pigples don't really cut it like sheeples

Shouldn't they be mows, migs and meep?
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My grandfather used to buy nothing but French cars. It was basically all related to his political views: The Germans, Italians, and Japanese were all nazi/fascist warmongers, so anything they made were out. Americans were greedy capitalists, so he wouldn't have an American car. The Soviets were crazy communists, so no Lada either. The Swedes were cowards since they hadn't fought in the war, so no Volvo or Saab. England's attempt to hang on to their colonies made them imperialists, which disqualified anything of English make. By process of elimination, only French cars were acceptable. I can't say it worked out very well for him, but he was a principled man...

Perhaps designers use a similar, warped, method? Cows are holy, pigs are dirty, the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse, the goat is a symbol of the devil, etc, etc, until only sheep are left as the acceptable choice...
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Re: Wallaby, Why Naught?
Whilst "doped-up" 'Wallaby'-driven TRAIN is wont of even slight *thoughts* as considerations...sauronwhitetrainblacktrainpurpletrainyellowtrainredtraingreentrainbluetrain
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I've always wondered the same thing about trains
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