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Mark Johnson
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I've looked for a geeklist on this question, but cannot find one. As I'm living in France for a bit longer, I'd like to know what boardgames (or card games) are special/unique here. Perhaps I should buy some and bring them home to California.

When I joined this hobby in the 1990s these sort of regional differences were more common. It's a GOOD thing that this is far less true in 2017. Now almost everyone can order the games they've heard about from somewhere. No need to bring something home on an airplane.

Nonetheless, there probably are a few. If not completely unique games, then French editions that are somehow preferable to what I'd have available back in the US.

A game like Drôles de Zèbres, for example. That's one that I acquired long ago, after playing it online at Boîte à Jeux. Last week I learned about Crossing, which is probably available at home, yet I'd never heard of it. What else? Thanks.

P.S. I'm heading home with a French edition of Bohnanza, so I can enjoy the French puns for the bean names.
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MarkEJohnson wrote:
A game like Drôles de Zèbres, for example. That's one that I acquired long ago, after playing it online at Boîte à Jeux. Last week I learned about Crossing, which is probably available at home, yet I'd never heard of it. What else? Thanks.

P.S. I'm heading home with a French edition of Bohnanza, so I can enjoy the French puns for the bean names.


Indeed, playing Bohnanza without puns would be a shame in my opinion ...

Regarding games available only in France or better in the French version, I have no name to give: I think that when a game is good it is exported and with the growth of Asmodee, there are now a lot of French and American publishers under the same hat.
 
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I have much the same questions. I am painfully unhelpful with knowing French games, but here are the versions of which I'm aware.


Medici - I think I've heard of this version from old podcasts >> Medici ‐ Lui-même French edition (2005). Of course, this is mostly invalidated from my understanding with the 3rd printing by Grail Games.





All the other versions I can think of are IELLO printings. Maybe/maybe not better - different, so another option for personal preference.



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+1 for For Sale and Incan Gold, their production quality is great

If you are comfortable with the language, you can grab a copy of Glory to Rome which is OOP in the USA.

Camelot is a version of Ivanhoe with more cartoonish illustrations.

And you can also find fairly easily on the second-hand market nice versions of Condottiere.

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Archaeologia is only available in France....but it's not very good.
 
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OOP but very nice little games with fun flavor text. You might seach ebay or bgg marketplace :
off the dead 1
off the dead 2 (expansion)

edit : off the dead 2 expansion is still on amazon (5 copies left!)

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I also recommend SOL. Recently published, french only.
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Jarnac - One of the best word games ever; the latest version is international. It comes with extra letter tiles so that you can adjust the letter distribution for your language.

Tarot - The classic trick taking game! You can find deluxe sets that come in a wooden box along with scoring chips.

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Chimère is a fun monster-building game. It is only available in French for now, but there's not much language dependence. The monster names are made from the French words for each animal, and the prizes have French flavor text on them. But there's probably a crib sheet online, and if not you can contact the designers--they are very nice guys and speak great English.

It's also quite fun with kids!
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There are two that I've come across. The setting of the first one won't appeal to you, but I'll include it anyway: Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk.

The second one sounds marginally better (even though it has a lower rating on BGG): Si j'étais Président....
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I'll preach for my own chapel but you'll only find "Paris 1800" (https://www.trictrac.net/jeu-de-societe/paris-1800) in France. But if you wait a bit you'll have the second edition (+4 extensions and +3 different gameplays) in english and probably distributed in different countries : https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/219594/paris-1800-second...
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VictoHugo wrote:
I'll preach for my own chapel but you'll only find "Paris 1800" (https://www.trictrac.net/jeu-de-societe/paris-1800) in France. But if you wait a bit you'll have the second edition (+4 extensions and +3 different gameplays) in english and probably distributed in different countries : https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/219594/paris-1800-second...


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I don't know how much it was published into other languages, but I'm guessing that Gyges might be mostly French. Bruno Cathala mentioned it in an interview with blog Go Play Listen.

http://goplaylisten.com/games/designers-dozen-qa-interview-w...
 
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I used to own that one! (Gyges) For some reason I thought it was Swiss, though sometimes those folks speak French, too. Is Gigamic a French publisher?
 
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Jarjais is nice little deduction card game, but with limited replayability imho.
 
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Gigamic - Yes, they are a French company. Below is copy-pasted from their website. I could be wrong (a precursor to everything I say - unless we're playing a hidden traitor game) - it seems they are physically located in Wimereaux - on the northern coast - what appears to be almost equidistant to Paris, London and Brussels.


The French company Gigamic publishes and distributes games and puzzles around the world (more than 50 countries ) for more than twenty years. Gigamic offers original and varied products: puzzle , board game , card game , atmospheric game , board game for children , etc ... Its purpose is to satisfy all players, from the smallest to the older , And to offer them unforgettable moments thanks to games of quality with the original concepts.
 
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Gyges is a great game, originally published by Jactalea. It seems they are distributed by Gigamic, but I don't know what the relation between these two is now.

Otherwise, I believe that many games from Cocktail games are not ported to the US, though I may be wrong.
 
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Nowadays, all games are released for international sales (Antoine Bauza, Bruno Faidutti, Farid Ben Salem, etc. are French but their games are all over the world). So, in order to have VERY French games, in the sense of "not available anywhere else", you better look for older games, I think (before 1995).

So anything by Ludodélire (but they're highly sought after and cost a LOT : Full Métal Planète, Terrain Vague, etc.). Also, I'm thinking of "Mai 68", "Baston" (illustrated by Frank Margerin !), Credo (which sucks), ...
Also, the magnificent game of Djambi but, while finding one to buy will be a challenge, it's easy to make yourself. Djambi : the files to make yours. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9tx2t5478a49kql/BMBYv4T98J
Those were made by Boulet, Reno and their friends and made available online.
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