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Dennis Hansen
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I love abstract boardgames and im going too buy Tak one of the days. How do People's top 3 abstract looks Like?
 
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Moy Uba
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YINSH is my absolute favourite. It's almost like a cross between draughts, reversi and connect four. I'd bet anything in the GIPF series is great but the only other one I've played is TZAAR, which is indeed great.

Quarto is another good one.
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Jim Cote
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Riichi Mahjong
Shogi
Hanabi

Sorry, can't get down to 3.
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Dan Silverman
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ekted wrote:
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Riichi Mahjong
Shogi
Hanabi

Sorry, can't get down to 3. :)


Same for me except without Hanabi.

...wait that *is* 3!
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Chris Mcpherson
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Patchwork - I know some people don't feel it's a true abstract

Yinsh
Hive

I like my abstracts short and sweet.
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Roberto Pinheiro
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1x1:
YINSH
Patchwork
Santorini


2-4 players:
Battle Sheep
Marrakesh
Clans
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Daniel Reid
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Someone should mention the Duke.

I'm going to mention the Duke.
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Mark Jackson
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Santorini
Onitama
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I don't like Hanabi.

Hive Pocket
Town Center (fourth edition)
Pelican Cove
Omba (variation Docker 2013)
 
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Samuel Hinz
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1:TAK
2:Santorini
3:hive (probably should be go but no one will play it with me)

May I suggest, just make a TAK set. I can make a hive set for 1/8th the cost of the retail version. Of course if you time poor then it may be a non starter.

My first set was using only hand tools I suspect it took me 6-7 hours of labor. Second and third sets, I used power tools, and suspect it was about 4 hours for both sets.
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Russ Williams
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Go & Shogi are my top 2, and then a big nebulous tie among many games for 3rd place.
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Dániel Lányi
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3. Blokus Trigon (2 player only)
2. Onitama
1. Santorini (2 player only)

(Hanabi would be number one, but i don't it's an abstract game, it's just nearly themeless)
 
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Clark Rodeffer
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Three is too few for me, but to propose a variety and mostly avoid what others have already named / are likely to name, Chase, Homeworlds, Pacru, *Star, Strata 5, Auf Kurs, and Cannon are among my favorites.
 
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TZAAR
Hive
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Dylan McCollum
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1. Santorini
2. Onitama
3. Tak
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Hive Pocket
Neuroshima Hex! 3.0
Ingenious
 
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Bill Cook
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The Rose King
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Robert Bracey
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Re4isnumber1 wrote:
Patchwork - I know some people don't feel it's a true abstract


Definitely an abstract, unlike Hannabi which has been mentioned.

I think its a little difficult to answer, I suppose for variety of experience I would go with:

Chess
Tutankamun
Ora et Labora

which provide three very different sorts of experience.
 
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Clayton Stewart
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An Abstract is only as good as your opponent...

Quarto. I had written this game off for a long time as just another 'match 4' or 'tic-tac-toe' variant. Luckily I found a used, cheap copy to explore. With the right opponent, it can be a nice brain burner as you try to set up an opportunity where your opposing player can't help but hand you a winning piece, while at the same time your opponent is doing the exact same thing...all the while you're trying to counter each other's moves. Even if your only just a little bit handy with a set of tools, it should be hard to construct your own copy to see if the game fits with you.

Kalah. It's not the most complicated Mancala variant, but it's fun, and it's not hard to find an opponent when using the AppOn app. Kalah is one of those abstracts that doesn't look too difficult or interesting at first, but when you play against an experienced player, you will get absolutely destroyed. Like any good abstract, when you learn the strategy of setting an opponent up, while recognizing their attempts to set you up, it's a lot of fun. Also, like Quarto, it's not hard to build your own set. Heck, you can do it with little more than a couple handful of small rocks and an egg carton.

Othello. I know that none of my picks are "sexy" or new, but screw it, I'm going with Othello for my third pick. Like Kalah, I almost play this exclusively on my phone these days, but I've been playing it for decades (in one form or another) and so I feel obliged to mention it. It's a solid abstract, and a must play for anyone into the genre.

There is a heck of a bunch of other, newer abstracts I would love to mention... but others have already done so, so I'll leave it with these three classics.

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Travis Newhero
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Don't think I've played enough to have a top 3 but Hive/Shogi/Blockus I guess, only 3 I've played. I'd reccomend The Duke or Jarl (I think I'll prefer The Duke myself), YINSH from the GIPF series, and Kamisado Max also.
 
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Helmut Frey
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wamsp wrote:
Not sure if this is a 'true' abstract, but if it counts, it would be in my top-3, as well.

Hive & Santorini would be great choices, as would many of the GIPF games.

Does Tigris & Euphrates count as an abstract? If so, it's another great choice.
 
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Julien K
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Funny, none of my top3 abstract games have been mentioned yet laugh

In reverse alphabetic order, Quoridor, Gyges and Amoeba. Also special mention to Pyramid Arcade, with which you can play a bunch of good abstracts (including Gyges).
 
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