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We recently got Tsuro and Hive and discovered how much we enjoy these types of games. What's your favorite?
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All of the GIPF Project games! Especially YINSH and GIPF, and possibly excluding PÜNCT, while on the other hand, including TAMSK.
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Abstract games with a bit of theme that I like:

Tigris and Euphrates



Aton
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Yavalath is quick and fun, and is a great 3 player game.
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Twixt & Ploy are very good.
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I highly recommended some of Knizia's games appear to have theme but are in reality abstracts (I believe the label "pasted on" gets used quite a bit around here, and rightfully so). I think if you like abstracts, some of his games would be right up your alley. I know I enjoy them, and I also happen to like Backgammon, Chess, and other abstracts.

Through the Desert
Kingdoms
Beowulf: The Movie Board Game (re-implements Kingdoms, & I actually like Beowulf better)

And of course for a deeper experience,
Tigris & Euphrates
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QueesteGeest wrote:
Abstract games with a bit of theme that I like:

Tigris and Euphrates



Aton


ah, beat me to it
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All of the GIPF Project games! Especially YINSH and GIPF, and possibly excluding PÜNCT, while on the other hand, including TAMSK.


this.

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Entrapment - the best wall/block/capture game I have played.... The extra bonus is that it is all made from timber by a small independent company..

Through the Desert - great multiplayer game.

Quoridor - very quick to play and addictive..

DVONN - great fun. Great components. Easy to learn.
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Arimaa

Perfect abstract strategy for two! You can't go wrong. Simple to learn. FUN! elegant, engaging, very deep, variable. **forgot to add**Perfectly balanced.

IMHO it would compete with GO if it were invented during the time of Chess. Chess wishes it could be this game. Arimaa was created because Chess IMHO failed.

Out of any Abstract I get the most enjoyment playing Arimaa. Even losing is engaging and educational. I've said it before Arimaa needs a portable edition.
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Torres is one of my favorite abstracts. Truly worth called a classic these days. An outstanding Game with solid mechanics, deep gameplay, easy to learn but hard to master.

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I second the nominations for Go, Gipf, Arimaa and Lines of Action. To those, I would add Chase, *Star, Strata 5 (on a 7x7 or 7x8 board), Cannon, Santorini, Pacru & Auf Kurs as excellent games in the genre.
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CDRodeffer wrote:
I second the nominations for Go, Gipf, Arimaa and Lines of Action. To those, I would add Chase, *Star, Strata 5 (on a 7x7 or 7x8 board), Cannon, Santorini, Pacru & Auf Kurs as excellent games in the genre.

When you decide to tackle learning Go, it's best to have an experienced player teach you if possible. Although the rules are not particularly complex, folks sometimes have difficulty wrapping their heads around some of the concepts at first. An experienced player can point out what you are missing or misunderstanding. Also, your first few games can be on a much smaller board, maybe 10x10, until you get more familiar with the game.

GIPF is a good game, but for some reason the other games in that family are more popular, particularly YINSH and DVONN.

*Star is the most complicated (and perhaps the most interesting from a strategic standpoint) of a family of related games. Its forerunners include Hex, The Game of Y, Poly-Y, and Star. I recommend playing Y or Star a few times before playing *Star.
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The world of AS games is actually quite varied. If you are starting off, you need to figure out what sorts of mechanics you enjoy! That said, here are some of my favorites in no particular order:

Volo
Entrapment
Santorini
Epaminondas
Twixt
Go
International Checkers (although many prefer Dameo)
Camelot

For a fun change of pace, I also have a soft spot for Colorito. I'm also looking forward to trying Slither when I get a chance.
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Ellyria wrote:
We recently got Tsuro and Hive and discovered how much we enjoy these types of games. What's your favorite?

Given that you like Hive, Cannon and Arimma may be a good place to start (as others have suggested). Based on your like of Tsuro, I would recommend exploring the world of path games. It's not a genre I'm too familiar with. Does anyone else have some good recommendations?
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Indigo. It's sort of like Tsuro, only with the additional layer of having to move gems off the board so that they benefit you. Makes it a much better game than Tsuro and it's gorgeous to look at.
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I third Torres. Its a great medium weight strategy game. I like playing with more than two players in Torres.

Also look into a few lighter but fun ones like Rosenkonig and Kahuna. If you can find them online for purchase. A new chess/checkers mashup thats light and a fun filler is Dragon Face.

Then there is also the ever popular Blokus series.

And if you want to get into a really challenging under the radar old historical dug up game that has a lot of interesting variants and has a very unique feeling of odd balance try Hnefatafl. Also known as Kings Table, The Viking game, and Tafl and Tablut.



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Terra Nova has been a favorite for my wife (she enjoys abstracts far more than I).
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+1 Blokus
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YINSH

Hive

ZÈRTZ

Twin Win

Samurai

Aton

Hey, That's My Fish!
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Another simple abstract for you is Barca. A good filler. Can actually be played online at playbarca.com but with just a bot.
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