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Nat Levan
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Are there any sets of games out there, in which each is a complete standalone game, but you can set them up together and have synchronous/coordinated gameplay?
I'm not looking for trivial cases, where you play two copies of the same game, alternating turns and boards (e.g. playing 2 games of chess at the same time). Small World with Underground and Tunnels is close to what I am describing, but those are really the same game, notwithstanding different abilities and maps.
Direct interaction is not necessary, but the two should be synchronized in game time, so that the games have the same number of turns that play out in a similar amount of clock time. Compatible themes would be a bonus (e.g. building a civilization, and building a single city).

 
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Mondo works this way, but it's one game for several players.
 
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Fische Fluppen Frikadellen
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Aquaretto may be played as an expansion to Zooloretto where you play the two games simultaneously, taking an action from either game as your turn.
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Perhaps the Axis & Allies games? I can't remember the exact names of them, but they have the Pacific Front and European Front versions that can be both setup to play a giant game.
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I understand what you're asking and I'm not aware of any such games. It's something I also thought about a couple of months ago when I was explaining the harmony in the recent Tempest series of games.
 
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Space Cadets kinda does that, though it's only one game
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Memoir '44: Overlord ?

You need two complete copies of Memoir '44, which could be played individually, but when combined in an 'Overlord' scenario require 4 players playing across both sets simultaneously.
 
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You can set up any of the 10 Days In... series together (as long as they're geographically correct) and play 20 Days In..., etc., all the way up to 50 Days In... (there are five total games). You just need a lot of table space.
 
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you mean like Battlespace and BattleTech?
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned 7 Wonders yet.
 
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I did consider the 10 Days in... series, but that is really just an expanded map. (Great game, though)
Axis and Allies looks like it is would probably be in the same category as Small World. A larger map with different specifics, but otherwise the same.
Memoir '44: Overlord seems to be a little closer. It looks like adding a duplicate copy makes it larger, and adds some complexity, but it is still two copies of the same game. Is the strategy or mechanic significantly different?
Space Cadets seems to unify several mini-games, though it doesn't look like you could play the mini-games separately.
BattleSpace/BattleTech looks like it might be pretty close. It can be a space ship/squadron game, or a mech wargame, or a combined epic warfare game. Is that right?
Aquaretto/Zooloretto also seems to be a good fit. Same basic mechanic, but you reach the goal in different ways?
(As an aside, I'm not criticizing any of these games, just considering how they change if you played them together.)
 
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And Fische Fluppen Frikadellen looks like a very good fit as well. Technically only a single game, but you can set up for 3 separate games that can all interact.
 
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Escape The Curse of the Temple

This is a 10 minute long, Simultaneous game...
 
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Sivilized wrote:
And Fische Fluppen Frikadellen looks like a very good fit as well. Technically only a single game, but you can set up for 3 separate games that can all interact.


As a single game, it's just so-so....but with 15 people, it's a hoot.
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Reminded me of the fictional "Virulence: The Game of Biological Warfare" from Knights of the Dinner Table.

Coop games that are competitive between each other. Amputation of limbs (to save the body) results in actual pieces of the body shaped board being removed from play. I'd love to have them publish this.

Simple description from the KoDT Wiki:
Virulence: The Game of Biological Warfare, a boardgame with both cooperative and competitive elements, centered around keeping a patient alive as it is attacked by various diseases while engineering diseases to attack other teams' patients. Reminiscent of the cooperative board game Pandemic.


[Spoiler] The real fun came when Sara amputates their board's head to foil a nasty infection (and win the game) because there's nothing in the rules as written that states the patient dies when the head is removed.
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MWChapel wrote:


we do the 3 board version of this about 1x a year... good fun
 
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Take it Easy! and FITS can combine multiple sets to play with more players.
 
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MWChapel wrote:


This game is amazing to watch. I saw it played by 15 players across several tables in all corners (and outside) of the large room the gaming convention was being held in. Really regret not joining in as it's a once-a-year fiasco. Definitely this year!
 
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Um, definitely The Adventurers series.

Especially if we can ever get a modular print n' play going.
 
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Haven't played these personally before, but I think Asia Engulfed and Europe Engulfed might fit the bill
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This reminds me of my teenage years, when my brother and I had TSR's The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising (my brother was into Tom Clancy). Red Storm Rising came with rules for a WWIII scenario, wherein the ground war played out in Eastern Europe on the RSR board, while (IIRC) the HfRO board dealt with NATO supply convoys trying to make it across the Atlantic to bring new units into Europe.

I'm not sure we ever managed to play that combined scenario, but it was definitely in the rulebook. They're both long OOP, of course, so this post is purely for nostalgic purposes. cool
 
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The GIPF Project is exactly what you're asking about.
 
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Keith B wrote:
The GIPF Project is exactly what you're asking about.

That's a great example. I was mostly interested in the general category of "euro", but abstract certainly works.
 
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get bit and the just finished kickstarter for walk the plank
 
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