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Best Abstract Tactile Games
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Games we like to touch! This may seem like a strange list, but it's my wife's favorite game genre by far. All of her favorite games fall into this category. We would love suggestions. FEEL free (heh heh heh) to add a game if you think it fits.

Note: I mention Yahtzee, but we can count dice games in the mix without naming them all.

Note #2: There are also many tile games (Dominoes, Mah Jong) that would definitely qualify, but we have not yet learned, nor do we yet own.
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1. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:1386]
Mat Thomsen
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Great tiles, fun game.
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2. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:493]
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My family loves this game. The tiles are great, but the game is a bit too shallow for me.
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3. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:1991]
Mat Thomsen
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If you like touching smooth, shiny, plastic pieces, this game is for you.
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4. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:144]
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My wife would eat these tiles if she could! If you like tac-tiles, Hive is the game.
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5. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:96]
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Haven't played it yet, but I'm pretty sure it will meet my wife's criteria! Abstract? check. Tactile? check.
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6. Board Game: Tiki Topple [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1584]
Mat Thomsen
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You handle the cards more than the tikis, but this one still ranks. It's also less abstract than others on the list.
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7. Board Game: Yahtzee [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:10891]
Mat Thomsen
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It's a touching game, and that's what this list is about, games you enjoy touching. Of course there are many dice games that we can include (Farkle), but, let's just consider them noted.

No touching!
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8. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:65]
Enrico Viglino
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Nothing beats the feeling of slapping high quality stones down on a good board.
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9. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1126]
Mat Thomsen
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I forgot to add this game initially because I haven't played it with my wife in ages. I can't beat her.
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10. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1231]
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This game is very tactile, and I have a better chance vs. my wife than I do at Scrabble, though still a pretty slim one. Solid game. Great with kids.
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11. Board Game: Mancala [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:3006]
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Dropping pebbles in pits can feel quite pleasing.
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12. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:908]
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Always liked sliding the pieces on the board for this one.
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13. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:321]
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Ordinary sets won't do - but a good ivory one is something
special.

Still doesn't compare to good ol' Go though.
Not as a game, and not by feel.
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14. Board Game: Marbles [Average Rating:4.74 Overall Rank:10857]
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The clacking. Nothing more needs to be said.
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15. Board Game: Quarto! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:695]
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There is something very tactile about having to feel the pieces as they are exchanged between players.
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16. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:676]
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There's a reason Poker players always seem to be fiddling with their chips.
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17. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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So tactile you might throw your back out while playing.
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18. Board Game: Slap Jack [Average Rating:3.21 Overall Rank:10922]
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devil

Along with Spoons (or as my mom played it, knives),
and Knucks, there are games where the tactile pleasure
is in causing tactile pain to others.
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19. Board Game: Ta Yü [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:811]
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You already mentioned Mah Jong which would get one of my votes but Ta Yü would be next.
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20. Board Game: Coerceo [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:4612]
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Since you seem to like abstracts, this newer one fits your billing as well
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21. Family: Shibumi
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And if you are really into the tactile abstracts check out the nicer shibumi sets with the phenolic spheres
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22. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:305]
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Three dimensional tile laying
 
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23. Board Game: Logan Stones [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:6916]
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Hive pieces are fantastic to hold, but Logan Stones are even better
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24. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:426]
Chris Schumann
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I am a big fan of mahjong, and it's a very strong tactile (and auditory) experience. It plays very much like gin rummy. The ceremony and setup details are plenty, but the play itself is very straightforward - collect four sets (runs or triplets) and one pair to go out.

You should know that there are many ways to play, so either find out what style people near you play, or choose one for your own. I recommend Zung Jung (aka World Series of Mahjong) rules. "American" or "National Mah-Jongg League" rules are very different from every other style. If you're into Japanese culture and/or anime, consider riichi (aka Modern Japanese) style.
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25. Board Game: Pentago [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1313]
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This is a pretty good game for kids. My buddies 7 year old loves it and the marbles are pretty tactile
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