Games that the Summoner Wars Master Set Totally Ripped off!
James Sitz
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So, I was looking at other games recently, and a lot of them are super duper similar to Summoner Wars: Master Set. Some of them even came out before it did. It's clear that a bunch of ideas were stolen!

DISCLAIMER: I'm the lead playtester for Summoner Wars. So I've got the juiciest details ever.

P.S. Colby's off at PAX EAST so he's not here to quiet me. Muahahaha!
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1. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:227] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
James Sitz
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This game came out like 2 years ago and has a German edition.

You can even play Summoner Wars using the components from Summoner Wars Master set!

The new and different factions and harder board do not make up for this!

Clearly this Colby guy owes our good Herr Dauch an apology.
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2. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:422]
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Michael Barnes once called this game "this year's MANOEUVRE."

I don't know what that means, because I don't speak Wargamese.
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3. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:424] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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There's only room for one indie-asymmetric-battle-game-played-with-cards.
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4. Board Game: BattleCON: War of Indines [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:547] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
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Okay, maybe two.
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5. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1296]
James Sitz
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A guy said recently that Summoner Wars Master Set = Navia Dratp.

He used math, so clearly it must be a true statement.
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6. Board Game: Star Wars Customizable Card Game [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1217]
James Sitz
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Apparently the best thing about this game was the Force mechanic where you have a limited amount of cards to use as a resource.

Colby must have stolen this idea even though he has never heard of this game.
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7. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
James Sitz
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I've only played Heroscape and Summoner Wars. I think they're super similar.

Also, doesn't Barack Obama look like the Rock?! I can't wait until Barock gives Iran the People's Elbow.
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8. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1554]
James Sitz
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So when I was in 6th grade i came up with a really cool game when i was sick of buying magic cards and warhamer 40000k so i thought of a game and wrote all of my cool ideas like using elves and liek dwarves and magic and swords and bows and hexagons or like squares and rulers or just counting in your head until you felt it was far enough and i played some chess and it had a grid and a king to kill so i thought that was cool and i wrote EVERYTHING on a piece of paper but i accidentally turned it into a paper airplane and threw it at this girl named emily because she smiled at me and girls were icky then but now theyre pretty cool and nice and fun but colby still should pay me royalteez because i came up with the idea first?
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9. Board Game: Dreamblade [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:910]
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This game also has a grid and guys that fight and Colby even admitted publicly on podcasts that he thought of the idea for Summoner Wars when he was trying to sleep.

Coincidence? U be the judge.
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10. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:24]
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Putting cards face down to pay for other cards?

I did that already. It was just multiplayer solitaire with a pasted on theme.
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11. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:162]
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And this is the game that Race Ripped off. Psh.
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12. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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This is the best 2-player game on BGG and it was also ripped off by San Juan, so clearly Summoner Wars Master Set ripped it off too!

Picking a Summoner is the same thing as role selection, right?
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13. Board Game: Great Wall of China [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:1677]
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Colby was having a lot of trouble coming up with what guys could hide behind or summon things from, until he played this game.
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14. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:329] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
James Sitz
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Grid with different dudes who do different stuff and you die if your leader is killed?

You know what the jury would say.

Checkmate!
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15. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:161] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
 
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Tactical game with hidden units that aren't on the board yet? Check.
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16. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:272]
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Hidden Units? Some are fantasy guys?

Hax.
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17. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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Deckbuilding is so 2008.
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18. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:125]
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Okay, make that 1993.

This one even has wizards and stuff.
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19. Board Game: TactDecks [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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I've read the designer of this other game saying that these games are kind of similar.
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20. Board Game: Battleground Fantasy Warfare: Scenario Booklet [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Cards instead of mini's!
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21. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1028]
 
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Whoops! Forgot this one.
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22. Board Game: Warmachine [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:800]
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I remembered this one!

There are guys that fight, and try to kill a guy who casts magic. And you're in big trouble if that happens. Don't lose right away, but you might as well scoop.
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23. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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Why would I buy Summoner Wars when I can play Memoir? Card-driven, simple, dice-based battles, short play time, asymmetric starting setup, variable unit powers...

Seriously though I love Summoner Wars, but Memoir 44 rocks too.
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