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So, Olympic fever is well and truly sweeping the UK after some wonderful performances from team GB (and apologies to my adopted nation for beating you out of gold into silver in pretty much everything - bwa ha ha).

The rules of some of the sports seem to be the complete antithesis of the mechanics that we enjoy as boardgamers. So here are a few suggestions as to how Olympic sports and the Olympic games would be different if board gamers wrote the rules. I'll post a few I can think of to start with: please add more!
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11040]
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No player elimination means no knockout tournaments. Tennis, football, basketball etc. will now have to be decided by a round robin, so every team can win right up until the end.
 
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
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Speaking of which, we need a catchup mechanic. The team that qualifies for the final in the slowest time (rather than the fastest) gets the best lane draw.
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3. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:53]
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Alternatively, teams can bid a certain number of metres head start to their opponents in order to secure the best lane for the final.
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4. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
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One member of each competing team is in fact secretly working for an opposing team. The team have to correctly deduce who it is before the final (hint - look out for rowing crews who sink).
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5. Board Game Designer: Reiner Knizia
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Position in the medal table would be determined by each nation's highest number of medals in their weakest category.
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Only one person would be able to play the sport each day until the next round.

The Olympics would last 4 years, instead of being every 4 years.
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Family Growth is encouraged and is a necessary strategy. Participants are allowed to let their children (and spouse) assist in the event, but deductions are made if any family members are underfed.
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Some events would differ from each other only in the style of uniforms worn.
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All sports would have 'card-game' or 'dice-game' versions for athletes with a short attention span.
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American athletes would refuse to play the soulless European sports.

(Actually, this happens in real life too)
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Everyone would complain that all the different running distances are a rip-off of the 100m.
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Rather than competitors being randomly assigned to countries - what sort of a crazy system is that? - there would be a bidding process to allow the cleverest nations to acquire and show off the best teams.
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There would be an optional expanded version of all sports. The 100m would become the 120m, double-trap shooting would become triple-trap shooting, and football would now have a 3rd-team option.
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14. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:39]
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Teams would slide stones across a slippery surface to score points.

Wait, that's Curling.
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Conflict is just rude and antisocial.

1. All fighting sport events changed to solo exercises for victory artistic points. Soon: judo kata on ice for winter games.

2: All ball games changed so each team is on its own side of the playing field, separated by the net.
(basically everything becomes volleyball, but with different types of balls, just like the variety of workerplacement genre).

2.1.: All voleyball variations changed so that each team just counts the number of passes they made within their own part of the field without the ball ever passing the net.

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In gymnastics it's not fair that participants with better physical preparedness genetics and whatnot have advantage.
Grandma should also compete.

Solution 1: points for gymnastic routines awarded based on 2d6.
Solution 2: to make it more social participant have to trade elements between each other before they can perform a routine.
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Instead of long drawn out competition (I'm looking at you Gymnastics) events (or the all around) will be decided by a few rolls of the dice.

(Actually, I can see Gymnastics: Express as a board game... hmmmmm)
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18. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:166]
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Managing a sport team becomes an Olympic discipline.

Because economics + math = fun.
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19. Board Game: CoMotion: The Competitive Game of Communicative Gestures [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Eliminate Downtime!

In athletic jumps (high jump, long jump, ...) all athletes jump at once.

In swim diving all divers jump at once.

All skiers ski at once

In all "artistic sports" (figure skating, synchronized swimming, ...) all participants are performing their routines in one big space (frozen lake, normal lake or sea) and judges are walking/skating/swimming around and eliminating the worse, so only the best remain.

etc.
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20. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:163]
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Thrills trump safety!

Namby-pamby rules about safety, fair play and not killing your opponents will be swept aside.

Hockey sticks will be replaced with razor-sharp bo-sticks.

Runners will be allowed - indeed, encouraged - to drop hand grenades behind them to give more incentive for fast starts.

Olympic swimming pools will be filled with piranhas and/or sharks.

Bicycles will come equipped with rocket launchers and boats with torpedos.

Gymnasts will be issued with BB guns to make their opponents swinging around horses and parallel bars just that much more exciting. Extra points will be given for completing performances with major wounds.

Relay races will use an explosive baton, going off at a random time.

Spectators drinking a non-sponsored beverage will be used as the target for archery.
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21. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:255]
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At the end of the games, countries must choose to keep either (1) all of their medals in one sport or (2) only one medal from each sport in which they have a medalist.
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