Neglected Peg Games
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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A lot of my favorite peg games get no attention at all on the site. Maybe people think all games with pegboards are just rip-offs of cribbage, Battleship or wooden golf-tee puzzles. Well, sometimes they are but they're still good. Anyway, here are some titles whose complete obscurity surprise me.
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1. Board Game: Bluff 'n' Peg [Average Rating:5.72 Unranked]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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I asked the designer at a show, "Is this new?"
"No it's from 2001."
Whoops.
I always wondered if there was a fun poker variant that didn't involve wagering money. I think this is it.
Spy Alley Partners is a fairly successful company but there are virtually no entries about this game on the geek.
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2. Board Game: Dubble Kross [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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I thought this was an original game but it's actually a common game that's called Horse Race among other things.
It's a fun gambling game for a large group (up to 10).
This variation assigns actions to some of the playing cards which is similar to some James Ernest creations.
 
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3. Board Game: Coup d'etat [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:4608]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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A variation of Bardu which I'd like to play more. I've heard the little dagger pegboard is cute but useless.
 
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4. Board Game: Spider Wars [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:9370]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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A great looking 2 player abstract for kids. One false move can lead to slaughter which is a good lesson for the young 'uns.
 
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5. Board Game: Crib Wars [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:7498]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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Okay, this one really IS just a variation of cribbage mixed with Chutes & Ladders. Dodging pitfalls gives this game suspense and it's ridiculous length lends a sense of accomplishment when/if you finish.
 
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6. Board Game: Mission Command Land [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:9170]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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Alright, you caught me again. This game is just a mix of Battleship and Stratego. The "toy" factor is so high though that I can't resist.
 
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7. Board Game: Fleets [Average Rating:5.23 Unranked]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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This is a simplified RISK with no Australias to "turtle" in. The little flags mark territory but there aren't enough of them included and they tend to fall down a lot.
 
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8. Board Game: Rapid 4 [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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A mix of Connect Four and pachinko. Just because you drop your marble in a particular column doesn't mean it will end up there after it carreens through pegs and gates to the bottom.
It's a fun mindless pastime that reminds me a little of Batik.
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9. Board Game: Battling Tops [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:4087]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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One of the greatest action games ever. Not exactly a peg game unless you consider the little score boards on the side but I still thought I'd mention it. This is not a "safe" game as I have seen players take a flying top in the eye or pull the entire arena into their face or genitals. The danger factor is what qualifies it as awesome.
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10. Board Game: Weakest Link [Average Rating:4.91 Overall Rank:9699]
Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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I enjoyed the show when it was on the air so I bought this home version from the bargain bin. You need 8 players to do it up right. The rules expect the host to ask questions and maintain the arcane scoreboard while the timer ticks. Yeah, that ain't happening.
 
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11. Board Game: 5ive Straight [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3719]
 
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Still in print, this is a very good partnership game. Players spend numbered cards to put pegs in. You can place the peg in the number on the card, or any lower number. You're trying to get your sides pegs into a 5 straight line, which is difficult because the numbers spiral inwards. I think you only get to draw cards when you discard instead of placing a peg. It's tricky and one of those games were you REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOUR PARTNER!
 
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