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As I gain gamegeek experience my collection is maturing and I have quite a lot of games that I like. However I'm always on the lookout for really weird things that I can show to people to amaze them with the variety of games that are out there. I'll give a few examples of what I mean and I hope that other users can add the most unusual games they know of. Oh yeah, and please restrict yourself to GOOD games.
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1. Board Game: Waldschattenspiel [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3417]
John Farrell
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This was the inspiration for this list because it's such an amazing idea and because I'd never heard of it.

In this game you move a lit candle around and the players' pieces hide in the shadows.
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2. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1410]
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In Polarity you place magnets on the board and lean them against the magnetic fields of magnets already there. In a tense game you lift a magnet to place a piece and the entire board quivers as they sense the new piece passing over. Awesome.
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3. Board Game: Nacht der Magier [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1287]
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The pieces glow in the dark, so you play this game in darkness. Your turn ends when you knock a piece off the board, and that has to be detected by sound. A favourite trick is to pick up a piece which has already been knocked off and drop it on the table.
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4. Board Game: Batik [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:3677]
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Each player has a number of wooden shapes. One by one they drop them into the area between two sheets of glass. The first player whose piece protrudes above the glass loses.
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5. Board Game: Dancing Eggs [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1285]
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Admittedly this is a very silly game, but basically what you have to do is hold rubber eggs with various body parts and then run or jump around the table without dropping any. It's aimed at either preschoolers or drunks.
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6. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:628]
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To move forwards you have to take coloured eggs out of that basket, and if the alarm stick falls down you have to move backwards. Allegedly good for little kids, I win this game a lot despite my fat fingers.
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7. Board Game: Hamsterrolle [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:835]
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Place wooden pieces inside the hamster roll and hope it doesn't roll so far that they fall out. Honestly, who thinks these things up? Once they've thought up the crazy idea, they then have to implement it properly. The designs of some of these games are absolutely magnificent.
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8. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:183]
Tom Rosen
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Arlington
Virginia
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I was always very intrigued by the idea of the Cube Tower, and am impressed that the idea really works as a good game. It's a terrific combat resolution mechanism in my mind, and has continued to surprise and impress friends who have never seen anything like it before. Quite an ingenious little device!
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9. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1041]
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Khet (aka Deflexion) is a chess-like board game that has two built in lasers and movable Egyptian-themed game pieces that have embedded mirrors which can be position to bounce the laser light around the board and hit opponent pieces.

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10. Board Game: Tahuantinsuyu [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1415]
Paul Boos
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This is a game I think that is appropriate. You use a crayon to make roads as you build out the Inca Empire. It's diffeent than crayonm rail games though as you also build up garrisons, temples, etc. It really conveys the feeling of building an empire.
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11. Board Game: Vertigo [Average Rating:4.91 Unranked]
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This one just looks strange. But it works really well; you rortate and let your pieces drop to win.
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12. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:316]
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And teh last one I'll add for now... Thi sone is unique in as you add pieces to the board, the board shrinks in size. Again amazingly simple, but works very well.
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13. Board Game: Klondike [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2742]
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One player panhandles by swirling the riddle. They try to get the black marbles out and keep the gold marbles in. The other players bet on the outcome.

This game always attracts a lot of attention. We enjoy it.
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14. Board Game: TAMSK [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1070]
James Ridgway
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Fairfax Station
Virginia
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In Tamsk, all the pieces are sand timers (approx 3 min.). Each time you move one of your pieces, you flip it. Whenever one of your timers runs out, it can no longer be moved. There is a much shorter timer on the side you can use to force your opponent to take a move. The most amazing use of time pressure to make moves I've ever seem implemented in a board game.
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15. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:843]
Tim Seitz
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The tile sliding mechanism to move the river intrigued me enough to buy it.
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16. Board Game: VOC! Founding the Dutch East Indies Company [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:4164]
 
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In this game, you navigate the Indian and Pacific Oceans with a grease pencil...blindfolded! You are the captain of a merchant ship and your fellow merchants with material interest in your success shout out instructions. The game has some flaws but it's still a hoot.

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17. Board Game: Avalanche [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:6400]
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New Haven
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I used to play this one a lot as a kid at my friends house. You drop marbles past little switcher gates to try and get marbles to hit the bottom and thus fill your score card.
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18. Board Game: Dart Wars [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:9270]
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Gatineau
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Conquest the world by playing magnet darts or play darts and conquest the world.
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19. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:334]
James Pinnion
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So I start with a number of tokens that are worth one point each. Then whenever it's my turn I either give one of them away or take the card showing (which is worth some negative amount of points) and the tokens placed on it thus far? How good a game could that be?
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20. Board Game: Subbuteo [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:860]
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We can't forget the flick mechanic.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16018

I find that unique mechanisms are an excellent draw into boardgaming as well as being a breath fresh air from 'thinking' games.

I've tried to acquire a variety of games with different mechanics into my collections as well.

Great list so far!
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21. Board Game: Squad Seven [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2556]
Chris Jachimowicz
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Topton
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The driver in this game is the 17 minute CD of jungle noises - both day and night. As players turn over cards, they have to respond to certain sounds on the CD and act in a different manner depending on whether it is day or night! The game includes a suction-tip dart gun and two stand up targets as well. Clearly not the usual gaming pieces!

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22. Board Game: Handy [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:7105]
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Gatineau
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Party Game => for sure
Humor => oh yeah
Action => Yess!
Dexterity => you bet
Hand management => I am trying
Co-operative play => Do you mean he is cooperating, no I cant beleive it

The twister for fingers, very fun to play.
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23. Board Game: Bolide [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1814]
Jason Birzer
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Virginia
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The vector mechanism for this game is probably one of the more nifty ways of doing a race game. Basically, you have a marker ahead of your car which represents your current heading and speed. You can move within two spaces of that marker, then you adjust the marker based on your movement. I'm amazed how well it works.
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24. Board Game: Snifty Snakes [Average Rating:5.30 Unranked]
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'nuff said.
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25. Board Game: Space Dealer [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1132]
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Port Perry
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I saw this game at a con and I had never seen anything like it before. A game that plays real-time, is accompanied with a music cd, and plays in 30 minutes! Looked frantic and awesome.
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