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So a friend and I were talking about the theme for tonights game night and western theme it was. I really like the western theme but find I don't have a whole lot of them in my collection. This list is simply the games of the west that I either own and therefore know something about or are games that I've been interested in finding out more about.

If there is something you think needs to be added that I might not know about please do.

Thanks.

UPDATE: A recent geeklist called Geeklists that should be continued inspired me to revisit this list. Plenty of the items here need to updated as when I added them I had not played them but now have. Not to mention quite a few new western games have come out and need to be added as well. So if you have read this list before it'd be a good idea to go through it again as things have certainly changed.

2nd UPDATE: I've decided to sort this list by the game's rank in hopes that it makes the list a little more useful. I like this list still and hope that people will use it and add to it. I'm sure I'm missing games.

Final UPDATE: This list has be recreated as of today and new updates will happen there. How the west was gamed, Redux. A real western themed geeklist...again.

Enjoy and as always add what I miss.
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1. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
Scott Siedschlag
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Orange Park
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I bought this one on a whim. Looking it over it reminded me of a westerned themed Catan, which was just what I was looking for. I have yet to play it but hope to break it out soon.
 
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2. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:285]
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I really like this game a lot and the theme is of course western! I may actually like it a bit more because of theme alone but it's still a great game even it were a different theme. Another game that feels like it ends before you are ready for it to. Highly suggested though.
 
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3. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:534]
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A new Bruno game with a western them? Yeah I'm interested in this! So far I've heard some good things. Can't wait to try this game out.
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4. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:607]
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I didn't care for this as it just is a rummy variant but including here for inclusion purposes.
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5. Board Game: Oregon [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:706]
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I found this game to be very dry but a lot of people like it. I do like the idea of how cards are played that's pretty neat but overall the game was too long and just a bit on the dull side for me.
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6. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:727]
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Of course the old standard!
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7. Board Game: Lost Valley [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:856]
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Now this one looks like the be all end all of western themed games. I really like the idea of maintaining a character and inventory as you go out in search for the Mother Lode. It reminds me of the old PC game "Lost Dutchman's Mine". The triangular shaped tiles are a little different. I wonder if the same game would work on hexes or if you could incorporate mild town building into it? Any thoughts?
 
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8. Board Game: Silverton [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:959]
Rick Vinyard
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A fantastic game of railroads and mining set in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah in the late 1800's.
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9. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1002]
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One of my favorite bidding games.

UPDATE: Still one of my favorite bidding games. I use this game so often as a gateway game and it works great.
 
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10. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1047]
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I kinda picked up Cowboys hoping to be a replacement for this one.
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11. Board Game: Bison: Thunder on the Prairie [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1643]
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UPDATE: Got this one played too! In my opinion probably the most underrated Phalanx games out there. I really dig this little game. It's play time is perfect and game is just dripping with the ability to screw your neighbor. The actions are very well thought out and make for some nail biting moments. Very good game (not great but good) that doesn't get it's fair shake if you've not tried it, give it a shot.
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12. Board Game: Pony Express [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1905]
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Alrighty then. I do love those crazy Faidutti games and here's one in the west. Much like Dice Town really want to give this one as soon as it releases.
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13. Board Game: Manifest Destiny [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1932]
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GMT Games has brought their card driven method to the wild west. I'm wondering if this one doesn't have a lower rating due to it being more economic and less straight forward war game than the usual GMT fan is use to. Non-GMT fans tend to steer clear of their games and maybe they've missed out on a gem. I'd like to try this one out and I missed it when originally making this list.
 
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14. Board Game: Kachina [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2513]
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Check this game out. It's a tile-laying game with a Navaho/Hopi Indian theme.
 
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15. Board Game: Way Out West [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2529]
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Mmmmm Martin Wallace goodness. I like this one a quite a bit trick I see it to make sure someone sort of moderates and makes sure everyone knows who's turn it is.
 
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16. Board Game: Old Town [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2610]
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One of the rare games where players represent historians! You've found the remains and archives of a deserted western town--your task is to figure out which buildings went where.
 
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17. Board Game: Cowboys: The Way of the Gun [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2995]
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UPDATE: Got this played several times and well it's a good game no doubt about it but it's definitely a 2 player game. Do not bother with this as more than 2. One player takes the outlaws and the other takes the sheriff's side of things. Becomes a great game like that but with more it's bloated and not nearly as much fun. At this 2 player format it becomes a quick, light, simplified miniatures style game. Die hard minis fans will not care for it much but those who want that type of game without all the bloated rules...Cowboys is the answer.
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18. Board Game: Los Banditos [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2992]
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Ashland
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By the good doctor himself. BattleLine with dice in the old west.
I haven't played this, but I'm anxious to give it a try and see if it needs adding to my wish list.
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19. Board Game: Sutter's Mill [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3210]
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I have this one but have not played it yet. I love the idea of getting in, making money and getting out before the town turns into a ghost town and you get stuck holding the ticket for it. Really neat idea there. I wonder if it's going to work when played. The game is, as you would expect from Phalanx, beautiful indeed.
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20. Board Game: Lawless [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:3598]
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Same as above note on Saloon.
 
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21. Board Game: Go West! [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:4152]
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Ahhhh I do like the look/feel of Phalanx games but they have winners and they have losers...what is this one?
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22. Board Game: Gnadenlos! [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4422]
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I like Klaus and some of the Kosmos line...is this worth checking out?
 
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23. Board Game: Gutshot [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:4953]
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Mini game.

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24. Board Game: Big Manitou [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:5770]
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UPDATE: Got this one played and it fell short. Seemed very repetitive and well dull. I like the idea behind this game with the different tribe members being able to impact the play but it just seemed way too long for what it was. I want this game to end about 20 minutes sooner than it does.
 
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25. Board Game: Tomahawk [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:5878]
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Still want to give this one a go.
 
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