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Games To Play In Iraq...
David Dixon
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Since I'm in Iraq right now, I thought I'd put together a handy list of games that will help you should you ever have need to travel to Iraq, a place of mystery, enchantment, and culture... and bombs. Lots of bombs.



Disclosure: Since I'm an actively serving officer, I cannot comment on any of the politics that led up to the War, so if you try to engage me on it, you won't get a response. Just save your time, folks, please. I'm just trying to give you guys a little soldier's humor...

...And, since I know someone won't belive me when I said it, I'll say it again. I'm not going to talk politics. If you want to talk about something else in Iraq, send me a PM.
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1. Board Game: Oil Barons [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
 
David Dixon
United States
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South Carolina
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Because everybody in Iraq who's anybody is scheming to be one...
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2. Board Game: Yahtzee [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:10976]
David Dixon
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South Carolina
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Because a lot of life in Iraq is managing your luck.
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3. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:615]
David Dixon
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Mauldin
South Carolina
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Because this is what a lot of it boils down to, really...
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4. Board Game: Alhambra: The Thief's Turn [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
David Dixon
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South Carolina
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The real theives in the Middle East really aren't so big on taking turns, but its a concept we're working with them on...
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5. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:716]
David Dixon
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Mauldin
South Carolina
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Remember, no matter how well armed you are, there's always somebody else with a bigger gun.
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6. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:357]
David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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Diplomacy teaches you two lessons valuable in the Iraq.

A) Talk is good--saves bullets.

B) Whoever you're talking to is probably lying through his teeth.
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7. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:553]
David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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Run.
Shoot.
Try not to get killed doing so.
Repeat.

Oh yeah, and save your ammo...
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8. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:390]
David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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Because understanding a little history can go a long way.
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9. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:318]
David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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Just for general flavor... sadly, though, I have yet to see a blue camel. I'll look next time I'm further south, though...
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10. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:124]
David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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Remember, fellas, cover is a good thing.
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11. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
David Dixon
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South Carolina
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Because Iraq's needs help. A lot of help.
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12. Board Game: Rune Blade's Gulf War 1991 [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
David Dixon
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This game was a lot better the first time we played it...
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13. Board Game: Bombs Away [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:8965]
David Dixon
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Yes, bombs away. Preferably as far away as possible, really...
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14. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:648]
David Dixon
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South Carolina
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Do I even need to explain why?
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15. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10835]
David Dixon
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South Carolina
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'Cause this is as close as you're gonna' get...
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16. Board Game: Weapons of Mass Destruction [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3484]
Matthew LaClair
United States
Watertown
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...but only if you can find it! *drum roll*

Thank you, I'll be here all week.
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17. Board Game: Blood on the Tigris [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8078]
Paul Aceto
United States
Fairfax
Virginia
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To get some historical context.
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18. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9597]
Marty Barylski
United States
Winchester
Virginia
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A) Because everyone serving in Iraq is taking a Risk... not by choice, but by duty.

B) And, well, my son played it while he was there for 15 risky months, out of duty.

C) I am probably taking a Risk posting this since many dislike this game.
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19. Board Game: Jump the Queue [Average Rating:5.65 Unranked]
Dan Hyer
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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On one of my trips to the Middle East I learned that a queue is one deep and 16 wide. Just because you were first to the desk, doesn't meant that everyone else doesn't have the same right to stand next to you and shove their documents / demand answers to their questions simultaneously.
 
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20. Board Game: Tomb Raider Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:6550]
Dan Hyer
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Vancouver
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I seem to remember a lot of this going on at the beginning of the current war. It made me understand that Iraqi's are natural gamers. Seeing that everyone else is distracted by the war let's race for the unguarded objectives!
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21. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:33]
◄Raphael Grand►
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Self-explanatory
 
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22. Board Game: Black Gold (Texas Tea) [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:7626]
Charles Vycichl
Switzerland
Geneva
Geneva
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Same region, just other opponents!

God bless you and your team, come back safely in one piece.
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23. Board Game: Assyrian Wars [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:5585]
Charles Vycichl
Switzerland
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Another one about the same region. Long ago, even when there was no need for oil, men fought there against each other.
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24. Board Game: Iraq War 2003 [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
Charles Vycichl
Switzerland
Geneva
Geneva
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A last one, the mobile war of the beginning.
 
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25. Board Game: The Thief of Baghdad [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1507]
Carl Anderson
United States
Brighton
Michigan
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Surprised this one wasn't on the list. I'll add it without comment.
 
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