How Do You Pronounce These Game Titles? A Guide
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There are many well-known game names that I've had a very hard time figuring out to pronounce, or found that I was pronouncing wrong long after I passed on an incorrect version to family and friends. This geeklist is an attempt at recording what I've learned so far, with some references to past threads discussing proper pronounciation.

Please forgive my lack of proper pronounciation symbols, but I couldn't find a way to use those special characters in my text anyway.

I am more than open to anyone who can shed further light on the proper pronounciation, or better ways to describe the sounds I'm trying to indicate.

Note: I couldn't find a way to put an upside down e in the text to denote that vowel sound between an AH and an UH sound (found for example in the word "abut"), so instead I used "ae".
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26. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:647]
Confusion Under Fire
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Warrington
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Is the T silent "soo - ro"
Is the S silent "Tour - Ro"
or is nothing silent "t - Saw - ro"
or something else???
 
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27. Board Game: Útvegsspilið [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
Iceland
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Pronounce it just like it's written.
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28. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1783]
Richard Hedke
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Gibraltar
Michigan
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Pronounced "NOO-klee-er wahr"

Unless you're George Bush, then its
"NEW-kew-lar wahr"
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29. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:70]
Trevor Barrie
Canada
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Unspecified
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Pronounced "Throat-warbler mangrave"
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30. Board Game: Inka [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:9522]
Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
Washington
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"Come on! Come on! Come and get it, baby! Come on! I don't got all day! Come on! Come on! Come on you bastard! Come on, you too! Oh, you want some of this? "
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INKA DINKA DOO!
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31. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:40]
Barry Goldstein
United States
Culver City
California
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I have a question for our North of the US Border-ites...


CROCK-in-ohl


or

CROW-kin-ohl?
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32. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:830]
Lyle T
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Baton Rouge
Washington
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My friend who studied Latin tells me it's AH-way KAI-zar.
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33. Board Game: Eichhörnchenbande [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
David G.
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California
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My kids and I pronounce this "Itchy Horn".

Rainier Wolfcastle: Mein bratwurst has a first name, It's F-R-I-T-Z, Mein bratwurst has a second name, It's S-C-H-N-A-C-K-E-N-P-F-E-F-F-E-R-H-A-U-S-E-N.
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34. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1306]
Bwian, just
United States
Longmont
Colorado
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NAH-via DRAHP

The T is silent. I have no idea why.
 
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35. Board Game: Schotten-Totten [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:392]
Canada
Gatineau
Quebec
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A good German should be able to set me straight here...

I was pronouncing this "ShAHten-TAHten" until it dawned on me that those were Scots in the theme (duh!), so I'm thinking it would make more sense with a hard "k" sound for the "ch".

But is it "SkAHten-tAHten" or "SkOHten-tOHten"? Or something else?

As a bonus question, I'm assuming "Schotten" means "Scot" or "Scottish" (am I right?) but what the heck is "Totten"?
 
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36. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:334]
United Kingdom
Southampton
Hampshire
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It's pronounced "POWER GRID"

Not "Betrayal"

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37. Board Game: Oregon [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:702]
Mark Hamburg
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Tacoma
Washington
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Here in the Pacific Northwest, the name of this state is pronounced roughly ORE-e-gun, with the last two parts slurring together so it almost sounds like ORE-gun.

In some places east of the Rockies, I've heard Or - AY - Gone. (With much more emphasis on the syllables than I hear around here.)
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38. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:66]
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United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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In SoCal we pronounce it "Krak".
 
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39. Board Game: I Don't Know, What Do You Want To Play? [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:4249]
Pieter
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Maastricht
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Is pronounced "POWER GRID!"
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40. Board Game: Gheos [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1189]
Kyle S
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Is it:
1) Gee-os; or
2) Jee-os
 
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41. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:410]
 
David Smidt
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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Formula "DAY"?
or Formula "DEE"?
 
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42. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:364]
Carter Maxwell
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Minneapolis
Minnesota
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What about this one? I thought I knew, then heard it pronounced three different ways over a single weekend.
 
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43. Board Game: Kunst Stücke [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3677]
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Hopefully our Teutonic friends can set me straight on this one?
 
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44. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11173]
Chris Trimmer
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Houston
TX-Texas
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hey MON - O PO PLYse dont make me play this
 
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45. Board Game: An den Ufern des Nils [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:3753]
Jeff Binning
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Rollinsville
Colorado
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This is a great game I've owned for years, but I have no idea if I pronounce it correctly. I say it just like it's spelled

Ahn- desn - oofern - des - nils, but I suspect that's not correct.

Yeah, we had it right. I just can't type correctly!
 
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46. Board Game: Felhőfogócska [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Laszlo Molnar
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Budapest
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Fal-he (like in 'her')-fow-gou-tsh-ko
 
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47. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:15]
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Windermere
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Seems like everyone was pronouncing this "luh havruh". Turns out it is more like this.
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