The Wonder of the Glass Bead
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Glass beads are soooo wonderfully cheap. 100-200 are only a couple of bucks, and they come in a number of colours, so they are perfect for homemade game baord pieces. Add in the availabilty of printable boards on here and there are a huge number of games, most Abstract Strategy (my favourite) which you can be playing for virtually no cost at all. Here is a list of options
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1. Board Game: Hex [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1829]
Calvin Daniels
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This is supposed to be a classic, but I admit when I've played it it is soooo boring, but board is prinitable ansd then all you need is the glass beads
 
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2. Board Game: Havannah [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:3018]
Calvin Daniels
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A step up from Hex at least
 
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3. Board Game: Fire and Ice [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:2874]
Calvin Daniels
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I rather like this one, and red and blue beads are a great fit
 
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4. Board Game: Xerxes [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:7934]
Calvin Daniels
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You can use pawns, but beads will work nicely too
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5. Board Game: Fanorona [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3962]
Calvin Daniels
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Beads are best
 
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6. Board Game: Konane [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:7464]
Calvin Daniels
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Perfect for beads
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7. Board Game: Macadam [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
Calvin Daniels
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Simple little game and beads work well for it. Love the rule you must teach the game to someone new within month of learning it yourself.
 
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8. Board Game: Flank [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Calvin Daniels
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Again I use hex nuts but beads would work
 
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9. Board Game: 3-A-Side [Average Rating:5.54 Unranked]
Calvin Daniels
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Slick and quick soccer-like game
 
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10. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1058]
G. Gomez
United States
Chula Vista
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One of the best glass bead games out there.

Other games that use beads:

Bazaar

Fist of Dragonstones

The Book of Classic Board Games

Magic: The Gathering

Piraten-Pitt

Pokémon Trading Card Game

The Hobbit: The Defeat of Smaug

Emperor's Challenge

The Wizard of Oz Family Board Game











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11. Board Game: Kensington [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:10525]
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the actual games pieces are so small and fiddly, beads are really a must here and the board is printable
 
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12. Board Game: Connect6 [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:4498]
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Good recommendation Mr. Howe
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13. Board Game: Delta [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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Another hit for Mr. Howe
 
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14. Board Game: Lines of Action [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1861]
Michael Howe
United States
Cromwell
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This great classic fits the bill. You need 12 beads in each of two colors and an 8x8 grid.
 
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15. Board Game: Archimedes [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
Michael Howe
United States
Cromwell
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Another excellent game. First appeared in Games magazine.

 
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16. Board Game: Breakthrough [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:6091]
Michael Howe
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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One of the simplest rulesets yet very interesting strategically, and no draws!
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17. Board Game: Epaminondas [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:3469]
Michael Howe
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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A great strategy game. You need a big board and a lot of beads to play the full-sized game, but the inventor, Robert Abbott, also acknowledges that it can be played on smaller boards also. In fact, the progenitor game, Crossings, is 8x8. By the way, Abbott thinks he should have kept the name Crossings, or some other simple name, because he thinks the difficult-to-pronounce Epaminondas has hurt the game's popularity.
 
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18. Board Game: Momentum [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:6419]
Phil Leduc
United States
Tiverton
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Momentum plays like marbles but uses glass beads/stones.
 
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