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While shopping for games, I've noticed that it's easy to get certain games confused with others. Whether it be similar box art, similar names, or some other factor. Which games are easy to confuse with others?

Although this list is starting off short, I'm sure that other BGG users have experiences that can help fill out the list!

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76. Board Game: Europe at War [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:7802]
Kristian C.
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could be mistaken for


and then you end up with this.......
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77. Board Game: The World at War [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked]
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And always ask for details when someones offers you The World at war

or A World at War


or The World at War


or World at War: Eisenbach gap


and all other games that have world and war in the title.

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78. Board Game: Der Goldene Kompass [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8821]
Andy L
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is not the same as:

Der goldene Kompass - Spiel zum Film (The Golden Compass):


Even though it was published in the same year and by the same publisher in Germany.
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79. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:110]
Florian Ernst
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So there I was, going to my local all-family-games-club once, when I found Ra listed among those owned by the club. I couldn't find it anywhere in their storage room, though.

"Yeah, nobody wanted to play it for quite a while, so I took it home with me", one of the attendants told me, "but you know, I don't play it either, so you can have it. I'll bring it next week ..." Oh, the joy of waiting ...

Next week, this was what I got:
Ra cry
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80. Board Game: Medici vs Strozzi [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1352]
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Confused me when I wanted to buy:


but not:


nor:
even this Medici!

_________________

Side note, now I own my desired version, along with:

(Darn'd that Knizia rascal!)
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81. Board Game: Talisman (third edition) [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1897]
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Is NOT the same as:
(FFG's 4th Edition)

which is nearly the same as:
(Black Industries 4th Edition)

which are both pretty much re-themes of:
(GW's 2nd, aka. 'Classic' Edition)
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82. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:136]
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Is Not "the Expansion Set" to:


...just clever repackaging.
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83. Board Game: Storm over Arnhem [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1152]
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Famous historical battles can be confusing, such as this "Operation Market-Garden" mega-example. BGG lists at least twelve games dealing with the same four-day battle:

Arnhem Bridge
(remaining images omitted to conserve bandwith...)
The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen
Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges
Arnhem: Defiant Stand
Arnhem
Arnhem 1944
Arnhem 1944
Arnhem and Operation Market-Garden
Arnhem: Defiant Stand & Scottish Corridor Gamers Guide

ASL is Not immune from this confusion:
Arnhem: The Third Bridge
Witches Cauldron: The Oosterbeek Perimeter – Arnhem 1944

See also:
The Battle of the Bulge, the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the River Plate, along with the Battles of Britain, Gazala, El Alamein, Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, Brittany, Berlin, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, the Philippine Sea, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the fall of Singapore, and the rest of the known battles from WWII, WWI, the US Civil War, the Korean Conflict, and the majority of the violent recorded history of mankind!
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84. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:178]
JP Decosse
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Halifax
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While I never get confused by the box art...


Battleball

...I often refer to either of these games as "Battle Bowl". Of course, nobody knows which game I'm referring to. :-P


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85. Board Game: Space Crusade [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:910]
Markus Pausch
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Starquest is the German name for Spacecrusade and this is a regular source for confusion since Starcraft came out.



People tend to mix up the two games constantly. If somebody ask me to bring Starquest along they are suprised that we gonna play with Spacemarines and -orcs instead of Zergs, Protoss and, well- Spacemarines. Sometimes peoples ask me to bring this when they mean Space Hulk.

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86. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:327]
Alan Faller
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Brighton
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This was something on my "must buy" list on a visit of game shops in London a couple of years ago.

Instead I picked up this:



Luckily I was able to correct my mistake with a postal swap with the shop - it made it a rather expensive buy though. Never mind, it is a classic.
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87. Board Game: Take 5! [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1635]
Dimitri Gia
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Well, I have two boxes which almost look the same (can not find the pics of these editions on this site) : 6 nimmt! and Hornochsen.

The picture on the left : Hornochsen... The picture below : Take 5...
Seriously : ever heard of product placement?

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88. Board Game: Dork Tower [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:5298]
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I actually wouldn't mind both, though.

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89. Board Game: Creatures & Cultists [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:11545]
Brian Bankler
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For some reason I always get this confused with Cults Across America
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90. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:672]
George Leach
United Kingdom
Godalming
Surrey
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I always get High Society confused with Hoity Toity. I'm not even sure if either of them are any good, thankfully I've never pulled the trigger with either game.

Hoity Toity
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91. Board Game: Rocketville [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:11680]
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I meant to get:

Stephensons Rocket
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92. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1212]
Nicolas Varela
Chile
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A friend was asking recommendations on a fast paced, easy though deep game. I recommended That's Life! (a.k.a. Verflixxt!). He ended up trading That's Life cry

At least he didn't end up with The That's Life! Mating Game!
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93. Board Game: Too Many Cooks [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1912]
Ben Bateson
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Not me, but my not-very-friendly online game store. They were advertising this:



But, instead, they sent me this:



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94. Board Game: War of the Ring [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1887]
Eric M. Aldrich I
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The game that came to mind when I first saw this list -- and not on it!

Not to be confused with this War of the Ring (first edition)

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95. Board Game: Celtica [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:8432]
Seth Brown
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I was very excited to finally get this. I was less excited when I opened it up and realized that it was not what I actually meant to get, which was this:

Keltis
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96. Board Game: Knatsch [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:7450]
Seth Brown
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I *just* got the results from a math trade where I won two copies of this. And now that I look at it, all I was trying to do was get one copy of this:

Robber Knights
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97. Board Game: Joust: Heroes of the Lists [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked]
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I really thought I was getting the Card game Ivanhoe which coincidentally is about the exact same price.... My wife will play Ivanhoe....Joust...not so much....THOUGH, there is a possibility, it (Joust) does look like a fun game....especially if I go off to the store for some dice & painted miniatures!!!!

I did finally get the Ivanhoe game though my wife not played it yet.......



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ed. This was an internet purchase where I did not see the box or manual, only the art picture with little description. I am not a total idiot..
 
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