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The categories for board games on BGG are quite diverse, from "City Building" to "Action/Dexterity" to "Trivia." There's even a bunch of wargame-specific categories like "vietnam war" "american revolutionary war," etc.

But there is no category for "beer and pretzels" types of games. How is this possible, that the world's biggest, best database of games doesn't let you categorize a game as a beer and pretzels game? Heck, even Wikipedia has an entry for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_and_pretzels_game.

Beer and Pretzels defined
Now of course I'm biased, what with Beer & Pretzels coming out now. But still, there are hundreds of games that people consider "beer and pretzels" games. Using the wikipedia entry and other—cough—official sources, here's how I think it should be defined:

Beer and Pretzels games are easily accessible by gamers and non-gamers alike, named as such because they could be played while players are drinking beer and eating pretzels. These games typically have one or more of the following attributes:
- Short (definitely under an hour, though typically much shorter)
- Limited rules (typically one page that can be distilled into a 5-minute-or-less explanation)
- Humorous (intentionally or not)
- Some sort of random component
- Interactive (usually with a take-that component)
Note: if you have suggestions to refine or better define this definition, post your comments to the geeklist

50GG and a free copy of Beer & Pretzels
Now to the good stuff. Because I have an interest in this category from a board game designer/publisher point of view, I'm offering 50 geekgold *and* a free copy of Beer & Pretzels along with Beer & Pretzels: Purple Coaster Expansion as a prize.

To enter, add a game to this list that you believe is a Beer & Pretzels kind of game with some sort of reason why it is a beer and pretzels game AND give this list a thumbs up.

For each game (just games, not expansions) you add, you'll get an entry into the contest. Double your chances of winning by entering two games, etc. On November 1, 2009 I'll randomly pick a winner from the entries to receive the 50GG, Beer & Pretzels and its expansion.

WINNER!
Congratulations to William F. Hostman, winner of the contest! William received 50GG and a copy of Beer & Pretzels for his entry of Last Starfighter: Tunnel Chase.
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251. Board Game: Pachisi [Average Rating:4.45 Overall Rank:11046]
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252. Board Game: Palazzo Paletti [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:4834]
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A bigger version of Villa Paletti, making the dexterity element easier to deal with while drinking beer and eating pretzels.
 
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253. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:41]
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Due to the cooperative nature and time needed to complete a game, it works well with the not-so-hardcore-gamers. Just grab the beers, pretzels and njoy
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254. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:10933]
 
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This meets the listed criteria.
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255. Board Game: PeaceBowl [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:5226]
Paolo Busi
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Quick, easy, funny
 
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256. Board Game: Pick Up Sticks [Average Rating:4.21 Overall Rank:11045]
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It is so impossible to play it after some beers, it gets funny!!
Besides... Who is going to notice if the other sticks move?!
And of course, it is a classic!!! thumbsup
 
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257. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:921]
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This is a quick, simple push your luck game with a fair amount of interaction.
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258. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:765]
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This might be a bit long but it has all the other trademarks of a B&P game (randomness, interaction, lighter rule set, funny situations).
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259. Board Game: Piratenbillard [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2402]
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Even more fun with beer and pretzels!
 
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260. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:2784] [Average Rating:5.98 Unranked]
Kyle W.
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This one was original designed to be a beer & pretzels game, and was even referred to in that way in some of the early press releases.



The rules didn't get messy until they tried to graft tournament rules onto it - but you certainly don't have to play it that way.
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261. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1076]
Jason Lott
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Cheverly
Maryland
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Crazy, fast-paced, fun and short. Just mind your beer with all the arms flailing about the table.
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262. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:252]
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Wanna have a blast when 6+ friends come over? Grab some beers and pretzels, set up the Carabande/PitchCar track and off you go
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263. Board Game: PitchCar Mini [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:711]
Bob Z.
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Rockville
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Now, Pitchcar is already on this list. However, I'd argue that on the Beer & Pretzels front the mini version of the game ranks considerably higher.

Why? Simply, it can fit on a bar, an end table, a coffee table, etc. It can be easily transported around. It's just more user friendly for a quick 'take out and play while waiting' session than the larger version.
 
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264. Board Game: Pizza Box Football [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1885]
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No matter if you are a fan of sports or not, this one goes well if you like "out-thinking" your opponent.
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265. Board Game: Plague & Pestilence [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:3122]
Jeff Mays
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Ohio
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Great filler that doesn't take much in the way of brain burn, short, has rats and wars, perfect with B&P.
 
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266. Board Game: Planet Busters [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:7889]
Greg Ullrich
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Seattle
Washington
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267. Board Game: Poisson d'Avril [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:4214]
Alexander E. Stevens
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Pennsylvania
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Beer and Pretzels are actual game components, necessary for variants 52.2b and Death-Match, among others.
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268. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:680]
Chris Schenck
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Dayton
Ohio
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Nothing goes better with a friendly game of Texas Hold'em than beer & pretzels.
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269. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:933]
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Kentucky
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270. Board Game: Quelf [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:9000]
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271. Board Game: Quicksand [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2422]
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Lexington
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272. Board Game: Quietville [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2214]
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273. Board Game: Quoridor [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:777]
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Mustang
Oklahoma
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This very interesting and attractive little game would be welcome in any pub.
 
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274. Board Game: R-Eco [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1001]
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This is a great Beer & Pretzel Game, great List Good Luck on your Quest, I Drink a Hearty Ale and will partake of the local pretzels in the name of your great Cause!
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275. Board Game: Raj [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1491]
Gianni Cottogni
Italy
Torino
Piedmont
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