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Petition to add Beer and Pretzels as a category - win 50GG and a free game
Ted Alspach
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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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152. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:628]
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this game is a bowl of mixed nuts, a swizzle stick, some coasters and shot glasses. the very heart and soul of a beer and pretzels game.
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Fun little beer and pretzel game.

 
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Emily H.
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Chicago
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This is a quick, fun card game that can be played with 4 decks of regular playing cards. The rules are easy to learn, there is a lot of randomness and luck involved, and it generally fosters a light, fun atmosphere.
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157. Board Game: Hart an der Grenze [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1715]
Cícero Gomes Junior
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Great game, fast, fun and lots of laughter! And you can offer some of your beer and pretzels as bribe to the sheriff...
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159. Board Game: Hex Hex [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3257]
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This meets the listed criteria. I enjoy the rule that allows the winner to create a rule.
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160. Board Game: Hex Hex Next [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3674]
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simple rules, plays pretty quick, great for playing with drink and food around as the tiles can be wiped clean, no damage
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Fun in a small box.
 
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Jordan K
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This one certainly plays fast and is simple to learn. While not as interactive or humorous as some, it's always fun to see the rewards (and consequences!) of everyone's greed.
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164. Board Game: Infernal Contraption [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:2966]
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165. Board Game: Inn-Fighting [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3539]
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From the publisher: "With a roll of the dice, you determine whether to hurl a mug of ale at the warbling bard or smash a chair over the drunken barbarian's back. Treachery and chaos abound, as every game promises a new and hilarious tavern brawling experience."
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166. Board Game: Inn-Fighting [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3539]
myles
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Oklahoma
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It's all about swilling grog and busting knoggins. It also fits in a pocket, so it's perfect to take to the pub. arrrh
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167. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1376]
gregory duff
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Intrigue is a great BPG....it is a game that can be as nasty as a game can get.....you get soooo mad you could end up throwing the pretzels at the other guy and giving him/her a beer shower!

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168. Board Game: James Ernest's Totally Renamed Spy Game [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:10665]
Anita Kempf-Grote

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This one has all five attributes named in the intro.
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169. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:9565]
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This meets the listed criteria and is especially fun when you write rules on the blocks that the person pulling the block must follow.
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170. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:9565]
Hugo Zenha
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This is totally a "Beer and Pretzels" game.

Why? Almost has no rules, and it is a dexterity game. As it already happened, this can be really fun when mixed with the right people... and with beer.

- "Oink... Does this piece is OK to take?!"
- "I really don't know... but I think it's ok..."

(Laughs)

- "Ohh... it felt down!"
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171. Board Game: Jenga: Donkey Kong Collector's Edition [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:5305]
myles
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Mustang
Oklahoma
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Every thing is better with Donkey Kong! It's portable, has a cool 8-bit nostalgia, and is actually interesting to play compared to the basic game it was based on. Man, I want a copy!
 
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172. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:750]
Jonathan Kift
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Vancouver
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Fast, easy to learn, and fun with large groups. Just be careful not to spill that glass!
 
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173. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:645]
Randall Bart
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Winnetka
California
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The archetypal beer and pretzels game to me.
 
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174. Board Game: Kablamo [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:10206]
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
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This meets the listed criteria.
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175. Board Game: Kakerlakensalat [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1940] [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
Julien Kirsch
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Ontario
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