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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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226. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:2288] [Average Rating:6.03 Unranked]
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This meets the listed criteria and has spawned a number of expansions.
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227. Board Game: Munchkin Bites! [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2196]
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228. Board Game: Munchkin Booty [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1710]
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229. Board Game: Munchkin Cthulhu [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1444]
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230. Board Game: Munchkin Fu [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:2742]
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231. Board Game: Munchkin Impossible [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2808]
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232. Board Game: My Word! [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5573]
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233. Board Game: Mythgardia [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
Gunther Schmidl
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234. Board Game: Name Game: The Celebrity Guessing Game [Average Rating:5.52 Unranked]
Anthony Baldassar
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Cards, a timer, and using your brain - and the best part is the beer and pretzels, can be played anywhere with a table and so simple to learn maybe 5 min.
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235. Board Game: Naval Battles [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3364]
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Parsons
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My original pick was Naval War (Avalon Hill), but was beaten to the punch.
Naval Battles is a very good example of a beer & pretzels game. Light rules, fairly short, possible gang-up-on on the guy who brought the cheap beer to the game session, and take-that! component.
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236. Board Game: Naval War [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2767]
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Lexington
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This meets the listed criteria.
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237. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:226]
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The rules are easy to explain, and the player aids that come with the game hold all the necessary info.
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238. Board Game: NHL Ice Breaker: The Card Hockey Board Game [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:3572]
Lucian Pleianu
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Quick, fun game, goes extremely well if you have a bud over for chit-chat.
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239. Board Game: Nicht die Bohne! [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1882]
Gianni Cottogni
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Torino
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I'm sure this is a "Beer & Pretzels" game.
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240. Board Game: Night of the Ill-Tempered Squirrel [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:9295]
Anita Kempf-Grote

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Illinois
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This one has all five of the attributes described in the intro.
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241. Board Game: Nine Men's Morris [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:10712]
Damien
United States
Knoxville
Tennessee
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Definite bar game.
 
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242. Board Game: Ninja Burger [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:5678]
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Why it's B&P:
* Humorous: Ninjas! Burgers!
* Limited rules: More rules than namby-pamby Euros, but less than FFG.
* Random component: Dice! Skill checks! Random tips!
* Interactive: Screw over your rivals! Trade work duties at the meeting! Tell another ninja to wash dishes!

It's easily over an hour, which doesn't violate my definition of B&P.
 
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243. Board Game: Ninja Versus Ninja [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2679]
Anthony Baldassar
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Visalia
California
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Simple game - 2 player - short game, not allot of components - This game can be played in a small area - Bar Table
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244. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:334]
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Kentucky
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This meets the listed criteria.
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245. Board Game: Nuclear Escalation [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1575]
myles
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Mustang
Oklahoma
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KNEEL BEFORE ZOD !!!
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It doesn't get more take that than when you're tossing 20 megaton spitwads at each other.
 
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246. Board Game: Nuclear Proliferation [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1854]
myles
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Mustang
Oklahoma
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Just in case anyone survived, there's always this updated game.
 
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247. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1775]
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Lexington
Kentucky
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This meets the listed criteria.
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248. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1775]
Michael Garton
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Suffolk
Virginia
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Okay, Nuclear war was the ultimate B&P game when I was in college. Nothing like luanching a missle and looking at your friend and announcing ' 50 Megs in your face!!' only to have it shot down, or MISS.
 
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249. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:669]
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Back in the day, this (and the others in the microgame line) was the classic beer & pretzels game.
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250. Board Game: Orcz [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:9049]
Frank McGirk
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Pohang
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Another fun, quick game...with a lot of take that and bluffing.

 
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