Petition to add Beer and Pretzels as a category - win 50GG and a free game
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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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277. Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2437]
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Perhaps a bit long, but, this is definitely a game you'd consume beer and pretzels while playing.
 
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278. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:958] [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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279. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn 2 [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:781] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
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Adds more characters and more mayhem and best of all can be played alone as a sequel or combined with the original for an all out bout of drinking under the table.
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280. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn: Gambling? I'm In! [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:4525] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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New stand alone game, same drinking theme, but adds in real gambling games! Can also be combined with the other sets.
 
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282. Board Game: Redneck Life [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:10631]
Michael Basil
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What else can I say?
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283. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9757]
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Honestly, this game shouldn't even hit the table unless you and your friends are planning on drinking and in it for a bit of a marathon. Berr or alcohol of any kind is an essential game component; it should say so in the rules.
 
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284. Board Game: Risky Strategy [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:9524]
David Dawn
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This one is definitely funny if you haven't been through all the cards before and with plenty of beer they will stay funny!
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285. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:225]
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Interaction: Hoo boy. Yeah.
Humorous: Nothing funnier than hurting other people! Er... Robots.
Rules: Basic rules are simple.
Random: Card programming cards are dealt randomly?

This game rarely plays under an hour, but is still B&P under my own definition.
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286. Board Game: Rocks for Sale [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
David Whitcher
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Here is a PnP i did a few years back. I consider it a Beer and Pretzels game even thought it can run over an hour in length occasionally.
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287. Board Game: Rum & Pirates [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1454]
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This seems like a natural for the list. arrrh

I mean come on it's about Rum and Pirates!
 
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288. Board Game: Run for your Life, Candyman! [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:9303]
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This meets the listed criteria.
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289. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:640]
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This meets the listed criteria.
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290. Board Game: Saturn [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3305]
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Easy to learn, quick to play, fun with beer and pretzels!
 
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291. Board Game: Savana [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked]
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- Short - is usually 30 minutes per game.

- Limited rules - A simply card game

- Random component - Draw cards.
 
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292. Board Game: Save Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:3440]
Christopher Bird
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I've always felt the extra layer of complexity makes this slightly better than Kill Doctor Lucky, personally.
 
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294. Board Game: Scarab Lords [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2198] [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
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295. Board Game: Scene It? Movie [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:8717]
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Not the greatest game, IMHO, but it definitely works for beer and pretzels style gaming with non-gamers. The rules are insanely simple, you can play on teams, and can steal momentum during certain questions. On top of that, dice determine your movement together with your ability to answer questions. Nice little bit of both randomness and skill.

That, and it's even better if you play it while drinking!
 
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296. Board Game: Die Schlacht der Dinosaurier [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:4994]
myles
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Oklahoma
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Cavemen riding dinosaurs all duking it out? Perfect!
 
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297. Board Game: Der schwarze Pirat [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1850]
Julien Kirsch
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298. Board Game: Screaming Eagles [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:5775]
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Simple rules, fun play, blasting each others planes to bits!
 
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299. Board Game: Scum: The Food Chain Game [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6468]
United States
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Kentucky
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This is similar to the public domain game called President.
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300. Board Game: Secret Tijuana Deathmatch [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:8187]
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