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This is list of free electronic versions of board games, distilled from a bigger list . This can be used as homeplay assignments and students can turn in screenshots of completed games like this:
I used MS Word but you can use whatever graphic app or word processor that you prefer.

Taking Screen shots on PC and Mac
Screen Shots wrote:
Windows
[Alt] + [Prnt Scrn] --> capture only active window
or
[Prnt Scrn] --> capture entire desktop
Paste into MS Word or a graphics editor for printing.
detailed instructions

Mac
[Command] + [Shift] + 3 --> Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
or
[Command] + [Control] + [Shift] + 4, then select an area --> Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
Paste into MS Word or a graphics editor for printing.
detailed instructions

iPhone/iPad
[Home] + [Power] --> screen should flash white
Transfer pictures by syncing with a computer



Layout of games on this list
Platforms: browser based / Mac OSX / Windows
Installation: Yes / No
Some games require installation which usually requires full access, to login as a computer or network administrator. Thus, you not likely to be able to install games at most computer labs, cybercafes and other public computer places.


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51. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:180]
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Type: auction, multiple types
Time: 45 minutes

Learning point: There are several types of auctions that are used in life as well as games.



Platform: Windows
Install: No

Overview >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Art_%28game%29
Rules online >> Game Cabinet Rules Archive - Modern Art
Tutorial videos >> UFBRT: Modern Art (Episode 7) & UFBRT: Modern Art Follow-Up Video
Download >> http://download.cnet.com/Modern-Art/3000-2119_4-10379850.htm...
Download >> http://snapper.rooms.cwal.net/modart.zip

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Modern Art PC game help:
Number in boxes below names are cards:
White cards = cards in hand.
Color cards = purchased paintings

Symbol for auction types
(+) Open--bid or rebid in any order
(o) Sealed--bid with money hidden in the fist
{$} Fixed Price--set price, take it or leave it
(C) Once Around--one and only one bid in turn order
== Double--Offer two paintings at once

Artist (suit) and matching color
Lite Metal -- Yellow
Yoko -- Turquoise
Christine P -- Pink
Karl Gitter -- Purple
Krypto -- Beige

Thus, Yellow (+) = Lite Metal painting for open auction.
 
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52. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:520]
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Type: trick taking, dynamic partnership
Points: 3
Time: 30
iPhone game



$1.99 iPhone/iPad > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mu-games/id378699513?uo=4&mt=...
Rules > built-in tutorial
 
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53. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:334]
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Type: auction / set collecting
Time: 30 minutes



Platform: Microsoft Windows
Install: No

Rules: Help > Game Instructions...
Rules pdf > http://www.zmangames.com/cardgames/files/nothanks/NoThanksRu...
Download: http://www.hagru.at
select The Tricky Squirrel and download and play

Download, unzip and run Squirrel.exe (no install needed)

Play once with original rules then the variant of not playing with 10, 20, 30.
Game > New game > Rules > (0) User defined > [v] Force to put back the cards 10, 20, 30.
 
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54. Board Game: Oceania [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:3813]
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Exploration
15 minutes



Not the best game but it is a good example of an exploration game.

Play online (Flash) > http://www.playcatan.com
Rules > Built-in

Steps for play:
0) www.playcatan.com
1) / Games \
2) Play to win Prizes
3) Oceania
 
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55. Board Game: Odds'R [Average Rating:4.62 Overall Rank:10579]
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Small Roller
Odds of rolling dice calculator.

Q: What are the odds of rolling a 5 or 6 on a two six-sided dice?
A: 55.56%


http://www.fnordistan.com/smallroller.html
 
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56. Board Game: Oh Hell! [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1384]
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Type: trick taking, folk card game
Points: 3

Oh Hell is one of the most popular traditional trick taking card games that has been repackaged into several commercial card games. Although lighter than serious partnership games like Contract Bridge, or Spades, it has an appealing depth and complexity combination. Oh Hell is a descendent of Whist.

You can play either iPhone or Windows version. The Windows version requires installation.

Download and install for Windows > http://thanoscardgames.jimdo.com/download/plain-trick-taking...
Rules > http://www.pagat.com/exact/ohhell.html

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Alternate 1
Type: trick taking, folk card game
Points: 2

Niggle Lite, Oh Hell for iPhone > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/niggle-oh-hell-lite/id4100208...


Alternate 2
Type: trick taking, folk card game
Points: 2


Wizard is a popular commercial variant of Oh Hell.

$0.99 -- download Wizard for iPhone > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wizard/id404368228?uo=4&mt=8&...
 
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57. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:731]
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Solitaire/Patience Puzzle
20 minutes

A commercial Solitaire/Patience game. Can be played solo or as two person team.

There is no software, you have to buy a physical copy.

Tutorial Video, Part I > http://youtu.be/Z_7GjcX-4IA
Tutorial Video, Part I > http://youtu.be/VKpaLplSE4Q
Rules > http://www.zmangames.com/cardgames/files/onirim/Onirim_Rules...
 
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58. RPG Item: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:19]
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RPG, complex
Time: 10 hours

Pathfinder, A Dungeons & Dragons clone. There is a solo, a short tutorial, gamebook-like section. Available as PDF and box set. Get the Beginner's Box if you are interested classic paper RPG.

Overview > http://playthisthing.com/pathfinder-roleplaying-game-beginne...

Sample play by people playing over a forum.
The play-by-forum: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/695981/
Out-of-character discussion: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/695982/
Pathfinder Rules >> http://www.d20pfsrd.com/
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59. Board Game: Patience [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:10882]
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Puzzle
Time 30 minutes




Collection of Solitaire/Patience.
http://worldofsolitaire.com/
 
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60. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1053]
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Type: abstract connection & capture
Time: 10 minutes



Classic connect 5 and capture hybrid.

Rules: http://www.yourturnmyturn.com/rules/pente.php
Play online: http://www.yourturnmyturn.com/java/pente/index.php

Your-Turn-My-Tyurn Pente uses a tournament rule that the first player must place the second stone away from the first stone. This tournament rules is to compensate for the first player advantage.
 
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61. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:920]
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press-your-luck, dice combination
time: 20 minutes



Play online (flash), Faceboook app > http://apps.facebook.com/pickomino
Rules > built-in tutorial

Learning Point: Example of how luck is controlled by design.
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62. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:252]
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Type: Dexterity, flicking
Points: 2
Time: 20 minutes



Disc Drivin'
Flicking racing game. Flick wooden discs around a track.

Disc Drivin' HD for iPad ($2.99 8-2-11) > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disc-drivin-hd/id424991374?uo...
Disc Drivin' for iPhone ($1.99 8-2-11) > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disc-drivin/id402379680?uo=4&...
Disc Drivin' Free for iPhone > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disc-drivin-free/id406460485?...
Tutorial > built-in
 
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63. Board Game: Pocket Civ [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1874]
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resource management / scripted AI / solo
20 minutes

Good example of a final project.



A 10-hour monster game Advanced Civilization, reinterpreted and shortened into a 20 minute game by serious fan.

Rules
Pocket Civ (Win)
 
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64. Board Game: Poker Squares [Average Rating:4.38 Unranked]
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set collection, poker hands
Time 20 minutes



Poker Square Solitaire
Type: set collection, poker hands
Points: 2

The original Poker Square Solitaire. Not as fun as Swords & Poker
http://www.idiotsdelight.net/poker.html
Poker hands > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poker_hands

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Sword and Poker 2 is a variation of Poker Squares, a Solitaire (Patience) that uses poker hands, with added RPG elements. Poker hands are used in many card games besides poker including dice games. Playing Sword and Poker 2 will help you memorize poker hands.

On a quest, battling monsters by forming poker hands that stand in the way of acquiring the Apocalypse Rod.

This is a long game, and you are not expected to finish the game. Rather, play few battles until you can get a good feel for the game.

Download for the iPhone.
Sword & Poker Guide
 
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65. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
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Type: economic / special powers (buildings)
60 minutes
* Learning Point: indirect conflict and variable power (roles)

Puerto Rico-A tycoon like, econ sim game
The number one ranked board game for five years running, 2003-2008.

* Overview > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico_%28board_game%29
* Tutorial > How to play video http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=80
* Building reference -- vp upper right, cost in circle > http://files.boardgamegeek.com/file/download/6zr1m0u1u/PRBui...
* Full Rules > http://www.riograndegames.com/uploads/Game/Game_4_gameRules....

Puerto Rico Evolver MS Excel macro
* MS Excel spreadsheet macro. Requires MS Excel.


Platform: Anything that can run MS Excel
Install: No
Download Puerto Rico Evolver, original by Tony Mittion > http://www.geekdo.com/filepage/8766/pr_030205-zip
Download Puerto Rico Evolver, Improved by Chris Gibbs > http://www.tropiceuro.com/puerto-rico-evolver/

Puerto Rico Evolver needs to run Excel macros to work so you may need to do the following:

You may need to change security settings MS Excel to play Puerto Rico Evolver.

MS Excel is used to by many game designers for both analog and digital game design.
Brenda Brathwaite wrote:
When I create [game] systems, I often start very early prototyping in Microsoft Excel. I just want to see id the system or simulation works ...
--p246 Game Design Workshop, Tracy Fullerton, Morgan Faufmann Publishers 2008


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Alternative 1 - Tropic Euro
Puerto Rico clone, rethemed to modern era. Difference are liste here: http://www.tropiceuro.com/guide.php

Platform: Online (Java)
Install: No
Play online > http://www.tropiceuro.com
How to setup game:

start game

click [OK] -- to open TropicEuro.jnlp with Java

click [RUN] -- If asked to run this application, choose to run Tropic Euro

Uncheck Play Online. Playing offline, on your local machine and not on their server, does not require registration.

Click Create Game and choose option as above picture. Click Create Game and choose option as above picture.

Four player is optimal, hidden victory points is the official rules, and random seat order is a tournament rule. Choose AI difficulty of your choosing.

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Alternative 2 - Harrison's Curl Puerto Rico
* Must install Curl software client software on your computer. Curl is similar to Java. The AI is weak.


Platform: Mac OSX, Windows
Install: Yes, Curl client
Play > http://www.phial.com/puerto-rico/game.curl

A crude text based Puerto Rico. Offers play with AI and with people.

Pregame Setup
Get Curl, a web tool, similar to Java: http://www.phial.com/puerto-rico/
Once installed go to > http://www.phial.com/puerto-rico/game.curl

There is no need for registration because you will be running Curl Puerto Rico locally.

How to setup game:

[ Launch Private Server on This Machine ]

Lobby window
[ Create Table #0 ]

Table window
...
World Size: (O) default ( ) 2 ( ) 3 ( ) 4 ( ) 5 ( ) 6
...
[ Start Game ] (leave the rest as is)


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Alternative 3 - Puerto Rico HD
Puerto Rico HD for the iPad: http://appshopper.com/games/puerto-rico-hd
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66. Board Game: Quiddler [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:2372]
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Type: vocabulary
time: 15 minutes

Quiddler Daily Puzzles

Rules > Quiddler Daily Puzzle Instructions
Play online > Daily Puzzles

 
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67. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:94]
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Type: auction, press your luck
time: 45 minutes



Platform: Windows
Install: No

Overview >> http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/11/11810.phtml
Rules >> http://riograndegames.com/uploads/Game/Game_266_gameRules.pd...
Rules video >> Ra Rules Explanation by Board Game Geek TV
Play Aid >> http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/27109
Download >> http://snapper.rooms.cwal.net/ra.zip


Learning point: Auction used as a press your luck mechanism with complex scoring.

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Points: 3



$3.99 iPhone/iPad > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reiner-knizias-ra/id400213892...
Rules > built-in tutorial
 
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68. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:23]
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TCG, resource management, trading card game
Time: 75 minutes



Plays like San Juan, the card version of Puerto Rico. Complex TCG-like, resource management card game.

Download > http://keldon.net/rftg
Video tutorial from Wei-Hua Huang, Race for the Galaxy artist:
part 1: rftg-tutorial-1of3
part 2: rftg-tutorial-2of3
part 3: rftg-tutorial-3of3
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69. Board Game: Racetrack [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:4472]
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Type: racing, realistic
Time: 15 minutes


Vector Racer

A racing game with a real physics "engine"
Race Track is used in schools to teach vectors and kinematics.

* Overview > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racetrack_%28game%29
* Play online > web based http://vectorracer.boschloo.net/
* Rules > http://vectorracer.boschloo.net

Acceleration and deceleration: you can move +1, 0, -1 space of the previous move. Thus if you moved 4 spaces forward previously, you can move forward 3, 4, 5 (4-1=3, 4+0=4, 4+1=5) spaces this turn.

* Learning Point: simple yet realistic physics "engine."

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Backup game
Paper & Pencil racing--press any key to have the computer make a move.
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70. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:425]
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Type: puzzle, optimal path (maze)
Time: 15 minutes

Simple instructions on how to play.

A group puzzle game.
Platform: Browser based
Installation: No

Get the right color robot to the right icon with the least amount of moves possible. You can move other robots to ricochet off to the right direction.

The rules: Ricochet Robots Rules PDF
Video tutorial: How to Play: Ricochet Robots
Play online: Ricochet Robots daily puzzle

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1) The Ricochet Robot Training Page
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71. RPG Item: Ring of Thieves [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:5493]
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Type: RPG, solo
Time: 60+ minutes


Review > Review on Play This Thing!
Play > Ring of Thieves Online
Rules > Risus RPG rules

Ring of Thieves was created to show the power, flexibility, and simplicity of Risus: Anything RPG. Read the Risus RPG rules before playing.

Gamebook RPG systems like Fable Lands or Lone Wolf are too simple to be applied outside of the specific gamebooks and while light RPG systems like GURPS Lite or Microlite20 attempt to emulate more complex rule system--pretending to be something they are not.

Risus was designed from the ground-up as a modern light RPG system that is simple yet robust enough to be used in any setting. A truly elegant system; easy to explain yet flexible enough to deal with almost any game situation.

This is an open system that is free to use as long as you give credit to the designer.
 
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72. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:392]
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press-your-luck, resource management, dice
points: 2




The dice generate resources and you must allocate them in a efficient manner.

$2.99 iPhone > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roll-through-the-ages/id37416...
Rules > built-in tutorial
 
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73. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:153]
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Type: auction, cash flow management
Points: 45

A cash flow management game.

Download and play > http://www.westpark-gamers.de/index.html?/download/sp_pc_e.p...
Rules > http://www.yucata.de/en/Rules/Petersburg

Download and play instructions. Installation is not required to play this game.
1) Point a web browser to aforementioned link
2) You are going to download two files, game and language pack, click:
[Download Zip Archive]
Scroll down to find the language pack, and click:
[English incl. English cards]
3) Unzip both files and copy and replace language pack (langengb) files into game directory.
4) SPeter01 -- double click to start game.

 
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74. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:125]
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type: area influence / combat / abstract strategy
Time: 45



Samuai
2003 Independent Games Festival Technical Excellence Award winner


* Overview > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_(board_game)
* Windows download > http://tinyurl.com/rksamurai
* Mac download > http://tinyurl.com/klear-samurai
* Rules > http://riograndegames.com/uploads/Game/Game_169_gameRules.pd...

The video game developer, Klear changed the original Reiner Knizia board game rules. Play by the original rules by following these steps.







* Learning Point: End game mechanism that allows to control length of the game as a strategy.

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$4.99 iOS > http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reiner-knizias-samurai/id3868...
 
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75. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:160]
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Type: trading card game / special powers / economic
Points: 45

JSanJuan


Download: http://www.compoundeye.net/jsanjuan/

San Juan is simplified, card version of Puerto Rico. Cards are used for everything. When you produce a barrel of good like indigo, the barrels are represented by face-down cards, if you earn victory points with the Chapel, the victory points are represented by face-down cards, and when sell a barrel of a good, you get money which is...(surprise!)...cards.

Video rules overview >> San Juan Review - with Ryan Metzler
Basic reference >> http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/38035/universal-head-s...
Rules pdf >> http://www.riograndegames.com/uploads/Game/Game_170_gameRule....

Play a three player game.

Platforms: Java / Mac / Windows
Installation: No

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Alternatives

Only play these if JSan Juan is not working. The Alternatives, Jim Getzen's and Mark Haberman's San Juan AI's have some minor bugs.

Jim Getzen San Juan AI for Mac
http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/18057/jims-san-juan-1-0-zi...
known bug: Whenever a player chooses the Producer role, computer player seated in #2 position does not place a card on a production building.

Mark Haberman San Juan AI for PC
http://boardgamegeek.com/file/19840/San_Juan_fixed.zip
Known bug: In a 2 player game, the Library may only use it once per round but is used is used twice. Work-around--don't play a 2 player game.
 
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