The smallest bits
Scott Myers
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Rochester
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Some months ago, I was playing a game at a fFriend's house. I accidentally left a bit behind. We all know how that goes, I imagine. I saw the fFriend a number of times over the next several weekends, each time laughing about how it was probably very easy to lose the bit. It's the smallest bit I'd ever seen in any game!

So, tell us, what games do you know of that have ridiculously tiny parts?

We're not just talking about standard chits which seem a little under-sized to you. We're talking "ohmigosh, it's smaller than my child's fFingers, and it just went under the couch!!"
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1. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:709]
Scott Myers
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The game that spawned the list. The Twilight markers on each player's card are about 1/4" circular cardboard dots.

I still haven't actually gotten my own tiny bit back fFrom my buddy Brian. I have replaced all twilight markers with standard glass beads.
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne: Der Tunnel [Average Rating:6.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.37 Unranked]
Scott Myers
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The tunnel connector dots are so small!! It's a wonder I haven't lost any of these!!

I decided to save them and use sets of two common, colored, plastic buttons, instead.
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3. Board Game: Ad Astra [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:614]
Scott Myers
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The "start player" token is an itty bitty cardboard dot.
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4. Board Game: Creationary [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:2596]
Scott Myers
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The smallest lego pieces are always the fFirst to get lost.
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5. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:556]
Scott Myers
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Rochester
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I'm always worried about losing the little cardboard dots in the Mayfair edition of Cosmic. Pictured is the Eon edition, which I've not played, but appears to have the little dots, too.
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6. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:726]
Scott Myers
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I played a version of werewolf in which each player's role-indicator was a hole-punch chad with a tiny pencil scratch of a letter on it. The idea is that it would be very secretive, since it's so hard to read. Some players decided to eat their tiny paper dots to make sure it stayed secret.
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7. Board Game: Funny Friends [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1198]
Scott Myers
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Rochester
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There's a bunch of small pieces in this game, probably too many, and they all get shuffled around all the time... yeesh.
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8. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:529]
Scott Myers
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Rochester
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The smallest piece is quite small indeed!
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9. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:158]
Scott Myers
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There's a billion action cubes!! And they are all about an 1/8th"

Storing, sorting, and distributing them conveniently can be a challenge.
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10. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76]
Scott Myers
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I suppose any game with 1/8" cubes could be added. This is the only game I can think of where people triumphantly slam down rows of cubes the size of a house-fly. Such enthusiasm is directed at such itty bitty bits!
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11. Board Game: Alhambra: Power of the Sultan [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
Scott Myers
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I haven't measured, but i think the cubes in Alhambra expansions are among the smallest cubes in any game (I really should measure).
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12. Board Game: J.U.M.P. Into the Unknown [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:9879]
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Some of the markers are 4 or 5 mm round heavy stock paper chits. These are probably the smallest I remember having seen. (I glued them to some spare PR colonist tokens, which are considerably larger.)
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13. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
Randall Peek
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Preston
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Colonists!

I mean, really, why weren't these mentioned earlier? They really are some of the itsiest and bitsiest of game components.
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14. Board Game: Clippers [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1472]
Randall Peek
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The nation markers in this game are fabled for their microscopic nature. I have not played this game, but I have seen these infinitesimal dots and I have to say, if they were any smaller, they wouldn't even be there...
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15. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:85]
Olav Fakkeldij
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The batteries.
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16. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:148]
Nick Fisk
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17. Board Game: Trias [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1193]
Scott Myers
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The dino-meeples are meant to be small so you can fFit several on a tile. Bear in mind the tiles are 1 3/4" across, and usually when we play, we wind up having a lot less dinos than seen here, so the dinos could have been larger, really.

Still, they are lovely pieces. =)
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18. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
Southy
United Kingdom
Nuneaton
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All of the wooden pieces on your player board are tiny and circular so they can roll around all over the place.shake
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19. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:360]
Jason Arvey
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Virginia
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The population markers in La Citta are seriously small. Here are a few next to a camel from Through the Desert for comparison.
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20. Board Game: Vasco da Gama [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:277]
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The captains in Vasco da Gama are also very small. And they scatter all over the place.
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21. Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008 [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:817]
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I'm always worried I'll lose the Montana score piece (MT in this picture)
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22. Board Game: Vanished Planet [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:4050]
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I'm surprised that none of the resource tags from my copy of Vanished Planet haven't vanished into a deep-pile carpet yet.
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23. Board Game: Assyria [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:843]
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The wooden wells are pretty itty-bitty, but at least they're wood. I imagine if they were cardboard, they'd be even more likely to get lost.
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24. Board Game: Luna Llena: Full Moon [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3489]
Jason Farris
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The Life tokens, calm markers, and planning points are incredibly small. You can see some at the corners of the tiles that need to be punched out in this picture. What's worse is that you are expected to flip over the calm tokens at some point.

Recommendation: do not play this game without poker chips.
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25. Board Game: Blokus Trigon [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:598]
Nathan Morse
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Related to Travel Blokus... The single triangle piece in this is a nightmare.
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