The Greatest Abstract Game Series You've Never Played
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Well, OK, some of you have. But the majority of the games in the Abacus wood box series have fewer than ten ratings, which is too bad - there are a number of Gems I've found in the series, and I'm not the biggest fan of abstracts around.

I've tried to round all of these up, but keep finding additional games in the series myself. For those interested in adding to the list - I have intentionally left off the games only released in "pizza box" format (such as Revolution and Camp), as well as the big white box dexterity games such as Piratenbillard and Hursarengolf.
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1. Board Game: African Queen [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Board Game: African Queen
Joe Huber

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An Alex Randolph design, which unfortunately I've never played.
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2. Board Game: Lines of Action [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3453]
Board Game: Lines of Action
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A classic, and I can understand why; I enjoy it quite a bit, and it's got two strikes against it for me (2 player only & abstract).
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3. Board Game: Scalino [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
Board Game: Scalino
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My first play suggested a fascinating game; I look forward to playing it again.
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4. Board Game: Schach Plus [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
Board Game: Schach Plus
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Somehow, a Chess variant from Roland Siegers isn't at the top of my list to try.
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5. Board Game: Neo-Chess [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked]
Board Game: Neo-Chess
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An interesting Chess variant; probably of more interest to those who enjoy Chess variants more than I.
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6. Board Game: Goju [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Not being a fan of Go, this one doesn't tempt me.
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7. Board Game: Chain Reaction [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked]
Board Game: Chain Reaction
Joe Huber

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Oddly, this Sackson game reminds me strongly of soccer; the setup isn't soccer like, and the goals are the width of the playing field, but it still has that feel to me.
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8. Board Game: Uisge [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:15086]
Board Game: Uisge
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Sieger's games have never done much for me, and this wasn't an exception.
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9. Board Game: Run [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Run
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I'd really like to try this game sometime.
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10. Board Game: Massai [Average Rating:5.65 Unranked]
Board Game: Massai
Joe Huber

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Not a bad connection game, but not the best.
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11. Board Game: AxxA [Average Rating:4.58 Unranked]
Board Game: AxxA
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Unfortunately, this series isn't as consistent as Gipf. The pieces are always nice, but the games aren't; AxxA is one that didn't do anything for me.
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