Games for color blind people to avoid.
David Hawkins
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NSW
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Started playing alot more board games over the last few months and have begun to notice that newer games tend to be pretty tough for color blind people. Would be interesting to see what others have found and which ones they suggest should be avoided.

I'm the standard red-green color blind and this has proven to be a problem more than once.
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1. Board Game: Catan: 5-6 Player Extension [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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The green and brown pieces I find impossible to tell apart. Makes it very confusing. Best way to handle it is to make sure you are one of these colours as you will remember where your pieces are better than other people pieces.
 
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2. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:477]
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David Hawkins
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Many variants of orange, yellow, green, pink, etc. in this game. Makes it very hard for us color blind people.

Play/Buy something else is my suggestion.
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:82]
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Unfortunately my wife doesn't want to play this game with me, since she can hardly distinguish the cubes and also has difficulty with the tiles. Even though the 2md edition should have improved this somewhat, I still think they can be perceived as too similar.
 
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4. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:517]
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This is the definitive anti-color-blind game for me. Three of the five colors are nearly indistiguishable.

Strangely, in the picture to the left I can see all the colors clearly. That's one of the mysteries of color blindness. It's as much about lighting, shade, saturation, tone, and contrast, as the color itself...I guess. Dunno. Hard to say from my perspective.
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5. Board Game: Vampire [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:6988]
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This is one I can't play, especially in less than wonderful lighting.
 
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On the first edition, they didn't use the symbols on the board.
 
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Even non color blind people seem to have trouble distinguishing the red from orange.
 
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Juuso Mattila
Sweden
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This game was the first one in my mind when reading the name of this geeklist. 6 player colors, 3 political faction colors and 6 areal colors that are due to production shown different on the cards than how they are shown on the board. A full game might be hard to follow sometimes without having problems with your vision.

In the picture there is a 5-player game in progress.
 
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Played this last night, and was reminded again that one of my buds is colour-blind and has difficulties with differentiating the colours in this. Particularly when they arrive into a dark green cube tray.
 
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10. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:83]
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I played El Grande last week and couldn't tell apart the green and brown cubes most of the time. Good thing I like the game anyway.
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11. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2060]
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Mike Adams
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This is the worst for me. Totally unplayable. I can't tell the gold and green apart from each other. Nor can I tell the blue and purply apart from each other.

In my deck I marked up the green and purple cards by putting a black dot over one of the eyes of each skull in the corners. It looks like a patch over the eye so it's unobtrusive, but then I'm perfectly fine playing the game. I really enjoy it, so it's a shame about the colors.
 
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12. Board Game: Blink [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:5003]
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1/3 of the game play is eliminated without seeing the color. It isn't like there is time to compensate.
 
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13. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:878]
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You don't have to be color-blind to be occasionally confused by the three different shades of brown used for the horses in the original version of this game.
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14. Board Game: Ligretto [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2949] [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
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We have a color blind friend who cannot play this game with us.
 
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15. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1464]
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Or this game. (but he CAN play Funkenschlag after careful selection of colors, so we don't complain ever).
 
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16. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:223]
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A friend of mine finds the red and green tiles indistinguishable. Fortunately, this only becomes a problem on the rare occasions we play it 4-player.
 
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17. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2274]
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My husband finds this game difficult. He has no difficulties moving from country to country on foot or using the jeeps, but the aeroplanes are a nightmare. After playing the first time he said to me "what do you mean there are different coloured aeroplane cards?" So I had to make a crib sheet of different coloured countries and labels for all the aeroplane cards. He still avoids aeroplanes...
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18. Board Game: Agora Barcelona [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:13910]
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I like the game (in fact it's my city!), but the quarters of Barcelona have too similar colours, at least for me an my color blindness, and I can't rely on colours while playing.

Fortunately all cards have the names of the quarters, not only their representative colours. Nonetheless I've always must ask something about the cards, or the board, or the meeples, or whatever (hoping my playing mates tell me the truth!).
 
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19. Board Game: Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2470]
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"Hey Mayfair Games, check out the new game that I, Wolfgang Kramer, have invented!"

"Ooh, let's see!"

"Dig it, the cards use only colors to differentiate the pieces! And here's the best part: this card actually switches Red and Green!"

"Awesome!"

"I call it, 'Go to Hell You Colorblind Bastards!'"

"That's great Wolfgang! Can we maybe retheme it to car racing?"
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20. Board Game: A Victory Lost: Crisis in Ukraine 1942-1943 [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:1447]
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This why I don't mind the Blue Americans vs. the Pink Germans in Battle of the Bulge..
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