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OK, I am giving up - I've read about Ameritrash-Fans, saw their microbadges, but I I just have NO idea whatsoever what AMERITRASH is... Sonds like crappy games from the US - but heh if they were crappy who'd like to play them?? So, please all those Ameritrashers out there: help me and enlighted me with your knowledge on Ameritrash games
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1. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2605] [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
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David Whitcher
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Manchester
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I am not sure if the term was coined by game snobs or people making fun of games snobs.

As far as I know an Ameritrash game is

1. Heavy on theme.
2. Dependant on odds based systems like dice rolls.
3. American in origin.
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2. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:363] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
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They got BITS! Not little wooden cubes.
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3. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1600]
Board Game: Conquest of the Empire
Eddie B
United States
Unspecified
Pennsylvania
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Lots of plastic. Lots of dice and dice rolling. Game weighs like 8 lbs (3.5 kg). Also known as a "beer and pretzels" game.
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4. Board Game: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2104]
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Michael Garrett
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Omaha
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Sometimes the theme outweighs the actual game play.
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5. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1823]
Board Game: Fortress America
Brian Morris
United States
Raytown
Missouri
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Heavy in your face slug it out conflict. None of this I own a bean field and you own a bean field and we both try to outgrow each other. In Ameritrash you own a bean field and I invade it with ground troops, tanks and aircraft.
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6. Board Game: Monsters Menace America [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:4195]
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Atlanta
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If it's got giant lobsters sprouting wings and breathing lightning on each other, it's probably Ameritrash.
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7. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:472]
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Paul Boos
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Virginia
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If it's designed to work under a black light, it's Ameritrash.

And the rules do NOT have to be complex.

This is probably my favorite of the Ameritrash labels...
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8. Board Game: The A-Team: The Adventures with B.A. Card Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Michael Barnes
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Decatur
Georgia
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If it's a game you wouldn't be embarassed to ask Mr. T to play, it's Ameritrash.
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9. Board Game: The A-Team: The Adventures with B.A. Card Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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If it's a game you wouldn't be embarassed to ask Mr. T to play, it's Ameritrash.
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10. Board Game: Twilight Imperium: Third Edition [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:83]
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Aaron Tubb
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If a game looks so totally sweet that, when you first see it, you have to try very hard to refrain from crapping your pants or kicking someone in the face (out of sheer excitement), it is probably Ameritrash.
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11. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:19955]
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Chris
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Cincinnati
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Compare and contrast.

Excerpt of a typical session report for an Ameritrash game:

"...moved twenty armies in to Ukraine and wiped out Green's last remaining army... burned his fields, raped his sheep, and sold his women and children into slavery."

Excerpt from a typical Euro game session report:

"...completed the last set of red arrangements to win the Veldverboog floral competition... since green was in last place, she got four free cards... this allowed her to place the pink florist meeple on her arrangement, which denied me future style points. What an elegant mechanic!"
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12. Board Game: War & Sheep [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:10704]
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Smithtown
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In Eurogames you have wood for sheep.

In Ameritrash games you take the sheep, force feed it plastic explosives and hurl it into your opponent's HQ with a catapult.
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13. Board Game: Survivor [Average Rating:4.03 Overall Rank:20640]
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Francis Perron
Canada
Québec
Québec
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I haven't played this one but looking at the components (no nice wooden meeples), plastic stands and cheap cardboard caracters, this one definitevely fits the bill.
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14. Board Game: HeroClix [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2305] [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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Scott Rogers
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Thousand Oaks
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If you play it despite it's lousy rules and errata it's probably Ameritrash!

If playing it on a 3D terreign makes it even better, it's probably Ameritrash!

If it features plastic figures of Superheroes, Zombies, Aliens, Robots, Ninjas, Monsters, Dragons and/or Pirates, it's probably Ameritrash!!
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15. Board Game: Baghdad Rummy [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Baghdad Rummy
Big Chase
United States
New York
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16. Board Game: Marvel Heroes [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2488]
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Washington
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American Icons beating up on bad guys. It doesn't get better than that. Complete with plastic figures and dice rolling. The best part is that it was designed by a bunch of Italians. Welcome on board the Ameritrash Bandstand.
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17. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:563]
Board Game: Fury of Dracula (Second Edition)
Or let's face it a little more technically.

For a Euro-Game, there first is the design of the mechanic and the theme is just a little hint to get into the game.

For an Ameritrash-Game, there first is the theme, the story to be told, everything else (design, graphic, bits, playing time, common sense) has to obey to the theme.

You are not playing an auction or a tile-laying game, your are chasing Dracula!sauron
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18. Board Game: Blood Bowl [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:6782]
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Yes, the figures came in a later edition but this one has guys on both sides of the line beating up on each other with dice rolling to boot. There are versions with plastic figures too! The Brits were the first to jump on the Ameritrash Bandstand. Let's hear it for the Brits who have always backed us up since 1814.
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19. Board Game: Supremacy: The Game of the Superpowers [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:16388]
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Did we forget the great grand-daddy of Ameritrash?

Nukes... check.
Massive armies... check.
Plastic bits... check.
Die rolling... check.
Massive flaw in the rules... check.
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20. Board Game: Ameritrash [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Scott Leibbrandt
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...this is Ameritrash
 
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