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Are you a sucker for cheap (german) board games? Don't you know if the game you're wanting is language independent? Help is on the way!

Last year Grimwold launched the "Language Independence Project" with the purpose of tagging games with a tag indicating their degree of language dependency (see:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/15467).
Thanks to the hard work of Grimwold and many other BGG users (amongst them Kris Verbeeck), many games have been tagged.

Though some people have made geeklists about language independency, fx Jon's list of language dependant games http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/5396 or Drzodiacus' list http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/9382, there isn't an easily accessible list of the top rated games. I hope this list will fill that gap!

Grimwold's language levels that will be used in this list are:

* Language Level 0: These games have NO text on the game components, so anyone familiar with the rules can play the game regardless of which language edition it is. This category can also include games where only numerals are used on game components.
* Language Level 1: These games have some text on in-game components, such as a few action cards. Anyone familiar with the rules can play the game, though may require a small cheat-sheet to decode such action cards etc. This will also include games with little or no in-game text, but that require each player to use a summary sheet.
* Language Level 2: These would be games that have a moderate amount of in-game text, such as a complete deck of cards with actions or abilities on. Any crib sheet would have to be quite extensive to allow play in a foreign language, although it could still be played with such a crib sheet, and would become easier as players become more familiar with the cards etc.
* Language Level 3: There is just too much in-game text for the game to be playable in a foreign language. Arkham Horror is a prime example of this, as are many of the BIG Fantasy Flight games. At this level, any thought of cribsheets goes out of the window, as chances are the cribsheets would be bigger than the games rulebook.
* Language Level 4: These games are fundamentally unplayable using a foreign version. This could be because the games components are language specific, so a foreign copy would be missing key components. Also category for games that are unplayable if you're not very fluent in language game is printed on.

I have added links to English rules for games with a language level between 0-2. Remember to give thumbs-up/tips to the people who uploaded the files

Please comment on the classifications of the games, if you disagree. Feel free to add links to any useful files.
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Nicely made printable cards in English can be found in the file section:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=9913
If you are willing to print these and laminate them onto the building tiles, you may buy this game in a foreign language edition.

English rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=17949
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English rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=15841
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English rules: http://www.ystari.com/caylus/Caylus72E.pdf
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English cards for the base game can be bought seperately. If you are willing to buy them, only the box will be different from the English edition.

English rules: http://www.gamecabinet.com/rules/ElGrande.html
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English rules: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/PDF/warofthering.pdf
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Different reference sheets are available in the file section.
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English rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=5394
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Player aid: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=17461
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English rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=23484
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English rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=6057
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25. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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