The Go-Ban as Game System
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A game system is a set of game components which can be used to play a number of games. The most familiar example is a standard deck of (French) playing cards, for which hundreds, if not thousands, of games have been designed. Examples which might make the meaning clearer are the modern PiecePack and Icehouse game systems, which were explicitly created as such.

If you would like to learn more about the idea of game systems, Ron Hale-Evans has written a very interesting series of articles for The Games Journal. The first of these articles can be found at:

http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GameSystem...s1.shtm...

However, this GeekList is specifically about using the go-ban, that is, a standard Go set, as a game system. I have listed several games which can be played with a go-ban without additional components. If you know of others, please feel free to add them.

For the sake of simplicity and clarity, please do not add games that can be played with an 8x8 (chess/checkers) board and checkers. Any such game can be played on a go-ban, theoretically, but checkers sets are so common as to render the use of a go-ban unnecessary. Other games which use a board that is larger than 8x8, but still fit on the 19x19 board of a standard go-ban are fine.
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1. Board Game: Slither [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:4908]
 
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One of my goals with Slither was to allow it to be played with a Go-Ban. the 19x19 game would take a while so I recommend playing on some predefined area of the board. 10x10 is a good size to get started.
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2. Board Game: Symple [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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3. Board Game: Ayu [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
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Suggested size is currently 11x11, but I've played it multiple times on a 13x13 go board. No reason you couldn't do 19x19 too!
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4. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:108]
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Of course.

I've barely dipped my toe into the ocean of Go, but I love it so far. The only problem is that, as a rank beginner, it really makes my brain hurt after a while. :o

Well, that plus the fact that I suck.
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5. Board Game: Epaminondas [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:4561]
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A development and expansion of the 8x8 game Crossings. The standard version is played on a 12x14 board (an on the squares, not the intersections), but there aren't too many boards of that size floating around, even in the collections of dedicated 'Geeks, so a go-ban might be the best option. Also, 12x14 is just the standard size. There is no real reason that I know of that this couldn't be played on the full go-ban.

Epiminondas was most famously presented in Sid Sackson's A Gamut of Games, but it was designed by Robert Abbott, who, IMHO, stands in no game designer's shadow.
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6. Board Game: Xodd [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Suggested size is 14x14, but you could play larger too.
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7. Board Game: Gonnect [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:8410]
 
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A modern (2000) design which is (to oversimplify) a cross between Go and Hex.

I haven't looked too closely at Gonnect yet (which is rather shameful, since I added it to the database a few weeks ago), but from what I have seen, it may be quite an interesting game.
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8. Board Game: Loose [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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A simple-looking, tile-flipping territory game in which groups are captured when they run out of "true" liberties.

Ideally, Reversi stones should be used to make flips easier.
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9. Board Game: Vimbre [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Drawless square board connection game with double stone placement and banned diagonal connections. Instead of placing one or two stones, you have the option of flipping a single enemy stone sandwiched between your own stones.

This is probably the best square board connection game with double moves and static (permanent) connections.
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10. Board Game: Kopano [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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Drawless square board connection game with great clarity and a touch of coldness. Diagonal-only connections are only allowed if placing an enemy stone on the same point would also create one. This simple twist on Crossway makes for much tighter, less direct tactics and makes the game challenging on quite smaller boards, like 11x11.
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11. Board Game: Connect6 [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:6093]
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This'll do the trick too. Not a bad looking *-in-a-row game.
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12. Board Game: Quentin [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Drawless square board connection game where players claim territories with a majority of friendly stones surrounding them. This simple mechanism makes deadlocks impossible.

Fun, innovative and deep.
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13. Board Game: Cation [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
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Drawless square board connection game with gripping ko fights.
 
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14. Board Game: TWRS [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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Eventhough this game is a bit different, I thought it was worth mentioning: each player has 3 towers (pawns). 40 playing pieces (Go stones) can be used as markerstones (all the same colour).

The game plays on an 11x11 grid. Play is done on the intersections, just like in Go. Rules can be found here.

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15. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1348]
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Pente is a slightly dumbed down version of the traditional game Ninuki-renju.

How many people do you think own a Pente set without realizing that they can play Go on it?

How many people do you think own a Pente set, realize that they can play Go on it, but don't because it's too hard for them to understand?

How many BGGers own a go-ban and wonder "Why in the world would I ever want to play Pente on it?"

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16. Board Game: Alea evangelii [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
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A hnefatafl-type game played on the intersections of a 19x19 grid!
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17. Board Game: Rhode [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Simple, drawless square board connection game where diagonal connections force you to use up your next turn connecting the stones orthogonally.
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18. Board Game: Oust [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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This game can be played on a square or hexagonal board. Original concept with lots of potential.
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19. Board Game: Renju [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:8348]
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You mention it under Go-Moku - may as well give it a spot.
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20. Board Game: Gess [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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This game was mentioned in the list comments soon after I first created this. I figured I'd leave it for someone who needed the GeekGold for an avatar to add it to the database.

Flash forward to a couple of weeks ago, and I discover that it still isn't in the database, so I added it myself, mostly so I could put it in this list.

This is a vaguely chess-like game in which the 'pieces' are configurations of stones, with each configuration being able to move in a different (but easy to remember) way. You can move any configuration on the board that you own that forms a legal 'piece'.

Both players have to maintain a 'ring' piece, and the first player who is unable to do so for any reason loses.
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21. Board Game: Thud [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4355]
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Thud can be played quite conveniently on a Goban if you use a third type of stone to note the edge of the board.

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22. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2311]
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While othello can be played on a checkers board, it would take three or more sets to have enough "men" to play. Thus I invoke the go-ban.
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23. Board Game: Go Mofasta [Average Rating:6.05 Unranked]
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This adds an element of chance and hidden information, making it a lighter game than brain-burning Go.
 
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24. Board Game: Ki [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Ki is definitely playable on a Go-ban and shares a lot in common with Go. While Ki has more elegant rules than Go it is not quite as fast paced and (probably) not as deep as Go.
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25. Board Game: Go-Moku [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:4911]
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Go-Moku is a simplified, children's version of Nenuki-renju, although the family tree actually runs the other way.
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