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James Cheevers
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My first geek-list.

I have recently moved to France and luckily found a couple of gaming stores. I'm picking up games for the family and friends when they visit. I've bought a handful over here but am wondering what games don't rely on text heavy cards and accessories. Rules I'm not too bothered about as I can pick up most rulesets on the internet.

I'm not listing abstracts either (Checkers, Abalone etc) as I know I can buy them without any problems

I've started the list with the games I have here.

Thanks for listening
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:146] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
James Cheevers
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'Les Aventuriers du Rail'

My wife, 7 year old son and I all love this game. Only French rules included but an English set available on the website.
 
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2. Board Game: Isis & Osiris [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:5719]
James Cheevers
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Bought this for my son, who really likes challenging Dad. Luckily my short term memory is bad enough to give him an advantage. French rules included but an English translation available here on the Geek.
 
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3. Board Game: Risk 2210 A.D. [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1152]
James Cheevers
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Picked up but not played yet. Handily includes rules in various languages.
 
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4. Board Game: The Kids of Catan [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:16969]
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Picked up last year for my younger son and aimed towards non readers. A lot of fun is had.... so long as he wins ;-)
 
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5. Board Game: Wettstreit der Baumeister [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:5479]
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'Les Grands Batisseurs'

Not played yet but all components are language independent. Bought this on impulse for 4 Euros (about $6). Need to remember to print out the English rules from here.
 
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:547]
James Cheevers
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My favourite 2 player game at the moment. And the rules translation is here too.
 
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7. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:357]
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No writing in this one.
 
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8. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1604]
Dane Peacock
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I opened the box and out fell 5 full color rulebooks! I thought the company had made a mistake in packaging, but Nope. 5 sets of rules in 5 different languages come with the game. The components are language independent.
 
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9. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:600]
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Simple Rules and the names/colors on the map match the names/colors on the card.

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10. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:551]
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The only German in my German verion is the Rules. The map and cards are in English and you really don't need to read the names of the roads since everything is color coded.

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11. Board Game: Dungeon Twister [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:869]
Cédric Junillon
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Hi I hope you'll enjoy life here.
First DUNGEON TWISTER
If you like chess, you'll love this as it is an extremely deep game.
If you want to have fun just blasting opponents in a dungeon, you just put a two-minute time limit per move, and the reflexion game transforms in a very fun game!
Almost no text, except for the name of the 8 items but I guess you can recognize a sword from a rope from a fireball .... with just the drawings!
Only for 2 players
 
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12. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1071]
Cédric Junillon
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I am only submitting French games because I think it is more interesting for you to try games you could not buy in other countries.
Ys is a great and simple game for 3 or 4 players (variants for 2 and 5 exist only in French right now)
No text at all and great rulebook in 4 different languages
 
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13. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:889] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
Andrea Angiolino
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Materials are language-indipendent, box is multilanguage, rules are the only language-dependent item (you can often find them translated online - have a look here on the WoW page of BGG under files and links).

 
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14. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1303]
Niels Taatgen
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Groningen
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Set (Set! in Europe) uses just plain symbols, and has the advantage of having very few rules.
 
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15. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1271]
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The rules even come in several languages! Otherwise, the game is pretty much free of text.
 
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16. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:235]
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Only the rules are in English. The helpful player guide has no words on it.
 
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17. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:193]
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Here's one that should fit the bill.
 
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18. Board Game: Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1836]
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All the components are language independent, but there is a helpful little guide to run you through a sample game which hasn't been translated. Probably not needed to learn.
 
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19. Board Game: Oasis [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1430]
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All the bid cards just have pictures, so you're in the clear there. Oasis is easy to teach and is a fun auction/area control game. Quick play too... about 1hr. Also, it comes with litte wooden camels.
 
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20. Board Game: New England [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1946]
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New England only has numbers and pictures on it's pieces. Light auction game with money to manage and land to control. It has some similarities with Oasis (Alan Moon designed both) but they are different games.
 
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21. Board Game: Formula Dé Mini [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2641]
James Cheevers
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This just arrived today. Rules in 4 languages and no in game reading. I've been looking forward to it. And only just over 12 Euros.
 
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22. Board Game: Chicken Cha Cha Cha [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1541]
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Picked up for my younger son who loves it. However we've had friends visiting and this was really popular with all the adults after an evening of drinking wine.
 
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23. Board Game: Hanafuda [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:2794]
Loris GIANADDA
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No text on cards and really simple rules for a sympathic game.

Can be found in France (hey, I LIVE there).
 
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24. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:712]
Javi Santos
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Very nice game with a two sided board (each side slightly different from the other). Uses cards and wooden pieces of different colors, and absolutely no text except rules.
 
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