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The Taxonomy of Board Games (Part 4: Examples and Recommendations)
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This is Part 4 of a series of geeklists that aims to better characterize the shared genomic traits in games and define gaming tastes, to construct a common language which gamers can use to describe, recommend and learn about new games. Refer to the Table of Contents / Subscription List for more information.

The end-goal was to use these shared genomic traits in board games to better elucidate gaming tastes, and this is now embodied in the Recommendations tool, freshly uploaded to the Files section (Excel format).



1. Download the Recommendations tool in the Files section.
2. Choose a board game which you'd like to get a recommendation for in the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can "write in" specific genres and mechanisms you're curious about. Press F9 when done.

The following is a list of famous, yet very different, board games, how to categorize them, and what my tool recommends if you like them. This illustrates the categorization of the board games outlined in Part 1: Genres and Part 2: Mechanisms, and provides a "test list" for the current schematic. If many agree or disagree with the recommendations, that can help me refine and revisit the categorization.

The games are recommended using the following method:

1. Genres and Mechanisms each count for 100%. Equally weigh each genre/mechanism a game belongs to. So if a game has 3 genres and 4 main mechanisms, each genre is weighed 33% and each mechanism is weighed 25%
2. When you input a game, it scans the database of games I have categorized (200+ games), and if there is a match, takes the MINIMUM weight between the input game and matched game.
3. Sum up all the matched weights, and divide the result by 2.

There are other game recommendation tools out there using different criteria, but what I like about it is the transparency. This tool tries to explain why you will like similar games in the same way Netflix does so with your movies, Pandora does so with your music, and Amazon does so with your shopping.

Page 1 of this geeklist is solely for demonstration purposes (though of course you can comment on each item). Page 2 is for YOU to add whatever you want. Recommendation for a certain game, suggestions on how to classify a game not on the list (or re-classify one), suggestions on changing the algorithm, questions on anything I did, anything under the sun related to this series.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:14]
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Four Strategy Games

Genre
mb Efficiency Engine

Mechanisms
mb Action Choice Drafting - Each round, choose an action on your turn, eliminating it from the menu for other players. Every player carries out the action immediately, but you get a bonus.
mb Supply Track - Each round, 1 doubloon is placed on actions that were not chosen the previous round, to make them more enticing for players.

Strong Recommendations
1. Agricola (83%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Action Choice Drafting; Upkeep; Supply Track
2. Saint Petersburg (75%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Tile Drafting; Supply Track
2. San Juan (75%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Action Choice Drafting
2. Yspahan (75%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Action Choice Drafting; Multi-Choice Dice
5. Stone Age (67%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Worker Placement; Upkeep; Supply Track
6. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization (63%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Action Points; Upkeep; Supply Track; Deck Stacking
7. In the Year of the Dragon (60%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Action Choice Drafting; Upkeep; Deck Stacking; Action Choice Timing; Variable Turn Order; Developmental Action

Weak Recommendations
8. 7 Wonders (50%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Card Drafting; Simultaneous Action Selection
8. Dominion (50%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Developmental Action; Automatic Hand Refill; Tile Drafting
8. Dungeon Lords (50%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Simultaneous Orders; Upkeep; Action Choice Cycling
8. Egizia (50%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Worker Placement; Upkeep; Secret Long-Term Objective
9. Jambo (50%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Action Points
8. Notre Dame (50%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Developmental Action; Card Drafting
8. Race for the Galaxy (50%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Simultaneous Action Selection
8. The Pillars of the Earth (50%) - (50%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Worker Placement
 
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2. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:50]
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mb Majority

Mechanisms
mb Action Choice Drafting - Pick an action card in turn order and resolve effects immediately.
mb Action Choice Timing - Each player has a set of cards numbered 1-13 for the whole game to bid for turn order and obtain more cubes.
mb Variable Turn Order - Bid for turn order at the start of every round.
mb Simultaneous Action Selection - Cubes in the Castile enter the board for each player via simultaneously selecting a region. Some action cards require simultaneous region-selection.
mb Spatial Points - Allocate a number of cubes, in whichever combination, into regions adjacent to the King or into the Castile.

Strong Recommendations
1. Great Wall of China (60%) - G: Majority, M: Action Choice Timing; Action Points
1. In the Shadow of the Emperor (60%) - G: Majority, M: Action Choice Drafting; Voting; Proposal/Judgment
1. Kreta (60%) - G: Majority, M: Spatial Points; Action Choice Cycling
1. Mission: Red Planet (60%) - G: Majority, M: Simultaneous Action Selection; Action Choice Cycling; Secret Long-Term Objective
1. Tower of Babel (60%) - G: Majority, M: Simultaneous Action Selection; Proposal/Judgment; Automatic Hand Refill

Weak Recommendations
6. Campaign Manager 2008 (50%) - G: Majority, M: Customizable Deployment; Binary Choice
6. China/Web of Power (50%) - G: Majority, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation; Card-Driven); Automatic Hand Refill; Tile Drafting
6. El Capitán (50%) - G: Majority, M: Speculation (VPs); Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted)
6. Merchants of Amsterdam (50%) - G: Majority, M: Speculation (VPs); Open Auction; Allocation
6. Midgard (50%) - G: Majority, M: Card Drafting; Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Card-Driven)
6. Scripts and Scribes / Biblios (50%) - G: Majority, M: Allocation; Open Auction; Demand Track
6. Slush Fund (50%) - G: Majority, M: Allocation
13 1960: The Making of the President (35%) - G: Majority; Payment Timing M: Multi-Choice Cards; Movement Points
13 Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery (35%) - G: Majority; Efficiency Engine M: Variable Turn Order; Worker Placement
13 Edel, Stein & Reich (35%) - G: Majority; Risk Valuation M: Simultaneous Action Selection
13 Fairy Tale (35%) - G: Majority; Duel/Comparison, M: Simultaneous Action Selection; Card Drafting
13 Metropolys (35%) - G: Majority; Objectives Race, M: Action Choice Timing; Open Auction; Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized)
13 Twilight Struggle (35%) - G: Majority; Area Influence, M: Spatial Points; Multi-Choice Cards; Deck Stacking

In an alternative view, using only mechanisms...

Weak Recommendations
1. In the Year of the Dragon (60%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Action Choice Timing; Action Choice Drafting; Variable Turn Order; Upkeep; Developmental Action
2. Fish Eat Fish (40%) - G: Attrition, M: Action Choice Timing; Simultaneous Action Selection; Spatial Movement (Choice)
2. Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (40%) - G: Breakout; Capture, M: Action Choice Timing; Simultaneous Action Selection; Spatial Movement (Choice); Customizable Deployment
 
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3. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:63]
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Genre
mb Tile Laying
mb Area Influence

Mechanisms
mb Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted)
mb Automatic Hand Refill

Strong Recommendations
1. Samurai (75%) - G: Tile Laying; Majority M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted); Automatic Hand Refill

Weak Recommendations
2. Ingenious (50%) - G: Tile Laying, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Unrestricted)
2. Masons (50%) - G: Tile Laying, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted); Secret Long-Term Objective
2. Oregon (50%) - G: Tile Laying, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Card-Driven)
5. War of the Ring (first edition) (42%) - G: Area Influence; Breakout, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Multi-Choice Cards; Multi-Choice Dice
6. Manoeuvre (38%) - G: Area Influence; Tactical War, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Multi-Choice Cards; Spatial Movement (Choice); Customizable Deployment
6. Pandemic (38%) - G: Area Influence; Risk Management, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Multi-Choice Cards; Action Points; Deck Stacking
8. Wasabi! (33%) - G: Risk Management; Alignment, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted); Secret Long-Term Objective
 
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4. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:130]
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mb Risk Management - Uncertainty about when the epoch will end, and whether good or bad tiles will come up.
mb Risk Valuation - Call Ra to pick up a lot before it gets too expensive; call Ra if you think your opponents value a lot high enough to spend a high-value sun on it.

Mechanisms
mb Binary Choice - Draw a tile (sometimes risky, sometimes safe), call Ra (the opposite) or use a God tile (neutral).
mb Action Choice Timing - Each player has a set of 3-4 Suns to use for each epoch.
mb Once-Around Auction
mb Advance Warning

Strong Recommendations
1. Diamant (70%) - G: Risk Management; Risk Valuation, M: Binary Choice; Advance Warning; Simultaneous Action Selection

Weak Recommendations
2. Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (51%) - G: Risk Management; Duel/Comparison, M: Blind Bidding; Binary Choice; Advance Warning; Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Unrestricted); Speculation (VPs)
3. For Sale (48%) - G: Risk Valuation, M: Open Auction; Blind Bidding; Action Choice Timing; Speculation (VPs)
4. Turn the Tide (41%) - G: Risk Valuation, M: Blind Bidding; Action Choice Timing
4. High Society (41%) - G: Risk Management; M: Open Auction; Action Choice Timing
6. Piece o' Cake (35%) - G: Risk Valuation; Majority, M: Binary Choice; Allocation
6. Alea Iacta Est (35%) - G: Risk Management, M: Binary Choice; Worker Placement
6. Blackjack (35%) - G: Risk Management; Breakout, M: Binary Choice; Betting (Prediction)
6. Coloretto (35%) - G: Risk Valuation, M: Binary Choice; Tile Drafting
6. Simply Ingenious (35%) - G: Risk Management, M: Binary Choice
6. Formula D (35%) - G: Risk Management, M: Binary Choice; Spatial Movement (Single)
6. No Thanks! (35%) - G: Risk Valuation, M: Binary Choice; Speculation (VPs)
6. Pandemic (35%) - G: Risk Management; Area Influence, M: Advance Warning; Action Points; Multi-Choice Cards
6. Powerboats (35%) - G: Risk Management, M: Binary Choice; Spatial Movement (Single)
6. Pyramid (35%) - G: Risk Management; Deduction (Cat/Mouse), M: Binary Choice; Spatial Movement (Single); Secret Long-Term Objective
6. Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age (35%) - G: Risk Management; Efficiency Engine, M: Binary Choice; Upkeep
6. Sushizock im Gockelwok (35%) - G: Risk Management, M: Binary Choice; Take-That
6. Zooloretto (35%) - G: Risk Valuation, M: Binary Choice; Tile Drafting
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:265] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Four Family Games

Genre
mb Negotiation (Trading)
mb Network Building - Build long networks to obtain more numbers, create more space for settlements, block others off and obtain the Longest Road bonus.

Mechanisms
mb Deal-Making Phase - Active player trades and builds in any order she wishes, as much as she wants.
mb Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized) - The settlements and roads.
mb Deck Stacking - Obtain more numbers, such that the die roll each turn is more likely to favor you.
mb - Movement/Action Dice

Strong Recommendations
1. Wealth of Nations (75%) - G: Negotiation (Trading); Network Building M: Deal-Making Phase; Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized); Supply and Demand; Upkeep; Speculation (VPs)

Weak Recommendations
2. Chicago Express (38%) - G: Network Building; Collusion, M: Open Auction, Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized
2. Genoa (38%) - G: Negotiation (Trading); Delivery, M: Deal-Making Phase; Secret Long-Term Objective
2. Monopoly (38%) - G: Negotiation (Trading), M: Movement/Action Dice; Open Auction; Betting (Prediction)
2. Through the Desert (38%) - G: Network Building; Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized)
 
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:133] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Genre
mb Tile Laying - The points you score are based on rules keying off the illustrations on the tiles you place.
mb Majority - When a feature is completed, the points go to the player with the most meeples in it.

Mechanisms
mb Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Localized)

Strong Recommendations
1. Cable Car/Metro (75%) - G: Tile Laying, M: Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Localized)
1. Tsuro (75%) - G: Tile Laying, M: Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Localized)

Weak Recommendations
3. Blokus (50%) - G: Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Localized)
3. Quads (50%) - G: Area Influence (Abstract), M: Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Localized)
3. Samurai (50%) - G: Tile Laying; Majority, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted); Automatic Hand Refill

This is, of course, ignoring all the Carcassonne expansions and variants out there.
 
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:112] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Genre
mb Network Building
mb Connection

Mechanisms
mb Binary Choice
mb Secret Objective
mb Tile Drafting
mb Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Card-Driven)

Weak Recommendations
1. Thurn and Taxis (38%) - G: Network Building; Objectives Race, M: Tile Drafting; Automatic Hand Refill; Puzzle Mat
1. TransAmerica (38%) - G: Connection, M: Secret Objective; Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized)
 
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8. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:288]
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Genre
mb Deduction (Signaling)
mb Duel/Comparison

Mechanisms
mb Automatic Hand Refill
mb Discard Pool
mb Speculation (VPs) - You take out a 20-VP loan whenever you start an expedition, more if there are investment cards.

Strong Recommendations
1. Battle Line / Schotten Totten (67%) - G: Deduction (Signaling); Duel/Comparison, M: Automatic Hand Refill

Weak Recommendations
2. BANG! (42%) - G: Deduction (Signaling), M: Automatic Hand Refill; Take-That
2. Founding Fathers (42%) - G: Duel/Comparison; Majority, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Multi-Choice Cards
2. Genji (42%) - G: Duel/Comparison; Majority, M: Automatic Hand Refill
2. The World Cup Game (42%) - G: Duel/Comparison, M: Automatic Hand Refill
6. Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (35%) - G: Duel/Comparison; Risk Management, M: Speculation (VPs); Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Unrestricted); Binary Choice; Blind Bidding; Advance Warning
7. 10 Days in Asia (33%) - G: Shedding, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Discard Pool; Tile Drafting
7. Mahjong (33%) - G: Shedding, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Discard Pool
7. Phase 10 (33%) - G: Shedding, M: Automatic Hand Refill; Discard Pool; Attribute Matching (Cards)
 
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9. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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Three Wargames

Genre
mb Majority
mb Area Influence (Abstract)

Mechanisms
mb Multi-Choice Cards
mb Spatial Points
mb Deck Stacking
mb Action Choice Timing

Strong Recommendations
1. 1960: The Making of the President (58%) - G: Majority; Payment Timing, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Deck Stacking

Weak Recommendations
2. El Grande (45%) - G: Majority, M: Action Choice Timing; Movement Points; Action Choice Drafting; Variable Turn Order;
3. Founding Fathers (38%) - G: Majority; Duel/Comparison, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Automatic Hand Refill
3. Great Wall of China (38%) - G: Majority M: Action Choice Timing; Action Points
3. Kreta (38%) - G: Majority, M: Spatial Points; Action Choice Cycling
3. Manoeuvre (38%) - G: Area Influence; Tactical War, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Automatic Hand Refill; Spatial Movement (Choice); Customizable Deployment
3. Metropolys (38%) - G: Majority; Objectives Race, M: Action Choice Timing; Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized); Open Auction; Secret Objectives
3. Middle-Earth Quest (38%) - G: Area Influence; Character Development, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Encounter; Action Choice Cycling
3. Pandemic (38%) - G: Area Influence; Risk Management, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Advance Warning; Action Points; Automatic Hand Refill
3. Small World (38%) - G: Area Influence, M: Spatial Points; Tile Drafting; Binary Choice; Supply Track
3. War of the Ring (first edition) (38%) - G: Area Influence; Breakout, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Multi-Choice Dice; Automatic Hand Refill; Movement/Action Dice
 
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10. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:359]
 
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Genre
mb Tactical War

Mechanisms
mb Action Points
mb Spatial Movement (Choice)

Strong Recommendations
1. Space Hulk (third edition) (75%) - G: Tactical War; Action Points; Activation Points
1. Tide of Iron (75%) - G: Tactical War; Action Points; Activation Points
3. Chainmail (67%) - G: Tactical War; Action Points; Multi-Choice Cards; Blind Bidding

Weak Recommendations
4. Commands & Colors (50%) - G: Tactical War, M: Activation Points; Automatic Hand Refill
5. Manoeuvre (38%) - G: Tactical War, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Automatic Hand Refill; Customizable Deployment; Spatial Movement (Choice)
 
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11. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:350]
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mb Tactical War - Outflank your opponent.
mb Area Influence (Abstract) - control certain hexes in order to win. There's also a supply line you occupy to cut off. Taken together, these two genres loosely form a medium-zoom wargame.

Mechanisms
mb Activation Points
mb Customizable Deployment

Strong Recommendations
1. Rommel in the Desert (83%) - G: Tactical War; Area Influence; M: Activation Points; Customizable Deployment; Simultaneous Action Selection
2. Hammer of the Scots (75%) - G: Tactical War; Area Influence; M: Activation Points; Simultaneous Action Selection
3. Manoeuvre (67%) - G: Tactical War; Area Influence; Customizable Deployment; Multi-Choice Cards, Spatial Movement (Choice); Automatic Hand Refill

Weak Recommendations
4. BattleLore (58%) - G: Tactical War, M: Customizable Deployment; Activation Points; Automatic Hand Refill
5. Axis & Allies (50%) - G: Area Influence (War), M: Activation Points
5. Nexus Ops (50%) - G: Area Influence (War), M: Activation Points; Secret Objectives
5. Risk (50%) - G: Area Influence (War), M: Activation Points
5. Ikusa (50%) - G: Area Influence (War), M: Activation Points; Blind Bidding
5. Space Hulk (third edition) (50%) - G: Tactical War, M: Activation Points; Action Points
5. Tide of Iron (50%) - G: Tactical War, M: Activation Points; Action Points
12 Cyclades (42%) - - G: Area Influence, M: Activation Points; Open Auction; Supply Track
13 Imperial 2030 (38%) - G: Area Influence (War); Collusion, M: Activation Points; Action Choice Cycling; Spatial Movement (Single); Speculation (VPs)
 
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12. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:411] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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mb Capture

Mechanisms
mb Spatial Movement (Choice)

Strong Recommendations
1. Xiangqi (100%) - G: Capture, M: Spatial Movement (Choice)
2. Hive (75%) - G: Capture, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized)
2. Shogi (75%) - G: Capture, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted)

Weak Recommendations
4. The Battle for Hill 218 (50%) - G: Capture M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized); Automatic Hand Refill
4. Octego (50%) - G: Capture; Breakout, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Forced Move
4. ZÈRTZ (50%) - G: Capture, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted); Forced Move
7. Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (38%) - G: Capture; Breakout, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Action Choice Timing; Simultaneous Action Selection; Customizable Deployment
 
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13. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:14740]
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Genre
mb Breakout
mb Attrition

Mechanisms
mb Spatial Movement (Choice)
mb Forced Move

Strong Recommendations
1. Octego (50%) - G: Breakout; Capture, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Forced Move

Weak Recommendations
2. 2 de Mayo (50%) - G: Breakout; Attrition, M: Simultaneous Orders; Automatic Hand Refill
2. Chinese Checkers (50%) - G: Breakout, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Pathfinding
2. StreetSoccer (50%) - G: Breakout, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Movement/Action Dice
2. Ultimate (50%) - G: Breakout, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Movement/Action Dice
6. Backgammon (42%) - G: Breakout, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Movement/Action Dice; Betting (Escalation)
6. Fish Eat Fish (42%) - G: Attrition, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Simultaneous Action Selection; Movement/Action Dice
6. Ice Flow (42%) - G: Breakout, Character Development M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Encounter; Pathfinding
9. Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (38%) - G: Breakout; Capture, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Simultaneous Action Selection; Action Choice Timing; Customizable Deployment
 
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14. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:109]
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Genre
mb Area Enclosure

Mechanisms
mb Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted)

Weak Recommendations
1. Blokus (50%) - G: Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Localized)
1. Fjords (50%) - G: Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized); Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Localized)
1. Galaxy's Edge (50%) - G: Majority; Objectives Race M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted)
1. Go-Moku (50%) - G: Alignment, M: Spatial Placement (no Rotation, Unrestricted
1. Hey, That's My Fish! (50%) - G: Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Movement (Choice)
1. TAMSK (50%) - G: Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized)
1. Twixt (50%) - G: Connection, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted)
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15. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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Genre
mb Alignment

Mechanisms
mb Spatial Movement (Choice)
mb Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized) - A piece is placed at the point of origin whenever you move a ring.

Strong Recommendations
1. Connect Four (75%) - G: Alignment, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized)

Weak Recommendations
2. Go-Moku (50%) - G: Alignment, M Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Unrestricted)
2. Hey, That's My Fish! (50%) - G: Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized
2. Hive (50%) - G: Capture, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized
2. TAMSK (50%) - G: Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Movement (Choice); Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized
 
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16. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:72]
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Three Thematic Games

Genre
mb Area Influence (War)
mb Breakout
Together, Area Influence and Breakout constitute a "Siege" genre. Currently does not have its own genre since membership is just two (War of the Ring and Stronghold).

Mechanisms
mb Multi-Choice Cards
mb Multi-Choice Dice
mb Movement/Action Dice

Weak Recommendations
1. Claustrophobia (58%) - G: Breakout; Character Development, M: Multi-Choice Dice; Movement/Action Dice
2. Stronghold (50%) - G: Area Influence (Abstract), Breakout, M: Action Points
3. Backgammon (42%) - G: Breakout, M: Movement/Action Dice; Spatial Movement (Choice); Betting (Escalation)
3. Pandemic (42%) - G: Area Influence (Abstract); Risk Management, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Action Points; Advance Warning
3. StreetSoccer (42%) - G: Breakout, M: Movement/Action Dice; Spatial Movement (Choice)
3. Ultimate (42%) - G: Breakout, M: Movement/Action Dice; Spatial Movement (Choice)
7. Manoeuvre (38%) - G: Area Influence (Abstract); Tactical War, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Spatial Movement (Choice); Automatic Hand Refill; Customizable Deployment
7. Middle-Earth Quest (38%) - G: Area Influence (Abstract); Character Development, M: [u]Multi-Choice Cards; Encounter; Simultaneous Action Selection
7. Twilight Struggle (38%) - G: Area Influence (Abstract); Majority, M: Multi-Choice Cards; Spatial Points; Deck Stacking; Action Choice Timing
10 Yspahan (35%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Multi-Choice Dice; Movement/Action Dice; Action Choice Drafting
 
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17. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:57]
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Genre
mb Deduction (Signaling)
mb Character Development

Mechanisms
mb Multi-Choice Cards
mb Deck Stacking - The Destiny Deck.
mb Encounter - Move your character and perform an action. Then a random crisis happens.

Strong Recommendations
1. Shadows over Camelot (67%) - G: Deduction (Signaling); Character Development; M: Encounter; Deck Stacking
1. Shadow Hunters (67%) - G: Deduction (Signaling); Character Development; M: Encounter; Take-That

Weak Recommendations
3. Middle-Earth Quest (50%) - G: Character Development; Area Influence, M: Encounter; Multi-Choice Cards; Action Choice Cycling
4. Fury of Dracula (second edition) (42%) - G: Character Development; Deduction (Elimination), M: Encounter; Simultaneous Action Selection
4. The Resistance (42%) - G: Deduction (Signaling), M: Deck Stacking; Voting; Allocation
6. Ghost Stories (38%) - G: Character Development; Risk Management; Area Influence, M: Encounter
 
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18. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:380]
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Genre
mb Deduction (Cat/Mouse)
mb Character Development (Adventure)

Mechanisms
mb Encounter
mb Simultaneous Action Selection

Weak Recommendations
1. Middle-Earth Quest (50%) - G: Character Development; Area Influence, M: Encounter; Simultaneous Action Selection; Multi-Choice Cards; Action Choice Cycling
1. Shadow Hunters (50%) - G: Character Development; Deduction (Signaling), M: Encounter; Take-That
1. Shadows over Camelot (50%) - G: Character Development; Deduction (Signaling), M: Encounter; Deck Stacking
4. Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (42%) - G: Character Development; Deduction (Signaling), M: Encounter; Deck Stacking; Multi-Choice Cards
4. Ghost Stories (42%) - G: Character Development; Risk Management; Area Influence, M: Encounter

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19. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:173] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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Genre
mb Psychological

Mechanisms
mb Creative
mb Guessing

Strong Recommendations
1. Catch Phrase! (100%) - G: Psychological, M: Creative; Guessing
1. Celebrities (100%) - G: Psychological, M: Creative; Guessing
1. Charades (100%) - G: Psychological, M: Creative; Guessing
1. Pictionary (100%) - G: Psychological, M: Creative; Guessing
1. Taboo (100%) - G: Psychological, M: Creative; Guessing
1. Wise and Otherwise (100%) - G: Psychological, M: Creative; Guessing
7. Say Anything (75%) - G: Psychological, M: Creative; Proposal/Judgment
7. The Big Idea (75%) - G: Psychological, M: Creative; Simultaneous Action Selection

Weak Recommendations
9. Apples to Apples (50%) - G: Psychological, M: Proposal/Judgment
9. Tokyo Train (50%) - G: Psychological, M: Translation/Interpretation
9. You Robot (50%) - G: Psychological, M: Translation/Interpretation
9. Ugg-Tect (50%) - G: Psychological, M: Translation/Interpretation

Red numbers denote a different inter-player relationship, and hence the recommendation might not be strong for you.
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20. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:68]
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Genre
mb Dexterity

Mechanisms
mb Shooting

Strong Recommendations
1. PitchCar (100%) - G: Dexterity, M: Shooting
1. Sorry! Sliders (100%) - G: Dexterity, M: Shooting
3. Affentennis (75%) - G: Dexterity, M: Shooting; Spatial Movement (Single)
3. Catacombs (75%) - G: Dexterity; Character Development, M: Shooting

Weak Recommendations
5. Hamsterrolle (50%) - G: Dexterity, M: Steady Hands
5. Jenga (50%) - G: Dexterity, M: Steady Hands
 
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21. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1184]
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Genre
mb Recognition/Speed

Mechanisms
mb Attribute Matching (Tiles)

Strong Recommendations
1. Attribute (100%) - G: Recognition/Speed, M: Attribute Matching (Tiles)
1. Jungle Speed (100%) - G: Recognition/Speed, M: Attribute Matching (Tiles)
1. Snap (100%) - G: Recognition/Speed, M: Attribute Matching (Tiles)

Weak Recommendations
4. Egyptian Ratscrew (50%) - G: Recognition/Speed, M: Attribute Matching (Cards)
4. Ubongo Series (50%) - G: Recognition/Speed, M: Puzzle Mat
 
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22. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:346]
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Genre
mb Collusion
mb Network Building

Mechanisms
mb Open Auction
mb Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized)
Also Dilution, but not counting that as a mechanism until I get more examples (currently just Chicago Express and Nefertiti).

Weak Recommendations
1. Modern Art (58%) - G: Collusion, M: Open Auction; Speculation (VPs); Blind Bidding
2. Wealth of Nations (45%) - G: Network Building; Negotiation (Trading), M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized); Speculation (VPs); Deal-Making Phase; Supply and Demand; Upkeep
3. Merchants (42%) - G: Collusion; M: Speculation (VPs); Demand Track; Binary Choice
3. Through the Desert (42%) - G: Network Building; Area Enclosure, M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized)
5. Imperial 2030 (38%) - G: Collusion; Area Influence (War), M: Speculation (VPs); Activation Points; Action Points; Spatial Movement (Single)
5. Stephenson's Rocket (38%) - G: Network Building;
Majority, M: Open Auction; Blind Bidding; Action Points
5. Catan (38%) - G: Network Building; Negotiation (Trading), M: Spatial Placement (No Rotation, Localized); Deal-Making Phase; Deck Stacking; Movement/Action Dice
8. Brass: Lancashire (33%) - G: Collusion; Network Building; Payment Timing, M: Action Points; Loans (Money); Variable Turn Order; Supply and Demand; Automatic Hand Refill
 
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23. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:419]
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Genre
mb Risk Management
mb Steering

Mechanisms
mb Movement/Action Dice
mb Spatial Movement (Single)
mb Binary Choice - Each turn, gear up (risk), gear down (safe) or neutral.

Strong Recommendations
1. Powerboats (100%) - G: Risk Management; Steering, M: Spatial Movement (Single); Binary Choice; Movement/Action Dice
2. Snow Tails (67%) - G: Risk Management; Steering, M: Spatial Movement (Single); Multi-Choice Cards; Automatic Hand Refill
3. Pyramid (63%) - G: Risk Management; Deduction (Cat/Mouse), M: Binary Choice; Movement/Action Dice; Spatial Movement (Single); Secret Objectives

Weak Recommendations
4. Sushizock im Gockelwok (58%) - G: Risk Management, M: Movement/Action Dice; Binary Choice; Take That
5. Alea Iacta Est (50%) - G: Risk Management, M: Movement/Action Dice; Binary Choice; Worker Placement
6. Blackjack (42%) - G: Risk Management, M: Binary Choice; Betting (Prediction)
6. Diamant (42%) - G: Risk Management; Risk Valuation, M: Binary Choice; Simultaneous Action Selection; Advance Warning
6. Simply Ingenious (50%) - G: Risk Management, M: Binary Choice
6. Pachisi (42%) - G: Risk Management, M: Movement/Action Dice; Spatial movement (Choice)
6. Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age (42%) - G: Efficiency Engine, M: Movement/Action Dice; Binary Choice
11 Ra (38%) - G: Risk Management; Risk Valuation, M: Binary Choice; Once-Around Auction; Action Choice Timing; Advance Warning
12 Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (35%) - Risk Management; Duel/Comparison, M: Binary Choice; Advance Warning; Blind Bidding; Spatial Placement (With Rotation, Unrestricted); Speculation (VPs)
13 Clue (33%) - Deduction (Elimination), M: Movement/Action Dice; Spatial Movement; Guessing
13 Um Reifenbreite (33%) - Payment Timing, M: Movement/Action Dice; Spatial Movement; Action Choice Timing
 
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24. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1038]
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Genre
mb Payment Timing

Mechanisms
mb Spatial Movement (Single)

Strong Recommendations
1. Breaking Away (100%) - G: Payment Timing, M: Spatial Movement (Single)
1. Leader 1 (100%) - G: Payment Timing, M: Spatial Movement (Single)
3. Um Reifenbreite (67%) - G: Payment Timing, M: Spatial Movement (Single); Movement/Action Dice; Action Choice Timing

Weak Recommendations
4. Serengeti (50%) - G: Payment Timing, M: Open Auction
4. It's Alive! (50%) - G: Payment Timing, M: Open Auction
4. Scotland Yard (50%) - G: Deduction (Cat/Mouse), M: Spatial Movement (Single)
4. Valdora (50%) - G: Character Development; Delivery; Objectives Race, M: Spatial Movement (Single)
 
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25. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:108]
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Genre
mb Trick Scoring
mb Shedding

Mechanisms
mb Climbing
mb Betting (Prediction)

Weak Recommendations
1. Big Two (50%) - G: Shedding, M: Climbing
1. Sluff Off! (50%) - G: Trick Scoring, M: Trick Taking; Betting (Prediction)
1. Foppen (50%) - G: Trick Scoring, M: Trick Taking
1. Friday the 13th (50%) - G: Trick Scoring; Majority, M: Climbing
1. Spades (50%) - G: Trick Scoring, M: Trick Taking; Betting (Prediction)
1. Tuo La Ji (50%) - G: Trick Scoring, M: Trick Taking; Betting (Prediction)
7. Rowboat (42%) - G: Trick Scoring, M: Trick Taking; Betting (Prediction); Action Choice Timing
8. Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper (38%) - G: Shedding, M: Betting (Prediction); Discard Pool; Automatic Hand Refill; Attribute Matching (Cards)
8. Blue Moon (38%) - G: Trick Scoring; M: Climbing; Binary Choice; Automatic Hand Refill; Customizable Deployment
 
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