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Free Print & Play games that might actually be worth printing
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Yeah, free games are cool - and we all appreciate efforts to keep the cost of the gaming hobby down.
But the fact remains some games are better than others, and printer ink isn't cheap.
So, I know there are several lists that just list free games, but, what are the really *good* free games?
(I've also selected a sorting by rank, so we'll see what happens )

(Note to designers: Due to this list basically becoming a dumping ground, I have had to set up a few base rules: To not get deleted, any game added must a) have at least 5 ratings, b) have a rating of at least 6.0, c) actually be available for download. Anything added that doesn't fall into those criteria will be trashed!)
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1. Board Game: Tactical GameX [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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2. Board Game: Paiko [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
Marianne Waage
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A 2 player strategy game designed to encourage changing tactics and dynamic strategy to adapt to the other players moves. Perfect information.
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3. Board Game: Unbound: Endless War [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
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4. Board Game: Shadow Agent [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked]
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5. Board Game: Castle Itter [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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6. Board Game: Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:2319]
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7. Board Game: Adamastor [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Adamastor is a 1 to 2 players Co-operative game where you take the role of the Adventurous Captain of a Portuguese Vessel in the Age of Discovery.
In Adamastor, each round you will have to handle several threats in order to keep the order and prevent a mutiny that would end what could be a glorious journey. You must contend with adverse weather, unpredictable storms, and the unrest, fatigue, and disease that will spread among your crew as the voyage advances.
All of this is abstracted in a game that uses a deck of 54 cards, some markers, and 1 pawn to track the position of your fleet (if you don't have markers and 1 pawn, you can even use coins).
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8. Board Game: Tiny Epic Quest [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:5833]
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9. Board Game: Shattered Olympus [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Shattered Olympus is a tactical mythological card game for 2-4 players. Two factions fight with unique heroes on a battlefield und can play cards from a central card pool. With crystal as resource, they can built up their fighting forces with units, equipment, spells and locations. To win the game, one faction has to defeat the opponent heroes. The card deck is customizable to provide a huge amount of variety. This game was designed to minimize the impact of luck and therefore doesn’t include dies or coin flipping mechanics.
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10. Board Game: Tabernacle [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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Appears it was removed from the list for some reason... re-adding.
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11. Board Game: Unfair [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:830]
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The PnP files for Unfair are currently available at http://www.unfair-game.com/resources. The cards, card backs, rules, board and player aids are all available in pdf format. The files are being uploaded to BGG over the next week or so.

Unfair is a multi-player, card driven, tableau builder where players build the best theme park - whatever it takes.

Some examples of the cards:
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12. Board Game: 1849 [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:2813]
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A deep 18XX. All material in files section.
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13. Board Game: Alakazam! [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
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14. Board Game: Valor & Victory [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:2757]
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Seems to run very high on the list of free wargames.
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15. Board Game: Star Trek: The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:4413]
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16. Board Game: Arkham Investigator [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:3605]
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17. Board Game: Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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18. Board Game: Democracy under Siege [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
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Democracy under Siege is a card-driven strategy game that reproduces the geopolitical conflicts and political struggles that led to the Second World War. The game covers the period spanning from 1933 to 1940 and is designed for two or three players. Each player takes the role of one of the three Ideologies that led the major struggle for power during the time-line covered by the game: Democracy, Nazism and Communism.

Democracy under Siege offers an accurate and detailed historical context, supported by more than 110 game-cards: players deal with historical events and political actions in an effort to achieve the political supremacy. Wars are simulated by an abstract combat system that allows players to intervene and influence the outcome of conflicts.
The main concepts reproduced in the game are the ideological struggle among the major powers, the race for rearming in order to prepare for WW2 and the building up of a network of diplomatic links with minor nations. These elements concur to the determination of the victory conditions.
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19. Board Game: Aliens: This Time It's War [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:2776]
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20. Board Game: Secret Hitler [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:256]
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My game groups have loved this one.
The "official" PnP is B/W only, however if you look around there are other versions floating around.
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21. Board Game: Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:5863]
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22. Board Game: Moogh [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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23. Board Game: Quest for the Open Tavern [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: 18EU [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:2024]
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Another of those great 18xx games, available for PnP
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25. Board Game: Chain Reaction 3.0 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:7648] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Free introduction into the world of Two Hour Wargames.

Much improvement over the previous versions of the game, streamlined rules, useble for head-to-head, cooperative, or solitaire gaming.

It was intended to be played with miniatures, but you are free to use tokens, meeples, card cutouts, paper miniatures, or anything you can come up with, so it can easily be a free print-and-play game.
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