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Great Books for Coders

Great Games for Parents & Kids to Play Together

Hey, That’s My Fish!
Dragon Parade

Great Games


Notre Dame

1960: The Making of a President

4000 AD (Waddingtons Games)
The Creature That Ate Sheboygan (SPI)
Stellar Conquest (Avalon Hill)

Advanced Civilization (by Avalon Hill, I think)

Advanced Squad Leader

Apples to Apples

Arkham Horror

Axis & Allies

Betrayal at the House on the Hill


Blue Max




Carabande (I forget the English version name of this).





Descent: Journeys in the Dark

Double Fanucci (

Dungeons & Dragons

Empires in Arms

Eurorails, Nipponrails, Iron Dragon, etc.


Ghost ( )

Project GIPF

Hare & Tortoise (aka Hase und Igel).


King Me, Tsuro

Knizia’s Lord of the Rings

Liar’s Dice (aka Bluff)


Magic: the Gathering

Memoir ’44 and/or Battlecry and/or Battle Lore

Modern Art

Mother Sheep

Mr. Jack

Munchkin and/or Chez Geek

Nomic (

OGRE/G.E.V (by Steve Jackson)

Once Upon a Time

Piecepack (



Power Grid

Puerto Rico

Republic of Rome (Avalon Hill)


RISK 2210

Robo Rally

Samurai Swords (aka Shogun)

Sanctuary (Mayfair)
221B Baker Street
Diplomacy (Avalon Hill/WotC)
History of the World (Avalon Hill)

Scotland Yard

Set, and/or Ricochet Robot.

Settlers of Catan

Six Nimmt and/or Diamant


Spellcaster (


Tales of the Arabian Nights (West End)
Star Trek: The Adventure Game (West End)
Voyage of the BSM Pandora (solo – Ares magazine #6)
Sorcerer’s Cave (Ariel) and its bemusing sequel, Mystic Wood (Avalon Hill)
Barbarian Prince (solo – Dwarfstar Games)
Source of the Nile (Avalon Hill)
King Arthur’s Knights (Chaosium)
Runebound (Fantasy Flight Games)


The Very Clever Pipe Game (CheapAss Games)

Ticket to Ride
Shadows Over Camelot
Pirate’s Cove
Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
Cosmic Encounter


Titan (Avalon Hill)
The Lords of Underearth (Metagaming)
Valley of the Four Winds (Games Workshop)
Borderlands (Eon)Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Fantasy Flight Games)

Twilight Imperium


Wits & Wagers

World in flames


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris 'Wombat' Crowell permalink
    May 2, 2008 12:13 pm

    love this book list! I would also recommend Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, it’s about the way the subconscious processes information in parallel with the conscious mind.

  2. March 18, 2010 4:07 am

    I must say that I am impressed by, and agree with the long list of board games (& RPGs) you have listed. Your really should try (and add if you like them) Dominion, Army of Frogs, Tsuro, TransAmerica to name a few… my ‘fave’ list is long and varied.

    PitchCar & PitchCar Mini are the english versions of Carabande.

  3. November 29, 2010 4:34 pm

    I was so delighted to see Barbarian Prince on this list (oh, the memories…), that I started searching for it…

    …and instantly discovered that the Internets have, once again, provided. It’s available for download, and without conscience-breaking illegalities, even.

    Honestly, if you haven’t played it, freakin’ print it out and give it a try. It’s great. :)

    /runs off to go print it out and play it

  4. Evan permalink
    March 13, 2012 8:56 pm

    Advanced Civilization, by Avalon Hill, you THINK? Hehehe. Yes, published by Avalon Hill :)


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