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Subject: Card & Board Game FAQ v.1.0 Date: 12/19/2002 9:25 AM
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A COMPENDIUM OF RESOURCES AND INFORMATION ON GAMES
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This board was opened in May, 2000, by Fool co-founder David Gardner, who did so with these words:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12632051

Here's a quick table of contents, listing the sections you'll find below:
1 -- Advice for New Gamers
2 -- Kinds of Games
3 -- Top-rated/Best-selling Games
4 -- Game Retailers
5 -- Who's Who Among Game Designers
6 -- Find People to Play Games With
7 -- Play Games Online
8 -- Read and Learn About Games
9 -- Rich Resources and Lists of Links
10 -- Discuss Gaming
11 -- Gaming Events
12 -- Games and Children
13 -- Some (of Many) Topics Discussed on This Board
14 -- Particular Games Discussed on This Board -- So Far
15 -- Motley Fool Articles on Games
16 -- Game Manufacturers
17 -- Other Gaming FAQs

1) ADVICE FOR NEW GAMERS
******************************

Please consider posting any advice you have for would-be gamers, on how to approach learning about gaming. Such posts can later be linked to from this document, helping lots of people.


2) KINDS OF GAMES
********************

The well-rounded player: http://spotlightongames.com/list/intro.html

Traditional American games:
These include the usual suspects, classics many of us grew up with:
www.ahs.uwaterloo.ca/~museum/vexhibit/Whitehill/

"Modern," "Family Strategy," "Designer Games," "German" games (some from America): Wonderful alternatives to traditional American games like Monopoly, these are growing in popularity. Intro to German games:
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GermanGamesFAQ.shtml
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/PetersPlayhouse.shtml
http://www.tragsnart.co.uk/gamehub/german/german.htm
http://boardgames.about.com/library/games/blgerman.htm
Complex German games: www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/ComplexGermanGames.shtml

American vs. German games:
http://members.aol.com/kulkmann/gboard.htm

Card games:
www.pagat.com
http://cardgames.about.com/mbody.htm
http://thehouseofcards.com/
http://directory.google.com/Top/Games/Card_Games

War games:
www.grognard.com/

Dice games:
http://boardgames.about.com/cs/dicegames

"Traditional" games: www.tradgames.org.uk

A cavalcade of game categories and themes, from Funagain.com (scroll down a mite):
http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/srchform10


3) TOP-RATED/BEST-SELLING GAMES
************************************

From this board, some lists of top games in our collections: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12731259&sort=whole
Five games if we were stranded on an island:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17816986&sort=whole
(reply to one of the posts in these threads and add your own favorites to ours!)

The Internet Top 100 Games List
http://scv.bu.edu/~aarondf/Top100/list.txt

BoardGameGeek's Top 50 Games
www.boardgamegeek.com/topn.php3?count=50

Funagain.com's 50 Top-rated Games
http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/best

Game Award Winners
www.pixelpark.co.nz/awards.htm
http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/awards
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Awards_001020876392/

Funagain's current bestsellers:
http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/current

Funagain's all-time bestsellers:
Top 50: http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/top1
51-100: http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/top2
101-150: http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/top3
151-200: http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/top4
201-250: http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/top5

Overviews and reviews of various interesting games:

If you're stuck on a desert island:
www.gamereport.com/dig.shtml

From the Defective Yeti:
www.defectiveyeti.com/archives/000485.html

From Kulkmann's Game Box:
http://members.aol.com/kulkmann/gboard.htm

From Joe Huber:
http://www.gamenight.com/html/games.htm

From Matthew Gray:
http://server.boardgamestuff.com:8000/10s-and-20s.html

From Ken Tidwell & Co.:
www.gamecabinet.com/deeperDrawers/Reviews.html

From Greg Schloesser & Co.:
www.boardgamegeek.com/~westbankgamers/viewarticle.php?action=section§ionid=2&titlesort=1


4) GAME RETAILERS
********************

Many of these have decent or very good search functions, to help you zero in on any game you're seeking. Alternatively, just browse!

www.funagain.com
www.bouldergames.com
www.gamessurplus.com
www.fairplaygames.com
www.sundowngames.com
www.finegames.com
www.funusa.com
www.boardgames.com
www.usedboardgames.com
www.bgamers.com/gamesunl.htm

Comparison shop for games at Froogle: http://froogle.google.com/

Trading and Buying from other Gamers

The BoardGameGeek marketplace:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekstore.php3

eBay:
http://listings.ebay.com/pool2/plistings/list/all/category233/index.html?from=R4

Spielfrieks marketplace discussion group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks-marketplace/

Links to lists of local game stores -- support your moms and pops!

A list of virtual and brick and mortar stores:
www.gamecabinet.com/info/GameShops.html

Game Store Database:
http://server.boardgamestuff.com:8000/cgi-bin/gamestore.pl

Game stores:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Game_stores_001021131462/

Click on the "Shops" link here:
www.riograndegames.com

Order directly from Germany, if you dare!
www.adamspielt.de

Or England!
www.leisuregames.com

Or Canada!
www.germangames.com
www.jogocanada.com


5) WHO'S WHO AMONG GAME DESIGNERS
******************************************

A brief intro to the three "Special Ks": www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/SpecialK.shtml

An intro to more designers:
http://www.gamecabinet.com/sumo/Issue23/node19.html

Reiner Knizia
www.knizia.de/english.htm
www.gamecabinet.com/sumo/Issue14.15/Reiner.html
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/SpecialK4.shtml
http://freespace.virgin.net/chris.lawson/rk/

Klaus Teuber
www.klausteuber.com/
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/SpecialK3.shtml
http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/teuber

Wolfgang Kramer
www.kramer-spiele.de
www.kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/kramer
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/SpecialK2.shtml

Sid Sackson
www.webnoir.com/bob/sackson.htm

Many more designers! (Alex Randolph! Alan Moon! Richard Borg! Uwe Rosenberg! Bruno Faidutti! Stephan Dorra! and more!)
Profiles of major designers:
www.terminalcitygamers.com/designerprofiles.htm
Ludographies (games designed) of scores of major designers, from Larry Levy:
www.huzonfirstgames.com/Ludographies.htm
Joe Huber's reviews:
www.gamenight.com/html/Author%20Reviews/joseph_huber.htm


6) FIND PEOPLE TO PLAY GAMES WITH
**************************************

Cultivate a group of friends: www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GamesDay.shtml and www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/Subterfuge.shtml
Use MeetUp: http://boardgames.meetup.com
Tap the Worldwide Gamer's Database, hosted by BGG: www.boardgamegeek.com/wgd/

Join an existing group in your area:
www.boardgamegeek.com/sessiongroupbygame.htm
www.elumir.com/cgi-bin/linkdisplaycat.pl?Clubs
www.rozmiarek.info/games/gamelink.html
www.gamereport.com/links/Clubs/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Gaming_groups_001012920970/


7) PLAY GAMES ONLINE
************************

http://play.games.com/playgames/home.jsp
www.sennicam.com/onlinegermangames.htm
http://thehouseofcards.com/online_games.html
www.gamecaravan.com/onlinegames.asp
www.brettspielwelt.de/gate/jsp/base/index.jsp?nation=en
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Online_gaming_001013797375/
http://www.referencetable.net/game/#BOARD
http://games.yahoo.com/

Online playing advice: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18314071

Play by email: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17174460


8) READ AND LEARN ABOUT GAMES
************************************

BoardGameGeek: www.boardgamegeek.com (a rich, rich resource)

Funagain reviews: www.funagain.com (a big retailer, with Amazon-like customer reviews of games)

Interviews with major gaming personalities from Funagain: http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/interviews

The Games Journal: www.thegamesjournal.com

The Game Report: www.gamereport.com

Game news, at Brett and Board: www.brettboard.dk

Upcoming releases: www.terminalcitygamers.com/gonecardboard.htm

The Game Cabinet: www.gamecabinet.com

Articles:
Scores of articles: www.thegamesjournal.com/Archives.shtml
Lots of articles: http://gamecabinet.com/backIssues/

Magazines:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Periodicals_001008565176/
www.gamecabinet.com/info/GameNews.html

Gaming books:
http://gamecabinet.com/info/GameBibliography.html
http://kumquat.com/cgi-kumquat/funagain/books
http://spotlightongames.com/list/books.html


9) RICH RESOURCES AND LISTS OF LINKS
**************************************

The Luding database of games: http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/luding/

Westbank Gamers: www.boardgamegeek.com/~westbankgamers

Defective Yeti: www.defectiveyeti.com/links/home.html

Larry Levy's Huzonfirst: www.huzonfirstgames.com

Games Club of Maryland: www.gamesclubofmd.org/Links.asp

Board Game Stuff: /www.boardgamestuff.com

SpielFrieks links: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links

The Busy Person's Guide: http://wz.com/games/BoardGames.html

From Vitas Povilaitis: www.gracefulboot.com/board_games

Rules to lots of games:
http://gamecabinet.com/deeperDrawers/RulesTranslationsEnglish.html
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Rules_001020875908/

Google on board games: http://directory.google.com/Top/Games/Board_Games/Resources/

Google on card games: http://directory.google.com/Top/Games/Card_Games/


10) DISCUSS GAMING
*********************

Of course, we hope that you'll stick around here and make this friendly discussion board your game-discussing home. But feel free to explore some additional homes, too. Here is a bunch of mailing lists/discussion groups about gaming:

SpielFrieks: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks (a major, big, rather serious list)

NigglyBits: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nigglybits

KinderSpielFrieks: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KinderSpielFrieks (about children's games)

rec.games.board: http://groups.google.com/groups?group=rec.games.board

Directories of many more: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Online_groups__clubs_001012922418/

http://www.discovergames.com/news.html

Lots of Yahoo! card game groups: http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/dir/1600053077

Lots of Yahoo! board game groups: http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/dir/1600052896


11) GAMING EVENTS
********************

Gaming conventions, from Jenga: http://www.geocities.com/jengacons/

National Gamers Guild convention directory: ww.nggnet.com/features/Conventions.htm

Origins Games: www.originsgames.com

Gencon: www.gencon.com

Game events: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Gaming_conventions_001012923359/


12) GAMES AND CHILDREN
***************************

Articles and resources:
www.ksu.edu/wwparent/games/index.htm
www.iqkids.net/tradgam.html
http://boardgamecentral.com/games/kids.html
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/EducationalValue.shtml
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/SeriousGaming.shtml
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/FamilyPastimes.shtml
www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GamesAndKids.shtml

A discussion group about modern games for kids: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KinderSpielFrieks

Games for young gamers:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13544114&sort=whole

Games for 5-year-olds:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12751415&sort=whole

Growing up on games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12743390&sort=whole

Game nights and children:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13626197&sort=whole

Gifts for kids:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16042178&sort=whole

Wargames for kids:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17188767&sort=whole

Playing with little kids:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18226866&sort=whole


13) SOME (OF MANY) TOPICS DISCUSSED ON THIS BOARD
********************************************************

If you reply to any post within one of these threads, your post will become a part of the thread, easy for others to find. Note that this is NOT a comprehensive list. You'll find lots of other nuggets by exploring the board.

Some lists of top games in our collections:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12731259&sort=whole

Five games if we were stranded on an island:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17816986&sort=whole

More favorite games threads:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12735154&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12732255&sort=whole

Organizing a game night:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13076490&sort=whole

Favorite game designers:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12738509&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17839192&sort=whole

Teaching games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15209976&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17966277&sort=whole

Game-playing spouses:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13070069&sort=whole

Board games for 2:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17762055&sort=whole

Best 2- to multi-player games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17840360&sort=whole

The game companies:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13137682&sort=whole

Light-hearted vs. hard-core:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12759633&sort=whole

Market simulation board games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12929781&sort=whole

Why can't America compete?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13810529&sort=whole

Measuring luck in games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14043039&sort=whole

Online conversions of some of our favorites:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15174456&sort=whole

Games for airplane rides:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15606067&sort=whole

Origins game convention:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17473577&sort=whole

Game marathons:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17481242&sort=whole

Current favorites on our shelves:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17905350&sort=whole

Games when you have company:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17907737&sort=whole

New games played/bought recently:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17921554&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17949524&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13178711&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13388055&sort=whole

Cheapass games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18047617&sort=whole

Loony labs:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18066448&sort=whole

Starting a poker group:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18155114&sort=whole

Buying games as gifts:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18193080&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18275157&sort=whole

Alan Moon games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18260698&sort=whole

Complexity ratings:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18261691&sort=whole

Business-themed games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12733596&sort=whole

Historical/war games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12735791&sort=whole

Role-playing games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12742873&sort=whole

Themes in games:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12866199&sort=whole

Game clubs:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13056640&sort=whole


14) PARTICULAR GAMES DISCUSSED ON THIS BOARD -- SO FAR
*************************************************************

If you reply to any post within one of these threads, your post will become a part of the thread, easy for others to find. Note that this is NOT a comprehensive list. We have discussed other games, too, and will discuss many more. Join the fray!

Acquire:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14007721&sort=whole

Battle Cry:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14034563&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12757517&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13041908&sort=whole

Boggle/Letter/Linker:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18184020&sort=whole

Bohnanza:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16465651&sort=whole

Brawl:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13081844&sort=whole

Bridge:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13385639&sort=whole

Button Men:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13145388&sort=whole

Carcassone:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15245549&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17800095&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17966080&sort=whole

Carolus Magnus:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13037712&sort=whole

Chess:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12731616&sort=whole
and our chess board: http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=115849

Civilization:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18260632&sort=whole

Conspiracy:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13388436&sort=whole

Crokinole and Carom:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16466977&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17245241&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17346231&sort=whole

Diplomacy:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14050991&sort=whole

Dvonn:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16486140&sort=whole

Fluxx:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14313612&sort=whole

Foolmania:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18233561&sort=whole

Hera & Zeus:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12757537&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13027121&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13301378&sort=whole

Lord of the Rings:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13283898&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13392375&sort=whole

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18106637&sort=whole

Magic: the Gathering:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18234237&sort=whole

Mah Jongg:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14120061&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15746604&sort=whole

McMulti:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16642427&sort=whole

Mexica:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16923337&sort=whole

Modern Art:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12737138&sort=whole

Mu:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12908363&sort=whole

Paths of Glory:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17165045&sort=whole

Puerto Rico:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16923361&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17061601&sort=whole

Risk 2210:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15611080&sort=whole

Scrabble
our Scrabble board: http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=115814

Set:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12820542&sort=whole

Settlers of Catan:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14589134&sort=whole

Stratomatic & more:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16343172&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17476112&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13201977&sort=whole

Tichu:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16828038&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18078133&sort=whole

Tigris & Euphrates:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14178269&sort=whole
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15155185&sort=whole

Tikal:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14501196&sort=whole

Traumfabrik:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15209948&sort=whole


15) MOTLEY FOOL ARTICLES ON GAMES
***************************************

David Gardner: Playing Like an Investor
http://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulebreaker/2000/rulebreaker000613.htm

Selena Maranjian: Playing the Game
http://www.fool.com/news/foth/2002/foth021125.htm


16) GAME MANUFACTURERS
****************************

A list of them: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spielfrieks/links/Game_manufacturers_001008266787/

A smattering of some game company websites:
Alea: www.aleaspiele.de
Amigo: www.amigo-spiele.de
Cheapass Games: www.cheapass.com
Chessex (cool dice!): www.chessex.com
Cwali: www.cwali.com
Doris & Frank: www.doris-frank.de
Eagle Games: www.eaglegames.net
EuroGames: www.descartes-editeur.com/english.htm
Family Pastimes: www.familypastimes.com
Fantasy Flight: www.fantasyflightgames.com
Gamewright: www.gamewright.com
GMT: www.gmtgames.com
Goldseiber: www.goldsieber.de
Hans im Gluck: www.hans-im-glueck.de
Hasbro: www.hasbro.com
Kosmos: www.kosmos.de
Mattel: www.mattel.com
Mayfair Games: www.mayfairgames.com
Queen: www.queen-games.de
Ravensburger : www.coolgames.com
Rio Grande Games: www.riograndegames.com
Steve Jackson Games: www.sjgames.com
U.S. Games Systems: www.usgamesinc.com
Warfrog Games: www.warfrog.co.uk
Winning Moves: www.winning-moves.com
Wizards of the Coast: www.wizards.com


17) OTHER GAMING FAQS
*************************

From rec.games.board: www.faqs.org/faqs/games/board-games-faq/

A list of FAQs: http://www.faqs.org/faqs/games/

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