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Top 5 Dudes-on-a-Map Games | Maven Games
“Dudes on a map” always struck me as a rather odd description for a boardgame genre, but it actually encapsulates the essence of the genre while allowing for the many variations that exist. What is a dudes-on-a-map game? Essentially, it’s a combat game where you take a faction of “dudes” and run around the map trying to conquer as much territory as you can. Risk might not quite have been the first, but it’s certainly the most famous example of this type of game. These games differ from traditional war games insomuch as they have ideal player counts in the 4 – 6 range and tend to be significantly simpler. In many ways, games of this type defined the Ameritrash label pre-2000. They have been one of my favourite genres, but they haven’t been without their issues (player elimination and long play times, for instance). Fortunately, game design has improved significantly in recent years and this genre just keeps getting stronger and stronger. So which ones are currently vying for the top spots? Let me tell you about my top 5 dudes-on-a-map games… 5. Scythe Make no mistake, Scythe is an engine-building Euro game disguised as a dudes-on-a-map game. You...