Monday, 13 October 2014

Ultimate Board Games Ks

I assembled the "Ultimate Board Games" list, and we are currently working our way through it! So here are the Ks.

(Visit the 0-9, & AsBs, Cs, Ds, Es, Fs, Gs, Hs, Is, Js)



Kalah is a game in the mancala family invented in 1940. This game heavily favors the starting player, who will always win the three-seed to six-seed versions with perfect play. This game is sometimes also called "Kalahari".

An electronic version of the game, called Bantumi, was included on the Nokia 3310. The handset went on to sell 126 million units making Bantumi the best selling version of the game.



Kamisado is an abstract strategy board game for two players that's played on an 8x8 multicoloured board. Each player controls a set of eight octagonal dragon tower pieces. Each player’s set of dragon towers contains a tower to match each of the colours that appear on the squares of the board. One player’s towers have gold dragons mounted on the top, while the other player’s towers are topped with black dragons.



KerPlunk is a game consists of a transparent plastic tube, plastic rods called straws and several dozen marbles. The base contains four separate numbered trays and the straws are passed through holes in the middle of the tube to form a lattice. The marbles are then placed in the top of the tube and held in place by the lattice. The onomatopoeic name of the game derives from the sound of the marbles tumbling to the base of the tube during play.

At the start of play, the entire tube is rotated so that a hole in the base of the tube is aligned with the active player's tray. Players take turns removing a single straw from the tube while trying to minimize the number of marbles that fall through the web and into their tray. Once a player has committed themselves to a particular straw by touching it, they must remove it. The player who accumulates the fewest dropped marbles wins.



Khet is a chess-like abstract strategy board game using lasers that was formerly known as Deflexion. Players take turns moving Egyptian-themed pieces around the playing field, firing their low-powered laser diode after each move. Most of the pieces are mirrored on one or more sides, allowing the players to alter the path of the laser through the playing field. When a piece is struck by a laser on a non-mirrored side, it is eliminated from the game. A few elements of the gameplay, therefore, are slightly similar to the computer game Laser Chess.


Kill Doctor Lucky is a humorous board game. Kill Doctor Lucky ends with the murder, and players compete to commit it. (versus Clue which starts with the murder).

The gameboard is a floor plan of Doctor Lucky's mansion, and it is accompanied by a deck of cards representing the objects and opportunities that can be found there. Players take turns moving through the rooms of the mansion and accumulating cards, while Doctor Lucky moves through the mansion following a predetermined path. A player may attempt to kill Doctor Lucky by playing a weapon card (such as a runcible spoon, a monkey hand, a letter opener, a trowel, a chainsaw or pinking shears) while the player's token is in the same room as Doctor Lucky and out of sight of all other players. Each weapon card has a certain point value, and certain weapons are worth more points when used in certain rooms.


King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo is a tabletop game using custom dice, cards, and boards.

Players choose one of six monsters which comes with a scoring board. The winner is the first player to reach 20 points, or the only player to have any health.

Players throw 6 dice, and may rethrow some of them as in the dice game Yahtzee.

Dice options include power, health, attack, 1, 2, and 3. With power dice, players collect power tokens to buy power cards with. With health dice, players can heal damage done to them. With attack dice, players outside Tokyo can attack players in Tokyo, or players in Tokyo can attack players outside. If a player's turn ends with more than 3 of the same numbered dice, they score one additional point per same numbered die. Three 1 dice score 1 point, three 2s score 2, and three 3s score 3. 


King Oil

King Oil is a board, created in 1974. The game requires players to drill for oil on a three-dimensional board, acquiring property and wealth.

The board is "randomized" using three rotating discs, hidden inside the plastic frame of the game and containing varying hole locations; one player turns at least one of the discs before play begins.

A player pays $2,000, $4,000, or $6,000 to drill each well, depending on depth (the deeper the depth the more it costs; the last amount also applies to "dry" holes).

Before drilling, players must buy property. Pipelines can be bought once there are four producing oil wells on a property. The pipelines span into adjacent properties, enabling the pipeline owner to siphon royalties from the adjacent property owner every turn. This game mechanic accelerates bankruptcy of opposing players, keeping total playing time within reasonable limits.

The goal of the game is to push all opponents into bankruptcy; the last remaining player is the winner. The game can also end if the bank runs out of money; in this case, the remaining players total up their assets and the player with the highest net worth is the winner.



Kingdoms is a German-style board game, and is a Medieval Fantasy theme.

Players take turns drawing tiles from a stack and laying them on an orthogonal grid, representing a kingdom being settled. Tiles can be either resources or hazards.



Kolejka is a board game launched in February 2011 by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance. Created by Karol Madaj, it was designed to teach younger Poles about the hardships under communism (1945–1989).

An international version of the board game, which includes manuals and translation stickers in English, German, Spanish, Japanese and Russian has been released in 2012.


1 comment:

  1. From Chutes and Ladders to Stratego, Risk, and Battleship, board games are just plain fun. We could play board games all summer long in the floor.
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