Categories and Mechanics

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Board games on BoardGameGeek are classified under categories and mechanics. Categories have to do with the look or the subject matter of the game, eg. "Wargame" or "Political". Mechanics have to do with the way you play the game, eg. "Hand Management" or "Set Collection".

BoardgameGeek lists 80 categories and 44 mechanics. ("Memory" is listed as both a category and a mechanic.) If you consider categories and mechanics together, there are 7504 possible two-item combinations, and 6534 of these combinations are represented by at least one entry on BoardGameGeek. In this section I'll point out some of the more interesting combinations.

Unusual games

These games are the only ones on BoardGameGeek to have a certain combination of categories and mechanics.

Category/MechanicThe only game
Abstract Strategy + Civil War Andersonville (5.00)
Abstract Strategy + Singing Hitchiker (4.94)
Abstract Strategy + Vietnam War Instant Thunder (7.00)
Acting + American Civil War Great American History Games (0.00)
Acting + American Indian Wars Great American History Games (0.00)
Acting + American Revolutionary War Great American History Games (0.00)
Acting + City Building Western Town (0.00)
Acting + Comic Book/Strip Time's Up de Troy (0.00)
Acting + Game System Fflow (0.00)
Acting + Hex-and-Counter La Batalla de los Arapiles (7.97)
Acting + Industry / Manufacturing Super Model (0.00)
Acting + Maze Przygody w dżungli (4.00)
Acting + Medical Bistourisq (0.00)
Acting + Miniatures Baby Hunt (0.00)
Acting + Nautical Sälles äventyr (0.00)
Acting + Territory Building Pierscien Swietej Kingi (5.00)
Acting + World War II Murder Ă  la carte: The Brie, the Bullet & the Black Cat (0.00)
Action / Dexterity + Renaissance Lorrein (7.35)
Action / Dexterity + Worker Placement Counter: Real Time Miniature Combat (0.00)
Action Point Allowance System + Crayon Rail System Rails Through the Rockies (5.71)
Action Point Allowance System + Korean War Major Campaigns of General Douglas MacArthur (6.01)
Action Point Allowance System + Mature/Adult The Good News! Bad News! game (2.67)
Action Point Allowance System + Singing Rave (2.50)
Action Point Allowance System + Word The Ultimate Word Game (0.00)
Adventure + American Civil War Chain Reaction (7.29)
Adventure + American Indian Wars Pony Soldiers: Skirmish Rules for the Indian Wars & the Old West (7.00)
Adventure + American Revolutionary War Chain Reaction (7.29)
Adventure + Medical S.N.E.A.K. - our last hope (9.00)
Adventure + Trick-taking Silber Dollar (8.00)
Adventure + Vietnam War Chain Reaction (7.29)
American Civil War + Arabian Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
American Civil War + Auction/Bidding Blockade Runner (7.10)
American Civil War + Bluffing Andersonville (5.00)
American Civil War + Children's Game The Underground Railroad (0.00)
American Civil War + Exploration Great American History Games (0.00)
American Civil War + Game System Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
American Civil War + Horror Chain Reaction (7.29)
American Civil War + Mafia Chain Reaction (7.29)
American Civil War + Maze Running the Blockade (0.00)
American Civil War + Movies/TV/Radio theme The Gray Ghost (0.00)
American Civil War + Party Game MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
American Civil War + Spies/Secret Agents Great American History Games (0.00)
American Civil War + Tile Placement Battle Flag TCG (6.19)
American Civil War + Trick-taking Victory & Honor (6.53)
American Indian Wars + Arabian Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Book Great American History Games (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Economic Lords of the Sierra Madre (1st edition) (8.33)
American Indian Wars + Environmental Count Coup - An Anthropological Board Game of North American Indian Ways (5.50)
American Indian Wars + Exploration Great American History Games (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Game System Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Hand Management Indian Wars (5.00)
American Indian Wars + Korean War MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Nautical MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Negotiation Lords of the Sierra Madre (1st edition) (8.33)
American Indian Wars + Party Game MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Pattern Recognition Indian Arrow-Heads (5.50)
American Indian Wars + Political MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Religious Pride Cycle (7.00)
American Indian Wars + Role Playing Pony Soldiers: Skirmish Rules for the Indian Wars & the Old West (7.00)
American Indian Wars + Science Fiction Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Set Collection Indian Wars (5.00)
American Indian Wars + Spies/Secret Agents Great American History Games (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Trading The Mystic Warriors of the Plains (0.00)
American Indian Wars + Trains Battlegame Book 1: The Wild West (6.29)
American Indian Wars + Trick-taking Davy Crockett (4.00)
American Indian Wars + Trivia MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Arabian Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Area-Impulse War Of The Ages (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Auction/Bidding Independence! (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Card Drafting American Revolution (5.00)
American Revolutionary War + Children's Game Junior General (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Deduction Murder in Philly! (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Exploration Great American History Games (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Game System Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Horror Chain Reaction (7.29)
American Revolutionary War + Humor Murder in Philly! (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Mafia Chain Reaction (7.29)
American Revolutionary War + Murder/Mystery Murder in Philly! (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Partnerships MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Party Game MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Pick-up and Deliver Swamp Fox (0.00)
American Revolutionary War + Racing Secret Mission (5.00)
American Revolutionary War + Tile Placement Clash for a Continent: Battles of the American Revolution and French & Indian War (7.35)
American Revolutionary War + Variable Phase Order Flintlock: Black Powder, Cold Steel - Volume I: Carolina Rebels (6.34)
American Revolutionary War + Worker Placement Independence! (0.00)
American West + Arabian Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
American West + Area-Impulse Buckaroo (4.67)
American West + Line Drawing Treasure (in the Canadian Rockies) (4.00)
American West + Nautical Up the Creek (5.66)
American West + Pattern Building Montezuma (0.00)
American West + Puzzle Passing the Buck (0.00)
American West + Religious LDS Church History Game (0.00)
American West + Singing The Tequila Game (0.00)
American West + Video Game Theme Frag Deadlands (5.42)
American West + Word Skix (5.00)
Ancient + Mature/Adult Wild FIRE : Legend of the Ryukage - Card Battle Game (0.00)
Ancient + Space Exploration Battlegammon (0.00)
Ancient + Spies/Secret Agents Munchkin Promotional Bookmarks (5.82)
Ancient + Storytelling In the Land of Egypt (0.00)
Ancient + Trains Cleopatra's Caboose (6.33)
Ancient + Vietnam War Junior General (0.00)
Ancient + Zombies Munchkin Promotional Bookmarks (5.82)
Animals + Line Drawing Very Busy Spider Game (0.00)
Animals + Mafia Horse Racing Mafia (6.44)
Animals + Modern Warfare Kill Everything! (4.00)
Animals + Spies/Secret Agents Rapidcroco (5.80)
Arabian + Area-Impulse Mid-East Peace (5.04)
Arabian + Aviation / Flight Flying Carpet (5.87)
Arabian + Betting/Wagering Toledo 1085 (6.38)
Arabian + Collectible Components Captain Gallant (0.00)
Arabian + Game System Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
Arabian + Horror Mummys Tomb (0.00)
Arabian + Humor Alhambra: The Card Game (6.56)
Arabian + Industry / Manufacturing Ghawar: The world's biggest oil field (5.50)
Arabian + Line Drawing Games of the World (8.06)
Arabian + Mafia Alhambra: The Card Game (6.56)
Arabian + Mature/Adult Der gestohlene Harem oder die falschen Eunuchen (0.00)
Arabian + Maze Kasjba (4.00)
Arabian + Nautical Voyage of Sinbad (0.00)
Arabian + Number Games of the World (8.06)
Arabian + Partnerships Sultans of Karaya (6.00)
Arabian + Party Game Games of the World (8.06)
Arabian + Pirates Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
Arabian + Prehistoric Games of the World (8.06)
Arabian + Role Playing Legends of Araby (7.17)
Arabian + Science Fiction Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
Arabian + Spies/Secret Agents Foreign Legion (6.10)
Arabian + Sports Games of the World (8.06)
Arabian + Trains Ghawar: The world's biggest oil field (5.50)
Arabian + Trivia Rahala (0.00)
Arabian + Voting Footsteps of the Prophet (6.00)
Arabian + Word Games of the World (8.06)
Arabian + World War II Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
Area Control / Area Influence + Electronic 360째 Air Hockey (2.67)
Area Enclosure + Chit-Pull System Scramble for Africa (0.00)
Area Enclosure + Collectible Components Titan Legions (6.68)
Area Enclosure + Game System Go (7.76)
Area Enclosure + Murder/Mystery Aether Captains: The Search (8.25)
Area Enclosure + Novel-based Azad (8.00)
Area Enclosure + Religious Ancient Gods of Mesopotamia (0.00)
Area Enclosure + Renaissance Brandub (7.00)
Area Enclosure + Spies/Secret Agents Charlie's Angels (3.80)
Area Enclosure + Stock Holding HEX-TRI Tactical Board Game (9.00)
Area Enclosure + Trading Greater Miamiopoly (0.00)
Area Enclosure + Trick-taking Junk Yard (5.90)
Area Enclosure + Voting Menaces Sur Ter (6.00)
Area Enclosure + Zombies Zombiegeddon (5.82)
Area Movement + Music Musical Assassins (0.00)
Area Movement + Trains Color Train Game (5.83)
Area-Impulse + Aviation / Flight Falcon Ace (8.84)
Area-Impulse + Betting/Wagering Triagonal (6.00)
Area-Impulse + City Building Azteca (5.94)
Area-Impulse + Collectible Components Z-G (6.40)
Area-Impulse + Comic Book/Strip Snoopy and the Red Baron (4.99)
Area-Impulse + Deduction Fantom Electronic (0.00)
Area-Impulse + Farming Weinlese auf Hierro (0.00)
Area-Impulse + Game System Triagonal (6.00)
Area-Impulse + Math Triagonal (6.00)
Area-Impulse + Mythology Territory (6.00)
Area-Impulse + Novel-based The Hunt for Red October (5.77)
Area-Impulse + Prehistoric Dinosaurs Gotta Love Me Game (5.17)
Area-Impulse + Puzzle Rocketball (5.00)
Area-Impulse + Racing Circus Imperium (6.61)
Area-Impulse + Transportation Brewtown Brou-ha ha (0.00)
Area-Impulse + Trick-taking SexPlay the Game (6.00)
Area-Impulse + Trivia Skarb Zakonu (4.50)
Area-Impulse + Video Game Theme Bosconian-D (4.70)
Auction/Bidding + Civil War Battle for Baghdad (7.23)
Auction/Bidding + Line Drawing Super Sharp Pencil & Paper Games (6.90)
Auction/Bidding + Maze Super Sharp Pencil & Paper Games (6.90)
Aviation / Flight + Bluffing Cloud 9 (6.42)
Aviation / Flight + Comic Book/Strip Dastardly & Muttley in their Flying Machines (8.00)
Aviation / Flight + Deduction Dogfight! (0.00)
Aviation / Flight + Medical The Flying Doctor Game (4.00)
Aviation / Flight + Pattern Recognition Geier Sturzflug (5.11)
Aviation / Flight + Political La battaglia delle Falkland (0.00)
Aviation / Flight + Prehistoric Whirlybirds and Early Birds (4.50)
Aviation / Flight + Rock-Paper-Scissors Hornet Leader II - Cold War (7.54)
Aviation / Flight + Spies/Secret Agents Crimson Skies (6.06)
Aviation / Flight + Worker Placement Aether Captains: Pirates and Traders (7.10)
Betting/Wagering + Civil War Warwick the Kingmaker (7.75)
Betting/Wagering + Line Drawing 101 giochi con carta e matita (8.00)
Betting/Wagering + Maze 101 giochi con carta e matita (8.00)
Betting/Wagering + Modern Warfare World War II in the West (7.33)
Betting/Wagering + World War II World War II in the West (7.33)
Bluffing + Medical Therapie - Jetzt oder nie (6.89)
Bluffing + Zombies Norwegian SS-zombies (0.00)
Book + Civil War PSL Guide to Wargaming (4.00)
Book + Civilization Die Siedler von Catan: Das Buch zum Spielen (7.36)
Book + Electronic Giant Intergalactic Electronic Game Book (0.00)
Book + Horror The Lost Toys (3.00)
Book + Mature/Adult Queen's Blade (6.57)
Book + Prehistoric Games of the World (8.06)
Book + Singing 50 Card Games for Children (7.00)
Book + Variable Phase Order World in Flames: 93 Annual (7.17)
Book + Video Game Theme 101 giochi con carta e matita (8.00)
Book + Vietnam War Flames of War: Tropic Lightning (0.00)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Crayon Rail System Nuclear War Bonus Pack #2 - Expansion to India Rails and Nuclear War (5.95)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Electronic The Con Game (0.00)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Environmental Antarctica (first edition) (4.69)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Line Drawing NUTS! (6.25)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Medical Strain (0.00)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Murder/Mystery The Quest for Shangri-La (7.07)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Number Sudoku Taisen 6x6: The Great Battle of Sudoku (4.00)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Singing The Con Game (0.00)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Trick-taking Dimension Defender (0.00)
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Word Antarctica (first edition) (4.69)
Card Drafting + Crayon Rail System Santa Claus Takes the Intercity (7.50)
Children's Game + Civil War Junior General (0.00)
Children's Game + Crayon Rail System Uncle Happy's Train Game (3.50)
Children's Game + Hex-and-Counter The Adventures of Captain Can (0.00)
Children's Game + Mature/Adult Sea Ranger (0.00)
Children's Game + Variable Phase Order Road Kill Truckers (7.00)
Children's Game + Vietnam War Junior General (0.00)
Children's Game + Worker Placement Sky Castles (0.00)
Chit-Pull System + Environmental Dominant Species (7.99)
Chit-Pull System + Game System Tales of Titans (0.00)
Chit-Pull System + Line Drawing & cetera (7.70)
Chit-Pull System + Religious A Forest Full of Kings (0.00)
Chit-Pull System + Rock-Paper-Scissors Μονοκράτορας (7.75)
Chit-Pull System + Storytelling Take the Bait (0.00)
Chit-Pull System + Trains Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (8.00)
Chit-Pull System + Voting The Republic of Rome (7.63)
City Building + Deduction City of Chaos (6.44)
City Building + Electronic Monopoly City (5.92)
City Building + Medical Hospital (7.40)
City Building + Modern Warfare Kill Everything! (4.00)
City Building + Movies/TV/Radio theme Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars (6.43)
City Building + Murder/Mystery City of Chaos (6.44)
City Building + Music Jazz King (0.00)
City Building + Novel-based Die Siedler von Catan: Rincewind und der Tourist (6.45)
City Building + Number DieScraper (0.00)
City Building + Rock-Paper-Scissors Milton Keynes (6.67)
City Building + Trivia FRANCHI$IT (3.33)
City Building + Zombies One Against the Dead (5.97)
Civil War + Economic Spanish Civil War 3rd Edition (6.50)
Civil War + Horror Norwegian SS-zombies (0.00)
Civil War + Negotiation Footsteps of the Prophet (6.00)
Civil War + Pirates Spartacus Imperator (9.40)
Civil War + Racing Taking the Fort (0.00)
Civil War + Role Playing El Salvador Spel: Spel van de 100.000 Doden (0.00)
Civil War + Science Fiction Civil War 2061 (4.50)
Civil War + Spies/Secret Agents Land of the Free (6.63)
Civil War + Territory Building Redguard (4.83)
Civil War + Voting Footsteps of the Prophet (6.00)
Civil War + Zombies Norwegian SS-zombies (0.00)
Civilization + Crayon Rail System Tahuantinsuyu (7.28)
Civilization + Electronic Deutsches Museum: Das Erlebnis Spiel (5.00)
Civilization + Game System Lorrein (7.35)
Civilization + Music Backers: Amalgamations of the Spiritual Hinterlands (0.00)
Civilization + Napoleonic Viktory (6.88)
Civilization + Novel-based Azad (8.00)
Civilization + Pattern Recognition EVE: Conquests (6.62)
Civilization + Puzzle SIMSOC (8.00)
Civilization + Spies/Secret Agents Lyssan (9.67)
Civilization + Sports Whoozit (5.00)
Civilization + Storytelling Backers: Amalgamations of the Spiritual Hinterlands (0.00)
Civilization + Word Antarctica (first edition) (4.69)
Collectible Components + Commodity Speculation Pro Draft (6.06)
Collectible Components + Electronic Sangokushi Taisen (7.33)
Collectible Components + Industry / Manufacturing LAB (5.30)
Collectible Components + Mafia Don - Continuing Criminal Enterprise (4.33)
Collectible Components + Murder/Mystery Clue Juicy Couture (0.00)
Collectible Components + Music Playas & Haters (0.00)
Collectible Components + Napoleonic Eagles: Waterloo (6.53)
Collectible Components + Number Topps Attax (6.00)
Collectible Components + Pattern Recognition Orbit: Rocket Race 5000 (8.97)
Collectible Components + Stock Holding Timopoly (0.00)
Collectible Components + Territory Building Guildes (0.00)
Collectible Components + Worker Placement Furoticon (8.00)
Comic Book/Strip + Commodity Speculation Troll Robot Arena (0.00)
Comic Book/Strip + Farming Wabbit Wampage (5.80)
Comic Book/Strip + Industry / Manufacturing Menaces Sur Ter (6.00)
Comic Book/Strip + Modern Warfare Final Straw (5.50)
Comic Book/Strip + Music KISS-opoly (5.58)
Comic Book/Strip + Pattern Recognition Tintin et le Piège du Totem Dhor (5.06)
Comic Book/Strip + Prehistoric Flesh (0.00)
Comic Book/Strip + Real-time Heavy Hitters (0.00)
Comic Book/Strip + Singing Brew-HaHa (8.00)
Comic Book/Strip + Space Exploration Mobile Suit Z Gundam game: Take off MkII (5.25)
Comic Book/Strip + Trains Thomas & Friends: Thomas making tracks game (6.00)
Comic Book/Strip + Transportation Cursed Earth game (0.00)
Comic Book/Strip + Worker Placement Troll Robot Arena (0.00)
Comic Book/Strip + World War II Victory (4.50)
Commodity Speculation + Crayon Rail System Martian Rails (7.32)
Commodity Speculation + Electronic The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt (5.00)
Commodity Speculation + Game System Holydeck (8.00)
Commodity Speculation + Line Drawing Martian Rails (7.32)
Commodity Speculation + Medical Drugopoly (0.00)
Commodity Speculation + Rock-Paper-Scissors Rocks for Sale (6.00)
Commodity Speculation + Singing Hitchiker (4.94)
Commodity Speculation + World War II Escape With Honour (0.00)
Commodity Speculation + Zombies Zombie Survival: The Board Game (6.18)
Crayon Rail System + Educational Railway Pioneers (0.00)
Crayon Rail System + Industry / Manufacturing Funkenschlag (7.65)
Crayon Rail System + Line Drawing Martian Rails (7.32)
Crayon Rail System + Modern Warfare Nuclear War Bonus Pack #2 - Expansion to India Rails and Nuclear War (5.95)
Crayon Rail System + Negotiation Nuclear War Bonus Pack #2 - Expansion to India Rails and Nuclear War (5.95)
Crayon Rail System + Pattern Building Ferrocarriles Pampas (5.81)
Crayon Rail System + Political Nuclear War Bonus Pack #2 - Expansion to India Rails and Nuclear War (5.95)
Crayon Rail System + Territory Building Tahuantinsuyu (7.28)
Crayon Rail System + Wargame Nuclear War Bonus Pack #2 - Expansion to India Rails and Nuclear War (5.95)
Deduction + Hex-and-Counter Strategy Seven "The Board Game" (0.00)
Deduction + Route/Network Building 101 giochi con carta e matita (8.00)
Dice + Korean War Field Hospital (8.19)
Economic + Zombies Age of Steam Expansion: The Zombie Apocalypse (7.92)
Electronic + Environmental Deutsches Museum: Das Erlebnis Spiel (5.00)
Electronic + Napoleonic Electronic Stratego (5.96)
Electronic + Political Debate This! (5.23)
Electronic + Prehistoric Primeval Fierce Ferocious Future Predator Game (0.00)
Electronic + Route/Network Building Short Circuits (0.00)
Electronic + Zombies Last Night on Earth Special Edition Soundtrack CD (5.73)
Environmental + Mature/Adult Sea Ranger (0.00)
Environmental + Medieval Antiquity (7.86)
Environmental + Religious Two by Two (6.42)
Environmental + Space Exploration Deutsches Museum: Das Erlebnis Spiel (5.00)
Environmental + Trains Nice Weather (5.58)
Environmental + Zombies Epidemic Express (6.00)
Expansion for Base-game + Singing Hossa! Weihnachts-Special (7.00)
Exploration + Medical S.N.E.A.K. - our last hope (9.00)
Exploration + Modern Warfare We Can Be Heroes II (7.50)
Exploration + Number North Pole (6.81)
Exploration + World War I Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Fantasy + Vietnam War Chain Reaction (7.29)
Farming + Horror Zombie Rancher (5.73)
Farming + Napoleonic Bohnaparte (6.00)
Farming + Trains Daitou (6.23)
Farming + Travel Müller & Sohn (4.38)
Farming + Zombies Zombie Rancher (5.73)
Fighting + Medical Strain (0.00)
Fighting + Music Masquerade (6.23)
Fighting + Stock Holding Neighborhood Conflict (10.00)
Game System + Industry / Manufacturing Lorrein (7.35)
Game System + Line Drawing Fighters versus Bombers (0.00)
Game System + Mafia Blak Dragon (0.00)
Game System + Novel-based Star Wars Adventures (2.00)
Game System + Pick-up and Deliver Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (7.33)
Game System + Political Stonehenge (5.62)
Game System + Religious Farmasum (7.00)
Game System + Rock-Paper-Scissors Pentology Card Game (5.50)
Game System + Route/Network Building Starship Marines (5.50)
Game System + Space Exploration Star Wars Adventures (2.00)
Game System + Spies/Secret Agents Hotspots Card Game (0.00)
Game System + Stock Holding 18NAC (0.00)
Game System + Worker Placement Escape of the Dead Minigame (6.61)
Hex-and-Counter + Medical Body War (8.00)
Hex-and-Counter + Number Strategy Seven "The Board Game" (0.00)
Hex-and-Counter + Pattern Recognition Strategy Seven "The Board Game" (0.00)
Hex-and-Counter + Real-time Perry Rhodan Simulation (5.54)
Hex-and-Counter + Singing Sharks and Jets (6.50)
Hex-and-Counter + Video Game Theme World of Warcraft Miniatures Game (6.69)
Hex-and-Counter + Worker Placement Exile Sun (7.00)
Horror + Industry / Manufacturing Menaces Sur Ter (6.00)
Horror + Music Zombie Crisis: Party Edition (0.00)
Horror + Route/Network Building Age of Steam Expansion: The Zombie Apocalypse (7.92)
Horror + Sports Zombie Basketball (4.00)
Horror + Territory Building Menaces Sur Ter (6.00)
Humor + Korean War MASH Game (0.00)
Industry / Manufacturing + Miniatures LAB (5.30)
Industry / Manufacturing + Music Pop Stars (5.29)
Industry / Manufacturing + Novel-based bolo' bolo: Eine Welt ohne Geld (0.00)
Industry / Manufacturing + Number Robot Master (6.44)
Industry / Manufacturing + Pattern Recognition Conceptualize This! (6.00)
Industry / Manufacturing + Religious Rapa-nui (7.60)
Industry / Manufacturing + Secret Unit Deployment Lost Gold (5.40)
Industry / Manufacturing + Spies/Secret Agents Spion im Werk - Das Opel-Spiel (0.00)
Industry / Manufacturing + Video Game Theme T.O.O.L. (8.50)
Industry / Manufacturing + Zombies Zombie State: Diplomacy of the Dead (6.95)
Korean War + Medieval Strategy I (6.58)
Korean War + Napoleonic Strategy I (6.58)
Korean War + Paper-and-Pencil Warbirds in Miniature (8.25)
Korean War + Party Game MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
Korean War + Point to Point Movement Major Campaigns of General Douglas MacArthur (6.01)
Korean War + Print & Play 38th Parallel (6.44)
Korean War + Renaissance Strategy I (6.58)
Korean War + Set Collection Battle Recall Card Game (0.00)
Korean War + Variable Phase Order The Speed of Heat (7.30)
Line Drawing + Medieval Games of the World (8.06)
Line Drawing + Miniatures Fighters versus Bombers (0.00)
Line Drawing + Modern Warfare Code Name: Sector (5.39)
Line Drawing + Music Duelo & CIA. (6.33)
Line Drawing + Mythology Games of the World (8.06)
Line Drawing + Pirates Pirates' Gold (5.74)
Line Drawing + Prehistoric Games of the World (8.06)
Line Drawing + Space Exploration Quazer (0.00)
Line Drawing + Stock Holding Colorado Railroads Game (7.00)
Line Drawing + Trick-taking Uncle Rez's Pets (5.50)
Line Drawing + World War I Fighters versus Bombers (0.00)
Line Drawing + World War II NUTS! (6.25)
Mafia + Math Drugopoly (0.00)
Mafia + Medical Drugopoly (0.00)
Mafia + Music The KINGPIN! Game (0.00)
Mafia + Mythology Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Mafia + Novel-based Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Mafia + Paper-and-Pencil Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Mafia + Pattern Building Jailbreak (5.98)
Mafia + Pattern Recognition Jailbreak (5.98)
Mafia + Pirates Murderless Mysteries: Arch Villains Anonymous (5.00)
Mafia + Prehistoric Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Mafia + Travel Drugopoly (0.00)
Mafia + Trivia The Sopranos Trivia Game (3.86)
Mafia + Vietnam War Chain Reaction (7.29)
Mafia + World War I Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Mafia + Zombies Deadfellas (0.00)
Math + Mature/Adult Der gestohlene Harem oder die falschen Eunuchen (0.00)
Math + Medical Drugopoly (0.00)
Math + Renaissance Dueling Nobles (6.25)
Math + Rock-Paper-Scissors Games of the World (8.06)
Math + Spies/Secret Agents Agent Doppelnull (0.00)
Math + Transportation Games of the World (8.06)
Mature/Adult + Medical Therapy, The Second Session (6.14)
Mature/Adult + Murder/Mystery Serial Killer Trivia Game (0.00)
Mature/Adult + Number Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge (9.00)
Mature/Adult + Pick-up and Deliver The KINGPIN! Game (0.00)
Mature/Adult + Rock-Paper-Scissors Queen's Blade (6.57)
Mature/Adult + Route/Network Building Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge (9.00)
Mature/Adult + Secret Unit Deployment SexPlay the Game (6.00)
Mature/Adult + Spies/Secret Agents The KINGPIN! Game (0.00)
Mature/Adult + Stock Holding seXXX-O-Fun (8.00)
Mature/Adult + Territory Building Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge (9.00)
Mature/Adult + Worker Placement Furoticon (8.00)
Mature/Adult + Zombies Resident Evil Deck Building Game: Outbreak (9.00)
Maze + Singing The Con Game (0.00)
Maze + Stock Holding Expedition (9.00)
Maze + Zombies Zed Run! - The Survival Horror Game Show (0.00)
Medical + Modular Board S.N.E.A.K. - our last hope (9.00)
Medical + Nautical S.N.E.A.K. - our last hope (9.00)
Medical + Number Drugopoly (0.00)
Medical + Partnerships Astoria (6.05)
Medical + Pattern Recognition Astoria (6.05)
Medical + Territory Building Drugopoly (0.00)
Medical + Transportation The Flying Doctor Game (4.00)
Medical + Travel Drugopoly (0.00)
Medical + Voting Group Therapy (5.78)
Medical + Wargame Body War (8.00)
Medical + Worker Placement Hospital (7.40)
Medieval + Singing Monty Python and the Holy Grail CCG (4.72)
Medieval + Space Exploration The Jumbo Book of Board Games (4.33)
Medieval + Trains The Jumbo Book of Board Games (4.33)
Medieval + Vietnam War Junior General (0.00)
Memory + World War I The Great War in Europe (6.71)
Miniatures + Number HappyAnimals (0.00)
Miniatures + Party Game HappyAnimals (0.00)
Miniatures + Pattern Recognition Five Men Standing (6.50)
Miniatures + Trains Cry Havoc! (0.00)
Modern Warfare + Murder/Mystery Final Straw (5.50)
Modern Warfare + Mythology Kaiju: Giant Monster Boardgame (2.67)
Modern Warfare + Party Game MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
Modern Warfare + Pirates Sandy Hook Battle Games (0.00)
Modern Warfare + Real-time Sinai (6.09)
Modern Warfare + Space Exploration Deutsches Museum: Das Erlebnis Spiel (5.00)
Modern Warfare + Storytelling Chain Reaction (7.29)
Modern Warfare + Trains Nuclear War Bonus Pack #2 - Expansion to India Rails and Nuclear War (5.95)
Modern Warfare + Travel DiceWarGame (6.92)
Modern Warfare + Trick-taking Down in Flames - Locked-On (0.00)
Modern Warfare + Voting Superpower (4.18)
Modern Warfare + Word Antarctica (first edition) (4.69)
Movies/TV/Radio theme + World War I Rules of War (0.00)
Murder/Mystery + Music Musical Assassins (0.00)
Murder/Mystery + Napoleonic Le Mystere des Masques (7.00)
Murder/Mystery + Nautical Murder Mystery Evening: The Porthole Affair (5.00)
Murder/Mystery + Renaissance I Giochi del 2000: Gli Ultimi Templari (7.33)
Murder/Mystery + Rock-Paper-Scissors Mayday (10.00)
Murder/Mystery + Trick-taking The Crime Club Card Game (4.00)
Murder/Mystery + Video Game Theme Final Straw (5.50)
Murder/Mystery + Word From the Casebook of Michael Collins' Dan Fortune (6.00)
Murder/Mystery + Zombies Chronicles of Zombie Town (0.00)
Music + Nautical Beach Music Trivia (0.00)
Music + Number Totally Treble (0.00)
Music + Political Latvija Galda Spēle (7.50)
Music + Prehistoric Höhlengrölen (4.42)
Music + Religious Tuunes (0.00)
Music + Renaissance Opera (6.73)
Music + Rock-Paper-Scissors Zombie Crisis: Party Edition (0.00)
Music + Secret Unit Deployment Schrille Stille (6.56)
Music + Transportation Igelkottens hämnd! (5.12)
Music + Worker Placement The Haunted Musicians (0.00)
Music + Zombies Zombie Crisis: Party Edition (0.00)
Mythology + Political Sacrifice of the Pharaohs (10.00)
Mythology + Renaissance Texas Renaissance Festival Game (5.00)
Mythology + Space Exploration La guerra de los signos (0.00)
Mythology + Stock Holding Gheos (6.62)
Mythology + Video Game Theme Age of Mythology: The Boardgame (6.27)
Napoleonic + Party Game Junk in the Trunk (7.00)
Napoleonic + Spies/Secret Agents Castle Risk (5.36)
Napoleonic + Transportation Dead Man's Island (6.10)
Napoleonic + Travel Walker's Tour through France (0.00)
Napoleonic + Trick-taking Das Alte Reich (5.20)
Napoleonic + Vietnam War Junior General (0.00)
Nautical + Prehistoric Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Nautical + Vietnam War MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
Nautical + Word Alphabet Pirates (0.00)
Novel-based + Transportation Star Wars Adventures (2.00)
Novel-based + World War I Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Novel-based + World War II Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Number + Political 101 giochi con carta e matita (8.00)
Number + Prehistoric Games of the World (8.06)
Number + Space Exploration Giftmania (8.00)
Number + Transportation Games of the World (8.06)
Paper-and-Pencil + Worker Placement Escape of the Dead Minigame (6.61)
Party Game + Trains How to Host a Murder: The Last Train from Paris (6.27)
Party Game + Worker Placement BasketBoard (0.00)
Party Game + World War I MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
Pattern Building + World War II The JEEP Board - 15 Games and 10 Puzzles (0.00)
Pick-up and Deliver + Singing Hitchiker (4.94)
Pirates + Route/Network Building Word Pirates! (4.94)
Pirates + Stock Holding Estland (0.00)
Pirates + Trains Age of Steam Expansion: 20,000 Rails Under the Sea (6.57)
Pirates + Trivia Game of American Battles (0.00)
Pirates + World War I Skirmish Wargaming (7.33)
Political + Prehistoric Nomad (6.29)
Political + Singing Hitchiker (4.94)
Prehistoric + Religious Dino Trivia (3.00)
Prehistoric + Route/Network Building The Settlers of the Stone Age (6.70)
Prehistoric + Spies/Secret Agents Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Prehistoric + Stock Holding Fight Of The Giants (4.44)
Prehistoric + Transportation Games of the World (8.06)
Prehistoric + Travel Games of the World (8.06)
Prehistoric + Variable Phase Order Uchronia (0.00)
Prehistoric + Video Game Theme Dinosaur King (4.82)
Prehistoric + Voting Tribes (6.42)
Prehistoric + World War I Where Heroes Dare (6.83)
Puzzle + Worker Placement Duplexity (0.00)
Puzzle + World War II The JEEP Board - 15 Games and 10 Puzzles (0.00)
Racing + Worker Placement Escape With Honour (0.00)
Racing + World War I Combination Board 4 Games (3.00)
Real-time + Route/Network Building Soapbox Derby (0.00)
Real-time + Trains RunAway Train (6.50)
Real-time + Variable Phase Order Catch a Crook Game (6.00)
Real-time + Worker Placement Commonwealth (6.50)
Religious + Spies/Secret Agents Omega Expedition (3.28)
Religious + Zombies Final Days - Miniatures Battle Game (5.95)
Renaissance + Rock-Paper-Scissors Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame (5.71)
Renaissance + Video Game Theme Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame (5.71)
Rock-Paper-Scissors + Singing Fantasi fararen (3.00)
Rock-Paper-Scissors + Spies/Secret Agents Exam 101 (6.67)
Rock-Paper-Scissors + Stock Holding Rock, Paper, Scissors, Inc. (4.62)
Rock-Paper-Scissors + Variable Phase Order Conquest, the card game (7.75)
Rock-Paper-Scissors + Zombies Zombie Crisis: Party Edition (0.00)
Role Playing + Route/Network Building Trade-off: The Land Use Planning Game (0.00)
Role Playing + Trains How to Host a Murder: The Last Train from Paris (6.27)
Route/Network Building + Trick-taking CHem-eO (6.95)
Route/Network Building + Trivia First Around The World (0.00)
Route/Network Building + World War I Hell (5.17)
Route/Network Building + Zombies Age of Steam Expansion: The Zombie Apocalypse (7.92)
Science Fiction + Singing The Con Game (0.00)
Secret Unit Deployment + Singing 50 Card Games for Children (7.00)
Secret Unit Deployment + Trains Katastrophy (0.00)
Secret Unit Deployment + Trivia Star Trek: The Next Generation (4.05)
Singing + Tile Placement Old MacDonald Soundtracks (6.00)
Singing + Trains Loco Loco (0.00)
Singing + Transportation Igelkottens hämnd! (5.12)
Singing + Wargame Sharks and Jets (6.50)
Space Exploration + Stock Holding Spaceopoly (6.12)
Space Exploration + Trains The Jumbo Book of Board Games (4.33)
Space Exploration + Word Black Hole (6.50)
Spies/Secret Agents + Video Game Theme Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Junior Detective Edition (3.67)
Spies/Secret Agents + Word Linq (6.90)
Spies/Secret Agents + Zombies Munchkin Promotional Bookmarks (5.82)
Sports + Trains Alte Spiele (0.00)
Sports + Zombies Zombie Basketball (4.00)
Stock Holding + Video Game Theme The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt (5.00)
Stock Holding + Wargame Neighborhood Conflict (10.00)
Storytelling + Territory Building Ethereum (6.80)
Storytelling + Vietnam War Chain Reaction (7.29)
Storytelling + Worker Placement Crusoe (8.32)
Storytelling + World War I England Invaded (8.00)
Trains + Video Game Theme Railroad Tycoon (7.70)
Trains + Worker Placement Katastrophy (0.00)
Transportation + Video Game Theme Railroad Tycoon (7.70)
Transportation + World War II Winds of War (4.77)
Transportation + Zombies Age of Steam Expansion: The Zombie Apocalypse (7.92)
Travel + Video Game Theme 101 giochi con carta e matita (8.00)
Travel + Worker Placement Katastrophy (0.00)
Trick-taking + Video Game Theme PAC-MAN Card Game (4.54)
Trick-taking + Vietnam War Down in Flames - Locked-On (0.00)
Trivia + Vietnam War MINDFIELD, The Game of US Military Trivia (0.00)
Trivia + Worker Placement Fauna junior (6.62)
Variable Phase Order + Vietnam War The Speed of Heat (7.30)
Voting + World War II The Road to War: Europe 1936 (0.00)

Most popular game types

Some categories and game mechanics are combined again and again. This list contains the most popular combinations.

Untapped wargame markets

The world is waiting for these new types of wargames.

Untapped non-wargame markets

Design a game that combines these elements, and it will be unlike any other game on BoardGameGeek.

Best-rated combinations

These combinations of categories and mechanics tend to do very well. For this table and the next three tables, I considered only combinations that had at least five games and 100 ratings.

Category/MechanicMean ratingStandard deviationHighest-rated example
Area Control / Area Influence + Modern Warfare 8.22 0.34
City Building + Farming 8.21 0.20
Civilization + Co-operative Play 8.15 0.41
Co-operative Play + Territory Building 8.14 0.39
Miniatures + Space Exploration 8.14 0.42
Farming + Variable Phase Order 8.08 0.37
Modern Warfare + Simultaneous Action Selection 8.08 0.67
Campaign / Battle Card Driven + Modern Warfare 8.03 0.64
Industry / Manufacturing + Route/Network Building 8.03 0.20
Civil War + Hand Management 8.03 0.41

Worst-rated combinations

These combinations of categories don't do very well.

Category/MechanicMean ratingStandard deviationHighest-rated example
Children's Game + Medical 4.06 0.33
Action / Dexterity + Medical 4.05 0.34
Educational + Storytelling 3.97 1.64
Religious + Roll and Move 3.95 1.57
Educational + Religious 3.83 1.57
Abstract Strategy + Paper-and-Pencil 3.59 1.69
Children's Game + Paper-and-Pencil 3.23 1.19
Number + Pattern Recognition 3.19 1.37
Number + Party Game 3.03 1.18
Religious + Storytelling 2.79 0.68

Most variable combinations (highest standard deviation)

These combinations of categories tend to vary wildly in quality. You don't know what you're going to get with these.

Category/MechanicMean ratingStandard deviationHighest-rated example
Betting/Wagering + Storytelling 5.67 2.04
Math + Science Fiction 5.61 1.92
Book + Roll and Move 5.81 1.89
Children's Game + Role Playing 6.89 1.72
Number + Set Collection 4.17 1.72
Hex-and-Counter + Sports 6.37 1.71
Dice + World War I 5.94 1.69
Abstract Strategy + Paper-and-Pencil 3.59 1.69
Action / Dexterity + Rock-Paper-Scissors 5.35 1.65
Educational + Storytelling 3.97 1.64

Most consistent combinations (lowest standard deviation)

These combinations of categories tend to produce games that are reliably good, reliably bad, or reliably mediocre.

Category/MechanicMean ratingStandard deviationHighest-rated example
Bluffing + Mythology 6.61 0.10
Pattern Building + Route/Network Building 6.33 0.10
Mafia + Simultaneous Action Selection 6.80 0.10
Economic + Real-time 6.41 0.10
Mafia + Role Playing 6.77 0.09
Medieval + Transportation 7.02 0.09
Abstract Strategy + Napoleonic 5.97 0.08
Mafia + Wargame 6.92 0.08
Action Point Allowance System + Worker Placement 6.71 0.05
Memory + Napoleonic 5.97 0.01

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