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Postby Psi-Lord » 2002-12-16, 5:07

I was talking to Lionel about a game I used to play as a child and I just started looking for translations of the names of other basic board games in English—though simple, I'd never really thought about doing that. Then I suddenly got curious—are such games popular all over the world? There probably exist lots of such games people in other parts of the world may have never heard of, or that just aren't so popular... My favourite ones as a child were draughts, nine men's morris, ludo, peg solitaire, Chinese draughts and naughts & crosses (hmm, would it be a board game? ;)). Then I learnt how to play (Western) chess. However, it wasn't until last year that I learnt about Chinese chess (xiang qi), Japanese chess (shogi) and some other board games that are popular in other parts of the world.

Their names in Brazil:

draughts = damas
nine men's morris = moinho / trilha
ludo = ludo
peg solitaire = resta-um
Chinese draughts = xadrez chinês (the more correct 'damas chinesas' is not widely known)
naughts & crosses = jogo-da-velha
chess = xadrez

So, what traditional board games are popular in your country? :)
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Postby Saaropean » 2002-12-16, 11:50

The same games are popular in Germany. :)

draughts - damas - Dame ("lady")
nine men's morris - moinho / trilla - Mühle ("mill")
ludo - ludo - Mensch ärgere dich nicht ("Man don't get angry!")
peg solitaire - resta-um - Solitär
Chinese draughts - xadrez chinês - Don't know that one...
naughts and crosses - jogo-da-velha - I know it, but I don't think it has a name.
chess - xadrez - Schach

And if you include naughts and crosses as a board game, what about battleships (in German "Schiffe versenken")? :wink:

German board game collections also include dices and note pads for Kniffel (don't know the English name) as well as domino (in German "Domino") stones. :)

And for card games, I made an interesting discovery this summer. A 9-year old boy from Ottawa (the capital of Canada) taught me a game he called crazy 8 countdown, which is very similar to the game I know under the name Mau-Mau.
The most popular card game in Germany is probably Skat. I don't know whether it exists in other countries as well. A year ago, two Brazilians taught me a game that must be just as popular in South America: truco

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Postby Lynch » 2002-12-16, 17:42

draughts - damas - Dame - Damka
nine men's morris - moinho / trilla - Mühle ("mill") - Have no idea which game is this.
ludo - ludo - Mensch ärgere dich nicht - Ludo
peg solitaire - resta-um - Solitär - Soliter
Chinese draughts - xadrez chinês - Don't know that one... - Damka Sinit
naughts and crosses - jogo-da-velha - I know it, but I don't think it has a name. - Which one is that one?
chess - xadrez - Schach - Shachmat

Battleships - Schiffe versenken - Torpedo

Domino - Domino - Domino

Yes, I know Truco, it's very popular in Argetnina, infact it was invented there by the "Gauchos". Another very popular game is russian "Durak".
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Postby NulNuk » 2002-12-16, 18:08

Battleships - Schiffe versenken - Torpedo


Torpedo?? :shock: , in the nort we call it "Tzolelot" (submarines)
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Postby Lynch » 2002-12-16, 18:28

Yes! Of course NulNuk! Tsolelot is how we call it! "Torpedo" is just the name the company that got out the boxed version called it!

Sorry...

Battleships = Tsolelot

I just was confused, I was sure there was another name for it, but didn't remember!
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Postby Luís » 2002-12-16, 18:55

Psi-Lord, we call the 'jogo-da-velha' 'jogo do galo' in Portugal :-)

And battleships is batalha naval . Very popular during boring classes :wink:
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Postby Patricia » 2002-12-17, 10:39

Yes, I know Truco, it's very popular in Argetnina, infact it was invented there by the "Gauchos".


Truco is indeed the national card game in Argentina. Actually we're having our first official national Truco championship soon.

draughts = damas
nine men's morris = ??????
ludo = ludo
peg solitaire = solitario
Chinese draughts = damas chinas
naughts & crosses = ta-te-tí
chess = ajedrez
battleships:batalla naval

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Postby Psi-Lord » 2002-12-17, 15:07

Here's hoping that truco is played in a more 'civilised' way in Argentina than in Brazil! LOL I thought of adding card games to the list, but I guess I don't know many of them... :( I only learnt how to play poker (pôquer) and buraco (according to my dictionary, a game similar to canasta) a couple of years ago, for instance...
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Postby Lynch » 2002-12-17, 18:00

Oh, naughts and crosses is "ta te ti" in spanish?
Okay, so in hebrew it's: "Iks Igul" (="x (and) circle")
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Postby Leviwosc » 2003-01-03, 5:39

Here the Dutch contribution of the names...

I'll explain some names, because some of them are realy weird... :lol:

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draughts - damas - Dame - Damka - Dammen [just a literairy translation]

nine men's morris - moinho / trilla - Mühle - Molen [mill]

ludo - ludo - Mensch ärgere dich nicht - Ludo - Mens erger je niet [man don't annoy yourself]

peg solitaire - resta-um - Solitär - Soliter - Solitaire [just a literairy translation]

Chinese draughts - xadrez chinês - Damka Sinit - Chinees Dammen [just a literairy translation]

naughts and crosses - jogo-da-velha - Boter kaas en eieren [butter, cheese and eggs]

chess - xadrez - Schach - Shachmat - Schaken [just a literairy translation]

Battleships - Schiffe versenken - Torpedo - Zeeslag Seabattle

Domino - Domino - Domino - Domino [just a literairy translation]

Monopoly - Monopoly [just a literairy translation]

Stratego - Stratego [just a literairy translation]


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Postby Æxylis » 2009-02-23, 21:14

wow... this seems like an interesting topic, though I've never heard of most of the games mentioned on here...

So far as I know, the board games that are popular in the US are

Chess
Checkers
Monopoly
Life
Backgammon
AC/DC(uses the backgammon board)
Chinese Checkers
Scrabble
Battleship

never heard of:
draughts
nine men's morris
ludo
peg solitaire
Chinese draughts (is this anything like chinese checkers?)
naughts and crosses

If you wanted to get into card games... I know a few
Poker
Crazy 8s (Uno is basically a crazy 8s clone with more cards added)
Michigan/500
Hearts
Bridge
Blackjack
Gin
Go Fish
War
Slapjack
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Postby Aleco » 2009-02-23, 21:29

Well, let's see....

Vriåtter /Changing eight/ is a card game I used to play a lot. I think it's the same as the German Mau-Mau; "Crazy Eights" in English.

Mølle/Myle /Mill/... didn't play this a lot, but it's the same as the German Mühle.

Ludo of course! All the time :D

Kinasjakk /China Chess/ was another game I really loved to play ^^ Learned it before ordinary chess.
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Postby sa wulfs » 2009-02-23, 21:34

Holy thread necromancy, Batman!

Anyway:
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Postby Æxylis » 2009-02-23, 21:44

hrm... ludo seems interesting
haven't played it before
kind of reminds me of the game Sorry!
There's also trouble
and yahtzee's kind of a board-ish game hehe

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Postby Æxylis » 2009-02-23, 21:46

well if you're gonna throw in candy land, I guess I gotta include Chutes n' ladders too :D
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Postby Psi-Lord » 2009-02-23, 23:13

Jesus amado, sequer tenho memória de ter começado uma discussão destas! :shock: :silly:
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Re: Board games

Postby Serafín » 2009-02-24, 4:33

In El Salvador:

Draughts - Damas (Though lots of people, including me, call it damas chinas. Whatever.)
Chinese Draughts - Damas chinas (Though "those" people call it las verdaderas damas chinas.)
Ludo - No te enojes ("Don't get angry")
Naughts&Crosses/Tic-Tac-Toe - Equis-Cero ("X and Zero")
Chess - Ajedrez
Backgammon

We don't play Nine Men's Morris or Battleships. :nope: Or at least the ones from Low and Middle Classes don't.

Also, Fútbol de Mesa (Table Soccer) is somewhat popular among the Middle and Upper Classes. But not much. The real thing is better.

There's one more that's worth mentioning:
Futbolito: This one might seem really funny to you. It's essentially a number of nails hammered over a rectangular wood base, simulating soccer players and the "stadium".
Funnier than that is the way to play it: you use the handle of a sucker, the ones that are pretty wide (like this), to hit a marble through the stadium trying to place it in the opponent's "goal" (a space made up with the positions of the nails).
It is highly associated with the low class, but if a Salvadoran guy hasn't play that he's not Salvadoran at all. :lol:
I'd love to bring you an image but I couldn't find any! (Google, you've failed me! :cry:)



sa wulfs wrote:Holy thread necromancy, Batman!

¿¿Necromancia?? ¡Viejo eso es del 2003! ¡¡Yo lo llamaría Necrofilia!!




EDIT: OMG OMG OMG!! I asked some of my friends from El Salvador if they could take a pic of a Futbolito. And YAY, they sent me one! Looks they're proud of me talking about our unique and hell funny stuff.

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Loqu y especialmente Sa Wulfs van a tener pesadillas después de haber visto eso. ^
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Re: Board games

Postby Hoogstwaarschijnlijk » 2009-02-24, 11:25

I have never heard of Nine Men's Morris, but it sounds very interesting!

Nowadays board games like De kolonisten van Catan (Settlers of Catan) and Boonanza (Bohnanza) are very popular. But we used to do a lot of Mens erger je niet (ludo) and pesten (Mau Mau?) too. Everyone uses other rules with pesten though, we used that you had to take two cards when the other one played a ten, no one else did that :D

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Postby Tenebrarum » 2009-02-24, 12:10

Naughts & crosses = Carô <------ Fr. carreau (past time favorite in classroom, of course)

Battleships = Bắn tàu: "to shoot ship" (known, but not popular)

Chess = Cờ <----- same root with Mandarin qi
- Western chess = Cờ vua: "king chess"
- Chinese chess = Cờ tướng: "general* chess"

Ludo = Cờ cá ngựa: "seahorse chess", the tokens are horses.

*the military rank, not the adjective.
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