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Other Non-Computer Games

Most games before computer games were boardgames, but there were some other games that were so creative, so utterly different, that they just don't belong in the same category. Herewith are a few.

Cosmic Encounter

Originally designed in 1972, this 30-year-old game is still one of the greatest around. It inspired two later games on this list, Illuminati and Magic the Gathering. The game's greatness lies in its self-modifying nature; players can modify the rules of game during the game. It's a little confusing, but it is definitely an enormously enjoyable game; there are still fan clubs that get together to play. How many other games can make that boast?

Dungeons & Dragons

Created by Dave Arneson and E. Gary Gygax, this ...

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