Ludoj, Ludoj, Kaj Pli Ludoj!

Saluton, Mondo! Bonvenon al la Esperantlingva ludo-retpaĝo!

Note: I established this webpage on 10/20/15.  It is currently a work-in-progress (sorry for the mess!). I have a long list of games to add to it when I have extra time.  I hope that eventually this webpage will serve as a collection of Esperanto games.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at jaclyn at pacejo dot net.


Title
Pomoj Kontraŭ Pomoj Pomoj Kontraŭ Pomoj
English title
Apples to Apples
Game description
The party game Apples to Apples consists of two decks of cards: Things and Descriptions. Each round, the active player draws a Description card (which features an adjective like "Hairy" or "Silly") from the deck, then the other players each secretly choose the Thing card in hand that best matches that description and plays it face-down on the table. The active player then reveals these cards and chooses the Thing card that, in his opinion, best matches the Description card, which he awards to whoever played that Thing card. This player becomes the new active player for the next round.  Once a player has won a pre-determined number of Description cards, that player wins.
Type of game
Party game
Number of players
4-10
Length of game
30-45 minutes
Suggested age
12+
Where can I find it?
Click the links to download the game for free. (Warning: large file size) Red Apple Fronts. Red Apple BacksGreen Apple Fronts. Green Apple Backs.
Notes
This is Version 1 of Pomoj Kontraŭ Pomoj.  The game contains many of the cards from the base edition of Apples to Apples, as well as a dozen or so Esperanto-specific ones. This is a smaller deck than normal Apples to Apples so you may need to shuffle the discard pile.  There are also some blank cards so you can write your own content.  Eventually this deck will be updated to include more cards.  If you find errors on the cards, please contact jaclyn at pacejo dot net.  A special thanks to players at ARE for play-testing and correcting errors on the cards.

Title
Homlupo
English title
Werewolf
Game description
Homlupo takes place in a small village which is haunted by werewolves.  Each player is secretly assigned a role - Werewolf, Villager, or a special Villager. There is also a Moderator who controls the flow of the game.  The game alternates between night and day phases. At night, the Werewolves secretly choose a Villager to kill.  During the day, the Villager who was killed is revealed and is out of the game. The remaining Villagers then vote on the player they suspect is a Werewolf. That player reveals his/her role and is out of the game.  Werewolves win when there are an equal number of Villagers and Werewolves. Villagers win when they have killed all Werewolves. Homlupo is a social game that requires no equipment to play, and can accommodate almost any large group of players.
Type of game
Party game
Number of players
8-18
Length of game
60 minutes
Suggested age
8+
Where can I find it?
Click the link to download the rules. No other game materials are needed, although you may want to print role cards for each person.


Title
Skrablo

Skrablo

English title
Scrabble
Game description
Players use their seven drawn letter-tiles to form words on the gameboard. Each word laid out earns points based on the commonality of the letters used, with certain board spaces giving bonuses. But a word can only be played if it uses at least one already-played tile or adds to an already-played word. This leads to slightly tactical play, as potential words are rejected because they would give an opponent too much access to the better bonus spaces.
Type of game
Word game
Number of players
2-4
Length of game
90 minutes
Suggested age
10+
Where can I find it?
Purchase a wooden tile set online OR find an old Scrabble board and print a page of Esperanto Skrablo tiles to play.  
Notes
It is best to have a dictionary available.




Title
Iam EstisIam estis
English title
Once Upon a Time
Game description
Iam Estis is a game in which the players create a story together, using cards that show typical elements from fairy tales. One player is the Storyteller and creates a story using the ingredients on her cards. She tries to guide the plot towards her own ending. The other players try to use cards to interrupt her and become the new Storyteller. The winner is the first player to play out all her cards and end with her Happy Ever After card.
Type of game
Story-telling game
Number of players
2-6
Length of game
30 minutes
Suggested age
8+
Where can I find it?
While the game itself is not in Esperanto, the rules were translated into Esperanto by Christopher Chazarein and are available online. You will need to buy the game to play it.



Title
Fluxx
English title
Fluxx
Game description
Fluxx is a card game in which the cards themselves determine the current rules of the game. By playing cards, you change numerous aspects of the game: how to draw cards, how to play cards, and even how to win.  At the start of the game, each player holds three cards and on a turn a player draws one card, then plays one card. By playing cards, you can put new rules into play that change numerous aspects of the game: how many cards to draw or play, how many cards you can hold in hand or keep on the table in front of you, and (most importantly) how to win the game.
Type of game
Card game
Number of players
2-6
Length of game
5-30 minutes
Suggested age
8+
Where can I find it?
Click on the link to download the game.  It is available as a PDF. 
Notes
The original game was designed by Andrew and Kristin Looney.  This game was translated into Esperanto by Thomas Preece and Neil Roberts, who integrated Esperanto-specific cards. 


Monopolo

Title
Monopolo
English title
Monopoly
Game description
Players take the part of land owners, attempting to buy and then develop their land. Income is gained by other players visiting their properties and money is spent when they visit properties belonging to other players. When times get tough, players may have to mortgage their properties to raise cash for fines, taxes and other misfortunes.
Type of game
Board game
Number of players
2-8
Length of game
180 minutes
Suggested age
8+
Where can I find it?
Esperanto version online here and here.  Here's another proposed version.  You will need to print the board, money, and find components.
Notes
See picture at right for one Esperanto version of the game.






Title
Karkasuno

Carcassonne

English title
Carcassonne
Game description
Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, et cetera. Having placed a tile, the player can then decide to place one of his meeples on one of the areas on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When that area is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner.
Type of game
Tile-laying board game
Number of players
2-5
Length of game
30-45 minutes
Suggested age
10+
Where can I find it?
Rules in Esperanto are available online.  You will need to purchase the game in order to play.




English title
Wizard KingsWizard Kings
Game description
Wizard Kings is a fantasy battle game with armies of elves, dwarves, orcs, undead, and three human armies (feudal, barbarian, amazon). Players customize their armies and fight for control of strategic cities and terrain on geomorphic maps.
Type of game
Fantasy / wargame
Number of players
2-7
Length of game
150 minutes
Suggested age
12+
Where can I find it?
Rules in Esperanto are available for download here.  You will need to purchase the game in order to play.





Title
Triba Vivo

Triba Vivo

Game description
From website: The wise ones of a small tribal village have gathered everyone around the campfire.  "We are searching for the most able tribes person in the village. They will be chosen as our tribal champion!"  The tribes people work hard to impress them. They recount stories they were told as youngsters, hunt bison, gather berries and defend the village against rival tribes. Soon they will find out which one of them will achieve the most glory and earn the respect of the wise ones.
Type of game
Card game
Number of players
2-5
Length of game
30-60 minutes
Suggested age
12+
Where can I find it?
Click on the link to download the game for free online.  Alternatively, you can purchase the game from the Gamecrafter website for $24 USD.   
Notes
This game is natively in Esperanto. 




Title
ĜaberŭokoĜaberŭoko
Game description
From website: Ĝaberŭoko estas la kartludo kiun Alico eble ludis malantaŭ la spegulo.  Oni diras ke la eta Alico, kiam ŝi estis trans la spegulo, lernis ludi ion kartludon.  Ankaŭ oni diras ke ŝi raportis la regulojn...  Bonŝance ŝi iam ludis kun iu el niaj amikoj, kal li helpis nin krei tiun kartludon por ĉiuj, kiuj dezirus provi ĝin.
Type of game
Trick-taking card game
Number of players
4-6
Length of game
30-60 minutes
Suggested age
12+
Where can I find it?
You can purchase the game from the Gamecrafter website for $15 USD.   
Notes
This game is natively in Esperanto. Designed by Sebĉjo Elprovenco.


Frazludo

Title
Frazludo
Game description
Comments from the Designer: This is a customizable board game which can help you and your students learn Esperanto. Its also fun for those who know the language well. To play this game the players need to know the names of the colors on the board, the numbers 1 to 12 and at least the basic grammar of Esperanto.
Type of game
Board game
Number of players
2-6
Length of game
45-60 minutes
Suggested age
8+
Where can I find it?
You can't buy this game. You can, however, make it yourself.  See here for details on how to make the game.  
Notes
This is a game for students and teachers of Esperanto. 






English Title
SETSet
Game description
In SET, each card contains 1-3 objects, with all of the objects on a card having the same color, shape and shading, e.g., two purple shaded ovals. Colors, shapes, and shadings come in three different types: green, purple and red; oval, diamond and squiggle; and solid, shaded and outlined.  All players compete simultaneously and try to claim sets of cards in a single pass through the deck. A set consists of three cards that are either all alike or all different in each attribute. To play, one person takes the deck and lays out twelve cards face up. The first person to spot a set collects those three cards; if the player was mistaken, then this player cannot claim a set until after another player has done so. After someone has claimed a set, the cardholder lays out three more cards. (If all players agree that no sets can be claimed, then the cardholder lays out three more cards. These cards aren't replaced after someone claims a set.) Whoever claims the most sets wins!
Type of game
Abstract set-collection game
Number of players
1-20
Length of game
30 minutes
Suggested age
6+
Where can I find it?
This game is available at many large retailers, including Amazon (currently $9 USD). 
Notes
While this is not an Esperanto game, there is no text on the cards and rules in Esperanto are available online.


English Title
Quarto!Quarto
Game description
Quarto! has a 44 board and 16 pieces. Each piece has four dichotomous attributes color, height, shape, and consistency so each piece is either black or white, tall or short, square or round, and hollow or solid. The object is to place the fourth piece in a row in which all four pieces have at least one attribute in common. The twist is that your opponent gets to choose the piece you place on the board each turn.
Type of game
Abstract strategy game
Number of players
2
Length of game
20 minutes
Suggested age
8+
Where can I find it?
This game is available at many online retailers, including Amazon (currently $19 USD). 
Notes
While this is not an Esperanto game, rules in Esperanto are available online.



English Title
HiveHive
Game description
Hive is a highly addictive strategic game for two players that is not restricted by a board and can be played anywhere on any flat surface. Hive is made up of twenty two pieces, eleven black and eleven white, resembling a variety of creatures each with a unique way of moving.  With no setting up to do, the game begins when the first piece is placed down. As the subsequent pieces are placed this forms a pattern that becomes the playing surface (the pieces themselves become the board). Unlike other such games, the pieces are never eliminated and not all have to be played. The object of the game is to totally surround your opponent's queen, while at the same time trying to block your opponent from doing likewise to your queen. The player to totally surround his opponent's queen wins the game.
Type of game
Abstract strategy game
Number of players
2
Length of game
20 minutes
Suggested age
8+
Where can I find it?
This game is available at many online retailers, including Amazon (currently $17 USD).   This would be an easy game to make at home.  There are several Print & Play versions available online.
Notes
While this is not an Esperanto game, rules in Esperanto are available online.





Title
AmazonojAmazonas
English Title
Amazons
Game description
The game is played on a square grid, usually 10 by 10. Each player starts with four amazons (which move as chess queens, but do not capture) placed in predetermined locations on their side of the board. On a player turn, he moves one amazon and then fires an arrow from the arrival position. Firing an arrow consists in placing a new arrow piece on the board; also the arrow moves like a queen from the position it is fired. The landed arrow doesn't move anymore and creates a permanent block on the board. Arrows can not be passed through by either amazons or other arrows. The first player who can not make a legal move (move and then shoot) loses the game.
Type of game
Abstract strategy game
Number of players
2
Length of game
30 minutes
Suggested age
12+
Where can I find it?
This game was created in the 1990s and is challenging to find.  You can play it online at a number of game sites (Little Golem, Super Duper Games, igGamerCenter, Igfip, Brain. You can print the game board and make your own copy of the game.
Notes
Click here to access the rules in Esperanto.




English Title
MiradorMirador
Game description
Mirador is a connection game played on a 27 x 27 grid of small squares. Several factors combine to make this a very fast and unusual game: line-of-sight connection; graded placement (incorporating the use of micro squares); and equivalent goals - that is, either player can win by connecting the board edges either from north to south or from east to west.  A significant feature of the game is that players can use their opponent's placements to facilitate their own connections. So, in trying to win the race to connect, you must check that the next move you plan to make doesn't inadvertently improve your opponent's chances more than yours.
Type of game
Abstract strategy game
Number of players
2
Length of game
20 minutes
Suggested age
10+
Where can I find it?
You can;t buy this game, but it is easy to make.  The game can be played on graph paper (by marking off a 27 x 27 area) using colored pencils to indicate the placement of watchtowers, or miradors, each of which will occupy a 2 x 2 square.  You can also play it online at Super Duper Games.
Notes
Click here to access the rules in Esperanto.


Playing cards (52 card deck) - See this site for Esperanto names of suits.  I am currently creating a deck of Esperanto playing cards.


The German company Ludisto makes iOS games, all of which can be played in Esperanto.



FreeCivFreeCiv - Free, open source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. Available in Esperanto.



Going Cardboard - Documentary on board games. Subtitles in Esperanto.  More details online.