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This is a list of games that are either relatively complex to learn or deceptively simple but have a lot of complex interaction.

 DescriptionMin. PlayersMax. PlayersStashesSetsOther EquipmentGame MechanicsPrimary ThemeStatus
AgnosticaAgnostica, a simplified version of Gnostica, involves capturing territory on an evolving board made up of Zark City cards.1 per player3 (5 for the complex game)deck of Zark City cards
Color die
Modular board
Card game
MysticalComplete
Alien CityIcehouse/piecepack hybrid game of city building3piecepack setTile laying
Complex scoring
City buildingComplete
Barsoomian JetanFantasy chess on Barsoom (Mars)4410x10 grid boardChess
Angular movement
MarsComplete
Binary HomeworldsA 2-player variant of the standard Homeworlds game3 matching setsNoneColor powers
Resource management
SpaceComplete
Chaos CheckersA twist on checkers where the pieces constantly gain new abilities553 dice bags
1 set of Volcano Caps
Strategic placement
Turn-based
Strategycomplete?
Civil-ice-ation7chessboard
playing cards
pawns
tokens
opaque bag
UnknownTime TravelComplete
CoastercanoMega Volcano that uses Martian Coasters and Treehouse Dice9Martian Coasters
Treehouse dice
UnknownVolcanoPlaytesting
CoverFireA war-game with programmed movement6x6 gridUnknownInitial design
DectanaTerritory game like Zarcana/Gnostica, but using the Decktet1 per player3Two DecktetsTerritory Control
Hand Management
FantasyComplete
DogFightA war-game with programmed movementUnknownInitial design
FreimaurereiConduct lodge-based conspiracies during the European Enlightenment910playing cards
opaque bag
Treehouse die
Pyramid die
Resource management
Hidden information
ConspiracyComplete
Galaa.k.a. Farmer's Chess4410 x 10 grid boardCaptureComplete
GnosticaGnostica, an updated version of Zarcana, involves capturing territory on an evolving board made up of Tarot cards.1 per player5deck of Tarot cardsModular board
Card game
MysticalComplete
Gorean KaissaFantasy chess on the planet Gor6510x10 grid boardChessChessComplete
Houses of ThothErecting Pyramids on Tarot cards, and vice versa55Tarot deckAccumulation
Construction
MysticalPlaytesting
Martian ColonistsA resource gathering race, vaguely inspired by Settlers of Catan and a set of dice that match the colours of Icehouse pyramids1 per player + 1Piecepack: 1-3 sets. Some coloured dice
see rules. Aquarius. Opaque bag.
UnknownMartiany ColonisingyInitial design
Martian GunslingerAn abstract Western theme boardgame with a checkerboard2a potato
Deck of Playing cards
One Six-sided die (d6) per player plus one extra die
Chessboard
Set collection
Direct conflict
Resource management
WesternNearly Complete
Martian Mah JonggA rummy game in the style of Chinese Mah Jongg10One six-sided die (d6)
one eight-sided die (d8). A screen for each player (RAMbot screens work well)
UnknownMatching and collecting Icehouse piecesComplete
NomiceAn Icehouse/Nomic hybrid game.At least 1 per player. The more, the better for a dynamic gameAt least 1 per player, or as established by playersAs decided per gameUnknowncomplete?
Peaceful HomeworldsPeaceful Homeworlds centers on gathering crystals rather than invasion.3 matching setsNoneColor powers
Resource management
SpaceSome rule clarification needed
PhalansteryOrganize a harmonious group within the utopian phalanx106, i.e. 3 RXVolcano board
set of double-six dominoes
5 Volcano caps
Draw
Eruption
Utopian communityPlaytesting
PyLiPo3 to 42Chessboard
several gaming stones or tokens of at least five different colors or styles
Scrabble tiles
one six-sided die. Optional: a dictionary
a timer
some printed material.
Movement
Creative Writing
Literarycomplete?
Rat PatrolA precursor to the game Turtler80 specialized cards
chessboard
D8
UnknownInitial design
Ratones ColoradosA game of mice, cats, and trapsplayer screens
colored string
Area controlAnimalsPlaytesting
Simple Life or Death1 per playerLarge grid (>16x16)
1 deck of cards for every 2 players
set of polyhedral dice (d4
d6
d8
d10
d12
d20)
UnknownAbstractcomplete?
The SniperSurvive an abduction by outwitting The Sniper1 Rainbow StashSix-sided die
Playing cards
Timer
5 Counters
UnknownSurvivalInitial design
SolomidsA solo game of stacking, sliding, and swappingUnknownPoliticsComplete
Spy vs SpyCollect all the pieces of the Thingamajig, avoid the other spy and the police, and get out alive!1062 dice bags
5x5 Volcano board
2 dividers
Two six-sided dice
Two d8s
UnknownStrategycomplete?
Stacktors!A role-playing game system using pyramids.1210battlemat
prepared or freeform adventure plans; pen
paper.
Tactics
Comparison
RoleplayingPlaytesting
Super Death RayImage coming soon...5Turn Token
5 White Volcano Caps (for 3-Player Games)
Color powers
Freeform board
SpacePlaytesting
TriangulationA war-game with programmed movementbeads
ruler
UnknownPoliticsInitial design
TubeTanksA war-game with programmed movement3x6 gridUnknownWarInitial design