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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.

NameDescriptionMin PlayersMax PlayersStashesSetsGame MechanicsStatus
AgnosticaAgnostica, a simplified version of Gnostica, involves capturing territory on an evolving board made up of Zark City cards.251 per player3 (5 for the complex game)Modular board, Card gameComplete
Alien CityIcehouse/piecepack hybrid game of city building23Tile laying, Complex scoringComplete
Barsoomian JetanFantasy chess on Barsoom (Mars)244Chess, Angular movementComplete
Binary HomeworldsA 2-player variant of the standard Homeworlds game23 matching setsColor powers, Resource managementComplete
Chaos CheckersA twist on checkers where the pieces constantly gain new abilities255Strategic placement, Turn-basedcomplete?
Civil-ice-ation367UnknownComplete
CoastercanoMega Volcano that uses Martian Coasters and Treehouse Dice249UnknownPlaytesting
CoverFireA war-game with programmed movement2UnknownInitial design
DectanaTerritory game like Zarcana/Gnostica, but using the Decktet251 per player3Territory Control, Hand ManagementComplete
DogFightA war-game with programmed movement2UnknownInitial design
FreimaurereiConduct lodge-based conspiracies during the European Enlightenment2910Resource management, Hidden informationComplete
Galaa.k.a. Farmer's Chess2444CaptureComplete
GnosticaGnostica, an updated version of Zarcana, involves capturing territory on an evolving board made up of Tarot cards.261 per player5Modular board, Card gameComplete
Gorean KaissaFantasy chess on the planet Gor265ChessComplete
Houses of ThothErecting Pyramids on Tarot cards, and vice versa2555Accumulation, ConstructionPlaytesting
Martian ColonistsA resource gathering race, vaguely inspired by Settlers of Catan and a set of dice that match the colours of Icehouse pyramids281 per player + 1UnknownInitial design
Martian GunslingerAn abstract Western theme boardgame with a checkerboard242Set collection, Direct conflict, Resource managementNearly Complete
Martian Mah JonggA rummy game in the style of Chinese Mah Jongg2410UnknownComplete
NomiceAn Icehouse/Nomic hybrid game.210At least 1 per player. The more, the better for a dynamic gameAt least 1 per player, or as established by playersUnknowncomplete?
Peaceful HomeworldsPeaceful Homeworlds centers on gathering crystals rather than invasion.23 matching setsColor powers, Resource managementSome rule clarification needed
PhalansteryOrganize a harmonious group within the utopian phalanx12106, i.e. 3 RXDraw, EruptionPlaytesting
PyLiPo353 to 42Movement, Creative Writingcomplete?
Rat PatrolA precursor to the game Turtler26UnknownInitial design
Ratones ColoradosA game of mice, cats, and traps34Area controlPlaytesting
Simple Life or Death2101 per playerUnknowncomplete?
The SniperSurvive an abduction by outwitting The Sniper41 Rainbow StashUnknownInitial design
SolomidsA solo game of stacking, sliding, and swapping1UnknownComplete
Spy vs SpyCollect all the pieces of the Thingamajig, avoid the other spy and the police, and get out alive!2106Unknowncomplete?
Stacktors!A role-playing game system using pyramids.21001210Tactics, ComparisonPlaytesting
Super Death RayImage coming soon...235Color powers, Freeform boardPlaytesting
TriangulationA war-game with programmed movement24UnknownInitial design
TubeTanksA war-game with programmed movement2UnknownInitial design