One of my favorite themes in Board Games is the Wild West. I've always enjoyed Western Themed TV shows, movies, and books. I'm not really 100% sure why. I do know that it was heightened when I moved out to Colorado.
As an historian I also love Western history (when I get around to reading it).
This means that most games with a Wild West theme are automatically going to gain my attention. There is something that I like about how it in my mind feels so "open".
Now I always judge a game based on more, but I will always take a peak at a game if it takes place in the American West.
What about you? Do you like Western themed games? Why or why not? What theme are you obsessed with?
Proudly combining worker placement, route-laying, and engine building (engine geddit) Pacific Rails Inc challenges you to lay track, manage goods, get support, and find the most efficient way to build rail in the American West.
If you want a classic-looking game of real rail, Pacific Rails Inc can be found here
Lift Off! Get me Off This Planet! Deluxe Edition
Cute aliens are stranded on a very hostile planet! Work together (but win apart). The deluxe edition is more of a content expansion, with new planet pieces, cards, modules, and an intriguingly titled 'wormhole board.'
It's cute, the game is reviewed well, and the designer Eduardo Baraf is a cool dude - check out Lift Off!
Science fiction horror co-op is a genre unto its own and Neo-Morphosis has be-tentacled monsters who continuously evolve, grizzled crew (and a cute robot) to take them on. Craft weapons, repair the facility, and do battle against buckets of plastic.
Personally, I'm a massive sucker for cute robots and science fiction that looks bolted together instead of sleekly replicated, so maybe the game will be your jam too.