Top Five Intellectual Properties that would be great Board Games


Intellectual Properties (IPs) are tricky things to adapt into other formats. People bring preconceptions and biases and often the lore is well established, leaving little room for creative space. That said, bringing an IP into a game can really improve the theme of your game and also expand your audience. Here are my five ideas for IPs that should be adapted into a board game. 

5. Mission Impossible 

I am imagining some kind of elaborate heist game with potential traitors and or hidden motives. Not really sure what mechanics you would use but there would be potential for all kinds of different missions where you need to plan all phases and then execute the different phases. Would be pretty cool!

4. Pokemon 

For this one I'm picturing a deck-building game in a style similar to Mage Knight. You can train your Pokémon (add new, or replace less powerful cards to your deck specific to that Pokémon), catch new Pokémon (add a new class of cards to your deck), move around, challenge trainers, fight Team Rocket, and eventually earn enough badges to challenge the Pokémon League. At the beginning of the game you pick your trainer with some asymmetrical cards unique to each trainer. You also pick your starter Pokémon, who then form your starting deck. You journey around a modular map getting stronger until you are ready to face the League. 

3. Red Storm Rising 

This is a Cold War Gone Hot book by Tom Clancy and I think it would make a really cool setting for a war board game. Multiple theaters of war, different unit types, political and military strategy. This would be awesome. 

2. Kerbal Space Program

Develop your own space program! With 75% realism and 25% goofy Kerbals this board game would see you build and test rockets, plan missions, accept contracts, and develop new technologies. Not really sure what the mechanics would look like for this game - perhaps something kind of similar to Galaxy Trucker only instead of a race to build a janky spaceship you unlock different rocket parts and use them to assemble a rocket, which you then launch into different missions. Acquiring new pieces would cost research points and buying more parts would cost money. This is one of my favorite video games and honestly this board game idea sounds pretty cool. To me at least.

1. Rome: Total War

One of my favorite video games of all time and one of the most interesting historical time periods. I'm thinking this board game would have players assume control of different asymmetric factions with different units, strategies, and goals. I would love to see a grand strategy style main world map where you handle diplomacy, train units, build buildings, move your forces, establish trade, and research technology. I would then like a smaller battle board where combat is resolved. Some kind of dice and card based combat system with each faction having different tactics cards. This would be the perfect game!

What are some IP based games you would love to see?

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10 months ago

I would love to see a Mortal Engines based game, it was one of my favourite books as a kid, can really imagine some kind of city building player board and then a central map where you all drive around eating other cities (and maybe each other), collecting old-tech and trading

Supporter10 months ago

This would be cool! I've never read the books though. 

10 months ago

I have no idea if they were actually good books, but as a kid I devoured them, the world was just fascinating. Also just the idea of cties eating each other (municipal darwinsism) would just make or an interesting game.

Supporter10 months ago

Yeah, that would be really cool. 

Supporter10 months ago

This isn't exactly what you asked but... I just started watching Norsemen on Netflix.  It's this weird kind of Humorous Vikiing Show (NSFW Content, rated MA).  But because of the way the art is done in #Raiders of the North Sea it feels like the TV Show version of that game.

Supporter10 months ago

Ooo this sounds really interesting. I might check it out!

Supporter10 months ago

Yeah it's funny.  Definitely MA, but it's not nearly as bad as some of the warnings say at the beginning of the show.  A lot of the warnings stuff aren't really very present (at least in what I've watched so far).

Supporter10 months ago

I started the first episode. I might keep going. 

Supporter10 months ago

I'm gonna come back with my stock answer, and à few others.

My stock answer is Stargate. This really needs to be turned into some sort of game.

A two player lighter War of the Ring style game based on The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

There needs to be some sort of good Buffy game. 

10 months ago

What kind of a game would you imagine Stargate being?

Supporter10 months ago

A multiplayer cooperative open world exploration game. I would think of some sort of map book, maybe like what they use in #Sleeping Gods. I would like for it to have a campaign aspect, and the effects of angering, pacifying, or conquering the go'aould or any other enemies, would have affects on future scenarios.

10 months ago

I can see that being pretty awesome. Plus all with the stargate universe you could have missions being on all kinds of interesting worlds. 

Supporter10 months ago

Exactly, each map/mission could be a different world.

10 months ago

For sure, I can imagine that giving the designer (you?) a lot of freedom to make them all really tonally varied. Some eing more mysteries, some being action/adventure etc. you'd need some solid central mechanics to tie it all together though. And I do like the idea of a consistent threat throughout that your actions impact in different ways.

Supporter10 months ago

I can see this idea being really interesting 

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