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When the theme sells you on a game

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Has a game had a theme so great that it sold you on the game?

I think this happened for me with #Spirit Island. Once I heard the theme of the game I was intrigued. The idea that you were a spirit scaring off explorers trrying to colonize your island sounded really fun! Onto my wishlist it went! 

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Supporter4 months ago

Oh, there are many, including:

There are many more.

Also, yes, #Spirit Island is a very good, very thematic game.

Supporter4 months ago

I have the same feelings toward both #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) (when is it gonna ship already?!) and #Root

4 months ago

#War of the Ring (Second Edition) - I adore LOTR, I was so enthused to play this monster of a game primarily because it seemed to encapsulate the story so well

4 months ago

Agree, I wouldn't be drawn to the combo of theme and mechanic if it wasn't LOTR; I wanted to know how they translated it.

4 months ago

They did such a good job, cannot wait to play it again

Supporter4 months ago

#Clans of Caledonia drew my attention right away (because I love Scotch)... and just really loved the Clan aspect of the game.  I watched a bunch of videos and knew I'd love it.

Interestingly enough, I've only run a strong Scotch Engine once or twice in all the times I've played it (though plenty of Scotch is had while playing).

4 months ago

Do you recommend it; I am still in doubt whether I want it or not ^^

Supporter4 months ago

and I agree that you should absolutely get it.  It's one of my favorite games.

Owner4 months ago

Lol yes, I think it's a great game. It will depend on your preferences, but if you like the sound of a game with (1) a pleasant theme and overall tranquil vibe, (2) streamlined gameplay and intuitive mechanics with a great rulebook, (3) the idea of building a network of cows/sheep/distillery/bakery/wheat field/etc on a map, (4) a game that makes you feel really smart when you manage to pull off a long term strategy you were going for, (5) highly variable player powers, (6) the feeling of upgrading the efficiency of your actions and benefits, and (7) a game where the different types of resources actually feel different and have different sense of worth, then you should go for it :)

4 months ago

that -does- sound interesting :) 

 

4 months ago

#Spirit Island didn't grab me with its looks but with the simple description that you are scaring and fighting  settlers of your island. A reverse theme of the typical civ builder. That alone made me wonder and check it out...and have it on my wishlist until a friend bought it

Owner4 months ago

Hmmm no particular game I can think of but I almost always check out a game with potential for in-depth world-building. I also like alternate reality, sometimes dystopian themes, and time-based concepts.

There's barely any info on #CloudAge right now but I added it to my wishlist (and pre-ordered it cover some content for Board Game Atlas). Then again, the fact that it's designed by Alexander Pfister played a big part.

4 months ago

Fun question!

  • #Apex Theropod Deck-Building Game - getting to play as a dinosaur in a deck building game just sounds awesome. I don't know if I'll ever get my hands on it, but it was definitely an instant wishlist game!
  • #Aquatica - I love Manta Rays. This game has Manta Rays, so it's on my wishlist.
  • #Baseball Highlights: 2045 - cyborgs playing baseball? Sign me up!
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