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While I love sci-fi and fantasy, Cthulhu and WWII and think they make for great board games, I do appreciate oming across a game whose theme is a little unexpected and refreshing (before I dive right back into space battles). So here is my list of games whose themes (at least at the time I first played them) were a it more unique.
5) #Tokaido - While not everyone's cup of tea, I think a game of just taking a pleasant journey (that isn't a race necessarily) through Japan and trying to have the nicest time and bring back some fun souvenirs is pretty great.
4) #Pandemic - Obviously now the world is full of Pandemic games (as well as a regular pandemic) but at the time I don't know that I'd come across anything similar to it. Working to slow down and cure a set of diseases, playing the well known classic heroes of the CDC, it was new and different and I am sure part of why it became the smash hit it did.
3) #Hanabi - A novel mechanic as well as a novel theme, playing a group of fairly incompetent firework show designers/engineers. While the theme is fairly loose, it is still pretty unique and I find it a very enjoyable game: the tension of wathcing someone explain how their about to make a horrendous mistake while not being able to say anything is hilarious.
2) #Magic Maze - Also on my list of games I like a lot more than I thought I might, mythical creatures trying to escap a mall. Not sure who signed off on that as a theme, but it's great. The game is so intense and fast paced and as you get further into the 'missions' the theme comes out more and more.
1) #Spirit Island - While it may seem a little more in line with more regular board game themes, I think the lateral step to not be the native population, or even a god. But the spirits of the island, literal forces of nature is pretty original. This isn't a game I have played (unlike the others) but one I very much want to.
I am sure there are even wilder and wackier themes out there, would love to hear about them as people's creativity is always fascinating to me.
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