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Discussion Post: Can the Theme Make the Game?


Prof. Will Lestrange

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Earlier this week, I was looking for something to play that was themed on pandemics and current events.  I stumbled upon a Monopoly-esque card game which fit the bill:  although it was already somewhat obsolete by events of the past year (or even longer), the theme was exactly what I was looking for.

 

This was true even as it took a while to get used to the gameplay (resource building, multiple actions in a turn, try to collect 3 monopolies to win) to the point I was losing nearly every game my first two days playing!

 

So, have you ever had the chance to play a 'themed' board/card game (or a themed version of a regular board/card game)?  If so, did the theme make the game better or worse?

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I’m a huge Walking Dead fan and have three separate Walking Dead theme  games one of course is just a trivia game but the other two are: Monopoly which is based off the comic books instead of the show. Has the different locations the survivors had come across or stayed at like the prison, Woodbury, etc… and then I have one called All Out War. It’s a tactical head to head game just like Risk. I like them better this way because its themed and it catches my attention better. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

To discuss an entirely different 'themed' board game than one in the title:  I remembered enjoying the Civilization series of games as a kid, and then we found out about the Civilization boardgame which actually predated the games but seemed to have a similar theme (note that I'm talking about the 1980 board game - not the more recent board games actually made by the creator of the computer series).  Of course I wanted it and ended up getting it as a holiday gift from my parents, so then I tried to play it with my family.  While it was interesting, gameplay was very different from the video game.  Worse still, games seemed to take way too long and required a lot of effort on our part just to keep track of our progress and all the cards and tokens!  So I don't think we ended up playing that one more than twice...

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I have a Doctor Who version of Monopoly that we definitely enjoy playing, which makes sense being that my daughter, sister, and I are major fans of Doctor Who.  My husband, not so much, but he plays along regardless.  Even though it's essentially Monopoly with the place names changed, the setting definitely enhances the game play for us.

Like Cole, I have several Walking Dead board games as well and a Star Wars card game much along the lines of Dungeons & Dragons.  Suffice it to say that adding fandom into the mix makes the game much more enjoyable, in my opinion.

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It does to an extent. I love color, so if the colors interest me, it is more likely to draw me in. If it's easy to ready, I'm more likely to play the game. But one theme versus another? I don't see that. While I enjoy fandoms as much as anyone, theming a game doesn't change the game to me much at all. I don't like Monopoly, even if I adore the Scottie, or it comes with a cute playing piece i love more, but I still won't enjoy the game more.

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  • 3 months later...

I can agree with you to an extent, Feb.  If it’s a game  I absolutely do not enjoy, changing the theme won’t make me like it any more.  On the other hand, if it’s something I’m invested in (like Doctor Who. For example) enriches the game  play for me.  Maybe it’s my overactive imagination, but I can create a story while I am ‘in character ‘ so to speak.  It makes it more interesting than just moving little pieces around a game board.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I love themed games. Although I play Cluedo and Monopoly and all other sorts of games, I have not come across a proper themed game yet. However, I have been imagining and would love to see one day a themed version of Monopoly - be it Harry Potter or something else, a themed version of Cluedo (perhaps Sherlock Holmes) and so on.

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