2005 Sundance Independent Games Festival
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Imagine that there were an annual festival that showcased independently produced games. Held in a remote but fashionable resort town, independent designers with new games would flock to show their new creations. The buzz would build as games cognoscenti would spread the word about the latest finds. The press would breathlessly report on which games received multi-million dollar distribution deals.

Now, which games would have been featured in the festival for any given year? That is the question. Please help me fill out the guest list by adding any games you know of that fits these criteria: Published in the stated year and independently produced at that time. (We'll have to figure out what "independently produced" means in this case.) I've started with 2006 and am working backward.

For extra credit, please pair your entry if possible with movie critics' quotes from rottentomatoes.com that could be used to describe the game.

For other years, see The Sundance Independent Games Festival metalist.
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"An incredible western. Opened the door to a whole new world of violence."

"A glorious and brutal Western that's truly one of a kind."

-Quotes taken from reviews of The Wild Bunch
 
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2. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:642]
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In the wonderful game, Bonaparte at Marengo, this is how to get nasty Frenchies out of a village.
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"The movie for those of us who have been waiting for something new and original."
--Quote taken from review of Memento
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3. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:359]
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"You'll be shaken. You'll be stirred. Heck, you'll be blown away."

"In the film, Bond must gamble to survive and grow; the producers of this franchise did the same - and in both cases, the chips are up."

-Quotes taken from reviews of Casino Royale

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Can anyone suggest a recent or classic 19th century war movie to take quotes from?
 
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5. Board Game: Dicefest [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
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Just can't think of a movie for this one.
 
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6. Board Game: Dragons of Kir [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3525]
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"For visual thrills and fairytale themes, this fantasy feature kicks the stuffing out of Star Wars."

-Quote taken from a review of Dungeons and Dragons
 
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7. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:993]
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"Here's a technological sound-and-light show that is sensational and brainy, stylish, and fun."

"This computer world, depicted in the vocabulary of computer graphics that are highly contemporary, is a deserved dog-ear in the history of cinema."

-Quotes taken from reviews of Tron
 
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8. Board Game: Pizza Box Football [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:1828]
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"The film is a lot about character and a little about football. Not a single boring, slow, or unnecessary second. I loved it."

"If viewed as a crowd-pleasing, feel-good sports movie, the film is an unqualified success."

-Quotes taken from reviews of Remember the Titans
 
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"Great fun, with Wilder for once giving an impeccably controlled performance as the factory's bizarre owner."

"The zany factory's imaginative gimmicks, and that vivid color scheme, will keep even the youngest kids alert."

-Quotes taken from reviews of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
 
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"Falls squarely -- and, it must be said, squirrelly -- in the middle between the lackluster Madagascar and the wonderful Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit."

"Its own animal, a spirited and intrepid critter that mooches our affection along with the garbage."

-Quotes taken from reviews of Over the Hedge
 
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11. Board Game: Port Dover [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
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"It's a whale of a tale that's well worth catching. Even if fish isn't usually your dish."

"A fish tale the whole family can enjoy."

-Quotes taken from reviews of Finding Nemo
 
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12. Board Game: Credit Mobilier [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:5952]
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"Excellent period film featuring great performances by Connery and Sutherland. Crichton's direction builds some very tense moments, particularly in the execution of the robbery, but the movie isn't too serious to throw in an occasional gag."

-Quote taken from a review of The Great Train Robbery

See also other Stratamax Games from 2005: Silver Mountain, Empires of the New World, and 2012 Overture
 
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13. Board Game: The Nacho Incident [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:4172]
Greg Lam
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"Ridiculous as it may sound, this is a comedy about a man whose good intentions lead him into temptation and out again. Viva Nacho!"

"Nacho strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick."

-Quotes taken from reviews of Nacho Libre
 
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14. Board Game: TATATA! [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:7335]
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"The dogfights are absolutely the best since Clint Eastwood's electrifying aerial scenes in Firefox. But look out for the scenes where the people talk to one another."

"Jet piloting is the ultimate gesture not of national defense but of personal style, as if the planes were the ultimate, unfeminizing fashion accessory."

-Quotes taken from reviews of Top Gun
 
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15. Board Game: DareBase [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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"[N]ever lets its enormous love and respect for its subjects interfere with its straightforward and clear-eyed observations ..."

-- Quote taken from review of "Double Dare"
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