Urban Legends in games
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I've got hooked with MythBusters on Discovery Channel, and I asked myself: wich games involve modern age myths and legends in their gameplay or background?
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1. Board Game: Illuminati: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1426]
Francesco lari
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This is full of pics from most of the modern myths!
 
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2. Board Game: Illuminati: New World Order [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2548] [Average Rating:6.37 Unranked]
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Every card has an "all seeing Pyramid" hidden someware in its card art
 
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3. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:335]
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It's not really an 'Urban Legend' in the true sense, but Shadows Over Camelot is themed around the famous legendary story of King Arthur and Merlin.
 
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4. Board Game: Early American Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2419] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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I wrote the nanofiction story for this card and, being a Chicagoian, had to work in Mrs. O'leary's cow with the great Chicago Fire ripplepoint in the timeline.

New evidence shows that it was probably a micrometeor strike that started the fire (other freak fires broke out in Michigan that same night), but there the fire did start in the barn and there are official reports saying that an unextinguished lantern may have been the culprit.
 
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5. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:892]
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I know this isn't what you were really looking for, but here's some actual urban legions surrounding gambling.

http://www.snopes.com/luck/casino.htm
 
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6. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:531]
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http://www.snopes.com/luck/bennett.htm

Here's an urban legend that happens to be true (although often suffers from exageration from rumors).

Claim: The first bridge murder took place in 1929, when a woman killed her husband over his bidding and play of a hand.
 
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7. Board Game: Ouija: The Mystifying Card Game [Average Rating:3.33 Unranked]
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I wanted to submit the actual Ouija Board by Parker Brothers but wouldn't you figure - its not been submitted yet. craziness.

Yet this HAS to be the #1 most Urban legendized board game in history.
 
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8. Board Game: History's Mysteries Card Game [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:13250]
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I dare say there's quite a few modern legends in this game...unless they're actually real.
 
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9. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:823]
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Anyone know the *true* story behind the disappearances of one of Titan's designers (or is it artists?)? More importantly, is this the *true* reason that it can't get reprinted?
 
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10. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:233] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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And what about the *true* story behind Francis Tresham/Sid Meir/Microprose/Avolon Hill/Hasbro mess?
 
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11. Board Game: Hacker [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6719]
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This sort of counts. Most people know about the Secret Service raid on Steve Jackson Games. Many people believe that the raid was triggered by and resulted in the confiscation of the game Hacker. In actuality, it was Cyberpunk, a sourcebook for SJG's GURPS roleplaying game that was the subject of the raid. Hacker was developed afterwards, in response to the raid.

Full story is here: http://www.sjgames.com/SS/
 
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12. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2747]
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The story goes that shortly before the battle of Midway, top Japanese naval commanders played a strategy game to simulate the combat. They lost to the Americans and ended up with a very accurate prediction of the ships lost in the actual battle. They decided the simulation was flawed and proceeded with their plans. I'm guessing this is an urban legend, or at least an embellishment of the truth.
 
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13. Board Game: Wizard Kings: Expansion Armies [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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And we must not forget the Legend of the beloved Nessie, which is on the cover of the Wizard King's Chaos Army expansion.
 
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14. Board Game: Urban Myth [Average Rating:3.40 Overall Rank:16205]
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Even if the game is "teh suk" I just smile everytime I see the cover of the box.
 
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