Games dripping with Theme
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These games may not be perfect in mechanics or execution, but their atmosphere more than makes up for their shortcomings. These games, like most great escapism, transport you to another time and place, and they do it rather convincingly.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:56]
 
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Yes, its very possible that the ISC is broken, but are all those different races super cool or what? And that board is so massive, it really feels like you're conquering the cosmos.
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2. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:306]
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This is the way dungeons and dragons should have been. A three dimensional board, some sweet sword and sorcery artwork, and the dungeonmaster is TRYING to kill you.
 
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3. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1907]
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Everytime I play this, I want to read 1001 Arabian Nights. Its like a multiplayer choose your own adventure book.
 
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4. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:293] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Any game where WWII soldiers fight demons from hell fighting Vikings fighting Cyborg Gorillas is going to be fun. Add a 3d board you have to construct and cool painted miniatures and its going to be a blast.
 
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5. Board Game: Grave Robbers From Outer Space [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6434] [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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"Say, is that a tentacle?"
 
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6. Board Game: Evo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:859]
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Dinosaurs are cool. Mutating dinosaurs are that much coooler.
 
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7. Board Game: Lunch Money [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:11799] [Average Rating:5.63 Unranked]
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When this game was first described to me, I pictured art design similar to muchkin or Chez Geek. Instead I was bombarded with images akin to "The Ring". Impressive, most impressive.
 
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8. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:104] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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The first time I played this game, I really felt like I was running my own 19th century railroad company.
 
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9. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:449]
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I could gush about the art design and theme of this game for hours, but there's just something cool about hunting down Dracula across Europe with three of your closest friends. On the flipside, trying to stay one step ahead of your hunters as Dracula is pretty sweet, too. I just wish Blade the Vampire Hunter was a playable character as well.
 
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10. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1180]
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Its clue with brains, but, more than that, it's fun as well.
 
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11. Board Game: Mythology [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:7169]
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I think Mythology definitely belongs here. You want to feel like a god (or goddess) and treat the mortals like pawns? Play this for an evening (and the next probably too).
 
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12. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:224]
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13. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:379]
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14. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:246]
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Totally immerses you in the world of intrigue that is DUNE!
 
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15. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:991]
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Dripping is what you'll be when someone points a gun at your head!
 
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16. Board Game: Chainsaw Warrior [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:6394]
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Chainsaw Warrior was a first person shooter way before the genre was even invented. Zombie invasion, man!
 
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17. Board Game: Thunder Road [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2731]
Jason Jullie
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Simply put, one of the coolest themes EVER! If you love Mad Max, then you gotta love this game. I remember playing it when I was in fifth grade and was forced to grab it off Ebay a few months back. Sure, the game is simply a dice off, but the board and components are FREAKIN AWESOME (espically for an '80s game).
 
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18. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:459]
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To me, the epitomy of dripping games. It draws some criticism for rules problems, yet is also well-loved precisely BECAUSE of the theme.
 
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19. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:107]
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This game transported me to the 2nd Punic War like no other. This is especially true because I have never played any other game set in the 2nd Punic War.

Ancients, with its assymetrical scenarios, balance of luck vs. strategy and tactics, and background information, truly makes me feel as if I'm directing troops in the ancient world.
 
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20. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:271] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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I have to add this one. With the right players, you find yourself actualy seeing the action play out in your head. Great for late night freak-outs.
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21. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:349]
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Good choices, but this was the one that immediately sprang to my mind upon reading the GeekList title. It also happens to be one of my favorite games at the moment.
 
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22. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1131]
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This is the first game I thought of as soon as I read you list description. This game is a hoot with the right crowd.
 
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23. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:635]
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Goiânia
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This game makes me feel like I'm in a real formula 1 race...
 
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24. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:627]
Jim Rickwa
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Spring Hill
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I love the boards in this game. You've got the hex battle board, the tower and the duel board for the single pieces. This game makes you feel like you're in the thick of it.
 
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