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There are board games that are based off of existing books, video games, movies, and TV shows. The enjoyment out of playing these board games can be further enhanced by exploring the other formats covering the same theme.

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1. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
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These books are a bit dated, but are good to become more familiar with cyberpunk and Netrunner: Snow Crash, and Neuromancer. Bladerunner is a good movie with a cyberpunk setting.
 
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2. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:65]
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Many people say this one's the best. Haven't played it though.
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3. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:8137]
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I'm not sure how I missed this one until now being that it is a movie that I enjoyed a whole bunch. I guess it is because I disliked the board game so much. I've picked up Clue DVD Game because of the reviews which gave me the impression that they fixed what I disliked in the original.
 
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4. Board Game: Dawn of the Zeds (Second edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:1401]
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"The Walking Dead" TV series comes to mind when I play this game. This game does a great job of capturing the great sense of doom of a zombie apocalypse.
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5. Board Game: Dexter: The Board Game [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:16242]
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Based on the TV Series / Books, the books have a completely different story line to the TV series and both are excellent in their own way.
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6. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:423]
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Based off the books by Terry Pratchett. There are also a bunch of videos as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIGv0tLPRUM&list=PLUnQFuLDlD...
 
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7. Board Game: Expedition: Northwest Passage [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1195]
Darryl Roy
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There's a good deal of literature about the 19th century search for the Northwest Passage and Franklin's lost expedition, and I'd particularly recommend:

Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship (2006), by Martin W. Sandler.

wherein we learn of a ship searching for Franklin that foundered in the ice and was abandoned, was found 1200 miles away by a U.S. whaler, was refurbished and returned to Queen Victoria to reduce military tension, and then its best timbers were used to build the desk in the Oval Office.

More comprehensive but a bit dryer:

Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage (2010), by Glyn Williams
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8. Board Game: Game of Thrones: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3299]
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This one is an easy one. It is based off the hit HBO show. I believe the show is based off a series of books by the same name. There is also an LCG version of the game, should someone take a liking to this game.

I wasn't very impressed with the card game, but I'm hoping I will enjoy it much more after watching the series, sometime in the future.
 
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9. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:387]
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A game based off the video game series with the same name. I believe there are even some books now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhxBuQU5iFo
 
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10. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:215]
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I enjoyed this game thoroughly on its own, but enjoyed it more so after watching the movie, A Chinese Ghost Story ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVSaEI6pqyQ ). There are two versions of the movie, but I personally prefer the newer remake rather than the original.

Big Trouble In Little China also has an element of Chinese ghosts as well with the Lo Pan character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oFtYrgh70A
 
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11. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
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Not exactly, but watching "Monster Bug Wars" reminds me of Hive.
 
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12. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:257]
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"Pacific Rim", "Godzilla", "King Kong", take your pick, there are a lot of giant monster movies... "Voltron", "Power Rangers" to a lesser degree.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMOl-amah8w
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13. Board Game: The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:941]
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The artwork in the game is the same as in the book - a classic by Antoine de St. Exupery. The book - and therefore, the game - is charming because of the art.
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14. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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I saw these movies first: Outbreak, Contagion; but believe, that they helped me enjoy the game much more from a thematic standpoint.
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15. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1479]
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The novel series is very enjoyable, if you can find them in your language.
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16. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:254]
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Based off a historical novel by Ken Follett. The novel was so popular that they even made a TV miniseries based off of it.
 
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17. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:41]
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"Robinson Crusoe" the movie and book, and "Cast Away" the movie provide a starting point, but by far the best series to watch if you want to get into the theme of the game is "Naked and Afraid" and/or "Naked and Afraid XL".
 
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18. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:309]
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Great example of bringing TV series atmosphere to the board. Game has the same thematic feel.
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19. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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"Apocalypto" the movie is a great movie to watch to become better acquainted with the ancient Mayan civilization.
 
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