Heists and Criminals in Games
Waning Gibbous Games
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So I've been working on designing Larceny, a heist-themed card game lately. (currently on Kickstarter right now: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1999572498/larceny?ref=b...)

One of the reasons I made Larceny in the first place was that there aren't a lot of heist-themed games out there. Plenty of games have elements of stealth or crime, but the heist theme is under-represented.

What are some games that take the heist theme and run with it? Go wide with this one, stealth games, crime games, criminal characters and crimes in games, anything that explores the theme is fine but I'd love to find some games that are heist specific.
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1. Board Game: Larceny [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:13864]
Waning Gibbous Games
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Obviously Larceny explores the heist theme in several ways. There's the standard mode where the heist is set, there's the storytelling Best Laid Plan mode where you plan an entire heist, even "Heist" mode itself where the whole team works together to pull off the perfect heist.
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2. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1442]
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An entertaining stealth/line of sight game, this one actually fits neatly. Players take on the role of novices sneaking out after hours, trying to steal their chosen special item from Mother Superior.
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3. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1142]
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Just about the reverse of Nuns on the Run. One player (Mister X) is on the lamb trying to escape those goodie-two-shoe'd bobbies!

British words seem weird to Americans… But I'm sure the same is true in reverse…

And now I've come full circle with things being the reverse of other things...
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4. Board Game: Police Precinct [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1367]
Andy Foulke
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Gotta be some major Bad Guy stuff going on in this game
 
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5. Board Game: Bootleggers [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1258]
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Cooking hooch, selling it to speakeasies, and evading the cops. Good fun.
 
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6. Board Game: Clue: The Great Museum Caper [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1789]
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In my book, probably the best Clue game out there. Grab the loot and get out without being caught.
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7. Board Game: Master Thieves [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2871]
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A memory game about stealing the jewels.
 
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8. Board Game: Fagin's Gang [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:12227]
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Classic Oliver turned into a Euro.
 
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9. Board Game: Sanctuary [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:13103]
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This one's all about stealing stuff but getting a bit harder to come by though there's a lot of folks trading it away.
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10. Board Game: Cadwallon: City of Thieves [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2649]
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For a more modern thievery game still set in a fantasy world, try this one.
 
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11. Board Game: Outrage! Steal the Crown Jewels [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:16851]
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You can't do much better than this for a heist. As for the game, well...
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12. Board Game: The Perfect Heist [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:12056]
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A bit self-serving, because I designed this game. I wanted a heist game that focused on the criminals more than the caper.

It's a game of uneasy alliances, underhanded dealings, blackmail, and double-crossing. You bring people into a deal on a promise and then pray that you can keep it together long enough to pull off the job.

The loot and equipment factor into it, sure, but largely to give you leverage in dealing with other players. As in "I'm bringing the most to this deal, so I want a bigger cut."

The most fun is watching the psychology of people at play. Nice people relishing their turn at duplicitous cons, blackmailing and holding people hostage to their sabotage cards.
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