Games that Pay Homage to Other Games & Designers
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I don't have many to add to this list initially, but was interested in other examples that people may know of. Add to this list of you can!

Basically these are games (or game expansions) that in some way pay homage to another game (or game designer).
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1. Board Game: Dominion: Walled Village Promo Card [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Mike Summers
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According to the Board Game Geek Store, this card was designed as a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Carcassonne being selected as Spiel des Jahres. The illustration is done in a great style to match art work you see throughout the Carcassonne series.
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Catan [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Mike Summers
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I don't really care to play with this wonder. I have tried to make it work, and just haven't been able to. But I really dig the Settlers of Catan-themed wonder card for 7 Wonders. It is thematically sound in it's mechanic too, allowing you a "2-for-1 port" essentially. Very cool!
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3. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
Mike Summers
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I know this has a number of references. I have read that Klaus Teuber (designer of Settlers of Catan) is used as a reference for the artwork on the "Dock Worker" card. Also, some of the room tiles have games of Bohnanza going on.
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4. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:4558]
Curt Carpenter
United States
Kirkland
Washington
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That's the whole point of this game!
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5. Board Game: Cleopatra's Caboose [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13781]
Mike Young
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Sterling
Virginia
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Homages to many designers here.
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6. Board Game: Copycat [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1342]
Mike Young
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Friese took his favorite games and mechanics and built this game combining them.
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7. Board Game: Dominion: Governor Promo Card [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
Suzan
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Enschede
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An other Dominion one, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Puerto Rico.
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8. Board Game: Big Boss [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:2898]
Joe Huber

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This game is explicitly an homage to Sid Sackson's Acquire.
 
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9. Board Game: Ponte del Diavolo [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2409]
Joe Huber

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This game is a tribute to Alex Randolph's Twixt.
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10. Board Game: Incursion [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:2939]
Alan Gaskell
England
Lancashire
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Pays homage to Space Hulk.
 
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11. Board Game: Alex & Co [Average Rating:4.94 Unranked]
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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Alex Randolph is just one of the many designers honored in this game.
 
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12. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #5 [Average Rating:6.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.31 Unranked]
Dave Dubin
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Champaign
Illinois
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Includes a couple sly references to Dune
 
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13. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:24]
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Page 13 of the rulebook has this to say regarding the (normally fixed) tile orientation:

"That's right, Heroes are just discovering an unknown kingdom, not, say, building a medieval city in the south of France."

I wonder what it could be referring to...?
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14. Board Game: Scream Machine [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5083]
Joe Huber

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A nice kudo to (game designer) Frank Branham in the card on the left.
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15. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:435]
Richard Irving
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Harrisburg
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The soldiers are named after many AH games designers and playtesters including. The designers include:

Alan Moon
Francis Tresham
Richard Hamblen
Radger MacGowan
Bruce Shelley
Don Greenwood
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16. Board Game: Nothing Personal [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:877]
Toms Leikums
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I've heard that all gangster pictures in the game are made to look like real game designers.
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17. Board Game: The Looney Bin [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:11273]
patrick stevens
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Los Angeles
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And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
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Donald Benge Designer of Conquestas a patient in the Looney Bin.
 
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