Your best Island Theme Games
Chris Whitpan
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So I recently came back from an island and loved it. My midlife crisis is being spent finding games that replicate where I want to retire.

That being said, I have been gravitating toward games that inspire Island dreams and the call of Scuba diving in pristine reefs.

So, I have a few that have been wonderful, what would you all suggest?
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1. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:162]
Chris Whitpan
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I really like Feld. I really enjoy the colors and theme of this game right down to the Hibiscus scoring track. It helps me feel very South Pacific.
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2. Board Game: Key Largo [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2381]
Chris Whitpan
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Ok, I watch the Dice tower and I kept seeing this on Tom's shelf in the background. I had to find out about it. I found it for sale in an auction here and picked it up. My little group (who also happens to all dive!) fell in love with this game. We tweak it, make different wrecks random with cards, and have a generally good time with the game. One of the best finds that fits the niche.
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3. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:1977]
Chris Whitpan
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Okay, the thing that re-triggered my love affair with Hobby Games was Table Top. It caused me to walk back into a store, almost 30 (YES THIRTY) years after the first time I had to search out new games. I instead found a group that welcomed me and inspired me on to purchase many games. (100 and counting!)

This game kind of combines diving (although its surface time!) with sharks which as divers we like! It also gets a lot of play being quick fun and quite entertaining!
 
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4. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:238]
Matt Brown
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One of the best known island themed games.
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5. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:401]
Tom Flatt
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While we really enjoy Survive, this is our favorite! A fascinating game of deduction with great bits and an interesting modular board!
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6. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:572]
Toms Leikums
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Great and themed euro game about peaceful walking through the island of Hawaii, buying some buildings, hireing surfers and hula dancers to perform in the village, fishing and visiting other islands.
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7. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:295] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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The list would be incomplete without the classic game about island of Catan.
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8. Board Game: Giants [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:938]
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And of course - the game about building huge statues (and their hats...) in Easter island.
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9. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:40]
Jason
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May not inspire "wish you were here" fantasies, of course.
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10. Board Game: Sun, Sea & Sand [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1985]
Luke Morris
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I don't think it's the best game ever but I do enjoy Sun, Sea & Sand. Players take on the role of resort managers, building their resorts to get holidaymakers to stay with them for as long as possible.
 
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11. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:949]
Greg Udvari
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A fun little game for two players. Can become very nasty at times.
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12. Board Game: Vanuatu [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:687]
David Minken
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This game has a completely awesome, completely confrontational action pawn placement at the beginning of each round. You can only activate and use the space that your action pawn(s) are on IF you have majority of action pawns within that space. After you activate that space, you remove your action pawns, which will then pass majority to another player (provided there are other action pawns remaining in that same space from other players).

It involves a lot of speculation of the order in which other players may resolve their action pawns so that you will have majority when you need it!

It is pure nasty. Pure fun!
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13. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:609]
Kevin B. Smith
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It even gives you the chance to play as a scuba diver.

EDIT: Not sure it's a place I would want to retire, however. But neither are the islands from Survive or Robinson Crusoe!
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14. Board Game: Clippers [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2248]
Bill Eldard
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How about this one for thinking about the shipping trade in the South Pacific?
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15. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:139]
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Lots of islands to control and build on. One of my favorite island games.
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16. Board Game: Tahiti [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3616]
Jason Meyers
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Beautiful game combining pick-up and deliver with a neat action point allowance mechanic whereby the number of actions you get each turn (from 1-4) depends on the number of goods loaded in your canoe. Also has lots of islands to paddle around to. And reefs...which are good for divers, right? No good for canoeing over, though...
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17. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:417]
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Although, the theme is not about islands per se. The whole game is set up on islands and you need to jump from island to island to do anything. I love this game. Of course, its a Feld so that already helps it out in my book, but I like the fact that it seems simplistic once you understand the rules but in reality the strategies to this game are complex.
 
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18. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:419]
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What tropical themed game library would be complete without Jamaica? Beautiful artwork, doesn't even need a foam core insert. Game play is a lot of fun, especially when looking for a casual game to play with friends new to board gaming. Not so easy to come by, but I recently picked up a copy by getting on a wait list and I don't regret the purchase for a second.
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