We Gotta Get Out of This Place, If it's the Last Thing We Ever Do...
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The Animals sang it best. But really, isn't gaming a form of escapism? We delve into strange worlds to help us forget the mundane or depressing world we live in. So, what games help you escape?

I will list a few, but please add your own...
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1. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:348]
Kelly N.
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With solo play and treacherous AI, I am extremely immersed in this otherworld.
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2. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
Kelly N.
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Sandpoint is much more interesting than the town I live in.
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3. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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This is the closest to the East Coast that I have come so far.
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4. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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When I'm in the thick of this conflict-ridden gem, a team of horses could gallop through my living room and I wouldn't notice.
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5. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:982]
Paul Sacco
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Sauron was not of mortal flesh, he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose & returned to Mordor. There he dwelt, dark & silent, until he wrought a new guise, an image of malice & hatred made visible; the Eye of Sauron.
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One moment only it stared out as from some great window immeasurably high there stabbed a flame of red, the flicker of a piercing Eye. The Eye was not turned on them, it gazed north but Frodo at that dreadful glimpse fell as one stricken mortally.
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This was a game I used as an escape for a very long time. Cheap to buy, quick to setup, and really nothing more than a quick CRT game. Ogre tries to exit map to destroy a command post while standard military forces defend.
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6. Board Game: Chainsaw Warrior [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:5990]
Paul Sacco
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Sauron was not of mortal flesh, he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose & returned to Mordor. There he dwelt, dark & silent, until he wrought a new guise, an image of malice & hatred made visible; the Eye of Sauron.
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One moment only it stared out as from some great window immeasurably high there stabbed a flame of red, the flicker of a piercing Eye. The Eye was not turned on them, it gazed north but Frodo at that dreadful glimpse fell as one stricken mortally.
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Another escape game that felt immersive at the time - I preferred it over classic DungeonQuest.
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7. Board Game: Adventure of D [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:6052]
Paul Sacco
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Sauron was not of mortal flesh, he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose & returned to Mordor. There he dwelt, dark & silent, until he wrought a new guise, an image of malice & hatred made visible; the Eye of Sauron.
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One moment only it stared out as from some great window immeasurably high there stabbed a flame of red, the flicker of a piercing Eye. The Eye was not turned on them, it gazed north but Frodo at that dreadful glimpse fell as one stricken mortally.
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Perhaps not the most polished looking game; but it has charm with a world built in a small deck of cards. Fast game that lets you take a hero build him up and challege a no-good wizard.
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8. Board Game: Dawn of the Zeds (Second edition) [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:1184]
Paul Sacco
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Sauron was not of mortal flesh, he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose & returned to Mordor. There he dwelt, dark & silent, until he wrought a new guise, an image of malice & hatred made visible; the Eye of Sauron.
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One moment only it stared out as from some great window immeasurably high there stabbed a flame of red, the flicker of a piercing Eye. The Eye was not turned on them, it gazed north but Frodo at that dreadful glimpse fell as one stricken mortally.
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I know we are all oversaturated by zombies; but this is a fast game that's theme breaks through a rules set that while solid can often make their games feel like you are running through a simulation of events. Or I may just like it because one of its heroes is a dog named Pickles.
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9. Board Game: Arkham Horror: Miskatonic Horror Expansion [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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Sauron was not of mortal flesh, he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose & returned to Mordor. There he dwelt, dark & silent, until he wrought a new guise, an image of malice & hatred made visible; the Eye of Sauron.
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Obviously, this is a stand-in for Arkham Horror, already mentioned on the list. Frankly, you could know nothing about the 20's, Lovecraft, or the occult; but if you played Arkham Horror with or without expansions...well, you may not know more about any of the items mentioned - but you'd certainly think you would.

There is just so much to this game which is its strength and flaw. So many rules and bits to keep track of and yet if you can get the system down and minimize the rules-lawyering the game can truly become an immersive experience.
 
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10. Board Game: Hornet Leader: Cthulhu Conflict [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Sauron was not of mortal flesh, he could never again appear fair to the eyes of Men, yet his spirit arose & returned to Mordor. There he dwelt, dark & silent, until he wrought a new guise, an image of malice & hatred made visible; the Eye of Sauron.
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...And this is a game if your group has been devoured in Arkham and its time for a little payback. After some losses it's just necessary.
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11. Board Game: Duel of Ages II [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:965]
Bern Harkins
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Buffalo
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A virtual arena, far in the future, ruled by an AI with a... complex sense of humor...

Terrain ranging from ancient catacombs to volcanoes to the Painted Desert to a spaceship crash sight...

A desperate struggle alongside Geronimo, Napoleon, Baba Yaga, Baron von Kruel, the Reaver Mrk. VII war machine, Spartacus, Beowulf, Annie Oakley and 184 others...

Yeah, this one takes you away.

Far, far away.

The most immersive game I own, and that's out of a strongly thematic collection... for two or three hours, none of us have a spare moment for anything but the struggle.

Prison break, anyone?
 
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12. Board Game: Monopoly: The Simpsons [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:15129]
Bill Eldard
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Burke
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O' to be in Springfield.
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