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The Board Gaming Bard's Tales
Spike Sprague
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Within every board game there is the potential of a story.

I have always been fascinated with stories. And when I discovered the hobby of designer board games I discovered a new passion. I love the strategies, the themes, the twists and array of mechanisms chosen to bring a board game to life. But above all, I kept seeing prospective stories emerge through the cardboard and plastic. So, I decided to reveal those stories and share them with others.

This is a brief description of the games that I choose to write stories about.
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1. Board Game: Dead Men Tell No Tales [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:885]
Spike Sprague
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My Wife and I LOVE pirates! It is a gruesome and fascinating history. We read books about them and even dress up and pretend to be them. We also named our son after Sir Francis Drake (no, he is not named after the rapper) the famous Elizabethan privateer.
This is a theme that speaks to me directly, thus this was my first choice for a story. It obviously isn't historically based, but I am also a huge fan of fantasy, mythology and folklore. So it is no doubt that this was going to be a hit with me. The tile laying exploration is a mechanism I love, and the aspect of having to douse the fires while hunting for treasure really sealed the theme.
Co-op games are something that I find myself becoming drawn to. I like working together to overcome obstacles. And I like how the game can end in a disaster. Sometimes we need a sad ending.
Replay-ability isn't as strong as I thought it was going to be. After a while it can feel "samey". So, take a break and come back to it later.

I decided to write the story in first person, to portray a sense of panic and stress that one might not necessarily notice while playing the game. You can read it at https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1572152/bards-tale-dead-men...
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2. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:280]
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Forbidden Island was one of the first games I played, and I really enjoyed it. And I heard about Forbidden Desert, and I was immediately intrigued, and was not disappointed.
I still do enjoy its predecessor, but mainly just with kids and new gamers. Forbidden Desert, on the other hand, I'd pull out with more experienced gamers. IT has a thematic atmosphere, yet still has a bit of abstract strategy game feel to it as well.
I love the premise of hiking through unknown territories and discovering ancient, forgotten relics and cultures. (Unfortunately the grandeur of the buried city usually gets glossed over by people's focus on the gameplay). But I tried to focus on the artwork on the backside of the tiles, and imagine what could have happened there.

You can read the story at https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1572151/bards-tale-forbidde...
 
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3. Board Game: Eight-Minute Empire: Legends [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:700]
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I have not played the original game, I went directly to LEGENDS, since the fantasy theme of it sounded more interesting.
I describe this as "a small concentrated RISK game" to new people. It is an area control game, but done in a unique way. Instead of trying to push into new territory by rolling and rolling dice, you sacrifice the little coins that you have to move in. And you share the space, instead of wiping each other out. It sort of feels like four solitaire games played on the same map, but having to keep in mind the other players' positions and intentions.
It is a very quick game, but there is a lot of thought put into playing it. Especially when you play with all the variants. I always love to place the robber right in the middle of everything, so everyone has to come up with some strategy to deal with him. It is an epic fantasy adventure in a small box.

You can read the story at https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1572154/bards-tale-eight-mi...
 
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4. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2108]
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This is a game that seems to get a lot of flack for its simplicity, randomness and lack of strategy (why waste all my points just to gain one more?). Sure, those are all valid, but that isn't why I play it. I don't play dungeon roll to win. But to see how far I can go, to see what happens to my adventurers. Sometimes they all get slaughtered by level three, and sometimes I am able to make it to level ten with nothing but an amulet and some meat.
If you are a gamer who is all about the strategy and the best way to win, then this isn't the game for you. But I pull it out when I want something really quick, really easy, and want to just have fun. And this sparked into a story idea when I realized that the "heroes" don't make any sacrifices. It is their party that all fight and die while the hero gets all the glory, which made for quite the entertaining story idea.

To read that story go to https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1574917/bards-tale-dungeon-...
 
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5. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:82]
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Poseidon VS Medusa
My wife and i waited for nearly a year with great anticipation for this game. The theme is a fascinating one and the gameplay looked exciting.
We received our copy in January and were NOT disappointed. The game is a blast to play (even though my wife beats me every time) and the god and hero cards add SO much replay-ability to the game. Even though I would be perfectly content playing the game without them, the powers add more depth and strategy. No two games are the same. And while we were playing them I realized that the conflict between gods (and heroes) could make interesting stories. Especially since the Greek gods and goddesses already had interesting stories between them.
I chose Poseidon and Medusa because they had interesting powers that would be fun to write about. And then it turned out that they also had an interesting story in the mythology. So it was a very interesting exerience working through this story, and I might make some more stories about other gods. We shall see.
This is a game that will never leave our shelves.
 
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