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My very first geeklist! I've only been a member for a few days. I decided to make a list of my favorite board game category-Adventure. I apologize if this topic as already been done, I didn't quite see it in any of the geeklists I went through.

Recent german games seem to get the top ranks on this site. I tried them and found the game mechanics to be good, but playing them bored me stiff. Maybe it's the story, the player cooperation, or the feeling of being immersed in a game that attracts me to adventure games. I really like using miniatures in games without them, as it seems to somehow enhance the surrealism of the game. My avatar is one such figure I bought and painted. Feel free to add your favorite or not so favorite adventure games and comment on the ones I add.
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1. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:547]
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The game that inspired my interest in adventure board games. Definately a classic and one of my favorite games of all time.
 
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2. Board Game: Advanced Heroquest [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1986]
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A few improvements over the original, especially the use of a modular dungeon, but I still like the simplicity of the original.
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3. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:655]
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Further improvements using cards instead of tables to generate the dungeon. I found the game to be a lot better if you make your own room and encounter cards, and rewrite the combat system with a point cost system to balance out the fights something like:
Figure Cost=(Move+Attack+Defense)xWounds
 
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4. Board Game: Dragon Strike [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4160]
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I hope to try this soon. I bought it off Ebay for the winning bid of $3.75. I hear it's a subordinate Heroquest-like game. I think the price was worth it just for the miniatures and cool game boards.
 
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5. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:929]
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A classic oldie, nearly as old as me, that seems to be popular with those who have managed to decipher the rules. I've set up a game, but have never played yet. If I ever do, it will definately be solo as I don't think I would ever find anyone with the time to spare for playing this monster game.

I'm eagerly waiting to play a Java version of this to hopefully help me to learn the rules. I find that computer versions of games are a lot easier to learn.
 
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6. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1677] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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A german adventure game supposedly Magic Realm-lite/Advanced Talisman. The english version is supposed to come out in the summer. From reading the translated rules, it sounds like a real winner to me, especially with solo rules.
 
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7. Board Game: Runebound (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2941]
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A lot of hype over one of Fantasy Flight Games' newest additions coming out this month. I hope it lives up to expectations. Fantasy Flight seems to be a mixed bad of excellent, average, and poor games with lots of eye candy.
 
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8. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1755]
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Supposed to have been good for its day, but seems to get bad reviews for too much dice-rolling and too long of a play time. I'll never buy this thing for its high out-of-production price. Most people agree that 2nd edition was the best.
 
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9. Board Game: Space Hulk [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:430]
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I tried an online version, and found it to be a nice diversion, but a little too mechanical for my tastes. I like a little more freedom to explore surrounding areas. There have been arguments over which of the two versions was best.
 
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10. Board Game: Phantasy Realm [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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An often over-looked, nearly unreviewed game that is supposedly a better Talisman. I'm waiting on more reviews before buying this one. So far, none of the reviews are bad. It already has a magic expansion. This ones seems to be similar to Magic Realm, Runebound, and Ruckkehr der Helden above. I would be interested in knowing which of the four is the best.
 
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11. Board Game: Chill: Black Morn Manor [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:5295]
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I hope to try a modified version of this game soon. The mechanics are interesting, but I think it needs work. I really like the horror theme.
 
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12. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4473] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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I dice-fest hack and slash race game. I don't plan on buying this due to unfavorable reveiws and the sound of the game mechanics, but I did get a bag of those opera-singing zombies.
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13. Board Game: When Darkness Comes [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11436]
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I bought this one based on the idea it would make a great horror adventure game. It wasn't much more than a Yahtzee with a horror theme. This game could have been great, but it needs work. At least I got some nice city tiles out of the deal.
 
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14. Board Game: Hybrid [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2808]
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I keep hearing how great the figures are, but no one seems to be commenting on how the game plays. I'm waiting on more reviews before buying this expensive game. Seems to be mad science hack and slash game. I'm not too sure about the idea of guns and swords being mixed together.
 
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15. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Fantasy Adventure Board Game [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2102]
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Seems similar to Heroquest, but with quirky mechanics that I don't like. I might buy this if reviews become more favorable and it is released in the U.S.
 
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16. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:422]
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Supposed to come out in September by Avalon Hill. Sounds good and just in time for Halloween. It's a tile placement game similar to Black Morn Manor, but it sounds like it only takes place in a house, and at least one of the players is a secret traitor...
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17. Board Game: Mertwig's Maze [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:4523]
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This is one of my favorite "adventure" games. You start in a city and gather items and followers and set out to prove that you are the true heir to the throne. Battle monsters, find treasure, and make friends along the way. Whenever you get to a special location on the main map, you move your pawn to a little minimap that you can explore. Each special area has a unique minimap. This game would be awesome if it was updated.
 
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18. Board Game: The Sorcerer's Cave [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:4252]
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This is a great solo adventuring game. I would love to put all of the tiles on small business cards so that the game doesn't take up so much room when playing.
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19. Board Game: The Mystic Wood [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3400]
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You should take a look at Mystic Wood too. The more I look at Die Rückkehr der Helden, the more it looks like an updated and improved (?) Mystic Wood.
 
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20. Board Game: Dragonfire [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:11211]
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Yet another HeroQuest ripoff.
 
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