The bad guys of BGG: games with a controversial theme
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War on Terror has been "banned" from the Essen Spiel '08 fair.

One More Barrel explicity deals about "war for oil".

Which other games are based on a very controversial or maybe shocking theme according to you?
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1. Board Game: Blasphemy [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:12425]
Chris Ferejohn
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From what I've seen and heard, it's just an OK game, but evidently has great components (it better for $100), and the goal is to get your Jesus crucified first. Probably offensive to some (though not to us out here in Communist Baby Murdering San Francisco ).
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2. Board Game: Booze, Boobs and Boners [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
chet carmody
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3. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:15126]
Thomas Fuhs
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Ahh, an excuse to add this to ANY list. Seriously, the "puritan ethic" in the US might keep this off the shelves. I, on a personal note, enjoy the subject matter.
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4. Board Game: Camel: The Game [Average Rating:3.16 Unranked]
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Asheville
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Some may find this one controversial, tobacco and games and all.
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5. Board Game: Crack Whore [Average Rating:4.71 Unranked]
William Hostman
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Alsea
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Nothing like simulation of the emblematic victims of the worst drug scourge yet (but probably soon to be eclipsed by Meth).

What's more, it's dice heavy, limited choice, and unrealistic simulationism.devil
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6. Board Game: Crunch: The Game for Utter Bankers [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:10290]
Stefano Castelli
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From the authors of War on Terror.

This time they deal with the finalcial crysis, with jokes about unemployment, strikes and so on.
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7. Board Game: Darkies in the Melon Patch [Average Rating:3.10 Unranked]
 
Paul DeStefano
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I wonder why there haven't been reprints...
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8. Board Game: Emira [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4118]
Eric Grutz
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Try to be the most attractive Sheik in order to create the largest harem.
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9. Board Game: F*ck This! [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:13740]
Håkan König
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10. Board Game: Frischfleisch [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:7167]
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Cannibalism. gulp
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11. Board Game: Ghettopoly [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:14755]
J.L. Robert
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You won't find Rich Uncle Moneybags in this 'hood.
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12. Board Game: Gravediggers [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:7917]
Stefano Castelli
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Digging people from their graves is NOT good.
 
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13. Board Game: The HellGame [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:3844]
John Di Ponio
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This one may spark the Christian right!!!
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14. Board Game: Hentacle [Average Rating:5.23 Unranked]
Thomas Fuhs
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Ahh, no. Sorry. No funny comment here...
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15. Board Game: Inquisitio [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:11732]
Stefano Castelli
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No one expects the spanish inquisition!

Very cruel card game, filled with torture devices.

And the last players get burned! (i mean, in the game)
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16. Board Game: Juden Raus [Average Rating:3.87 Unranked]
T. Nomad
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Game over. This isn't just a badguy, this is the badguy.
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17. Board Game: Kill the Hippies [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:14855]
Rod Batten
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I'm pretty much unshockable but I was still a little shocked (I still bought and played it though ) I think I was mostly shocked that I found it in a game shop in my hometown, which has had a wonderful tradition of things like occasional book and movie bannings in its past. I still go home for vacations, though, at least until *I* get banned.
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18. Board Game: Lifeboat Expansion #1: Cannibalism [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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One of the worst of all themes...
 
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19. Board Game: The Looney Bin [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:10104]
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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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See for yourself...
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20. Board Game: Lunch Money [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:10012] [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
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It's not the theme per se that makes this one "controversial" in my book, but rather the dark and sinister quotes and artwork.
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21. Board Game: Melee [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2464] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
Elwyn Darden
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True Story

Once I was asked at a political convention by someone who was holding a thiry-six page booklet on the ill effects of Dungeons and Dragons "Have you heard of this game?"

I told her, as best I can recall: "Yes I have. I was never satisfied with the combat system which I found unrealistic. My friends and I greatly prefer the Melee rules from The Fantasy Trip from Steve Jackson. Also, the premise that the they took the magic system from Jack Vance, I just don't get it. Again, I prefer Wizard from Steve Jackson."

She wasn't outraged. She wasn't shocked. She didn't seem to regard me as demonic. She was truly non-plussed.

Ever since that conversation I have had no doubt as to the meaning of non-plussed.
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22. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15339]
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Sub Prime, Sub Prime Su----ub Prime.

Bad to the bone.
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23. Board Game: Mosqopoly [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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En-plein for Terrorbull games.

Their new game is quite controversial too.

Here is the description:
"Many people thought the attacks of 9/11 were about terror, but the truth is far more sinister. Yesterday, extreme Muslimists built a Giant Mosque, planted like a victory flag, at Ground Zero. That's right, the flattening of the World Trade Center nine years ago was part of a broader Islamofacist terror plot designed to circumvent local planning laws and lower the notoriously expensive NYC ground rent at the same time. Why? So that the entirety of downtown Manhattan can be turned into the world's biggest mosque - a project they refer to as The Giant Mosqtapus. If we don't stop this Megamosque now, it's tentacles will strangle the life out of this, the greatest city, in the greatest country on earth. Only you can stop Mosqopoly!"


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24. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2303] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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This one has raised a few hackles in it's time with the object of completely exterminating all your opponents population to win. Purely satirical of course as is obvious from some of the secret cards.
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25. Board Game: One More Barrel [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:6281]
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The "blood for oil" theme is a the base of One More Barrel.

It has very lighthearted artwork, but yoy are basically invading other countries for economics interests.

A very good game, by the way. Surprising.
 
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