Can't Anybody Think of Anything New? Overused themes..................
Mark Paul
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Please don't get me wrong with this. Some of my favorite games have these themes, but sometimes when I look over the newest games that are coming out I begin to think,"How many games with that theme are already out?" Can't a new or original theme be sought? Please feel free to volunteer your own.
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THE DUNGEON CRAWL

Look, I grew up with D&D and Descent is one of my favorite games, but how many games have this or a similar theme?
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RAILROAD BUILDING AND STOCK BUYING

I am an 18XX and STEAM fan, but so many games of this type are on the market as well as games with a railroad theme, I begin to wonder if another one is really needed.
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CHINESE SOCIAL CLIMBING CARD GAMES

Gang of Four, The Great Dalmuti, Dilbert, Tichu are simular to the game of President that we used to play in college. The original games from China and Japan can be found in rulebooks for card games and in several cases I think they are as good or better than the commercial ones. Either way, I'm not sure we need another one on the market.

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We are in the Meditereian Sea, we are building ships, trading with other ports for combinations in order to builds other ships or to go to war, ect.

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OH HELL!, EXACT BIDDING CARD GAMES

Since the 1940's versions of the classic Oh Hell! card game have been published such as wizard and rage. Few are better than the original.
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Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that. Zombie this. Zombie that.
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Games of conquest.

Recruit armies and TAKE OVER THE WORLD! (or GALAXY!)

(I never get bored of this, though )
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Pirate this! Pirate that! Where's the Zombie Ninja Pirates?
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KING ARTHUR

I loved the first time I read King Arthur and the Knights of Round Table.

But after numerous novel, movie, and game treatments, I'm Camelotted out.
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JAPAN IN 1600 A.D.

Wallenstein changes its theme to Shogun!

That'll set it apart from the herd.
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11. Board Game: Farmer [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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OK, we need farmers. They're the salt of the earth, and if we didn't have farmers, we wouldn't have anything to eat. Or smoke.

But PLEASE, how many games do we need to have about FARMERS???
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12. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1051]
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Humans. Definitely an overused theme.
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Mel Brooks said "It's good to be the king," but in these games set around courtly life in France around Louis King XIV or XV's reign, you're never the king, you just court his favor. This time period never appealed to me as a history student, so why is it so prominent in Euros?
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14. Board Game: The Ardennes Offensive: The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:9179]
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I was going to say strategic WWII: ETO games but seriously, you can never have too many of those! devil

So.... let's say enough is enough to The Battle of the Bulge or
The Ardennes Offensive
Hitler's Last Gamble
Nuts
The Bulge
Tigers in the Mist
Battle for the Ardennes
Race to the Meuse
The Last Blitzkrieg
Bulge
Dark December
Wacht Am Rhein
Bastogne
Bitter Woods
Ardennes '44
 
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15. Board Game: War of the Ring Collector's Edition [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked]
Jason Matthew
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I am sick, sick, sick of games themed on war! War this, war that, burninate some peasants, burninate all the people in their thatched-roof cottages.

There must be at least 50 wargames out there! Think of something new!
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