Games with a cool theme
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The idea of this list is to show games that offer a particular theme or context. You won't find parchisi on this list -- I'm reserving it for games that bring to mind an historical or literary setting, and done a good job of it:
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1. Board Game: 221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:3556]
Scott Gray
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Sort of a combination between a choose-your-own adventure and an RPG. This is a really cute game, but the problem is that you can only play it a set number of times before running out of scenarios. Lots of fun! Cooperative play too!
 
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2. Board Game: Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1946] [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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Marlborough
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Looney Labs has made another ingenious game here! The tone is enhanced by being given a secret identity / persona for your time-traveller!
 
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3. Board Game: Credo!: the Game of Dueling Dogmas [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:9365]
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-sigh- I love this game... Maybe it's the subject matter, maybe it's the multiple ways to win (which makes it sneaky), maybe it's the intonation of the Nicene Creed at the end.
 
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4. Board Game: Dragon's Gold [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1516]
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Boy, you really do begin to feel like one of those two-dimensional dungeon-delvers a-la Talisman etcetera. The essentially in-character bickering over gold gives this game a real tone that is missing in Talisman or Heroquest.
 
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5. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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The French Revolution -- a great setting. The game plays really well, and the amusing characters in line to be executed give you a good giggle as well as a sense of tone. Look out for the Pimpernel!
 
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6. Board Game: Moon Dragon [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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The miniatures are nice! The tense combat really makes you feel like you're in a dogfight. Very, very cool. When you move too fast, you lose manoeverability -- making tough strategic choices gives you a clear sense of tone.
 
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7. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:317]
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This is a beautiful game. The pieces and cards are beautiful. The game is a heavy bluffing game. The act of choosing a different fantasy/medieval role each round gives a clear sense of tone.
 
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8. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:337]
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Be the robot!
 
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9. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1914]
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The small-size units, the beautiful miniatures, all lend a very clear tone to the world. More tone and feel than Warhammer Fantasy, just because the scale of the armies is smaller and the world is less generic.
 
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