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Justin Gaedke
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Hey guys, I haven't seen this question but what is your favorite board game theme?

Here is a link to a poll if so inclined:
https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/e/1FAIpQLSeg1mjUlgLdZS01...
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Alex Bokser
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I'm into fantasy, but theme isn't a deal breaker for me. If a game's good, it's good, regardless of its theme.
 
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J C Lawrence
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Any theme I can easily remove from the game and then ignore while playing it.
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Joe Kell
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clearclaw wrote:
Any theme I can easily remove from the game and then ignore while playing it.


This is mostly true but I'm some games the theme is part of what makes it fun. IMO
 
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Robert Wolkey
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Asking me my favorite theme is like asking me my favorite food...

It depends. What I feel like. What's my mood. How long has it been since I have it. Who I'm with. How much time do I have? Etc, etc, etc.

There's about 15 different ones and it's constantly changing.
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Jordan S.
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I'll play all kinds of games across all kinds of themes but, generally speaking, games with based in sci-fi or with sci-fi elements tend to grab my attention more than others.
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Hervan Rossi
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If you enable multiple answers, I think you'll get a better result (based on the feedback in this thread).
 
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Geoffrey Burrell
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I prefer Sci-Fi because I have a strong fascination with outer space.
 
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King Arthur and the Knights of Round Table and like tales.
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My favorite themes are

sci fi
fantasy
ww2
and, more recently, building power plants!
 
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I'm a big fan of a lot of games which DON'T fit my favourite theme (sci-fi), so my vote for that on this poll isn't necessarily saying that I'll only buy your game if it's my favourite thing.

In my mind, a "sci-fi" game that's a cheap reskin of something that was clearly intended for some other setting won't go down well just because it's sci-fi. A game that has a very abstract feel, but with a sci-fi theme, has a good chance of hooking my attention, though. Games with some other themes can get away with being so abstract the theme doesn't matter. Most of the time, when a game has a clear and distinct theme, I want that theme to actually tie into how the game works. I want to be able to imagine stories and find lore that explains the reasons behind the game mechanics.

If you make a historical wargame where warhammers are great against lightly-armoured troops, but you need a sword to cut through plate armour, I'm going to avoid the game on principle. If you have a sci-fi game where "hammers" are chunky impact-based weapons for knocking things around, and "swords" are some kind of weaponised cutting tool, that reversal of logic is justified.
 
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Andres Montanes-Lleras
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For me, the least connected to contemporary reality the better, starting with fantasy, then science fiction, then historical and finally present day.

Regarding the poll, I would personally include both dystopias and post-apocalyptic within science fiction, unless you are reffering to space sci-fi or space opera.
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montanus wrote:
I would personally include both dystopias and post-apocalyptic within science fiction, unless you are reffering to space sci-fi or space opera.


I've read some fantasy stories which are post-apocalyptic but still very much a fantasy setting. Similarly, some post-apocalyptic stories have ended up with a setting that is functionally more of a fantasy than a sci-fi story. When the apocalypse is the result of some kind of awakening of magical powers, or some super-psychic being that demolished technology and left the land ravaged while many people developed less extreme levels of psychic powers, there can be an argument for such a setting, full of "wizards" with mind powers and primitive weapons likes spears, swords, etc. and no firearms or other modern weaponry.
 
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Farming! Agricola, La Granja, Viticulture, Caverna... Farming's my favorite theme for sure.
 
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Aaron
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I'm a sucker for a good super hero/comic book theme.
 
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