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I was listening to the ABC's Radio National this morning and there was a piece on literary board games.

According to Lauren from The Games Shop, Melbourne (Australia), Harry Potter and 221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game were the most popular over the holiday period. A Game of Thrones and Marrying Mr Darcy (the Pride and Prejudice Card Game) are also considered favourites. Do you agree with this list?

Board game developer Andy Kopas from King Post Productions was also interviewed, discussing their game, based on the literary classic, Moby Dick.

If you're interested in listening to the full segment, here's a link: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-book-hub/th.... The part on board games starts at 41:00.
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Did they mention the 6.023x10^23 games based on Lovecraft?

Also worth mentioning is Starship Troopers where Heinlein actually wrote the blurb for the back of the box.



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Scottgun wrote:
Did they mention the 6.023x10^23 games based on Lovecraft?


They did!
 
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Also, was there mention of the recent Ex Libris, for the true bibliophiles who simply enjoy organising their library
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I get hives every time Harry Potter is mentioned in conjunction with boardames, 99% of the time they mean the films not the books. (I'm looking at you, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle...)

Bit surprised by the mention of 221B Baker Street instead of more popular/recent SH titles (maybe it's an Australian thing?) that said it's a fairly popular theme and there's several good SH games.

As a bibliophile I've been meaning to check out Discworld: Ankh-Morpork as it's supposed to be quite good.
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Ren3 wrote:
Bit surprised by the mention of 221B Baker Street instead of more popular/recent SH titles (maybe it's an Australian thing?)

Agreed, surely SH:Consulting Detective is the go-to SH game?
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As a Terry Pratchett fan I find Discworld: Ankh-Morpork enjoyable. Nice balance of story characters and game play.
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InappropriateAndy wrote:
Ren3 wrote:
Bit surprised by the mention of 221B Baker Street instead of more popular/recent SH titles (maybe it's an Australian thing?)

Agreed, surely SH:Consulting Detective is the go-to SH game?


It's certainly mine. And I'm an Ausssie.
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Walnut Grove (which was designed on comission by the Wilder estate) really is "Little House On The Prairie" in a box.
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The Swarm Haven't read the book but the box says it is based on a novel...
 
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I know Consulting Detective is the bigger game amongst the geek audiences, but in the UK, 221b is the Holmes game I’ve always see crop up in more mainstream retailers. It was certainly in our John Lewis branch again this Christmas. (With the rest of the display being a mix of mass market and the bigger gateways like Pandemic and Ticket to Ride)
So I suspect more people have heard of 221b.

Seeing as we’re playing suggest good games based on books- what about The Pillars of the Earth

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Ken Follet's Kingsbridge series has inspired some great games:

The Pillars of the Earth (also The Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel)
World Without End
A Column of Fire
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I thought Nemo's War (second edition) did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the book (as well as being a mighty-fine game in and of itself!)

Middle-earth and Lord of the Rings are great interactive recreations of Tolkien's work. The games are definitely based on the books rather than the films.
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Probably not going to get recommended by game store owners in Australia, but Fowers Paperback and Hardback immediately come to mind. Sure, they are word-building games but the illustrations of books by "Paige Turner" and "Penelope Quill" are just fantastic, as are the game boxes that are designed to look like books.
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Jules Verne:

Nemo's War (second edition)
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Have you guys seen Stuffed Fables?

Seems like a cool concept on this topic!
 
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How about Bring Your Own Book?

A game like Cards Against Humanity where you use books (or anything in print, for that matter) as the source for your answers.
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Some older games: Dragonriders of Pern; Xanth the Boardgame; a large number of Middle Earth games. There are also lots of relatively new games based on the Lord of the Rings.
 
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I'm looking forward to the upcoming game based on Brandon Sanderson's 'Reckoners' books: The Reckoners
 
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I'll second The Pillars of the Earth and Nemo's War.

Also Robinson Crusoe.
 
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I am surprised Tak hasn't been mentioned.
As a fictional game in a novel that was turned into a real game it seems perfect for the theme.
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GregDarcy wrote:
I am surprised Tak hasn't been mentioned.
As a fictional game in a novel that was turned into a real game it seems perfect for the theme.


Agreed. Tak was the first board game that came to mind. You can actually play the game the characters in the book (The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss) play! I own Marrying Mr. Darcy, which tends to draw a smile from fans of the book when played due to the references to the events in the book. In terms of fandom it delivers amusement.
 
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Probably not going to get recommended by game store owners in Australia, but Fowers Paperback and Hardback immediately come to mind. Sure, they are word-building games but the illustrations of books by "Paige Turner" and "Penelope Quill" are just fantastic, as are the game boxes that are designed to look like books.


And even as I type am looking at my copies of Hardback and Paperback: Unabridged which finally arrived.

I love all of the new Paige Turner titles in the expansion.
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Did anyone already have mentioned Biblios?
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Mirth123 wrote:
As a Terry Pratchett fan I find Discworld: Ankh-Morpork enjoyable. Nice balance of story characters and game play.


It's a great game and the only Martin Wallace game I would play however good luck finding it or any of the discworld games as they're all OOP and can't be reprinted due to Pratchett's death altering the licensing.
 
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