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Well, I just played my first game of Alexandros yesterday. It was interesting - different, hard to get a feel for for a while - but the theme did absolutely nothing for me. What does this have to do with Alexander?

I think Big Bad Dog is a much better thematic fit: Replace Alexander with a figure of a big, bad, mean, rabid junkyard dog. Each player controls 4 little pathetic street dogs. Big Bad Dog (BBD, hereafter) is going crazy, running from landmark to landmark (think ... places he likes to pee: fire hydrant, mailbox, furniture; places he likes to hang out: park, base of tree with cat hiding in it; etc. [replace the board/card pictures of urns, harps etc with these). BBD is, of course, marking his territory as he goes (use yellow sticks instead of black?). Our little dogs would never dare mess with BBD's markings; they can, however, temporarily claim sections of BBD's territory. Game is over when BBD can't pee anymore, and goes looking for some little dogs to beat up.

Much better than greek conquest, eh?
 
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Re:Retheming Alexandros: Big Bad Dog
snoozefest (#33791),

Although I don't find the theme quite as unengaging as most, it occurred to me that a Western Frontier sort of theme with cattle ranches and cowboys would work pretty well.
 
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