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Matt Dodor
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a very specific type of game for a friend and I'm stuck as to where I should go. I'm looking for a fantasy-type game that fits the following criteria:

Non-violent is a MUST
Preferably a very large world (think Heroscape)
Must support a two player game, but extending to more would also be nice (but not required)

I realize it's a tough order to fill, that's why I have unleashed this question to the geekmasses.
 
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Fantasy and "non-violent" aren't really compatible terms in regards to gaming... Movies... Heck, and literature...

Are you sure your friend is interested in the right genre? I don't think Candyland is quite what they're hoping for.
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There are plenty of non-violent fantasy-themed kid's games. But then, they're kid's game.

How about Carcassonne? Add in the Dragon and Princess if you'd like. Or Elfenland. That's got a fantasy theme.
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You might try Return of the Heroes and it's expansion Rise of the Dragon. They are as non-violent as you can get. There is conflict, but not a bunch of "I bash the lizard man over the head with my tree-trunk of slaying". They are more like "Ohhh, a BMN (Big mean nasty)! I guess I will attempt to defeat it! I will roll against it. I win!!!"
 
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How about Blue Moon City? Blue Moon City The players are constructing buildings in a new city. Its non-violent and good for two players but goes up to four. Its not really a large world, but I guess if you like the setting you could move on to play Blue Moon (I haven't played this but it sounds like the different groups are at war so could be too violent) which is set in the same world. The art for Blue Moon City is lovely as well.
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Beholm wrote:
You might try Return of the Heroes and it's expansion Rise of the Dragon. They are as non-violent as you can get. There is conflict, but not a bunch of "I bash the lizard man over the head with my tree-trunk of slaying". They are more like "Ohhh, a BMN (Big mean nasty)! I guess I will attempt to defeat it! I will roll against it. I win!!!"


Close, but better would be Return of the Heroes with the Die Rückkehr der Helden: Die Gralssuche expansion. Instead of trying to defeat a big baddie like the Nameless One or the Dragon, you're trying to find the Holy Grail. The only combat in the game are occasional encounters with ghosts, Saxons, or other small minions of mischief. The large portion of the game with this expansion is entirely peaceful and non-violent.
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Magdar is a fantasy game about dwarves unleashing a balrog (called a "lava troll") and trying to get various treasures out of the mine before the troll destroys things. The troll destroys various tiles, but sends the various dwarves back the entrance (losing a turn), but there's no real violence.

Maginor is a game where apprentices are trying to become the new master wizard. Players try to influence the oracles who will then vote on the new wizard.

Wizards is out of print, but it's a game of fulfilling quests before the land sinks into darkness.
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Ogma wrote:
Fantasy and "non-violent" aren't really compatible terms in regards to gaming... Movies... Heck, and literature...

Are you sure your friend is interested in the right genre? I don't think Candyland is quite what they're hoping for.


I agree with you, it is a tough match. The recommendation is for a kid, but any game, short of a 'heavy' game should work

And, wow thanks for all the fast responses!
 
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There are quite a few non-violent fantasy (Euro)games. The problem is the "very large world" requirement. If you can ignore that, Blue Moon City, Elfenland and Dragonland are all good choices.
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Elfenland is a great fantasy game but not so good with 2 players (though it supports it)
I think King of the Elves plays much better as a 2 player.
Drakon (third edition) is good -- the only violence is being eaten by a dragon and "respawning" at the start.
Iron Dragon is a railroading game set in a fantasy world

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I agree with Elfenland, it's a fantasy race game with no violence.
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I'll third or fourth the recommendation of Elfenland. It is a nice fantasy-themed race game.
 
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I agree: Elfenland is probably your best bet.
 
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A completely non-violent and very colourful fantasy game is most certainly Wizards. The world presented here is actually very peaceful, but there is also conflict represented by the darkness taking over the land. http://wizards.dewkid.com/ has a faithful rendition of the game as a computer version.
It is quite difficult and challenging, also very unique in atmosphere. A good game for the wife who doesn't like orcs and warfare!
Elfenlands is not really a fantasy game, but an abstract racing game with a fantasy theme slapped on. You won't find any atmosphere there akin to a fantasy novel, even though it is an ok game. "Wizards" is as atmospheric as it gets in my opinion.
Hope that helps...
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Very large world = Wizards yes (large changeable map of a fantasy world), Scepter of Zavandor no (no world at all to explore)
good two player game = Wizards yes, Scepter of Zavandor no
completely peaceful = Wizards yes, Scepter of Zavandor yes

Both are very good games, but Wizards fits your criteria the most!
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For an difficult request I give you two out of the ordinary solutions:

Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game

Since you basically make up a story together you can direct the story in any way you choose. While not exactly a traditional fantasy game it does have fantasy elements on the cards although they are more closely tied to fairy tales. The world can be essentially as large as your imagination can make it.

Tales of the Arabian Nights

I've never played this but have looked into the game a bit. It's sort of a 'create the story/experience' type game but you don't have the control you have in Once Upon a Time. It is still an intriguing game however and very different. There are a variety of ways to play so I would imagine you could get some good non-violent enjoyment out of this game. Long out of print and a grail game for many over the years it is now being worked on by Z Man Games with an expected Fall 2008 release. I'm not sure how this one fits the "large world" requirement but since it is based on Arabian Nights I'll assume the extent of the 'world' would be sufficient
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I'll second the recomendation of Tales, although sometimes bad things happen to your character (gets hurt, imprisoned , dies, etc...) it's pretty non violent.

A totally non violent fantasy game would be Celtic Quest. You travel between villages trying to get resources to be sold and completing quests (which also are about bringing resources to a magical place). It seems to be a nice Pick'n'deliver game...

Edit: Also, Dragonland is a nice game for kids and adults to play together. A fantasy theme and a game about collecting sets of colored gems and dragon eggs. My son loves it...

-Jorge
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I second Dragonland. Great kids game, enjoyable for adults, fantasy theme, no fighting.
 
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The first game that came to mind was a unique card game involving drafting: Fairy Tale.

It is quite enjoyable.
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Can't believe no one's added Busen Memo
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I have always thought that Da Amulett looks good, but I haven't played it. Also, I think that Die Magier Von Pangea would fit the bill. I own a copy.
 
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I came upon this interesting thread and started looking at reviews posted for the various games suggested.

Here is a review for Wizards that I think you should read. Based on what you are looking for, this one really sounds like it fits the bill perfectly. Even the title of the review leads us to believe this game is a perfect fit Fighting back the Evil Hoards with Love Children and Swans

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/154669

Let us know which one you (or whoever)end up choosing and how they liked it.

Cheers,
Bart

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I'll 50th Wizards.
I only played it because it was on a geeklist of free computer game versions, I swear! I deleted it as soon as I realized there weren't graphic depictions of dragon and orc dismemberment! My masculinity is not in question here!
 
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