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David Sharrock
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You know those games that you see in the shops aimed at tourists? They're usually heavily themed towards the place you're visiting and most of us (I'm guessing) would assume that they're just throw-away rubbish.

Does anyone know of any that are actually any good?
 
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Earl_G wrote:
Does anyone know of any that are actually any good?

Good? I'd say in the best case they are "nice" meeple

In my home town of Vienna, in every museum shop you will get a selection of Memory games - most of them with city views or famous paintings. In every city you will get standard packs of playing cards with images from that city. So if you like Memory or Rommé, that would be a nice souvenir.

From a few visits in your country I bought a game about the Tower of London (can't remember the name), but I gave it away.

From Scotland I brought Nessie Hunt, which is a nice little game - but it does not see any plays, because there are so many better games around.

And of course, if you like Monopoly, there are literally thousands of regional versions - I'm proud to have a genuine New Orleans game meeple
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When I visited UK last time, I bought House of Tudor at the tourist shop. It's a game that is classified as English Heritage at the shop.

I don't really remember where I bought it specifically, but if I remember correctly, it's when I was in Cardiff or Sheffield.

I haven't bust out the game so I can't comment the gameplay, but the figures are made from metal, while the board is actually just a piece of paper, like you see in summoner wars.

Sorry if it's not helping much.
 
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This is, sadly, what I was expecting

My thinking was inspired by a Dragon's Den rerun with Destination London in it but the reviews on here are.. not favourable!
 
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Well, technically I guess you could count a souvenir-ized deck of standard playing cards under this heading, which would increase the quality of gameplay over most of the X-opolies and whatnot. It's sort of a shame, in a way, that the "tourist" style deck has rarely if ever coincided with the old "girlie" type deck where all 52 cards have an individual image. The typical tourist deck is just a custom back, though.

Does anyone else miss the cultural presence of decorator playing cards like I do? It seems like Bicycle decks kind of took the world back sometime in the 80s and custom card backs started to be purely souvenir-type commercialism... I guess there are still designer cards, but I miss the 60s-70s style decorator ones.
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Earl_G wrote:
You know those games that you see in the shops aimed at tourists? They're usually heavily themed towards the place you're visiting and most of us (I'm guessing) would assume that they're just throw-away rubbish.

Does anyone know of any that are actually any good?


Well, last year we bought Troyes in the Troyes tourist office.
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You're not going to find a good game themed toward every place you visit.

Something more realistic is a set of dice that are customized for the region and/or a standard deck of cards, as mentioned previously.
 
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Outrage! Steal the Crown Jewels, the official game of the Tower of London, has a few positive comments.
 
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I picked up a nice pocket-sized copy of Hnefatafl at the Jorvik Viking Centre and a very cool deck of playing cards featuring WWII recruiting posters when I visited the HMS Belfast.
 
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pchilton2002 wrote:
Outrage! Steal the Crown Jewels, the official game of the Tower of London, has a few positive comments.


Well, there is a game in there - somewhere - reminded me bit of Escape from Colditz, but it's in dire need of a lot of streamlining
 
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I always thought Modern Art had a lot of potential for local national galleries and the like, but the licencing is probably not cheap.

My advice if you want a game published with a local context and have a budget to spend:
- there's a lot of designers on BGG, so you can create a contents
- ask Nestor from Nestorgames for assistance if you're after small run, print on demand stuff (he does abstracts, but some tile laying games as well).

[But I'm not sure what's the aim of this thread?]
 
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I've always had a soft sport for The London Game (although admittedly I haven't tried it for quite some time ...)
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