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JMC Raven
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I have a certain knowledge of the electoral college because of Landslide! (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/865). I know certain paintings because of the game Masterpiece (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/1501). I know Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women because of Authors (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/11670). So, when I discovered BGG, I was excited to find similar games for my kids. I have to say, I was mildly disappointed (in the games, not the geek).

There are plenty of games about concepts (bidding, negotiation etc.). There are plenty of games that use math. But there aren’t too many games that I can find about specific facts, beyond trivia (Trivial Pursuit, Smarty Party, etc.). Apples to Apples comes to mind, but it can’t really hold a candle to a game that teaches you point blank the books Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote. Or a game that teaches one why California and New York are so important in presidential elections.

I considered creating a geek list, but I thought I’d start here in the forums. I’m looking for recommendations for games where the theme is worked into the game, and the theme centers around facts (historical or current).

Thanks.
 
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Dane Peacock
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My teenage son is a genius when it comes to early German geography and history, due in no small part to game such as Wallenstein and Friedrich. You might as well throw all of Europe and the Mediterranean into the mix also. He owes it all to gaming. It would be a struggle to sit down and force him to learn this stuff from a text book.
 
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I think this would make an interesting geek list, although there have been similar lists in the past...

Here's a recent game (Shakespeare: The Bard Game) that seems to meet your criteria:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/12372

As Robin Hartman is fond of saying, "This is not a trivia game. It's a strategy game!"
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekforum.php3?action=viewthrea...

 
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J. Romano
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jmcraven wrote:
I’m looking for recommendations for games where the theme is worked into the game, and the theme centers around facts (historical or current).

By all means, check out Chrononauts (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/815) and Early American Chrononauts (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9825).

They're both stand-alone games that contain a lot of American history. The historical events are even arranged on a timeline (in chronological order) so it's easy the see the order they happened in.
 
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Robert Martin
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Friedrich sounds like it would be a good one.
 
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Escape from Colditz is a great example. Created by a former POW of Colditz castle.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/715
 
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