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As Halloween rapidly approaches, I am planning a game night. All the standards will be there - Fearsome Floors, Fury of Dracula, Last Night on Earth, and so on...

Planning the event got me a thinkin': Why hasn't Frankenstein been made the focus of a board game? Or has he (it?), and I just haven't noticed?

Are there any modern Prometheus themed games out there that I am simply unaware of? I did a simple boardgame search for "Frankenstein," and the results were underwhelming.

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There's It's Alive!

It's a very fun game, badly underrated here IMO, perhaps because it's light and fun and not a very strategic game. But it's OOP now and may be hard to get in the US.

Boardgameguru in the UK is selling it cheaply at the moment, and will (I believe) ship to the US if requested, though that might get expensive. It's certainly expensive going the other way!
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Check out Good Help. It doesn't quite float my boat, but I think it's garnering more positive reactions than negative.
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Parts Unknown will get you... well, partway there!
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It would indeed be interesting to see if a more "serious" game could be made based on the novel Frankenstein (as opposed to the often campy movie versions many people seem to know more than the original novel).

Perhaps a strictly 2-player game, about the events after the creature was created (which is after all the main part of the story, and the most dramatically compelling part, instead of the rather comedic "collecting body parts" angle which several games have tackled).

The problem from a game point of view is that the creature is effectively omnipotent compared to Victor Frankenstein. Maybe the creature's goal is to demoralize Frankenstein enough that he submits to the creature's request to create a companion for him before Frankenstein finally dies...
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The Demise of Dr. Frankenstein

A very cool dice game similar to thing=22345][/thing] in style.

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I'll attempt to design a game.
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They should make a Frankenstein Operation game.
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Fearsome Floors has a Frankenstein Monster.
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Maucoin wrote:
Fearsome Floors has a Frankenstein Monster.

...and is mentioned in the first line of the original post.
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boneshiqua wrote:
They should make a Frankenstein Operation game.


There's Mad Lab Monster Surgery.
 
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russ wrote:
Maucoin wrote:
Fearsome Floors has a Frankenstein Monster.

...and is mentioned in the first line of the original post.


True and true. The FF monster could be just about anything, though.

I think a villagers/pitchforks/torches v. Frankenstein would be a hoot, however.

Maybe the good Doctor could build his creation a'la Galaxy Trucker, and the final scene could be the good monster making a break for it - lighting out for points unknown with an angry mob at his/her heels.
 
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Escape from Frankenstein. It was about as good as board games got for a 10-year old in the 80s. (That isn't saying much).
 
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It's amazing how all of these many "Frankenstein" games have so little to do with the actual story of the original novel (which has no angry villagers storming castles, no berserk monster chasing people in the laboratory, etc).

It would be as if all of the many "Lord of the Rings" games involved Gandalf and Sauron mud wrestling or something.
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russ wrote:
It's amazing how all of these many "Frankenstein" games have so little to do with the actual story of the original novel (which has no angry villagers storming castles, no berserk monster chasing people in the laboratory, etc).

It would be as if all of the many "Lord of the Rings" games involved Gandalf and Sauron mud wrestling or something.

We live in a world where most people think the monster's name was Frankenstein. Your post is unsurprising.
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callow wrote:
I think a villagers/pitchforks/torches v. Frankenstein would be a hoot, however.


Torches & Pitchforks
 
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Is Frankenstein still protected by copyright?
 
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ralpher wrote:
Is Frankenstein still protected by copyright?

It was written in the early 1800s....
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russ wrote:
It's amazing how all of these many "Frankenstein" games have so little to do with the actual story of the original novel (which has no angry villagers storming castles, no berserk monster chasing people in the laboratory, etc).

It would be as if all of the many "Lord of the Rings" games involved Gandalf and Sauron mud wrestling or something.

Surely people generally are far more familiar with the movies based (usually very loosely) on the novel than with the novel itself. And certainly it's the images from the movies that have entered popular culture (e.g. the look of the "classic" movie monster, which is nothing like Shelley's description). It doesn't help that the novel is really rather dull.


A better comparison, though, might be if all the Lord of the Rings games featured an invincible elf stair-surfing on a shield or taking down a giant war elephant single-handed. And maybe in a hundred years, they will.
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While not "Frankenstein", I will second It's Alive!. Fantastic little game. I love it, but sadly, I've been unable to get my usual gaming people to feel the same.

I have my copy up for trade, if anyone is interested.
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xipuloxx wrote:
It doesn't help that the novel is really rather dull.

I like the novel quite a lot actually, and it's one of the few I've read multiple times!

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A better comparison, though, might be if all the Lord of the Rings games featured an invincible elf stair-surfing on a shield or taking down a giant war elephant single-handed.

Agreed!
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FrankenDie is loosely based on the Frankenstein story; Mad scientist gathers body parts, assembles "monster", zaps with lightning, wins game.

It should be available for sale any day now...
 
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