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A few years ago I asked about this, but was going to see what the current brain trust is.

Looking for a game with feeling of adventure/exploration (even a dungeon-crawl-type thing) but without the fantasy/horror/sci-fi themes that usually go along with those.

On my radar are Robinson Crusoe, Archipelago and Lost Valley (when it is reprinted), but just seeing what else is out there. Something similar to the Castle Ravenloft series (but non-fantasy/D&D theme) would be interesting too.

So basically: geeky mechanics, but non-geeky themes Thanks for any suggestions.

 
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The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac
The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus
Goldland - I know I saw a copy up for auction the other day
 
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Sanitarium is sitting on my shelf, waiting to be played. I think the theme is entirely psychological, not fantasy/sci-fi.

Escape: The Curse of the Temple, if you're ok with a chaotic real-time experience.

Fairy Tale in my Pocket is "fantasy", but not "that kind" of fantasy.

 
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The Cave

Edit: also Lost Valley: The Yukon Goldrush 1896 coming up.
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Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game
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Thanks for these. The Cave looks really interesting, hadn't heard of that one; will research. How is availability for it though? Noticed it isn't at CSI.
 
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Not sure about availability of The Cave. Seems like it might not have an English version yet. I don't own a copy myself, but it was the first thing I thought of when I saw your topic.
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In stock at GameSurplus - https://www.gamesurplus.com/product_info.php?products_id=236...
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The Cave is a great little explorer; a tile-layer with strategy in how you manage your resources and action points. I'm really enjoying it, although some people don't see past the randomness of tile-flipping. It's from the designer of K2, which is less blind exploration, but might also be worth you taking a peek.

I'm intrigued to see someone mention Sanitarium, as it's been in and out of my shopping basket three times today; opinions here seem less than convinced.

The one game I'm constantly recommending at the moment is, of course, Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
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What about something like Source of the Nile?
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases is just out in a new edition.

Safe Return Doubtful is hard to find.


 
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I have been reading up/watching videos on The Cave and that one just might fit the bill. Thanks for the gamesurplus link. I've been interested in trying K2 for a while and have not gotten to play that one, so interested in that designer's take on an exploration game.

- Lost Valley has been on my wish list for a couple of years, don't know if it will be out for Christmas or not?
- Same with Goldland, but still OOP and mixed reviews kept me from tracking it down.
- I own and enjoy Tikal II - not so much for the exploration aspect, it's more of a turn/resource optimization exercise, but still fun.
- Robinson Crusoe is definitely on my wishlist, but will probably wait for the Z-man edition when it hits the U.S. next year.

Is there anyone who has tried Archipelago that can testify to the exploration aspect of that title? I like the look of it and that there is a solitaire expansion/variant coming, but I'm on the fence.

Thanks for the suggestions and if any more keep 'em coming. At this point I'm leaning toward The Cave for Christmas
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