Whether theme or flavor, the package a game comes wrapped in can greatly affect its enjoyment. Abstract games can be fun, but even Reiner Knizia gussies up the packaging with pictures of times and places (most of the time, anyway). So that brings us to today’s question: what theme grabs your attention? Answer in the comments!
I’ve mentioned elsewhere that theme usually doesn’t matter to me in a game as long as the game itself is fun. I say this, but there are themes that appeal to me. Most notably, I like novel themes that make me think about things differently. My own master of theme is James Ernest as his themes are usually quirky and cause an enjoyable narrative to permeate his games. Good examples of this are Kill Doctor Lucky and especially The Unexploded Cow (which is also now available as a free print-and-play game!). I’m also a sucker for medieval stuff (yes, I am the reason glowering Renaissance men keep appearing on game boxes; sorry!).
I’m looking at my board game shelf right now. Apparently the theme that appeals the most to me is “things in space” followed by medieval fantasy. Oh man do I love space. Or really any sci-fi thingummy in general. You know, if you pretty much take any idea, and then put it in space… it becomes that much more awesome. Imagine your favorite game. Or just any game you like. Let’s say… Tobago. Yes, that’s right, deductive treasure hunting. Now it’s in space. Awesome! Or how about Dominion. You’re still building an empire. But it’s a space empire. Dude. Sweet. Imagine Shadows over Camelot… but in a futuristic reality where each Knight of the Round Table commands a starship, spreading justice across the galaxy. I’m totally geeking out. I think I’m a little obsessed with space. Have you played Portal 2? The audio track of the “Space” core was my ringtone for a while.
Don’t forget! Each comment made today before midnight (central time) counts as an entry in our Dominion: Hinterlands giveaway. This is your last chance for an extra entry!