That dreaded moment in the game of Sorry, you are trying to role a two, exactly, so you can end up finally ending the game, and you roll and fail, again, and again, and again. Or Monopoly when you’re five away from the spot you […]
So, the news came out that Mice and Mystics might be getting a movie. Check out ComingSoon.net for more information about it. There has also been talk about Catan having a movie. Then there are movies like Jumanji and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which have a board game focus. However, Clue is clearly the best of the batch that have come out thus far. So what would make a good movie, as a board game?
Now, I am going to toss one out here fast, Dead of Winter, however in a lot of ways, that’s basically The Walking Dead. So I’m not going to say anything about that one beyond it.
Betrayal at House on the Hill is the first other one that has popped into my head. And that’s because a lot of the haunts have such a classic feel. You could also most a series for it as well as a movie where a group goes into the same house over and over again to see what horrible thing would happen to them and who would betray the party. This has a bit of a Cabin in the Woods feel to it, because in that one there were a lot of “omens” lying around that they could have picked up. But having a betrayer as part of the group I think would add an interesting dynamic to it. Add in the Betrayal Legacy that is coming out, and you could get yourself a nice franchise.
Then from the same game designer as Mice and Mystics, you could do Stuffed Fables. In some ways, I think that would make a cuter story, stuffed animals going on a grand adventure to get back their girls lost blanket while they travel through a crazy world that has developed under her bed. Any game that has that strong a story element to it would obviously work better as a movie as compared to say, Catan. And this one has a very cute aspect to it that would make a very good family film.
So what about a game with less story focus as the driving storyline for a movie?
Love Letter, now why would that make a good movie? I think you could do a romantic comedy with it and have a lot of good humor surrounding trying to get the letter to the princess. Of course things would go wrong, the guards would throw someone in jail to stop one persons letter from getting through, and somehow at some point in time one of the suitors would end up getting their letter to the princess so that she can deliver the letter to herself and that person would just immediately lose, obviously. Almost would have a bit of the goofy feel of the Clue movie to it.
Root would be another cool game to see be made into a movie. Another one that definitely would have to lean towards a kid focused movie, but probably more intense than something like Stuffed Fables would be. Root would show the struggle in the forest for control. I would think that the Woodland Alliance would likely be the sympathetic main characters with the vagabond playing a large role as well. The Marquise de Cats would definitely be the evil group, and the Eyrie, while probably not being evil wouldn’t be well liked because they have too many rules. Personally, form having played the Eyrie, they are definitely the good guys, but maybe slightly misunderstood, but that can’t be helped.
Arkham Horror LCG, to get back to more story focused games (though this game is fairly abstract with nice chunks of flavor text throughout), would be an obvious choice as well. You’d focus in on the investigators and what they are doing and the madness surrounding them. In some ways I’m a bit surprised that there hasn’t been something so Lovecraft focused done already. I might be forgetting something though. But a good movie set in that time frame of the 1920’s-30’s with the monsters possibly being released, that would be nice, and the potential for sequels is high with this one as there would always be another threat that the investigators would have to deal with.
Now, I’m sure that I could come up with a ton more games that would make interesting movies, if done well. What are some that would make great movies, in your opinion, that you want to see done? What are some board games that would make the worst movies?
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We’ve all played board games growing up — most of us are familiar with the classics, like Monopoly, Clue, and Life. And for a lot of people, playing them just leads to frustration. However, we are in a new generation of board games. Games now […]
Board games have been around for a long time. And while there has been a renaissance in board games, there are many classic games that we know. Monopoly, Scrabble, and Clue are some of the best-selling games of all time, and it is pretty common to see at least one of those games in a lot of peoples’ places. So do these games still have a place on a modern board game shelf, or have newer board games passed them up? There are a lot of them to dig through, and how do you know what the good ones are?
Do Classic Board Games have a Spot on Your Shelf?
I think that there is room for those game to show up still. However, it is a select few classic games that I still have on my shelf. Games that come down to random luck and die rolls, such as Monopoly, aren’t all that exciting for me to play anymore. But that is only one style of classic games; some are luck-based and some are strategy-based. On my shelf, we have more of the strategy-based games. I still own Stratego, Risk, and Scrabble. Why do I own those? Because they are generally higher strategy games. There is a downside to this, though — because they are high-strategy games, it is going to be only some people who you can play these games with.
Is This A Good Spot to Find Family Games?
Yes and no. There are a lot of Euro-style games that are going to be great for families and families with younger kids. A game like Tsuro can take over for a game like Chutes and Ladders, and would be more entertaining for adults as well. However, there are some games like Scrabble that can work as your kids get older, and Yahtzee makes a lot of sense for a fun family-time game. Classic board games also make a lot of sense if you jump into classic card games as well. Uno, Skip-bo, Dutch Blitz, and Phase 10 are great games to jump into with your kids, and ones that kids can pick up quite quickly.
What Games Should I Get?
There are a few good options, and some to avoid. You’re probably pretty familiar with a lot of them, but the best rule of thumb is to reduce the amount of luck-based classic board games you own, and find games that have more strategy. Games like Yahtzee and Scrabble have enough of both luck and strategy to make them enjoyable games to play over time. And games like Uno, Skip-bo, and other card games are pretty fast and have, again, some level of strategy with a little bit of luck.
Phase 10 or 5 Crowns are both similar card games in which you are trying to complete different sets and runs. They last quite a long time, but they are games that are easy to start playing one day and continue later, as the rounds for both of the games go by pretty quickly, even if the whole game lasts longer. 5 Crowns is probably the one that I’d recommend, as it is a bit simpler and goes faster.
Yahtzee is another really good game. The rolling of the dice creates that random luck-based aspect, so even someone who can’t do the math in their head can do really well in the game. But there are statistics and probability that go into Yahtzee, so if you want to run the numbers and come up with the best strategy, you can do that as well.
Finally, Scrabble is a great word game, and getting a basic Scrabble set is nice. You can play your standard game of Scrabble with it, as well as play Bananagrams without having to get a second game. If you only like Bananagrams, you can just get that version, but getting the base Scrabble game means that you have the flexibility to play either way. And if you don’t like Scrabble all that well because you don’t know long or rare words, remember that sometimes making multiple short words on your turn yields better results than a longer word.
What classic board games do you still have around?
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