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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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So with the Christmas season coming up and Thanksgiving just having happened, it is a good time to introduce your family, friends, and relatives to many different nerdy things. Whether it is playing board games with family or marathoning Lord of the Rings, there are many different things that you can do to make your holidays nerdy.
Stocking Stuffers (quick and easy):
There are tons of small board games that make awesome stocking stuffers. Games like Fluxx, We Didn’t Playtest This At All, and Love Letter make super small and easy gifts. Love Letter in particular is a very small, very simple game that is easy for the whole family to play.
Presents Under the Tree (a bit more time):
Doctor Who has a Christmas special every single year. It airs on Christmas day and is on BBC America for those of us over here. Generally not tied into the current series at all, it is a great way to relax after a busy morning of opening presents and trying to keep up with any small relatives that might be around. The Christmas Special is always appropriately winter-themed, and takes Doctor Who up a level in goofiness. A good spot for those relatives who haven’t watched Doctor Who before to jump in on a festive day.
Christmas Dinner (the long haul):
By the time Christmas arrives, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have come out. Most likely you’ll have already seen it once or twice (or a dozen times if it’s good). But take your family and go see it again. Figure out which sibling is the best able to explain it all to your parent who doesn’t remember or hasn’t seen any of the previous ones (in my family, it is not me), figure out the seating arrangements, grab some popcorn, and settle in for the long haul.
Over the River (and you thought a movie was the longest time you could get them to be nerdy):
If you are really daring, there are lot of different options. Arkham Horror is a long, long game that is quite involved. If you have a lot of time to fill and your family is already somewhat nerdy or if there’s someone in it who already loves H.P. Lovecraft, jump into a game of Arkham Horror at noon, take a break for dinner, and finish it up sometime before midnight. Or if that isn’t your speed, there are only 14 episodes in the show Firefly — set-up a two-day marathon with your family. You could even make a drinking game out of it with your siblings, if you’re into that sort of thing. Or better yet, make up your own drinks that epitomize the characters in the show.
Now, this is far from an exhaustive list as to what you can do, and I even mentioned a Lord of the Rings marathon before. There are many different games, shows, and crafts that you can do with your family to get into the Christmas spirit (and into the Christmas spirits). These are just a few examples, but the point is, jump into something nerdy with your family. In my family, my mother isn’t all that nerdy, but my dad will gladly learn a new board game or go see the newest superhero or sci-fi movie with us. You might be surprised at just how nerdy your relatives can be, even the ones who don’t seem like it, and something like a board game is always great for family time. So I’ll leave you with my top recommended game list to play with family:
- Phase 10
- Ticket to Ride (my highest recommendation from this list)
- Settlers of Catan
- Unspeakable Words
- Five Crowns
These are good games for talking and playing (minus Bananagrams, which is fast, hectic and requires close attention, though it is easy to pick up), and great for family time. There are many other classics or different party games that are good choices for this as well. And if you are really daring, try Cards Against Humanity, but only if you’re quite sure everyone’s fine with (very) NSFW.