Taco's Top Pick for Essen is...
As a kid in the 80s I grew up enjoying awesome cartoon shows and loved my NES. With time I grew up with great video games like Final Fantasy and even Pokemon. I remember board games a lot of times did you use franchises but they were generally your go around the board type game. Board games recently have been using licenses from other forms of entertainment to deliver that feeling of being a part of that beloved franchise. We have comic book deck-builders with Legendary and DC comics DBG, exploring the verse with Firefly, and well a ton of different Star Wars and Star Trek games. This got me thinking about franchises that I love but really have not gotten a proper board game adaptation. Some may have had that old school go around the board type game, but with all the different mechanics in today's games each of these 10 franchises would be loved by many to finally be done correctly. So here are mine in no specific order. I hope you enjoy the list and if your a company reading this... PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
Mobile Suit Gundam Series- If you follow us on twitter you already know that I want this to happen. What I hope to see is a miniatures grid based game like Axis and Allies or Rivet Wars. The other way I could see it is like a Super Dungeon Explore type game. The big key for this one to be successful is beautiful minis and a combat system that works well with how they act and move on the show. It is a very tough task but done correctly I think you could have a huge hit.
Mario Kart- Ever since the original came out on the SNES this beloved series has grown and evolved with each next gen system. Sadly we have not seen a board game adaptation that I think would make a great family game. I would like to see a Formula D type game with the addition of the items and pvp aspect. Players move little karts around well designed maps and give each character their own feel. Maybe have a beginner and an advanced set of rules so that younger ones can play and those of us who a bit older in appearance can all enjoy. This is just the first of 3 Nintendo franchises that make the list.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force- Okay I admit I might be in the minority on this one but it is my list and this show makes me laugh a lot. I see this translating well into card game like Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards. A take that style game with the crude humor and crazy characters of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. You will have a fun night of drinking and playing this game with friends. Don't make the Drizzle come over and beat you over the head with whatever was found in Carl's house.
Final Fantasy Series- This is my favorite video game franchise and it really stinks that I do not have a good Final Fantasy board game. I feel there is only one proper way of turning this franchise into a board game. It needs to be a campaign game similar to Descent and Star Wars Imperial Assault. Imagine each new expansion is a story from one of the games in the franchise. Each brings new characters to mix and match to create your own parties from the games you enjoyed. Instead of the 4 adventurers in the original, you can now bring Cloud, Yuna, Vivi, and Celes. I am putting it out their right now, this in my opinion would sell better than Descent and Imperial Assault combined.
The Fifth Element- Okay this might be one of my bigger reaches for this list but I think a proper game would be very fun. I was thinking of an exploration co-op type game like Forbidden Desert. The count down is on with a giant moon heading to destroy Earth and all living on it. Can Corbin Dallas and LeeLoo with the "help" of Ruby Rhod and others retrieve the four elements, a multi-pass and a ship in time to save humanity? In reality it might just be me wanting to be able to say multi-pass a lot. Either way I think it would be loads of fun.
Legend of Zelda Series - This is the second of three Nintendo games on the list. I thought a long time on how I would want this be adapted and I think I finally got it. This should be a dungeon crawl type game and you could throw in pvp elements like Arcadia Quest. Go around defeating monsters to gain rupees and throw other characters around. After completing a mission you can acquire new equipment if you meet certain criteria. I would bring in lots of elements of Four Swords to give it that semi-coop pvp feel to it.
Transformers G1 Series (80s cartoon)
As a child I loved Transformers. I had the toys, slept in Transformer sheets and rented VHS tapes of episodes. There were so many characters and each turned into something pretty awesome. I would love to see a worker placement type game for this series. You would use the Autobots assigned to a given leader and you can send them out on quests or to retrieve other Autobots. Instead of the usual swordsmen or mage, you could divide the Autobots into different categories. Recruiting an Autobot gives you a card with that specific character and some type of ability, power or action. You then would use these cards to go on quests. Of course the Descepticons will be causing problems that you will have to deal with. Expansions could have you going to Cybertron or facing Unicron.
League of Legends- MOBA style PC games have really taken the world by storm in recent years. One of the big ones is League of Legends, where you as a summoner control a character and along with with other summoners try and destroy the other person's nexus. I had no idea how this would be implemented into a board game till I saw Rum & Bones. They pull off a similar MOBA style type game but as a board game. You could have the 1v1 map, 3v3 twisted treeline map and of course the main 5v5 Summoner's Rift map. I imagine this would be a long playtime with 5v5 but would be great to play with 9 other friends.
Fullmetal Alchemist- I was actually surprised this has not already been adapted into a board or card game. Then I tried to think of how I would have liked to seen this in game form and I am not sure. I enjoyed the show and it is very popular and even shares themes from other board games that have done Alchemy. I would love to hear your ideas on this franchise should be implemented.
Super Smash Bros. Series- The final Nintendo franchise on the list and it is a popular one for us at So1ks Gaming. In fact we wanted a Smash Bros. game so bad we took the Star Wars Epic Duels mechanics and created our own Smash Bros. theme version. If you have been to Gen Con in the last 3 to 4 years we have hosted events for this game and I do not see that stopping unless Nintendo tells us too. Each year we create new decks for characters that are new to the series. The Epic Duels game engine is great for kids starting to get into gaming and works well to give that Smash Bros. feel. All Nintendo and Hasbro have to do is send us an email and we will gladly send you all the information to make this game happen.
I hope you all enjoyed the list as much as I enjoyed making it. Please leave your comments below or through our Twitter @so1ks.
Deck-building games were some of the first games that really made me addicted to the hobby. The mechanic itself has been taken in so many different directions. This versatility has made the good games stand out and others not. Deck-building has had so many themes from superheroes to NHL hockey players to space and beyond. The games on my list had to meet the criteria that deck-building was a focal point in the game. Other games I enjoy like Imperial Settlers have deck building aspects but are not the main essence of the game. I look forward to your comments and hope you enjoy my top 10 Deck Builders.
This is the current list of my favorite games to play. When I was making this list I was surprised by how different the games were. I feel that if you look at this list you will get a fair idea of my background before I became a reviewer and dived deep into my collection. I myself look forward to seeing how my top 10 list changes through time. Will lighter games make way for games that when I started this hobby i thought i would never enjoy? Will I always be as diverse in what I enjoy or will one or two mechanics suddenly take over? Anyways I hope you enjoy my list and look forward to any comments you have.
Thank you for reading,
#10) 7 Wonders and expansions
#9) Risk 2210
#7) Lords of Waterdeep
#6) Imperial Settlers
#5) Core Worlds
#4) Machi Koro
#3) DC Comics Deck-Building Game
#2) Arcadia Quest
#1) Star Wars X-Wing
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