Last week at New York International Toy Fair, USAopoly announced several upcoming board games based on video game properties, such as Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft and RISK: Mass Effect Galaxy at War Edition.
We thought this was only the tip of the iceberg and began to wonder what other video game properties – especially MMORPGs – would work well as board games. Here are some of the best video board game ideas we could come up with:
Instead of extracting body parts, the object of the game is to extract money from your players in the most creative ways possible. Free game, but comes with half a tweezer; the other half must be purchased separately.
PlanetSide 2 Connect 4
Like regular Connect 4, but instead of an 8×8 matrix, it’s 800×800 and is for three players. Players must drop their tokens into the matrix from orbit.
Firefall: The Board Game
We’re not sure how it plays, but it still says “In Development” on the finished box product.
World of Warcraft Chutes & Ladders
Land on one space and subscribers go up by 700,000. Land on another, and they go down by 400,000. Only one move may be made every three months.
The Secret World Scrabble
All the tiles are written in ancient Sanskrit. Put them together in the right order to summon an ancient horror. Or maybe just bees.
Magic Realm: EVE Online Edition
If you’d ever played Magic Realm, you’d get the comparison. EVE looks about as complex as Candy Land by comparison.
Trivial Pursuit: Elder Scrolls Online Edition
Answer such exciting questions as “In what year in the Third Era did Emperor Uriel Septim II assume the throne?” and “What mine in Morrowind has the most ebony?” (Due out later this year, but we’re not going to show you practically anything about it.)
Guild Wars 2 RISK
The classic war game re-invented for Tyria! Before invading a neighboring territory, however, you must spend at least 10 minutes banging down the gate to that region.
TERA: The Board Game
Gorgeous components, and seems to require a good deal of skill, but it takes at least 20 hours to get to anything resembling fun.
Plays like the normal game, with white and black pieces, except that every few minutes, pieces of a different color enter the board and mess everything up.
(Answers to the TP:TESO questions: 64 and Mausur Caverns)