4 Board Games that made it off the Screen and on the Table

March 8, 2018

Are board games too much for fandoms? These days it seems like corporations stretch the value of their successful book, movie, or TV show. 

Sometimes that ends up just embarrassing for all parties involved. You can’t just put Firefly characters on a scented candle and expect it to sell—actually, does anyone else have a strange curiosity as to what Jayne smells like? Every once in a while these efforts actually pay off. Here are four board games based on a few of our favorite fandoms.

You can find all four of these tabletop games at Game Goblins, and don’t forget to get social with us on our Facebook page

1. Star Wars: Legion

Right now the Game Goblins crew is in much anticipation of the Star Wars™: Legion board game release. We’ve got the whole weekend of March 22nd to March 25th blocked off for the release.

Check out our events page to learn more about our exclusive Star Wars: Legion Launch Weekend: http://gamegoblins.com/events/

Star Wars: Legion is set-up to be a big hit in the tabletop gaming world because it has something for everyone. Bring your Star Wars characters to life with the miniatures. Challenge your strategy with your choice of characters. The game is played as a battle between two players. These battles turn based on rolling dice and your characters’ abilities. One player represents either the Galactic Empire army and the other the Rebel Alliance. The battle takes place on the Forest Moon of Endor.  

2. Firefly: The Game

Speaking of a Jayne Cobb scented candle, Firefly: The Game makes the list of our favorite fandom-based board games. Much like the show, players travel from planet to planet on a ship encountering Reavers and breakdowns. You must hire a crew, pick-up cargo for a job, avoiding Alliance patrols—because your cargo might be illegal, and more.

This game can be played single player or with up to five players. It takes two to four hours to play a round. So, make sure you choose your players carefully (as with all board games)

3. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game

Just like the show, the game is complicated and needs to be played from start to finish in one setting. Choose three to six friends who appreciate the GOT fandom enough to endure a daunting two to four hour tabletop challenge. The game is played with an army following the orders of a deck of unique House Cards every player uses to battle. Your army won’t only be following you into battle. Each player uses nearly every tabletop gaming skill to gain control. 

“There is ice and there is fire. Hate and love. Bitter and sweet… Winter and summer. Evil and good.” She took a step toward him. “Death and life. Everywhere, opposites. Everywhere, the war.”

  –George R.R. Martin

4. Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game

From the video game to the board games, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game has something fun for every player. It takes two to four players, ages 15 and up, to play. A round takes 30 to 45 minutes.

The game is over when a player loses all their test subjects. The winner is chosen based on who has the most, you guessed it, cake.