From the Screen to the Board: 5 Winning Adaptations

For a long time now board game manufacturers have made the most of the crossover between board game fanatics and pop culture.

Whilst not all of these collaborations have been successful, there have been a few inspired releases over the last few years that have caught our eye, as well as the gamers who come and visit us every year.

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With the news that award-winning games designers, the makers of the excellent Battlestar Galactica Board Game,  Fantasy Flight Games, will be releasing a Fallout board game this holiday season, we thought we’d run down some of our all time favourite board games that started out life on our screens.

Adventure Time: Munchkin

Since it’s premier in 2010, the wildly wacky technicolor characters of Cartoon Networks’s Adventure Time have been drawing an ever increasing following and with so many of the show’s features based on archetypal gaming tropes, it only makes sense for the series to be adapted to Steve Jackson’s now legendary RPG-lite card game.

Munchkin is a game that is as good at dividing friends as bringing them together – whether you’re stabbing someone in the back or throwing a helpful Apple Pie to the enemy’s side, hundreds of cards (a separate expansion pack can also be bought) make each game completely different.

Firefly: The Board Game

Although Joss Whedon’s Sci-Fi/Western mash-up was cut short by a lack of viewing figures, the cult following that it quickly accrued after the show ended led to a feature film being produced as well as this excellent board game for 1-4 players.

Choose your ship, kit it out with all the best equipment and assemble your own team of rogues and ruffians to complete jobs across the giant map of the universe. In this mission based game, players compete to complete secret mission cards and evade the Alliance.

Star Wars: Armada

There have been many tabletop board games based on the Star Wars property over the years, but few have gained as much traction as Fantasy Flight’s Armada. Whilst the initial setup and the sheer number of pieces might well put off casual gamers, it’s well worth getting your head around this one if you’re a Star Wars fan.

A heady mix of 4x Strategy, Role Playing and Space Sim, take your armadas across the galaxy and stage grand space battles for the fate of the Universe, just make sure you start early – it could take a while!

The Game of Thrones Board Game

Since the HBO television adaptation of this bestselling series of high-fantasy novels broke pirating records back when it first premiered in 2011, interest in the world has risen exponentially. Now, with the series wrapping up within the next two years, it’s a perfect time for GoT fans to dive into this award-winning board game.

You’ll need to spare a lot of time in order to get this game completed and that includes secret meetings with other players, as well as open arguments that will inevitably breakout.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game

Since 1991, Sid Meier’s groundbreaking strategy game has sold over 36 million copies – it is undoubtedly one of the most popular games of it’s ilk and in 2010 it received a board game adaptation.

Taking direct influence from fourth instalment of the video game series, as well as components from the best selling fifth game, this Fantasy Flights game received two expansions, allowing the strategy action to be played by 5 players at once – a must for any PC strategy fans.