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June 10, 2015
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Board game boards

I play a few (and own more than a few) board games, and one thing that always bugs me is that the boards are generally orientated for one player.

 

Discworld Ankh-Morpork board

Discworld Ankh-Morpork board

I understand when a map is the play area; maps generally show north at the top and everything is written for someone holding the map. When a map is turned into a board the simple solution is to reproduce that. Lazy, but I can see why it happens.

 

Dark Moon board

Dark Moon board

But BGG: Dark Moon (formerly BSG Express before finding a publisher and being reworked to lose the IP) is set on a mining world in an alternate 80’s-like future, and could have easily had a board that uses the current elements but in a way that made it seem as though the players were sat around a console.

 

This prop photo from Battlestar Galactica shows a shared console table. A top down view for the board would have been great.

 

Battlestar Galactica command and control console table

Battlestar Galactica command and control console table

If a game as old as Monopoly can go round, it be nice to think newer games could too. And this fan made Munchkin board shows there’s a demand.

 

Vaguely related: The Ultimate Guide to Analogue Control Panels in Sci-Fi Movies

 

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