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- Published: Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:33
- Written by Helena Tzioti
Terry Pratchett left this world aged 66 after having complications with his Alzheimers.
The British writer is mostly known for his Discowrld novel series. However his influence in the board game industry is notable too. This is a tribute to Terry Pratchett and the board games inspired by his novels.
The most recent board game inspired by Discworld is The Witches: A Discworld Game, published by Mayfair Games in 2013. In this game, players assume the role of witches who learn new spells and try to become the most powerful, while at the same time cooperate to save the world from a range of catastrophes.
The most popular board game is probably Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, also published by Mayfair Games in 2011. The game takes place in the largest city of Terry Pratchett's world and players try to take its control after Lord Vetinari has gone missing. Each player has their own secret mission (and winning condition) and thus the other players are not certain what each of them must do to win.
Guards! Guards! A Discworld board game, is yet another board game based on the theme of Discworld, which was published by Backspindle and its revised edition was released in 2012. Players take the role of the Guards of Ankh-Morpork and try to gather some of the spells that were lost from the Unseen University, asking help from volunteers, using magic as well as saboteurs.
Of course this list would not be complete if Catan was not in it. In 2008 two scenarios were published in the german language, Die Siedler von Catan: Rincewind ind der tourist and Die gilden von Ankh-Morpork. In the first scenario, the players can become guild members, for example in the Thieves', Assassins' and Beggars' Guilds and in the second scenario they can create dragons through magic, travel like tourists or transfer resources through ships.
32 dwarves, 8 trolls and one big problem comprise Thud the board game which is also inspired by Discworld. This is an abstract game inspired by the Battle of Koom Valley between the dwarves and the orks. The game is played on an octagon board and in order to win, players must both agree on the victory. The roles are then changed, and the player who gathers the most victories is the final winner of the game.
Watch Out: Discworld board game is an abstract puzzle game in which players try to evade from the Guards of Ankh-Morpork, since they assume the role of thieves. The game was published in 2004 by The Cunning Artificer.
Lastly, Clacks: A Discworld Game is a game presented in UK Games Expo back in 2013 and has not yet been published. The game focuses on the Clarks message transmission system as this is described in Terry Pratchett's novel Going Postal.