This year while attending PAX East, Penny Arcade’s annual gaming convention in Boston, I started thinking about how certain games would be perfect for the fans of certain books. Some are obvious and intentional. More and more tabletop games are being created based on books or series, though often only after the books have been made into a movie or TV series. Recent examples include Harry Potter (which has spawned several board games including Hogwarts: House Cup Challenge), The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead. In preparing this post, I even discovered that there is a Princess Bride board game.
While these are great for fans of these stories, I am even more interested in thinking about what books and games pair perfectly even though they are completely unrelated.
For example, if you are a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries or perhaps Secret Letters, Leah Scheier’s recent story about a girl who believes that the great Holmes is her father, you will love 221B Baker Street, a board game that puts you in Holmes’s shoes to solve a mystery through deductive reasoning.