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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > May 2019 (#30) > 10 of the Best

10 of the Best

Paper and cardboard make the perfect pair: pore over our favourite games inspired or taken directly from the pages of literary classics from Lord of the Rings to Robinson Crusoe

GAMES BASED ON BOOKS

1 FRANK HERBERT’S DUNE

Created by the legendary designers of Cosmic Encounter, this game of diplomacy and treachery based on the sci-fi saga is an intensely strategic and asymmetric experience that brilliantly captures a book that has otherwise avoided successful adaptation. (Looking at you, David Lynch.) After 35 years out of print, turning it into one of the tabletop’s rarest treasures, Dune is finally due for a new edition alongside the upcoming cinematic reboot, giving more people the chance to play it. If you can’t wait that long, Rex: Final Days of an Empire is a similar but lesser reimplementation of Dune set in the Twilight Imperium universe.

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