Board Game Story Lines

Board Game Story Lines

There are 100’s of games on the market and each one has a different story line. Some games have very similar story lines because of thematic similarities. But what happens when you start piecing games and story lines together? You begin to fashion a very unique play through of your games. Where winning and losing has their own circumstances that effect which game is played next. 

Board Game Story Lines – My Story

How many of you have made a story line with a board game? I made one recently with my board game group.

Part – 1

We start on the Forbidden Island looking for the artifacts of a lost civilization and escape the sinking island,


only to have our pilot crash land in the Forbidden Desert. We use are team to uncover the ancient flying ship of a lost steam punk civilization.


Pro: Playing Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert, is that you can “play” the same characters when you transfer to the other board game. The Engineer become the Archaeologist similar style of fields, the humorous thing that transpires is the Pilot becoming the Water Boy (suites him right for crashlanding that helicopter).

Con: Going from a 4 player game to a 5 player game, did we pick up a survivor from the other teams that went to the island? (My gaming group normally has 5 people wanting to play at any given gathering.) The story line sometimes needs to flex to be able to fit in these kinds of elements.

Part – 2

Upon returning home, the artifacts from the Forbidden Island unleash 4/5 horrible diseases and we help the world through Pandemic. Unfortunately, (no matter if you win or lose) the world could not deal with the outbreaks, and the zombie apocalypse occurs.


Pro: Pandemic is a great cooperative game, and you can play a very close character to that of the Forbidden Series (nice added thematic bonus). The story has some merit, as these ancient Pandora’s Box like artifacts causing the apocalypse.

Con: Hard game to win, and the story line could have a win/lose split, but it is a hard place to figure out where to go with a split. These are things that need to be decided.

Part – 3 

We take our teams and hunker down in a colony, trying to carve out a new existence in Dead of Winter. As our colonies grow individually, we are forced to expand and deal with others.

Dead-of-winter-1 Dead-of-winter

The fight for resources and food has changed how we respond and we play through Arctic Scavenger.

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Pro: Both of these games fit in so nicely to our story arc, and help round out the cooperative games into a competitive game. It does allow for a new type of game to be introduced for the next part of the story.

Con: Where do you go from here? Not really a con, just use your imagination.

This is as far as we have gotten, but we are trying to build more games into our story, and even allow for a plot split at the win or lose of Pandemic. Maybe something to do with the Eldritch Series.

Let me know what you have done or give ideas of where we need to go next. Happy Gaming!


Clinton Morris – Owner of Third Brain Games

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