Many stories, some familiar and some not, have had modern board game adaptations in recent years. If you have liked these books, you might enjoy spending more time in these worlds with these games.
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Tak was invented by Patrick Rothfuss and detailed in his book The Wise Man's Fear. Rothfuss teamed up with modern game designer James Ernest to bring the game to reality. The goal is to use your pieces to connect two sides of the board. It sounds pretty straightforward, and there are only a few rules, but there is a lot of strategy to work out which rewards repeat plays. This 2 player game plays in about 20–60 minutes.
One of Shakespeare's best known plays, Romeo and Juliet, is the setting for Council of Verona. Players take on the roles of the citizens of Verona as they try to steer the story and determine who will rule city. Players use their influence as they attempt to get certain citizens on the council while exiling other citizens. The 2–5 player game takes 20–30 minutes and is full of charming artwork.
Harry Potter is one of the most famous characters in literary history. There have been many different games based on this franchise, but Hogwarts Battle is the most critically acclaimed. It's also a cooperative game where players work together to beat the game itself. 2–4 players, ages 11+, take on the role of Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville and work together to defeat the villains.