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I'm a sucker for cool maps. I love opening up a new game, unfolding the board, and then gazing at a gorgeous map.

When I see maps I start imagining little pieces on them.

Here are some of the most interesting maps from the blog Strange Maps. Some of these maps are funny, some are weird and disturbing, and several of them are just screaming to be board games!

Feel free to post game ideas if any of these maps sparks your imagination.

Also, feel free to post other cool maps you've found.

EDIT: Just for clarification, none of these maps actually go with the games I picked. They are just weird maps - some of which I think would make an excellent game.
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1. Board Game: BattleLore: Goblin Marauders Specialist Pack [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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We start off the list with a map showing population concentrations of goblins in Europe.
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2. Board Game: Bomber Attack [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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This map shows the places where Japan was most worried bombers would come from. Each circle indicates the range of the bomber from that place. Maybe it's just me, but it sure looks like there could be a cool game there somewhere.
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3. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:389]
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This map depicts the world with ocean and land inverted. I wanna play!! Of course, the map needs some work. The Indian Kingdom is totally unbalanced with its lack of near neighbors and easy defensibilty of the Mediterranean corridor.
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4. Board Game: Kaliko [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:4852]
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You've played games using a map of England. How about a game played in an Englishman's brain?
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5. Board Game: Tour of London [Average Rating:4.62 Unranked]
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Of course, the real question is whether that Englishman lives in the very rich section or the loser section of London...
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6. Board Game: Utopia [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2064]
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And here is a utopian "slumless" city complete with homes for inebriates, insane asylums, homes for waifs, epileptic farms, and convalescent farms. Oh yeah, and waterfalls - everything a good utopia needs!
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7. Board Game: Quest for a Girlfriend [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I think I'm just going to let you all comment on this map.
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8. Board Game: Celestial Pursuit [Average Rating:4.60 Unranked]
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There is just so much about this map that is wrong in every sense... It is pretty humorous, though (marital-coitus castle!?).
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9. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:60]
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Now this just puts me in the mood for a world-wide rail game.
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10. Board Game: Classic Warlord [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2911]
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And lastly a map of the apocalypse.
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11. Board Game: Sorcerer [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:9973]
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How would you like to play a fantasy wargame on THIS map?
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12. Board Game: Nuclear Escalation [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1575]
 
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There´s a great political game hiding somewhere in this map, depicting the world according to Ronald Reagan:
http://strangemaps.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/800px-reagan-...
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Hey, how about changing world history? Let`s assume the Chinese treasure ship fleet with its huge junks made it around the world and influenced EVERYTHING since 1421! GRRRREAT!

A single game plays with this thought as far as I know. In Confucius (picture on the left) players set sail for almost the whole world - being a small part of the whole gameplay, though.


"The map was dated 1763, and was supposedly a copy of an earlier map made in 1418. Supporters of Gavin Menzies' 1421 theory claim the map as proof that Zheng He sailed to the Americas and Australia. Critics point out that the map, if authentic, is more likely to be based on an eighteenth-century European map." Wikipedia article "Zheng He"
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14. Board Game: The Big Cheese [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4537]
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And for your viewing pleasure, another one from strange maps: a cheese map of Canada - yummy!

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15. Board Game: Tenjo [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:10577]
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map of spider webs!
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16. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9575]
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This map shows the Best Starting Places for a Game of Risk:


Australia and South America gets the Green light.

North America is Red hot - great if you can keep it but everyone will want to break you if you capture it.

Asia and Africa are Cold Blue - too difficult to defend.

Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Greenland and Japan are Diarrhoea coloured - not a good place to start

China and Mongolia are Purple - this is where the jokers start
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17. Board Game: Armies of Oblivion: ASL Module 12 [Average Rating:8.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.42 Unranked]
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This is a map of Cyrodiil. Actually not all of it, just Imperial City and the surroundings. You can find the whole map here:

http://www.uesp.net/maps/obmap/obmap.shtml

As "The unnoficial Elder Scroll pages" says:

Cyrodiil is an Imperial province in the central-south of Tamriel and the home of a humanoid race known as Imperials. Cyrodiil, the center of their Empire and seat of governance, is also known as the Heartland and forms the setting for the game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The capital of Cyrodiil, The Imperial City, is located on an island in the center of the province.

Please make yourself a favor and play this awesome game (Is available for Xbox360, PS3 and PC)

Also, yes, someone (a group of people, actually) is geeky enough to make a Google map for Cyrodiil.
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18. Board Game: War on Terror [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2229]
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I particularly like War on Terror's treatment of Antarctica:

West Nowhere, Nowhere, Middle of Nowhere and East Nowhere
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19. Board Game: Dungeon! [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:2804]
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Are flowcharts maps too?

If so here's the very geeky Ultimate Gaming Cycle Chart



It's so accurate it's scary
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20. Board Game: San Andreas [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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This is one of a number of interesting videogame maps created by Ian Albert which can be found at: http://ian-albert.com/misc/gamemaps.php. It depicts the gameworld of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and includes the three cities of Los Santos (south-east), San Fierro (west) and Las Venturas (north-east); these are the fictional representations of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

An impressive array of videogame maps can also be found at http://vgmaps.com/.
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21. Board Game: Where Jesus Walked [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
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One of my favorites:



Interestingly, if you break it down by county, you get a different viewpoint:

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22. Board Game: Escape from New York [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:9527]
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The (in)famous cover of The New Yorker, their map of America. It's funny because it's true.
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23. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:613]
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As this game is from AUSTRALIAN Design Group, perhaps they should have used this as the basis of the game map:

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24. Board Game: America's Challenge [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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After reading the title, I instantly "flashbacked" to this picture.

(No offense intended to either USA or non-USA)
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25. Board Game: Nuclear Escape [Average Rating:4.89 Unranked]
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And check out my state...



This makes me want to move.
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