Gaming icons and popular figures who indirectly inspired various games
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The following geeklist is split off from my previous geeklist Gaming Icons R.I.P. -- as that one is getting a bit too large and unwieldy.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33218

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1. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2251]
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King David (c. 1040 - c. 970 BC) was the second king of the united Kingdom of Israel according to the Hebrew Bible. His life story inspired a few games. Historically he has been depicted as the King of Spades on a French deck of playing cards.
 
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2. Board Game: The Odyssey of Homer [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Homer (? - c. 750 BC) was an ancient Greek poet whose poems the Illiad and the Odyssey greatly influenced games set in this era.
 
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3. Board Game: Alexander the Great [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:5492]
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Alexander the Great, also known as Alexander III of Macedon (July 20, 356 BC - June 10, 323 BC) was a Greek king of Macedon whose successful military adventures inspired more than a dozen games. Historically he has been depicted as the King of Clubs on a French deck of playing cards.
 
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4. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:188]
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Hannibal (247 BC - c. 183 BC) was a Carthaginian military commander whose name and story inspired many popular games.
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5. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:12146]
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Gaius Julius Caesar (July 13, 100 BC - March 15, 44 BC) was a Roman military and political leader who helped transform the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. His life story inspired several games. Historically he has been depicted as the King of Diamonds on a French deck of playing cards.
 
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6. Board Game: Cleopatra's Gambit [Average Rating:5.39 Unranked]
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Cleopatra VII Philopator (January 69 BC – 30 BC) was a Hellenistic ruler of Egypt whose life inspired a few games.
 
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7. Board Game: The Life of Paul [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Saint Paul the Apostle, also known as Saul of Tarsus, (c. 5 AD - c. 67 AD) was one of the most notable of early Christian missionaries. His life inspired a few board games.
 
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8. Board Game: Charlemagne [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:12790]
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Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great (747 - January 28, 814) was a European king and emperor whose life inspired various games. Historically he has been depicted as the King of Hearts on a French deck of playing cards.
 
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9. Board Game: King Arthur [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:17332]
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Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. 1100 – c. 1155) was a clergyman who helped develop the tales of King Arthur by adding information about Merlin, Excalibur, Avalon, and Uther Pendragon which helped inspire a number of games.
 
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10. Board Game: King Arthur [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:17332]
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Chretien de Troyes (c. 1100? – c. 1183) was a French poet and troubadour who like Geoffrey of Monmouth also contributed to the King Arthur story by adding Lancelot, the Holy Grail, and the Fisher King to the story and thus helped inspire a number of games.
 
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11. Board Game: King Arthur [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:17332]
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Robert de Boron, also known as Robert de Beron (? – c. 1220?) was a French poet who furthered the Arthurian legend by giving Sir Percival’s Holy Grail myth a Christian dimension as the vessel that Joseph of Arimathea used to collect the blood of Jesus' body from the cross and thus helped inspire a number of games.
 
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12. Board Game: Dante's Inferno [Average Rating:4.71 Overall Rank:17919]
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Dante Alighieri, also known as Dante, (c. May 1265 - September 14, 1321) was an Italian poet of the Middle Ages who writings helped inspire a few games.
 
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13. Board Game: Sangokushi Taisen [Average Rating:6.12 Unranked]
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Luo Guanzhong, also known as Luo Ben (c. 1330 - c. 1400) was a Chinese author who is attributed to writing the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms which inspired the game Sangokushi Taisen and Romance of the Three Kingdoms games.
 
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14. Board Game: King Arthur [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:17332]
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Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1405 – March 14, 1471) was an English writer who complied and wrote Le Morte d'Arthur which helped inspire a number of games.
 
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15. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1157]
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Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) was an Italian artist and scientist who artwork and ideas inspired a few games.
 
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16. Board Game: Artiste [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Raphael Sanzio, also known as Raffaello (1483 – April 6, 1520) was a famous Italian Renaissance painter and architect whose artwork centuries later was used in games such Il Principe, Oltremare - Merchants of Venice, and Here I Stand.
 
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17. Board Game: Artiste [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Albrecht Dürer (May 21, 1471 - April 6, 1528) was a German artist from Nuremberg. He has been regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance. His artwork has been used for numerous games and game publications.
 
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18. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:217]
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Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 – February 18, 1546) was a German monk and university professor whose ideas inspired the Protestant Reformation, changing the course of Western civilization. One of his hymns was used to name the game A Mighty Fortress while one of his famous comments was used to name the game Here I Stand.
 
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19. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:217]
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Titian, also known as Tiziano Vecelli, (c. 1480 - August 27, 1576) was an Italian painter who the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. His portraits of Charles V and Pope Paul III were used in the game Here I Stand.
 
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20. Board Game: Metromachia [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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William Fulke (1538 - 1589) was an English Puritan, known today for many writings defending the English reformation in the 16th century. He also wrote books about games and invented a boardgame, The Geometric Game, or Metromachia.
 
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21. Board Game: Pocahontas Game [Average Rating:4.21 Unranked]
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Pocahontas (c. 1595 – March 21, 1617) was a Native American woman whose story inspired a few board games.
 
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22. Board Game: Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648 [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2785]
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Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein (September 24, 1583 – February 25, 1634) was a Bohemian soldier and politician of the Thirty Years' War whose name and story inspired the game Wallenstein.
 
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23. Board Game: Legend of the Five Rings [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1229] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Miyamoto Musashi, also known as Shinmen Takezo, Miyamoto Bennosuke, or Niten Doraku (c. 1584 – June 13, 1645) was a Japanese swordsman who wrote the strategy and tactics book The Book of Five Rings which inspired the game Legend of the Five Rings.
 
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24. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:2001]
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Antoine Galland (April 4, 1646 - February 17, 1715) was a French orientalist and archaeologist who is most famous as the first European translator of The Thousand and One Nights which is also known as The Arabian Nights. His work influenced European literature and attitudes to the Islamic world.
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25. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:626]
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King Louis XIV (September 5, 1638 – September 1, 1715) was a King of France and Navarre whose name was used to inspire the naming of the game Louis XIV. His reign of over 72 years is the longest of any European monarch.
 
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