I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
I have selected a game piece for myself:
I have a lot of books that fit the "fantasy published before 2000" criteria, but I think I'm going to aim for talking animals instead. I snagged Brian Jacques' Redwall from my shelves and it promptly fell apart in my hands (it was an ex-library book). So instead I'm going with Brian Jacques' Salamandastron. I've never read anything in this series before, but I did a bit of googling and it looks like it's okay to read the series out of order.
And the game board (with cat in place!):