10 Times Board Games Got Into Your Favorite Disney Films

In the board game world, Disney doesn’t have a reputation for much beyond slapping their IP onto garbage toy-games. Like they say: merchandise, merchandise, merchandise. On the other hand, Disney has a rich history of peppering their animations with board games to improve their narratives. Let’s look at 10 times board games got into Disney films.

Beauty and the Beast – Chess

No one matches wits like Gaston. Exceeds often, but matches never. Regardless your feelings about the mixed messages and plot holes in Beauty and the Beast, we can all agree that if you flip the board in chess, you’re an asshole. Continue reading “10 Times Board Games Got Into Your Favorite Disney Films”

10 Times Board Games Got In Your Video Games

Don’t you love it when designers put games in your game so you can game while you game? Whether board games are used to enhance the setting, make a joke, or change the pace of a video game, these ten video games add a little analog gameplay to their digital narratives.

1. Assassin’s Creed III – Nine Men’s Morris

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Nine Men’s Morris is a very old game, at least as old as the Holy Roman Empire. So when a member of an ancient order of Assassins encounters the game in colonial New England it evokes a light touch of history and mystery. Continue reading “10 Times Board Games Got In Your Video Games”

10 Times Board Games Got Into Your SitComs

Sitcoms rely on characters to be successful. Well, often they rely on stale jokes and a distracted audience, but good sitcoms rely on characters. We only care about the plot if we care about the people the plot is happening to. There are a lot of ways we learn about characters, but few are as clever or as interesting as watching them play a board game. Take a look at 10 examples of board games in your favorite sitcoms.

1. Community | S2E14 – D&D

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There are enough board game references in Community to warrant its own list, but none so moving as the first Dungeons and Dragons episode. Continue reading “10 Times Board Games Got Into Your SitComs”

10 Times Board Games Got Into Your Favorite Cartoons

Cartoons have their own rules, their own systems, their own physics. It takes skilled writers and artists to produce animation that we can relate to. Sometimes our favorite cartoon characters sit down to a board game, and we realize they aren’t so different from you or I. Take a look at 10 examples of board games in your favorite cartoons.

1. Hey Arnold – Chinese Checkers – S2E37A

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Hey Arnold is equal parts touching and goofy, a formula that created some fantastic moments. When Arnold’s grandpa, “Steely Phil”, was young, he was so wrapped up in winning the City Master’s Tournament that he overlooked a move that would have let him stalemate. Missing that move cost him his dream. A dream of being a Chinese Checkers Grandmaster. Continue reading “10 Times Board Games Got Into Your Favorite Cartoons”