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”

Five Fave Board Game References

January has 5 weeks in it, so this week I’m giving a little extra. In no particular order, here are 5 of my favorite board game references.

1. Stranger Things | S1E1 – D&D

Taking a page from E.T., Stranger Things opens on a group of kids playing Dungeons and Dragon. Beyond the 80’s set dressing, D&D becomes the lens through which our protagonists understand the supernatural happenings around them. Continue reading “Five Fave Board Game References”