Games with Inside Jokes for Gamers: A Definitive Pictorial List
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Several games contain jokes that are specifically about games or target gamers. Inside jokes, that the non-gaming community just wouldn't catch. Some of us, on the other hand, will catch on right away. That's what this list is about: a pictorial gallery of such "inside jokes".

Note, this list is not about games with jokes or humour in general, but only games that have jokes about games or gaming.

What are some good examples? I've done some research and come up with over 50 entries, but I'm sure this doesn't exhaust the potential games that qualify. Feel free to add to this list, with pictures if possible!

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101. Board Game: Stardust [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
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This has portraits of both designers.

Pier Giorgio Paglia (left) on the Plagiarism card:



Andrea Angiolino on the Inspiration card:

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102. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:507]
Krzysztof Zięba
Poland
Kraków
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As written in the last page of the rulebook, the author of the game was the model for the Werewolf, Scarecrow and one of the Militia
Sorry I haven't got a pic to prove that - those of you not owning the game have to believe me
And we can always ask Jason about it devil
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103. Board Game: Shadowfist [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1727]
Darren Dew
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Savannah
Georgia
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On the Zev note, if memory serves, he's on a number of cards in Shadowfist. I *think* he's on Close Call, after narrowly escaping death. I'll do some scouting and see what else turns up.
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104. Board Game: Corteo [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:5386]
Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
European Union
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This is the very first Italian simulation game. On the iper-detailed map drawing by Pier Giorgio Maoloni there are several parts of different European cities. Among them, the home of each of the several designers of the C.UnS.A. team.

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105. Board Game: Exam 101 [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Martin Ethier
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Gatineau
Quebec
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The game is about students doing everything they can to pass exams. The student names are all designers I respect.
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106. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:5649]
Roland Alkemper
Germany
Erfurt
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One might recognize the prisoners on the bonus cards in Port Royal as El Grande and friend.

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107. Board Game: Plasticopoli [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Illustrator Dario Cali has made a joke on the designer Andrea Angiolino, by making him into a pawn in the game:

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108. Board Game: Star System [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:6179]
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Featuring the game publisher Paolo Vallerga on the artwork:

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109. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1014]
Gert Keijer-Spaink
Netherlands
Utrecht
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All those "Unnamed Leaders" (lower righthand corner), who are these people?
They must be insides jokes.
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110. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:153]
Markus Pausch
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Frankfurt
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This guy looks like Richard Borg.

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111. Board Game: Wizard Kings: Expansion Armies [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
Chris R.
United States
Unspecified
Missouri
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The Ferkin Army is named after Ferkin Doyle from Columbia Games. I met him once at the National Block Party: http://www.ohiovalleygamers.org/nationalblockparty.html
Additional source: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/77371
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112. Board Game: Pro Golf [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:9655]
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The cover of the Avalon Hill game features folks from Victory Games:



BGG user ericleesmith is among them - can you see which?!
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113. Board Game: Sleigh Wars [Average Rating:3.86 Unranked]
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United States
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A satire of car wars, which appeared in White Dwarf. Featured characters named Steve Jackson (U.S.) and Steve Jackson (U.K.).
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114. Board Game: Slapshot [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2056]
Uisge Beatha
Scotland
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Slapshot has a card featuring Mike 'Sumo' Siggins, whom many will know from his game reviews (and now designs); he's also a former Geek of the Week



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115. Board Game: Figaro [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:10499]
Silvano Sorrentino
Italy
Bari
BA
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The purple cards show poor goofy Figaro trying to impress the king with his painting skills (and failing miserably).
Here are the three attempts.
The first one (rank 1) is too childish.
The second one (rank 2) is too abstract.
The third one (rank 3) is an actual portrait, but instead of depicting the king the subject is... the game designer, good ol' Reiner Knizia!

The king is not pleased at all! shake
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116. Board Game: Crash Tackle Rugby Board Game [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:2484]
William Hostman
United States
Eagle River
Alaska
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Designed By:
Bevan Von Weichardt
Marco Fuini

In the Game Breaker's expansion (included in the box I bought)...

Notice the names on the cards:



Also note that Luca Fuini is a south african individual involved in botany, and there is a Marco Sims with a net presence.
Google didn't get the other two...

Status: unconfirmed.
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117. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:177]
Donovan K. Loucks
United States
Providence
Rhode Island
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The cartouches on the province markers are different for each color:


I suspected that they could actually be translated, but I never got around to checking on it... Until this geeklist appeared. I found some Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabets online and here are what the five cartouches translate to:

Green: Imelda
White: Margret
Black: Bernd
Red: Franz
Blue: Dirk

The illustrator for the game is Franz Vohwinkel so he was probably the one who slipped in these little references. His wife's name is Imelda, "Margret" may be a reference to Magic: The Gathering artist Margaret Organ-Kean, Bernd could be game designer Bernd Brunnhofer or perhaps game developer Bernd Dietrich, Franz is obviously Vohwinkel himself, and Dirk could be game designer Dirk Henn.
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118. Board Game: Aye, Dark Overlord! [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2640]
Gabriele Z.
Italy
GE
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Bonus card "Il Signore dei Goblin" by J.Kovalic portraits Silvio Negri Clementi from Stratelibri.


Bonus card "I Corvi" portraits Roberto Petrillo and Paolo Carraro from Raven Distribution (corvi means ravens).
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119. Board Game: Money! [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1027]
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The new edition by Gryphon Games features several inside jokes in the artwork. Here's the game's designer, Reiner Knizia:



A silhouette of Sean, one of the partners of the publishing company:



Another partner in the company, Cam, who is also head of US sales:



Here's Logan, the son of the Director of Marketing Keith Blume:



And we have the signature of the "Grand High Minister of Artistry" responsible for the humour, Paul Niemeyer:



Inside jokes: Easter eggs in the artwork of the new edition of Money!
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/3122260#3122260
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120. Board Game: Pick Picknic [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1045]
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Look, they're playing games! Any guesses as to what these birds are playing?

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121. Board Game: Kings & Things [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1235]
Ian Engleback
England
Croydon
London
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Kings and Things has a "thing" called Flying Buffalo.

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122. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:136]
Antony Hemme
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Montréal
Québec
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The drawing of the red village tile seems to show the designer of the game, Antoine Bauza.


Other village tiles shows other people... Don't know who they are yet !
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123. Board Game: Masters Gallery [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1257]
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The Modern Art: The Card Game edition pictures the game's designer Knizia as part of the featured artwork of artist "Lite Metal".

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124. Board Game: Key Largo [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1662]
 
Johan Pettersson
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Smygehamn
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On the bank-notes in Key Largo we find amongst other people the designers of the game: Bruno Faidutti, Mike Selinker and Paul Randles

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125. Board Game: Sumeria [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1754]
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The game's designer Dirk Liekens, is featured in the scoring example of the three-player game in the rule book:



Good think he won! Jack is presumably the game's publisher, Jackson Pope.
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