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What the heck?

Is there some reason grown adults have to sit on tiny chairs to play these games? They can barely see the top of the table!

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Okay, I get it. You can show both the game board and the happy, smiling face of one of the players. But either this is an enormous table, or this guy is sitting on the floor.
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Either this guy's half under the table, or the camera has caught him right in the middle of flipping the table onto his kids (and making his move at the same time! Incredible!).

For their part, the kids appear to be laying on the tabletop.
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Here it's the dad who's laying on the table while the kid is barely able to reach the pieces. Boost that kid with a phone book or something!
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Kids are not exempt from this style of shot, but for some reason you can mentally adjust to the fact that they're hovering so close to the tabletop. It's because they're little kids.

But then you start noticing that disembodied hands are always part of the tableaux, too.
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Maybe the kid is just slouching. He looks like he's about the age where the slouch is a normal adolescent affectation. But, kid, your chin is practically ON THE TABLE!

Disembodied hand? Check!
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That table is almost up to Dad's neck. I assume the children are all standing.

There also appears to be a stick propping up Dad's chin.
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"I can't see what I'm doing! Am I winning? Am I winning?"

Also: disembodied thumb.
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This one is extremely strange. I'm not even sure if he's sitting high enough to see the board.

And the man looks like a half-crazed troll just crawling out from beneath his bridge to challenge a prospective bridge-crosser to a game.

Gross.

Also, disembodied hand.
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This kid might be hunching down a bit, but still, his chin's only about two inches above the table. Sit up straight, kid!

Alas, no disembodied hand, but he's apparently playing against a disembodied head.
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Tiny chairs? No. Rather, if the size of the board is any indication, these are really tiny children.
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The representative image for the game wasn't as goofy as the others on the list, but the one above is a little closer to the spirit of the others. Kid isn't slouching too bad, but Dad has to be. Wearing a collared shirt and sweater also appears to be the standard uniform for the relaxing hobby of playing board games.
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The little girl is not only lying on the table top, but in keeping with the nautical theme, kind of looks like she's swimming underwater. The table-tops and backgrounds in these pictures are made as surreal as the poses, with the unsubtle colours and lighting. The table top actually got airbrushed into the background on her side of the table.
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These poor kids finally manage to pull themselves up to the tabletop, and what do they see?! Horrors!
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Sitting on tiny chairs around the tiniest of tables!
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some games are designed for it... even the logo is used if only one chair is available
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It's not just box lids from the 80s that had the "tiny chair" syndrome:

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18. Board Game: Black Box [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2053]
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First seventies classic I thought of when I saw this list.

I can't for the life of me figure out where these people are sitting. Under the table? Behind it? In a parallel universe? These guys are on tiny chairs in another dimension.
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The power of redundance is strong in this picture!

People sitting on tiny chairs grabbing a tiny chair!

Where could this lead to? ninja

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http://cdn2.iofferphoto.com/img3/item/207/625/654/vintage-19... which is
which seems related to

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"Girls, have a seat."
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So cruel, won't even let her look over the table. "Cookies, Want Cookies!"
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What this one lacks in tiny-chairs-chins-on-the-table-top-ness it makes up for in short-sighted-if-we-all-put-our-heads-close-together-this'll-be-way-more-fun-ness, which is a secondary feature of the genre.

It wouldn't be allowed now - the risk of losing an eye or inhaling plastic likely contravenes health and safety regulations in several continents. Think of the liability insurance the manufacturer would have to carry.

See also MB's take:
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In which is revealed a secondary hazard of tiny chairs - dislocated shoulders
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Children, it is most important you keep your heads as close as possible to the flying plastic pieces. Especially when spanking the monkey, or whatever it is you are doing.
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