Retheming — Ingsoc Style
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This is a list of suggested rethemings by MiniTrue and the verdicts of the Inner Party.

Note: Items associated with other parties than Ingsoc and other socio-economic systems than Oligarchical Collectivism will be autodeleted.





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1. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1056]
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Comment: This game must be rejected for practical reasons. Every Party member who willingly would play the part of Emanuel Goldstein would have to be arrested. Not only does this limit the replayability of the game, it also puts an unacceptable strain on the Thoughtpolice forces.
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Comment: This retheming has both strengths and weaknesses, but the weaknesses are in majority. Strengths: 1) Shows the efficiency of our joycamp system. 2) May encourage Party members to pursue a career in this sector. Weaknesses: 1) This game doesn't convey the joy of working properly. 2) The exchange rate of one guard for only four inmates may demoralise joycamp personnel. 3) "MiniPlenty Inspector" is a totally unacceptable renaming of the so-called Robber. Obvious options which would have been far better are "Goldstein Agent" or "Foreign Saboteur".
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3. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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Comment: Consider designating the cards "Goldstein", "Enemy of the State", "Traitor", "Thoughtcriminal", and "Eurasian Saboteur" slightly higher values, granted that this doesn't harm the balance of the game. For practical reasons, the word "Eurasian" should be replaced with the more generic word "Foreign" on all cards. The card "Piss Boy" should be renamed "Prole Piss Boy".
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4. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Comment: Double the designer's Victory Gin ration.
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5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:63]
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Comment: The abundance of rules and air of suspicion prepare Party members well for administrative careers. However, the designer was very optimistic to believe that a game with two mechanisms which invite to thoughtcrime, i.e. voting and traitors, ever would be approved; that the Political Officer is voted into office is particularly detrimental. The Inner Party recommends that the designer is given time to reflect on his errors for five years in a joycamp.
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6. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Comment: This game will probably be a success on the family game market. The introduction of the General smoothly prevents any tendencies towards democratic co-operation.
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7. Board Game: Bezzerwizzer [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1962] [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
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Comment: The designer seems to have forgotten that ignorance is strength. The last thing the Party needs is more smartarses. Tighten the net on this designer; if he's a regular at The Chestnut Tree Cafe, arrest him.
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8. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:671]
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Comment: Execute the designer and destroy the prototype.
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9. Board Game: The Campaign for North Africa [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:13222]
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Comment: The strenght of this game is that it only can be finished in theory; in practice, it's a never-ending game. As with so many other suggested rethemings of wargames, it's problematic that one of the players would have to command the Eurasian forces and, even worse, that the Eurasian forces may be victorious. Furthermore, the level of detail and realism is staggering. It's impossible that the designer has security clearance for such information, so he must be arrested and charged with espionage.
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