Celebrity-endorsed Games that they may or may not have designed!
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Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the disc jockey was celebrity gold! When they weren't spinning platters and waxing shallow over the airwaves, they were pestering seaside towns and naff disco venues surrounded by thousands of teenage pop fans, button badges, signed photos and spin-off ephemera such as the above. Mike Read, the smug one on the left, was a real Mum's favourite: all 'nice' long hair and Cliff Richard impressions. I don't imagine, for one I.S.O. second, that Mr Read had anything to do with the design of the above game (which features the lead singer, Ben V-P, of Curiosity Killed The Cat on the cover) and this piqued my interest in seeing what OTHER similar products exist in this vast gaming data warehouse ie. the ENDORSEMENT.

So, why not add some classic celebrityspiels of your own discovering along with some pithy, speculative (or, possibly, well-informed) comments about the veracity of the famous endorser's true involvement?

Even BETTER, why not add some endorsements you'd like to see in the future eg. Vladimir Putin's Rainbow Gayme or, maybe, Sepp Blatter's Greed?

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1. Board Game: Mike Read's Pop Quiz Game [Average Rating:4.39 Unranked]
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Design involvement: probably Nil as he was too busy being the Housewife's favourite and nurturing a proto-racism that would help him many years later when writing 'funny' songs for the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
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2. Board Game: Barry Norman's Extra Trivia: T.V. & Movies [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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Laconic, saggy-jowled movie pundit Norman gets in to the lucrative Christmas gift market with a zoom-in on the Pink category of the then-ubiquitous Trivial Pursuit. Probably too busy to check the proofs, even...
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3. Board Game: Jimmy Savile's Pop Twenty [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Oh sweet fucking Jesu.

To quote the baby-eating Bishop of Bath & Wells from Blackadder 2:

"I am a colossal pervert. Animal, vegetable, or mineral I'll do anything TO anything"

Moving along...
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4. Board Game: Michael Jordan's Cosmic Court [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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No way.
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5. Board Game: Mourinho and the Special Ones [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
 
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I know he didn...coz Ah deed!
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6. Board Game: Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex [Average Rating:3.40 Unranked]
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"Masturbation. It's the opposite of the weather. Nearly everyone does it, but hardly anyone talks about it."
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7. Board Game: Hendrik Van Loon's Wide World Game [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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Going for an oldie...

It's not at all clear, from the very limited data I've seen, just how much Van Loon had to do with the design of the game.
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8. Board Game: No Respect: Rodney Dangerfield's Game [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:12422]
Ben Bateson
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Oi! Hands off...
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I have no reason not to expect this game to be awesome.
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9. Board Game: Rolf Harris Cartoon Pics [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
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.....can you tell what it is yet....?

There's a set of bars on a tiny window....
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10. Board Game: Uri Geller's Strike! [Average Rating:3.69 Unranked]
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He probably did design it though....
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11. Board Game: Carol Vorderman's Sudoku: The Board Game [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
David J. Mortimer
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Sexiest brain on telly.
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12. Board Game: Soccerama [Average Rating:5.26 Unranked]
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(In a squeaky high-pitched voice): Soccerama, endorsed by Alan Ball
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13. Board Game: Vanilla Ice Electronic RAP Game [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
Stuart Burnham
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No words....
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14. Board Game: The Crocodile Hunter Outback Chase Game [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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stingray expansion not included
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15. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.20 Overall Rank:15668]
Aaron Cinzori
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This is the one that always sticks in my head. Art Linkletter "heartily endorses" this game. I'm sure he was a master of it.
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16. Board Game: Famous Last Lines [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Denis Begin
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Only 5 years old so not sure about its "classic" status. Designed by Daryl Hannah
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17. Board Game: Mr. T Card Game [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Mike Rausch
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Seattle
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I pity the fool who thinks Mr T didn't design an awesome card game.
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18. Board Game: Bruce Jenner Decathlon Game [Average Rating:5.10 Unranked]
Mike Rausch
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Used to design games and run.
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19. Board Game: Do the Urkel! [Average Rating:2.80 Unranked]
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Yes- jaleel white,"did I design thaaaaaat?"
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20. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1506]
Gerald
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I had been warned about the plastic pieces in some editions of Cathedral, and so, I held out until I found a vintage edition with wooden pieces on eBay- much like the one I selected for this entry.

Imagine my surprise when I pulled all the pieces out for my first game and discovered this handsome, dimpled face looking back at me.



John Davidson, endorsed this game. THE John Davidson.

Now, That's Incredible!
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21. Board Game: Pivot Pool [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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That small face in the upper left right corner is Lucille Ball - I had this game.

Terrible game but the balls were great for MANY other uses...

/durr
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22. Board Game: Trump: The Game [Average Rating:4.37 Overall Rank:15616]
Stephen Groves
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I doubt he designed it but I am sure he was happy to sell this to one and all. Originally released in '89, it got another release when he became a tv celeb.
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23. Board Game: Liebrary [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:9261]
Adam Alleman
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Don't know if the other designer is a Hollywood type also, but Daryl Hannah is listed as one of the designers.
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24. Board Game: Flip-It Jackpot [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Nick Hayes
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Flip Wilson had a slew of games back in the early 70's.
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25. Board Game: Flip-It Twenty One [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Here's another.
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