Funniest/Funnest Game Moments
Scott Tepper
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Ok, so I admit to really enjoying reading about other gamers’ lives, sometimes because they parallel my life, sometimes because they are so different.

The other day when reading a geeklist I was thinking about a couple of game episodes that were just so much fun and funny that I'll never forget them.

I thought it would be fun to hear about other gamers’ events where playing a game made you laughed so hard you cried, or something so surprising happened that you’ll never forget it.

Here are a couple of mine:
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1. Board Game: Things... [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2963] [Average Rating:6.13 Unranked]
Scott Tepper
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Things...

It was one of the first times that I was mixing my “progressive” game friends and my straight-laced game friends for a game day, and I was a little nervous. It was actually going pretty well until…Bernie suggested that we play Things.

For those of you who haven’t played it, Things works like this: You read a subject, such as “Things you regret.” Everyone writes down an answer. The answers are mixed up and then read aloud, and then you get points if you correctly guess who wrote which answer. Pretty simple.

When we play, we allow people to read through the suggestion cards until they find one they like, or they are allowed to make up a subject. The designers did a pretty good job coming up with some clever and humor-inducing subjects.

Now when Bernie suggested we played Things, I tried to protest. Not because it’s not a fun game, but because I know how my group of friends can get when we play this game.

I was outvoted. So we broke out the game.

About halfway through the game, Lisa, one of the newcomers, picked the subject, “Things you shouldn’t say to your child”. Now, I have to tell you that Lisa is a petite woman who is an elementary school teacher. She is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, and I imagine that she is a wonderful teacher. Well, since she picked the subject, she had to read all the answers out loud.

Lisa wanted to look through the answers before reading them out loud. She looked at the first one, read it to herself and exclaimed, “Oh my God”. By the time she had looked at the 4th one, she said, “I can’t read these out loud!”, which of course made the group insist that she do so.

So Lisa took a deep breath and started. “Things you shouldn’t say to your child…You’re the reason daddy and I are getting a divorce”. By the time she got to “Shut the &#^$ up you worthless &#^@%&--*^&!@#”, hearing these offensive things come out of her normally sweet-natured mouth, we were all laughing so hard that we were crying. My sides actually started cramping up from laughing. It actually took us about 4 minutes to start up the game again, because, just as we’d start to calm down, we’d look at each other and start up laughing again.

So all in all, it seemed like everyone had a good time. I won’t tell you though, the very memorable answers we got to the subject, “Things you don’t want to catch…”
 
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2. Board Game: Pirateer [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:14398]
Doug Richardson
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I've always had a soft spot in my heart for this game.(Of course, I also have a soft spot in my head...).
Anyways, sometime during the '80's(don't ask when, I was there, but I don't remember when, exactly) I saw Scott Peterson demoing his creation at a Con in the Bay Area.

Mind you, this is a game in which cheating is allowed--as long as you don't get caught, no foul.

While I watched he rolled the dice and proceeded to count out his moves--and in front of God and everybody, moved one ship an extra space!! And no one in the game called him on it!

Of course, I didn't. I held my hand over my mouth, and admired the chutzpah of a man who would cheat at his own game while doing a demo. A true pirate, that Scott.

 
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3. Board Game: Kings & Things [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1773]
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I'm fairly sure I've told this story around the 'geek before, but to me it always bears repeating. I was staying with my friend Dave and his family in Chicago for a few days back in 1986 or '87. We went to a nice game store in the Water Tower mall, I believe, and Dave picked up Kings & Things and I picked out some other, lesser game that will never be remembered. Back at his place, we sat down to look at our purchases, and decided to play Kings & Things, no doubt because Dave knew that once I left, it would be many years before anybody bothered to play his game with him again. As Dave sat on his large couch reading the rules, I sat a few feet away on a sectional, separating counters from frames. Dave's wife brought in their baby, Max, and placed him next to Dave on the couch, and asked us to keep an eye on the baby for a moment as she went to take care of some household task that escapes my memory. Max was not even a toddler, at that point, so his mobility was quite limited, and indeed, I believe this was around the time of his Baptism, which was performed at the earliest possible time, so those of you who know such things may know more precisely than yours truly how old Master Max was likely to be. As Dave and I continued our respective ministrations to the fascinating game, young Max became ever more restless, and started rocking his tiny little body around on the couch. I believe I noted his momentum building out of the corner of my eye, and thought, "what a strapping young man," but that was the extent of my attention. Dave's was even less attuned to his son, because after another moment or two, little Max managed to launch himself up and over the barricade of his little person prison, clearing the front of the sofa cushion by a good couple of inches, and falling instantaneously to the hard floor, a good couple of feet beneath him. As though guided by the hand of God, Dave's wife Arlene walked back into the room at the precise moment that Max smashed into the floor, and she proceeded to read Dave the Riot Act in as extraordinarlly terse and meaningful a way as I have to this day ever seen. Dave boxed up the game, handed it to me, and said, "I never want to see this game again."

I have hidden it, over the years, in many closets of many homes, and just to prevent the horrific occurrence of Dave and the game colliding and bringing our Universe to an end, I have avoided him and his family for the past 18 years. At least, I tell myself that it's me avoiding them....
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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We were playing Settlers in the residence common room and were really quite loud. It was getting pretty intense. There were other people in the common room who didn't understand what the big deal was over a "board game" (they thought we were geeks, which we are: board game geeks!)I was try to trade two wood for a brick. She didn't realize that she hard a wood port and could get anything she wanted by trading through her port. Suddenly, she realized it: "I HAVE A PORT FOR YOUR WOOD!" No one playing the game understood why everyone was laughing. The non-gamers got a good laugh!
 
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5. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1075]
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In Mystery of the Abbey is a deductive game similar to clue. At the beginning of the game, numerous suspect cards are given out to each player, and one, the guilty one, is placed underneath the board. During the game, each player when they land on a space containing another player may ask a question. Now the person being asked may choose to take a vow of silence, or, if they answer the question, they may ask one in return.

Well, I was playing the game with three friends. One of my friends, the one who set up the game and passed out the cards, pawn landed on the same space as mine. He then proceeded to ask me if I had eliminated a certain Fransiscan Friar. I answered his question, then I had to ask one of my own. After looking at my suspect card for a second, I had to ask: "Did you remember to put one of the suspect cards under the board to signify the murderer?"

He sighed, lifted the board for a second and sadly announced he forgot. The one and only game of Mystery of the Abbey when all the inhabitants were innocent.
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6. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3149] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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When we play Apples to Apples, to avoid total randomness, the judge HAS to propose a justification for his choice of noun to coincide with the adjective. We were playing with a very large group (12 or so) and a lot of new folks that were not all aquainted with each other (including myself)

Turn: Mine
Adjective: Evil
Nouns remaining: Adolf Hitler, Democratic Party.

I toss aside Adolf Hitler and chose Democratic Party. One very quiet shy lady spoke up, "How can you say that the Democratic Party is more evil than Adolf Hitler?"
I responded, "The Democrats are still alive."
The room exploded in laughter because everyone else (but me)in the room knew that she was the only Democrat in the room. She proclaimed it a stupid game and she would never play again.

 
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