Images and captions exposing game quirks with a twist
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It's no surprise that I'm drawn to game images and captions which play on quirks in games... I'm a long standing fan of comic strips of the variety that "hold a mirror up to life and reflect on something in a humourous way" (Calvin & Hobbes is by far the best of these).

Several of my own most popular images are my own version of this, and I enjoy it where I see it elsewhere. Here's a variety of mine and others I just trawled out of the galleries.

Please ... add some more cases where an image plays on a quirk of the game itself.

(It should go without saying... if you enjoy the image / caption click the image and thumb it directly rather than thumbing my geeklist entry.)

Most often, it's a humourous caption that really "makes" this kind of image and in those cases people here on BGG only really get to see the full effect if they click through to the image page itself or are actively browsing galleries. Usually images are displayed without access to their captions, such as on the front page or in geeklists.
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"You must be at least THIS BIG to ride on the monolith"

This is a rule in the game.

Stumbling across this image in my gallery again was the prompter for this geeklist. It's less thumbed than my my other Nexus Ops image but for my mind a better shot AND a better caption, prompting me to realise that part of the fun is that the caption is true, but you need to know the game to know it.
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Praying for a "10"!
by kilroy_locke

It's a pretty decent photo, but "just another" (good) photo of Settlers bits... until you get to the caption. Superb!
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who said "unbalanced"?
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A crowded miniatures shot has a lot more meaning in full size with a tongue-in-cheek caption.
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Ancient Geek Gets Wife To Try Boardgame! (Diorama at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA)
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The image is different enough even in small format to make you wonder what it is, but you don't get to properly enjoy it unless you click through.
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This is one where the caption didn't really add to it. For part of Shear Panic, the flock of ewes are scrambling to get to the front for an intimate encounter with Roger the Ram. I couldn't resist the cross reference to the somewhat tired Settlers of Catan cliche.
 
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The Shadow Of Rome Falls On England
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Nicely done.
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The last thing Sgt. Drake ever saw.
by hannibal twin 8

I'm sure it was!

(Here's a caption that adds life to a good detail macro.)
 
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Why the ships don't battle in Hellas.
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Sure I've pondered and wondered why the rules of Hellas don't (usually) let the ships do battle. But I've never gone so far as to conduct practical experiments.
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Master & worker bask in the joy of Creation. (And then the roof collapsed.)

One of the game events is having the cathedral roof collapse. Which of course will happen just at the moment to spoil the sense of shared achievement that breaks through barriers of station and birthright.
 
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Any second, and this thing's gonna give!
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Just checking my chits...

A game with magic. A game with multiple secret bidding, and people constantly forgetting what bidding chits they've played where.
 
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"There's nothing back here..."
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A cliche cinematic line expertly applied in game filled with just this sort of situation.
 
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Wand plus Sword is too much for Warrior. Wall-Walker demonstrates correct lifting technique using an unconscious Troll.

A very simple item limit in this game leads to the ludicrous.
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Fortress Australia. A common feature of our games.
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There is, of course, no way the Indonesians would actually let us do this.
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A Monumental Victory!

Well ok, a simple pun. But it was also true that the particular win was powered by monuments.
 
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DAK is a Loooooong game
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Maybe six hours isn't all that long by wargame standards. Maybe six feet isn't either.
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Start space: "When exiting the truck, stay with your Exit Buddy."

At the very start of Shear Panic, you nominally exit the stock truck and actually spend the first few turns trying to keep your two sheep together.

I admit this caption addendum to a plain board detail image is a little more obscure. So it seems like a good time to hand the list over to you guys.

Enjoy!
 
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