BGG Myths and Legends
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There are many great stories that make up BGG.

Just like with the great legends of Robin Hood and King Arthur, the line between fact and fiction in these stories begins to blur over time.

These are the stories of our BGG Camelot. You decide whether there has been any blurring in the retelling ... but just remember ... fact is often stranger than fiction ...
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1. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:672]
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It's not entirely clear when the following event occurred ... only that it did occur ... and that a cat suit may have been involved.

Hey!Thats my Fish! has enjoying a massive wave of popularity and a cut-throat game was organised for a major convention. It may have been BGG Con ... or it may not have been. How would I know, they could having it in remote places like the USA instead of Canberra, Australia.

... but I digress ...

The games themselves were indeed cut-throat, and with one competitor standing out from the others in terms of what 'meta-game' tactics were permissable to maximise their chamnce of winning. [This is where the rumours of the cat suit abound].

Nonetheless, this person, know only as Derk to his friends (or as Derk to those who didn't know him) fought hard and won his way through to the final.

The final itself was tense as penguins maneoured their way around the ice flows in a flurry of activity. The tension was unmistakeable ... even outside the tournament room as crowds of interested spectators gathered around the huge (live) movie screen to see history unfold.

As chance would have it, or if Derk's words are to be believed, as genius would have it, Derk did indeed triumph that day to claim his crown as champion. This alone may have been enough to create a legend (again with the cat suit ...), were it not for what happened next.

As the final scores were tallied and Derk's victory was annonced to the world, the hordes of spectators were stunned to see Derk spring up on to the table (much like a cat strangely enough) and annouce to the world ...

"I am the GeekMan!
I am the Geekman!
I am the Fishman!
Ti-ti-Tichu!"

[Apologies to the Beatles and their 'I am the walrus']

The world would never be the same.

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2. Board Game: My Fair Lady [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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In the early days of the Geek, an intellectual discussion was seen by many to evolve on chit chat. Not a strange occurrance in itself, other than the discussion amde no mention of bacon.

The discussion was between Aldie and Melissa (no need to explain you they are) and was on how best to grow the boardgaming hobby ... and they both had their own views as how this best might be achieved. After what seemed like days, they agreed that there was only one way that this might be sorted out once and for all (fortunately the cat suit did not enter this myth) ...

There would be a competition - Aldie and Melissa would each have one opportunity to create a new boardgamer, with the winner of the competition being changed on the new boardgamer.

Melissa, as befitting her disposition, felt that conversion of the (washed) masses was possible ... and that anyone could be so converted. So it was that she went wandering around the back streets of Melbourne (Australia) until she came to all-night McCafe and came across a strikingly dressed man (strikingly if not simply for his hot pink wig).

She walked over to this man and sat down opposite him. Then after first disinfecting the table and wiping it down to erase any excess moisture, she set up a game of Cosmic Encounter, calmly explaining the details of the game to this man.

So began his education, and let it not be said that the education would be easy. There was Britannia, Ra and Tigris & Euphrates (which he would later argue has taught by him).

Finally, so it was that Karlsen (Fraser) was sent to BGG Con in the belief that he could now walk amongst the gamers with confidence. needless the say, while the results of his gaming are somewhat varied, he saw judged worthy to sit amongst the geeks, and so it was that Melissa was judged to have been successful.

As for Aldie ...
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3. Board Game: It's Alive! [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2613]
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Adlie, however, had created the geek itself and saw no reason that he should have to limit himself to the living to create boardgamers, such was his hubris.

No, he invested his technological might into creating a boardgamer. Such was his abounding talent, that after months of programming and building, he was ready ... and with the help of the electrical shot from Shocking Roulette. he was able to give life to his creation.

All may have been right, but for the nature of his creation. Aldie, in his hubris, had used significant plastic in its creation, foregoing the softer and gentler texture of wood, for he believed that his creation deserved the best ...

And so it was that Michael Barnes was created. His inner plastic drew him to all that was ameritrash, while turning his back on psted-on-themes and wood-based components. A boardgaming schism had been created and the BGG was drawn into what will only be known as the dark times when the ameritrash jihad threatened the very existence of the geek itself.

It was only then, that with a sad and heavy heart, Aldie finally agreed to expel his creation from his Boardgaming Garden of Goodness (BGG) and banish him forever.

BGG would never fully recover.
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4. Board Game: Pimp City [Average Rating:2.86 Unranked]
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Before there was FIMO.

Before there was chrome.

Even before there were Universal Head player aids, there was pimping.

Not the pimping that you see now, where the value of a game was thrust forward in terms of the extra which a game offered ... plastic bits and FIMO fences.

No, this was pimping of a game simply out of a simple love for that game. Knowing that a masterpiece had been missed by the (unwashed) masses of gamers, simply by accident (for whatever other reason could there be?).

And what was the first game to be pimped as such, for there must always be a first.

Cast you eyes back to the early day and imaging a game about dinosaurs, continental drift, and somewhat disturbing box covers.

The pimpers were chaddyboy_2000 and sodaklady and the game was Trias.

Hardly could a geeklist be produced without seeing an addition by one of these two extolling the neverending virtues of this great game.

Even I succumbed to their words and own my own copy of Trias. Perhaps one day I might also play it ...
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5. Board Game: Land of the Lost Game [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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In a land forgotten by time
Somewhere under a waterfall
Was a cave
And in that cave was a tribe of silent reptilian humanoids
With poiny heads.
Silent, that is, until one day, when one of these humanoids (sleestaks) opened its slitted mouth and uttered the first words of its race ...

"Ra!"

Obviously, his fellow sleestaks gathered around him, lifted him up on their shoulders, and threw him into the great pit, sacrificing him to their mystical god.

This mystical god took pity on him, devouring him not, but instead offered him an internet-enabled laptop with boardgamegeek appropriately bookmarked.

And so cornjob came to the BGG community.

Starved for opponents, or even language, he quickly turned his attention to online Tigris and Euphrates games, and was quickly enamoured with the complexities involved.

Even now, his mystical god offeres a wry smile as his looks down into his sacrifical pit where a sleestak taps quietly on his keyboard, carefully moves his mouse and sings out loud ...

"Na, na, na, na, na, na, na
I wanna start an external conflict
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na
I wanna start an external conflict

So, so what, I'm still a Tigris champ
I got my BGG and I don't need you
And guess what, I'm having more fun
And now that I'm sacrificed, I'm gonna show you tonight"

[Apologies to Pink]
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6. Board Game: Winkle's Wedding or Why Did He Do It? [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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At first there was Sterling Babcock
And then came his avatar - the backdrop of a forest with references to some illusion of a giraffe, named Winkles.

Now Sterling slowly drifts further away from this plane of existance as Winkles the giraffe grows in power, consolidating his benevolent overseeing of the BGG community.

Rumour has it that at the last BGG, Sterling was straing to fade away, only just holding onto his connection with this universe, primarily through the sheer will power of Winkles himself.

In years to come, there will be a user known by all as Winkles, with an avatar of a gaming room, with references to some illusion of a man, named Sterling ...

Edit - corrected for not being able to spell people's names
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7. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
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Throughout the ages of BGG, one session report stands out. A giant amongst mortals ...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/24697

Not for its accuracy of a session of Amun-re ...
Not for the treatment of the Gola based on his offerings ...
Not for the humour that we all enjoy at seeing the suffering of the Gola

Look close.
Look again.

Read the bit at the top of the session report.

The session report precedes Amun-re as a boardgame - so think again ...

Keeping thinking.

That's right - the game of Amun-re was modelled on the deciphered scrolls ... the best realistion of theme possible, for the gameplay is the reality that was the Gola.

Remember, next time that could be your weaving hut ...

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