Tribute to Dan Bosley
Dominic Rébérez
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A few years ago, I ran into the Terminal City Gamers webpage and discovered some writings called 'Misadventures in Gaming', written by a guy called Dan Bosley. Every now and then he would add one of his hilarious stories of trying to get some of his friends into gaming. Fact or fiction, I think a bit of both, but these stories were the best I have ever read on boardgaming. About once a year I feel the need to re-read them and this time somehow the www.terminalcitygamers.com website seems to have been shut down along with these excellent stories. What a pitty. The purpose of this list is to honour the man and try to keep his stories fresh in the mind. If you remember some more stories, excerpts,... please add them !
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1. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
Dominic Rébérez
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Let's start off with the only readable thing I could find for those who are not familiar with the subject. In this story Frodo gets into an unexpected situation...
http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/Misadventures1.shtml
 
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2. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:895]
Dominic Rébérez
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I believe one of the first tries for Dan to get his non-gaming friends into games was Trans America. However, one of the guys ended up sticking the tracks up his nose...
 
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3. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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... which led to a sentence like 'Luckily we weren't playing El Grande. Who knows where the king might have ended up.'
 
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4. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2218]
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In the Barbarossa game, first they have to start over because some guys sculptures are like pieces of art, while this guys' sculptures of the next game aren't guessed because they are made up of two words.
 
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5. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1452]
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Then there is this Metro in which one guy has but one goal : don't let Dan win. So he breaks up every track Dan is making with the result of Dan coming in last while he even wins the 4player game ! Screwing up Dan seems like a good strategy :-)
 
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6. Board Game: The Bucket King [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2160]
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Dan introduces his friends to the Bucket Game and they don't seem to get enough of it ; however... Dan has to be really creative mentioning one of the players to pick a card all the time.
 
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7. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1900]
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Dan is playing David and Goliath when some unexpected neighbour shows up. He joins the game, going to the bathroom for countless times to hide some cards he already marked at the back...
 
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8. Board Game: LCR [Average Rating:3.18 Overall Rank:15342]
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... to make it up, he gets a real good game from his house which turns out to be a pure gambling game.
 
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9. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:683]
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Dan and his friends are going to a gaming day by car and some policeman wants to know what they are up to. "Well, play adult games..." Loopin' Louie is what is on top of their bag...
 
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10. Board Game: Murder! The Game [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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Besides the "Misadventures in Gaming", Dan also wrote 'The Murder Game', the story of how he and 2 of his friends set up a scene of a real murder in a restaurant, fooling all of the people present.
 
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:389]
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Additionally, I've also read some kind of part one of a story where Dan is captured by meeples or something. It seemed very much like fiction but I really wanted to know how this story would end, but I guess it never did.
 
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12. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1165]
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A lot of people at a party - and not a boargame in sight? Well - Dan find a deck of cards (not ordinary as I recall.) And a new hilarous Misadventure is born.

Dan Bosley Misadventures should be printed in Gamers International. It is basic reading for all boardgamers and their relatives/friends who has been forced to play a boardgame.
 
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