Did anyone else in the UK catch the final episode of the IT Crowd last night? For those who didn't, this excellent TV comedy, that already featured board games in previous episodes, went the whole hog in its final show and showcased Moss's own board game video review internet show. Yes, video reviews! It even ripped off Scott Nicholson's old 'board games with scott' music for the intro. I couldn't believe my eyes!
It was a complete p*** take of course, but to see at least 20 bgg-style games featured, along with hilarious made up euros such as 'Dutch Textile Trader' (T Vas' would have appreciated that particular jibe), on mainstream British telly, was a joy to behold. A parody of little old BGG content on one the UK's best ever TV shows! Amazing!
The twist of the show was that Moss was advised to wear tight womens' trousers to get more confidence, and so, changing into them like Superman, his first mumbling board game video review transforms into an explosive, super-cool (and even more cheesy) presentation style.
I also believe that the writer of the show, Graham Linehan (who also wrote Father Ted and other classics) actually enjoys boutique board gaming as it seems to be a thread running through the shows, what with another episode featuring a full D&D game too.
There's nothing up on youtube yet, but if we could find a link and add it here. There is a teaser of the episode here:
Yes, watched and laughed and cringed throughout. They have featured board games before - they played D&D in one episode and the Days of Wonder boardgames and a few others have always been on the shelf behind Moss. I'm afraid this was the final nail in my 'coffin of coolness' as far as my wife is concerned. She just threw me rather pointed looks - and a withered raise of an eyebrow. Rather dreading meeting up with friends next time who know of my board game weakness... it'll be bad, really bad. I mean, I knew I was a bit geeky but come on.... are we really this bad. Oh dear, I rather think we are! Now I want more of Moss' youtube channel - make it real Ayoade - you know you want to!
I reckon there are a good few 'celebs' into our games, prbably lurking on the geek, too. David Walliams always features crazy board games in his sketches - both in Little Britain and Come Fly With Me he includes a couple of long sketches based on crazy game designs.