Recommend
44 
 Thumb up
 Hide
47 Posts
1 , 2  Next »   | 

The Campaign for North Africa» Forums » News

Subject: Big Bang Theory uses CNA as a Prop and actually sets the thing up! rss

Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
United States
Arizona
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mb
43 
 Thumb up
5.00
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ricatoni
United States
Chula Vista
California
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
This was a media coup for War Gamers...especially the part where he says "Oops we did it wrong and have to start again with the armor units!"
11 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
401k? More like .357
United States
Bodymore
Murderland
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
El Hidalgo wrote:
This was a media coup for War Gamers


Not really, no. Just reinforces negative stereotypes, like the rest of that show.
46 
 Thumb up
0.05
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Mario Barrios
msg tools
mbmbmb
CountDeMoney wrote:
El Hidalgo wrote:
This was a media coup for War Gamers


Not really, no. Just reinforces negative stereotypes, like the rest of that show.


Yep, BBT is a show that shows "nerdy" and "geeky" how the rest of the people want to see them.

Nerdy and Geeky people are just normal people.

I'd rather watch Community to watch "nerdy" and "geeky"
19 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
A Y

Ohio
msg tools
mb
The copy they used seems in decent condition.

Did they set it up correctly?
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Doug Kewley
United States
Mandeville
Louisiana
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Remember the saying "All publicity is good publicity." Somewhere, someone who is not a gamer saw the show and is wondering about the game.
18 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
401k? More like .357
United States
Bodymore
Murderland
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
dakjck wrote:
Remember the saying "All publicity is good publicity."


Donald Trump says that. So, no. I'd rather not.
20 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Doug Kewley
United States
Mandeville
Louisiana
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
You may not want to say it, but that does not change the truth of that statement.
23 
 Thumb up
0.05
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
401k? More like .357
United States
Bodymore
Murderland
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
dakjck wrote:
You may not want to say it, but that does not change the truth of that statement.


It's not a true statement. It's a bullshit statement.

9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
A Y

Ohio
msg tools
mb
How many wargames have appeared on prime time TV, or in movies?
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Chris Ferejohn
United States
Mountain View
California
flag msg tools
badge
Pitying fools as hard as I can...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
CountDeMoney wrote:
El Hidalgo wrote:
This was a media coup for War Gamers


Not really, no. Just reinforces negative stereotypes, like the rest of that show.


It is a media coup insofar as millions of people who had never heard of these kinds of wargames just got exposure to it. I tend to agree with you about the show, but that's kind of beside the point.
10 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Niko
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
flag msg tools
[This space intentionally left blank]
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
cferejohn wrote:
CountDeMoney wrote:
El Hidalgo wrote:
This was a media coup for War Gamers


Not really, no. Just reinforces negative stereotypes, like the rest of that show.


It is a media coup insofar as millions of people who had never heard of these kinds of wargames just got exposure to it. I tend to agree with you about the show, but that's kind of beside the point.
Exposure in what context though?
BBT always struck me as a "lets laugh at nerds" show rather than a "lets laugh with nerds" show.

I'd much rather people don't know anything about my hobbies instead of thinking that "only ultranerds could possibly do this for fun". And yes, I have encountered that kind of attitude after people saw new things on BBT.
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
RCH RCH
United States
Minnesota
flag msg tools
Class of 2004
badge
It's not Jackie Chan!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
GreenLanternCorps wrote:
How many wargames have appeared on prime time TV, or in movies?


Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? in Glee Season 6 - Episode 5
Advanced Squad Leader is High School Musical 3
And while the board game wasn't show, the Up Front kickstarter fiasco was featured in Hannah Montana Season 3 - Episode 10

Trust me. Watch them all.
23 
 Thumb up
0.02
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Juan Valdez
msg tools
Ze_German_Guy wrote:
I'd much rather people don't know anything about my hobbies instead of thinking that "only ultranerds could possibly do this for fun". And yes, I have encountered that kind of attitude after people saw new things on BBT.


Yep.

Basically, nobody outside a very small number of regular opponents know I play any sort of game at all. All the games I own are in closets, nothing is "on display."

This is super helpful for a couple of reasons. The first is that I'm not asked to play games I don't care for. The second is I don't have to deal with any negative stigma created by media. That sort of thing doesn't help me do my job at work.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Atticus Gifford
United States
Glendale
California
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Quote:
And while the board game wasn't show, the Up Front kickstarter fiasco was featured in Hannah Montana Season 3 - Episode 10


This I want to know more about
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Freddy Dekker
Netherlands
Friesland
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Over here the show aired yesterday and it immedeatly made me pay attention and we checked if this was a real game.
Ah! it is.


So from that moment on the story line sort of faded into the background and we were focused on scenes showing the game.
'Ah look, GMT counter trays on the table'

If I can get the wife to move out and thereby free up floor space, that might be a game I'd buy.


BBT taking the piss out of nerds, I must say I never looked upon it that way. The must have attitude of game items, the obsessive collecting and the awkwardness towards females of the species,{ a number of years a go it often happened when people on this site drooled over pictures of female gamers} though excagerated, seemed somewhat recogniseable and I for one didn't see it as offensive.

What has bothered me more about it is the inconsistancy of the show.
The seem to portray the -in their eyes - socialy awkward.

Game geeks, who are still kids at heart and don't know how to socialise with women, but on the other hand in some weird way seem to interact with more hot females than any of us could even dream of.

People with fobias, no Sheldon need bus pants to travel on public transport, but doesn't mind sitting on the stairs in his flat.
Todays problems are history in a next episode.

Geniouses who can't figure out how to deal with real life?

I've allways enjoyed the shows, but it does bug me how they use problems, very real to many people, and bend and twist them how they see fit, just for a good laugh.

As said, always enjoyed the show, which is on a constant repeat over here. By now I can almost dream the conversations, but the early shows more than the new ones.

In that it was good to have a game in show, hasn't happened in ages, as they are to busy with relationship problems, which becomes boring very quickly.
Don't need to watch telly for that, do we.

Oh and before we get back to the game, I wish they'd finally give Stuart a more fun part and make him less suicidal.

8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Tara M
Australia
Vic
flag msg tools
mb
GreenLanternCorps wrote:
The copy they used seems in decent condition.

Did they set it up correctly?


Yes they did, as far as I can tell.

From the picture, we can see the maps are correctly lined up, and the units are broadly in the correct areas. It seems the British units are emnating from Cairo, as expected, and the Axis forces are encroaching from the western coastline. The way the counters are stacked ontop of each other in small little groups, and the relatively minimalist layout (which quite effectively hides the devilish complexity of this beautiful monster) is exactly as it should be.

Very few units are placed very deep into the desert, which is a critically important detail, as CNA replicates terrain effects quite intricately. Even something so simple as having a unit existing inland day by day and not utterly collapsing (without even doing any maneuvers - let alone combat) is a stunningly difficult proposition.

All in all, it looks ... exactly like it should look, and it's actually kind of stunning to me that they bothered for such a niche joke, to apply details that only a handful of people were ever going to even notice. Someone on their set design team is clearly a hardcore gamer with a true passion, because honestly that's the only thing that really makes sense for this level of detail on a sitcom. It would be like Joey and Chandler going to the DMV on Friends, and every single extra there having a specific issue that they're trying to address at the DMV that day, for no conceivable reason or purpose to the show.

For context, I watched the little clip where they were playing the game, and only Sheldon seems to really understand what's going on. For his part, he does accurately reference multiple parts of the game, but does so completely out of order and as an incomprehensible mess. Again, the joke here is that anyone would ever be interested in something like this as a whole (practically everything he says is a part of the rules, except the reference to poisonous gas, and the joke is that he actually cares at all) and even the other geek characters are bored and seem resigned to being forced to play against their will. Which is why I don't bother with this show, in general. But it's a neat little easter egg regardless.
30 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Casey Smith
Switzerland
Portland
Oregon
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
CountDeMoney wrote:
El Hidalgo wrote:
This was a media coup for War Gamers


Not really, no. Just reinforces negative stereotypes, like the rest of that show.


I would also argue that they picked probably the most tedious board game too, as a lot of people not into board gaming find it tedious.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Freddy Dekker
Netherlands
Friesland
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
FreshSlaanesh wrote:
GreenLanternCorps wrote:
The copy they used seems in decent condition.

Did they set it up correctly?


Yes they did, as far as I can tell.


I'm surprised you saw all that, all I noticed was the map on the floor and the GMT countertrays, so I'm guessing you recorded and paused it.

Asto detail, the show seems to have a reputation for putting much attention to detail. These scientific formalas that mean didly to someone like me, actually seem to make sense to people who are into that stuff.

It's a pitty the show now seems to be working with a skeleton crew.
I mis Kripky's sarcasm, Will Wheaton being annoying and there's a bunch of other beloved characters, that used to be regulars, we haven't seen in ages.

Always enjoy prof. Hawkings guest appearances.

Instead the show now gets me ineterested in games that are probably out of print, don't fit in my house and take up years of ones life to play.

2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Tara M
Australia
Vic
flag msg tools
mb
sagitar wrote:
FreshSlaanesh wrote:
GreenLanternCorps wrote:
The copy they used seems in decent condition.

Did they set it up correctly?


Yes they did, as far as I can tell.


I'm surprised you saw all that, all I noticed was the map on the floor and the GMT countertrays, so I'm guessing you recorded and paused it.

Asto detail, the show seems to have a reputation for putting much attention to detail. These scientific formalas that mean didly to someone like me, actually seem to make sense to people who are into that stuff.



I am rather familiar with the ruleset, as I am in the process of setting up for a game myself. So all I did was squint at the picture embedded at the top of this thread, and crossreferenced what I could make out with my understanding of how a game should be laid out.

I do appreciate the attention to detail, even though I don't much like the show, and am still kind of staggered at the effort. I mean, I know first-hand the amount of work required to even set up this incredible game, and if the military formations are accurate - which they seem like they could well be - just going through the motions of putting the game together to the level shown represents a remarkable amount of work that borders on the nonsensical - all for a throwaway joke about Sheldon enjoying boring games.

Pop culture is bizarre sometimes.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
BG.EXE
United States
flag msg tools
I favor Euros, but I like pretty much all games.
badge
Make the kinds of posts you want to read.
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I dislike that this was used because it further perpetuates the idea that all games are 8 hour (or 10,000) boring affairs of waiting for the end. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve shocked in the last year just by saying plenty of really engaging board games are 60-90 minutes, and not 6 hours “like Monopoly”.

InB4: I’m aware Monopoly isn’t 6 hours either, most people aren’t.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Colin Raitt
United Kingdom
Boston
Lincolnshire
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I think its the starting position. cf

They got laying big maps on the floor because no table is long enough right and playing solo.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Freddy Dekker
Netherlands
Friesland
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
FreshSlaanesh wrote:
sagitar wrote:
FreshSlaanesh wrote:
GreenLanternCorps wrote:
The copy they used seems in decent condition.

Did they set it up correctly?


Yes they did, as far as I can tell.


I'm surprised you saw all that, all I noticed was the map on the floor and the GMT countertrays, so I'm guessing you recorded and paused it.

Asto detail, the show seems to have a reputation for putting much attention to detail. These scientific formalas that mean didly to someone like me, actually seem to make sense to people who are into that stuff.



I am rather familiar with the ruleset, as I am in the process of setting up for a game myself. So all I did was squint at the picture embedded at the top of this thread, and crossreferenced what I could make out with my understanding of how a game should be laid out.

I do appreciate the attention to detail, even though I don't much like the show, and am still kind of staggered at the effort. I mean, I know first-hand the amount of work required to even set up this incredible game, and if the military formations are accurate - which they seem like they could well be - just going through the motions of putting the game together to the level shown represents a remarkable amount of work that borders on the nonsensical - all for a throwaway joke about Sheldon enjoying boring games.

Pop culture is bizarre sometimes.


Envy you for having the space, time and victem [i.e. opponent] to play such a monster game.
As is Red Storm over the reich reaches the limit of my available space.


1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Greg Heilers
United States
Texas
flag msg tools
mbmb
In "The Final Countdown" there is a brief scene of Nimitz sailors playing Squad Leader.
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Chuck Cothran
United States
Wilmington
North Carolina
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
This was the single greatest thing to happen, on television, since the final episode of M*A*S*H!!!

ninja
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
1 , 2  Next »   | 
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.