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25 Sep 2019 00:00 #301990 by WadeMonnig
But sir! My reviews are 50% pop culture references and...

Somewhere, hidden in the darkest depths of the interwebs, is the original review guidelines for the Review Corner that was written by our own Micheal Barnes. It is mostly standard fare regarding word count and such. However, one “rule” stood out to me when I was first reading it. “No Monty Python references.”

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25 Sep 2019 10:18 #301991 by WadeMonnig
The distinct lack of comments on this and the Are you a robot review is only justifying Michael Barnes ban on Monty Python references. Please, think of the children.
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25 Sep 2019 10:46 #301992 by Jackwraith
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25 Sep 2019 12:15 #302000 by Shellhead
The newer boardgame subject matter seems to be reaching farther and farther back in time for pop culture references. I can understand the appeal of using a good one like the Cthulhu Mythos that is also in the public domain. But it gives the impression that this hobby is only for old people. The real problem is probably the firehose of mediocre board games flooding the market in recent years, with each one vying for some kind of distinctive hook for potential buyers.

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25 Sep 2019 14:30 #302002 by Gary Sax

Shellhead wrote: The newer boardgame subject matter seems to be reaching farther and farther back in time for pop culture references. I can understand the appeal of using a good one like the Cthulhu Mythos that is also in the public domain. But it gives the impression that this hobby is only for old people. The real problem is probably the firehose of mediocre board games flooding the market in recent years, with each one vying for some kind of distinctive hook for potential buyers.


Aging audience to buy the games and cheap licenses imho.

Also, most big licenses are taking a much firmer hand with controlling their brand, I wonder if that's part of it?

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25 Sep 2019 22:19 #302014 by Michael Barnes
LOL like anyone under 40 still quotes Monty Python...right? RIGHT?

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25 Sep 2019 22:53 #302016 by WadeMonnig

Michael Barnes wrote: LOL like anyone under 40 still quotes Monty Python...right? RIGHT?

My 16 year old daughter sent me a screen shot of drawn to life where she attempted to use a holy hand grenade with the caption of disappointed when it didn't work. #parentgoals

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26 Sep 2019 08:19 #302018 by Erik Twice

Shellhead wrote: But it gives the impression that this hobby is only for old people.

The hobby is increasingly for whales, not players, and older people have more disposable income. You are not going to see many people in their 20s jump into the Kickstarter train because they cannot afford it.


That said, more and more of both gaming and pop culture is dominated by franchises and remakes. Just look at cinemas: IT, Chuky movies, Aladdin, The Addams Family, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Men in Black, Jumanji, Terminator, Hellboy. We don't live in an original age.

It doesn't help that nerdom is the most inbred thing in existance. The vast majority of nerd stuff can be traced back to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Lovecraft, often several of them at once. Or anime, which is itself extremely inbred.

Blah.

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26 Sep 2019 09:20 #302022 by WadeMonnig
* Considers looking up article he wrote on the lack of original titles (not part of a franchise) he wrote 15 years ago about the video game industry *

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26 Sep 2019 11:55 #302023 by Sagrilarus
So boardgames are this era's toy trains?
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26 Sep 2019 16:22 #302028 by ubarose
Spamalot gets produced by High Schools & Colleges, so new generations of Theatre Geeks are continuously being introduced to Monty Python. I don't know how much cross over there is between Theatre Geeks & Board Game Geeks, but there is some, since a good deal of time is spent in the green room playing cards.
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26 Sep 2019 17:46 #302034 by Erik Twice

Sagrilarus wrote: So boardgames are this era's toy trains?

*Stares at his dust-covered train set*

I sure hope not.

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