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Back to You

Some of those fake games are real. The rest are EVEN MORE real. I always wanted to do a take on the 1967 Battleship Box, which is something that happened, for any of you that have never seen it. Dad and son enjoying leisure time while mother and daughter do the dishes. Even little Susie is resigned to only getting amusement from watching men have fun. Something like that. Wouldn't fly today, right? Didn't fly back then, either. Milton Bradley got so many complaints this box only ran one printing from what I've read. Naturally I gotta make mom more Stepfordy with her Stepford clone daughters. Took two days just doing all the box art and logos. I always have fun looking at vintage ads for things, as I'm sure most have you have seen on occasion.  I almost used this one as a title for the background boxes. Reminds me of "Don't Wake Daddy." There are plenty more ads and products like these, so have fun deep diving that if you ever have. You can get lost in 'old cereal box designs' by itself. Some are funny. Most outright absurd, and even insulting or dangerous. Amazing how many products had straight up heroin in them, and advertised as such. I loved the idea of overtly sexist games still making Ellie overjoyed because it's in her wheelhouse. Even with a proxy 1960's Ellie on the box of a questionable game concept. Also, you know, who's showing appreciation for it is pretty important to her. David's not dumb. He knows Ellie can't live in the shadow of his deceased wife. He has to let Ellie get her foot in the door, so to speak. See you Friday. :)

58 thoughts on “Back to You

      1. Wait, so you might be the first person to suggest that grape nuts is not only a breakfast cereal, but may also serve as an Easter Egg in that it also hides hidden switches to hidden rooms, which also suggests that this particular box of “quote GRAPE NUTS unquote” may just unlock the secrets of the sun room as well as Mr. Blue Sky’s hidden lair?

        And another stargate.

  1. I grew up with the 67 Battleship bock and never realized it was contentious until the last few years.

  2. I tried to play “Running Out of Ideas for These.” The rules are incomprehensible. It’s like whoever was writing them gave up halfway through and it turned into a “Rick and Morty” sketch.

  3. Old cereal box ads. Yeah.

    Whoever came up with that Sugar Krinkles clown…well…I think it might be illegal to say what I think should happen to that monster. And the clown too.

  4. Found It Refreshing Seeing That even in the 60’s people did not put up with that Battleship box. To be honest I probably would not have noticed the implications.

    1. It’s the card game that people play while waiting for there cucumbers to pickle, and then, consequently waiting while the mason jars are vacuum boiled to set the individual seals.

      It was either that or supervise the kids washing the family car, family wagon, family’s kids, family’s pet: sheep/goat/pig/chicken/cow/horse/llama/emu/platypus. That was just called tedious.

  5. Aside from the Ren & Stimpy callout so near and dear to my heart, I think Big Bag of Cooties is the one that I’d take out and at least look at the rules for first.

  6. A real board-game that should have made the cut is Public Assistance… which is a game where you try to manipulate the welfare system. It’s pretty much as offensive as it sounds – it’s far more profitable to have kids and go on PA than it is to work!

  7. Hark! There is an overhead florescent light bulb in need of changing! It will require a ladder and voltage-proof gloves, because getting those stupid things out of the socket is always a risk.

      1. I WON’T!

        I will work with an unsteady ladder, because I am the electrician this project DESERVES, but not the one it needs right now!

  8. Start out with Mystery Catfish, move on to Thicctionary and the end the evening with a rousing round of Pickle Tickle.

    Sounds like a good gaming night to me, wonk wonk.

      1. Look on the bright side, Dysentery Trail is quite ripe for puns as well, but he left that one alone rather than continuing his streak, which absolutely would’ve stunk and been a real mess.

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    Current stats at the time of this posting:

    SHOTGUN SHUFFLE is 43rd with 1,488 votes:
    —62.0000 v/d; 2.5833 v/hr; 0.0431 v/m. `
    Puck is 23rd with 3,251 votes:
    —135.4583 v/d; 5.6736 v/hr; 0.0946 v/m.
    Stand Still. Stay Silent is 17th with 1,709 votes:
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    Girl Genius is 4th with 9,158 votes:
    —381.5833 v/d; 15.9825 v/hr; 0.2664 v/m.
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    50th slot — 1,381 AV*: 57.5417; 2.4101; 0.0402.
    40th slot — 1,709 AV: 71.2083; 2.9825; 0.0497.
    20th slot — 3,816 AV: 159.0000; 6.6597; 0.1110.
    Top ten — 8,217 AV: 342.3750; 14.3403; 0.2390.
    Top five — 9,094 AV: 378.9167; 15.8709; 0.2645.
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      50th slot — 1,442 AV*: 57.6800; 2.4154; 0.0403.
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      Top ten — 8,489 AV: 339.5600; 14.2194; 0.2370.
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  10. I managed to inherit a pair of board games that were monopoly ripoffs called literally “Get off the Welfare” that was made back in the 80s. one is still mint condition, were on the shelves for a total of a week before being pulled.

  11. I wouldn’t mind a round of “Mutually Assured Destruction”…
    But I like my chances with the staring contest more, unless he can hear me blink?

  12. “Unintended Consequences”? board game based on the novel?

    I’m disappointed to not see the “NUKEM” game Who could forget that great advertising line, “get them before they get you!”

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