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5 Fictional Board Games That Should Be Real, Part 2

Welcome to part two of our article on the five fictional games we wish were real. These last three have all the chaos needed for a wild time you can have with friends or family, but mostly for friends, as one of these games does have a stripping option in the works. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

1. Bamboozled

What’s life without a little bit of chaos? With this third game from Friends, that’s kind of exactly what you’re getting. Bamboozled is more or less a frenzied mix of trivia questions and mildly chaotic challenges. While the rules seem a bit random and illogical on the show, it’s a game that can easily trigger each player’s competitiveness. The game needs a host and at least two players, and, essentially, these players need to be able to answer a series of trivia questions.

There is, of course, a catch, and it comes in the form of a bunch of unexplained twists like the Wheel of Mayhem and a bunch of wild bonuses that can add onto a player’s points — but only if they succeed in the tasks that these bonuses dictate they should do, like the breath-holding bonus, which basically requires the player to hold their breath while the question is being asked until they’re ready to answer; the hopping-on-one-foot bonus, which requires the player to hop while the question is being asked and while they answer, and then switching to the other foot for the next question; and the repeating-answers-backwards bonus, which, safe to say, speaks for itself.

Not to mention, there are also elements like the hungry monkey, the super speedy speedy round, and Google cards to take into account. We’re pretty much as lost as you are at this point, but the game looks like it’ll give friends one hell of a time to play.

2. True American

Another chaotic fictional game that we wish were real is New Girl’s True American. At its core, it’s definitely a drinking game—or as Jess Day would say, 50% drinking game, 50% life-sized Candy Land.

Here’s how we understand this game: teams are optional, but if you do want to pick teams, the way to do it is by having everyone hold up a random number of fingers against their foreheads. The people with similar numbers are considered teammates, and in the event that there are unmatched players, they then fall into their own team.

The goal of the game is to get to the king of the castle, which is basically a bottle of liquor. Protecting the king are the pawns, otherwise known as beer in cans, and they’re lined up in four rows radiating around the king.

To actually play the game, players must move in a clockwise direction. Whoever has their turn gets to move one space and other players must win their own turn by doing one of three things: by guessing the common trait of whatever two things are named by the player having their turn, by attempting to get the same number as the player having their turn through the same process as the team-picking one, or by completing a quote given by the player having their turn.

Now, there are a bunch of other rules to take note of. First off, everything you hear in True American is a lie. Second, the floor is molten lava, and if you step in it, well, then you lose. This is why the game requires chairs and tables spread out across four zones that are surrounding the castle. Oh, and there’s also a designated “crazy zone” to be aware of.

In addition to that, when a player finishes their beer, they need to yell, “All trash belongs…” and all other players then yell “in the junkyard!” It is then that all players throw their empty cans into a designated receptacle. A player may also yell “JFK” at any point in the game, and everyone else needs to yell “FDR” and finish their beer. On the other hand, whenever someone yells “Donald Trump!” all players must respond with “Build the Wall!” and drink.

Lastly, if the game is played with Clinton Rules, then it means players must strip if they fail certain tasks. Whoever gets a drink out of the liquor bottle (aka the king) first wins the whole game. Now, it’s probably a fair assumption to say that this is the kind of game you only fully pick up as you start playing it.

3. Modern Capitalist Mindfuck

Unlike the past four games we’ve had on the roster, this fictional game comes from a book. Unlike its movie version, The Time Traveler’s Wife actually features a fictional game in one of its chapters, and it’s one invented by two of its characters, Gomez and Charisse. 

The way Clare explains it in the books is that it’s a game played among her, Henry, Charisse, and Gomez. “We play it with a Monopoly set. It involves answering questions, getting points, accumulating money, and exploiting your fellow players,” she narrates.

As players roll the dice and move across the board, they can buy properties by answering questions correctly from the Chance pile. On the other hand, the Community Chest pile offers questions that, when answered correctly, can earn players more points in the game. If answered incorrectly, corresponding penalties, like moving back a few spaces, are applied.

As players roll the dice and move across the board, they can buy properties by answering questions correctly from the Chance pile. On the other hand, the Community Chest pile offers questions that, when answered correctly, can earn players more points in the game. If answered incorrectly, corresponding penalties, like moving back a few spaces, are applied.

It should be noted that these questions are more or less what drives the game forward, and they can vary from verifiable trivia questions to subjective ones like, “What modern technological invention would you deep-six for the good of society?” These more subjective questions are determined to be correct by a group vote, so rest assured democracy is present in this game.

Conclusion

With that, we’ve finally reached the end of our list of fictional games we wish were real. Of course, these are but a few of the many other fictional games that exist out there in movies, shows, and books. And while we wait for the (small) possibility of these games existing in real life, we can certainly turn our attention to other games that already exist now. There’s certainly enough of them to placate us for the moment.

While you can’t find these board games at the Dragonforge, we have plenty of other games to choose from. Check out our website for board games, tabletop rulebooks, magic the gather, Warhammer, and various hobby supplies. We also ship all over the Philippines, so ask us about your next board game today. 

Veronika Caraos is a writer with a love of animals and quiet moments. She has a mild love affair with decaf coffee and a toxic relationship with dairy. These days, you might find her clacking away at a keyboard, creating content for her capitalist overlords.