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Checkmate: The 6 Best Invented Board Games from Television Shows

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | May 1, 2014 | Comments ()


Gayle Force Winds, Bob’s Burgers
What it entails: Using household objects like a military toy man and a blender (naturally), you try to go to the Cliffs of Huxtable while undergoing challenges like clucking like a chicken or keeping a wet sponge on your head for 30 minutes. The wrong dice roll restarts the game (and the standing fan will displace everything on the board).

Bamboozle, Friends
What it entails: Losers are the bamboozled, so try your best to answer general trivia questions and make your way through the weirdly-named sections like the Wheel of Mayhem and the Mud Hut. Burn off some calories with hopping bonuses: where you have to switch from standing on leg leg to another after answering each question. Winners get to yank the Golden Monkey’s tail.

Mashgammon, How I Met Your Mother
What it entails: The best way to learn about your best friend’s new girlfriend, Mashgammon involves a Candy Land board, dice, a buzzer, Pictionary, but absolutely no Backgammon. If a person says, “What?” as in, “What the hell is going on in this game?”, a buzzer is hit and that person has to drink. Rolling on odd numbers means it’s autobiography time, where the person has to answer a personal question. So it’s basically Truth or Dare, minus the Dare plus all the drinking.

Cones of Dunshire, Parks and Recreation
What it entails: In this epic role-playing game, the goal is to gather all four cones by building civilizations. Players can choose between playing characters like one of two wizards, a maverick, or a ledgerman who gets to wear a nifty sailor-type hat. The ultimate choice faces you at the Cone of Decision: Do you take the cone cover (yes, that exists) off or leave it on? That determines whether you’re on the light or dark side. It’s a metaphor, you see. So, what’ll it be?

Satan’s Path, The Simpsons
What it entails: Bring other board games to life, like the train from Funnoply and boats from Battleboat, and try to stay alive long enough to catch the mouse from Mouse Trap and cross the finish line to win.

Tool Time, Home Improvement
What it entails: Fix things, don’t end up in the hospital, *grunt*

Nadia Chaudhury would choose the maverick, too.

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  • Stupid Scientifical

    Don't Whiz On The Electric Fence

  • Me

    Please, people, it's Chardee MacDennis.

  • Skyler Durden

    I came here for Chardee McDennis. The comments did not dissappoint.

    /The article, however...

  • JBolivar92

    Golden Girls: I've always liked Rose's St Olaf version of monopoly, Gugenspritzer (sp?). No money (bank empty - built on marshland so it sank); best buy is the phone booth in the center of town; and there is only one street -whomever buys it, automatically wins!

  • AvaLehra

    Card Wars! If you want to win, you should floop the pig.

  • Jericho Smith

    What about:Tijuana Slumlord, There's a Clown Demon Under the Bed!, Dog Fight Promoter, Tax Evasion, Shoplifter and, of course, Slap Bet (yes, Mickey turned it into a board game), from HIMYM?

  • e jerry powell

    See, I could never win at Tool Time. I'd be too distracted by the tempting prospect of groping Al Borland/Richard Karn to keep up with the actual game.

  • You also forgot the game of thrones

  • BWeaves

    Fizzbin from StarTrek. OK, not a board game, but the greatest card game ever.

    The game can be played with a standard Earth deck of cards, despite the slightly differing deck on Beta Antares IV.

    Each player gets six cards, except for the player on the dealer's right, who gets seven.
    The second card is turned up, except on Tuesdays.
    Two jacks are a "half-fizzbin".
    If you have a half-fizzbin:
    a third jack is a "shralk" and results in disqualification;
    one wants a king and a deuce, except at night, when one wants a queen and a four;
    if a king had been dealt, the player would get another card, except when it is dark, in which case he'd have to give it back.
    The top hand is a "royal fizzbin", but the odds against getting one are said to be "astronomical".

    My grad student friends actually invented real rules so we could play a poker version of it.

  • Matt Kennedy

    The only way to forget Chardee MacDennis is to play it.

  • Dumily

    I'm deathly afraid it's going to turn out that Nadia is a bastard man.

  • Dean Gorby

    There must be an entire new article coming about Chardee MacDennis. Right? THERE MUST BE.

  • Cones of Dunshire is neither a roleplaying game nor a board game. It is a tabletop strategy game. And yes, I will go to the mat on these semantics.

  • DeaconG

    Those are some BIG fucking miniatures, I gotta tell may need a bigger table top...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Gayle Force Winds was a delight. It reminded me of the invented board game some of our college friends played. (I believe it had something called a "Melvin" which involved you being pantsed, so I wasn't bothered that I was never invited to play.)

  • Bert_McGurt

    I thought a Melvin was like a wedgie, but from the front?

  • Sara_Tonin00


    Now I'm extra glad I never played.

  • I thought that was called third base.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Depends whose hand is on your underwear.

  • e jerry powell

    Maybe, maybe not.

    I like to think that the players are staying open-minded.

  • Traci Moore

    Don't forget Crapopoly from Malcolm in the Middle!

  • Guest

    True American?!?!

  • dinosaurpuke

    TRUE AMERICAN from New Girl, I mean COME ON

  • If you include True American, then the Hot Lava game from Community must also be included.

  • Repo

    Is True American really a board game though? I always thought it was more of a free for all with vague structure that changes each time. Sort of like Calvinball.

  • kushiro -

    True American is indeed a board game, if you consider the entire room to be the board.

    Also: Chardee McDennis!

  • dinosaurpuke

    Ahh, you're right. But the Friend's one wasn't a board game either, so who even knows with this list.

  • Geej McAbee

    Helping flood the comments with Chardee McDennis.

  • $99571230

    Seriously. It's only the best board game on tv ever.

  • Rob

    I'm going to be "that guy" and say that Bamboozle wasn't a board game, but a TV game show that Joey was auditioning to host.

    Since that made the cut, I think it's criminal that New Girl's True American didn't make it.

  • kirbyjay

    and what about Cups?

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Came to say the same thing, but now I'm happy I wasn't the only one thinking it

  • cj

    Yeah and on that note, what about Penny Can?

  • Emily Smith

    Penny Caaaaan!

  • Kelsophocles

    Forgive me, but I believe it is "Marshgammon", as in "Marshall Eriksen". Yes, I did just rewatch the entire series in one month.

  • NateMan

    You are indeed correct, Sir or Madam.

  • You know Always Sunny did an entire episode centered around a game (Charlie McDennis), right? And that it was amazing?

  • Martin Holterman

    It was so amazing that it is, in fact, my favourite episode by some distance.

  • freetickles

    Forgot Chardee McDennis!!!

  • RobynRobotron

    I can't believe it! But, I did get to be the 42nd person to like your comment, so that's cool.

  • ClaveDark

    What a bunch of bozos.

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