I have this game called Balderdash. In it, you roll a dice that selects a category. Categories include Weird Words, Peculiar People, Incredible Initials, things like that. The object is to guess what these obscure things are, submit the answers anonymously on a piece of paper, and then everyone votes on what they think the right answer is. The more votes your answer gets, the more points you get, meaning the more spaces you can move on the game board. It’s a pretty fun party game for families and PG-rated friends. I could take it or leave it, I’m less of a thirty-minute party game person and more of a long-haul highly-complex game person. I haven’t played Virgin Queen yet, but I so want to!
The game was left to me by my family when they came visiting early this April. They pretty much played it out, but I don’t know enough people in my immediate life who would ever be interested in playing a game. Not to let it go to waste, however, I came up with an idea, something that will give the game some use and allow me to write up some articles for the website. I’ve been meaning to do some non-video work for a while, that’s where the Pop Arena got it’s start, an 80s/90s nostalgia site that was totally ripping off X-Entertainment.
So, the project. One of the categories in this game is Marvelous Movies, where the card gives you a strange title to an obscure movie, and you have to guess on the plot. A lot of the titles seem genuinely interesting, so I’ve decided I’m going to watch all of them. There are 280 game cards in my edition, that’s 280 obscure films. I’m sure a lot of them are going to be crap, but this is a treasure hunt for those few gems that remain under the radar, and Balderdash is our treasure map.
Obviously, this is going to give away the answers on these cards, so if you’re a hardcore Balderdash player, you may want to avoid this feature. For the rest of you, let’s see what the game has to offer us.