Saturday, June 17, 2006

Oh! Ding-a-ling! I knows it!

Last night we had a game of T2R: Marklin, and then the trivia hit the fan with a game of smarty party, and then two games of Stage II. Stage II asks trivia questions, and the answers form a theme (somewhat like Password). It's a great game ... but it does have the problem that it's over two decades old. And it asks tough questions, and has a few themes that are nigh impossible. [Do you know who Nixon's VP candidate in 1960 was? How about who lost the 1928 presidential election? What was Mary's (of "Peter, Paul &" fame) last name?

The classic moment of the night, though was when the answers were:
  • Barry Nelson
  • Woody Allen
  • David Niven
  • Roger Moore
(And one name I forget). At this point, Michael said "Well, it could be James Bond, except for Woody Allen ... ". But he hadn't paid to make a guess. The next answer? "Sean Connery." At this point, everyone was so convinced about Woody Allen that nobody was willing to make the obvious guess ... so nobody got the theme.

In Michael's defense, the Wikipedia page on James Bond doesn't even list Woody Allen, but his list of films does include his version of Casino Royale. (Pretty much every non-famous name on there starred in a non-official Casino Royale).

Perhaps we should give the people born after the game was published a few extra points, though.

And if you feel the need for more humor, see the recent Get Fuzzy quick show.


At 6:03 PM, June 17, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

An updated Stage II would be so nice. It absolutely crushes Trivial Pursuit in every category in terms of mechanics: less luck, less downtime, tons of added interest through the theme mechanic.

I really enjoy trivia games for the most part and its a nice change from the typical fare.

And the theme is William.

At 11:10 PM, June 17, 2006, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

I liked the game, but when it was published the year of your birth you are at disadvantage. The only themes I got were boxing, football, and another boxing.

Beyond that I was lost on a lot of the themes.


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