# Difference between revisions of "2488: Board Game Argument: Legacy"

 Board Game Argument: Legacy Title text: Listen, you need to get over your reluctance to permanently alter a game. Now roll 2d6 to determine how many ounces of soda to spill into the box.

## Explanation

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This comic continues the joke from comic 2486, released the previous week, about the difficulty some gaming groups have actually playing any game at all once they get together. In this scenario the group have leveraged the difficulty of choosing a game into a game itself. It seems to be that each player has a certain number of votes, or tokens, that they can use to decide which game to play that night, with the added element that losing game being gotten rid of. This can lead to strategic play where a player might vote for a game, even if they don't want to play it that night, so that they could still play it in the future.

The title text refers to how many board and card game owners wish to keep their games in like new condition, going as far as refusing to bridge shuffle cards so they do not bend, or not punching tokens out of their cardboard frames. Some games even have elements that are meant to be altered, such as blank cards to be filled in by the players, that often remain blank forever. The humor of the title text comes from the fact that it sounds like the speaker is chastising a game owner that does not want to engage with these elements of the game, but instead urges them to pour soda on the game (something that would usually be an unfortunate accident). "2d6" is standard notation for games that involve rolling several different types of dice, where the first number refers to the number of dice to be rolled (in this case 2), and the second number referring to the style of dice (in this cases six sided). That means that the player would end up pouring between two and twelve ounces of soda into their game box, depending on the total value rolled on the two six sided dice.

## Transcript

[White Hat, Megan, Ponytail, and Cueball are sitting around a table that is covered with board game boxes. White Hat is pointing at Ponytail. Both Ponytail and Cueball are holding boxes.]

Ponytail: You may reallocate up to five tokens to your top choice from last week. Remember, the game with the least support tonight will go to the thrift store.

Ponytail: Next, we'll resume the debate over ordering expansion packs.

[Caption beneath the panel:]

We got tired of having the same repetitive arguments every week over which game to play, so we developed Board Game Argument: Legacy.

# Discussion

So there is a game wherein one can write "sudu bring me a samich" as part of the rules? Excellent! 172.69.63.7 06:47, 13 July 2021 (UTC)

The game Cueball is handlig seems to be Boggle, the one Meghan is leaning on might be Wingspan. Can someone identify the others? If we can get a full table, we should add it to the article. 162.158.89.37 07:48, 13 July 2021 (UTC)

Here's a closeup of the games with added math: (edit: This super-wide embedded image completely messes with both the Talk page and the Talk-embedding normal page, at least for me, so I'm editing it out for sanity's sake - the IP editor below) Frankie (talk) 16:08, 13 July 2021 (UTC)

The full original image link that will show what I edited out as a File: insertion is https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/images/b/b4/2488-board-games.png - there may be better ways to address it as a non-inline image (or one that does not override usual page-width limits to make everything else squash into super-small font stuck into a partial page-width column of text until I pinch-zoom it back to 'normal'), in which case I invite you to entirely edit out my comment and do it better below/above as you see fit... 141.101.98.206 21:32, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

The one on top in front of Ponytail is Wits & Wagers. --162.158.187.131 19:20, 13 July 2021 (UTC)

fun fact: this is a different table than the one used in another board-game themed comic, 1566: Board Game .172.70.35.69 21:41, 13 July 2021 (UTC)Bumpf

The one with a big cursive O is the game Obsession. The one in front of White Hat is none other than Mall Madness.--108.162.237.126 00:22, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

Mall Madness FTW. Only a couple left unsolved - Frankie (talk) 04:13, 14 July 2021 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure the main text is riffing on RISK: Legacy, which develops a world over 15 games in which stickers are placed and cards are ripped up and unlocked for play. Thoughts? 162.158.146.220 06:17, 15 July 2021 (UTC)

wait no i am stupid nvm 162.158.146.236 06:19, 15 July 2021 (UTC)