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I was looking forward to the BGG April Fools gag, and sorely disappointed we didn't get one.

I'm not counting the extended outage, which I didn't notice anyway because I was in the Pyrenees at a wedding (it's a tough life sometimes). This also meant I missed the best fools jokes from elsewhere on the web, so if you saw a good one, post it here!
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1. Board Game: Wordquest [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:8866]
Tom P
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My favourite so far:

http://www.google.com/js/reallyadvanced.html
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2. Video Game: Cats [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
Aaron Tubb
United States
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NC
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AdBlock -> CatBlock

AdBlock now shows you cats instead of ads!

By far my favorite. It was awesome seeing goofy cat photos on every page.
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3. Board Game: Airlines [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2293]
Edmund Hon
Canada
Maple
Ontario
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WestJet (a low cost airline here in Canada) introduces KargoKids - now you can fly without annoying screaming kids in the cabin!



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4. Board Game: Rat-a-Tat Cat [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1933]
Brian MacDonald
United States
Downingtown
Pennsylvania
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Don't ask why I was looking at Kodak's web site on a Sunday, but I ran across their rather understated April Fool's joke -- they're introducing new photo kiosks that will print live kittens: http://1000words.kodak.com/thousandwords/post/?ID=5558724772.... It gets better as you scroll down.
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5. Board Game: Technopoly [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Mike Young
United States
Sterling
Virginia
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I want one of these soooo much!

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6. Board Game: Take the Test [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Donald Dimitroff
United States
Beltsville
Maryland
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Right now I am feeling very: turbed, pirited, heveled, combobulated, and not tinguished, so don't you dare "dis" me!
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I am a teacher at a university.
I usually teach just Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (MWF).
So when April 1st happens to be on a MWF, I walk into class and announce a surprise test. You should see the faces of the students! I make them remove everything from their desks and just have a pen or pencil handy. I also occasionally give this surprise exam on Halloween, October 31st, as something really scary!

The exam is listed below. I have revised this exam several times over the years. It is a good joke to play on the students. They never expect their mild-mannered college professor to play an April Fool's joke on them!
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Name: ____________________________________ A Comprehensive Surprise Exam
Please do not read these directions.

Answer any thirty-two of the following twenty-five questions.

The Sciences:

1. Astronomy – Develop at least ten life-size models of the universe. Travel to Alpha Centauri and back to validate one of your models.

2. Biology – Create life. Your work must be original and not a duplicate any current life form presently on earth.

3. Chemistry – Discover element #3120 and ¾. Do not name the element until your work has been confirmed by an international panel of farm workers.

42. Computer Science – Write a program that does everything. Confirm that your program works by finding the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

5. Mathematics – Find the square root for each integer from one to infinity. Please put down your pencil and look-up when you are finished.

6. Physics – Design a do-it-yourself nuclear reactor kit. Build a working model of your kit using Silly-Putty and an Erector Set.

The Professions:

7. Engineering – Design and construct an eight-lane highway from Honolulu to Antarctica. Ignore all environmental and economic considerations.

8. Law – Prosecute yourself. Your work will be graded on the length and severity of your sentence.

9. Medicine – Remove your appendix. Do not suture until your work has been inspected.

10. Theology – Unite all world religions and have yourself declared Bieber the Just: Ruler of All.

The Arts:

11. Art – Wallpaper the Sistine Chapel. You may use your choice of these colors: baby-powder blue, lime green, shocking-pink, or purple-with-orange-polka dots, in any combination. Make sure that your work is done in good taste.

12. Economics – Recreate the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Print your own money to alleviate any problems that may arise.

13.Foreign Languages – Translate a French/Chinese dictionary into German and Russian. Use your work to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics into Sanskrit.

14. History – In twenty-five words or less, discuss the overall economic, religious, and cultural implication of the industrial revolution and its effect on each of the countries in Asia, Africa, The Americas, and/or Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, and on April 1st, at 10:53 AM of this past year.

15. Literature – Rewrite all of Shakespeare’s plays. Use alot of big words and make them read good.

16. Music – Write a violin concerto for kazoo and drums. A piano and tuba will be found under your seat and may be used as part of your answer.

17. Physical Education – Select any seventeen of the following three options:
a. Bench press 5 million pounds with one finger
b. Swim the Pacific Ocean while holding your breath.
c. Pick a) and not b) and also pick b) and not a)
d. Pick a) and b) and c)
e. Neither true nor false
f. Both true and false
g. All of the above

18. Political Science – Start World War III. Make sure you include an adequate solution for ending this war.

19. Psychology – Compare and contrast the emotional and mental states of: Attila the Hun, former vice-president Dan Quayle, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Barney, the purple dinosaur.

20. Sociology – Solve all societal problems. Use Attila the Hun, former vice-president Dan Quayle, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Barney, the purple dinosaur as role models.

STOP. THIS EXAM IS OVER. YOU HAVE 1 SECOND TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS.
UNANSWERED QUESTION WILL NOT BE GRADED. NEITHER WILL THE ANSWERED QUESTIONS. YOUR FINAL GRADE WILL BE DETERMINED BY YOUR ANSWERS.
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7. Board Game: Swiss Cheese [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Dan Rosewater
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Zürich
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Emmentaler AOC with brand new "Gecko" Technology to make the swiss cheese even more tasty and smooth, an April Fool's joke that got everybody talking around here, as there were ads in newspapers and a video (in english) as well:

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8. Video Game: Dragon Quest [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1149]
Aaron Tubb
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8-Bit Google Maps!



Lots of easter eggs to be found, including various monsters, and many world landmarks. Also, check out "street view".
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9. Board Game: Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:2844]
Eddy Richards
Scotland
Allanton
Duns
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Well, I offered a humble something on BGG, though the outage meant I couldn't post it at the right time, so it didn't attract much attention (sniff)soblue

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/8855332#8855332

It wasn't an official BGG fool, of course!
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10. Board Game: Spoof [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
Eddy Richards
Scotland
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My fellow Scot also posted a rather clever spoof...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/8858060#8858060
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11. Video Game: Lemmings [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:303]
Stephen Roney
United States
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saber-toothed Lemmings!!!

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/04/ice-age-ankle-...
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12. Board Game: Swedish Volunteers [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
¡dn ʇǝƃ ʇ,uɐɔ ı puɐ uǝllɐɟ ǝʌ,ı
Canada
Chestermere
Alberta
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Made me laugh.

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13. Board Game: Epic Adventure Dungeon Crawl [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
Leonardo Prunk
Brazil
Brasilia
DF
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Best board game:
Epic Dungeon Army Wars: Advance!!!

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14. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:552]
Leonardo Prunk
Brazil
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DF
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For Cthulhu fans:

Rise master, it's time!
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/587954/cthulhu.jpg
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Robert Wesley
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Some 'exclaimed' that this was 'moi' attempt as JUST such back then! surprise
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16. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:168]
Marcel
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I think this one needs to be mentioned here. While everybody was wondering what was going on with BGG this weekend, this news came out.

http://www.2d6.org/2012/04/board-game-geek-servers-are-ruine...
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17. Board Game: Innocent Until... [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
col_w
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http://www.innocentdrinks.co.uk/blog/2012/april/mangoes-and-...
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18. Video Game: World of Warcraft [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:240] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Chris
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Chicago
Illinois
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While I don't think the full page with the concept art and the rest of the jokes for this one are available any longer, I am still amused by this video for the Molten Core, coming soon to the Atari 2600.



I ALSO really liked last years dungeon helper update. You can't see the full thing now, but on the day, the little crab showed up on EVERY page, Clippy style, with "helpful" information occasionally popping up.
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