Games with Inside Jokes for Gamers: A Definitive Pictorial List
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Several games contain jokes that are specifically about games or target gamers. Inside jokes, that the non-gaming community just wouldn't catch. Some of us, on the other hand, will catch on right away. That's what this list is about: a pictorial gallery of such "inside jokes".

Note, this list is not about games with jokes or humour in general, but only games that have jokes about games or gaming.

What are some good examples? I've done some research and come up with over 50 entries, but I'm sure this doesn't exhaust the potential games that qualify. Feel free to add to this list, with pictures if possible!

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126. Board Game: Railways of England and Wales [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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Fred Gryphon is a play on the name of the publisher (FRED Distribution and Gryphon Games), while Keith McBrownless is a reference to the game's developers: Keith Blume and Sean Brown

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127. Board Game: Ark Extra Mix [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Card inside card

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128. Board Game: Montego Bay [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2507]
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On the box insert we find: "B. was here." This is an inside joke referring to Bernd Dietrich from Queen Games.



There's a string of inside jokes on the box insert of this game. To read the whole story, head to:

A mystery to be solved: who is the "B." that put graffiti on the wall?
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/452940

A few snapshots to whet your appetite:



Pictures of the game itself, and another queen game, Alhambra:



One of these initials refer to the game's artist, Claus Stephan:

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129. Board Game: Arena: Roma II [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:685] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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Magister is Stefan Feld

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130. Board Game: Jambo Expansion [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Juanlu Bermudez
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Málaga
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Venetian Merchant is Rüdiger Dorn.

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131. Board Game: 1000 Blank White Cards [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2015]
Michael Nerman
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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What deck of 1000 Blank White Cards would be complete without some references to other games, or to 1KBWC itself?

Cards from my deck include:
Extra Arm (refers to Give Me the Brain)
Unnecessary Expansion ("now with MORE BLANK CARDS!!!")
Your Very Own Button Man!
Wood for Sheep
Is This Rat Poison? I LOVE Rat Poison! (refers to Kill Dr. Lucky)
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& Late Night Dungeon Tiles (an unpublished game I designed)
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132. Board Game: Birds on a Wire [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:9695]
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The "Jeremy" and "Jeff" used in the scoring example refer to Jeremy Hauss & Jeff Ganong, both of whom the designer Carey Grayson credits as helping with the development of the Advanced game.

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133. Board Game: Vote por Mí [Average Rating:6.06 Unranked]
Kai Bettzieche
Germany
Eppelsheim
Rheinland Pfalz
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Hmmm ..

This photo of that girl somehow reminds me of ..



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how so?

don't know ..
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134. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:421]
Cesare Valenti
Italy
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Another (quite evident) self-reference: the name of the ships is "Valley Games", its publisher.
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135. Board Game: Restaurant Row [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:5263]
Greg Lam
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Boston
Massachusetts
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Thought I'd add this. Several of the customers in this game are friends of mine. In the image shown, "Luke the Local" is former Pair-of-Dice colleague Luke Weisman Miratrix, "Felix the Foodie" is
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Somerville
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, and "Christine the Cheapskate" is my lovely wife.
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136. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2817]
Tom Dickson
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National City
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I'm sure there's a reference to something here, but I've not been able to find it ...

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137. Board Game: Chocolatl [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2814]
Nathan Morse
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Powell
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Aztecs playing Chocolatl.
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138. Board Game: Whack a Catgirl [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:7784]
Simon Lundström
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Täby
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This game has a lot of inside jokes on the bottom of the cards. Not board-game related, but quite video-game related, and some movie-related:

World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings, Azumanga Daioh among others.
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139. Board Game: Andromeda [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1612]
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Any guesses to the two board games the pilot is carrying in his space ship? There are also dice and a sand timer, but I'm thinking the two games near the sand timer must be real games.



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140. Board Game: Railways of Europe [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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Newer editions of the Railroad Tycoon series feature "Eagle Games" on the trains in the artwork, but the original edition of "Rails of Europe" had "Adler Games" instead. What is Adler? It's the German word for Eagle! Nice going!



Comparing the old and new editions:

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141. Board Game: The Looney Bin [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:6809]
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Los Angeles
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These cards are caricatures of the designer and his wife and son. Also included is Donald Benge designer of Conquest.

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142. Board Game: Finca: El Razul [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
Hungary
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El Razul is an abbreviation of the designer's name - RAlph ZUr Linde.

And if you look at the El Razul figure, he has just the same look


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143. Board Game: The Last of the Independents [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:6527]
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Los Angeles
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The designer, Patrick Stevens, has as his everyday driver, a 1954 Kaiser Special named Lillie Marlene, which is prominently displayed on the board in the "Return Pool". Also the card backs have a silhouette image of the car as well.

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144. Board Game: Space Walk [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4676]
Jamie Jones
Canada
Orleans
Ontario
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Space Walk has a number of nods to SciFi Fans...

Star Trek:


Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy:


2001:


Star Wars:


Starship Titanic:


It also shows Earth's moon with the USA flag and a second moon (this one made of cheese) with a Swiss flag:
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145. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:228]
Kevin Maroney
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Yonkers
New York
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The Book of Tales in all three editions of Tales includes a closing paragraph which mocks the designers, editors, and all and sundry by name for daring to work on a game which consumes so much of one's life. The paragraph is different for each edition.
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146. Board Game: Arena: Roma II [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:685] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
Juanlu Bermudez
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Málaga
Málaga
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Pictor is Michael Menzel

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147. Board Game: Airborne In Your Pocket: Free Trial Version [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2816]
Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
European Union
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That's me, being an author of air combat games, featured in the "Hooah!" expansion:



Thanks a lot to the author of this game.
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148. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:15]
Greg CZ
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BUDAPEST
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Just saw this picture. Does this count?

Same bottle in Le Havre and Loyang

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149. Board Game: Triumvirate [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1396]
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The second edition of Triumvirate features highly polished artwork, and designer Travis Worthington has managed to get the artist to sneak in his wife and children in the cover art. Nicely done!

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150. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:94]
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Can you figure out what the tiny letters on the scoreboard refer to?



CMG = Clever Mojo Games (publisher)
TM = Tory Niemann (designer)
MM = Mark Maxwell (artist)
KC = Karim Chakroun (graphic design)

In even finer print on the back of the score board you'll find this beauty:

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