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In this week’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, the great Chris Elliot appeared playing Mickey Aldrin, estranged father of Alyson Hannigan’s Lily.
Mickey Aldrin has been crushed by his dream–“to design the next great American board game”. For more than twenty years he’s slaved away, building prototype after prototype, most with surprisingly polished components:
But the joke goes further than just the games named in the dialogue. It looks like the props department joined the fun and decorated Mickey Aldrin’s homes with an ever-growing number of prototypes. A bit of freeze-framing helped me put together this (most likely partial) list of games he designed for his one-man design house, Aldrin Games Unlimited:
THE MICKEY ALDRIN LUDOLOGY
- Thirsty Thirsty Hippo
- Tijuana Slumlord
- Car Battery! (“How long can you hang on?”)
- Sleepy Tombstone Maze
- Landmine Lunge
- There’s a Clown Demon Under the Bed!
- Dog Fight Promoter
- Hamster Havoc
- Runaway Train
- Bermuda Triangle
- Diseases! (with an…interesting components list that apparently includes “lead paint from China and horse bile”)
And inspired by the events of the episode, “Slap Bet”, which apparently includes cards like these:
Not since Double Cranko on M*A*S*H have I wanted to play a TV board game quite so much. Well, okay, maybe not “Slap Bet”. But “Sleepy Tombstone Maze” sounds kind of fun…
You’ll should be able to watch “Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap” on the CBS HIMYM website sometime this week (they’re a little less reliable than Hulu) to see the rest of the episode, and the commercial for “Slap Bet”. Because currently the only version I can find on the web right now is this shakycam screen recording. Seriously, CBS–answer Hulu’s calls.
Lots of exciting game design and writing going on…all of which is locked up behind NDAs. One day I’ll work on a project with completely open development…
In the meantime, it isn’t a new episode of Crusaders (also delayed by exciting news that can’t be spoken of), but it is a new comic–one written by me when I was 5 years old. (5 and 1/2!, as I might have added at the time, judging by the note on the cover.)
Art and story by me, lettering by my dad. The comic:
“It was the Batphone. They went to their secret room. They went and got it.” Sounds like someone had been reading the Super Dictionary a bit too much…