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Someone Dressed as the Monopoly Man Trolls Equifax CEO’s Congressional Hearing Because Bloodsucking Tycoons Have to Stick Together

The internet has a new hero today, and it's the mystery person who attended now-former Equifax CEO Richard Smith's Congressional hearing dressed as the Monopoly Man, monocle and all. We don't know you, but we thank you for the gift you have given us.

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Things We Saw Today: There’s Nothing More Metal Than Stopping Your Concert to Shame A Groper

The lead singer of a metal band stopped their concert to remind a sexual assaulter, "It is not your fucking body and you do not fucking grab at someone. Not at my fucking show."

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Interview: Thornwatch Developers Talk Gender Diversity and Tease Daughters of the Eyrewood

While I imagine some of TMS’s older readers might be a bit hesitant at giving support to a Penny Arcade-adjacent project–the Dickwolves debacle is gone but not forgotten–this game seems designed to open itself to a far larger audience, with the original property as more of a touchstone. Mike Selinker and Jerry Holkins, two developers from Lone Shark, were able to give me a few details on the upcoming release.

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Labyrinth Board Game Pre-Order Sale Crashes Vendor Website, Fans Can’t Get Enough Nostalgia

Labyrinth Board Game Pre-Order Crashes Site

Perhaps surprising nobody, River Horse Games' website went down more than a few times on Tuesday thanks to overwhelming demand for their Labyrinth board game, which went up for preorder.

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This Fallout-Themed Monopoly Game Could Complete Your Underground Bunker

Fallout 4 will include a bonus game in its Collector's Edition: an official Fallout-themed Monopoly board game.

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You’re Damn Right! Orphan Black Tabletop Gaming Line to Launch This Summer

If only I had some clones to play with.

IDW Games, an expansion of IDW Publishing (the company behind Orphan Black's best-selling new comic), has announced a line of The Godfather and Orphan Black games set to be released this summer.

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Pass Go, Collect Real Money in Monopoly Boxes in France for the Game’s Anniversary

Well, Euros always kind of looked like Monopoly money anyway.

In France, 80 boxes of Monopoly will ship with real money in addition to the fake money needed to actually play the game. It's nice of them to still include the game money, but I don't think anyone would mind if they had to go buy a second box of Monopoly to both play the game and spend their free cash.

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Hasbro To Help “Operation” Board-Game Inventor Afford $25,000 Medical Procedure

Wacky doctors are expensive.

In the early 1960s, John Spinello sold Hasbro the rights to his "Operation" board game for $500. Now, over 40 years later, the franchise started by Spinello is worth an estimated $40 million--and the toy company has found a new way of saying thanks.

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“We Screwed Up:” Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes To Parents and Young Girls

A little hope for humanity for your Friday.

About a week and a half ago we shared fantasy author Peter V. Brett's story of raising a geeky daughter in a world where girls and women are far too often excluded from superhero merch. Specifically, the subject was DC Comics' Justice League: Axis of Villains game, which Peter had to do some DIY on so his young daughter Cassie could play as a female character. Here, Peter shares game maker Wonder Forge's response to his criticism.

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Gamechanger: New Chess Rules Go Into Effect Today

You better check yourself before you checkmate yourself.

Today some new official rules go into effect for chess. They were adopted last October at the 84th FIDE Congress in Tallinn, Estonia and are now the law of the land. Well, law of the board. Along with other rules, players will now be given a loss for having a cellphone or other device at a tournament venue.

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Scrabble Will Officially Add a Word Based on Popular Opinion, What Could Go Wrong?

It better not be ew, Internet.

We'd all love to add words to the official Scrabble Dictionary—especially when you're mid-game and frustrated that J-A-W-X-I-N-G-S isn't a word because you'd get SO MANY POINTS! Hasbro's been holding a bracket-style competition (because March), and they're down to the final four. The winner will become an official word.

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A Warm Fuzzy Gallery Of Our Readers’ Tabletop Day Pictures

Today in Awesome

Whenever you put out a call for reader pictures, there's always the slight fear that no one will come to the party. But you guys didn't just send pictures -- you sent bucketloads. More than we knew what to do with. You shared stories, too, and your enthusiasm was entirely contagious. It was a perfect summation of everything that Tabletop Day stands for, and it made your weekend editor very happy indeed. Quickly, before we get mushy -- on to the pictures!

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Things We Saw Today: Avant-Garde Watercolor Wonder Woman

Things We Saw Today

Does this count as cubism? It's been a long time since Art Appreciation for Non-Majors. (via So Geek Chic, artwork by Adam Lister)

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Attention, Gamers: If You’re Celebrating International Tabletop Day, We Want Your Pics!

Calling all dice rollers, deck shufflers, and dungeon masters! Tomorrow is International Tabletop Day, and we want pics of our readers' respective festivities. Why? Because games are awesome, and quite frankly, so are you. Here’s the way we see it: Tabletops are crazy good fun, and a great way to bring people together. At The Mary Sue, we are all about those things. However, as we live on the internet, this is a difficult day for us to host a celebration for. So, unless reliable transporters appear on the mass market in the next twenty-four hours, we invite you to share your day with us. Doesn’t matter if you’re playing card games, board games, miniatures, or pen-and-paper stuff. We want to see it all -- from the laziest Munchkin match to the lengthiest Arkham Horror session. Should you accept this quest, we’ll need the following:

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Check Out “Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game,” Or In Other Words, A Portal Board Game

The uncooperative cake is a lie.

A board game based on Valve's Portal franchise sounds really interesting and this fall, Cryptozoic Entertainment plans to release the game, which they have named "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game."

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Hasbro Rules on What Ben Affleck Playing Batman Really Means for Trivial Pursuit

We also sought the wisdom of Judge John Hodgman.

Last month @GoodJobBrain posted a photo of a Trivial Pursuit card with the question, "Who has never been Batman -- Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, or Adam West?" saying the card will be outdated soon. The Internet erupted, but we went to the source and asked Hasbro exactly how Batfleck affects the game.

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Batfleck Casting Goes Too Far, Ruins Trivial Pursuit

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

I didn't have any specific reason to feel anything more emotional than neutrality on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman before. But now... now. Summon the armies of the Pink Wedge.

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Terrible Things Kickstarter Wants You to Play The Party Game Where Everyone Loses

In the best way possible, of course.

Like hanging out and playing stuff with your friends? Are you and your friends all monsters who react to awful news with laughter and tell dead baby jokes to each other for fun? Then you're probably going to want this Terrible Things game in your life. Your horrible, horrible life.

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World’s Oldest Board Game Found in Turkey

Turns out Monopoly is not the world's oldest board game, just the board game for the world's oldest people.

Archeologists have the coolest job pretty much ever. It's not all accidentally bringing mummies back to life, fighting Nazis, or stopping evil cults, but even the real-life ones make really cool discoveries. Recently, a team of archaeologists found what they believe to be the world's oldest game in a 5,000 year old Bronze Age burial site in Turkey.

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Cryptozoic Entertainment to Produce The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, Will Give Free Copies to Backers

Y'hah! Ystell'bsna ee llll n'ghftyar!

If you contributed a boatload of money to the Kickstarter campaign for The Doom That Came To Atlantic City!, The Forking Path's proposed Monopoly/Lovecraft mashup board game, then there's good news: You might be getting your copy of the game after all, says designer Keith Baker. Hooray! Tentacled horrors for everybody!

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