Board James: HeroQuest

James / April 14th, 2010

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  • Ryogu

    April 14, 2010 at 2:25 am

    A Zelda board game? What

    • Allie Becroft

      October 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      There was also a Pokemon board game based off of the original TV series.

  • MajorKickass

    April 14, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Man i need to get back into board games that is bot made by Hasbro

  • Engel Harlequin

    April 14, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I nagged and nagged my parents for this game as a child…i mean every year…but ’twas not to be.

    • JT

      October 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Key to the kingdom was better.

  • MajorKickass

    April 14, 2010 at 2:29 am

    PS when will the nerd be back

  • Epyo

    April 14, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I can’t count the number of times that exact moment has happened with me and a friend. Same wording, same tone, same reaction <_< … V_V

  • TK

    April 14, 2010 at 2:32 am

    One of the most popular board games ever, at least here in Europe.
    So glad to hear you finally make a video of it, it has a very high replay value for me, and it’s easy to play even if everybody’s wasted πŸ™‚

  • April 14, 2010 at 2:34 am

    When Motherfucker Mike goes “I’m bored, can we play a different game,” that look was priceless… Great job making this a new series. I’m hooked.

  • mchaza

    April 14, 2010 at 2:40 am

    too short, the best review so far is CROSS FIRE, btw when will the nerd be back, because i want to see some more crappy games maybe a leap from nitendo and sega maybe to the PS and PS2 where there are alot of shitty games because they had over 1000s of games on those systems so there has to be a mountain of shit ones

  • thegoodson2001

    April 14, 2010 at 2:41 am

    In the first comment i saw somone say ” a zelda board game , what?” and then i looked closly at the video and there is a zelda board game !!! honestly that should be the AVGN next board game review. I know this isn’t called the angry board game nerd but considering this would be a reivew based off zelda , one of the most classic video games of all time i think it would be a bit commical to see some angryness in it.

  • April 14, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Has anyone seen Top 20 AVGN RANTS?

    It was announced the next AVGN is in May

  • killteck

    April 14, 2010 at 2:45 am

    This game was great. Once we went through all the quests, we made up our own and customized the figures by melting some and adding extra arms and weapons. We had two sets to work with. Good times.

  • April 14, 2010 at 2:49 am

    damn, i just got done commenting on how good the title card for mouse trap was. look at this bastard. other than that it was pretty funny, just another nerdy ass rpg board game. hey james, i think you should make an actual feature length film. take a break from the little stuff and go all out.

  • cmonMan

    April 14, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Nice Vid man. But.. who the hell is Mofo Mike?

  • April 14, 2010 at 2:53 am

    You’ve perfectly summed up most of my experience with Hero Quest, but somehow that didn’t stop me from buying expansion packs for it that never got used.

  • April 14, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Interesting title card. Did Mike make it? And, I know you said you were taking a break from AVGN, but I never expected the amount of content you’ve been putting out the past few weeks. I hope you reference Just the Ten of Us when you comment on the Nightmare documentary:)

  • tbl

    April 14, 2010 at 3:03 am

    I have to say that this one was disapointing. Maybe because I never played board games so I didn’t get the joke. The video was short and it was not as good as the other ones. You can’t make a good video everytime iI guess.

    • Al

      February 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      I don’t play board games much either. I was a little disappointed that it didn’t go into the game play
      but I thought the joke was clear enough–
      There was just so much set up and rules to go through
      that it ends up being a chore. I mean is it a board
      game or is it a flight instruction manual for a 747?

  • April 14, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Also, your tribute to Rope was great, well, for what it was worth anyway. I’m just amazed at how computers have made film so much different now. Whenever I watch Children of Men I think of Rope. I still contend that Rebecca is Hitchcock’s best work. For those of you that don’t know – Hitchcock filmed Rebecca so that the editor had no choice but to cut the film exactly the way the director intended. Sheer genius.

  • April 14, 2010 at 3:04 am

    That Motherfucker Mike is a motherfucker!

  • April 14, 2010 at 3:04 am

    what a generic name for a board game by the way.

  • joekirk

    April 14, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Hell yeah i just got my popcorn some soda was gonna see a movie (I.e DvD) but new bored James is just as good =D

  • The Original

    April 14, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I think im addicted to these guys

  • April 14, 2010 at 3:40 am

    lol – mike’s such a dick πŸ˜€

  • Clovis

    April 14, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Great game… We used to have this, but usually I was the only one that wanted to play it seriously.

  • Regent Rodenberger

    April 14, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Please James, the next board review should really be the zelda board game. πŸ™‚

  • Tasukihori

    April 14, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Pretty funny, but I wished that you would have explained more about the game to the audience as you went along…. That’s usually how your Board James segments are shown… Good nonetheless. πŸ™‚

  • Sirius

    April 14, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I never play board games with people not interested in playing.
    I know this was all a show but just saying. I think the video would have been more interesting if you guys actually played it.

    I’m surprised you answered the people asking about your AVGN videos too. You have to remember that most people just don’t keep track of stuff or forget. It’s the internet era my friend! For people like me and you who were born before it, it’s different; but for the kids born when internet was already around…….. you can’t expect too much. You shouldn’t worry about it.

  • angrynostalgianonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Ha, after all that crap just to play a board game…perfect reaction.

  • Buckos

    April 14, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I made this account just to comment on this video.
    I used to play this a lot when i was younger, it was one of my educators who bringed this game. Everyone got attached to it and we loved it. Perfect review, hope you’ll do more (finally) of those games i actually also used to play.


  • Cless Aileron

    April 14, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Oh no! It’s Dragon Strike all over again!

    Something’s telling me that Board James will never play any table top RPG-like board games with anyone. I guess that ton of stat tracking would turn anyone off from the game.

    Well, it was amusing, at least.

  • April 14, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I remember setting up in shot class in 9th grade,it would take most of the time period and then we’d play for 10 mins sometimes,lol. You should do clue if u have it or life,lol.

  • HC-Kalu

    April 14, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I really liked playing the game when I was young. I always wanted to be the Dwarf.

  • lunchboxx

    April 14, 2010 at 5:12 am

    DUDE! i use to have this game when i was a little kid! it was my favorite board game i ever had.

    if you ever need a game partner, hit me up! of course you would have to pay for my plane ticket, let me sleep on your couch, have free access to your fridge, and to guest star in a review k?

    seriously, i fucking loved this board game when i was little.

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Sooo booring game.:)

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:22 am

    And that’s how it goes playing a game. They choose, then choose not to play, lol! Mother fucker, why you gonna choose if you don’t want to play. Picky little bastard, lol! Good episode. Can’t wait for the next.

  • M3n747

    April 14, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I played “Hero Quest” on the Commodore 64 back in the day, but I had no idea there was a board game. I wonder if those two games have anything in common, or is it just a coincidence that they have the same title.

  • Beware77

    April 14, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Alright, I gotta ask. Did you ever play Dungeons & Dragons? It seems a lot of your board games come pretty close, but aren’t quite the same thing. I still play every sunday night, and I’m 32 (I know…I’m a dork). So, I’m not gonna laugh if you say “yes”.

  • funk spunk

    April 14, 2010 at 6:02 am

    The ending was fuckin funny! Keep it up πŸ™‚

  • Wincellios

    April 14, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Friend got this and loved to play when I was kid. πŸ™‚

  • supermangaz

    April 14, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Very well done! another decent addition to the board james series. i expected it to be longer but i cannot blame you two for making this vid short. why do people make games that requires soooo much reading beforehand? thats just fukin boring, hopefully this vid will tell manufacturers that long instruction manuals are bullshit!

    i’ve said more than enough, awesome vid. cant wait for more.

  • April 14, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I always wanted this game, and when i asked for it for my birthday or christmas, I got Key to the Kingdom instead. I was slightly dissipointed by that.

  • flumpis

    April 14, 2010 at 6:28 am

    That was really funny. I saw Key to the Kingdom in there – you should definitely review that! Either that or do an episode on all sorts of fantasy adventure games.

  • Master Page

    April 14, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Great vid man.

  • scott225

    April 14, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Haha, great video. I remember playing 13 Dead End Drive with my brother when we were kids and it would take about 20 minutes to set up. By the time we set up all of the shitty props and set the traps, neither of us would would want to actually play the game.

  • ClemensTheMenace

    April 14, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Day 1: Christmas: Wheuuu Cool game!! thx mom & dad
    Day 2: Come on lets play it – call my friends- but nobody understood the rules- friends left or we played with the figures
    Day 3: First pieces and figures broken
    Day 4- 6 my mom studied the manual and exlained the game to me
    Day 7 boring game .. my parents said its way too complicated -my friends and I only liked the (now broken ) figures

    10 Years later in the attic: Wheeuu new figures for Warhammer Fantasy modding… (nealry the same happend when Battle Masters came out one year later)

  • April 14, 2010 at 7:02 am

    MotherFucker Mike chose the Wizard?

    …does that mean he’ll get 50,000 on Double Dragon now?

  • Slasher17

    April 14, 2010 at 7:28 am

    This is probably my fav board game ever! My older brother bought it the day it came out, and one day he gave it to me cause I was interested in it. I’m probably the only one in my house who likes it. I think it’s a very underrated game! Great Board James, but it would have been fun to get a little more details about the game, and your opinion on it. But still, it was nice to see you do a “review” of this game. Thanks.

  • welshwuff

    April 14, 2010 at 7:32 am

    hee i loled, man you got alot of gaOH crap it’s a Zelda Board game!

  • April 14, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Great video, this is awesom.
    One of the best Board-James episodes, but in fact, they’re all great.

  • April 14, 2010 at 7:54 am

    mike really is a mother fucker!!! those kids that would do what he did to you always pissed me off!!

  • G2309

    April 14, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I’d nearly forgoten how complicated board games could be and the pain of someone no longer being bothered to play. Good to see Board James again.

  • pedi

    April 14, 2010 at 8:04 am

    so will there be a sequel?? Or did I just waste 5 minutes of my life :p Tnx a lot muthafuckin Mike

  • enter12

    April 14, 2010 at 8:09 am


  • Barry the Nomad

    April 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

    So true to life. Every time I tried to play Hero Quest with my friends, by the time it was set up, they’d bail.

  • gemini_dragon

    April 14, 2010 at 8:18 am

    muthafuckin Mike and james funny video i just wanna say ive been a fan of James videogame videos since like 2007 late 2007 Early 2008 anyways i just wanan make a suggestion im not complaining i love your videos the only thing i have to say is if maybe there can be a sequel to this or the videos could be longer thats all cause i love your vids later dudes

  • dcmechanix

    April 14, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Heroquest was the shit. Hope this was only a teaser for a real vid. Make motherfucker Mike play this – he’s totally missing out.

  • frstefan

    April 14, 2010 at 8:29 am

    are you kidding me?! when i aws about 8 years old i was at school then i saw the guys from class 2 (i was in class 1) they played hero quest and i wanted to be in it and then my journey began.


  • Jackred

    April 14, 2010 at 8:37 am

    This board game was similar to Dragon Strike and I just found out the company who made this actually created Warhammer.

    I know in a few of your videos I have requested Monpoly and Clue.

    I think you need to do Warhammer because back when me and my brother was playing it we had so many characters to play as.

    You have to create the board as well as the characters including machines, vampires, elves, space marines, etc.

    It plays like a board game but one of the most intense I have ever played.

    Now you can be creative with your board like adding stuff to make the game more interesting.

    Did you know The Lord of the Rings was involved with Warhammer it surprised the hell out of me when I found that out.

    Please Board James review Warhammer as it’s one of the most awesome board games in existence.

  • April 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

    The trick is to set a time for your friends to come over and play, then have it already set up for the quest when they get there. That’s what I used to do.

    I saw a copy of Hero Quest in a charity shop in Oxford, England, not long ago. I really wanted to get it, but at Β£45 (a little under $70 USD) it was a little out of my price range.

  • Jel-K

    April 14, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I was 11 years old when i got my hands on this game, but as no one was able to understand how it works i was playing alone ! it’s a rΓ΄le playing game so people need imagination to play it; it should be written on the box “12+ and imagination required” πŸ™‚ !!!

  • vince_snake

    April 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I never really played that game but my friend used this board all the time for castles and dungeons when we were playing dugeons & dragons.

  • pshlos

    April 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

    You could do better than that..

  • Tuki

    April 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

    It amazes me how much of an identical dork I was growing up. Hero Quest, Dragon Strike, those games were great! By the way, I just registered with this site to keep up and I’m wondering, why is the password that was sent to me so long?! What were they thinking?

  • Kracker Kev

    April 14, 2010 at 9:10 am

    That board game is truly too much work. That is the reason video games were created.

  • cloob1

    April 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

    As you were going through the games I was like: “Zelda! Pick Legend of Zelda!”. LOL, j/k. It kinda look just like the other game, DragonQuest I think it was called…

  • SuperDreamcast

    April 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

    seriously fuck this…. if your going make a 3 minute video just dont bother.

  • stevo1115

    April 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

    at first mike didn’t seem motherfucker like. but he eventually went back to his motherfucker ways.

  • andywagz

    April 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

    wish it could have been a bit longer so you could have explained the game more. however, i liked the out-takes at the end. thanks james (and mike). by the way, does mike always wear black or is that just his outfit for motherfucker mike?

  • Doresh

    April 14, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Man, I love this game. It’s still resting on one of my shelves – so that I can see it from my PC XD !

    Strangely, I never ran into your problem. I guess that’s because me and my 2 brothers are hardcore ^^ !

    But you wanna know what pisses me off? I’m a German, and in the European Hero Quest, ALL monsters (besides two in this Master Quest Challenge) are taken out by one hit Oo !

  • Dr. Bigs Kimble

    April 14, 2010 at 9:49 am

    SuperDreamcast, stop complaining. We should be glad James even took time out of his sabbatical to make these movies. If I had been working as hard as he does on this site i’d be sitting on a beach somewhere.

  • willybean

    April 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

    The best Board James video! I literally LOL’d in my office at work! I praise Mike, fuck D&D!

  • Jigglysaint

    April 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Well, at least if most people here got a copy they might be able to find one friend to play with. My friends would either get bored, confused, or try and eat the pieces(maybe that last one is not nessicarily true).

  • Mr. Arkadin

    April 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Dark Tower!

  • frstefan

    April 14, 2010 at 10:03 am

    wow already theres 75 (and more) comments on this one?!

  • pfloyd2000

    April 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Yes — DARK TOWER! To me, the best board game ever. On long trips in the car, my brother and I would just take the tower with us, and it was still fun to play, even by itself — with no board or pieces. That game was truly epic, and the best thing about it was that it was an engaging adventure game without being bogged down with D&D-esque complexities that I think dragged some other board games down.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    April 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Make Mike play the game!

    I’ll come over and play without bitching about it. πŸ™‚

  • BKopp

    April 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

    a legend of zelda board game? i hope James reviews that one

  • Daenske

    April 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I like the original better.

  • GrimMasterDeath

    April 14, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Been a long time fan James mainly for the nerd series but Board James is pretty cool. Anyway I just wanted to say you’ve done some really great videos and no one is perfect but you have done some pretty bad ones… This was one of those real stinkers. It was too short and had that “throw something together real quick” feel to it with something that needs a bit of time. When you said it was something requested a lot I was trying to guess what it was but I definitely never expected that one.

    Anyway that is just how I thought of it. I can’t wait to see the next AVGN after your break with it is over.

  • Ganjar420

    April 14, 2010 at 11:01 am

    It’s times like these that you bust out the Hungry Hungry Hippos. That would be a pretty good short review to see.


    April 14, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Mike is a jackass! Damn he must be one of those guys that has ADHD and can’t stay focused for very long. Ha ha!! Dude I would totally play that board game anytime anywhere! To bad a decent version of that game is $100+ on Amazon these days!

  • fattoler

    April 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Could you review space crusade?

  • AnKun

    April 14, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Wow, that Mike guy is one real motherfucker. Is he really like that in real life? Lol, I feel sorry for you James.

  • Poe

    April 14, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I hope you play that Zelda one next! Or soon. Or ever. Whenever, I just want to see it πŸ™‚

  • Asros

    April 14, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Awesome video as always. Made me laugh. I really liked the bloopers in the end.

  • mustangman76

    April 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Its good to see Mike involved in the Board James videos… But Wheres Motherfucker Mike !? that guy was out of control!

  • toiletfarm

    April 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

    What a motherfucker. Set up the whole game and then he pusses out. MFM doesn’t have a future as an architect, that’s for sure.

  • durona

    April 14, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Awesome. My friends in town have a game going of this.

  • ObSoLeTe

    April 14, 2010 at 11:37 am

    hahaha the look said it all

  • April 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Board James explained how the game is played. I don’t know what else you could have expected if the video went on longer. It made it’s point. It’s a tribute to all the old times I’d go through the effort of setting up a game and then my friends lose interest. That was the whole joke.

    Board James videos were never meant to be 15-20 minute epics. Although, you could say I focused all my energy on the NEXT one. That’ll be an epic, but most of these you gotta expect them to be around 3 minutes.

  • Metaljaw

    April 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I know this is totaly random and not about the video, but i think James should give us a your of his house to show us all the collectibles he has, i mean it’d be like a museum tour but no boring.

  • Metaljaw

    April 14, 2010 at 11:45 am

    i realize now i didn’t say tour, some reason i put your, my mistake

  • April 14, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Sweet, James did another game that I suggested for board James (yes, im sure I wasn’t the only one)

    Great video! Any vid with Motherfucker mike is a great one! lol

  • theduder27

    April 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

    i agree with metaljaw, a tour of your house would be pretty sweet james. love board james btw.

  • pojut

    April 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    holy crap! We had our own modified version of Hero Quest, that played like a cross between Warhammer table top and DnD…it was BITCHIN. We spent hours upon hours with it. So many good memories πŸ™‚

  • UneX100

    April 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    This video REALLY puts you into James position. You go through the effort of presenting the board game to the friend. And after ALL that effort. Your friend bails out, immediately.

  • LJNGameDesigner

    April 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Can’t believe there are twats complaining about this video – it’s hilarious! Great video as always, James! Also, props to Mr Matei fof that awesome title card. Now that’s bad ass!

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    April 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    The premise of this game is pretty similar to Dragon Strike, and as such so is the video in terms of setting things up only to have it too complicated for most of your friends to pay attention. Hope not too many people complain about that.

    As mentioned before, regardless of how good/bad that Zelda looking board game shown briefly is, it would be a pretty insane mix between the AVGN and Board James personality and could make for a tremendous episode.

  • Dan the fan

    April 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Mike is there to represent the archetype of the 10 year old that would lose interest, in the actual set up, and studying of the reading material!

    It was a funny joke, every other kid I sat down with to play this game with, would pull that shit on me.

  • April 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Great title card.

    I would have done the same as MFMike did.

  • merkyor

    April 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    used to play this when i was like 6. my cousin owned it and he lived far away, so i would get excited whenever we visited. im pretty sure our games ended randomly and i dont think we followed the rulebook very much, but my 6 year old mind still loved it.

  • Soan

    April 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    That’s pretty nerdy, haha.

  • MontrealQC

    April 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Awesome, that is SO what happens all the time when you have to set up a complicated board game…
    James you are a GENIUS for making this video the way you did because lets face it : that’s life, it sucks. Personally, I bought that game when I was young but nobody ever wanted to play it with me so it’s still in the box with still the plastic and the price tag on.

    To all that complain about the video, it’s too bad that you can’t enjoy with you are being given and regret what you don’t have. You might want to make your own videos, for free, taking time out of your busy schedules in order to make people laugh, and endure the nonconstructive comments of a few that don’t get what you are trying to say!

    Amazing job James, once again!

  • neoWhite

    April 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Motherfucker Mike, it wouldn’t be a Board James without him.

  • ccard

    April 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Mike reminded me of my little cousin, especially at the end. “I don’t wanna play anymore.”

    My dad used to have this game, but I never actually played it.


    April 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    My brother and I had an X-men board game that was about the same way. It would take like an hour to set up and then we would play it for about 5 min. and say fuck this lets go ride skate boards or play some Nintendo. That’s what makes AVGN so good. He makes you forget about all the bullshit about being an adult and brings you back to good memories when you were a kid and nothing fucking mattered.

    Thanks again AVGN

  • Retrovertigo

    April 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    This brings back memories….
    No one ever wanted to be the dwarf…..except my dwarf cousin.
    These fucking dwarfs….

    Thanks. πŸ™‚

  • angel85

    April 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    dude! I saw a Zelda board game in that pile, you have GOT to play that one!

  • Apples

    April 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Love this episode.

    I was in Mike’s shoes when my friends wanted to play this. I really really wanted to try what appeared to be an awesome looking game only to lose interest when I found out that it was so complex.

    But I understand the pain as well since years later, a friend of mine pulled the same thing during a similar game.

  • Apples

    April 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    As for all the comments regarding the Zelda game, I don’t think James should review it. Its really not as interesting as you would think. I’m not sure if its the same one my cousin had but hers was really nothing besides your typical move around a board style game.

    I do think it would be neat to see a short video tour of James’ stuff though. I loved the NES collection video and I enjoy seeing new videogame/movie posters (or at least, ones I didn’t notice before) in each video. Would be neat to see the rest of your game-related collections.

  • acebats

    April 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    this is a good video but i want some more bullshit

  • ctu

    April 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Good review.l..makes me wish I had this game and could play it

  • Treleus

    April 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I gotta say, even though Deadly Danger Dungeon looks impossible to win, it also looks more fun than going all DnD with Hero Quest. Especially if you’re the game master.

  • PsychoMantis

    April 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Dunno if someone really reads this but have you tried to play Axis and Allies? it takes like 15 minutes to set up and then like 5 hours to play it and the damned German submarines always locks me on my starting island.,
    anyway the old version could be considered nostalgic but the new one is pretty much the same minus the monopoly money bills. maybe something?

  • April 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    that’s the only down side of pen and paper RPG’s

  • freaksho9oh

    April 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    that was sooo fucking funny keep up the good work

  • Cassavius

    April 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Hey! Hero Quest! Memories!

    We even took the trouble to paint the plastic figurines. I wonder if James every played the videogame version of Hero Quest…

  • a22

    April 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Hahaha, I think my friend used to own that game, complicated as fuck πŸ˜€

  • x Blue Eclipse

    April 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Despite all of your other board james videos being funny, this episode was too short and wasn’t even laughable. I let out a little chuckle at the end but thats all. Sorry James πŸ™

  • April 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Really? I swear, Mike reminds me of the guy that broke into my car:

    Stole all of my cd’s (they were all death metal . . . I live in Detroit, MI).
    Stole all of my Warhammer 40K miniatures.
    Even popped the trunk to steal my radio that I would take with me to work.
    But left behind, in my back seat, was my bookbag. Filled with RPG books and my sketchbook. And one of those books had $100 in its pages.

    I was planning on visiting my favorite hobby shop to meet up with some friends for a game. So I placed $100 in the book to reserve it for just in case I wanted to buy some stuff in the shop while I was there.
    The guy stole all of my belongings thinking he could just take ’em to a local pawn shop and sell ’em. While if only a piece of literature thicker than a pizza delivery menu and having nothing to do with porn wasn’t instant AIDS to this guy, he could’ve scored more money than he could ever get from pawn for the entire smash & grab he pulled.

    Thank God for crackheads’ and jocks’ aversion to the written word! ^_^

  • klipzig

    April 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Nice episode, kinda wish you guys played though, that game seems pretty fun to play.

    Watching this video gave me an idea though. I don’t know how much time you have at SGC or if you want to do this idea but why not bring a couple of your board games to SGC to play against some of the g1s?

    Maybe do some kind of contest for player spots and maybe even give the players a chance to be in an episode of Board James. Just an idea, I’d like to play a game with you and be in one of your videos. ^_^

  • kristov

    April 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    does Mike live at your house now? lately he seems to be in all your videos and is always wearing the same clothes

  • johncenafan427

    April 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm


  • April 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Lol, that was adequate. Normally your videos are hysterical.

  • April 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    did you actually play this?. OMG the humanity, nice video dude keep them comming

  • thebgd

    April 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    you know what’s buuuuullshit? waiting to see my favorite board game reviewed by my favorite pop culture critic and having it all go to shit cause motherfucker mike couldn’t hang with the heroes. i call shenanigans.

  • allanf

    April 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Aaaand it’s over.

  • April 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    LOL mothafucker mike is a real mothafucker ROFL

  • April 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    You think this is bad, try playing the WOW boardgame. It takes 2 whole games before you can play it, without someone else who knows what they are doing.

    I related to the jokes about Mike playing with the pieces I do the same thing when I get bored in board games or D&D.

    Learning these games for the first time is hard unless you are really enthusiastic about it, you first game can be miserable.

    My only problem was I was a little disappointed the episode was so short. But you made a good joke about never starting the game.

  • Polytoxicomaniac

    April 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Most awesome titlecard…most uninspired video. Sorry James, but i hoped for something epic and hilarious like the DragonStrike episode. This was far beneath your standard.

  • X-JaVeN-X

    April 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I just saw BattleMasters in the background of the video…..please tell me you’re doing a review on that one! Great game…but another one of those that takes an absurd amount of prep time.

  • Rundagor

    April 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I would like to see more 10 minutes board james videos

  • Garok

    April 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    It’s funny to see how our Childhood were so similar… I’m from Italy but i have played all these games! And also I had made some games with papers and drawning like your Deadly Danger… Anytime you are coming in italy pay me a visit! : )

  • K-dub

    April 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    he’s got the right idea guys. who actually WANTS to play such a complicated game? Good one James!

  • KloggMonkey

    April 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    So true…
    I have this game and I’ll get excited to play it.
    A friend comes over to play and by the time they know all the rules they don’t wanna play anymore.
    Spot on James.

  • Dahgar

    April 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Wow, this really sucked. No new videos for a while, then a shitty Board James. I’m the last person to complain, because I love James’ work, and I mean, it’s free for me to watch his normally highest quality stuff. However, I believe this is how James makes his money, and if your work starts to slide, people are going to take notice. How is there only time for 1 AVGN a month anyway? Why on earth are there videos about concert tickets, a FULL commentary of Dracula (which I loved), and that huge megaman fuckfest a couple months ago? AVGN is how James got where he is, and now that he’s abandoning it slowly, not only is it suffering, instead of coming out with a super high quality AVGN a few times a month, we’re seeing, 1 average at best AVGN, and a ton of random stuff that isn’t any better. I mean disrespect by this at all, but I’ve been subscribed to James for years, and it’s the duty of the fans to evaluate his work. Just my 2 cents.

  • April 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Good idea, but I was hoping to have more details about the actual game, maybe even history? I dunno, this one just seemed rather boring. Even though it was Mike who chose what game to play, it seemed as though he had decided that he didn’t want to play anything while the camera was rolling. Hero Quest definitely seems like a more complicated game than what most casual board gamers are use to, but I think seeing some actual game play would have been nice. I am a big fan of the work you do here James, but I hope you try to keep a more even balance between humour and information next time. Keep’em coming!

    Your fan,


  • April 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I lol’d. Good job.

  • GunGrave

    April 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    … there were better episodes – and Mike take your medicine! ^_~

  • danielvt

    April 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Dahgar you a retard and a douche.

    First of all

    1) James says himself that he is taking a month break from making AVGN because his contract with Screw Attack is being renew, thats why there arn’t any new AVGN videos. He even stated that himself in this very website, you fucken fail if you call yourself a fan of his work for years and did not notice that he on a break where he annouce it himself.

    And do you have any idea how long it takes to make a high quality videos that you ‘love so much’. It takes a long time.

    For a fan of his work you fail to understand that he also has a life outside of the AVGN role…and lets face it he’s not going to be AVGN forever.

    Btw your two cents is shit….because Pennies are bullshit.

  • ThulsaDoom

    April 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I remember this game. All I did was play with the pieces like mike.

    good review

  • April 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Well that wasn’t the treatment I was expecting. Should have honoured it or made fun of it. You still rule though. πŸ™‚

  • Katomitti

    April 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    This episode feels like it should have been posted on 1st April.
    I got the joke though.

  • LordKickass

    April 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    It seems some people get the joke and some don’t. The whole point to this video is for Board James to set up the game. Explain the rules. And then after all that, Mike doesn’t want to play because he’s a Motherfucker. Which is totally in character.
    It reminds me of some of the AVGN videos when people complain that he didn’t “beat the game”. Once again, some people totally miss the point of the video.
    Just like with AVGN, where the point isn’t to beat the game, here the point wasn’t to play the game. It was to show how things went with friends who were assholes when you were growing up.

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I’m sure that was all acted for the video, but I still hate Mike more than I would if I had aids, or more than I would if I was paralyzed from the neck down. I’ll look up “How to get away with homicide” on Google just for that sorry Motherfucker Mike.

    And I’m dead serious. Dead. Fucking. Serious.

  • Beware77

    April 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I demand 17 new AVGN episodes a month!!! How dare you take time to do other things? You live only to serve. Vacationing in San Francisco!?! Next you’ll be telling us that you need time to sleep, eat, and shit. This is your final warning. If you do not give us what we demand…we will be forced to take them. OH, and another thing, I also demand more “Board James” and “Bullshit” episodes, so you might want to cancel dinner because you are obviously too busy catering to my every whim!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, and before anyone jumps on this band wagon, I’m full of shit.

  • Srceodizno

    April 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Wow I love how Mike is just fucking around while James reads the instructions who is actually trying to give a damn.

  • dicobalt

    April 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Geez this crap is like doing your taxes or something. Never understood why people like this kinda stuff so much.

  • cptsrg

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    dont forget everyone taxes are due tomorrow!!!

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    i dont think this is a bad video . love your work james !

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I notice that now, the two of them are just being James and Mike hangin’ out. Mike no longer acts like in Crossfire. The Deadly Danger Dungeon video was also like this. Board James is looking more like the CED video and the 3-part one about film.

    My favorite part was in the end, with history repeating itself. No one wants to play a game like DragonStrike. LOL

    Keep up the good work, James.


    April 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    it was good but not the best

  • xenxander

    April 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    aww, no montage? No series of scenes where you progress in brief through many levels and trials:
    (cue the cheezy fantasy battle music, or bass now! in fact, the music from “Shadowgate” the old NES game, would go great here!)
    barbarian moves up to a skelliton – die roll – defeated
    door opens in front of the elf, Firmir behind it! (surprised look of dread! @[email protected];;)
    trap is placed under the barbarian, it’s a pit!
    wizard casts one of his spell cards, Orc dies!

    (music intensifies! faster tempo! sweat profusely, or the shadowgate music when your torch is about to go out!!!!)

    Evil Chaos Warrior, two of them! in the same room! casts a spell card, dwarf is struck down, near death!
    Barbarian searches for treasure only to find a spear trap!
    , wizard jumps back just in time to avoid a falling rocks trap!

    (It’s not looking good four our heroes!)

    All four surround a Gargoyle!
    Die roll – monster hits, Gargoyle rolls, defended!!! No hits!
    Barbarian hits for two points, elf casts stone skin on the dwarf, wizard tires to cast sleep but fails!
    Gargoyle falls the Barbiarian! It’s looking close! Elf attacks and hits, Gargoyle attacks and fells the elf! Just Dwarf and Wizard, more sweat falls off your brow!

    (music is at a critical moment!, and growing loud!)
    heart beat ensues, only the wizard is left – he throws a damaging spell, it hits!! Gargoyle is defeated!

    (some cheezy little effects, magic sound, something)

    *whew!! exasperated sigh! Looks like Motherfucker Mike actually won!*

    Epilogue dialog, close up of your face, “And that, is Hero Quest!!!”

  • ranto1

    April 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    hahaha great ending. Congrats on the new site btw!

  • Sarzac

    April 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    A group of friends and myself were heavy into Hero’s Quest in the early 90s; this review really summed up what it was like getting someone new into it (which didn’t always work)! I had a good laugh when James explained he was Zargon and got to control all the monsters; I used to do that myself! As always, a great review! =D

  • nintendohuntress

    April 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    hey! I saw the Zelda game :O When is the review of that game??

    Bravo les gars vous faites vraiment de l’excellent travail! Je vous adore! πŸ™‚

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Ha-ha! Stupid game, to hard to understand, You both are looking tired, and the style of show changed in someway I think. But it’s good, it’s still interesting.

  • nicestpartsofhell

    April 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    games like this are so exhausting.. it’s funny to hear people say monopoly is a long a grueling game. Compare it to something like this!

  • Aegis

    April 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I know this is a joke and everything but I was never this dissapointed by a video from you :p so much great memories with this game, everybody expected an epic video that brings back these nostalgic feelings about on of the best fantasy games ever made, and you fucked or wishes! Nah, im not really mad, but at first, i couldnt believe it.
    Also I dont understand why so many people say its so complicated, I got it when I was 10 and could figure it all out and had lots of fun with my family. There are Tabletop Games that are way more complicated, this is one of the more userfriendly ones. Or you should check out all these strategy games, where you have to build up business and stuff. Saying this is too hard to understand makes you look like the typical stupid americans. I know that you are not, but just saying.

  • April 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Hey James, so the comment you left in reply to all the negative things people left here. You really should ignore all the negative shit people post here. If all you do is let them get to you then you’re going to stop having fun making your videos and that is most definitely what you do not want to do. I know you love what you do, and for most of us we enjoy the work you put into your videos. I think the video was a little short, but I get the joke and your point. I’ve been there. Had a friend pick a game, then five seconds later wanted to do something else. I hate that shit. If you pick it, you must play it. lol! Anyways, I would just ignore the idiots who think they know so much about making movies. You’re doing a great job and can’t wait for more of your videos in the future.

  • April 14, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    you should do a Board James about Blood Bowl

  • eonblu462

    April 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    That used to happen to me all the time with complex games like this. Everyone would lose interest except the one kid who was really into it. I was kinda hoping for more footage of you two playing though.

  • TehJedicake

    April 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    The fuck is with all the hate, this vid was good

  • SuperJaneEyre

    April 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Ooooh my brother had this game!

    I remember I always wanted to try it but none of my friends ever wanted to play it with me.

    And it’s stupid that there weren’t any girl characters to pick from, just four guys. That always bugged me.


    April 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    good stuff as always, congrats on the new word press site at least i think it is. Check our episodes out if you’re ever to board James.

  • scronan

    April 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you so much for finally doing this game! I couldn’t even remember the name until I saw this review (bad memories blocked or something)…but I used to play it with my little brothers all the time when I was a teenager. We played it so much that we developed our own real life Heroquest complete with wooden swords and daggers that we used along with a similar hit point system…only problem was that we always ended up getting whacked in the head and other body parts by swords and flying daggers…the amount of money and candy I had to bribe my brothers with to avoid getting in trouble with the folks is probably why I forgot the name of this game!

    Lots and lots of memories…thanks again James! πŸ˜‰

  • Vincent Joe

    April 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Ah, HeroQuest – The board game which fucked up, what could have been, some sweet ass childhood memories . . . and i never ONCE played the damn thing! Confused? Well, it is a bit confusing. I love watching James and his personas, especially AVGN, because it’s a complete reflection of my past memories and what i held dear- classic 8 bit NES games. BUT, before I was turned on to the Nintendo, I played my IBM PC jr and was addicted to Sierra adventure games like King’s Quest, Space Quest and Liesure Suit Larry. Near the end of the ‘golden age’ of adventure games an adventure/RPG hybrid came out for the PC called ‘Hero’s Quest’ – AND-I-FUCKING-LOVED-IT!! To this day, it’s my favorite video game, EVER! And like most adventure games for the time, i expected the inevitable ‘Hero’s Quest’ sequel to come out . . . but it never did (sort of). What happen was that Milton Bradley made Sierra rename their video game because Milton Bradley owned the rights to the name ‘HeroQuest’ for their stupid fucking board game! And the ‘Hero’s Quest’ Video game (now called ‘Quest for Glory’) eventually produced FOUR sequels that i didn’t even know exsisted because of the name change. You Know What’s Bullshit?! The HeroQuest board game and Milton Bradley making me so confused that i didn’t play my favorite game’s predecessor till i was much, much older! At any rate, keep doing what you’re doing James, and if you go to you can download and play the Quest for Glory II remake (as well as the King’s Quest and King’s Quest II remake) for free. Good times . . .


    April 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    EXACTLY!!! This captures what HeroQuest was like when I was a child. It seemed so cool but when you finally got everything set up, the thrill was over. Now at age 29 I finally read the instructions and found a friend that painted the pieces (really well). When played this way, it really is one of the best games from my childhood, besides Fireball Island and Torpedo Run.

  • PRabjohn

    April 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Could of used a montage…
    getting me all pumped to see how you play,
    still good vid tho, keep up the good work

  • GrayHulk

    April 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Oh, I still remember the felling. You lose a lot of time reading and preparing the game and when it’s everything already your motherfucker friend doesn’t want playing anymore. A mix between anger and frustration.

    I have this game, but in the Brazilian version the monsters and heroes are from paper similar to the doors. I also have one of the expansions ^^. But never use it. xD

    I regret not buying the other expansion when I have the chance. I pass hours reading and playing alone with all this stuff.

    Thanks for the nostalgia!

  • Dahgar

    April 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    @ danielvt

    Thanks for contributing nothing to the discussion, his month break was well over a month ago.

  • @VGeee

    April 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Nice one James, just wanted to see more of the game.

  • April 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Some heated discussion on this blog. I appreciate both those who are critical of the video and those defending James against naysayers. Both have valid points and if we can all agree to disagree, lively discussion is healthy and James like any good filmmaker knows how to take feedback constructively and when to stop listening.

    My personal thoughts on this video were that it didn’t make the narrative perspective quite clear enough. We were disconnected from an objective view but if we had been in James perspective, the camera getting excited and moving about more, we would have felt his thoughts and the point of the video more clearly.

    Still loving the work, loving the videos and eternally grateful for such an awesome filmmaker kicking ass

  • Nightshade

    April 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Good review i would really like if you could make a video about the Zelda board game that would be awesome

  • asnaes1981

    April 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I remember not being allowed to play Hero Quest because it was too much like D&D, another game I was not allowed to play as a kid/teen. It wasn’t because of religious reasons, though. Just my parents being lame-asses.

  • Skimaskkass

    April 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Not bad! I liked it, I see why people wouldn’t like it as much but I was ok. 7/10

  • Lesley M.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I love bloopers!!!!!

  • ThatDouche

    April 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Mike didn’t want to play the game? What a motherfucker! πŸ˜›

    I like this one. That was something that happened a lot when dealing with board games with some many rules. Can’t remember how many times when friends would come over and we’d start a board game and they’d get bored and quit.

  • April 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    OH MY FUCKING GOD. I HATE when friends do that. They fucking piss me off. We plan to hang out and play a game, and during setup their simple minds get tired of the idea and they ditch you to smoke pot >_<;;

  • killteck

    April 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    When I first watched the BOARD JAMES segment, I thought it was BOARD JAMS. Like, I’m having a jam session with mouse trap. And why the fuck would anyone complain about this? It’s like a bonus section.

  • denyeverything

    April 14, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Hhaaha. Not bad. I like more the proper reviews and all but it was still funny.

    I think it highlights what James does best, making things come across as natural and organic. Everytime I see a blooper real it blows my mind because I watch his work and it has this very real-time quality to it.

  • neszero

    April 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    holy shit, a zelda board game??
    james… do i even have to say anything?
    but anyway, great video!
    and the new site is looking good; after a little getting used to, the flow of content is really improved and accessable.

  • starchild49544

    April 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    That game looked way to confusing! But am I sure when you got the hang of it, it was bad ass.

  • benoitowns

    April 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Wow, we are so picky. We are complaining about the free entertainment that he is giving us.

  • April 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    also, lol at the music at the end!

  • Critzilla

    April 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I love it. It never fails with my friend.

    Friend: Hey let’s play ….. board game I picked up from the store. It looks epic.
    Me: Sure. Let’s get it all set up.
    Friend: Sweet, I’ll read the instruction.
    1 hour later
    Me: Okay, ready.
    Friend: F*(ck this game.

  • Joker83

    April 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    cool video!

    ok ok, James, if your reading this, hear me out..

    The ZELDA Board game screams “Board James / AVGN CROSSOVER!”

    You might be hesitant to do this, but man, this would be the perfect opportunity. I am already laughing at the possibilities! Please, this would be such a crowd pleaser!

  • Asros

    April 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I’m sure everyone in here noticed that Zelda game. It just jumps right out of the screen. And I’m sure everyone here wants to see it in action. So big YES for Zelda

  • halfkoreanmike

    April 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    This Video rocked, he’s mixing it up and it’s keeping the videos exciting and entertaining. From the whole mega man book reading to the board James videos like this. I can really appreciate the change of pace and regardless of the quality, style or content it’s always entertaining. Keep doing your thing James!

  • indigangster

    April 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    this episode actually sukd. like honestly there was nothing in it. not creative at all. 3.5/10

  • RetroRepair

    April 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    When you said it’d be a game that was requested a lot I knew it’d be this πŸ™‚

    I was definitely Mike as a kid, it was just too hard to figure out for a kid who had Atari. I always ended up just making up my own story with it.

  • kerorogunsou78

    April 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Great video, James! There’s only one complaint I have. I’ve been planning on buying a new copy of Heroquest on EBay for a while, seeing as I’ve lost or broken most of the parts to my old set over the years, but now I’m afraid the demand is going to go up with new interest generated by your video….damn you…. πŸ˜›

    Seriously, Heroquest is a GREAT game, and not as hard to learn as it might seem. One thing not a lot of people realize is that Milton Bradley didn’t actually design the game, they just published it. The game was designed by Games Workshop, famous for the Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 war games. The attention to detail in the miniatures that come packaged with the game is a testament to their hard work, and you can see a number of their universal game mechanics in Heroquest if you’re familiar with them. Games Workshop also created one other game for Milton Bradley; Battle Masters “from the makers of Heroquest”. Here their influence is far more noticable, and the game comes across as a MUCH simpler version of Warhammer Fantasy.

    Also worth noting is the fact that Games Workshop created and published a followup to Heroquest, ‘Advanced Heroquest’ which shared many of the themes of the original with rules that were aimed more at an older audience. Later they published Warhammer Quest, which was sort of an advanced Advanced Heroquest, and featured even more detailed rules, DRASTICALLY more miniatures, and individually sold character packs that came with a pewter miniature, new spells and items and a guidebook for the particular character. Anybody who is a fan of Heroquest should look up these games, but they are out of print and will NOT be found cheap.

    On a final note…I keep hearing about this Zelda board game, but I’ve never actually seen it. I had a Donkey Kong and a Pac Man board game as a kid, but never Zelda…..I want to know more. A very casual friend of mine says she has a copy of it in her attic, but I don’t see her enough to actually get a chance at seeing it. She said it was pretty complicated for a board game.

  • April 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    If your going to do hero quest then do it, this vid was pointless, I mean, at least they actually played the other games…

  • April 15, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Why does motherfucker mike always wear all black?

  • April 15, 2010 at 12:16 am

    @Vik Nik You missed the whole point of the episode if you feel that they should have played the game. -JJH

  • Jime

    April 15, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Motherfucker Mike cracks me up. He plays an impatient motherfucker very well.

    Come on James: Do Dark Tower.
    Dark Tower!
    Dark Tower!
    Dark Tower!

    It’s right down your alley, and there’s so much nostalgia to work with on that one. Also, Orson Wells even made a commercial for it. Do it, man!

  • nightbladehawkeye

    April 15, 2010 at 1:19 am

    There was a Zelda Board Game?

    This Game reminds me of the first one you reviewed – extremely complex and pretty much nobody will play it – but this looks like a really cool Game for a rainy Afternoon if you have some friends there and some time.

    Nice Review.

  • thesockninja

    April 15, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I can’t unhear Mike’s Joker every time i see him in one of your videos. My roommate owns a copy of this and THIS EXACT THING happens every time.

    ZOMBIES!!! is the same way. Fun if you can get all the ADHD kids out of the room first.

  • Asros

    April 15, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Board James should do a review of “The Star of Africa” the most famous board game in Finland. It was designed by a 19 year old guy back in 1951. Now that’s something I’d call a SPECIAL episode. And it’s something almost every Finn owns or at least has played.

  • April 15, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Seriously, MF Mike needs his own show.

  • hajpermegaman

    April 15, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Dammit, why do you play in such a shitty room! It’s like really low budget, even for cinemasacre.

  • Asros

    April 15, 2010 at 2:13 am

    The room sets the right mood for the video

  • April 15, 2010 at 2:38 am

    haha looks like it could be really fun if you had the patience for it.

  • Jono619

    April 15, 2010 at 2:40 am

    You should do Axis and Allies next if you have that game

  • April 15, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Only problem is, I can’t hear a shit πŸ™ Please fix the problemo

  • BlueGemini

    April 15, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Haha! I guess that’s a complicated board game. You actually need patience to play it >=D

  • Keith

    April 15, 2010 at 3:30 am

    My cousin gave me heroquest with a bunch of the expansion packs. It looks really fun but I have never made it past the first level. It seems like the only way is to clone myself like the nightmare on elm street nerd video πŸ™‚
    Great video, James!

  • 2badsosad1221

    April 15, 2010 at 4:00 am

    WoW is to Hero Quest what TurboTax is to hardcopy filing. Same shit, 50x less paper work lol

  • April 15, 2010 at 4:24 am

    πŸ™‚ I liked it
    Actually I’m glad you did it this way, otherwise it would have just been a Dragonstrike reloaded

  • April 15, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Hero Quest was fun to play – and it still is! :O

  • April 15, 2010 at 6:46 am

    I used to own both hero quest game, the one in the video and another one looking EXTREMELY like Hero Quest (enough that it looked like a sequel to it lol) i never really played the actual game, i’d just play with the pieces and make my own adventure!

    Good times.

  • April 15, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Does any one know where I can get this game?

  • bbhaver

    April 15, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Wow this is the most over complicated board game i’ve ever seen.
    No wonder MMike got bored. πŸ™‚

  • Mr. Arkadin

    April 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Here’s “Esotronica’s Dark Tower remix” for all you Dark Tower fans. Pretty funny if you’re familiar with the game.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    April 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

    The Sinking of the Titanic was a great old board game, though the lifeboats engaging in piracy and stealing passengers or provisions from each other and landing on tropical islands to gather coconuts was always a bit mad.

  • Cydonos

    April 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I like Board James, I like Motherfucker Mike. I think your videos are great.

    Having said that, I was looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the game, what you liked, what you didn’t like, and I don’t think that really happened in this video.

  • April 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

    We just got the british version of Hero’s Quest then supplemented with American cards. I know the feeling of not being able to find friends to play it though.

    Wow, I remember that Zelda game. I’m not sure I’d spend 50 bucks on Ebay for it, but it was pretty cool.

  • berg

    April 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    There’s nothing worse than trying to get a non-gamer to play a game more interesting than monopoly.

  • redscores

    April 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I would play it, looks fun, kind of an mix of tabletop with d&d :D.

  • April 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Almost seems like a board game version of the Diablo video games.

  • juggernautakira

    April 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Dammit! I cam back hoping hed edit in an actual PLAYING of the game!

  • thebgd

    April 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    honestly heroquest isn’t that complicated. i used to play it when i was like 10 years old and i’m a dumb motherfucker. also who gives a shit about the zelda game…… it probably sucked.
    if this game was requested so much why didn’t it get a review? i don’t mean to be a dick but nerd rage is getting the best of me.

  • RegnadKcin

    April 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm


  • April 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    With all this setup, you might as well bust out the Pen and Paper and play D&D instead of this crap.

  • ab0rnloser

    April 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Yeah, if you guys would’ve tried playing the game it would’ve been a good video.

  • LordKickass

    April 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    James didn’t actually play the game for Mouse Trap, DragonStrike or Fireball Island. Nobody complained about him not playing the game for those. It’s only when Motherfucker Mike told Board James he didn’t want to play that any of you came to the realization that he wasn’t actually playing the game. You’re upset as an audience, the same way Board James is upset that he doesn’t get to play the game. That just goes to show how effective this video is at relaying it’s point. Which has gone over most of your heads.

  • mrbu7791

    April 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I played this one only once or twice in my life and now I remember why!
    To people complaining about James not playing the game: believe it or not, but this is how it usually ended up when someone was pulling out that big box of plastic and carton stuff called Hero Quest!

  • afterdark

    April 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Was that a Legends of Zelda board game i saw when then camera was passing all of the game boxes in the beginning? I never knew that existed!

  • ctu

    April 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Looks like it would be a fun game…I would love to play it…or even own a copy

    ps: that is some collection of board games πŸ™‚

  • April 16, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I remember playing a good bit of this game with my neighbors. I think we even had an expansion set of quests you could buy too!

  • CrassPunk99

    April 16, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Wireless fees and taxes bite like a cobra,
    buy a cellular mongoose, metro pcs, grrrrr.

    I memorized that goddamn commercial.
    I HATE IT.
    Am I the only one?

  • Darth House

    April 16, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I have to admit I was disappointed you guys opted for the joke rather than playing it.. The setup is funny usually, the playing it part is always the payoff.. It’s like you told a joke and had no punchline..

    It was ok to see but yeah I gotta say I wish you had played it, since the Nerd isn’t around to pick us up.

    You should seriously play and record some D&D. It will just be time hanging out with your friends having fun, and it will be really fun to watch on the site.. Like on Penny Arcade. Gabe never played it for years and I loved that comic, then he played it and now he’s always posting D&D stuff. I wish you’d play D&D nerd.

    Roll the d20 and hit record. lol.. but unlike PA, play 3.5.. 4th edition is lame.

  • Darth House

    April 16, 2010 at 5:44 am

    lol you should say “Hey I’m Board James and I’m here to not play some board games”

    Moar like BORED James.. lol just kidding with you James. We just miss your antics. Not enough of them to go around.

  • Beware77

    April 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

    So, a naked lady walks into a bar with a poodle under one arm and a two foot salami under the other. The bar tender says “I guess you won’t be needing a drink”. The naked lady says…….OOOHHHH SHIIIIIIITTTT!!!

  • Prizm

    April 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I had Space Crusade or something which was very similar except set in a sci-fi setting. I don’t think I even finished my first game playing it, let alone ever played it again.
    Those games were way too much hassle.

  • April 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

    hey james. if you ever decide to do any requests again. i would like to see you review the batman returns board game. it’s got this big/stupid 3D cardboard thing you gotta construct in the middle that you put catwoman on top of. it’s really cheap looking and boring. i used to play it as a kid and it was BAD.

  • April 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm


  • juggernautakira

    April 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Shit, he still hasnt edited in an actual playing? Guess he isnt going to…

    Well, at least give us something else.

  • nammm3

    April 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Matt was too mean. Lol, nice blooper bit at the end πŸ˜€

  • KernCore

    April 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    “I dont fucking care just gimme the wizard”
    Awesome! xDDD

  • IDaCashman

    April 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    The look on James’ face!!! Oh, lolrotflmao

  • April 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Nice. Kind of reminds me of a Buffy game we had. Woprked the same way, I was always the forces of evil while the rest were the good guys. I always won >:).

  • ethan j96

    April 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    omg that game is ass . realy takes an hour to set up and nobody wants to play board games that complex any way

  • Deimiond

    April 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Ok I got to be honest about this review.

    This is the worst one you’ve done James imo. This game is a classic among classic and I don’t know why this video is like it is. It saddens me but yet I’m only one viewer.

    Waiting for new ones! These board games (except Hero Quest) have been really great πŸ™‚

  • PouKii

    April 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I’m a big fan of yours, but this episode wasn’t any good at all. You could make a lot more from a game this complex.
    I’m still a big fan of yours. Keep with the good work.

  • April 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Why are people reviewing James’ reviews? It gets annoying when you tell the rest of the fans if you think it’s good or bad. Just enjoy them for what they are. It must be hard to ignore these kinds of comments, especially when he’s put in a lot of work for a project and someone comes by with a one liner, “yeah this video sucked”. Okay, thanks. We get it; you’re not constructive.

  • Hardgrave

    April 17, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Honestly James I have followed you since 2007 and I feel like your some one I have known for a long time. but man it’s starting to feel like you want to push your fans away by not giving them what they want form you and we all know thats AVGN not to much else.

    I understand you have done alot of school and put alot of time into your life and what you want in your future but imo your future is AVGN and you know very well that AVGN is your main fan basses.

    I brag about you to people that never seen your stuff but latly man you make baby jesus sad πŸ™

  • JustCody

    April 17, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I have seen a lot of constructive criticism on this video, and I agree with most of it. For me, this one is just missing the magic. Every other video you have made has a sort of magic to it, and this one is the first that just didn’t have it.

  • likalaruku

    April 17, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I can totally hear the voice of the “Ultimate Warrior” reading the instruction manual.

    Lol! I expected it to end that way, but I didn;t really think it would XD

  • April 17, 2010 at 3:21 am

    This review certainly did not give this classic game the credit it deserves.
    I can honestly say that this was the BEST board game I ever played during my childhood.

  • April 17, 2010 at 3:41 am

    btw James, I would love it if you review as AVGN
    the classic game Montezuma’s Revenge.

  • Fill

    April 17, 2010 at 4:20 am

    that game took way too long to play probably not worth it. Cool army of darkness poster in the background btw

  • April 17, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I had Hero Quest myself, me and my pals friggin’ loved it.
    Sure, it was a hassle to set up, but it was an AWESOME board game that also had a PC-clone of it due to its popularity.
    The game was a great, period.

  • fuck the deush with glasses

    April 17, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Huge fan so I say this with no disrespect to you. but I have to agree with the people who said this was just a bad video. It got me really excited because this was a game I requested you do, so of coarse I was pumped to see it. I practically grabbed a bucket of popcorn and made an event of it. it was so short and boring. no raves about anything good or bad. I know your busy with the site and everything else on your plate, so I’ll chalk it up to just a lack of time. I could see you looking back at this a few years from now and doing an angry movie review about how bad this video was. Love your work, keep it up, just a little disappointed on this one.

  • Beware77

    April 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

    @Mike Green

    He actually comments on this game in one of his “double vision” episodes. He doesn’t do a full review, and by his comments I don’t think you’re gonna see one, sorry. Check out the “double vision” episodes anyway they are fuckin’ awesome.

  • Thornedwolf

    April 17, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Seeing a few of these post I dont understand where the dislike for this video is comeing from I find it pretty damn funny its like you took your fustrations of the game Dragon Strike and put it into script with Motherfuckin Mike, its sweet. The outtakes at the end were pretty funny as well as the look on your face at the end.

  • juggernautakira

    April 17, 2010 at 9:44 am


    Hes already done an exact game like this in DragonStrike. When I first started watching HeroQuest, I thought, Hey, hasnt he done this shit before? However, the ending was so bad, I lost track of my wonderment. Luckily, I remembered today and sure as shit, there it was.


    He didnt fucking play that game either!!!!! Bottom line, I think both games suck, so why not just do what every REALLY wants (who the fuck requested this game anyway?) and play that fucking Zelda game.

  • April 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

    i saw in the brief over pass of the board games you have the zelda one please do a show on that game if that is posable.

  • Darrc2000

    April 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Damn guys, bitch much? I agree with Mako it’s a little annoying when people review a review. You can’t get top notch vids all the time i mean the guy has a life outside of this.

  • Darrc2000

    April 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    One more thing i think a lot of the negative comments are a result of fanboyism. “How dare you talk like that about my precious game” that kind of crap. James has a point there are a lot of people who wouldn’t put up with all that crap just to play a board game. The chances are good that there would be a couple of people saying screw this and leaving.

  • April 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    With the little patience I have, I would never have been able to play this game. I like all of James’ work and I think there wasn’t much to really say here because setting up the game is really the whole joke, it takes too long!

  • UpsideDownFace

    April 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    This review of the game is probably more realistic than any of his other reviews. I had this game as a kid, and I loved it, but getting anyone who wasn’t a huge geek to play was completely fucking impossible. I can’t even count how many times the exact scenario in the video happened to me. People get all excited because it has all these pieces n shit, but when you start trying to explain the rules, they freeze up like a deer in headlights.

    Fuck that haters, I thought it was brilliant.

    As usual, all you “fans” saying he should “blah blah blah moar AVGN!11!!!” need to shut the fuck up already. James made it perfectly clear that AVGN is taking a break and only releasing one video a month or less. Whining about it won’t make him change his mind. End of story, game over.

    If that annoys you, go find something else to do.

  • juggernautakira

    April 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Hey upsidedownfuck, how about for something else to do, I can fuck with you? πŸ™‚

  • shipman96

    April 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    did you actually play this game hard core man

  • Darigaaz

    April 18, 2010 at 12:07 am

    This review was pretty spot on lol. I remember when we tried to play this game and before we could even start, we had to leave. We eventually came back to it the next day but I can see where impatient people would just F it and play something else.

  • April 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Don’t listen to the cry babies that can’t think outside the box , loved this video.

  • NerdyAce400

    April 18, 2010 at 2:18 am

    lol, whoever Zargon is, is going to be an ass, but they do have to work for it so they’ve earned it. X3

  • Deefmaster

    April 18, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I liked it, Mike was very funny in this one. Great ending too, very appropriate. I hated games like this when I was a kid.


    April 18, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I can understand Mike.
    Every time you want play such games you’re into that and then after some minutes you realize how complicated it is it got boring.
    But also how cheesy the 4 heroes are a wizard, a barbarian, an elf and a dwarf…
    But OK, if we were kids that was enough.

  • EddieBu

    April 18, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I myself have never played those types of games…were kids supposed to play those kinds of games?
    …Oh and I like the new vid

  • Bender

    April 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    A buddy and I used to play this game a lot,it was fun once ya figured out all the rules and stuff.It was just D&D with a board really.

  • acebats

    April 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    do the zelda one πŸ˜€ couldnt help noticing

  • zastrow

    April 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    This video was awful. I wanted to see you actually play the game

  • pollstm

    April 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    muther fucker mikeee!! πŸ™‚

  • ejp022791

    April 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    lol, I think its pretty obvious they just didn’t wanna play it. Would you wanna play it? Look how complicated it looked. People need to quit whining.

  • April 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Bummer dude. Wanted to see the game.

  • ryoga2k

    April 19, 2010 at 5:31 am

    James made his point on this one, that game is so difficult to set up that at the end you don’t even play it.. that’s all, how difficult can it be to get the point of this video?

  • all2surreal

    April 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Awesome! I just saw this game yesterday in my parent’s basement after helping them cleanup from a flood. I can remember getting it for Christmas when I was much younger. My brother and I would play it.

    BTW, how would I get one of those Metroid hats?

  • Aberrance

    April 20, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I want to tell you all something. I’m from Bulgaria and i think you all are very lucky to have this large choice of board games. When i was kid there was only 10 different board games here. Me and my brother had no choice, we invent so much games with so complicated battle systems like a arcade game or something like this. I want all of you to know that we haven’t seen games like you all and for me i create the firs complex board games. I repeat for me cos i has not seen anything like this. I was 7 back then. So this is not complicated game at all. But yes i want to see the game in action too. Sorry for the bad english. Cheers:)

  • dakayth

    April 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    don’t knock this game a couple of the expantions go for over $300 on ebay for a box of cardboard and some plastic monsters go figure thats whats nuts about this game

  • jogosnick

    April 21, 2010 at 10:04 am

    i liked it

  • ultimatebohab

    April 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Hero Quest is not just a board game, it’s a Game System!

  • April 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Hey! I didn’t know there was a Zelda board game! Is it official?

    Review it please!

  • klabbisjp

    April 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    The child atmosphere you guys creat, when picking the game and the way you sit on the floor is just epic!! =) (no iam not a pedophile)

  • Pogiforce

    April 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Dood, Zelda boardgame!

    I’d heard of hero quest before. Never got to see an in depth look at it before. It sounded kinda like DnD.

  • fr0z3n2

    April 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    lol i dont feel like playing

  • JE3MAN

    April 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    They are always fun to watch, always different in a way
    But I can’t help to think that there might be a slow transition from AVGN
    to Board James

    Meaning that James might put production of Board James videos in favor to AVGN videos in the near future

    But that’s just my opinion
    Either it doesn’t really matter to me as every video from both series are entertaining as hell

  • justjohn123

    April 22, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Shit like that really pissed me off too. You take 2 hours to set it up then you decide to screw it and order a pizza and play video games.

  • Frostvik

    April 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    This game was epic, we played it all the time. It’s not that complicated if you really take a look at it.
    I was just waiting for this review and I too am a little disappointed that you didn’t show any gameplay.

  • Henry Finnegan

    April 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    My brother got this game as a kid and we spent hours playing it, we were into Conan etc as Frostvik said it’s not that complicated and was a easier and less boring version of dungeons and dragons…

    On the actual video… this one seemed to lack something.

  • methoughs

    April 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Nice old school D&D type game. Its not complcated its just not a simple game like Candyland or Mouse Trap. This is a thinking mans game like Chess. It takes more effort to learn but its 10 times more enjoyable when you do.

  • Superghost6

    April 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I really enjoyed Age of Mythology the boardgame when i was a kid, you had hundreds of those tiny monsters too πŸ™‚ it was epic

  • TheValsalvaManeuver

    April 24, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I enjoyed this video, and I can certainly relate to the frustration of setting up an over-complicated boardgame, only to have friends lose interest – although I must admit that when I was a kid, I was often guilty of assuming the role of MoFo Mike.

    I enjoy all of James’ work, and his non-AVGN side-projects are unique and refreshing. However, I feel that this is one video in particular that would have benefited from the exaggerated AVGN over-the-top style. I realize that all of these videos are scripted, but I got the impression that James was going for a sort of casual, impromptu feel to this one (example – the basement scene where MoFo Mike “randomly” picks the game). That’s cool if you’re going for subtlety, but I feel the whole point of this video was an obvious punchline: Overly-complicated game + typical ADHD friend = Frustration. The video was certainly funny, but I really think the effect would have been magnified if James exaggerated the set-up process in his frustrated AVGN style, with MIke exaggeratiing the “villain” role. Normally, I like the fact that James has multiple styles of filmmaking, and he’s not just using AVGN as a crutch – but this is one case where I think AVGN would have worked extremely well. I’m probably not articulating this very well, so hopefully someone understands what I’m trying to say. Either way, it was a great video as always!

  • Silvaa

    April 24, 2010 at 4:50 am

    I saw a Zelda game! I hope you do that one next!

  • April 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    i loved that game!

  • Filip_Sweden

    April 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    wow i have forgot this game,i played it for a really long time ago

  • Cocktus_Count_of_Shirewood

    April 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I had to register just to leave a comment

    First of all this game was my absolute favorite when I was a kid. I started playing RPGs when I was 6 years old with MERP = Middle-Earth Roleplaying (one of the first RPGs to reach Finland besides absolutely horrible 1st edition of D&D). And just try play RPG when you’re six, those rules fucking kill you. Then I found the HeroQuest from a fleamarket one weekend and was totally addicted. A boardgame with million pieces, orcs, wizards, undead and all of ΓΌber-cool fantasy items and (now sucky) but back then awesome backgroundstory.

    I can’t see why people see these rules so overly complicated. Even those days we made our own special rules like hiring hencmen, gaining skills when reaching levels etc. roleplaying-stuff (later I heard that there was an Advanced HeroQuest but it was never released in Finland) and it only made game more enjoyable and exciting. Nowadays the game is hugely expensive and can cost over 100 euro if it is in proper condition so it has also become quite a treasure.

    The biggest thing me and my play-friends always hated were those MF-Mikes who couldn’t stay concentrated enough to even follow the simplified rules of the game. Only time my Barbarian really suffered horrible wounds was the time when some ass broke his sword when playing with it. Of course nowadays I’m still an RPG-nerd so I don’t know if I’m complaining to right audience.

    There were few horrible mistakes in translations of the game. Undeads were translated to “kuolemattomat” what translates back to Immortals. That meant that always when you met a skeleton, zombie or mummy you had to flee if you didn’t have the holywater-card. The only card which said that it could be used to kill Immortals (which usually had to be spared to final quest to kill the Witchking….). Also titles of “fireball” and “fire of wrath” were swapped so you were supposed to shoot yourself with a fireball to gain a powerboost. The worst thing was that every monster had only 1 bodypoint in European version (or only in Finnish I don’t know) including gargoyles etc. so it was way too easy if you didn’t modify the rules a bit.

    Still playing the game. Everyone should.

  • Ed Ground

    April 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    The only thing Board James is missing is a great theme song! You should make a compitition or something.

    Love the vid by the way, I would like to say I got in the same situation as you when I was a kid, but I was probably more like the MoFo in this case.

  • Rockymyowen

    April 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    didn’t have much gameplay!!

  • BackForwardPunch

    April 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Great stuff! I have this game, and I used to play it all the time as a kid, but I agree it’s a little too overcomplicated. It’s a lot of fun if you have enough people and time though! Loved the style on this new Board James, cool to have the more laid back approach.

  • Ryan852258

    April 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    hey please do zelda next I didnt know there was a board game

  • April 25, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Hey James, I don’t know if you will read this amongst these hundreds of other comments but I would absolutely love to see a Board James review of ’13 Dead End Drive’. It’s like Clue and Mouse Trapped mixed together. I played it all the time with my friends when I was younger. Just putting it out there. Thanks!

  • the_laughing_toad1980

    April 26, 2010 at 7:39 am

    You should have had it set up permenantly lol

  • RedAssFan

    April 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Too Bad I did’t have RPG board games in my childhood.

  • That guy from Faxanadu

    April 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Board James is the best! I really like the more laidback attitude in this series, it looks like James is just having some fun!

    And the ending on this oneΒ΄s brilliant! I never played Hero Quest (apart from the rather good AMIGA version) but I hope I get to own it or some other of Games WorkshopΒ΄s fantasy boardgames. I enjoy Space Hulk a lot…

  • Santagria

    April 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    At first I was like “Awesome, finally he does Hero Quest !!!”

    Then I watched it….


  • PeterParker23

    April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    HOLY SHIT! I use to love to play this game I actually had this game!
    AWESOME VIDEO! keep um coming!

  • VirusHunter

    April 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I was a little disappointed with this one. While you explained us how the game is played, I’m really more interested watching people actually play it.
    I do enjoy this new “hang out” style you have here though. It makes these games seem more welcoming and stuff.

  • TONYE859

    April 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    What was the beat @ the end man?? it was awesome

  • April 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I think it was a fair video. Not one of the best, but good nonetheless. I mean, every one of us know how the game plays, right? What’s the problem with James’ joke? I also think the game he chose to do it couldn’t be a better choice.

    I found it amusing, keep on James.

  • sheldenrocks

    April 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm


  • April 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    lolol wow

  • OoOo101112

    May 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    you need an asshole andrew or something

  • xdeathknightx

    May 5, 2010 at 7:48 am

    That mike what a motherf*cker πŸ™‚ But quite the collection of board games you have James! Do you still play them on a regular basis? And Hero Quest, never played it even though I asked for it each and every year around christmas. Never got it πŸ™

  • Mind

    May 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Hi, James. I was wondering if you plan to ever do a more serious review (like one of your film ones) of some of the more abstract or euro board games out there. Namely, I’d like to see what you think of the 18xx series, for example – I love those games and I would like to know what you think of them πŸ™‚

  • Exploded Fiber

    May 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    shoulda played bed bugs:P

  • Johnthegamenerd

    May 8, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I had this game when I was a kid to and could never get anyone who would play it with me.:(

  • NESfan88

    May 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    haha i played this game a while back with my friend brandon and it wasnt that bad

  • mastamuzz

    May 11, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I know it helps when we watch the adds but could it be to much to ask if you do the adds? some are sooooo boring but that could become great if you film the adds! and get more sponsors!

  • Pyroflamatic

    May 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I love how you just snached that barbarian from his fingertips.

  • May 12, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Its a requirement to punch someone in the face, who changes their mind after setting up the game.

  • May 12, 2010 at 2:30 am

    I know the feeling. I have this game, but it’s in shambles, really. I notice he also has Battle Masters. I’d love to see James review that one, as it’s more of a mat game than a board game. It was fun, but you should get others to play, though there are only two sides, several pieces, and lots of cards. Like Hero Quest, Battle Masters had its own dice set that only had skulls and shields with blank sides indicating misses as well. Th HQ dice had the black skull-like icons, but I can’t remember what they represent.

  • May 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I may be repeating an earlier post, and if I am I apologize in advance, but I wonder if anyone here has ever played the Hero Quest game that came out on PC. I found a version of it online a couple of years back but with no instructions it made it kind of difficult. I would love to find that again.

    Hero Quest was my Sunday night ritual for almost a year. We stopped playing once we’d completed all the quests (31, I think). But apparently there’s an online community for this game that have come up with new quests, item cards, monsters, etc. that fit into the original game rather smoothly from what I’m told.

  • May 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    @DarthRandal that’s interesting to note there and I’m sure it’s fun, but didn’t Hero Quest also make a few expansions with new pieces thrown in? I recall one of my friends had the dragon from one of the sets.

  • May 15, 2010 at 1:19 am

    @Ranma Takinawa Yes there were a number of expansion. It doesn’t seem like it played it much since his dices are in good shape. Also it be a real pain playing/beating the whole game with only the barb and the Wizard.

  • OMFGitsAust

    May 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    This reminds me of Dungeons and Dragons. Also it’s kinda of like Dungeons in RPG’s but with out a computer or any type of technology.

  • May 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Was that a Zelda board game I saw?

  • Shadow

    May 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    lol, reminds be of DnD…

  • mdupla

    May 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    James, I was born in ’80. My mother bought me this game at Toys ‘R Us in, like, ’87 – feels like a million friggin years ago. Anyway, it was so complicated we brought it back like 3 days later. I guess I was used to the instant gratification of NES. Thanks for the memories.

  • brenovitorino

    May 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

    James, I leave in Brazil and I’m one the few here (at least I think so) to play and enjoy this game. This was an introduction to the traditional RPG, and, past the initial complicated rules, I assembled a group of two friends and explored almost every dungeon. It was awesome! I hope I can find this jewel hidden somewhere my old home.
    Thanks for the review! I was just sad you didn’t show the gameplay properly, but no problem.

  • Strazdas

    May 27, 2010 at 7:36 am

    i palyed hero quest online, and frankly, it sucked.

  • Runed

    May 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Wow, it’s a relief to see that mine isn’t the only Hero Quest set that’s been slightly wrecked over the years.

    Also, that is absolutely the response I get from everyone I try to sucker into playing this with me. “Yeeaaaahh…let’s do something else”. And I’m like “WAIT! But you still have 13 quests to get thr-….hello?”

  • drewv1

    June 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    In the pile of board games i noticed a zelda one, i would like to see you do a video for that.

  • jervas

    June 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    hi James, would u sell your hero quest to me?

  • Rigel7

    June 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Wow James, you sure have a huge collection of board games! Seriously, you have a lot of media (games, movies, etc.) in general. How do you accumulate so much wealth?

    Also, could we see a house tour? There must be tons we haven’t seen yet!

  • Paultron

    June 13, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Oh god no! handle with care you gorillas!!


    June 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    lol thats great he spent all that time id be pissed lol

  • makinpeoplefamous

    July 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Yeah…I was never big on this game, but my friends loved it. Set up and prep time was just too much for my lack of patience.

  • Minion of Yahtzee

    July 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Man, MotherFucker Mike is a dick. I mean you took all that time to set up the game and then, nope, ugh.

  • spectre

    July 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    @Darth something or other and everyone…

    there are 13 quests in the core game (though there were differences in the printing of the game in the UK and US)… there are 2 expansions with 10 quests each that were also printed in the uk and us…

    in addition to those, there were 4 more expan sions released, two in the us and two in the uk. these later expansions will sell for $300 to $500 on ebay, based on quality.

    there was also a number of other items released for the game and a fairly decent online following if you look around.

    this was my first board james review and it was kind of terrible…

  • alastorv

    July 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Oh man! That happens to me every time I try to get people to play Hero Quest. Getting them interested in the game in the first place is enough of a chore than when you have everybody’s character set up and you think you’re finally gonna play it they just back out. Great video and great title card.

  • August 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    call me lazy, but i don’t want to read 300+ comments to see if it’s been noticed… at the end when mike asks to play something else, his eyes flash green for a second or less… Lost reference? maybe…

  • AlienMenace

    August 23, 2010 at 2:19 am

    At the end of my Junior High years, a friend and I, we use to play the hell out of this game. We ran out of content to use, so we started making it up. This has to be one of the best “board” adaptations of D&D. I have not personally plaed D&D but I have always wanted to.

  • LigeiaMaloy

    August 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I loved the game! Back in the 80’s, as a kid I wasn’t allowed to play it, because my mother used to say “this is no game for girls” -_-
    The first time I played it was at the end of the 90’s. My bf of that time bought it on ebay, twice by accident.
    But we found a way to connect both game sets, enhanced the rules a bit (so that support characters as the wizard would get some exp, too). I never thought it complicated, maybe because it was so much fun?

    The real fun started when we bought another box of Heroquest that we found on a fleamarket because… well, just because we found it ^^
    Heroquest-Overkill xD


    September 8, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I want him to review Axis&Allies, I play the new version most weekends but I just want him to exploit the taking Russia in one turn trick on the old one.
    I pissed of my dad so many times with that one. What you did was take all of your infantry and rush Western Russia and then use all of your tanks to take Moscow, and when you take a person’s capital they have to give you all of their money and they can’t make any untill they retake their capital. So without Russia the Allies automatically lose. They fixed it in the new one, Germany no longer goes first and there are more provinces. Ah, memories.
    Also I used loaded dice but…

  • MikeTupperTheKiller

    September 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    One of my neighbor had this game and we played ALL THE TIME (I was always the evil sorcerer) and I always remembered this game. Thenmy brother found it at a flea market and bought it for me I was stunned! And its as fun as ever! I was delighted to see board james look at it its such an obscure and underrated board game

  • afterstar

    September 12, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I remember when I was first introduced to Hero Quest by a friend, at first I was bored like motherfucking mike.It takes some patience to understand what’s going on but as I watched my friends play a few games and read some of the rules I quickly got hooked to it. I even made my own adventures “Hero Quest: Race against Time” with rifle soldiers/vehicles thrown in the mix.Supposedly the evil wizard opened a time portal and is causing chaos in the future and you have been sent to destroy him.

    It was a funny video,specially the end. πŸ˜›

  • mattyv225

    September 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Was that a Zelda board game I saw, u HAVE to review that James! I would love to see what that is about!

  • AntoineCool

    September 19, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Oh dear. I remember playing this game with friends of mine when we were children. It was a good way consuming time; one round could take plenty of time, but it was worth of spending time with a posse of good fellows. This is seriously one of the most memorable board games I’ve ever played.

  • September 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

  • phoenix252005

    October 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    What a mutherfucker! Hes hillarious! YOu should have him in more of your vids lol Long live the Nerd!!

  • mcnerven

    November 4, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Holy fuck I loved this game! Rather than trying to be the story teller this always wound up being me vs my friends who often would try taking orcs and other monsters off the board when I wasn’t looking. I countered this by placing extra enemies on the map at all times. Take that cheaters.

  • The gamer

    November 25, 2010 at 11:04 am

    It reminds me of when I bought Dungeons and Dragons a few years ago, at the end i lost most of the pieces when fooling around with them and never really played it.

  • Angrius

    November 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Hehehehehehe, that video is so true to life. I remember trying to host Hero Quest games with my two sisters and a couple of friends. They would all be bored within 20 minutes of play. Dissapointing πŸ™‚ Good to play with a group who share similar interests.

  • Jimenin

    December 3, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I tend to get angry at this kind of guys very fast. Guess I should had excercised my tolerance playing this kind of games with friends like those. But it’s funny to laugh at their attention span.

  • mcnerven

    December 22, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Btw, awesome title card!

  • Osubosu

    January 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Play Zelda board game i wanna see please James

  • Osubosu

    January 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Did little muther fucker bored?

  • MrHd1986

    January 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Motherfucker Mike and James are the best internet charachters ever!

  • January 17, 2011 at 9:36 am

    boom boom,

    this game actually rocks,

    long live the gamer!

    and motherfucker mikey

  • February 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    YEA!! I agree with Osubosu!!! Play the Zelda board game!!!! PLEAAASE!!!

  • molbani

    March 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

    looks like it play alot like descent : journeys in the dark. Descent rules πŸ˜€

  • snatchpro

    March 25, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Dude! Listen to mattyv225! You HAVE to review that Zelda board game! I’ve never even heard of that shit before.

  • F1shard

    March 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m a huge fan of this Board James series. It has inspired me to do a video on the 1995 OverPower card game with Marvel, DC and Image super heroes. If anyone is craving more retro gaming you should check it out. Thanks!

  • April 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I still have this game to this day. How many of you out there had the wizard using the staff finish off what the other 3 could not kill? Picture Barbarian first he walks up throws down several dice and swing and a miss. Then its the elf’s turn, swing and a miss. Dwarfs turn, OH one hit, oh wait it was blocked. Wizards turn. HA HA what are you going to do with that puny staff little man insults the barbarian. Wizard rolls 1 die a hit and down goes the goblin. Every game I played as the master or the player this always was the case. I use the figures for regular d&d whenever possible.

  • April 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    this game looks awesome but complicated as hell!

  • May 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Holy crap, I saw Battle Masters in James’ garage– I got that game and never played it once, but I love all the models and have them in a box in my closet waiting for the day when I have the spare time to paint them. Like Hero Quest, the rules were just too much for the average kid.

  • gaggins

    May 18, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Oh man, I was so happy to see Hero Quest on your list. Unfortunately, you captured the experience a little too well! Game was great when you had some like-minded people though. One of my favorites.

  • kc

    June 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I always pick the dwarf when I paly this. It’s without a doubt the character that’s the most fun to play. I have this game so me and my friend usually alternate between this, RISK and Battlestar Galactica, but I think so far the Battlestar Galactica game is the most fun. If you haven’t tried it, you should.

    Have a good one.

  • Rhyel

    June 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Man I have like, 5 copies of the original game, and then so much of the Advanced Heroquest expansion stuff it’s ridiculous. It really helps for playing sessions though with all the extra pieces.

  • gamereview123ful

    June 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    you should review for board james the game ” squad leader” me and my pa always played that it was tedious but fun as hell!

  • Minya

    July 20, 2011 at 9:41 am

    How Do You Male The Title Cards?

  • GreenMushroom

    July 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I saw a Zelda game on that shelf! :O

  • Erorrless

    July 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

    This is what happened every time when i played with my cousin. im always setting up the game (monopoly or some RPG) while he goofs around with my action figures, and by the time im done or 15-20 mins into the game, he goes “im bored, lets do something else”. ugh…

  • CescVicious

    August 1, 2011 at 3:23 am

    i wanna see Zelda Board game >.<

  • mxc82

    August 11, 2011 at 12:36 am

    They don’t motherfucker mike for nothing. I want to see the board games I grew up with like Splat, Mouse Mouse, Grape Escape, Tip the Waiter, Don’t Wake Daddy, or Thin Ice.

  • Lord_Anarchy

    August 26, 2011 at 12:03 am

    This game is awesome, and quite collectable. I only ever finished it once, and that took several session over a three year period to do just the 15 basic quests. There’s several expansion packs that I haven’t even attempted. Sad thing is that this is supposed to be a basic introduction to d&d style games.

  • kyle deell

    August 26, 2011 at 7:22 am

    can you ever play that zelda game you have

  • CollinWahlund

    September 11, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I was happily blessed with friends and brothers who firmly believed that the more shit that comes in a game box the better the game will be.

    Well, that and the fact I’d sit around and read the rulebooks of games for fun, planning ideas ahead in my mind. Made it so nobody else had to deal with the part that scares most people off.

  • Drexanator

    September 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm


  • Hanglyman

    October 3, 2011 at 9:08 am

    It’s been a really long time and I doubt this will get read by anyone, let alone James, but I’d really love to see an episode for that Legend of Zelda boardgame that was in the big stack o’ games at the beginning.

  • October 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Download Lv Purse

  • October 14, 2011 at 2:02 am

    The Zelda game was fun, kind of like an ultra simple version of something like this.

    That one has great potential for a video. All the Zelda jokes you could shake a stick at.

  • October 17, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I used to play this as a kid ALOT

  • LicaWolf

    October 27, 2011 at 3:38 am

    That’s one hell of a title card. So detailed!

    I love that Board James always narrates the games with such an epic voice, but not even he was able to keep Mike interested in this game πŸ˜›

    2:35 – “Oh no, this is hell! this is hell!” xD that part made me laugh. When I was a child I used to play like that with the pieces of the board games (even chess!)

    I think everybody has said this already, but I would LOVE to see that Zelda board game too. When I was younger I actually tried to make my own Zelda board game xD it was very shitty, and impossible to win, like Deadly Danger Dungeon.

  • TheUnbeholden

    November 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Lots of rules, Long set up time (around 15 min), have to keep track of stats… but if you take to the time to go through that, it can be a little bit fun.. but you need some imagination. I think its the randomness of it and how it sort of needs creativity for the storylines and use your head to get out of tough situations. Come to think of it its pretty much like a Role Playing game, like Dungeons and Dragons or World of Darkness. Except RP games have 10x more rules and have a even bigger set up time because you have to create your own character.
    I barely ever played Hero Quest because my brother was busy most of the time. I think I played a RP game once.

  • DonSkiver

    November 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    This game is awesome. I played it once and it is just like a tabletop role playing game. Namely D&D or Warhammer Fantasy Role Play. If you can stand waiting for everything to be set up, and if you have half a brain capable of imagination, this is a great game to play with a couple friends or siblings.

    • CollinWahlund

      November 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      @DonSkiver Yeah, this and Dragon Strike were regular staples at our house of nerdlings until we got into full RPGs.

  • IanMcCloy

    December 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Holy crap. I remember being a kid, and not being allowed to play this with my brother and his friends because I wasn’t old enough… then we lost it one day… anyway, huge blast from the past! Super Nostalgiaing right now!

  • RickLesperance

    December 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Okay, now I’d never wished more than today that James Rolfe listens my comment. Here it is… That was about to be one of the crappiest day of my life: Basic routine no special events happening that 8 december 2011. I came to college just to get back my D’n’D books and after ’til 6 p.m., nothing. FYI, I was about to make my first ever game review about Zelda Windwaker. Then, I saw what was about to be a sign of destiny, something that telled me that I will go far in game reviews. A simple janitor was about to throw out what happened to be OMG!!!! HeroQuest. I took it and looked in the box… everything was in there. Believe me or not but I played around 6 hours that day, just before noticing we were… 6p.m.

    This story is true

    Rick, december 8 2011, 11p.m.

  • slobr0

    December 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    oh god, ive played this! like 12-13 years ago. niiiice

  • nitrojefferson

    January 3, 2012 at 1:45 am

    That is the kind of board game collection I’m working toward.

  • muckspreadmadness

    February 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    fuck, this game looks like a lego set. its going to take all fucking day too set that thing up.

  • xenxander

    February 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Because I was slighlty disappointed with the short review of this game, I decided to make my own montage of “Hero Quest”.
    This isn’t to discredit James Ralph in any way. In fact if not for this ‘board james’ episode, I wouldn’t have been inspired, with my amateur ways, software, and equipment.
    This is a ‘here’s to you, james’ video, that I made. Thank you James for inspiring me.

  • derherbehdrbert

    March 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    once again i found a part of my childhood on this site.Β  thxΒ  &lt;3
    once i was allowed to bring a game to elemetary school, guess what i picked… we only had 1 hour to play, so we couldnt even start this game. never the less i loved this game when i was a kid.
    today there are lots of dungeoncrawlers-boardgames like descent, but i think they all suffer from the same problem: in the beginning its too hard, and after you got some items the dungeonmaster is defenseless. so the bosses are mostly onehit if you get there. i again refer to descent: its stupid that wolfmen kill 2 or 3 heroes but this heroes onehit the blackdragon… wtf

  • Rotocko

    May 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    My friends and I never had the patience to play the game correctly. We always combined it with DragonStrike and made our own rules.

  • Moap Soap

    August 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I used to Combine Hero Quest and The Dragon one, then have Link tear through every thing in 1 minutes.

  • hamman91

    December 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm


  • bongbadabongbadabong

    January 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Now that’s a trip back to the past. When my parents bought me this board game, it lead right to D&D…what were they thinking?! lol Hail the Nerd!!

  • Godly God

    May 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    You think that games complex and hard to set up try out your dragon strike actually would u guys do a film on it id find it itresting to see it play’n

  • July 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Haha. Mike was such a prick when he snatched that barbarian card out of James’ hand.

  • October 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    is there ever going to be another Board James season? :X please?

  • DarkD

    November 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    This is like my favorite board game ever, how could you make its review so short….

  • December 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm might be a good cause

  • March 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I love Board James πŸ™‚ almost as much as I love the Nerd. If you ever do a charity event where you play some games with the fans I’d donate to play a game of Heroquest with ya (the only time I tried playing it as a kid ended much like the video lol)

  • james beckham

    April 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    lol, this reminds me of dungeons and dragons soo much!! i should show this to my gaming club at school! they are going to want to get their hands on this!!

  • April 21, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    This is one of my all time favorite games! I actually just started a series based on this game:

  • March 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I just stuck to Hero Strafe.

  • Grace Richard

    October 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I remember playing hero quest and it was awesome. It sucks that we don’t play it anymore.

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