The Return of Board James

James / March 30th, 2015


After a 2 year hiatus, Board James will finally return. Good time to catch up on past episodes.


These upcoming episodes, as simple as they are, have been on my mind for a long time. Since the DreamPhone finale, I had ideas for a new string of episodes, and planned to start on them in early 2014, but I was too busy finishing the AVGN Movie, so they’ve been postponed until now, so I feel like I’ll always be behind, always working on last year’s projects.


I spent a lot of time, this past Winter writing down lots of ideas for Board James, even developing a backstory to the character, which became so elaborate, it may not be used in the episodes at all, or at the very least, dropping in little pieces of it from time to time. This is the first time I’ve given lots of thought into the order of episodes and how they will possibly connect with each other. You could say this is the first real “season” of Board James. Usually they’ve been made one episode at a time.


I consider the first season to begin with DragonStrike, which introduces the character (MouseTrap was more like an experiment, a pilot episode), and end with Mr. Bucket, since that was such a crazy episode, and is a major turning point, it’s like the season finale! The second season, to me, begins with Tornado Rex, which introduces Bootsy. These were the “Bootsy years.” It ends obviously with the epic DreamPhone, which killed off the characters. Give that a watch again, and also check out the Making of Board James and the DreamPhone commentary.


The new Board James episodes are planned to last for the rest of the year, happening on a monthly basis. Except October where I’ll be focused on Monster Madness. (Which is a long process to watch 31 movies, then write/record/edit them into 31 videos. Usually Mike and I start it in March, but this year I had to get 10 Friday the 13th videos done, which was like making 1/3 of Monster Madness, so that has set me behind.


The bottom line is: Board James is back. I don’t want to hype it up. I will probably never top the DreamPhone episode. Just wanted to give you insight into the creative process, and how long it takes.


UPDATE: I suppose this blog should have an update, now that the NEW EPISODE IS OUT. Omega Virus.




  • tuknrolle

    March 30, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Even if you don’t use the back story in the episodes, I think it would be cool if you maybe wrote it out and put it on here for people to read. That way we could still get to know the character if we wanted to.

  • Emery Eliason

    March 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Badass! Most excelent, I look forward greatly to seeing new Board James episodes, something to look forward to every month!

  • Don Skiver

    March 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Ohhh… YES! I am PUMPED! I know I keep saying it over and over, I’m sure people are sick of reading it, but I keep thinking a Board James/AVGN crossover would be so fucking awesome. There’s plenty of NES/SNES boardgame adaptations of popular boardgames that would be really fun to see the dynamics between Board James and the Nerd. It’s like Board James is kinda happy go lucky, enjoys the games he plays, and the Nerd hates the games he plays. They could really play off of each other. I know it would be difficult for you because you would be playing TWO characters and having to act towards yourself, but man oh man, I believe you can do it. I think you got the chops to pull it off and it would be sooo worth it.

    I’m really looking forward to new Board James episodes and I’m really looking forward to finding out more about the character as time goes on.

    • argus

      March 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      This is an awesome idea. Maybe they could be cousins or something.

    • Highwing

      April 1, 2015 at 2:03 am

      I like this idea as well. I hope James considers it. 🙂

    • Labyrinth2_0

      April 1, 2015 at 3:15 am

      It already exists, it’s in the AVGN: AVGN games episode with the AVGN monopoly game.

      • Highwing

        April 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

        “There’s plenty of NES/SNES boardgame adaptations of popular boardgames.”
        No, an episode like this doesn’t already exist.

  • March 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Hooray for more Board James! James, do you know when the Board James Volume 1 DVD is going to be back in stock?

  • windrammingroadkillskunk

    March 30, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Yay! I look forward to learning how Mike and Bootsy come back from the dead.

  • greedo

    March 31, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Huh, speak of the devil. No sooner do I mention the Board James series, than this pops up. Glad it’s back. I didn’t know how the series could go on, considering what happens in the Dream Phone episode, but I’m glad you’re pulling out of drydock!

  • March 31, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Thank you as always for the content, whatever you turn out is always great, good luck with the production Cinemassacre!

  • culwin

    March 31, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Awesome news.
    Just don’t stress yourself out making them.

  • Erik Andersson

    March 31, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Awesome! Board James is seriously one of the best things Cinemassacre has ever made along with the nerd.

  • x4skill

    March 31, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Nice! I always felt kind of stupid for being a little freaked out by the mr bucket video. I’ve seen more than my fair share of horror and you did a great job on that one!

  • cammcal

    March 31, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Good stuff James. I marathoned the series recently and its just a really neat, fun and original idea to make a show like this when movie and video game reviews have become commonplace. It’s nostalgia of a different kind that everyone can relate to because even if someone wasn’t into video games we all played board games of some sort. Playing Forbidden Bridge and the Jurassic Park Board games with my friends are some of the best memories from my childhood and this series does a really great job illustrating the fun interaction we all had when we had those physical boards in front of us. I can’t say enough about it.

  • Rick

    March 31, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Yeeeeeeeeeeaaaahh 😀 I love seeing your plans come to life, James. Thanks for the update, ’cause now we’ve got something to look forward to — !!

  • March 31, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I know it is a very simplistic game, but I’d love to see a video based on Candyland. Also, if you’ve heard of/have the games, I’d love to see you play Nightmare or Atmosphere. They are interactive VHS board games, and I think it’d be funny to see more videos based of the odd-ball games like that. Love all the work you and Mike put into the videos, and if your ever in Indiana, I’d love to work with ya!

  • Joker83

    March 31, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Awesome! I love Board James. Very exciting that you are introducing some backstory and extra plot elements into the series. This is awesome! — thanks James!!

  • JayRam

    March 31, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Very cool to hear this.

    I know making videos takes some time, but if the backstory of Board James is so elaborate maybe you could make one video depicting that?

  • diegowar

    March 31, 2015 at 11:35 am

    A new Board James every month for the rest of the year (replaced by Monster Madness in October) ? Sign me up ! Sign me up now. Excellent.

  • Weldin Dunn

    March 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Awesome. I can’t wait to see how this will work out.

  • GameCom

    March 31, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Here’s to hoping that Bootsy and Mike return from the dead for these new episodes!

  • March 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I would love to see James getting into a fight with a murderous monopoly man.

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  • March 31, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    LJN Vintage Disney Roger Rabbit Dip Flip returns!

  • Superspecs

    March 31, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Looking forward to the new episodes. It took me a while to get into Board James but I really enjoy it now. My advice would be to hint at little nuggets of back story rather than over think it.

  • March 31, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    The AVGN and Board James should crossover again. The perfect game would be Mario Party E. It can be played as a stand alone card/board game, but if you have an E-reader you can swipe the cards to play some micro video games.

  • March 31, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Re: “Probably never top the DreamPhone episode” I love the Dream Phone and Mr Bucket episodes, but if every episode were that big and cinematic, I think I would get bored (or should I say… BOARD???) I think that, if you make a sincere effort to look at board games and write jokes that are true to the characters, you’ll be fine.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    April 1, 2015 at 10:55 am

    At last!

  • Phoenix7786

    April 1, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Hopefully you find someway to bring Mike and Bootsie back. It’ll be depressing for you to be reviewing these alone.

  • Hanglyman

    April 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    This is great news. I really enjoy Board James, and I’m glad you’ve found time to revive it. Still hoping you get around to doing the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom game or Dark Tower, but I love it when you introduce me to a game I’ve never heard of. I own Key to the Kingdom only because of you (you didn’t mention how ambiguous the rules are!).

  • greedo

    April 1, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I just took another look at this thread, and it hit me… 2 years? It took you 2 years to make another Board James? Where has the time gone? Children are born in that time. People get married, have children, and die during that time. (Hopefully, not all at once). 😉

    Seriously, though, I know you had a lot going on then. Life throws you for a loop, and you never know where it might take you. Welcome back James! Now… off to watch the new episode!

  • April 1, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Anyone else think an episode with Rap Rat would be awesome and terrifying?

  • disrupture

    April 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    What a great comeback ! At last, new Board James material ! However, it’s a shame Motherfucker Mike and Bootsy aren’t there anymore.. Any chance of bringing them back ? Saying that everything was a dream (dream, Dream Phone, got it?) and that both are still alive.

    I just really need a Bootsy fix.

  • disrupture

    April 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Oh and the intro was epic, great stuff. Glad to see these new videos, keeping things fresh.

  • April 2, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    GARGOYLES BOARD GAME SEASON 3 PREMIERE! *with added Movie COmmentary?*

  • Glorious Gerbil

    April 3, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Probably good for boardgames James that bad luck bootsy ended up dead! Bad for us viewers, Such i pleasant character! He should return as a zombie or something in a episode

  • April 4, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Board James has to be my favorite character that you’ve made Mr. Rolfe. Creepy, slightly disturbed and dead funny. The nerd is still good but I like Board James better. I missed this crazy guy

  • Dan021

    April 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    James you don’t have to top anything 🙂
    I don’t know if you feel like for the AVGN where you showed us worst and worst games since big rigs, but the execution is more important than the subject in the long run. I’m a big fan of board james and to get an episode of it every month will be a real treat! Thanks for sharing your time with us 😀

  • April 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Honestly, Mr. Bucket and DreamPhone are two of the most awesome videos you’ve done on this site. I am very excited.

  • Senna4ever

    April 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I like the idea of Board James having a backstory.

    No need to follow continuity and tie it into the “original” series.
    Just re-boot the character with this new version being the real start.

    More Board Jamss is always a great idea.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    April 11, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Awesome. I loved Board James. It will be great to have more.

  • kevdemed

    April 18, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Cool, Board James! You inspire me to play Board Games. Perhaps I should more!

  • xdkaphx

    May 22, 2015 at 10:03 am

    As if that has been 2 years?! CRAAAAZY!!!

  • May 24, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I am so excited. I enjoyed the Lie Detector episode and I’m interested to see where this season goes.

  • June 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    In my opinion, Ouija/Domino Rally is about as good, if not better than, Dreamphone.

  • November 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I know Mr.James Rolfe is a very busy guy..but I would love to see an increse in numbers of AVGN and board james episodes per month

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