The way it works is, you pop the tape into your VCR machine and let it play in the background while you roll around the board, trying to collect keys or whatever (who cares, nobody cares). Most of the time it just plays spooky noises at you, but every once in a while THE GATEKEEPER pops in and says something like:
It’s my favorite game of all time. (I haven’t actually played it yet.)
It even came with all the pieces!:
The VHS tape that comes with the game has actually been uploaded to YouTube, so you can watch it in full (or start it playing when your friends are over and just leave the room, whatever) whenever you want. This really makes me want to find a way to play it online with people over Skype, although some of the gameplay mechanics might make that difficult:
One other thing: As part of this game’s setup, players are required to write down their “greatest fear” on one of the game’s dry-erase cards—if you draw someone else’s fear at the end of the game, you’re supposed to RACE to your VCR machine and…stop the tape to win. If you don’t, I’m pretty sure the Gatekeeper gets your souls. That’s not what I’m interested in though. (I mean yeah, of course it is, but not for the purposes of this transition.)
See, the person who owned this game before me didn’t wipe away their fears before selling it—so not only did I buy my new favorite game, but I also got a weird little snapshot of what this person and their friends were like at a specific moment in time. Here’s a few examples:
I mean, that’s definitely a thing, right? How about:
I’m not sure this person got what we were dong.
OKAY SURE I GUESS, IF YOU WANT
Someone was definitely trying to get brownie points with his girlfriend.
…And I’m not so sure it worked. (Particularly if he ate all those brownies.)
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