Flying Saucer Game Night!

So a few months back, we encountered an ad for a flying saucer trivia game called UFOria.

This episode is the result. Roberta, Sasha, Nelson, and I had fun doing this one. Maybe too much fun, but this seemed like a good week for this anomaly of an episode.

I will not provide a link to buy UFOria. I don’t want any of you to blame me if you buy it!

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  1. “I will not provide a link to buy UFOria.” lol Your remark implies that this board game is still available. You may or may not be aware that there is a site with the same name that sold video games, but it appears to be defunct.

    In addition, there was “Ufouria: The Saga,” which Wikipedia describes as a “side scrolling action-adventure video game” designed for The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

    The board game is amusing to hear about, but I imagine it would get boring pretty soon.

    Is manufacturing a board game expensive? I don’t imagine it was cheap; and it seems unlikely that the creator turned a profit. I guess that’s the risk any entrepreneur has to take.

    The inclusion of the ESP element is interesting. Although, aliens have at times been reported as having telepathic abilities, I’m not aware that “experiencers” are typically expected to have them as well.

    Overall, given the strong subjective element involved, such as arbitrarily deciding that a given answer is good enough to deserve a point, the game may have been intended merely as a novelty item, or even a gag.

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    • It’s still available on the secondary market–I’m surprised at the number of copies I’ve seen for sale since I’ve become aware of it. And yeah, it would get boring pretty quickly. I have a feeling–given the advertising in magazines, etc., that the creator hoped to make some money on it as a serious board game. But it’s value, IMO, is largely as a quirky novelty.

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      • Your testimony on the availability of the game encouraged me to search harder. Indeed, I’ve found several copies ranging from $25.00 + $8.25 Shipping (pre-owned) to $71.69 (presumably new) with free shipping.

        But I won’t actually buy it. 🙂

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  2. The reference to Glenn Ford…! Damn, but you know how to make me feel ancient.

    “Gilda,” “Jubal” and the original “3:10 to Yuma” are all considered classics, but I still can’t expect anyone under the age of 55 to have seen them. And is it really too much to hope that you might recognize him for his role as Clark Kent’s father in “Superman: The Movie”? Guess it is.

    But as an alleged historian of conspiracy culture, there is one Glenn Ford movie you really should have seen — his 1970 TV film “Brotherhood of the Bell,” otherwise known as “Skull and Bones: The Movie.” In paranoid circles, this film was once considered mandatory viewing. Back in the day, I met a few wackos who believed it be something akin to Holy Scipture.

    Surprisingly, the movie holds up pretty well, even though all internet-available copies are terrible. If ever you catch up with it, you should know that William Conrad’s character was obviously based on a real-life TV blowhard named Joe Pyne, who was the precursor to Wally George, Morton Downey Jr., Michael Savage and Glenn Beck.

    What’s that? You say you don’t know who William Conrad was?

    Damn, but you know how to make me feel ancient.

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    • Yes! As soon as we were done with this one I looked up Glenn Ford and of course I recognized him from Yuma (still need to see Brotherhood of the Bell!). I’m terrible remember actors’ names and faces. William Conrad, along with Joe Don Baker, are two I can recognize anywhere though!

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