BenjaminK

Spoilers in Games

Having just received a major spoiler for the new Star Wars (aka EPIX, RoS), I'm curious...have you ever been the victim of a spoiler for a game? This could be a legacy game you wanted to play, or content of new booters, or anything else.

I've only played one legacy game (Pandemic Legacy: Season 1), but before I did, I made darn sure not to view any posts on any social media before finishing the game in its entirety. While Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle isn't necessarily a legacy game in the traditional (is it traditional now?) way, there are still boxes to open after defeating the previous chapter. I refused to open those--to even peek at them--before the time was right. My wife was dying to know and begged for me to give in to the darkness, but I held out strong.

Another game we don't spoil for each other is Above and Below. When reading encounters and someone fails, we don't tell them what they could have received. If they have to make a decision, we don't say where the other track would have lead them. That way, everything is experienced as it happens.

So what of you? What are your board game spoiler moments? Or, what have you done to keep from having a certain game spoiled before you could play it?

3 points by BenjaminK - updated 10 days ago | 26 comments | report | subscribe

JamesReid860 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Scythe: The Rise of Fenris is mine. I have gotten some spoilers for Rise of Fenris. The shine is taken off but I'm really excited about playing it still!

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think your shine metaphor is spot on. Still exciting despite the spoilers; just a little less luster.

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I still want to play and explore everything! 99% of spoilers can't take that away from me. I would think publishers would be more concerned about spoilers because it probably impacts sales. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think most publishers are pretty conscientious about spoilers; it's the general Joe on the street that finds glee in bringing said spoilers to light.

Skurvy5 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Can you clarify how you received a major spoiler for Star Wars? And explain a little bit about what was spoiled? To see if I am also in the same position unknowingly. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Well, it's a little embarrassing how it came to be, but on Facebook, a friend of mine had posted an image with a button saying "Don't click here." I've seen those before, and when you click the image, it opens and expands so you can see something else, usually funny. This "friend" usually posts funny stuff, so I didn't think twice. I clicked, and below was some textual spoilers about REDACTED. I closed out before I could see the rest, but the first sentence was enough. Fortunately, there was no image or anything to support any claims.

I'm not sure I want to go into the actual spoiler, for fear of spoiling.  I'd hate to inadvertently give something away that was meant to be kept secret (unlike my so-called friend who just laughed at me haha). However, I will say that it involves REDACTED.

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ok. Well I don’t know how you know for sure that it’s an actual spoiler. Because I know they like to intentionally mislead us. You can tell me after the movie comes out if it was actually true or not. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, I don't know for sure, but it feels right haha Considering there's still over a month before it comes out,I'm hoping it's just someone pulling pranks and really has no idea. I'll let you know :) 

sdirrane 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Because I watch most of my favorite teams hockey games after they have already been played (including playoff games).  I'm the king of avoiding spoilers.  However, I was actually trying to find the spoilers for Star Wars and failed (because for the first time in life I am going to skip a Star Wars movie when it hits theaters).

I don't have any experience with Legacy games so I haven't had to avoid spoilers.  However, I do hope to get to Scythe: The Rise of Fenris someday and I haven't seen anything as far as spoilers go for that.

BenjaminK 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

If I can't watch a sporting event live, I'll always check the scores to see who won--even playoff games. I can usually guess the result anyway, what with my team being the Calgary Flames and all, but hope does spring eternal.

I've heard great things about Rise of Fenris. Too bad my game group played through it right before I moved here. Now I'm going to have to find somewhere else to play it! haha

sdirrane 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ahh man that is a bummer.  I don't know if I'll ever end up getting to Fenris.  Maybe someday.  Right now we focus our campaign game nights on Imperial Assault.

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Which is a worthy game to be focused on, to be sure.

Skurvy5 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Very worthy. So worthy. The most worthy. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

So worthy, it could wield Mjölnir!

nealkfrank 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

I am sorry for your Star Wars loss :( 

Skurvy5 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m sure you will still enjoy the movie. 

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oh, I have no doubt of that. :) 

BenjaminK 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's not the first time. I guess I'm just a target/sucker/etc. haha Still, I always try to avoid spoilers for everything. Life is much more exciting that way :) 

philryuh 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

My wife and I missed out on Avengers: Endgame because it came out soon after we had our son. Still haven't watched it yet but I've gotten a mountain of spoilers by now hahaha. I haven't played any legacy games yet but I could see how deflating it could be especially in the case of board games where it's more dependent on the narrative driving the drama without as much visuals.

JamesReid860 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

My wife looks up all of the spoilers for everything! She doesn't like not knowing

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

That is absolutely horrific haha I just love being surprised/shocked/etc. in the moment. But if that makes her happy, more power to her haha

JamesReid860 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

It really does make her happy. And I don't like spoilers lol

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

As long as it makes her happy, who am I to judge? Can't be worse than my wife's friend who has to read the last page of any book before actually starting to read the book itself. :)

BenjaminK 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oi, yeah, spoilers were absolutely everywhere after Endgame. Our first son was born the day Jurassic World was released, so we had to wait a bit before seeing that. Fortunately, there weren't a lot of spoilers to be had, especially since we all kind of knew what would happen anyway.

Having a narrative-driven board game can be where a lot of the fun comes from, much like a when you read a book. While watching a movie or reading a book, you're being guided through it anyway, no matter what you do or do not know regarding future scenes. In board games, you're actually making decisions based off your knowledge, so spoilers can be a big detriment to story-driven games like a legacy one.

trentellingsen 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m fortunate enough not to have anything spoiled for Pandemic Legacy or Gloomhaven yet. I think part of it is due to me joining the hobby about 2 years after the release of each game so even though they’re still talked about, it’s much less frequent and easy to avoid.

I’m sure with upcoming games I’ll need to be a lot more careful with reading posts and going onto social.

BenjaminK 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, when Pandemic Legacy first came out, I remember a lot of "SPOILER" and "SPOILER FREE" posts, along with some blatant disregard to human rights haha Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are dangerous places to be if you're trying to avoid spoilers! 

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