It’s Richard Osman’s “Richard Osman’s House of Games” Game Board Game!

By | October 25, 2020

Well it’s by Ginger Fox, but still.

£25 on the Amazon store (I get a small commission if you click through there, other outlets are available) and includes no fewer than AT LEAST EIGHT of the games from the hit TV series. And a cardboard cup.

It’s out October 30th.

Also currently in stock is a Taskmaster Expansion Pack (£12.99) for the board game with 40 new tasks and THIS:

Also out this week: Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (Steam on Tuesday, consoles later in the week) and on Friday, the new edition of Schlag den Star on PC (and presumably consoles in Germany).

BB Schlag den Star Watchalong 24/10/20

By | October 24, 2020

Saturday, 7:15pm (UK) 8:15 (CET),
Pro Sieben and naughty internet streaming

Yo, what are you doing this evening? Not much these days I bet! So why not join us as two celebs battle it out for €100,000 in an empty studio across fifteen mystery games, one of which will be Blamieren oder Kassieren, live on German television?

As ever we will have our Discord open for live chat and quizzing and gossip and stuff. Remember it’s a privilege not a right so behave yourselves. To avoid cutting out, we advise turning Auto-sensitivity off and setting it to -85dB or so in your settings.

THIS EPISODE! It’s COACH VS PLAYER as Patrick Esume takes on Tim Weise with music provided by Zara Larsson and Mark Forster X VIZE X Michael Geldreich.

The link to the Youtube commentary stream will be live here from 7:15pm until end of broadcast.

This stream is commentary only. You will need to have a naughty stream running at the same time for the visuals. We are likely to be about 15-20 seconds behind the visual stream (and about a full minute behind if you’re watching an actual satellite feed), sorry.

The Opera VPN has apparently stopped being useful for SdS. Bother’s Bar recommends shelling out for a proper VPN service. Bother’s Bar uses ExpressVPN, other VPN services are available. Matt Clemson recommends Windscribe as a free alternative. We cannot take responsibility for anything you do to your system, so be careful and use some common sense.

To watch it would be useful to sign up for ProSieben’s catch-up service – it’s pretty simple to work out, don’t click the box if you don’t want e-mail messages. You will need to put in a proper e-mail because it will send you a confirmation. 

If anyone knows of any relatively safe livestreams, do feel free to share.

It’s Schlag den Star on Saturday

By | October 21, 2020

Join us this Saturday night at 7:15pm for another LIVE watchalong of Schlag den Star where Patrick Esume and Tim Weise battle each other over 15 mystery events for €100,000. “The participants get musical support from Zara Larsson with her song “WOW” and from Mark Forster X VIZE X Michael Geldreich “Are you okay”” it says here.

Don’t forget the clocks go back this weekend!

Bother’s Bar’s Game Night 20

By | October 16, 2020

Saturday 17th October, 10:15pm – 12:30,
Here and on Youtube

(If you’re looking for the Show Discussion of The Cube, it’s the next post along, or you can click here.)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, the new Jackbox got released on Thursday with five brand new games (well, four and Quiplash 3) and that means that the winners of previous Game Nights across the year all get invited to try them out in the annual Champion of Champions. And you get to join in and interact LIVE!

This year Team Audience have earned the right to play by right by finally winning an Arbitrary Final, and they’ll be joined by other Arbitrary Final winners, Moral Victors, and David J Bodycombe because he’s a celebrity.

This episode I will need a Voice of The Audience for two bits:

  • The Devils and The Details requires verbal communication and teamwork – you will not have a chance if you can’t verbally communicate.
  • Talking Points is a bit less important – I’m happy to stand in and give the lecture if the audience player only wants to work the slides. It’d be more fun with you doing it though.

To become a Voice of the Audience, we will need to be friends on Discord so I can invite you to the private no lag room. I am BrigBother #9399. The Audience can decide amongst themselves who will put themselves forward in the Youtube chat. Remember to have a working mic!

Note the slightly later time – because I know that the community will want to watch the premiere of The Million Pound Cube we’ll be starting after it, hopefully no later than 10:20pm. The Youtube feed will be here, but we recommend watching on the Youtube page as the lag will be slightly less and you can join in with the audience chat.

See you then!

Show Discussion: The Million Pound Cube

By | October 16, 2020
We had to nick the logo from the mobile game, sorry.

Saturdays and Weekdays, 9pm,

It’s back, and now it’s Ben Shephard’s production company making it.

The biggest changes, other than being filmed without an audience, is that Philip Schofield now presides over teams of two, and that the top prize is now a million quid. It looks like the Swap now replaces the Trial Run, which I think means getting to swap the player rather than the game, but we’ll see. Not sure I love getting rid of the Trial Run, if only because if you’ve set a game up you might as well see it played.

Also intrigued to see what, if any, new visual effects they have after five years off-screen. The Cube was probably the most futuristic looking show since Roy Walker’s Catchphrase. It’s quite interesting that few other shows have borrowed the techniques since. Looks like we might have some new Foster/Bolam tracks of various intensities which were always one of the best things about the original show.

Two celebrity eps this and next Saturday and civilian eps stripped at 9pm this week. Not sure what numbers they’re hoping for and what would be seen as good, The Cube was never actually a massive rater (except for the one early series it was plonked before The X Factor where the stars aligned for it a bit), but it always did quite well in the hard-to-reach young male demographic.

Let us know what you think in the comments.