Have A Gay Old Time: Tabletop Games
Happens with frequency in grandfathered intra-system game terminology, especially now that several systems are more than three decades old.
- The card game Illuminati uses Straight to mean normal, everyday, ordinary, i.e. the opposite of Weirdnote . In the contemporary era, we speak of mainstream and fringe subcultures. In the CCG version, Illuminati: New World Order, this is kept, but the rulebook and a couple of cards crack a few jokes at it.
- The term Ego was less strongly associated with an overdeveloped sense of self when it became a stat in Champions. The numerical characteristic (or CHA) has more to do with willpower than either pride or the Freudian combined conscience of the id and superego.
- The classic board game Cape Horn is absolutely full of this. As Mike Mozart pointed out, it's a game where you play as a crew of seamen collecting windcocks to sail around Cape Horn note and get to San Francisco. Prepare for a lot of Heh Heh, You Said X if you try to play it with someone particularly immature.
- There were rules for "orgies" in Dungeons & Dragons at one point. As stated above, it used to mean any large indulgence. Note that this is separate from the infamous harlot encounter table in the 1e Dungeon Masters Guide.
- One of the AD&D-compatible modules produced by Judges Guild in the early 1980s was titled Glory Hole Dwarven Mine – of course, a "glory hole" is a term for a surface-level depression left by underground mining, but that may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- For a while, the Grey Knights had a power called Holocaust, which would destroy daemons within its area of effect. Possibly knowing the unfortunate implications of the word's association and the actual in-game effect (basically obliterating the hell out of one specific type of troops) this power was dropped in the newest edition.
- The 3.5 Edition of the Chaos Space Marine codex did not shy away from using terminologies such as "orgy" and "fetish" in their non-sexual meanings (although it did not shy away from using the sexual connotations either, considering there was a god of sex and lust in the book too). Nowadays such terms are almost exclusively in sections referring to Slaanesh (the aforementioned god of sex and lust).
- A very strange and somewhat more recent example than most is Twinkees and Trolls, a board game invented by the proprietors of "Buddies" which was a gay bar in Boston. It plays something like a homosexual-themed version of Monopoly, in which the objective is to pick up as many "Twinkees" (handsome young men) as possible and avoid being picked up by "Trolls" (ugly old men) while haunting various cities known for having gay cruising strips and hangouts. While a "Twinkee" is still something one hears referenced in the subculture these days in a slightly abbreviated form, a "Troll" has come to mean something quite different in all cultures since the advent of the internet. (Granted, probably no self-respecting fellow of any sexual inclination would want to pick up that kind of a troll either...)