"BG Online is a board game. Online. Without a board, really. But on a website. Seriously though, it is! Just like all your classic board games you play this game with a bunch of other people and the first to cross the finish line wins!" - BG Online FAQ, What kind of game is this?Board Game Online
is an interactive, html-based board game with a ridiculous premise and a slew of references. Gameplay is a mixture of pure luck and experienced strategy, and the developers have really thought of everything.
- Academy of Adventure: An expansion is literally all about the Academy of Adventure - it's very aptly named.
- Anachronism Stew: Teleporters, lassoes and a hookshot? Just your run of the mill inventory. Nobody raises an eyebrow.
- Ancient Tomb
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: The horn IS rather fun to honk!
- Subverted by the fact you can pick up horns normally in the game anyways if one of the players is a donator.
- And don't forget the titles, or the fonts, or the in-game text color choices, or the taunts, or the dice...
- At the Crossroads: An event in the game is an actual crossroads, where you can pick between 4 and 5 events.
- The item Cards of Fate also have this effect.
- Baa Bomb: You can buy exploding sheep.
- Badass Santa: In the christmas-special event, you can gain a buff called "Nice" which will cause you to receive a gift of your choice from Santa. This gift can include a pogo-stick, a tractor beam, or a goddamn lightsaber. Where does Santa get all those wonderful toys?
- Board Game: The game is BOARD GAME ONLINE, after all.
- Butterfly of Doom: One possible outcome of time-traveling to prehistoric times is that you step on and kill a fly. When you come back, everyone's names are replaced with random celebrity names, e.g. Oprah Winfrey or Saddam Hussein. Sometimes the finishing line moves slightly too.
- Cosmetic Award: You can win awards for drinking beer and winning in particular ways. They don't do anything, naturally.
- And, as of 2012, actual achievements, all cosmetic.
- Death Is Cheap: Players usually die at least 3 times every 150 spaces. If you don't, it was either a short game or played very safe.
- Duel to the Death: Specifically. A shootout to the death. The loser dies, the winner keeps walking. Nobody gets shot? They both die.
- Eaten Alive: The result of running into, or being run into by, someone who just picked up the Pac-Man skill.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Plus pop-cultural kitchen sink.
- Frankenstein's Monster: Can be slept with the Dark Room. (Yeah.)
- Gay Cowboy: There are a couple in the Wild West, of the more "stereotypically flamboyant" variety.
- Genre Roulette: The jukebox, especially considering there are no song/genre filtering options available, and aside from muting the YouTube player or sound card, no way of just skipping a song.
- Hilarity Sues: The point of the premium class Lawyer.
- Holiday Mode: Santa, snow and shenanigans for Christmas. Fireworks for New Year's. Love pacts for Valentine's. Scary shit for Halloween. Et cetera. (And all with achievements.)
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: How did the devs make the cave event more awesome? Add a dragon!
- Interface Screw: The spell Blind blacks out the entire interface for a few seconds. Hopefully you don't need to get rid of a bomb.
- Karmic Death: Inverted in that you must sometimes gather enough karma to recincarnate after you die.
- Played straight with the spells Living Bomb, which will most likely explode your attacker along with any other unfortunate sap close to you, and Blessing of Vengeance, which kills your murderer and revives you on the spot.
- N-Word Privileges: Averted. The game's policy on potentially offensive content is an anti-censorship one.
- No Sell: The "No." skill lets you do this when shot at.
- Optional Sexual Encounter: The brothel, though it's a crapshoot whether you get someone like Alizee or someone like the World's Ugliest Dog.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: An easy way to stop a potential shooting, if you have a pair of Hypno-Glasses handy.
- Rasputinian Death: Try using an Improbability Device inside of the Pyramid.
- Reference Overdosed: More than half of the game is a reference to, well, everything.
- Russian Roulette: You can challenge an opponent to this in the Indian Casino.
- Tempting Fate: If you click on your rupees to brag about how many you have, there's a chance you'll lose some.
- The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: Horribly, horribly averted.
- Time Machine: Another one of the random events. It can take you to the far past or hundreds of years into the future, but never into the The Wild West.
- The Future: Another location you can visit with the Time Machine.
- Where's the Kaboom?: Sometimes, the bomb doesn't explode. It is even accompanied with the trope-naming quote.
- The Wild West: You can fight bandits for reputation, or visit the Indian tribe and learn to shoot arrows.
- Unlockable Content: Averted, for the most part. Almost all of the content is immediately available to free players. To get the last two classes, however, you either have to play with someone who's donated or donate some euros yourself.
- United Nations: A common instigator of random events. Defy their demands to move back 10 spaces at your own risk; often Hilarity Ensues if you do.