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YMMV Tropes for the Tabletop Game:

  • Broken Base: Despite its antiquity, the rules of Go are mostly the same everywhere, but there are technical differences between the rules used in China and those in Japan and Korea. The differences mostly concern the way the score is calculated, but also how a few very rare situations are handled.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: For people who Play-by-Post or online, Go is Serious Business.
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  • Scrub: Some players feel entitled to assume that their way is the only legitimate way to play, and anything else is cheating. The particularly applies to the choice of Japanese vs. Chinese rules and scoring.
  • That One Rule: There's a major rules dispute over how to handle endgame ko fights. Japanese rules forbid ko in the endgame, which makes certain shapes dead in certain situations where they might survive. Chinese and American rules have no such stipulation; if life and death is disputed, the fight is played out instead of virtualized.


YMMV Tropes for the Game Show:

  • Awesome Music: That Bob Cobert theme... It's like a military march turned into a game show theme.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Search for Tomorrow had moved to NBC eighteen months prior to the cast's appearance on Go, and was already suffering in the ratings.
    • If the appearance was to help the soap opera, it didn't work: Search finished last of all daytime shows in the 1983-84 season, but still managed to stick around until the end of 1986.
    • If the appearance was to help the game show, it really didn't work: Go was canned at midseason, and replaced by Hot Potato.
  • What an Idiot!: The show was gone in 16 weeks, but the idiots it brought forth are eternal.
    • Both of the 99-second rounds.
      • "What" "color" "is" "Leann's" "hair?" (ding!) "Yellow!"
    • "What" "moos?" (ding!) "A car!"


YMMV Tropes for the film:

  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Todd Gaines, the ecstasy dealer, is definitely one of the more memorable characters.
"I'm not delusional, Zack!"
"Then would you grab her fuckin' arm?!"


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