Episode 31 Connection Contest: Adel Verpflichtet & Balderdash

Can YOU find the mystery connection between Adel Verpflichtet and Balderdash?

Post your guesses here and you could win a set of custom Spiel dice!

Guess as many times as you like. If no one finds our mystery connection, we'll award the dice to the guess we think is the most creative.

Spiel on!



Self flagellation is illegal in the UK except between two consenting adults. At least that's what it says here on my Balderdash card.

Do both games offer expansion packs ?

I'm still trying to grab the hem of the mystery connection but I'm wondering why it is wearing a skirt.

We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games

Wait a second, why a skirt? Most of my trousers have hems, too. I'd say pants, but that, of course, is English for trouble. Still, it goes well with self flagellation.

"If you get an outfit, you can be a cowboy, too."

Pants are English for trouble only in cases of flagellation. And don't get us onto the subject of "fanny packs".

Quit messing around with the English language will y'all !

Final guess as time is short.

Do both games have BSW games rooms named after them ? I know that there is a room called "Adel Verpflichtet" because I was playing citadels in it last night. If there's also a "Balderdash" room then the connection is sorted !

Now, where's my cowboy hat ?

We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games

Another two weeks ??????

I'm desperate to unpick the hem and get back to my normal life. Why do you torment us so ?


We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games

>>"If you get an outfit, you can be a cowboy, too."
Smothers Brothers!! I loved that Laredo bit.

Well, I'm not sure. Not speaking German, I have to admit that Adel Verpflichtet sounds a bit like balderdash, but I'm sure that's because I'm ignorant.

Both games involve bluffing, and both involve reading your opponents as much as or more than the game, but those are too obvious.

Balderdash is a party game, and Adel Verpflichtet is a game about a party.

Tim in Greenville
"If you get an outfit, you can be a cowboy, too."

Both games have been published by 5+ publishers under 5+ names. Somehow, I have to believe that the connection you guys came up with is a bit more wacky. However, that's the best I've been able to do so far. Happy Gaming!

Scotty {Knucklebones)

I ain't no freakin monument to justice!

I was going to mention the multiple names 'link' but see otscotty got there first.
The only other thing I can think of at the moment is that everyone plays simulateously.

I can think of a few obvious links off the bat:

both are bluffing games,
both games seem to have gone through multiple incarnations (perhaps they are Zen-games ?),
neither game makes use of a die,
the basic mechanic is around voting,
the number (and age) of players seems to vary randomly dependent on the publisher.

But I can't believe you guys would be that obvious (although after the "both games involve covering something up" maybe I can !).

Erm.. Balderdash means sensless talk or writing. Is "Adel Verpflichtet" actually a made up German word with no real sense to it ? Does it mean Squirrel who cannot pronounce words ?

Were both games made into Gameshows ? "Call my Bluff" and "Antiques roadshow". [Have I tried the TV connection before ? I am getting a sense of Deja Vu, or at least Deja Ecrit]

Ah - do both games have a connection with those games on the List, this episode ? Adel Verpflichtet is on SpielbyWeb as "Hoity Toity" and Shogun is on there as "Wallenstein".
Balderdash is like Landlord in the sense that it's got real estate involved. Maybe.
I'm off to think some more.

We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games

Adel Verpflichtet is a race around the board. Some could say a "Dash". As in BalderDASH. The connection is running.

Or heads. When you lose hair you go BALDER(dash) and the French word for head is Tete as in Adel VerpflichTET (old Frankish spelling is TET and not tete)

Am I even close ?

Or perhaps it's something to do with the upper clases. Adel Verpflichtet means something like "the aristocracy is obliged" and landlord has a LORD in there.

Or is it just about owning things and selling them off ?

And there's POLICE in both games. (I think)

I don't know why I torture myself like this.

We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games

Yeah, I was gonna go with the fact that both games are won by reaching the end of the track or that they both involve bluffing and being able to get inside your opponent's head to guess what they are thinking. But those seem way too obvious to me.

Steerpike- Perhaps you're onto something with the "dash" connection. If no one gets it you should at least win for the most creative guesses. I mean, who would have thought to connect Backshelf games to games from The List?

-Aaron Lambert

Well, here's my attempt...

(1) Both games have a category based on movies or movie personalities. "Marvelous Movies" in the case of Balderdash, and the purple "E" category in Adel Verpflichtet which contains items like "Alfred Hitchcock's Chair" and "Marilyn Monroe's Lipstick".
(2) Both games have men with square chins on the box
(3) Both games have women wearing earrings on the box
(4) Both are racing games that involve bluffing as a core mechanic.

All of the connections for Balderdash and Hoity Toity (or Adel Verpflichtet) I've come up with are far too obvious:

Both have multiple publishers.

Both use pawns on a scoring track (and cards for that matter).

Both involve bluffing.

BTW, before Bladerdash released we just played it with a dictionary like you mentioned on the show, only we called it "Fictionary."

Another great show guys! Keep up the good work.

Federal Way, WA

Could it be that "Hoity-Toity" people say things like "Balderdash"? or somthing like that.

Thanks for the kudos, guys. We really appreciate it.

I am also glad to know the Spiel is also an instrument for self-flagellation for Steerpike!

Some good guesses, some pretty obvious ones, and at least one that brushes against the hem of the mystery connection. How's that for a useless hint?

[insert evil laugh here]