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  • After watching all of the series of Board James, I'm stuck on whether or not BJ actually killed his friends, is schizophrenic and just *thinks* he did, that Mike and Bootsy were figments of his imagination, or that he just lives in a reality different to ours where fantastic things *can* happen, like the Nerd does.

    I think it ultimately doesn't matter how much we talk about it, we can believe different things based on what we notice in the video, and how we, as fans, personally interpret it.

    More or less, since the series' POV is more obviously from Board James' perspective at this point, *everything* in the series is relative to what he perceives and believes in. It could be "all in his head" or not, maybe Mike and Bootsy existed or they didn't. That's part of why I like the series, the whole "what if?" aspect, makes for great conversations.

    Ultimately, I think that's what James (Rolfe) was going for, something that would create speculation and theories among the fans, because great films and creations are starting points to further thoughts and discussion. That's how the genres in film (and YouTube videos) continue to get better, we keep pushing that creative envelope into places we have yet to see.

    For reference, James has been posting some fan theories on the Cinemassacre blog, maybe check those theories out, too, if you're interested:

    http://cinemassacre.com/2015/05/29/a-fans-board-james-analysis/ http://cinemassacre.com/2015/06/05/board-james-fans-omega-virus-analysis/

    I'd like to see the theories and conversations continue here, if possible. What's your Board James theory? What proves that theory? Do you have video timestamp citations?

    Do you think Board James was helpless to prevent the awful things that happened, is he just an evil murderer that needs to relieve what's left of his conscience, or just batshit insane?

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    • I'm not very good at interpretating things so I'm just really neutral. It's an answerless question, and I can't think of my own answer because it's 50/50.

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    • I don't know.

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    • Then why did you even post on this? lol

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    • Well as of the AVGN Games episode we can confirm that he does exist in the same world as the Nerd because he shows up.

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    • Good point, Sonamyfan. :)

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    • I think BJ didn't kill his friends. Proof? The closet. In Dream Phone, Bootsy was hanged in the closet. If BJ didn't see how Bootsy got killed, how could have BJ killed him? Also, if you choose FALSE on Lie Detector, you'll see how it leads into the Ouija Board.

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    • James is (possibly) psychotic. Psychotic murderers usually "black out" during their murders so they don't remember it. That's the tragedy of mental illness.

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    • I have a theory but I'm not sure if they will go there or not. What if Board James IS the AVGN? That would mean the whole BJ series is a prequel. It would also explain why Mike and Bootsy have never been on AVGN. It's because they don't exist and James put that all behind him and accepted his fate as a loner. Except this time, he is playing video games instead of board games because you don't need friends to play video games. The recent Full House episode of BJ even had Mike calling James a "Nerd". Food for thought.

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    • Problem with that is that the episode about the AVGN games had Board James appaer as himself alongside the Nerd as a seperate person. While Board James may be insane the Nerd is just really short tempered but sane.

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    • Yeah, it's actually a pretty stable theory. @Anon. Mike even suggested BJ to wear glasses IIRC. And towards Sonamy, maybe the Nerd still IS insane. He's able to "hallucinate" extremely realistic figure like Jason, Freddy, Bugs Bunny, etc. Thing is, while the theory is really cool and makes a lot of sense, I think it'd ruin everything. The AVGN should just be a fun little series of videos about a short-tempered, fouled mouth nerd reviewing games and sometimes having silly encounters with fictional characters. Giving it the whole "It's all just a horrific hallucination" will give it a lot of depth, but it'd be way too depressing and gritty for such a beloved and pretty light show.

      James probably made BJ as an outlet for his creativity towards dark and grittiness. I don't think he'd imbed that same grittiness into his most famous show.

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    • Most likely on the other hand we do have proof that these "guest" are real outside of Freddy Kruger but other then that I do agree on the part about him not putting it in his most famous show.

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    • 172.79.106.68 wrote:
      I have a theory but I'm not sure if they will go there or not. What if Board James IS the AVGN? That would mean the whole BJ series is a prequel. It would also explain why Mike and Bootsy have never been on AVGN. It's because they don't exist and James put that all behind him and accepted his fate as a loner. Except this time, he is playing video games instead of board games because you don't need friends to play video games. The recent Full House episode of BJ even had Mike calling James a "Nerd". Food for thought.

      Nice. The whole video is filled with AVGN references, including Board James being introduced in the Nerd's Lair. From Rolfe's commentary that he knew how he wanted to go with Board James (series), we can assume that S03, unlike the rest of the series (neither Mr. Bucket or Dream Phone were intended from the beginning), has a consistent storyline or a consistent motif, so if something like that was planned, it would have precedent in other videos. In fact, in Omega Virus Board James mentions how he was called a nerd from playing it. A small, inconclusive reference, but gains relevance once we consider that it could have been used in DragonStrike, Hero Quest and Battle Masters, but wasn't, maybe to avoid relating BJ to AVGN.

      Now, as to a prequel... Hardly. Of course, originally Board James wasn't an elaborated character, but some spin off of AVGN to board games (noticebly less angry). This is so explicit that the first titlecard was of the same model of AVGN (series)'s, even depicting Board James wearing glasses. But look at the glasses. I've noticed three different models throughout AVGN (series), the most common being the one portraited... but it wasn't the same model used in the first Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. So, chronologicallywise, it doesn't make much sense (although the model does appear in Karate Kid). Okay, that's a detail, and S03 already modifyied several scenes from previous episodes to fit an episode's narrative, but whole episodes are hardly details, and Loopin Louie clearly defines BJ (series) temporally. Of course, in the same episode they refer to Rolfe by name, but so it happens in Monster Madness (sort of). Now, what does it means to put Loopin Louie in a specific time period? In the very first ANN (series) episode it is aproximated the time distance from the episode to Simon's Quest release, which is significantly different to how long it'd be placing other episodes around Loopin Louie.

      In the AVGN Games episode, AVGN mentions how he doesn't know anyone like "Mike". He forgot the imaginary friend he thought he'd killed and that almost drove him insane with guilt? Or is AVGN a different personality of BJ?

      In Dream Phone, BJ says he was going home. Where was he if he imagined his friends?

      Now, for four episodes we were led to believe BJ is a murderer - somewhat unwilligly, nonethless. In the fifth, his friends didn't exist in the first place? Actually, the end of Lie Detector explains it. "You decide". There isn't supposed to be a final answer. Rolfe adored how Dream Phone led to several debates. As pointed, he endorses debates over his episodes. That's why S03 may have a constant motif, not a storyline, because Rolfe is creating food for thought, cryptic episodes that generate discussion, active reaction of his work. So we probably will get more episodes implying new viewpoints over the series, yet never something concrete. The issue is continuity. Although technically it is possible to go with this until the end of his carrer, this format takes much more time to produce and quickly grows redundant, so we can expect that at least something of all this will be taken as base for the following seasons, if they are to be. Let's see how it turns out.

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    • Well I'll be damned, you were right. Episode 25 reveals the Nerd and Board James are the same person.

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    • In all honesty that was a massive asspull if you ask me about him being the same person as we clearly see them as two people in the AVGN games episode.

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    • Well, the Nerd is definitely obsessed with asses, so...

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    • Here is list of plusible theories..........

      1. board james is a schizophrenic person with split personality disorder who suffers from paranoid delusions like that his friends are fake ( full house and steve urekill games ) or that a toy bucket wants to suck his balls ( mr. bucket ) then one day his metal illnesses gos to far and he kills his best freinds and blames a pink toy phone he gets arrested and hullucinates that he's escped costudy ( proof of this is a scene where you can see calk tally marks implying he's counting the days ) than he invents a way in his mind to get back his freinds using a ouija board then after he does ascape he plays bad video games and uses a altrenet personality as the avgn


      2.after bj episode 25 avgn starts to become a more active personality and instead of both series being at once bj is a prequel to avgn


      3. the shows' continuity and lore very episode to episode and its mostly just to entertain or to make you think

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    • Wow, I didn't think that they'd be the same person, either, but it definitely makes a bit more sense.

      Hm... hard to say how much of "reality" is in the Nerd's head and how much isn't, then. Maybe the movie could even solidify his descent into complete madness?

      It is dark, but hasn't the Nerd always been a bit dark, too?

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    • Board James started as a kind-hearted board game review but then turned into a more edgy, darker horror series. I personally don´t hate it but what i truly dislike is the inclusion of Motherfucker Mike and Bad Luck Bootsy. They´re both unnecessary and annoying. I only like BJ episode when he´s alone

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    • Why when he's on his own? I do prefer them if I'm more interested in knowing about the board game, but the story started to form around the inclusion of the other characters.

      It's the same thing as AVGN. Both series started with a heavier emphasis on the media they were reviewing, and then became more fleshed out as the characters grew.

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    • Mike´s cameos in CrossFire and Deadly Danger Dungeon were tolerable but his appearances should have been limited just to those two videos. It´s like he started stealing the show through the series and left James as a secondary character. I want Board James reviewing just board games, damnit.I first watch the early six videos, and then directly skip to Omega Virus, Key To The Kingdom and Video Games; the only decent episodes from the period where the webseries were beign ruined by Mike and Bootsy.

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    • It´s a bit like AVGN; when he invites special guests who ruin the episode and don´t let James review the game. Like the Cowardly Lion, Bugs or Lloyd. The only decent were Guitar Guy, the Ninja and Glitch Gremlin but the rest just were stupid and lame except the Troma director. Fuck him to hell.

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    • 79.159.237.148 wrote:
      It´s a bit like AVGN; when he invites special guests who ruin the episode and don´t let James review the game. Like the Cowardly Lion, Bugs or Lloyd. The only decent were Guitar Guy, the Ninja and Glitch Gremlin but the rest just were stupid and lame including the Troma director. Fuck him to hell.


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    • Oops, did i say "except the director"? Sorry, i wanted to say "Including". Incuding the Troma director

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    • Lloyd Kaufmann is a pretty wild character. But it's also really different than any of the other guests that the Nerd had, and is a show stealer. Not sure it helped that episode, though, it's a bit painful to watch because Lloyd Kaufmann's mental age is about 12. Surprising, considering how violent and sexy the Troma films supposedly were (I haven't watched any of them).

      I don't think Mike and Bootsy ruined it, I think it was just the fact that it's hard to play/demonstrate board games without at least one more person helping you. I like the horror plot that he's created around the series, and they were the best episodes, too.

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    • Yeah, but i still think Bootsy and Mike couldn´t resist to steal the show whenever they were called to join James in his board game reviews. The same thing happens with guest stars in AVGN. Specially with Lloyd, which, in my oppinion, it´s an eccentric, crazy man who thinks it´s better than the rest of people because it´s a director. His episode was a pure mistake; for many reasons. The first is that very few people who watched the video were fans of  Troma; the only people who could understood the references and humour. I guess they were really excited to see their favorite director joining their favorite YouTuber but that´s my fucking point. I didn´t even knew who Lloyd was; i never heard of that man or even knew his movies even existed. That was the first time i listened the name of Toxic Crusaders. And the second reason is that Lloyd completely ignored the script James wrote for him and started improvising with unfunny jokes. That was selfish and mean

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    • In conclusion, my problem with Toxic Crusaders is that was conceived as a raunchy festival for Troma geeks; with a self centered guest star who stole the show and thought he could be a great replacement for James. Like a little kid who starts yelling and making annoying noises to catch his parent´s or friend´s attention. Not to mention, watching an elder man acting like a kindergarten baby was shameful and uncomfortable. I mean, why didn´t he acted like a person of his age? He should be in a retirement house instead of Jame´s basement. Don´t you think?

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