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Tales of the Arabian Nights – Shut Up & Sit Down Review

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Disclaimer: Since this video was published, SU&SD has been made aware of a striking quantity of homophobic and transphobic content in this board game. The game’s tone was first established by the first edition in 1985, and today, it’s definitely showing its age. More information is available here, courtesy of Meeple Like Us:

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First published on July 26, 2013.


  1. By far my favorite game review ever, if only for that last line.

  2. I LOVE your final comment. Totally right on, man.

  3. Tales has a fantastic story book, no question, but mechanically it is barely above Candyland. I've won games literally choosing my actions completely randomly. On top of that it is, I think, noticeably longer than it probably should be, especially if you play with a four or more player count. So to me the novelty of the stories wore thin after a few games to the point I will avoid playing it.

    So I definitely recommend it as an experience game to play one or two times to hear the cool stories. But in terms of replayability I much prefer playing Eldritch Horror which has a comparable random event set when you include the expansions but whose underlying Pandemic-ish gameplay is much more interesting.

  4. So…it's a very well-written CYOA book with a board instead of graph paper and cards instead of whatever token you use for representing your conditions. That might all be very nice, but it doesn't sound like a….game?

  5. Yes spending almost whole game in the jail is really fun.

  6. That last line man….profound. 😂😂

  7. i play leauge of legends and i uinderstand why this game would be fun

  8. Is that Steve Jacksons Sorcery Mušov in the background?

  9. Jokes on you, Quinns. I planned accordingly for my lack of budget this month by drunkenly buying this months ago. Haha.

  10. The game is great but I feel like you failed to mention the city/destination cards. Some of our friends were really frustrated by the game because everybody spent multiple minutes on marvelous stories while they spent 4 turns in a row (about 15-20 minutes) drawing place to go and reading stories for other people instead.

  11. What is a 'dendon' largest creature in the sea

  12. That map is tripping me out here. I get they razed Carthage but how is the land mass gone?

  13. How does this not have more views? It's probably one of the best reviews in te whole channel. You can see just how much he loves this game.

  14. F*ck this game. Played it three times, each time I ended up in jail and was just stuck there until the game ended. I'll never play it again.

  15. I wanted my story to af|ect other stories. Play with 5 players. Is just 5 one player games. it was an interesting night, but I didn't want another.

  16. There are review channels on YouTube and then there is this channel. This video was so masterfully created that it not only encouraged me to get the game, but it actually sets the bar for what review videos should be. It's engaging, informative, and humorous. It skillfully captures the flavour of the game within the video, and then it transcends the review with an absolutely perfect conclusion. To say this review is impressive is an understatement; nonetheless, excellent work, gentlemen.

  17. Great Review with amazing insight, humor and even… well… intelligence 😀 LOVED IT!

  18. No, I have days where I need to get away from it all . . . and then I just get more day.


  19. I need to get this. My wife finally said hey I like to play this game thanks to one of your videos. Been trying to get the wife into board games for like 8 years.

  20. So, after you said everyone should have this in their collection, I paused the video, bought it on amazon, then watched the rest. Can't wait to play this.

  21. Watching Disney's Aladdin really reminded me of this game, and I thought what it would be like as a playthrough of the game

  22. "Disclaimer: Since this video was published, SU&SD has been made aware of a striking quantity of homophobic and transphobic content in this board game." Wow… I read the article and this is certainly not an exaggeration. Thanks for the heads up Quinns.

  23. Only problem I have is the insane status. Since most of the fun in the games comes from the choices you make, not getting to make those choices gets kinda boring really fast.

  24. Arabian Nights with the legacy system is not what the world needs, but what it deserves.

  25. Where were you two years ago when Quinn sucker punched you in the stomach.

  26. Hey! I enjoyed watching the video and am interested in purchasing the game, but it seems like it is currently out of stock on amazon and a couple of other websites. Any idea of where I could find it for a fair price?

  27. “Is it the game they’re talking about?” Gold!

  28. I would like to know the background music for when I play this please.

  29. Oh, I come from a land, from a faraway place

    Where the caravan camels roam

    Where it's flat and immense

    And the heat is intense

    It's barbaric, but hey, it's home

  30. Ahh, this brings be back to the old Barbarian Prince hexcrawl. Very similar design, although a thousand times more gruelling. And swingy. And complex.

    Maybe I should consider robbing a sultan of enough money to buy this thing..

  31. Really enjoyed this review and want to get the game. Is it out of print? Doesn’t seem easy to find in the US.

  32. Arabian Nights Entertainment is a difficult setting to adapt in today's tear down culture environment. The Meeple Like Us tear down article points to a number of issues with this game. Having studied the literature in great detail, it would be quite an undertaking to adapt the material to modern sensibilities. For instance, the use of the harem in the Arabian Nights appeals to the 19th century heterosexual European man's repressed sexual fantasies and has no basis in historical reality. Anything having to do with romance or sex in the source material will always bring forward the 19th Century viewpoint. This is a genre game designers should avoid at all costs as a social media campaign could easily force them out of the industry.

  33. I am looking for this game and I can't find any decent copy for a reasonable price 120+ used!!!
    Living in Greece doesn't help either 🙁

  34. This game is a dream of mine since I printed my first narrative pnp game some years ago. To this day I get lost in barbarian prince, star smuggler and D100 dungeon. But I saw this game only ONCE in a local store and it was like my entire salary.

  35. A little bit too xenophobic for me. All the best stereotypes in one box! No thanks–I will wait for the white culture edition.

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