Let’s Play 1984’s The Temple Of Doom Board Game!

By the time that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom hit theaters back on May 23, 1984. I was impatiently counting the days up until it’s release. When my Father and I finally had the chance to see it, I was all set to join Indiana Jones again and brave that Temple of Doom.

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Of course it helped that television ads were all over the place. It must be remembered as well that Raiders of the Lost Ark kind of took everyone by surprise in 1981. It seemed like the studio was truly doing its best to get the word out about Temple of Doom.

Having said that I must admit that I do not ever recall seeing the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom board game back in the day. Thankfully this matter was corrected when the Arkadia Retrocade received a copy of it a few months back.

Joining me for this special event was none other than my fellow author on The Retroist, PLCary.

I must point out the nice design of the Temple of Doom board itself.
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Each Player also receives a little board that connects to the main board – which features exciting moments from the film as well. Such as the plane crash, waterfall, the palace and of course Club Obi Wan!

After a go with the spinner, a Player must travel the full number of steps. At the very beginning you must choose to take the shorter path which is more dangerous. Or the longer path giving you more opportunities to avoid landing on a danger – sending you back precious steps or even to the beginning.

Dotted across the board are symbols featuring both Indy’s hat and whip and the visage of Mola Ram. When landing on these symbols a Player spins the spinner – if it matches the symbol you have landed upon, two outcomes take place. A match of symbols while on Indy’s hat means a Player can move a piece up to 3 spaces. Where as if you match while on Mola Ram’s symbol – you lose your next turn…probably trying to avoid having your heart ripped out.

Another key point is that a Player isn’t allowed to jump over another of their pieces. Which means there are moments in fact during the game where you are stuck. An opposing Player is allowed to land on your piece – placing your piece where they just were. An act by and large that can become beneficial in certain cases, especially when you enter the temple itself.
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After navigating the treacherous temple, avoiding the sulfurous pitfalls. By foot or using the stairwells as shortcuts, you begin to move Indy, Willie, and Short Round to the appropriate colored mine carts. A Player must get all three of their playing pieces on the cart before they can race for the finish line.

In our game, while PLCary pulled ahead at the beginning – I made it through the mines first. But on the negative side you need an exact number to cross the rope bridge and win the game. All three of your pieces must have crossed before you can claim victory.

I was getting bad spins and PLCary easily caught up with me. It was a battle across the rope bridge but in the end I lucked out and managed to get all of my pieces across first.

Which in the spirit of Temple of Doom meant I of course paused to cut the rope bridge.


Generally speaking board games based on 1980’s franchises were something of a crapshoot. I can say though that the Temple of Doom game was exceptionally fun. If you can get your hands on it – it is most worth adding to your collection.

1984 PAAS Halloween Make-Up Kits Commercial

Halloween make-up kits were rarely used in my youth. While they might have been safer – at least in terms of no costume to get tangled up in. They couldn’t compare to the majesty of dressing up as Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers.
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I might also add that the lure to play the hero was incredibly strong during Halloween. How could a kid resist donning the garb of Superman, Wonder Woman, or even Batman?
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At the same time there was definitely one year at least where Halloween make-up kits reigned supreme. These were the very same make-up kits that PAAS was advertising on television in 1984. I was twelve and found myself attending church related “Fall” events. After all we were not supposed to be celebrating Halloween, right?

Of course that didn’t stop a parade of Werewolves…
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Vampyr…
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And even restless spirits traipsing up and down the halls filling our sacks with delicious loot.
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Now is just so happened to be that I was invited to three different celebrations that year. Two at churches and one at school. None of them being held on Halloween itself of course. The PAAS Halloween make-up kits were available at our local grocery store and quite cheap. In the light of this discovery I was able to wear three of the four kits in this 1984 commercial!

[Via] The Creepy TarHeel

I was a veritable Lon Chaney Sr. as I proudly became a Vampire one night, Werewolf the next, and finally a Ghost! Although I have absolutely no fear of clowns they’ve never been my thing.

Halloween make-up kits had their downsides!


Now I will not argue that the make-up kits definitely made it easier to see, with no mask to obstruct your vision. But to be honest they had some problems too:

  • The chemical smell really messed with my eyes – I’m not sure if I was allergic or what. They would just start to water if a breeze or AC was blowing in my face.
  • The face paint was easy to smear and you had to be careful to make sure that obviously nothing touched your face.
  • The plastic teeth would shred your gums – to be fair this had equally the same result with any plastic teeth back in the day.

Be that as it may, the memories of those three Halloween events remain very vivid. All thanks to the PAAS Halloween make-up kits!

Dungeons and Dragons Figures

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Last year I wrote a short article about some Dungeons and Dragons figures I found at a local toy store. Although when I wrote the article I hadn’t purchased them, I went back shortly and did just that.

Since then I’ve added four more figures to my collection: Strongheart the Paladin, Elkhorn the Dwarf, Warduke the Fighter, and Zarak the Evil-Half Orc Assassin.

Dungeons and Dragons figures (excluding the miniatures) were released in two series and two sizes: the traditional 3 3/4″ scale and a larger, 5″ size. Some of the figures were released in both series and in both sizes, making collecting all of them a bit confusing. This page over at the Toy Archive does a pretty good job of identifying them all by series and size.

Here’s a great video that shows off most of the figures. (It starts off a bit dramatic and gets to the figures about a minute in.) Man, if nothing else, I’ve got to get one of those rotating displays.

30 Years Ago Today: Purple Rain was Released

Thirty years ago today on June 25, 1984, Prince (and his band, the Revolution) released his sixth album: Purple Rain.

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As a pre-teen growing up on pop radio in the midwest, I didn’t discover Prince until his fifth album (1999) was released. While heavy rotation hits from that album including “Little Red Corvette”, “Delirious”, and the title track introduced the Minnesota rocker to not only me but an entire generation, it was Prince’s following album that truly set his place in rock and roll history.

Although surely I knew that the album was technically a soundtrack, at least for me, the album was infinitely more important and influential than the movie, which I didn’t see until I was in my 30s. For me, Purple Rain was all about the music.

Purple Rain contains nine songs: “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Take Me with U”, “The Beautiful Ones”, “Computer Blue”, “Darling Nikki”, “When Doves Cry”, “I Would Die 4 U”, “Baby I’m a Star”, and the final and title track, “Purple Rain”. Of those nine, five (“When Doves Cry”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Purple Rain”, “I Would Die 4 U”, and “Take Me With U”) were released as singles, with four of the five breaking the US top 10 charts. The songs “17 Days” and “Erotic City”, not included on the album but as b-sides, also received radio play during that time. I personally have always felt that “The Beautiful Ones” was the weakest track on the album, but even that one won’t stop me from listening to the entire album from cover to cover straight through.

While all Prince songs undeniably “sound like Prince”, Purple Rain runs the full gamut, from pop hits to synth-heavy creations and powerful ballads. The manic pace of “Let’s Go Crazy” stands in great contrast to the emotional delivery of “Purple Rain”. Although I was only 11 years old when the album was released, after listening to it hundreds of times I really knew what it sounded like when doves cry. Or at least I thought I did.

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And then there was Nikki — “Darling Nikki”, to be exact. Because this is a family-friendly site I cannot reveal what Prince caught Nikki doing with a magazine in his hotel lobby, but suffice it to say I learned a lot from that song, enough to make me blush both then and now.

In the summer of 84 and for years to come, it was impossible to turn on a radio or MTV without hearing or seeing Prince. The album Purple Rain spent 24 weeks at number 1 on the pop charts and has sold more than 20 million copies world wide. It repeatedly tops “best album” lists; Rolling Stone rated it the 2nd best album of the 1980s, Vanity Fair called it the greatest soundtrack of all time, and Slant Magazine recently named it the 2nd best album of the 1980s (behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller).

Purple Rain was strong enough to thrust Prince into the spotlight and keep him there for many years to come. Although he had many successful singles post-1984, no album comes close to encapsulating an era and packaging so many hits in one bundle.

Throughout the years Prince has sued his fans, Facebook fan page and blogs for posting links to his videos, had his music and videos removed from Youtube, has unauthorized albums and bootlegs regularly removed from eBay threatened to sue anyone who posted his picture on the internet, changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol (leading to the moniker “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince”) and, perhaps most cruel of all, repeatedly denied Weird Al’s requests to parody one of his songs. Somehow, Purple Rain rises above all that and, even 30 years later, still makes us want to Die 4 U.

But only if you want us 2.