Posted by: Chelsea Novak | July 17, 2007

For shame

So with the reintroduction of Graeme into our lives, there has been a dramatic increase in board game play in my life. Whether we are Settling Catan (Oh Klaus Tuber you genius) or additively trading beans (and also wondering why we are playing so many German board games) we’ve been having a lot of fun.

I love board games. Always have. But I have a problem with competition, so people usually quickly tire of my nature during such events so I don’t get to play as much as I’d like. Thankfully M and Graeme are similarly inclined, so my all encompassing desire to win is lost in the overall tone of the game.

Sunday night we decided to go a bit old school and play some Star Wars Trivial Pursuit, aka the game I usually win in one turn. While M’s Star Wars knowledge has grown admirably over our years together, he is a no Jedi when it comes to Star Wars related minutiae. He saves that part of his brain for other important things, like correcting my grammar.

Graeme on the other hand, I will admit, may have enough Star Wars knowledge to give me a run for my money. So Sunday night it was on.

Now I will admit there were some questions that I could have gotten, but there were times, when M and Graeme banded together and rejected my answers because they weren’t precise enough, while they were not held to as high of a standard of answer. For example, shield wasn’t an acceptable answer. I had to tell them what kind of shield it was (deflector shield in case you were wondering).

For most of the game I was winning pretty confidently. The boys were holding their own and getting things right too, but I was winning. Winning so much that I was in the centre of the board, my pewter Princess Leia figure full of victory reflecting pie pieces and I was asked the following question:

“What does Han Solo exclaim after he shoots down the remaining tie fighter during Luke’s death star run?”

From the script of Star Wars IV: A New Hope


The three TIE fighters move in on Luke. As Vader’s center
fighter unleashes a volley of laserfire, one of the TIE ships
at his side is hit and explodes into flame. The two remaining
ships continue to move in.


Luke looks about, wondering whose laserfire destroyed Vader’s


Vader is taken by surprise, and looks out from his cockpit.



Vader’s wingman searches around him trying to locate the
unknown attacker.


Han and Chewbacca grin from ear to ear.

(yelling) Yahoo!

Now, in the heat of the moment, I said “Yehaw!”, not “Yahoo!” (and if you actually watch the film, it sounds a lot more like “Yehoo!”, but whatever) and Graeme and M refused to accept my answer. It’s not like I answered “Ye verily I arrive to save the day” or “Fricken A dude!” I just made a slight alteration to the word, something that could even be forgiven by a regional accent. But I was denied. Graeme proceeded to win the game on the next turn.

I still refuse to acknowledge the win. Not to take away from Graeme’s accomplishment in answering the questions like he did, but seriously people. This is taking pedantic to a new low.




  1. I’m just saying here, but as a lad growing up in Calgary, I gained some insight into the common exclamations of cowboys. “Yahoo” is the official cheer of the Calgary Stampede, whereas saying ‘Yeehaw’ will get you killed. I think we can agree that at the very least, there’s enough of a distinction here to deny a Trivial Pursuit question, particularly one that would otherwise lead to a victory.

    I’m just saying.

  2. Sorry Chelsea… but I think I agree with the menfolk on this one! Yehaw and Yahoo are two decidedly different terms. 😦 Better luck next time!

  3. Boo to you both!

  4. My fiancee and I adore board (and card) games as well. Here’s a great site to find some new ones:

    We’ve found a number of gems through there.

  5. You’re pulling out the script of the movie and posting it to your blog, but they’re the ones being pedantic?



  6. Gotta fight the fight you’re given.

  7. My answer would have been “Do the Han Solo!” followed by an elaborate victory dance that one could only assume to be the Han Solo in question.

    I would, of course, have been dead wrong.

  8. I’m also going to have to go with the boys on this one, just because well…I know you would have done the same to them if it had been M or G or who said Yeehaw instead of Yahoo.

    Also, damn settlers of katan, that’s one of the most addictive games ever. It’s no wonder I never get any real work done!

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