Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Last week I asked our ridiculously creative readers to create the video game themed board games of their dreams. Or possibly nightmares. We've wound up with a bit of both, really.

First of all, I'd like to thank our brave entrants for suffering through last week's image upload problems, and for not creating board games using some of the images we were fighting to keep out of the comment sections, because ew.

Then I'd like to address, before it becomes an issue, the theme of this week's winning entry from the ever-so-talented halfbeast.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Yes, it's a cheap shot at Final Fantasy XIII, and we've been accused in the past of beating the living daylights out of the poor game. Thing is I like Final Fantasy XIII. I have friends who are Final Fantasy XIII. I love the style, the combat, some of the emotional cues — but yeah, it was pretty damn linear, and halfbeast's creation captured that aspect of the game quite nicely. I especially appreciate the Railroad Boss space.

So halfbeast wins, but he's not the only winner this week — just the best. The rest ain't nothing to sneeze at.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Eric Pheris — because who can keep all of these straight?

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Darkfoxx — because your mom goes to college.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Chrury Sanson — because you never, ever wake Tingle.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Barfalamu11 — because I was really hoping for some Pop-a-Matic bubble action.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Berfince — because I could take 'em.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

HylianHeroBigBoss — even though it's missing the "Jason!" button.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Green Monkie — for the nostalgia overdose.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

penultimate — for the souls of those we couldn't Phoenix Down for some reason.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

JurassicBark — #@%$#@!

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Modus Ataraxia — though I'd never guess in a million years.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Thorn_Blackstar — because this would be AWESOME.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

jpolchowski — because it would work.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

spartanwarrior — for being the good kind of dumb.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Clutchy — because it fits perfectly.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Koyawata — because everything is better with sharks.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

killergoat72 — because I'm surprised this hasn't been made yet.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

mulled0220 — aw man, I loves me some Clue.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

ParamediaFoetus — for making me look up Buckaroo.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

edy_pagaza — because this is some lovely work right here.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Jinder — because I laughed.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

discoron77 — noooooooooooooooooo!

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

sciteach — but isn't this how Scrabble is normally played?

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

KIREEK — because I have a soft spot for Barbie's Dreamhouse Party.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

Der-Kleine — because it's rather clever, and I read the whole thing.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

uscg_pa — because you know it would sell like crazy.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

DethDonald — because he's just a regular dad, playing some Twister.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

GiantBoyDetective — for Misty and Brock dying of dysentery.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

arniejolt — it's the fun game we're forced to play!

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

NellChan — because I want this. Maybe with smaller weapons.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

MrDeadScott — for the Fat Princess reference.

And of course...

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Now Board Gaming: The Winners!

halfbeast — for the win.

Hopefully these image uploading issues will all be cleared up for tomorrow's contest, which will probably only run until Tuesday night, as next weekend I'm getting a little surgery done to make my spine stop hurting my lower bits. If all goes well, we'll continue the week after. If not, well... nice knowing you all.