Breaking out Carcassonne or Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan (my game choices aren’t exactly deep cuts), sitting around the table with friends, forging alliances, and strategically stabbing them in the back.
A properly placed pop culture reference from the past can serve as a kind of Shibboleth. Like Darmok at Tanagra, people who get it, get it. And that’s great!
But too many references, too much nostalgia, and you run the risk of being stuck, of being an OK boomer who fetishizes the past and can’t break free of it (See: Ready Player One (the book), or the previous paragaph).
Though I haven’t watched it since probably 1982, I’m gonna go ahead and guess the movie The Jerk has not aged well.
But I was thinking about the all I need scene from that movie, and how it’s a pretty good metaphor for Division 2. In it, a destitute Steve Martin starts out defiantly proclaiming the only thing he needs is “this ash tray.” As the scene plays out he grabs more items he “needs” until he walks out of his house awkwardly encumbered with this ashtray, this lamp, this paddle game, this chair etc.