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Can You Win The J.J. Abrams Board Game?

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When Lost returns on Tuesday, the surprises will come thick and fast. How would you survive if you were trapped inside a twisty J.J. Abrams story? There's only one way to find out: by playing the J.J. Abrams board game.

(Click the board game to make it super big.)

We compiled a set of common J.J. Abrams plot twists, from all of his TV shows and movies. Pretty much every square of this board game is something that's happened in at least a couple Abrams joints, and some of them are common across the whole of the J.J.-verse. (If you can name which J.J. Abrams shows or movies these shocking reveals and turns of events are from in the comments, we'll give you an extra free throw of the dice, or maybe a "Get Out Of Causality Loop Free" card.)


We've created a starter set of "J.J. Widget" cards for you to put on the center of the board:


Feel free to suggest some other candidates for "J.J. Widgets" in the comments. If we get some awesome suggestions, we'll include them in an "expansion pack" of cards next week.

How to play: Take two six-sided dice and throw. Divide the result by fate versus free will to get the number of squares you can move forward. When you land on "Causality Loop," you have to keep rolling until your die roll equals the product of Faith x Science. If you land on "Symbol Overload," take a card from the "J.J. Widgets" stack in the center of the board. And yes, if you reach the final square, all of your questions will be answered!

(And before anybody points it out in comments, we know that J.J. Abrams isn't really in day-to-day control over Lost any more. But he launched it and it's still part of the J.J.-verse, which he runs alongside a brain trust that includes Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Jeff Pinkner, Bryan Burk and others. In fact, you could argue that J.J. Abrams is really ten guys.)

Additional reporting/writing by the awesome Cyriaque Lamar. Design by the uber-talented Stephanie Fox.