Board games aren't just for kids -- turns out they're actually the perfect way to pop the question.
That was the idea behind a Reddit user named Mike's proposal to his girlfriend, Conny, during a game of Pictionary on Friday night. He snuck the words "Marry me" onto a card, then "guessed" the phrase after she drew it. The photos of the proposal he posted on Imgur and Reddit Tuesday have generated more than 2,300 comments and 140,000 views so far.
Mike told HuffPost Weddings that he was looking for a creative, memorable way to propose, and remembered how much fun they've had at game nights with friends.
"I liked the idea of proposing at home, over something we both liked doing, and with friends around," he said.
In a post on Imgur, Mike explained that he found the Pictionary card that included the word "Marry," then used Photoshop to make an exact replica of the card and add "me" to end. He said he rigged the game so Conny would draw the card while they played with a few friends (none of whom knew of his plan).
When she started drawing "Marry me," everyone began guessing. After a few wrong answers (he said he wanted her to "work for it"), he finally shouted, "Marry me!" then pulled out a ring.
"Her first words were, 'WHAT?!?' followed by, 'What is thaaat?!, and finally, 'Where did you get that??' She was beyond shocked," he wrote.
Conny eventually said, "yes"! Check out photos of the proposal below.
He's not the only kid-at-heart boyfriend to pop the question. Another man took inspiration from children's toys when he proposed to his girlfriend with a stop-motion LEGO film in 2012.
Click through the slideshow below to see some of the best video game marriage proposals.
Chrono Trigger Proposal
In October 2008, Phil decided he wanted to <a href="http://www.bridepop.com/proposal/video-game-hacked-for-geeky-proposal/" target="_hplink">pop the question to his girlfriend</a>, Anna -- and figured out how to hack into Chrono Trigger, a video game that she was playing at the time. The computer science student added a few memories of their own into the game (such as stargazing and dancing) and even included a sweet note of his own -- skip to 0:48 to see the in-game proposal.
Portal 2 Proposal
Gary Hudston <a href="http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/08/portal-2-proposal/" target="_hplink">always promised</a> his girlfriend Stephanie Harbeson that his proposal to her would be geeky and unique -- so when he figured out that his girlfriend loved playing Portal 2, he just knew he had to incorporate his proposal into the game -- somehow. So Hudston set off on a mission -- <a href="http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/08/portal-2-proposal/" target="_hplink">tracking down the voice actress who plays GLaDOS in the game, as well as the game's writer and other members of the Portal 2 team</a>-- to create a <a href="http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/08/portal-2-proposal/" target="_hplink">custom version</a> of the game. The entire project took six weeks -- and of course, she said "Yes!" Watch above as Stephanie plays through the level without knowing that a proposal is waiting for her at the end.
Dinner Love and the Quest for Soup
In April 2010, game designer Anders Howard proposed to his girlfriend via a video game he designed, called <a href="http://www.geekosystem.com/tag/dinner-love-and-the-quest-for-soup/" target="_hplink">"Dinner Love and the Quest for Soup."</a> Watch the actual footage of Howard's girlfriend playing the game above.
In April 2011, Ben Ambroso asked the developers at <a href="http://kotaku.com/5795148/when-your-favorite-game-is-proposing-marriage-the-answer-is-yes" target="_hplink">Gearbox Software to help him out with a marriage proposal</a> to his girlfriend Tora. And they said yes -- after all, both Ambroso and his girlfriend were huge fans of the game "Borderlands." See what happens next in the video.
Super Mario Bros Proposal
In October 2009, one gamer <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/21/super-mario-proposal-geek_n_328259.html" target="_hplink">proposed to his girlfriend within a Super Mario World game</a> by spelling out the words "Lisa Will You Marry Me?" using gold coins. Watch how she reacts as he gets down on one knee -- to offer a real ring.
Little Big Planet Proposal
In October 2008, gamer DimmuJed used Little Big Planet to propose to his girlfriend. According to his <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf2iGG9uTZY&feature=player_embedded" target="_hplink">YouTube description of the video</a>, she was so shocked that she just kept playing the game. Watch the proposal above.
In <a href="http://blog.nj.com/ledgerarchives/2008/08/a_nerd_programs_his_way_into_h.html" target="_hplink">December 2007</a>, computer programmer Bernie Peng reprogrammed his <a href="http://kotaku.com/364452/man-hacks-bejeweled-wins-wife" target="_hplink">girlfriend's favorite video game</a> -- "Bejeweled" -- to propose to her. As she reached a certain score, a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1895795/Blogger-proposes-inside-girlfriends-video-game.html" target="_hplink">ring and marriage proposal </a>popped up on the screen -- and she said "Yes!"
In <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/22/a-mobius-proposal-guy-creates-video-game-to-propose-marriage/" target="_hplink">2010</a>, Matt Gilgenbach created <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyWjSZEXcnw&feature=player_embedded" target="_hplink"><em>A Mobius Proposal</em></a> to <a href="http://www.amobiusproposal.com/" target="_hplink">pop the question to his girlfriend</a>. Gilgenbach built a fully-functional co-op puzzle game -- which took him a total of three months to make -- but it was totally worth it.
Google+ Crime City Proposal
In December 2011, Mihai used a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/29/google-plus-marriage-prop_n_1174948.html" target="_hplink">Google+ online game called "Crime City" to propose to his girlfriend</a>. Mihai approached the game's creator, Funzio, who then created a virtual engagement ring especially for the proposal. The ring appeared in his girlfriend's virtual inventory -- and she said yes.
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