The segment is humorously intended and only lasts a few seconds. We see — and hear — the components of the game being reviewed fall abruptly onto a table, in slow motion, over a lively background music.
Vasel says he started filming game pieces falling down several years ago, to test the slow motion mode on his new camera. Impressed with the results he decided to use that as the opening sequence of his video reviews.
He states three qualities that he believes still make the segment relevant today.
- Informative. He thinks that the Component Drop can quickly give viewers an idea of the quantity and nature of the components included in the game being reviewed.
- Distinctive. These tumultuous few seconds have become emblematic of his video reviews.
- Provocative. Seeing game components (mis)treated in such a way seems to bother a lot of people. Vasel says he gets a kick out of some of the outraged comments he receives about the Component Drop.
No Games Were Harmed in the Making of This Film
Even though its author is not known for pampering games, the Component Drop is not about damaging games or destroying components. It simply positions itself at the opposite end of the spectrum from lavishly produced board gaming videos. Compared, for instance, to Components Breakdown, by Jeremy Salinas, in which board games like Mansions of Madness (Corey Konieczka, 2011) or Vinhos (Vital Lacerda, 2010) are presented with an amusing level of grandeur, the messy and noisy drops are, well, different.
Some like, some loathe. But they’re all talking about it — that’s the whole point I assume.
References and Further Browsing
- Thoughts, Rants and Opinions – The Components Drop
- The Component Drop, explained by Tom Vasel
- Tom Thinks… about Component Drops, Board Game Breakfast #33
- Games Tom Vasel should never, ever component drop, on Boardgamegeek
- Tom Vasel Component Drops, on Boardgamegeek
- It drives me crazy when Tom Vasel drops all the pieces in slow motion during his videos, on Reddit
- Best Component Drop to date, on Boardgamegeek
- Component Drop
- Funny component drops, on Boardgamegeek