Tag: board games

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Stuff We Love: Games Workshop’s Talisman was the gateway drug of board games

Monopoly. Connect 4. Life. Candyland. Battleship. When I was young, I had played all of the Parker Brothers’ games, and if I could find a Parker Sister, I’d play her games, too.

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Stuff We Love: This video explains why your favorite D20 actually sucks

Even though I consider myself a gamer, I never seriously contemplated dice beyond praying to whoever my mage worshiped as I rolled her way to safety or sudden death. But this lecture below, by Louis Zocchi, owner of GameScience, changed all of that.

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Find The Right Board Game To Match Your Personality

Quantic Foundry, a game analytics consultancy, recently took a full 220,000 videogamers and studied their motivations. The results were obvious in retrospect: People choose games based on their personality. In other words, gamers who are extroverted like games with competition and community, while people who are conscientious play games that allow them to concoct grand master […]

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Find The Right Board Game To Match Your Personality

Quantic Foundry, a game analytics consultancy, recently took a full 220,000 videogamers and studied their motivations. The results were obvious in retrospect: People choose games based on their personality. In other words, gamers who are extroverted like games with competition and community, while people who are conscientious play games that allow them to concoct grand master […]

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Gamers Mash Up Operation with Paintball with Obvious Results

Remember the 1965 board game Operation? In the game, you play a surgeon who has to remove plastic objects from different parts of a patient’s body with a pair of tweezers. If you accidentally touch the edges of the body cavity, you get buzzed. Your turn is over. It’s a simple game that requires hand-eye […]

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Social Board Games Keep Your Brain Sharp

Making your friends hand over their resources to you in Settlers in Catan or revealing yourself to be a Cylon in Battlestar Galactica isn’t just satisfying on a personal level. It seems that this can help your brain as you age. According to the New York Times, Paul Nussbaum, president of the Brain Health Center […]

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Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor

ThinkFun’s Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor is an escape-the-room game that can be played in your own home. You don’t need to bolt your doors and windows, and you don’t need to hide precious information in secret places. All you need are an ability to solve puzzles and some reasonably sober friends. [Puzzler Paul […]

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Board games have raised $265 million on Kickstarter, putting the fun in fundraiser

Kickstarter has been raising money for entrepreneurs and wannabes since 2009, funding such fascinating projects as an ostrich pillow and, um, potato salad. All told, Kickstarter has put the fun in fundraiser by raising $2.4 billion since its inception. And it turns out a large wedge of that cheddar comes from boardgames. According to News-Republic, crowds […]

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6 Must-Know Game Design Tips from the Creative Director of FLUXX

Want to create your own board game? You need more than big ideas. You need advice from an award-winning, patent-holding game designer. Andy Looney, creative director of Looney Labs, has been making his own games since he modified the board game Battle Cry into a travel version. He was 12 years old. Looney went on […]

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Hello World: Leaving MMOs for tabletop games

Despite a variety of computer platforms and compelling multiverses — each of them pouring millions of dollars into vast advertising campaigns — quieter board and card games still have their fascination. And players are still playing.

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