Did you know: Trivial Pursuit

Four random facts of Trivia about Trivial Pursuit:

A Trivial Pursuit playing piece, with all six ...

A Trivial Pursuit playing piece, with all six wedges filled in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know if any of these nuggets of knowledge show up in any version of the game, but you never know, maybe you can earn a piece of the pie.

  • Trivial Pursuit is available in 26 different countries in 17 languages.
  • There are 42 different editions of the game.
  • Two journalists invented the game in Canada, eh.
  • Hasbro bought all rights to the game in 2008 for $80 million dollars.
Trivial Pursuit

New editions of the game are always coming out, now through Hasbro. Picture property of Hasbro.

If trivia appeals to you, check out the Trivial Pursuit Facebook page, maybe if we all ban together we can reinstate the daily trivia challenges!

*Trivia on Trivial Pursuit obtained through the New York Times.

Geocaching: the Outdoor Adventure Game

Spring has sprung!

Soon, it will be unbearably hot here in Florida, but for now it is time to spend every waking hour outdoors. In this spirit, today I bring you:


Geocaching is an existing community that hides and seeks containers of various sizes all over the world. These containers are caches. Inside of the caches is usually a log book for anyone who finds that cache to sign and sometimes a small prize or token.

To get started, you need a pair of comfortable shoes, a pen and access to the internet.

Start at geocoaching.com, plug-in a zip code and a list of caches in your neighborhood will generate. I highly suggest using the app for iPhone  or android. In the app, you can find nearby caches and it will show you exactly where you are in relation to it on a map.

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Smart Ass: The Game

Smart Ass is a trivia party game. It plays quickly and allows you to find out who is the biggest know it all in your group.

Smart Ass the board game.

Smart Ass the board game.

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Starting a Community Game Group: Interview with Mark Stuart

Ever thought about starting up a board game group in your community, but just didn’t know where to start?

Mark Stuart runs a successful community tabletop group in Gainesville, FL. With the help of meetup.com, a social networking site that allows people of like interests to find one another, his group has grown to 220 “meetup members” (basically people who show interest) and a solid 12 regular members for game get together. The group has also used Facebook to grow its membership.

In this interview, Mark explains how he began his group, how it has grown over the past several years and gives some advice for others looking to start groups in their own communities. Continue reading →

Tabletop Day: Jax Style

Yesterday’s Tabletop Day was a big success here in Jacksonville, FL at Happy Viking Games, who were WONDERFUL hosts. There were two big rooms of tables and there were definitely times when it was hard to find a corner to start a new game, which is the best problem to have. There were literally bags of games everywhere. To top it all off, as promised, there was some delicious cake.

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Foto Friday: Take a Boggle Break

Get ready for tomorrow by playing a round of Boggle.

Timer set to 2 minutes?

Ready, set, go!

Boggle game for March 29.

Boggle game for March 29.

I found 26 words this time. What was your count?

See you tomorrow on twitter…@boardgamesrule and #tabletopday!

Word on the Street

Words on the Street, by Out of the Box.

Words on the Street, by Out of the Box.

“Word on the Street” is a fun game for two or more players (preferably an even number of players). It’s a pretty quick word game that is good for all ages (the box says 12 and up, but as a family game younger kids can play too). Do not let the suggestion that the game is a “family game” deter you intellectual types, the game is often really challenging when played with a group of adults! Continue reading →

Game terms dictionary: they aren’t all Balderdash

Balderdash game card

Sometimes board game lingo can seem like a foreign language.

While everyone is a geek, the level of table-top game geekery varies greatly. Thus, the birth of a new page: Geeky Game Terms to help those who might find themselves saying “what the heck does RPG mean!?” This page is on the top menu bar, next to the “about” tab.

This dictionary is a living document, so new terms will appear as needed. For now these are the basics and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the great folks over at Board Game Geek have a more detailed glossary that might be useful.

Feel free to leave a comment if I left off an important one or if you have questions. I’ll be sure to add it!

Board Game Design using Kickstarter: Interview with Tim Rodriguez

This Saturday is International Table Top Day!

In celebration, this is a packed week of posts!

Today, I am thrilled to bring you the brilliant mind of Tim Rodriguez, a Brooklyn based game designer.

I’ve been curious about how independent game designers use crowd funding to finance their games and Tim, who is currently using Kickstarter to fund his newest game “Hyperreality”, was kind enough to sit down and tell me about his experiences with the platform.

Take a listen to our conversation to hear about how Kickstarter helped him bring his first game “Ghost Pirates” to life; his inspiration behind “Hyperreality”; and his advice for other independent game makers out there.

Be sure to check out Hyperreality on Kickstarter and Tim’s Website, Brooklynindiegames.com and blog, dicefoodlodging.com

Also, here’s the link for the store front, Game Salute, that sells Ghost Pirates.

Giant Jenga

Jenga is a classic game of skill, determination and loud crashing noises.

When it gets super-sized, though, it gets even better. My obsession with “larger than life Jenga” began after viewing a recent episode of “The Big Bang Theory”. In the attached clip, the gang plays a game of Jenga made of 4×4 wooden boards.

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