Monthly Archives: February, 2013

Nertz: Learn how to play

Nertz is a fast paced card game.

You can buy a specialty deck on Amazon but really all you need are several visually different sets of standard playing cards.

 

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Historical Sunday: 17th Century Card Game

Castillo de San Marcos is a Spanish fort in America’s oldest city: St. Augustine.

Castillo San de Marcos Courtyard

The inside of Castillo San de Marcos in St. Augustine, FL.

The fort has at one point or another belonging to the Spanish (several times), the British, the United States and the Confederacy.

Now, Castillo de San Marcos is part of the United States’ National Park Service.  This weekend, as I wandered around the fort, I wondered what game the Spanish soldiers of the 17th century might have played behind the fort’s solid walls. Continue reading →

Foto Friday: Boggle

It’s a Friday word search!

Set a timer for two minutes.

Find as many words that are three or more letters in the picture as you can!

Ready?

Set?

GO!

Boggle

How many words can you find?

I found 30. How many did you find?

Game Night with your Honey: Valentine’s Day

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!

It’s also a Thursday….

If you’re anything like me getting dressed up and waiting in a long line isn’t ideal when work looms early the next morning. Why not skip the crowded meal and play a board game with your sweetie?

This Valentine’s day I’m sticking with the classics with some old school suggestion for each stage of relationships.

So stick a pizza in the oven, uncork a bottle of wine, don comfy pjs and enjoy each other’s company.

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New Monopoly Token is the Cat’s Meow

Several weeks ago Hasbro announced they would be making a cosmetic change to the classic family game, Monopoly by replacing one of the iconic tokens. In a vote facilitated by Facebook, fans have voted to rid players’ use of the classic iron and replace it with: Continue reading →

5 Must Have Apps for Board Games

Impress your friends and family at Game Night:

Most of us have our phones with us at all times. There are several apps available that can help make game playing easier. I’m linking the apps I personally use, which at this time are all free, but there are many options available for each of these categories. Try several and see which ones work best for you!

1: Dice

Dice

Everyone with a smart phone can have their own set of dice!

How many times have you opened a game only to find the dice are missing? The dice that originally went with the game you want to play are now associated with who knows which game on the shelf.

Smart phones have made the case of the missing dice obsolete. With a simple shake or tap of the phone, the game can proceed. Extra bonus: no dice rolling around on the floor!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dice/id429412843?mt=8

2: Timer

Game timer

No worries about the timer being knocked over with a timer app.

The timers that come with games rarely work quite right: the sand gets corroded, the electronic beeper runs out of batteries, or, even more common, everyone must sit around and wait for the timer to run out before the next person can take their turn.

With a simple timer app, especially ones designed specifically for games, a game can move at the proper pace. Easy to set and reset, this simple addition can actually make the game even more fun.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timer+/id391564049?mt=8

3: Fun timer

Why settle for just one boring countdown timer? Find a timer that is maybe a little more fun than functional. My favorite is the sand timer.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ihourglass-free/id287618702?mt=8

4: Score keeper

Pens and Paper

Look for pens no more with a scorekeeper app.

Everyone has a drawer full of pens that are completely useless and this is invariably the drawer everyone digs through to find a pen and paper to keep score.

Scorekeeping apps pack several advantages: no pen/paper, they can store the scores for future play or to remember who won, and, best yet, they do the math for you!

https://itunes.apple.com/si/app/basic-score-keeper/id391277644?mt=8

5: Dictionary

Quickly put an end to all Scrabble squabbles by having a dictionary instantly available.

There is an official Scrabble dictionary available for the iPhone for a price, but there are several practical free options as well.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/merriam-webster-dictionary/id399452287?mt=8

What app do you have on your phone that you can’t play board games without?

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire: Live Chess

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is an annual tradition in Gainesville, Florida. Thousands of visitors pack the fairgrounds as participants bring the medieval world back to life through jousting, historically accurate reproductions, elephant rides and giant turkey legs. Continue reading →