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.
“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 →
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.
Also, here’s the link for the store front, Game Salute, that sells Ghost Pirates.
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.
While some kids win science fairs or history fairs, this year kids can win the
National Young Game Inventor’s Contest!
The event is sponsored by by University Games with sponsorships by Scholastic and the Prescott Hotel.
The stakes are pretty amazing: $10,000 savings bond, trip to San Francisco and the possibility for the game to actually be published.
The runner-up prizes are pretty great too: a game library from University Games.
Entries are due in October. No help from mom and dad. Who knows, maybe your kid is the next Milton Bradley. If not, maybe they’ll be excited about something new for a couple of weeks.
Check out this website for more info: http://www.universitygames.com/NYGIC/
Is Saturday, March 30th marked on your calendar?
No? WELL WHY NOT!?
MARCH 30TH IS NATIONAL TABLETOP DAY!
The mission is simple:
“On March 30th, 2013 , we ask you to go to your friendly local game store, neighborhood coffee shop, school auditorium, community center, or host a game day at your home and play more games.”
Happy Friday! How about a game of Boggle? As you can see, Breezy the cat really is a good sport and tried to play my choice of game this morning, but her lack of english skills and opposable thumbs makes her a lousy opponent. She really prefers games that dangle from a string.
So instead it’s Foto Friday!
2 minutes on the clock. How many 3+ letter words can you find?
I only found 15 this week.
My junk drawer is full of game pieces.
Random little trinkets, long gone from their original packaging, never to see board game victory again. There are game timers with sand that won’t fall, Scrabble tiles from who knows which era, and dice moved so often they’ve ended up in a game that doesn’t even need dice.
What is one to do with this mish-mash of gaming?
Repurpose of course! Continue reading →