Monthly Archives: March, 2013

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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Young Game Inventor’s Contest

While some kids win science fairs or history fairs, this year kids can win the

National Young Game Inventor’s Contest!

National Young Game Inventors contest

National Young Game Inventors 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/

 

TableTop Day is March 30th

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.”

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Foto Friday: One to Boggle your mind

Breezy the cat looks at Boggle

The cat really wanted to play, but her favorite words “dinner time” just aren’t there.

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.

Boggle challenge for March 15, 2013

Boggle challenge for March 15, 2013

 

DIY Game Pieces Craft: Dominoes

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 →