Category Archives: Events

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.

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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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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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.

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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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 →

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 →