Category Archives: Unconventional

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!

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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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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 →

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 →