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/

 

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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 →

5 board games that should be made into movies

This past year the game Battleship was the inspiration for a mega budget movie. Several other adaptations are in the works including Monopoly and Ouija. I’ve jumped on this bandwagon and picked five games I think will make excellent movies.

This was a lot of fun. Expect to see a sequel to this list in the future.

Settlers of Catan  (c) Catan GmbH

Settlers of Catan
(c) Catan GmbH

Settlers of Catan

I’ve been waiting for this adaptation for years. Villages trying to expand into each other’s territories, communities desperate for supplies begging friends and enemies alike for help, bartering, trading….add in a damsel in distress and this game is a bona fide block buster. Continue reading →

5 movies that should be made into board games

We’ve had a bizarrely cold week here in Florida. Of course, by “bizarrely cold” I mean around 65 degrees which I recognize to the rest of the world that is not cold at all. Never the less, I have spent the week catching up on movies.

It’s been almost 20 years since Jumanji entered theatres: the most obvious movie to board game translation, because, well, it was already about a fictional board game. But, in a world of product domination, what movies are just waiting for this special treatment?

Franchisers, take note—hopefully we’ll see some of these favorites on the shelves by next year’s Oscars.

All the photos in this post are property of IMDB. Click the pictures to go to each movie’s page.

Finding Nemo (c) DisneyPixar

Finding Nemo
(c) Disney Pixar

Finding Nemo:

The objective of this movie translates well as a board game: rescue baby Nemo by traveling across the ocean and overcoming great obstacles. Movie characters become game pieces representing players. Pick your favorite from Dory to Merlin to Crush the turtle.

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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.

 

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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