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Did you know: Trivial Pursuit

Four random facts of Trivia about Trivial Pursuit:

A Trivial Pursuit playing piece, with all six ...

A Trivial Pursuit playing piece, with all six wedges filled in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know if any of these nuggets of knowledge show up in any version of the game, but you never know, maybe you can earn a piece of the pie.

  • Trivial Pursuit is available in 26 different countries in 17 languages.
  • There are 42 different editions of the game.
  • Two journalists invented the game in Canada, eh.
  • Hasbro bought all rights to the game in 2008 for $80 million dollars.
Trivial Pursuit

New editions of the game are always coming out, now through Hasbro. Picture property of Hasbro.

If trivia appeals to you, check out the Trivial Pursuit Facebook page, maybe if we all ban together we can reinstate the daily trivia challenges!

*Trivia on Trivial Pursuit obtained through the New York Times.

Smart Ass: The Game

Smart Ass is a trivia party game. It plays quickly and allows you to find out who is the biggest know it all in your group.

Smart Ass the board game.

Smart Ass the board game.

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Starting a Community Game Group: Interview with Mark Stuart

Ever thought about starting up a board game group in your community, but just didn’t know where to start?

Mark Stuart runs a successful community tabletop group in Gainesville, FL. With the help of meetup.com, a social networking site that allows people of like interests to find one another, his group has grown to 220 “meetup members” (basically people who show interest) and a solid 12 regular members for game get together. The group has also used Facebook to grow its membership.

In this interview, Mark explains how he began his group, how it has grown over the past several years and gives some advice for others looking to start groups in their own communities. Continue reading →

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 →

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/

 

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?

5 Must Have Apps for Board Games

Impress your friends and family at Game Night:

Most of us have our phones with us at all times. There are several apps available that can help make game playing easier. I’m linking the apps I personally use, which at this time are all free, but there are many options available for each of these categories. Try several and see which ones work best for you!

1: Dice

Dice

Everyone with a smart phone can have their own set of dice!

How many times have you opened a game only to find the dice are missing? The dice that originally went with the game you want to play are now associated with who knows which game on the shelf.

Smart phones have made the case of the missing dice obsolete. With a simple shake or tap of the phone, the game can proceed. Extra bonus: no dice rolling around on the floor!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dice/id429412843?mt=8

2: Timer

Game timer

No worries about the timer being knocked over with a timer app.

The timers that come with games rarely work quite right: the sand gets corroded, the electronic beeper runs out of batteries, or, even more common, everyone must sit around and wait for the timer to run out before the next person can take their turn.

With a simple timer app, especially ones designed specifically for games, a game can move at the proper pace. Easy to set and reset, this simple addition can actually make the game even more fun.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timer+/id391564049?mt=8

3: Fun timer

Why settle for just one boring countdown timer? Find a timer that is maybe a little more fun than functional. My favorite is the sand timer.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ihourglass-free/id287618702?mt=8

4: Score keeper

Pens and Paper

Look for pens no more with a scorekeeper app.

Everyone has a drawer full of pens that are completely useless and this is invariably the drawer everyone digs through to find a pen and paper to keep score.

Scorekeeping apps pack several advantages: no pen/paper, they can store the scores for future play or to remember who won, and, best yet, they do the math for you!

https://itunes.apple.com/si/app/basic-score-keeper/id391277644?mt=8

5: Dictionary

Quickly put an end to all Scrabble squabbles by having a dictionary instantly available.

There is an official Scrabble dictionary available for the iPhone for a price, but there are several practical free options as well.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/merriam-webster-dictionary/id399452287?mt=8

What app do you have on your phone that you can’t play board games without?

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 →