“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 →
While some kids win science fairs or history fairs, this year kids can win the
National Young Game Inventor’s 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/
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
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 →
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.
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.
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!
I found 30. How many did you find?
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!
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!
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.
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.
4: Score keeper
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!
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.
What app do you have on your phone that you can’t play board games without?
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 →