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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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?