The art found in board games can often be an unsung hero of the game itself. Our brains drift to mechanics and strategy, but a truly great visual designer can transform a round of a game into a journey through the deep forest, or a quick jaunt through a Spanish villa. But that’s not always… Continue reading Board Games with…Questionable Art
The air in our homes is stale, the windows are caked in sludge and the broom has been out-of-commission long enough to attend night school and earn its GED: The time for spring cleaning has arrived. Our games collections have been gathering dust over the winter and may be missing countless pieces (why would we… Continue reading Spring Cleaning — Board Game Style!
Blink and you missed it, but the world recently celebrated the one year birthday of everyone’s favorite coronavirus variant, COVID-19. The celebration was off the chain—if by “celebration” you mean “mask,” “off” you mean “on” and “chain” you mean “face.” The occasion also highlighted how the disease can closely resemble those who were born in… Continue reading Quarantine Birthdays (Take 2)
It’s hard to believe 2020 is already coming to a close (didn’t that year just fly by?!?) and we’re ready to welcome 2021 as the year things change for the better. For us board gamers, it would be difficult for 2021 to do much worse: The pandemic significantly changed how in-person gaming will occur for… Continue reading New Year Board Gaming Resolutions 2021
A holiday season is approaching unlike any other. This year, family plans are being canceled and group activities are being discarded in favor of remote gift-giving. Yes, it’s upsetting not to be able to check in on Nana or enjoy the sweet treats she usually bakes around this time, but that’s not to say you… Continue reading Bringing People Together with Board Games
The upcoming presidential election has been called the most important in our lifetime—a phrase not heard since the last election, or the one before…or the one before. Still, the main message politicians are trying to convey is the importance of voting, regardless of candidate. We agree. Without voting, the game Avalon would be reduced to… Continue reading How Board Games Have Prepared Us to Vote
While trick or treating might not look exactly like it has in years past, Halloween in 2020 promises to reward our homebody existence and tenacious, militant hand washing habits with the sweet, sweet nectar it always has: sugar. Specifically, chocolate, caramel, hard candy, wafers and a variety of nougats—many of which have not yet been… Continue reading Sugar and Games — A Winning Combo!
Let’s face it, parents: We’ve all forgotten long division in the time since we were in school, and the prospect of teaching it to our children is daunting. In fact, we’d sympathize if you were struggling to come up with inventive lesson plans each day (we should pay our teachers much more)—especially while hunkered down… Continue reading Board Games as Teaching Tools
Because many spring nuptials have been pushed back due to the pandemic, late summer and early fall have become somewhat of a wedding season this year. Many of these ceremonies are slated to take place over video chat, where the guests are limited and gifts can no longer be presented person-to-person. Now is the time… Continue reading Why board games are great wedding gifts
Despite the tumultuous nature of the news these days, July 4th provides an opportunity to appreciate the things that remind us of good ol’ Americana: baseball, apple pie, fireworks and delightfully overeating. But there’s an argument to be made for including board games into the list of great American pastimes. And that argument is as… Continue reading Board Games – An American Pastime