All Blogposts from February 2011

  • Today’s best thing: outdoor chess

    28 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 0 comments

    Today we’ve mostly been enjoying outdoor chess – not playing outdoor chess, it’s cold and wet out there and none of us are much good at the game anyway, but pictures of other people playing:

    The Chess Game, by Sofonisba Anguissola, 1555.

    Chess in Algeria in 1890.

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  • Tom Armitage, Games Designer, Hide&Seek

    22 February 2011 | by Alex Fleetwood | 0 comments

    Following on from BERG’s announcement of his departure yesterday morning, and Tom’s own announcement yesterday afternoon, we would like to announce the arrival of Tom Armitage as Games Designer at Hide&Seek.

    We’re thrilled to add Tom to our most precious resource. Brains. (Not in a zombie way, mind – that would be short-term gain and long-term waste). We really, really like Tom’s brain. He thinks deeply and hard about games, design, and the world, in a way which we care about very much.

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  • Games in London

    17 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 0 comments

    There’s a flurry of interesting Gamey Stuff in London over the next few weeks… giant Senet, bowling game sound effects, wandering around the British Museum, and pub-based parlour games.

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  • BGRK: Valentine

    10 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 1 comment

    Following on from our much praised Boardgame Remix Kit, we’ve created a special Valentine edition: four new free remixes with a Valentine twist. They aren’t all for lovers – there’s also some splendidly scabrous stuff in there for the romance-averse…

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  • I Brought You This Piping To Show You My Love

    10 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 0 comments

    This game is one of four Valentine-themed boardgame remixes, part of the Boardgame Remix Kit project, available now as an app, ebook, paper boook and set of cards.

    I Brought You This Piping To Show You My Love sends players roaming around the Cluedo mansion, trying to find the perfect gift to make their beloved’s heart melt. Rope? A candlestick? A nice sharp practical knife?

    Players: 4-6
    Requires: a Cluedo board, cards, pieces, pens and paper

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  • Divorce!

    10 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 1 comment

    This game is one of four Valentine-themed boardgame remixes, part of the Boardgame Remix Kit project, available now as an app, ebook, paper boook and set of cards.

    Divorce! is a game for two grumpy players. Get through the three inevitable stages of a relationship – Wooing, Marriage and Divorce – and come out with more property than your ex. This is probably the heaviest-going of our Valentine remixes, so it’s best suited for more experienced boardgamers.

    Players: 2
    Requires: Monopoly board, pieces, cards, money

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  • ROFDLT

    10 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 0 comments

    his game is one of four Valentine-themed boardgame remixes, part of the Boardgame Remix Kit project, available now as an app, ebook, paper boook and set of cards.

    ROFDLT is a game of acronyms that may well lead to lewdness.
    Players: 2, preferably in a relationship.
    Requires: a bag of Scrabble tiles, a timer (30 seconds)

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  • Today’s Best Thing: Transformation Decks

    09 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 1 comment

    A “transformation deck” is a pack of cards where the front of each card has been transformed: where an illustrator has taken the standard front – four diamonds, or three spades, or whatever else – and drawn a picture around it: turning hearts into tulips, say, or clubs into faces.

    It sounds like a nice but slightly arcane thing to do, but it turns out, people have done it a lot, starting in 1803 and never stopping since.

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  • Tate Trumps shortlisted for Megas!

    08 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 0 comments

    Tate Trumps has been shortlisted for the MediaGuardian Innovation Awards! It’s been listed in the Culture and the Arts category, alongside all sorts of amazing projects in a dozen different categories. It’s terribly exciting!
    Tate Trumps has been shortlisted for the MediaGuardian Innovation Awards! It’s been listed in the Culture and the Arts category, alongside all sorts of amazing projects in a dozen different categories. It’s terribly exciting!

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  • Today’s Best Thing

    07 February 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 0 comments

    Today we’re all being intrigued by the Straw Hat Riots of 1922. There are details in this New York Times article, but in essence: in the early twentieth century, the straw hat season officially ended on 15 September. And on that night, in 1922, mobs of fashion-forward youths stormed through the streets of New York, smashing the unseasonable hats of any passers-by who hadn’t yet switched to felt. Particularly diligent hat-grabbers even used the hats to start bonfires.

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