All Blogposts tagged as 'board games'

  • Games you play in the dark: Secrets

    09 March 2011 | by Holly Gramazio | 0 comments

    The dark is great for hiding stuff and keeping it secret, and obviously there’s a big overlap between “games that use the dark to make things secret” and “games that use the dark to make things scary”. Touch Scary Things only works because the dark signals scariness and also conceals the fact that the scary things are toys, kiwifruit and socks. All the Oh No, Someone Might Totally Be Standing Right In Front Of You About To Do Something Alarming-style games, again, use the dark as a way to hide information, and the fact that the dark is scary is partly a result of the fact that that it keeps things secret.

    But the dark is also handy for hiding information independent of any desire to be scary. Waldschattenspiel, pictured above, is a board game where children hide tiny wooden “dwarves” behind boardgame trees, and an adult has to move a candle around to try to reveal them. You need a really dark room for this to work: generally, players report that the adult can see the dwarves a bit, and slightly pretends not to, in order to make the game work. But even when that’s the case, the darkness is still being used to hide information: the fact that the adult knows perfectly well where the dwarves are.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • WLTM Humpty Dumpty

    13 February 2010 | 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.

    WLTM Humpty Dumpty is a quick, silly fill-in-the-blanks trivia game. Build up your very own personals ad using answers from the Trivial Pursuit questions. I’m a decepticon who’s into Charles Dickens.
    Players: 2 or more
    Requires: Trivial Pursuit cards, pens, paper

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