There are currently over 100,000 board games listed on Board Game Geek, the tabletop world's equivalent of IMDB. That's a lot to choose from. Wandering into your local department store is going to give your some truly disappointing choices and browsing your friendly local game store can be overwhelming. Here are some great board games that anyone from veteran to rookie can enjoy.
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Our guests this week are video game designer and Seth Scott, creator of Membrane for the Nintendo Switch, and YouTuber Brian Lewis, creator of the Magic: The Gathering advice channel Tolarian Community College. We discuss how to use party games and card games as icebreakers, channels for creativity, and full-blown hobbies.
"What Dungeons and Dragons class should I play?" is the kind of question you could answer with a cursory quiz, but that would be a mistake. You owe it to yourself - and to your D&D dungeon master - to think holistically about character class, maybe the most important choice you'll make in a D&D game. Picking the right class can mean the difference between a character you love and a character you cannot wait to bury in a pile of rocks. To have the best time playing D&D, we've made a guide to get you picking which class is right for you.
Six days left in your vacation and you're running out of Lifehacker posts to read. The only games at your parents' house are Sorry and Monopoly. Try Eurogames, the European style of tabletop game that isn't so competitive or chance-driven. The site Happy Meeple replicates the board and card games Finito, Hanamikoji, Lost Cities, Level X, Glastonbury, Migrate, Keltis, and Siberia.
Board games are a safe place to play out conflicts with your family and friends, with the understanding that once the game is over, everyone is on good terms again. That also makes them the perfect place to take out all your petty frustrations and revenge fantasies, under the guise of good fun. Here's how to destroy your opponents with dick moves that will feel like cheats, but are all sanctioned by the rule book.
When board game publishers put together the contents of a box, they focus mainly on making sure that the game gets safely from their warehouse to the store shelf. Once you take the game home and punch the cardboard tokens, there's a good chance that you'll be left with a unwieldy mass of cardboard loosely crammed into a box.
Here are a handful of ways to help organise the insides of your board games to make setup and tear down of games much easier.
Winning isn't everything. You don't have to be competitive to enjoy your time spent playing board games. However if you are, it helps to have a flexible plan of attack to apply to games that can help you get the upper hand.
Here are a handful of helpful tips to get you on the right path when it comes to crushing your foes under heel or simply avoiding languishing at the back of the score track.
In a screen-focused world, board games can seem antiquated to some, particularly kids. But in our family, we have found that putting down the tablets and phones for some throwback fun with board games (and a big bowl of popcorn) makes for a successful family night. With children ranging from two to 11, our games vary in complexity. Tip: Have the big kids team up with the little kids!
The thick, black-and-white rulebook packaged with every copy of the 1979 war-game The Campaign For North Africa is full of obtuse decrees, but the tabletop community always had a special appreciation for entry 52.6 - affectionately known as the "macaroni rule."
My background music of choice for any board game session is Lin-Manuel Miranda's How Far I'll Go, but I know not everyone's a fan. Heck, it's probably the last thing you want blasting during a tense session of Seasons or, er, Munchkin (great for SeaFall though). That's when Melodice comes to the rescue, a neat little site that will generate -- and play -- a selection of game-appropriate tunes.
There are plenty of horror board games and tabletop RPGs that thrive on fantasy, whether it's helping a ghost solve its own gruesome murder in Mysterium, or helping to stop (or aid) the rise of evil gods with Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. But of course, the biggest horrors are the ones humans actually face in real life. And yes, there is a board game for each one.
Dear Lovehacker, you might need a notepad for this bizzare love parallelogram. I am friends with two married couples. Let's call them Sally & Steve and Greg & Amelia. Greg and Amelia had been arguing recently, so Steve hung out with Amelia to console her. One thing led to another and they started banging. Amelia kicked Greg out and he worked out why. He still had the keys to their place, so he snuck in one day when they were going at it hammer and tongs. He snapped some pictures and sent them to Sally. And then things got even worse.