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Usually these days we see cheery or campy old franchises getting a gritty, modernised reboot - but have you ever heard of the opposite happening? The version of the Game of Life we know today is a cute little board game where you collect children, accomplishments and wealth indiscriminately in order to become the winner. Of Life. The original, however, was far more depressing and probably more accurate to real life - as well as finding success, you could also end up in ruin, poverty or even suicide.

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King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Castle/Rook, these pieces all make sense in an ancient game of strategy, right? And then there's the whole row of pieces that are just... pawns. Yawn. As it turns out, they haven't always been so homogeneous - in one version of the game they all had their own titles and backstory.

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Board games teach kids about rules, sportsmanship and strategy. Children love games, and more than likely, you, their parents, will be playing a lot of these games with them. Why not try the ones that are fun for adults as well? Here are some games that take the boring out of child’s play, for every age.

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Monopoly has released an official Cheaters Edition in Australia. Although there have been a whole lot of special edition Monopolys over the years, none have been quite like this. It has been made with the accurate assumption that loads of people cheat at the game, so why not write it into the rules?

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When a board game's box says that it supports two to seven players, that only means there are enough components in the box to support that many players. It does not mean that you'll have a good experience at all player counts.

Here's how you can find out what player counts a game should be played at.

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When you try to find some adult only board games the options available look sparse. You can giggle over the word 'penis' in Cards Against Humanity or Codenames: Deep Undercover or you can try some of these great games that are definitely not kid-friendly.

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Got an itch for board gaming but can't convince your friends play? There are plenty of friendly public board gaming groups around Australia that you can join, and a Boardgamegeek user has made a map to help you find them.

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Modern board games suffer under the stereotype that they're full of bizarre rules minutia that takes hours to learn and strangle all the fun out of things. That couldn't be further from the truth with these simple yet challenging games.

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Sometimes you need a fair and equitable way of deciding who goes first in a board game, which child has to have a bath first or you need a way to divide people onto teams. You could draw straws or you could use Chwazi.

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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.

Shared from Kotaku

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"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.

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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.