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The magic lantern game system – Analog Games
"The Larklamp Game Lantern is a wooden lantern that stands about ten inches tall. Game boards made of shadow and light are cast from patterns cut into the lantern’s removable side-panels."
light  board  games 
4 weeks ago by kevan
How to Win at Monopoly and Lose All Your Friends - Album on Imgur
"At this point, you will be asked repeatedly to build some friggin' hotels already so that other people can build houses. Don't."
games  board  via:linkmachinego 
october 2016 by kevan
I don't have time for a whole game, get me the EXPRESS!! | BoardGameGeek
"...taking popular games (or even thoroughly reviled games) that can take hours to play, and turning them into quick and light games that preserve the basic essence of the original game."
games  board  dice  hacking 
march 2016 by kevan
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890), Duodecim Scripta
"None of the above passages shed much light on the details of the game. Our knowledge of them is mostly gained from an epigram of Agathias on a case of special ill-luck which befel the Emperor Zeno (A.D. 474-491)."
games  history  board 
march 2015 by kevan
Rules That Should Be in Every Game | BoardGameGeek
"Before beginning play, punch the counters out of the cardboard frames." [...] "Place the board face-up on the table."
board  games 
may 2014 by kevan
kevan.org - Chancery Lane
"The aim of the game is to be the first to reach Mornington Crescent. If a player's pawn is located here at the end of their turn, that player wins the game."
games  board  tube  mornington  nomic  creations 
january 2014 by kevan
Big Game Hunter - 2008 Summer Journey - TIME
"As Finkel translated the bewildering blend of Babylonian and Sumerian words, he began to realize it was a treatise on the Royal Game of Ur."
board  games  history 
september 2013 by kevan
Oldest Gaming Tokens Found in Turkey : Discovery News
"[The] elaborate pieces consist of 49 small stones sculpted in different shapes and painted in green, red, blue, black and white."
board  games  history  mysteries 
august 2013 by kevan
Beaverton couple brings board game museum to public
"Featuring a collection of more than 1,600 games, ongoing exhibits related to gaming culture and history — and a play area where members can try an old favorite or previously unexplored game."
games  board  museums  via:rachel 
may 2013 by kevan
Monopoly's Hidden Maps Help World War II POWs Escape - ABC News
"Before leaving for missions, British airmen were told that if they were captured, they should look for escape maps and kits in Monopoly boards and other games delivered by charity groups. They were told that 'special edition' Monopoly sets would be marked with a red dot on the free parking space."
games  board  war  secrets  maps 
march 2013 by kevan
Matthew Hollett » projects » ONOPO
"I attempted to simplify and clarify the game system, removing thematic metaphors (such as place names) and other non-essential elements."
games  design  board  via:zarba 
january 2013 by kevan
List of Buddha games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Buddha games list is a list of games which it is reputed that Gautama Buddha said that he would not play. As such it dates back to the 6th or 5th century BC and is the earliest known list of games."
games  history  board  dice 
december 2012 by kevan
Tai shogi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Before the discovery of taikyoku shogi in 1997, tai shogi was believed to be the largest playable chess variant, if not board game, ever. One game may be played over several long sessions and require each player to make over a thousand moves. It was never a popular game; indeed, a single production of half a dozen game sets in the early 17th century was a notable event."
board  games  history  via:leonard 
july 2012 by kevan
In 2011 Kickstarter raises $1.1 Million for Board and Card games | Purple Pawn
"This year 61 games, which includes board games, card games, RPG, and dice games have successfully been funded with another 17 currently attempting to successfully fund."
games  money  board  cards  via:waxy 
december 2011 by kevan
Loaded Dice: Ratings
Leonard analyses BGG ratings. "A game with a 7.5 rating sounds pretty good, but as you can see from this table, it's actually really good: in the top ten percent of games. Similarly, a game with a 4.75 rating sounds kind of bad, but it's actually really bad: in the bottom twenty-five percent."
games  board  maths 
august 2011 by kevan
BBC News - Polish game recreates communist shopping hell
"Poles have been queuing to buy a new board game called 'Kolejka' (The Queue), which recreates the tedious shopping experience of communist-era Poland."
games  board  shopping  simulation  education 
february 2011 by kevan
PSFK » Monopoly Live: Is A Game That Controls Everything For You Really A Game?
"In short, from an interaction design perspective, the game is becoming very close to a purely random-event environment, which would be something like a game where players just roll dice against each other to see who gets the higher score."
games  board  design  random 
february 2011 by kevan
BoardGameGeek rating correlation
"Type a BGG username in each box to calculate the correlation between the ratings of the two users. Type a BGG username in the first box and leave the second box empty to match that user against everybody in the cache."
games  board  maths 
january 2011 by kevan
New Board Game Cafe Welcomes You, But Not Your Laptop - Torontoist
"The place looks similar to any other newly renovated café on its section of Bloor Street, except for the board games, which occupy a set of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that run half the length of the room."
games  board  drinks  shops 
september 2010 by kevan
Gary Penn on the rules of game design | Technology | guardian.co.uk
"Importantly, the board version of Quarrel allowed the team to experiment with and refine the experience without recourse to an Xbox dev kit. It could have been a good solid game before they'd even written a line of code."
games  design  board  via:infovore 
july 2010 by kevan
Board Game Selector
I made this since nobody else seems to have. "Enter a list of BoardGameGeek usernames to get the games with the highest average ranking between you. You'll also get the five games you all hate the most, and some highly-contested ones to reassess or argue about."
board  games  creations 
january 2010 by kevan
Kosmograd: Branding the boroughs 2
"John Leighton suggested that the old borough boundaries should be altered to conform to a honeycomb pattern. Within a five-mile radius of the General Post Office all the sprawling, differently sized boroughs were to become hexagonal-shaped areas, 2-miles across"
cities  maps  london  bees  board  via:jones 
october 2009 by kevan
The Game Crafter - Your game REALIZED - Home
Cafepress print-on-demand for indie boardgames. "After uploading your game, our site will tell you exactly how much it costs to manufacture that game. You can buy copies at that price, but you can also set a price that visitors should pay."
board  cards  games  design  dice  todo  via:majorfun 
july 2009 by kevan
Dada Chess
"Both players play randomly within the rules of chess. A new game is created once an hour."
chess  random  board  games 
may 2009 by kevan
The Sultan heirloom-quality gaming table
"With clearances between 2 and 4 inches on our tables, games can be adjourned mid turn and simply covered up until the next game night. Meanwhile the table is still fully functional for casual games."
board  games  furniture  wood  design 
may 2009 by kevan
Monopoly Killer: Perfect German Board Game Redefines Genre
It's Settlers. "To make Monopoly more competitive with German-style games, new editions are reemphasizing an old rule that no one paid much attention to: If a player lands on a property and chooses not to buy it, that real estate immediately goes up for auction."
games  board  catan  germany  america 
april 2009 by kevan
The Whimsical Nature of Ameritrash. | BoardGameGeek
"The Ameritrash 'Core Priority' is Drama. The Eurogame 'Core Priority' is Elegance. The Wargame 'Core Priority' is Realism."
board  games  design 
march 2009 by kevan
Dawn of the Dead Boardgame
The out-of-print 1978 board game, now with new board art. "The zombie player rolls two dice and refers to the Zombie Entrance Table to determine if new zombie units enter the shopping centre from any of the main doors."
zombies  board  games  paper 
may 2007 by kevan
Clue (1985)
Cheerfully nonsensical vagueness that only really works if you know the three endings are coming, and doesn't really work that well anyway. The isolated-house murder-mystery trope is always fun, though.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  death  board  games  meta  crime  secrets  weapons 
april 2007 by kevan
IGN: Capcom Wields Talisman
A console version of the terrible 1980s Games Workshop board game, insanely. "...utilizing a virtual board with 3D characters and environments. Up to four players can play online and off and take advantage of the game's 25 characters from the franchise."
games  board  nostalgia  lunacy 
april 2007 by kevan
Battles of Prince of Persia (Nintendo DS)
A decent grid-based wargame with CCG elements; the cards aren't very well written, and deck-building doesn't fit the random-objective campaign game too well, but it makes a good strategy boardgame, and presumably improves a lot against a human opponent.
gamelog  4stars  board  cards  war  magic  via:raven 
march 2007 by kevan
wargamedownloads.com - Dead of Night
"The game ends when somebody fulfills the main objective (eg, escaping in a fueled up vehicle), or at daybreak, which brings respite in the form of an advancing army patrol. If you can survive until the end of the game, you are a winner."
games  board  zombies 
march 2007 by kevan
Quadradius
An ultra-simple boardgame, with random powerups scattered on the board, to be collected and stored Stratego-style. There's some scope for clever combo-building, but the underlying randomness is frustrating. Needs to be more CCG-style.
games  board  web  random  mutation  via:jay 
february 2007 by kevan
Philips Research Technologies - Entertaible
"The Entertaible concept is a tabletop gaming platform that marries traditional multi-player board and computer games in a uniquely simple and intuitive way." A table-surface touchscreen that can track physical game components.
games  technology  board  design  furniture  via:rwhe 
september 2006 by kevan
Entropy Game
Interesting chaos-vs-entropy game, one player placing tokens on a board, the other trying to slide them to form interesting palindromic patterns. Exists as a proper boardgame, "Hyle 7", although computer scoring seems like a good idea.
board  games  via:rwhe 
august 2006 by kevan
ABC News: New Monopoly Game Uses Debit Card, No Cash
"We started looking at what Monopoly would look like if we designed it today." Interface design rather than game design; still worlds away from the progress of German family-games, but now discouraging mental arithmetic and being sponsored by Visa.
games  board  money  design  lunacy  business 
august 2006 by kevan
SpielByWeb
Site for online play of a few German-style games that Brettspielwelt doesn't have, including Amun Re.
games  board  web  todo 
july 2006 by kevan
BCNG - Board Games & Bubble Tea
Boardgame cafes in South Korea. "After hours of staring into computer screens, people are seeing the value of face-to-face, human interaction, even with strangers."
games  board  drinks  via:holly 
june 2006 by kevan
Fury of Dracula
A tweaked remake of the Games Workshop classic, twenty years on.
games  board  monsters  nostalgia 
may 2006 by kevan
RAMbots
RoboRally-style game played with Icehouse pieces, and without having to fight against scenery and random hands of cards.
games  robots  board  todo 
april 2006 by kevan
BYOND Games!
Software for across-Internet play of various user-written grid-based board and card type games (including Mafia and Eleusis), plus a few unplayably juddery arcade-game hacks.
games  board  cards  download 
april 2006 by kevan
The Unbearable Awesomeness Of Being: Return of Fubar
Tightened ruleset for Zarba's excellent simple-Nomic boardgame. "Players place their pieces wherever they want. Roll to see who starts. On each turn a player: Rolls two six-sided die to move his piece. Changes the rule text in one unoccupied square."
games  nomic  board  dice 
march 2006 by kevan
HipBone Board for Instant Messenger Games
A board with editable circles, that you can use as personal notepaper while playing the game over instant messenger or something. Still astonished that there's no better way to play this online.
creations  games  board  paper 
march 2006 by kevan
The Board Game Club
A decent-looking UK boardgame mail-order site - minimum order of fifty pounds, but very low prices.
games  board  cards  shops  todo 
february 2006 by kevan
War on Terror, the board game TM - a satirical board game from TerrorBull Games
Comedy-political boardgame optimistically trying to raise $60,000 to get itself printed. "Handily located as a spinner in the middle of the board, the Axis of Evil decides who the baddies are with its random finger of suspicion."
board  games  politics  war  terrorism  via:venusberg 
january 2006 by kevan
Left Behind Games Store - Left Behind Board Game
"From this moment on, the goal is to work together to defeat Carpathia or face elimination. This unique game can give players a heightened awareness of the 'end times.' For ages 10 to adult."
games  board  religion  via:venusberg 
january 2006 by kevan
GeekList: Best Multiplayer Online Board/Card Games
Links to multiplayer online versions of fifty or so games, overlapping a bit with Brettspielwelt.
games  board  cards  web 
december 2005 by kevan
Deflexion
Plastic, tabletop Laser Chess with embedded laser-pointer lights. Brilliant. "Do not press your button until you have checked that all pieces are secured in the board and not angled up toward a player."
board  games  chess  light  mirrors  via:mcios 
december 2005 by kevan
VASSAL Engine Web Site
"VASSAL is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games." In real-time, or by email. Can apparently play Dvorak, with blank cards.
games  cards  board  download  software  todo 
november 2005 by kevan
Prof Easy - Official Website of Klaus Teuber
Animated walkthrough tutorials for a number of Klaus Teuber games.
games  board 
november 2005 by kevan
Zombie Plague
Simple zombie boardgame, with a printable PDF ruleset and map. A better use for the hundred-plastic horde from Zombies, perhaps.
zombies  games  board 
november 2005 by kevan
100 Strategic Games for Pen and Paper - Walter Joris
A hundred games you can play with a pen and paper - a mix of old classics, media conversions ("Single Take Go") and weird obscurities or inventions. One per page, explained with a simple hand-drawn graph-paper diagram. No Scrabble, though.
booklog  games  paper  board 
november 2005 by kevan
Winerd® game the new wine game with wine tasting
Intriguing wine-tasting board game; silly trivia cards and blind taste tests. Bottles not included.
drinks  games  board  via:haddock 
october 2005 by kevan
Super Duper Games
A web-based server for a variety of turn-taking games, mostly in the Icehouse/Piecepack mould, by the looks of it.
board  games  web  via:rwhe 
october 2005 by kevan
BrettspielWelt - Brettspiele Online Portal
Excellent - a free-to-use game engine that lets you play a wide range of German board games (including Carcassonne and Settlers) across the Internet. With an added metagame of stumbling through the all-German interface.
games  germany  download  software  catan  board  cards 
october 2005 by kevan
c-jump: computer programming board game
Awful-looking game that "eliminates intimidation of many kids and their parents, bored by the mention of 'computer programming', often associated with visions of geeky guys glued to their computers. c-jump reveals simple programming terms in a cool way!"
board  games  programming  children  education  pointless  lunacy 
september 2005 by kevan
Sports and Pastimes of the People of England (1801)
"It was my wish to have subjoined [...] the method of playing the game, but the author is so exceedingly obscure in his phraseology, and negligent in his explanations, that I found it impossible to follow him with the least degree of satisfaction."
games  sport  history  board  cards  dice  books  via:boynton 
july 2005 by kevan
The Game-it-Yourself Canonical List of Free Print-and-Play Games
"It is my goal that every single game that is freely available on the internet will be listed here."
board  games  paper  cards  via:rwhe 
july 2005 by kevan
: : Speak Up > Got Game? : :
Nicely-illustrated history of board and card games, from the Royal Game of Ur through to Pictionary. "It was believed that a successful player was under the protection of major gods, because of the nature of luck in the game."
games  cards  board  history  via:holly 
june 2005 by kevan
Monopoly Live :: Rules
Gambling on the drop-off destinations of six GPS-fitted taxis. "Every time one of the other cabs stops outside one of your properties, you get paid rent. Any time your cabbie lands on a property you don't own, you pay up."
games  board  london  gps  via:foe 
june 2005 by kevan
Cluedo Crusade
Bracing and neatly-overlaid ludemetic hybrid, with some nice rules for attacking detectives to steal their clue cards. "Marines and Chaos creatures cannot carry or use any of the Basic Cluedo Weapons, as they do not recognise them as weapons."
games  board  mysteries  death  aliens  weapons  via:yoz 
june 2005 by kevan
Times Online: Monopoly facelift will mirror modern capital
"We have seen particularly strong development in areas such as Angel Islington, which languished near the bottom of the ladder in the Thirties."
london  board  games  pointless 
march 2005 by kevan
Cluedo Zombies (PDF)
Bizarrely literal ludemetic hybrid of Cluedo and Zombies. "If you enter a room and there is a zombie in it you must kill the zombie before you can pick up any Health or Bullet Tokens, or make an Accusation."
zombies  games  board  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2005 by kevan
ABC News Online: Divers Scrabble for a Guinness Record
Deep-sea Scrabble. "We had to make sure the board wasn't going to get washed away or dissolve under water, so I had to get a metal board made up." Remember the gnomes.
scrabble  board  games  water  lunacy 
february 2005 by kevan
Relative Value of Chess Pieces and Principles of Chess Play
"Taking the pawn as the unit, the Knight is worth 3.05; the Bishop 3.50; the Rook 5.48; and the Queen 9.94."
chess  board  games  maths 
january 2005 by kevan
The Royal Game of Ur
"The two boards date from before 2600 BCE. Each of the game boards is composed of a set of twelve squares and a set of six cases linked by a bridge of two cases."
board  dice  games  history 
november 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Chess: the new rook'n'roll?
"Tesco has announced that sales of chess sets are booming and that its new own-brand set is selling at double the rate forecast. It attributes the sales spurt to the fact that celebrities such as Madonna play, and makes a startling claim: chess is trendy.
board  chess  games  lunacy 
november 2004 by kevan
Encyclopaedia Morningtonia: Mornington Chess
"Mornington Chess is a variant of Cress using standard chess pieces and played on the Mornington Crescent map. The winning move is Mornington Checkmate."
board  chess  games  mornington 
november 2004 by kevan
GameSpace: Optional Rules for The Awful Green Things From Outer Space
Some nice variations, including hidden movement, if you feel like buying or making a second board.
aliens  board  games 
october 2004 by kevan
Java Settlers of Catan
Playable against three opponents online, with robots standing in as required.
board  catan  games 
october 2004 by kevan
S3D Connector
Download a needlessly whooshy 3D-board-view version of Settlers of Catan, to play across the Internet.
board  catan  download  games  software 
october 2004 by kevan
Catan Online - Official Home Page
An online MSN version of Settlers of Catan seems to be due for launch later this year.
board  catan  games  web 
october 2004 by kevan
Yahoo Daily Photos: Pawn Show
Trapeze artists making a chessboard out of white umbrellas, for the opening ceremony of the 36th Chess Olympiad.
art  board  chess  games  illusions 
october 2004 by kevan
fur: His Master's Voice
"Each [metal robot] ball listens to a certain pitch and starts to move if the right frequency was hummed or sung. The initial setting does not provide rules."
board  games  robots  sound 
september 2004 by kevan
Ari Luiro: Chess Pieces in 64 Languages
"The rook is a tower in many European languages (eg. Spanish and Portuguese torre, Finnish torni, French tour, Dutch toren), sometimes a large farm (Frisian stins), a ship (Russian ladya) or a wagon (Chinese ju, Estonian vanker)."
board  chess  games  history  language  world 
september 2004 by kevan
ChessHeads
A collectible card game that uses a chess set, Knightmare Chess style.
board  cards  chess  games 
september 2004 by kevan
Godzillopoly
Leonard writes up a Monopoly variant that I'd forgotten about. "If Lizardbeast should ever land on your property, woe betide you! He will crush one building on your property."
board  games  money  monsters 
september 2004 by kevan
Trimok
Intriguing hybrid of chess and rock-paper-scissors.
board  chess  games  paper  stone 
august 2004 by kevan
Scrabble: How to Score 1682 in a Single Turn
A horrible contrived maximum (Scrabble dictionary legal) score.
board  games  scrabble 
august 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: Maven (Scrabble)
Scrabble AI that does most of its work in the final moments: "Maven's game play is sub-divided into three phases: The "mid-game" phase, the "pre-endgame" phase and the "endgame" phase."
board  games  programming  scrabble 
august 2004 by kevan
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