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How to learn a new board game

How to learn a new board game

There are people who go cold at the sight of a board game rulebook and will do anything to avoid reading it. There are others who love them and can be found curled up on a sofa, happily reading rulebooks for games they have no intention of playing any time soon. Most...

What’s next for The Dark Imp?

What’s next for The Dark Imp?

The original Dark Imp plan The original idea for The Dark Imp was to publish regular BuzzleBoxes - board game and puzzle boxes. BuzzleBoxes contain a small game in a tin, a coaster game, three puzzles, three game cards and a bigger box game. Each BuzzleBox is based...

How to play Spit (a.k.a. Slam)

How to play Spit (a.k.a. Slam)

Quick Links Introduction: Speed slapping How to Play Spit (Slam) Thoughts about the game 'How to play' Video Get your free game Other great Family Games Introduction: Speed slapping Slam, which is also as Spit, is a speed game for two players. To succeed, you'll need...

Ellie Dix’s Eight Games (2nd Edition)

Ellie Dix’s Eight Games (2nd Edition)

In Eight Games different board gamers share the eight games they’d select in eight different situations. The links are given to Board Game Geek listings for you to find out more.  We've had 2 years and 24 board gamers selecting their eight games. So if you want a...

Master the Metagame

Master the Metagame

This is an extract from my book The Board Game Family: Reclaim your children from the screen. The book aims to give parents a roadmap to positive family board gaming experiences. This is the introduction to the chapter entitled 'Master the Metagame'.  Playing the game...

The importance of playtesting

The importance of playtesting

Whenever anyone asks me for my top tips for budding game designers, I always say the same… playtest, playtest, PLAYTEST! Playtesting is putting your unpublished game in front of other people for them to play it - whether it’s written in sharpie on the back of a cereal...

Update: Reviews, streams and a call for playtesters

Update: Reviews, streams and a call for playtesters

Call for Playtesters I'm looking for some playtesters to try out our newest offering.  Right now, the project is still under wraps, but here's what I can tell you. There are six games and you can test as many or as few as you like.  Games will be sent to you...

How to play Nomination Whist

How to play Nomination Whist

Quick Links Introduction: Trick-taking and bidding Terminology How to Play Nomination Whist Thoughts about the game 'How to play' Video Get your free game Other great Family Games Introduction: Trick-taking and bidding Nomination Whist is a fabulous trick-taking card...

Adele Pember’s Eight Games

Adele Pember’s Eight Games

In Eight Games different board gamers share the eight games they’d select in eight different situations. The links are given to Board Game Geek listings for you to find out more.  This month Adele Pember shares her Eight Games. Adele is a dog loving entrepreneur with...

Update: Good Toy Guide accreditation & eating lunch

Update: Good Toy Guide accreditation & eating lunch

Accreditation from the Good Toy Guide  Both the games we submitted to the Good Toy Guide were approved and accredited... which is fabulous! We can now proudly display the badge of approval on the Cracker Games and Coaster Games. Here's what the experts said about the...

Family board game arguments: 8 common triggers

Family board game arguments: 8 common triggers

Some games are dangerous because of the mechanisms they employ: deception, debate, co-dependency without communication, runaway leaders, alliances and backstabbing.  But sadly, these are not the only things that cause board-gaming arguments.  As you play games, try to...

Why are board games educational?

Why are board games educational?

Games designed to be educational games  Board games are a terrific learning tool. And I’m not just talking about board games that have been specifically designed to be educational. In fact, while there are some good ‘educational board games’, others fall sadly below...