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Clips from The Game School on Teacher Hug Radio

Clips from The Game School on Teacher Hug Radio

I present a show on Teacher Hug Radio called The Game School. It's a show about all sorts of tabletop games and how to use them for teaching and learning. There's a new episode every two weeks. Listeners in the UK can tune in live through the Teacher Hug website or...

10 ways to modify scoring to keep everyone in the game

10 ways to modify scoring to keep everyone in the game

This is an extract from The Board Game Family: Reclaim your children from the screen by Ellie Dix and published by Crown House in 2019. Modifying the official scoring to reduce arguments and increase harmony at the table can work for many games. Let’s take a look at...

Update: Rainbow Awards e il mio libro

Update: Rainbow Awards e il mio libro

The Rainbow Awards I’m excited to let you know that Uranus! was highly commended in the Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence. The Rainbows are known for highlighting the best new toys and games in the run-up to Christmas.  Each toy entered in the Awards is tested by...

Art Director

Art Director

Art Director is a game for any number of players. Each player will need a piece of paper for each round. On each round, one player is the Art Director. The Art Director draws a picture on their paper. As they are doing so, they describe the steps they are taking in...

The Dark Imp becomes multi-award winning!

The Dark Imp becomes multi-award winning!

Last week The Dark Imp won two different awards!Imagination Gaming Awards I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that Doughnut Dash won the Best Imagination Gaming Game of the Year 2021 - an award also known as the BIGGY. There were over 100 games in the running that won...

Gamifying life with Bingo

Gamifying life with Bingo

This blog post is an extract from The Board Game Family: Reclaim your children from the screen.Games do not need to be restricted to the table. Weave elements of friendly competition throughout other aspects of family life to increase engagement and draw everyone...

What is a ‘roll & write’ game?

What is a ‘roll & write’ game?

In this blog: I explain what ‘roll & write’ means in board gaming. There are all sorts of terms used within board gaming to describe the mechanics of a game. Familiarity with the jargon helps us to define the types of games we enjoy and find new ones to add to our...

Adam Collins’ Eight Games

Adam Collins’ 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 Adam Collins shares his eight games. Adam is a board game enthusiast. He has a...

Hex Game

Hex Game

Hex is a deceptively simple but surprisingly strategic game for two players. It's easy to learn and quick to play, but be prepared for multiple plays as you dive into the intricacies of the game.Preparation You need a Hex board, which you can download and print here...

The games my granny taught me

The games my granny taught me

I was a very lucky child. I lived with my granny all through my childhood. She had her own granny flat with a separate entrance but an interconnecting door from our dining room - and later, after the obligatory 1980s extension - from the conservatory. But that door...

Dangerous games!

Dangerous games!

This blog post is an extract from The Board Game Family: Reclaim your children from the screen.Not all games are created equal. Just because you’ve had one relaxed laughter-filled game-playing evening doesn’t mean it is plain sailing from then on. At some point you...