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Video: 2 new placemat games

In this video Ellie shows you her two new roll and write games on A3 placemats. These games are designed for large groups of people and are great to play via videoconferencing!  Get your placemats here. https://youtu.be/V0wSTX5reyw Click here more in depth 'How to...

Update: On the radio and NEW GAMES!

North Herts Radio interview On Thursday, I was spoke to Bee Phillips at North Herts Radio. The interview was broadcast on the Drivetime show and then again on the Saturday breakfast show this morning.  We talked about the number of games available, board game cafes,...

Alfie reviews… Captain Sonar

Alfie Dix, 17, reviews board games that he plays with the family and subsequently with groups of friends. Here’s his review of Captain Sonar. It’s easy to pigeon-hole board gaming and think of it in a certain way - calm and collected decision making, simply enjoying a...

Video: How to give your children help when playing board games

Ellie gives some tips for helping children with their board game strategies whilst keeping the mood positive and the relationship in tact. https://youtu.be/fVGDjQYb5IY It's no secret that children often struggle to learn from parents. The relationship between parent...

Update: Newspapers, radio and placemats

Placemat Games The Dark Imp placemat games are now available! The placemats come in pads of 50 sheets and are double-sided - one game on each side. All you need to play is three dice and a pen. The rules for each game are on the placemat.  You can play either game...

Benjamin Kocher’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 Benjamin Kocher, chooses his eight games. Benjamin hails from Canada...

Video: 2 tableau building games

Ellie looks at two tableau building games - Shakespeare and Dice Hospital. In tableau builders, players focus most of their attention on their own player board. Whilst there is competition over resources, interaction is minimal and conflict is eliminated. Tableau...

Update: Isolation, playing online and expert recommendations

Board game resources for isolation Following the new measures of social distancing and school closures established to try to slow the spread of covid-19, we’ve created a new page on our webpage full of board game resources for families in isolation.  There has...

14 benefits of playing board games as a family

Board games bring people together and help parents to reclaim family time. Through games, parents can create an irresistible offline world that will restore balance, deepen relationships, develop transferable skills and create shared, long-lasting memories.  In this...

17 games to play when isolated with your family

This blog post contains 17 games to play when isolated with your family. The following game recommendations come from members of the board game community (and are not necessarily the views of The Dark Imp). There's a great range of board games to choose from here....

Video: Playing board games solo

Ellie talks about the benefits of playing board games solo as a parent. Immerse yourself in the game and your children will become intrigued. https://youtu.be/qUqZ0D1N-d4 She recommends games like Welcome To..., Pandemic and Nautilion to play solo.  But avoid games...

Update: Tweets, Tricks and Aliens

Tweets from Suzanne Sheldon The Board Game Family book has had some great comments this week from top industry expert, Suzanne Sheldon. Suzanne is one of the presenters on The Dice Tower podcast and reviews hundreds of games each year. When I saw her at the Spiel...