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Update: RBS & Porch

Update: RBS & Porch

Porch I was asked to contribute to an article for Porch.com called Expert Advice for the Ultimate Game Room at Home.I answered the question: What are the factors people should consider when choosing board games for the whole family? Here's my reply:“Different games...

Game Box Design Challenge

Game Box Design Challenge

Each episode of The Game School (my show on Teacher Hug Radio), contains a game design challenge. Here's a recent challenge for you to tackle.  In these mini game design challenges, the idea is that we make decisions quickly - we want to have the outline of a game in...

How to play Flower Garden

How to play Flower Garden

In this game, playing cards represent flowers. Flowers start in one of six flowerbeds or within your bouquet. Pick all the flowers from the garden in the right order to win the game. Flower Garden is a solo patience game. You will need one standard 52-crd deck of...

Update: Be one of those infinity players

Update: Be one of those infinity players

Here's a round-up of the Dark Imp news since my last update...Eat Lunch and Board Game On his podcast, Eat Lunch and Board Game, Adam Collins reviewed my PnP roll & write game - Restaurantrepreneur. Here are some quotes from the show: "Everybody loves this game...

How to play Chomp

How to play Chomp

Chomp your way through a chocolate bar, but avoid taking the last square. Chomp is a game for exactly 2 players.   You will need paper and two pens.Preparation Each player takes a pen. Draw a rectangular grid on the paper to represent the chocolate bar. You could...

Murder!

Murder!

This is a clip from The Board Game Family by Ellie Dix.From party games like Wink-Murder and Murder in the Dark to board games such as Cluedo, crime and killing have always been popular themes. You may have tried a murder mystery evening with a group of friends or...

Update: Greetings Card Games

Update: Greetings Card Games

Greetings Card Games Launch on Kickstarter My 6 games on greetings cards have launched on Kickstarter this week. We hit the (modest) target very quickly and at the time of writing have 50 backers, which is marvellous. For each game, the game board is the front of the...

How to play Crazy Eights Countdown

How to play Crazy Eights Countdown

Quick Links Introduction: Fun for the whole family How to Play Crazy Eights Countdown Thoughts about the game 'How to play' Video Get your free game Other great Family Games Introduction Crazy Eights Countdown is a fabulously fun family game, perfect for a rainy...

How to play Sevens dice game

How to play Sevens dice game

Sevens is a dice game for 2+ players which relies on lucky rolls!You will need: Six regular 6-sided dice Pen and paper for scoring How to play The game takes place over a number of rounds. Every player has a turn in each round, but you must rotate the starting player....

Catch up with The Game School

Catch up with The Game School

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...

Family Board Gaming Rituals

Family Board Gaming Rituals

This is a clip from The Board Game Family. To elevate board gaming to a fundamental part of the family identity, introduce some rituals. These rituals can be low-key and designed to make everyone happy and comfortable, or they could be quite elaborate and designed to...

How to play Farkle

How to play Farkle

Farkle is a push-your-luck dice game for 2-6 players. It's quite fun and there's something rather lovely about having super-high scores.Preparation You will need six regular 6-sided dice. If you can't find any, you can ask google to roll some for you. You'll need...