Game Conventions on a Budget

Game Conventions on a Budget Attending a game convention is a fantastic opportunity to play the newest games, get cool exclusives and meet others with the same gaming passions. Many have successfully used networking opportunities to break into the industry. With all these swanky-cool elements why don’t more people attend game conventions? The sad reality is that attending game conventions are expensive and time-consuming. A single day’s badge might be $50 or more--not to mention the transportation...

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5 games you can learn in 5 minutes

5 games you can learn in 5 minutes From the open ended fantasy world of Talisman, to the meticulous sci-fi strategy of Twilight Imperium, I’m always ready to throw down on longer running games. Sadly, there isn’t enough time some nights to crack into a 4 hour game. Sometimes all we’re looking for is a game we can teach quickly and pick up and go, so I’m highlighting some smaller games that can all be learned...

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Special Education Through Game Play

When teaching special needs students, flexibility is key. The best Special Education (SPED) teachers are adaptive and intuitive, anchoring their students with both support and a malleable lesson plan. When they see a safe place to teach a valuable lesson, they go towards it. I never had a full appreciation of what they do until I stumbled into teaching life lessons through board games in a public school. Years ago, I had the absolute pleasure to work...

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Gryn & Grump Review Res Arcana

Res Arcana by Game Designer Tom Lehmann In a high tower, an Alchemist prepares potions, using vials filled with otherworldly fluids. In a sacred Grove, a druid grinds herbs for a mystical ritual. In the catacombs, a necromancer summons a bone Dragon… Welcome to the world of Res Arcana! In it, life, Death, elegant, calm, and gold are the essences that fuel the art of magic. Choose your mage, gather essences, craft unique artifacts, and use...

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7 Steps to Starting a College Board Game Club

If you’re a student, particularly in higher education, it can be very difficult to find the communities for you. If this is the case, consider creating your own tabletop gaming club! Board games are a fantastic way to meet people and build lasting friendships. While it might seem intimidating to begin such a process, I can attest ​​ that it’s an incredibly rewarding experience. I’ve founded three successful gaming clubs and am excited to share...

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8 Gateway Games to Play Instead of the Classics (part 1)

  Part 1 Joining the modern board game hobby is intimidating. Every year several thousand new games are released and finding an entry point is increasingly difficult. In the face of this mass of cardboard, classics like Monopoly or Scrabble seem more and more appealing. “Gateway games” are the key to the brave new world of modern board games. These titles are intuitive and approachable and perfect for newer players. Whether...

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8 Gateway Games to Play Instead of the Classics (part 2)

Part 2 Welcome to part 2 of our list of awesome gateway games to play with non-gamers. Each item in the list includes a short blurb with the basic idea of the game, as well as the titles it can knock off your shelf. Without further ado, let’s get back to the games. Munchkin For fans of Sorry.   Fans of ruby slippers might remember...

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