Tag Archives: classic board games

Arduino Nim Game By Mike Cook

Here’s another Arduino Maker project: a NIM game where the allowable moves are set and restricted by rotating a die. Dice Game from Mike Cook on Vimeo . ( source , via , via )

Go-Themed Tea Set

By (Arthur) Se Xin . ( via )

MayDay Games Slammed Over Handling of Crokinole Board Problems

Pete at Superfly Circus relates a troubling story about quality and service from Seth Hiatt at MayDay Games . MayDay Games sells popular card sleeves, animeeples, a few original games, and a cheapish (still over $100) Crokinole board. It is problems with a Crokinole board that begin Pete’s story. The summary: Pete received a bad board (bumps, protruding screws, bad lacquer, etc). He asked for a refund but…

Megiddo Chess: Jews vs Christians vs Moslems vs Devils

Megiddo Chess is a variant on four-player Chess. First, a thin veneer of theme is added by calling each one of the four sides by a religion (or, in one case, the devil). Second, designer Chuck Carruth adds a few variant rules for two-player play, such as diagonal starting positions or controlling two sets of pieces (3 queens and a king). ( source )

Ara Peterson Makes a Pretty Backgammon Board

Ara Peterson also has a strange web site . ( source )

ENnie Awards Giving Two Tickets to Gaming Cruise

The ENnie Awards , in association with Gamer Adventures , is giving away two tickets to go on board a Carnival cruise for a 5 day trip around the Caribbean, filled with roleplayers and boardgamers and plenty of gaming activities. The cruise will be sailing from Galveston, TX on January 21 2012  to Progresso, Yucatan and Cozumel, MX before returning to Galveston on January 26. Air tickets to Galveston are not included so…

The Making of Geoffrey Parker Luxury Games

Geoffrey Parker makes luxury board games, out of leather and other rich materials. They are among the best known of all luxury game makers in the world; you can find some of their pieces at Zontik Games, such as this $60,000 Jubilee Chess game . Other games are a more reasonable few hundred to few thousand dollars. You can see many pictures detailing…

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

February Board and Card Game Patents

Game system with robotic game pieces – By Silverbrook Research Pty, a company that appears to have nothing to do with games. Chess with wireless robots directed to move by a central system. Amusement game – A basic push-your-luck game. Stop early and get a small prize, or risk that to keep going with a chance to get a better prize. Minimum-speed game timer – A…

Inside the Automatic Mahjong Table

Here it is in action (from Florida’s Versatile Machinery ): The pieces have magnets in them. The table comes with two sets of mahjong tiles and can be programmed for forty styles of Mahjong play. $850 + $275 US shipping.

Checkers With Football Helmets

According to source, part-time inventor James Pickett has spent 17 years trying to sue somebody – anybody – in order to claim his reward for having invented using little football helmets in place of Checker pieces. What’s odd about this is that Pickett actually owns three patents, one from 2002 involving a new method of playing four player Checkers (using helmets, of course), …

Bananagrams Zip-It and Fruitominoes

We did mention these before . But now that I’ve had a chance to look at them in person… actually, Fruitominoes is still just Dominoes with pictures of fruit instead of black dots. But Zip-It isn’t exactly dice based. True, the pieces look like dice, but they aren’t used for rolling random letters. Instead, each player takes 12 cubes and, at the…

Feeling Sweet Bingo

Feeling Sweet Bingo is Bingo with emotions and baked goods instead of letters and numbers. That’s it.

Magnetic Crokinole

At first it doesn’t look like much, but as the video goes on you start to see the effects of the magnetic pieces and virtual posts. I’m still not sure I get exactly how the board works. By Dale Wagner of London, Ontario.

1989 Scientific American: Tinkertoy Machine Plays Tic Tac Toe

In a 1989 Scientific American article , professor and mathematician A. K. Dewdney describes a completely non-electronic Tinkertoy machine that could play Tic Tac Toe.

Floors That Are Board Games

We’ve already covered examples of outdoor giant games ( Chess , Go , etc). You can find most giant garden games on many sites; well, you actually can’t find a Giant Settlers of Catan, such as this one created by the Mountford family (yowza) … … but that’s not what I’m here to write about. I’m also not here…

Wireless Dominoes

Yeah, I thought dominoes were already wireless, but apparently I didn’t realize that Dominoes should a) be of variable value, changeable by shaking them, and b) fall down in numerical sequence, even when they are not touching each other. Esper Dominoes ( source , via , via )

Purple Pawn’s 2010 Game Industry Survey

Purple Pawn has conducted a survey of over 7,000 companies around the world who made money from analog, tabletop games. You can download the 14 page report for free here [PDF]. Summary Of the companies surveyed, those that did not close reported good results, with 85% reporting that they had done at least as well or better in 2010 than they had done in 2009. Single-game game companies (sggc’s) make …

American Wins Tata Steel (Corus) Chess Tournament

American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won the Tata Steel Chess tournament, beating out many of the world’s top players, including Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, and Vladimir Kramnik. ( source ) Hikaru, born to an American mother and a Japanese father in Japan but moved to America at age 2,  is (was) ranked #10 in the world. The last American to win Corus was Walter Browne …

Experience the Definition of Board Game

Qwiki is a new service that draws on a variety of internet sources to provide what it calls an “information experience.” This is how it defines “ board game .”