Tag Archives: classic board games

“Go” Diplomacy With China

In 1971, a Chinese and an American ping-pong player became friends. This resulted in mutual invitations to visit each others’ countries, and eventually to a visit to China by Nixon. The situation later became known as “ ping-pong diplomacy “: sports or games paving the way for greater ties between antipathetic entities. US relations with China are warmer today, but they could still use a …

Countdown to New York Toy Fair: An Inventor’s Perspective

The following is a guest article by Kim Vandenbroucke. Kim is a professional game inventor (her latest published is Scattergories Categories) and she has agreed to take time out of her very busy schedule at this time of year to describe what it’s like to prepare for New York Toy Fair . I’m taking a break from my insane workload to write…

Game Bandit—Mystery Edition

Amazon is bundling the base Dominion game with two of the expansions, Alchemy and Prosperity , for $79.76 (a 36% discount). Also included are the two promo card sets, Envoy and Black Market, that were previously BoardGameGeek exclusives. Also at Amazon, Qwirkle is on sale for $16.95 , a 52% discount. Many Osprey military history books are available at 50% off through the …

Game Bandit—Mystery Edition

Amazon is bundling the base Dominion game with two of the expansions, Alchemy and Prosperity , for $79.76 (a 36% discount). Also included are the two promo card sets, Envoy and Black Market, that were previously BoardGameGeek exclusives. Also at Amazon, Qwirkle is on sale for $16.95 , a 52% discount. Many Osprey military history books are available at 50% off through the end…

Chess Players Launching Hedge Funds

Patrick Wolff left Clarium Capital to found a new hedge fund Grand Master Capital. Wolff is a grandmaster chess player with a 2563 ELO. Now three other guys, two with ELOs of 2423 and 2238 are co-founding yet another hedge fund, Genius . You can trust them: they play Chess. Igor Postelnik tells you why [PDF] Chess players make good hedge fund managers. ( source )

Chess Players Launching Hedge Funds

Patrick Wolff left Clarium Capital to found a new hedge fund Grand Master Capital. Wolff is a grandmaster chess player with a 2563 ELO. Now three other guys, two with ELOs of 2423 and 2238 are co-founding yet another hedge fund, Genius . You can trust them: they play Chess. Igor Postelnik tells you why [PDF] Chess players make good hedge fund managers.

TisTheGift: Hand-painted Classic Games

Tis The Gift paints, works, or embroiders classic games with a feminine touch. They’re rather pretty, complete with peace signs, or Indian totems, or whatever theme you want, actually. I particularly like the blood-spatter and steak knife vampire Checkers set. http://tisthegift.com/

100 Rooks Over Krakow

In anticipation of the World School Chess Championship and the FIDE Congress, 100 larger-than-human rooks are being erected all over Krakow. ( source ) Source doesn’t say who’s doing the erecting, nor who took the pictures, but I will assume it’s FIDE Poland.

Game Criminal Statistics 2010

Our game criminal roundups are mostly a result of Google News alerts. It’s fair to say that a great majority of game related violence is not reported (assaults, petty robberies, and so on), or not noted as game related (not noting that a robbery was of a card game), or simply not carried on Google News. What do we learn from a year of game related…

It’s Christmas So You’re Not Reading this Post Roundup

Chess Male chess players adopt riskier strategies when playing against more attractive women. ( source ) India sets world record in number of simultaneous Chess players in one location: 22,480. ( source ) Obset: The Chess 1812 ( source ): Several sources also covered news of various young Chess prodigies, which I’m skipping. Old Games 5,000 year old dice pits found in Mexico. ( source ) Handmade …

Tic-Tac-Toe Strategy from xkcd

Top 20 Game News Items for 2010

Board and card games did fine in 2010, just as they have been doing for at least the last 20 years. Today’s board and card games are harder to distinguish from video and electronic games. Many board and card games come with electronic components, come in hand-held versions, or are playable on your video console, in either traditional or enhanced versions. The biggest distinguishing factor …

Vintage Game Cheating Items Auction

Potter and Potter is holding an auction called “Hold on to Your Wallet” containing vintage gambling and gaming related items, including a large lot of items used for cheating at games: dice shaving, remote controlled magnets, marked cards, and so on. The auction will be in Chicago on Jan 29.

Vintage Game Cheating Items Auction

Potter and Potter is holding an auction called “Hold on to Your Wallet” containing vintage gambling and gaming related items, including a large lot of items used for cheating at games: dice shaving, remote controlled magnets, marked cards, and so on. The auction will be in Chicago on Jan 29.

Game Bandit—Special Black Friday Edition

Amazon’s Black Friday Deal Week includes 20% off the purchase of two or more Name Your Link

Game Bandit—Local Edition

For every purchase of $25 or more at either of Myriad Games retail locations (Salem & Manchester, New Hampshire) November 26th-December 24th, customers will be entered in to the Great Games Giveaway drawing for $1,000 in free games. Every donation of $25 to Toys for Tots earns two entries. Gamewright is holding a warehouse sale December 8 & 9 in Newton, Massachusetts with prices up …

NYC Issues Summons to Park Chess Players … Again

In 2008, NYC police hung signs in Washington Square park, and several other parks, warning people that the Chess tables were for Chess and Checkers players only: no loitering, no waiting for games to start, no other games (apparently). People were actually issued warnings and summons for sitting in a public park. Apparently that wasn’t enough. NYC police have now issued summons to seven people for…

Game Bandit—ChiTAG Edition

A coupon for $2 off admission to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair is available at The Game Aisle. Free shipping on the C-4 Corner Cutter through Thanksgiving. Everyone who donates this week to RPG Blog II will get a copy of Horrors of the GOW (PDF Pathfinder supplement) and entered for a chance to win a copy of The Traveller Book (1981). Palladium Books is offering…

USAopoly Shares Its Vision

With a slick presentation video about the company today.

Tomorrow is National Gaming Day at Your Library

Over 1,800 libraries participating. See here for details . Better go now, while libraries are still legal.