Ben Smith

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There's a Digital Apocalypse Coming. Take Notice Before It's Too Late

If you work at a digital agency, you need to read this.<p>Some say that before an earthquake, dogs act funny. They tense up. They bark at nothing. They seem afraid, because they can sense something is coming.<p>People, unfortunately, aren't blessed with the same capabilities. And in the agency world, it …

Profit

Before Committing to a Potential Client Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

Many freelancers and entrepreneurs take on clients that aren't the best fit for them. Here's how to find the a better match.<p>When I first started freelancing out of college, I worked with many clients. My only requirement at the time was "If they can pay me, I will take on the project."<p>I quickly …

Business Strategy

Want to Work From Home -- and Improve Your Mental Health? Apple, Dell, and Walt Disney Are Now Hiring for These Remote Jobs

Additionally, studies show that working remotely will save you between $4,668 to $5,688 per year.<p>Earlier this month, I reported on a FlexJobs study that showed how working remotely will save you money -- enough for that kitchen remodeling project or a couple of vacations to a white sandy beach in …

The Workplace

How To Stand Out As A Small Consultancy And Crush Goliaths

I run into a lot of high-level consultants who have had the guts to leave their stodgy large corporations to start their own shops. They usually do so because they are fed up with the old fashioned processes and bureaucracy and believe they can do it better while experiencing more freedom and …

Business Strategy

Bill Gates Gave Some Brilliant Management Advice on Hiring the Best People. Here It Is in 2 Sentences

Traditional brick-and-mortar companies will cringe, but the research doesn't lie. And Bill Gates agrees.<p>Traditional brick-and-mortar companies prefer everyone "in the office," where people can work together, bounce from meeting to meeting, and slog in <i>Dilbert</i>-style cubicles.<p>While there's nothing …

The Workplace

Gig workers: You’re probably making less than you think

Self-employment has many costs, including some you might not expect. Here are some money matters you need to consider before you go it alone.<p>Being your own boss can be a tempting proposition and, in the “gig economy,” there are plenty of opportunities to do so. From using platforms like Lyft, …

Retirement

4 Awesome Adventure Games for Kids to Play on International Tabletop Day

<i>We’re counting down the days until International Tabletop Day 2018, happening this year on April 28th! As we get closer to the big day, we’ll be</i> …

Someone Made A 3D Game Engine In Microsoft Excel Using Nothing But Formulas

Why bother with Unity, Unreal or even Game Maker, when you can fire up Excel and whip up a game made up of formulas? Sure, you're spending sanity …

Unique UBoot App Powered Board Game, Lets You Co-Op Control A WW2 Submarine

A unique tabletop experience has launched via Kickstarter this month in the form of UBoot, a smartphone or tablet application powered board game …

Top 10 Board Games of 2017

As is the tradition here at BGQ, we close out the year with my Top 10 Games of 2017. This is always a hard list to write because there are always so …

Motor City: a board game that teaches the principles of Kanban

Board games are as popular as ever these days and while they are fun to play, they can also hold educational value in the field of software …

Axis & Allies creator Larry Harris is back with WWII tabletop game War Room

Back in 1984, Larry Harris released one of the most popular board games of all time, Axis & Allies. It sold millions of units as it appealed to both hardcore war gaming fans and casual audiences as well. Now, after designing 200 games, Harris is revisiting WWII with his magnum opus, War Room.<p>For …

The tabletop wargame classic ‘Ogre’ roars into the digital age on Steam

Steve Jackson is a legendary figure in the world of tabletop gaming. His company, Steve Jackson Games, was a prolific publisher of sci-fi themed …

Three Great Boardgames Turning 10 in 2017

Sometimes, we get caught up in the new hotness of board gaming. It’s easy to do with so many great titles being published each year. But the test of …

Board Games

Three Deep Tabletop Board Games that Play In About an Hour

Nothing beats diving into a really meaty, deep board game. You can see empires rise and fall, carefully laid plans that slowly build to fruition, and …

Board Games

Crowdfunded Star Citizen raises over $148 million, but release date has been postponed indefinitely

The space exploration game Star Citizen started out small. Developer Chris Roberts had the idea back in 2012 with a goal of raising about $500,000 to …

Carnegie Mellon creates a poker-playing AI that can beat the pros

To be great at poker you gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to core dump. That’s only part of the technique a new AI system created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon used to beat four of the “world’s best professional poker players” – Dong …

Artificial Intelligence

A Life Lived Through Mahjong

For some people, Chinese New Year means fireworks. For others it means lion dances. For many, it means family get-togethers and copious amounts of …

Mahjong

'Civilization VI': Three Innovations That Make Sid Meier's Masterpiece Even More Compelling

The creators of the <i>Civilization</i> series have never been shy about trying new things. <i>Civilization 6</i> is no exception and in many ways it goes further than its recent predecessors in changing the way things work. Here is an introduction to three innovations that greatly enrich what was already a deep …

A Board Game Where Everything Is Permanent

Gamers are a funny bunch. Board gamers, doubly so. We treasure our board games. We put plastic sleeves on our cards to keep our games immaculate and …

Board Games

SeaFall: is the legacy format heralding a new era of board games?

After the success of Pandemic Legacy, designer Rob Daviau is back with a seafaring adventure. But is everyone ready for board games you throw away at the end?<p>Rob Daviau thought Cluedo was flawed. It was around the end of 2008, while Daviau was working as a designer at Hasbro, and he was …

Murder Mystery

The Most Hyped Board Game of 2016 Earned It

'Scythe' is great. Really great.<p>If you are a board game geek, you probably know about <i>Scythe</i>. The game generated huge levels of excitement even before …

Board Games

27 Best Risk Board Game Versions Based On Real Player Reviews

Risk is without a doubt the best known and loved, map based board game, of all time. And, while it may not be the highest rated strategy board game, …

Three Board Games Worth Your Entire Saturday Afternoon

One of the less fun experiences in board gaming is a title that simply won’t end. We’ve all gathered around a seemingly eternal game of <i>Talisman</i>, or …

Board Games

Scythe review: The most-hyped board game of 2016 delivers

Burn your brain with dieselpunk mech-fueled strategy.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board …