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How to Talk about Board Games (And Get Your Friends Interested In Them)

Board games are awesome, but we all have other hobbies. And sometimes, we even have friends in those other hobbies. Friends who would make awesome …

Dune: Spice and sandworms power one of the great “lost” board games

How does the legendary-but-lost game Dune hold up today?<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board …

This huge new fusion reactor took 19 years to build (Tomorrow Daily 272)

Ashley discusses how a supercomputer helped design Germany's newest fusion reactor, why a Japanese filmmaker chose to cast a robot in his latest movie, and the latest updates for the robot butler concept Patin.

Jersey Jack Pinball and the man that sparked pinball’s revival

When it comes to what genre in the entertainment universe deserves the phoenix award — recognition for being near death to suddenly rising in popularity once again — there’s only one clear winner: pinball.<p>And the catalyst that set pinball on its upward trajectory can be blamed, at least partially, …

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The MADE and Alex Handy's mission to save forgotten video games

Share Submit Tip Email<p>Alex Handy was never very good at trading comics. His friends would often trick him into giving them what would become rare, …

Latin American players helped drive the Big Red Machine

The Cincinnati Reds' "Big Red Machine" was one of the most dominant and successful teams in baseball history. It was also one of the first Major …

Don't worry, board games: video games can't steal what makes you great

Surely there’s nothing a board game can do that a video game can’t do better, right?<p>After all, board games are so limited. You have to fit them on a table, and make them out of real, tangible <i>stuff</i>. Video games can do whatever you can imagine!<p>And the best video games should already be stealing from …

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New 'Portal' Board Game Is a Huge Success

Reading Time: 7 minutes<p>Hello, humans.<br>Now that you’ve been awakened from your Covert Hibernation Vault™, it’s time to resume testing. To motivate the …

093 User-Friendly Games, Part 3

<b>The Story So Far…</b><p>Deep games are cool. Complex games can be awesome. Many excellent games are excellent because they are complex and deep. But when …

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Cardstock chaos: Spaceteam moving to cardboard

Ferrous Holospectrum soaked, sir.<p>Nearly three years after its release, Spaceteam is still one of, if not the, best multiplayer games on mobile. The …

Jaw-dropping Andromeda galaxy photo comprises 37 hours of exposure

A pair of "backyard" astrophotographers have collaborated to produce a stunning image of our nearest galactic neighbour.<p>We can't, for obvious reasons, take photos of our own Milky Way galaxy. Luckily, our closest major galactic neighbour, the Andromeda Galaxy, at 2.5 million light-years away in the …

Lords of Catan

Here’s how Sander Stroom from Estonia won the 2014 Settlers of Catan World Championship. Sander was stuck at nine points, one short of a win. Two other players — from Latvia and Japan — grappled turn by turn for the longest road, each a lucky roll away from the 10-point victory. The fourth …

This Battleship Probability Calculator Will Help You Win the Classic Board Game

For most of us, the board game Battleship involves a little bit of strategy and a lot of luck. You either blindly bomb your competitor, painstakingly …

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Best Android phones (May 2018): our picks, plus a giveaway

With Android thoroughly dominating the mobile industry, picking the best Android smartphones is almost synonymous with choosing the best smartphones, period. While Android phones have few real opponents on other platforms, internal competition is incredibly fierce. From sleek devices that impress …

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Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto explaining World 1-1 is the best game design lesson of the week

The level design of Mario games often seems simple, while gradually and invisibly teaching the player what they should be doing and how they should be doing it. Ideas are introduced in a safe space, and then the safety nets are removed so the player can put those lessons into action before the …

Star Trek: Frontiers Board Game - Coming Soon from WizKids

<b>WizKids</b> has announced the upcoming release of <b>Star Trek: Frontiers</b>. Designed by <b>Andrew Parks</b>, <i>Star Trek: Frontiers</i> puts a new spin on the bestselling …

Ten Rare Board Games to Snap Up the Second You Can

Hey there tabletop gamers! There’s a whole world of games out there just waiting for you to add them to your collection. Most of the time, when …

Want to play a great Metroid game on Wii U? Buy Super Mario Maker

Nintendo fans have been clamoring for a new Metroid game since ... well, since 2007's <i>Metroid Prime 3</i> for the Wii. No, <i>Other M</i> doesn't count. Since those fans are already unhappy with the recently announced <i>Metroid Prime: Federation Force</i>, someone has decided to take it upon themselves to fill the …

Retrogaming

What You Need To Know About ‘Female Viagra’

The FDA recently approved the sale of Flibanserin, a pink pill intended for women diagnosed with low sex drive; critics have questioned the pill’s …

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Five of the best board games from Gen Con 2015

Gen Con 2015, the best four days in gaming, was held this past weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. Polygon was there working the vendor floor, trying to get hands on with as many new tabletop games as we could muster. Here are five of the best new games we played this year.<p>Codenames<p>A tiny little game …

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BioShock Infinite Board Game Developer Reveals Gorgeous New Customizable Card Game

Plaid Hat Games, the board game company that developed the BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia board game, is debuting a gorgeous-looking new tabletop card game. Titled Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, the game places two to four players in control of a Phoenixborn who has the ability to summon …

One Thing to Avoid in Game Design

When game designer Paul Peterson was interviewed for the upcoming Titans Series of games from Calliope Games, there was one segment at 1:55 that …

The 28 Best Map Based Strategy Board Games You've Probably Never Played

If you like board games and you like maps, you’ve almost certainly played Risk and have likely also played such classics as Diplomacy and Settlers of …

Nintendo was right about the Wii U. We were wrong.

With the announcement of the Wii U, everyone thought Nintendo was wrong. Hell, we thought Nintendo was out of touch, foolish and doomed for producing a gaming-focused, two-screen console that wouldn't be able to compete technologically with whatever Sony and Microsoft offered in the new generation. …

Retrogaming

Nintendo's PlayStation, the Holy Grail of Game Memorabilia, Has Been Found

An extraordinarily rare prototype of the Nintendo PlayStation console, which was created as part of a failed partnership between Nintendo and Sony some 25 years ago, has been discovered.<p>Never-before-seen images offer the first ever close-ups of the machine, now yellowed with age, which combines the …

Roll for the Galaxy

Plays: 2Px7The Game<b>Roll for the Galaxy</b> is the dice game version of <b>Race for the Galaxy</b>, but it is not just a simplified or shortened version of the …

Some things you should know about Steam

<i>What can we learn by data mining Steam for fun and profit.</i><p>The information in this article was gathered with the help of the tool Steam Spy that I’ve …

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Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT Release Date Set