17 Apr 2015 was expansion night at Boardgamecafe.net, which was a good idea, because otherwise it would not have occurred to me to bring Ticket to Ride: Team Asia. This is, so far, the only team- based game in the Ticket to Ride series. Show More Summary
Today’s guest article by Gnome Stew reader Craig Dedrick might look D&D-specific at first, but Craig winds up asking some questions that are relevant to many RPGs — D&D is the lens here, not the real topic. Thanks, Craig! –Martin Dungeons & Dragons has always been my first love in gaming. Show More Summary
An alliterative Tuesday puzzle from Gerry Wildenberg.
“I have always been interested in tracked vehicles,” says Seth Abrahams. Abrahams is a member of the Bay Area Tankers club, a group of R/C tank enthusiasts who promote the hobby of scale model armored vehicles. Abrahams brought his 1/16th...Show More Summary
For those who liked Cheryl's Birthday, a favorite from the recreational mathematician Ed Pegg Jr.
It's been a good week. I've had my first Games Night for four weeks (and sadly last Games Night for another three due to work travel) and a few more good playtests of Zombology. I'm now ready to call my first game that I hope to self-publish...Show More Summary
In a recent session of Hoard of the Dragon Queen, the players jumped on skis and whisked their way down the mountainside, pursued by the cultists’ elite ski troopers — dwarves armed with crossbows. Cue the James Bond music, please. A little DIY It was a chance to put into play the chase rules as detailed in the fifth edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. Show More Summary
Tom McCoy dedicates today's crossword puzzle to his parents. Now that's a good son.
This puzzle by Don Gagliardo and Zhouqin Burnikel may mesmerize you.
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon offer a mind-boggling acrostic today.
Sometimes when I run out of things to write about, my mind wanders to introspective topics. I find myself gravitating back to how we as boardgamers consume games, our modus operandi, our consumption model. There are many games which I play just once. Show More Summary
Why beginning solvers should at least give Saturday puzzles a try, and Damon Gulczynski explains his use of Google as a construction tool.
One of the side-effects of playing a large number of games, and starting to design your own, is that you start to see what the mechanics of a specific game are doing or not doing. As my understanding of game mechanics has begun to grow,...Show More Summary
A fun Friday themeless by Mary Lou Guizzo.
Educator and Make: author Gever Tulley helps kids build their own drill-powered go-karts at his Tinkering School in Montara, Calif., using small welded frames, bike parts, and cheap corded drills. We asked him to build a version forShow More Summary
Walkalong gliders are designed from phonebook or other light weight paper (tissue or waxed tissue papers from florist shops work well, too). The point is to make the building of the airplane as simple as possible so one can focus onShow More Summary
Here are some misfit robots for your game. They span several genres, but all are fun and colorful and a little silly. SP1kE (Sentient Prototype 1000 Experiment): Lacking hardware that could handle the complex processing required to run a robot, the designers of SP1kE used an organic stand in; a preserved brain. Show More Summary
Joe Krozel and Peter A. Collins take off for parts unknown.
Plays: 4Px1. The Game Kingsport Festival is a remake of Kingsburg with a completely different setting and some changes in gameplay. It is now Cthulu-themed. You play cultists rolling dice to pray to the elder gods, the Old Ones. They...Show More Summary
Bastión Rolero, an excellent Spanish gaming site, is our newest translation partner. Here’s their first translated article. Once a few more have gone up, you’ll be able to see them all here. Many thanks to Bastión Rolero for translating our articles into Spanish!