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How Samurai Work

The samurai are the legendary armored swordsmen of Japan, known to many westerners only as a warri­or class, as depicted in countless martial arts movies. While being a warrior was central to a samurai’s life, they were also poets, politicians,...

Small Price to Pay

A fun and overstuffed puzzle from Brendan Emmett Quigley.

New Project: Board Game Box Organizer to Keep Pieces Tidy

This board game box insert is an easy way to organize all the pieces while still using the original box. It's perfect for all Settlers of Catan fans. Read more on MAKE The post Board Game Box Organizer to Keep Pieces Tidy appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

Gnomes At Gencon and You Pick It, We Review It 2015

While listening to Gencon Episode of The Misdirected Mark podcast last night with Christopher M. Sniezak and our own Phil Vecchione, Phil made mention of the You Pick It, We Review It posts that we’ve done from time to time here on the Stew. Show More Summary

Focal Point Preorders End July 30

If you’d like to preorder our latest book, Focal Point: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions, time is running out: Preorders end July 30! When you preorder, I’ll send you the digital edition within 24 hours. Show More Summary

How To Win On Cutthroat Kitchen

Watching Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen can be frustrating for gamers — the contestants may be great chefs, but they don’t know crap about using the rules of a game to maximize their chances of victory. If you’re appearing on the....

Statistical Achievement

David J. Lieb makes us see... well, you'll find out.

True Detective — Church in Ruins

“Cross that one off the bucket list — a Mexican standoff with actual Mexicans.” Frank’s sardonic sense of humor not withstanding, I don’t have a lot to say about this week’s True Detective. It was pretty disappointing, poorly written, badly...

Terence Tao’s Airport-Inspired Puzzle

A travel puzzle by Terence Tao, one of the world's greatest living mathematicians.

A Digital Digression II

So I've made a bit of progress on Zombology this week, posting blind playtesting copies to the Leeds and London Playtest UK groups, I'm hoping to get initial feedback from those groups in a week or two, once they've met and had a chance to get a game or two in. Show More Summary

Colonial Inspiration

Given that this was my last weekend before leaving for Gen Con I was looking for something fun to do with my kids on Saturday. My wife suggested the Colonial Plantation, which I’d never been to in spite of it being only about 15-20 minutes away from our house. Show More Summary

little stories

Some little stories from recent boardgaming... ~~~~~ I played Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld with my family. The Al Capone cards in this game are the hardest to collect a full set of. There are eight of them. However if you manage to complete the set, you can potentially shut your opponent out, i.e. Show More Summary

No Escape

You'll get sucked into this puzzle by Ellen Leuschner and Jeff Chen.

Variety: A Crunchy Acrostic

A crunchy acrostic from Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon.

Experience Catharsis

Using Kevin G. Der's puzzle to show you how the sausage gets made.

The Best Motor Oil for the Average Car

Motor oil is a tough subject because of the complex chemistry involved and the difficulty seeing the actual effects of different formulations or brands. To solve this puzzle, I threw out everything I thought I knew about oil and spent...

Lords of Scotland

Plays: 4Px1. The Game A game of Lords of Scotland is played over a number of skirmishes, in which every player can potentially score points. The ultimate goal is to reach 40pts. A skirmish consists of 5 rounds, i.e. everyone has only 5 actions. Show More Summary

Never Look A Gift Orc In The Mouth

The name of the dashing green fellow in the picture to the right is South. He and a bunch of his friends showed up at a game of The One Ring that I ran at Origins this year. South showed up just like this, in full Orc makeup from a larp he was involved with earlier. Show More Summary

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