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  • Spit, Slapjack & Authors - Card Game Rules

    About.com Board / Card Games
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    These three card games have entertained families for generations: Spit (also known as Speed or Slam), Slapjack and Authors. Spit is a very fast-paced game that can result in damage to the cards -- so don't use your best deck; Slapjack is an often loud, raucous game that works well with children from about age 5 and up; and Authors can fairly be described as a slightly advanced version of Go Fish....Read Full Post
  • The Downfall of Pompeii

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    14 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    In the year 79 A.D., the beautiful city of Pompeii sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. For years, the lovely town has attracted the best of Rome's citizens, and it is famous for both its businesses and luxuries. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A secret that will unleash unspeakable horrors! Now you must struggle to escape the doomed city, rushing to avoid the constant streams of lave that threaten to engulf your people! Will you be able to save them all? The player with the most survivors will be the winner!
  • Parents protest public comment limit within Gilbert Public Schools

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    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Standing room only, high drama school board meetings have become the new norm within Gilbert Public Schools, recently, as concerned parents sound off about turmoil, dozens of teacher resignations and perceived infighting within the district. “We have politics and games being played with the school board, which is something I had not experienced when my kids were in school,” Veronica Ross said ...
  • New Game Round-up: Villainy from Mayfair Games & Lost Legacy x3 from AEG

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    W Eric Martin
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    by W. Eric Martin • Days after its announcement of Bedpans & Broomsticks, U.S. publisher Mayfair Games has another title to announce: Villainy, from first-time designer Nicholas Trahan with art by Canadian cartoonist Jay Stephens. (And before you ask, no, there is no parallel Scum standalone game.) Here's a short description of the game, which has a U.S. street date of August 21, 2014:As an aspiring super villain, you are trying to make your mark in the world. In the card-driven character-building game Villainy, you are trying to be the first villain to complete three evil plans and beat…
  • The Downfall of Pompeii

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    14 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    In the year 79 A.D., the beautiful city of Pompeii sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. For years, the lovely town has attracted the best of Rome's citizens, and it is famous for both its businesses and luxuries. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A secret that will unleash unspeakable horrors! Now you must struggle to escape the doomed city, rushing to avoid the constant streams of lave that threaten to engulf your people! Will you be able to save them all? The player with the most survivors will be the winner!
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  • Spit, Slapjack & Authors - Card Game Rules

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    These three card games have entertained families for generations: Spit (also known as Speed or Slam), Slapjack and Authors. Spit is a very fast-paced game that can result in damage to the cards -- so don't use your best deck; Slapjack is an often loud, raucous game that works well with children from about age 5 and up; and Authors can fairly be described as a slightly advanced version of Go Fish....Read Full Post
  • Why Do You Play Board Games?

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I'm regularly asked by reporters why board games and card games remain popular despite the availability of more modern entertainment options, especially video games. My answer is that video games (many of which I also enjoy) will never replace board games because the two experiences are so different. I then go on to explain that there has never been a better time to be a fan of board games and card games, because so many designers and publishers are producing excellent and creative games....Read Full Post
  • Gulo Gulo - Game Review

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Dexterity games are tough with kids. They like the chunky bits and the whole "stack stuff and watch it fall over" aspect -- but younger kids just do not have the proper fine motor skills to compete with adults successfully. But Mark Jackson says that Gulo Gulo is an exception to that rule. This is a dexterity game in which the smaller the hand, the better the player....Read Full Post
  • Top 10 Negotiation Games

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Some board games not only require you to implement a good strategy, they require you to negotiate with the very opponents you're trying to defeat. Here are my picks for the top 10 negotiation games, one of my favorite game genres....Read Full Post
  • Tell Us About Your Game Collection

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Game collections are wonderful things, full of great memories and future good times. I know people who love playing board games and card games who own thousands of games, and others who love playing just as much but own fewer than a dozen games. No matter what the size of your collection is, we'd love to hear about it. Why not take a couple of minutes to tell us about your game collection?
 
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  • The Downfall of Pompeii

    Board Game Central
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    In the year 79 A.D., the beautiful city of Pompeii sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. For years, the lovely town has attracted the best of Rome's citizens, and it is famous for both its businesses and luxuries. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A secret that will unleash unspeakable horrors! Now you must struggle to escape the doomed city, rushing to avoid the constant streams of lave that threaten to engulf your people! Will you be able to save them all? The player with the most survivors will be the winner!
  • Global Mogul

    Board Game Central
    5 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Welcome to the heady days of global finance! Money and deals are flowing like water. From sparse beginnings build your empire across the globe, sending agents far and wide as you expend capital and gain access to valuable resources needed to fulfill lucrative contracts. Struggle to dominate world markets and control resources regionally. Expand your interests, and acquire companies that provide an edge on the competition and more efficient use of resources. http://www.boardgamecentral.com/info/cl/GlobalMogul Asgard's Chosen http://www.boardgamecentral.com/info/cl/AsgardsChosen Tue, 25 Feb…
  • The Best of the Best Board Games of 2013

    Board Game Central
    22 Dec 2013 | 12:11 pm
    A number of sites have put together "Best Board Games of 2013"-style posts, so I thought I'd share those, and see if there is any commonality among the lists ... a "best of the best", so to speak. SFGate Since we last surveyed the landscape, a wealth of fine new board games have appeared, catering to every taste and demographic. It doesn't matter whether you (or the folks on your holiday shopping list) favor intricate strategy or casual back-and-forth, or whether you prefer your games flavored with dinosaurs or politics -- there's something good available for nearly everyone. According to…
  • Review Recaps: Trains, Ghost Stories, Telestrations

    Board Game Central
    15 Dec 2013 | 11:55 am
    Here's a quick recap of some recent board game reviews of note, from some of our favorite board game reviewers: Trains Board Game Review via play board games: Trains is a deck-building game with a board. You must buy cards to lay rails and expand your network to score VPs. You start Trains with a deck of ten cards. After shuffling you draw five of them. On your turn you may spend income cards to buy more cards from the supply, play action cards or use cards place rails and stations on the board. The cost to lay rails on the board depends on the terrain of the space you are building on. Some…
  • Ancient Board Game Piece Discovered

    Board Game Central
    11 Dec 2013 | 7:58 pm
    The BBC reports on the discovery of an ancient board game piece, unearthed during an excavation in England: A 7th Century board game piece, the first discovery of its kind for 130 years, has been unearthed in Kent by University of Reading archaeologists. Researchers believe the hollow bone cylinder found at the Lyminge dig belongs to an early backgammon or draughts-type games set. It was found in the remains of an Anglo-Saxon royal hall where board games were traditionally very popular. The Lyminge piece, which is the first to be found in a "gaming setting", includes a central bronze rivet.
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  • Parents protest public comment limit within Gilbert Public Schools

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Standing room only, high drama school board meetings have become the new norm within Gilbert Public Schools, recently, as concerned parents sound off about turmoil, dozens of teacher resignations and perceived infighting within the district. “We have politics and games being played with the school board, which is something I had not experienced when my kids were in school,” Veronica Ross said ...
  • With 143 Games Left This Season, Is It Time For The Seattle Mariners To Panic?

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Optimism from the Seattle Mariners’ 6-3 start has been stifled some by a subsequent 1-9 stretch, including 8 straight (losing 7-2 last night to the Houston Astros extended this streak), with three scoreless games. Before everyone forgets it’s baseball season and starts fawning over Mel Kiper’s “big board” and who the Seattle Seahawks will pick […]
  • Nolan Bushnell Joins the Valuesetters Advisory Board

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. / ACCESSWIRE / April 22, 2014 / Valuesetters Inc. (OTCQB:VSTR) announced the appointment of Nolan Bushnell, a famed video game developer and visionary, to its advisory board. Mr. Bushnell ...
  • 2014 Mensa Mind Games® Winners Announced

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Five board games earn MENSA SELECT® status at the 2014 Mensa Mind Games. (PRWeb April 20, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11779026.htm
  • The 15 best iPad board games for Easter 2014: What's the best board game on iOS?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Which is the best board game on the iPad? We've collected the 158 finest iPad board games, suitable for all the family to enjoy across the Easter weekend.
 
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  • New Game Round-up: Villainy from Mayfair Games & Lost Legacy x3 from AEG

    W Eric Martin
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    by W. Eric Martin • Days after its announcement of Bedpans & Broomsticks, U.S. publisher Mayfair Games has another title to announce: Villainy, from first-time designer Nicholas Trahan with art by Canadian cartoonist Jay Stephens. (And before you ask, no, there is no parallel Scum standalone game.) Here's a short description of the game, which has a U.S. street date of August 21, 2014:As an aspiring super villain, you are trying to make your mark in the world. In the card-driven character-building game Villainy, you are trying to be the first villain to complete three evil plans and beat…
  • New Game Round-up: Ride with the Sons of Anarchy, Trek with the Borg Queen & Restock with Finn, Jake and Marvel Superheroes

    W Eric Martin
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    by W. Eric Martin • Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem is due out in June 2014 from Gale Force Nine, publisher of the previous media tie-in titles Firefly: The Game and Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery. The game description is minimal at this point, but here's what we have for this 3-4 player game that carries a 60-minute playtime:In Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem, players take the role of rival biker gangs out to control territory to reap the monetary rewards of controlling contraband. With each turn, new tiles are laid, which represent new territory, and clubs attempt to control that…
  • New Game Round-up: Monasteries for Carcassonne, Rats for Ascension & Retirees for Bedpans and Broomsticks

    W Eric Martin
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    by W. Eric Martin • U.S. publisher Mayfair Games has announced a new title from Frederic Moyersoen, one that sounds reminiscent of his Nuns on the Run at first read given that players are trying to escape from a building. The description is light on gameplay details, though, so right now we mostly just have the setting and goal for Bedpans & Broomsticks:It's the start of another day in the Shady Pines retirement home. Your abode is pleasant enough, but the home is not very exciting for someone like you. Why, back in the day, you were a mover and shaker — or at least you think you were.
  • Game Preview: Chimera, or Three-Legged Tichu

    W Eric Martin
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    by W. Eric Martin For many gamers, Urs Hostettler's Tichu is the go-to title when you have four at the table and want to play a trick-taking game, or a card game, or, well, anything. In the mid-2000s, for example, I participated in a game group in mid-Massachusetts at which many people played nothing but Tichu. It took me a long time to get the nerve to call "Tichu" when playing with those guys, as they could replay a hand by memory as soon as it finished and they all had strong opinions about every little detail of the game and how to play it. I still remember the outcries when I played over…
  • Game Previews: Heat & Loop Inc.

    W Eric Martin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    by W. Eric Martin • Instead of a standalone game preview, this post presents overviews of two upcoming titles because (1) I don't have lots to say about each game as I've played each only once and (2) the games are still being tweaked on their way to publication, which means that details could change, so I'm being somewhat vague in what I say about them. After all, better to provide a gloss on gameplay than detail something that might not appear in the final game.First, we have Heat, a smallish game for 3-5 players from designer Dave Chalker and publisher Asmadi Games, with Chalker stating…
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  • The Downfall of Pompeii

    Board Game Central
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    In the year 79 A.D., the beautiful city of Pompeii sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. For years, the lovely town has attracted the best of Rome's citizens, and it is famous for both its businesses and luxuries. But a terrible secret lies deep beneath the slopes of the mighty mountain. A secret that will unleash unspeakable horrors! Now you must struggle to escape the doomed city, rushing to avoid the constant streams of lave that threaten to engulf your people! Will you be able to save them all? The player with the most survivors will be the winner!
  • Global Mogul

    Board Game Central
    5 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Welcome to the heady days of global finance! Money and deals are flowing like water. From sparse beginnings build your empire across the globe, sending agents far and wide as you expend capital and gain access to valuable resources needed to fulfill lucrative contracts. Struggle to dominate world markets and control resources regionally. Expand your interests, and acquire companies that provide an edge on the competition and more efficient use of resources. http://www.boardgamecentral.com/info/cl/GlobalMogul Asgard's Chosen http://www.boardgamecentral.com/info/cl/AsgardsChosen Tue, 25 Feb…
  • The Best of the Best Board Games of 2013

    Board Game Central
    22 Dec 2013 | 12:11 pm
    A number of sites have put together "Best Board Games of 2013"-style posts, so I thought I'd share those, and see if there is any commonality among the lists ... a "best of the best", so to speak. SFGate Since we last surveyed the landscape, a wealth of fine new board games have appeared, catering to every taste and demographic. It doesn't matter whether you (or the folks on your holiday shopping list) favor intricate strategy or casual back-and-forth, or whether you prefer your games flavored with dinosaurs or politics -- there's something good available for nearly everyone. According to…
  • Review Recaps: Trains, Ghost Stories, Telestrations

    Board Game Central
    15 Dec 2013 | 11:55 am
    Here's a quick recap of some recent board game reviews of note, from some of our favorite board game reviewers: Trains Board Game Review via play board games: Trains is a deck-building game with a board. You must buy cards to lay rails and expand your network to score VPs. You start Trains with a deck of ten cards. After shuffling you draw five of them. On your turn you may spend income cards to buy more cards from the supply, play action cards or use cards place rails and stations on the board. The cost to lay rails on the board depends on the terrain of the space you are building on. Some…
  • Ancient Board Game Piece Discovered

    Board Game Central
    11 Dec 2013 | 7:58 pm
    The BBC reports on the discovery of an ancient board game piece, unearthed during an excavation in England: A 7th Century board game piece, the first discovery of its kind for 130 years, has been unearthed in Kent by University of Reading archaeologists. Researchers believe the hollow bone cylinder found at the Lyminge dig belongs to an early backgammon or draughts-type games set. It was found in the remains of an Anglo-Saxon royal hall where board games were traditionally very popular. The Lyminge piece, which is the first to be found in a "gaming setting", includes a central bronze rivet.
 
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  • Newish Boardgamegeek Blog

    Garry
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    If you’ve not already noticed (and why should you), I’ve started a blog on Boardgamegeek where I plan to post the sort of things I would have hitherto posted here. Comments on my posts here are minimal, spam comments are widespread, so I will probably stop posting here if the new blog works ok. Comments [...]
  • March 2014 roundup

    Garry
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    In March, I managed to play 23 games of 19 different titles, 10 of which were new to me. The new games were: Eldritch Horror, Bang: The Dice Game, Amber, Auf Teufel komm raus, Council of Verona, CV, Fleet, Potato Man, Nox and Glass Road. I added 12 new games to the collection which were Eldritch [...]
  • A carton of cards

    Garry
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I had a small delivery from Amazon Germany arrive today. And when I say small, I mean four small card games whose box sizes in aggregate are about half the size of a typical Ticket to Ride box. That said, having gone through the rules of each of them, there is some interesting game play [...]
  • Wayback When? - March ‘94, ‘99, ‘04, ‘09

    Garry
    9 Mar 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Wayback When? is a review of the games I was playing five, ten, fifteen and twenty years ago with me highlighting the most memorable titles of each particular month in the vain hope that I might dig out some of them to play again. This month we’re looking at March 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.   Five [...]
  • February 2014 roundup

    Garry
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    February saw me play 19 games of 18 different titles, 12 of which were new to me. The new games were: Shephy, Candy Chaser, Caverna: The Cave Farmers, Famous Fairways, Famous Fastballs, The Great Heartland Hauling Co, Greedy Kingdoms, Khmer, Palmyra, Trains & Stations, TransEuropa and Machi Koro. I sold 45 games and added 7 new [...]
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  • Some new chess rules passed by FIDE

    Blue Devil Knight
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    You can read about it at Chess.com. Here are the first couple: At the recent FIDE Congress, delegates from the 103 countries represented made some rule changes that had been debated for the past few years. Here are the highlights- 1. Changes for title requriements: a. By a margin of 100-4, it was voted for the introduction of a new title-TM (Traveling Master). To earn his TM title, a
  • Smith Morra Mayhem!

    Blue Devil Knight
    13 Jan 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Quick update...I will probably have a few over the next month. I have been playing a lot of blitz lately (2-5 games a day, with 3 0 time controls). I have ignored opening theory (in fact I have purposefully been playing objectively unsound, reckless openings), tactical training, and slow games for the last few years. Other bits of life have become my highest priority. While I have found
  • Happy Birthday, Carnival!

    Blue Devil Knight
    5 Dec 2011 | 10:11 pm
    That's a wrap!Welcome to the December 5, 2011 edition of chess improvement carnival. Some great stuff, and as a Christmas gift I was very inclusive in accepting stuff that was submitted.This is the last Carnival I am going to be involved with. I appreciate everyone taking the time to participate by submitting articles, hosting carnivals, etc..You have provided a lot of great content the past
  • Chess Improvement Carnival the 12th

    Blue Devil Knight
    5 Dec 2011 | 9:11 am
    Will be up tonight...My apologies for the delays, this is a sign it is time for me to pass on the skeptre!
  • Tomorrow is deadline for December Carnival!

    Blue Devil Knight
    30 Nov 2011 | 8:04 pm
    UpdateThe fearless Wahrheit has volunteered to continue on with the Chess Improvement Carnival next year! If you have suggestions for how we could improve it, please write it in the comments here, or let him know.One thing on my wish list is better carnival software. The site we use is awful, but the only thing I found. If anyone knows of any alternates, please tell.Last chance! See previous post
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  • Nakamura Talks Candidates, Sponsorship

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Hey readers! Just wanted to point out this great interview with Hikaru Nakamura posted over at Chess.com. Nakamura talks about a variety of topics, from his recent sponsorship deal with Red Bull to the Candidates Tournament and much more. Definitely worth checking out!
  • New on the Site in March

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    With March coming to an end, it's time to take a look at what's been added to the site in recent weeks. Here's a look at a few articles that were posted during the last month:...Read Full Post
  • Anand Wins Candidates With Room to Spare

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:18 pm
    In the end, there wasn't even any drama. Viswanathan Anand sealed his victory in the Candidates Tournament with a round to spare - and to be honest, had virtually assured himself of the crown a few rounds prior to that - cementing a rematch with Magnus Carlsen later this year. In the end, Anand took first place (with 8.5 points on three wins and no losses) by a full point over Sergey Karjakin, who scored a marathon win over Levon Aronian on the final day. With all of the other games ending in draws, that sent Aronian tumbling down the tight field into a tie for 6th with Peter Svidler at a…
  • Candidates Round 9: Anand's Tournament to Lose

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    Heading into the 2014 Candidates Tournament, few observers gave Viswanathan Anand much of a chance to win. Sure, he wasn't discounted entirely, but most figured that it would be Levon Aronian or Vladimir Kramnik (or maybe Topalov, perhaps Karjakin...) who would ultimately emerge as the next challenger to Magnus Carlsen. But with just five rounds left to play, Anand now has an imposing lead on the field, meaning we could be headed for a rematch of last year's title clash....Read Full Post
  • Candidates Round 5: Anand Holds Lead, But Field Tightens

    18 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    In last year's Candidates Tournament, the leaders (Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik) pulled away from the field relatively early, turning the tournament into an apparent two-man race. It seems unlikely that this will be the case in 2014, as after five rounds, the competition is about as close as it can be between four competitors. Following a draw with Dmitry Andreikin, Viswanathan Anand still stands alone in first place with a 3.5/5 score. But right behind him are three players with 3/5 scores. They include favorites Levon Aronian and Kramink, along with Peter Svidler, who scored a neat…
 
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  • BCC::GRAND PRIX // APRIL 26 // GAME 60 // 4SS // FRIENDLY // ENJOYABLE // WIDE OPEN RACE //

    Steve Stepak
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    BCC GRAND PRIXThis Saturday, April 26, 2014JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBERA 12 MONTH AFFAIR[Editor's note: I started in August and missed winning my rating prize by only 1/2 point!]So, it's surely not too late to join in!Serious, yet friendly chess environment!Young and Old play good chess at the BCC Grand PrixCHECK OUT THE DETAILSBCC GRAND PRIXCHESS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILYNew hair style // new rating record:World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsenup, up and away, playing in the "Vugar Gashimov Memorial"in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, won his first two games and has a"live" rating of 2888! UPDATE: "GASHIMOV…
  • BCC HOSTS $5 OPEN // ARUN DOMINATES / MARTIN TAKES U1950 / 26 PLAYERS // 2 SECTIONS // UPSETS // ACCOMPLISHMENTS // CHESS AT ITS BEST //

    Steve Stepak
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    BCC $ 5 OPENIN 2 SECTIONSOPENNM Siddharth Arun goes 4 - 0 for 1st place; +13 to 2244 rating,here playing white vs Brandon Wu in Round 3.ACCOMPLISHMENT10 yr old Brandon Wu goes 2-4 to share 4-9th .Brandon rating is +41 to 1911.(NOTE: Bobby Fischer's USCF rating was 2186 at 12 yrs old!)IN THE GROVEVeteran BCC chess player Arthur Nugent was on strideand undefeated with 3 points out of 4, sharing 2-3rd place with Nithin Kavi, for a +18 to 2018 Rating.Arthur took points from NM Andrew Liu and Michael YuBravo, Arthur!Nithin Kavi v Alex Yu (Jason Tang, [center]  2/4, 4-9th),…
  • BCC QUADS // A QUALITY EVENT // FOR THE SELECT FEW // 14 PLAYERS // JUNIORS SHINE //

    Steve Stepak
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    BCC QUADSA TALE IN 3 SECTIONSQUAD 1Jason Tang plays NM Almir Dzhumaev, Round 2.Almir scored 2.5/3 to win Quad 1, and +8 to 2267 rating.CRITICAL GAME: CLASH OF MASTERSNM Siddarth Arun writes as NM Almir Dzhumaev makeshis move in this critical Round 3 game.Almir won this game and the Quad.CREDIBLE PERFORMANCEExpert Michael Mahoney impresses with 3 draws in Quad 1for share of 2-3rd place. Rating +8 to 2083.QUAD 210 year old Brandon Wu poised playing white vs veteran Tim O'Malley in Round 2. Brandon was 2.5/3 to clinch 1st place,and a +21 to 1870 rating (Bobby Fischer did not…
  • BCC $5 OPEN // THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN // 4SS // 60/SD // SATURDAY // APRIL 19 2014 // BRING THE KIDS! // BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY! //

    Steve Stepak
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBFIVE DOLLAR OPEN THIS COMING SATURDAYAPRIL 19 2014 THISwill get you one admission toeither the Open Section or the U1950 Sectionor the U1650 Section (pay by Thursday, check or cash;by PayPal Friday 11:59PM) . . . check out the details here . . . This is the total eclipse of the moon . . . over Boston at 3:07 amTuesday morning . . . This is a May Flower from April Showers . . . See you this Saturdayfor the BCC April $5 Open!
  • BCC QUADS: SATURDAY // APRIL 12 // 60 SD // 3RR //

    Steve Stepak
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    BCC: QUADSQUADS: THE FACTS4 PLAYER GROUP // ALL PLAY ALL4 PLAYER GROUP BY RATINGTOMORROW !! SATURDAY !!APRIL 12, 2014A SPECIAL FORMAT RECOMMENDED BYLUCY CAICOME ON OVER, AND JOIN LUCYAND ALL THE CHESS FAMILY OF THE BCCFOR AN INTENSE, COMPETITIVEPLAY AMONGST YOUR PEERS!Your boards await you.See you tomorrow morning!
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  • Charmed (Far West Open Results, 2014)

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Did you ever have a charmed day? A day when everything works out right? Well, that was Easter Sunday for me. First, when Kay and I went out for lunch, I ordered a slice of carrot cake and got two! Well, one and a half. The woman behind the counter cut off a piece that she felt was too small, so she cut another one and then gave me both of them! “Nobody here is going to eat it, anyway,” she said. So I had my cake and ate it, too. Next, I finally hit a lucky slot machine for the first time all weekend. Kay and I went the casino and I intended to gamble at most $2, because I was…
  • Adventures in Reno

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    So far, after five rounds in Reno, I have an even score of 2½-2½. So far, all of my five games have been quite interesting and tactical. Michael Aigner remarked that he has trouble even telling who is ahead in material in my positions, let alone who stands better! Well, he was joking of course, but every one of my games has featured a material imbalance within the first 21 moves. Round one: Sergey Kudrin pseudo-sac of a bishop against me, I counter-sacrificed a rook for insufficient compensation, he won easily. (See last post.) Round two:  Exchange sacrifice against Theodore Biyiasis, I…
  • Fireworks by the River

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    After I finished my evening game in the second round of the Larry Evans Memorial, I went outside and was surprised to see some fireworks going off in the distance. Apparently this is a somewhat regular event in Reno. Anyway, it was a good metaphor for the two games I played yesterday, because they both involved some “fireworks.” In round one I had Black against Grandmaster Sergey Kudrin. I played my Bird Variation of the Ruy Lopez as usual, and he took a surprisingly long time — forty minutes on the first 8 moves. This made me overconfident, and my tenth move was a blunder…
  • Calm Before the Storm

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Round zero is complete here in Reno, and everybody is still tied with 0 points out of 0! The main job on Thursday is just to get here, which was no problem this year because the weather was beautiful. I picked up a passenger en route. Yes, that’s Jesse Kraai (photo taken by my wife), looking as if he’s dressed for a bike ride more than a chess tournament. Biking really seems to be his passion these days, and we spent a good long time talking about it on the trip up to Reno. Even though Jesse has been on this trip many times before, as we passed by one beautiful vista after…
  • Calculation and Conceptualization

    admin
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    This week I recorded a ChessLecture that should come out in a month or so, called “How to Tell When the Moment is Right.” The question I was looking at in the lecture is, how do you tell when it’s time to calculate detailed variations, and how do you tell when you shouldn’t calculate variations and you should just go on general principles? Of course, I don’t want to give away the content of the lecture. But I will say this: I’m a calculator. On almost every move of every tournament game, I’m trying to calculate variations, even in positions where…
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  • YACP - Yet another chess puzzle

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
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    22 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    PLEASE DO NOT POST ANSWERS IN COMMENTS. KEEP IT FAIR [NO PUZZLES YET]
  • historic chess film clips

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    British Pathé, the newsreel maker which documented all walks of life on video during the 20th Century, has uploaded its entire collection of moving images to YouTube.   The archive of 3,500 hours of footage was digitised in 2002 thanks in p...
  • Capablanka VS Yanofsky

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation 
  • Why I'm so awesome

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Political leanings: Very left Education:   Work and Education North Carolina State University Class of 2010 · Masters in English · Raleigh, North Carolina The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Class of ...
 
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  • 2014 Aussie Olympiad Team

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    It is an Olympiad year again and this time the party is heading off to Norway. I had actually planned to head over, but the cost of getting there from Tokyo was going to seriously put me in the red, especially since I already have two OS trips scheduled for later in the year. So I shall have to put off my next Olympiad holiday until 2016. Although, I am not too hot about going to Baku if I'm honest!Anyway, about this time the Australian Chess Federation begins the selection process for captains and players. For the pundits, like yours truly (yep, I still follow the Australians whenever they…
  • Are Aussie Girls Bad at Chess?

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    Just the other day, I read a blog post by GM Ian Rogers in which he observed the differences between the performances of Aussie female chess players and their Indonesian sisters.Australia currently has more stand-out male juniors – though we lost 3.5-6.5 in an internet match against the Academy students in 2012 – but there is a chasm between the two countries in the development of girl players and Australia is falling further behind.  A major difference appears to be cultural factors – something which is evident in the attitude of the girls players at the Academy. In Indonesia…
  • Chess24 Coverage of Candidates

    22 Mar 2014 | 3:48 am
    Thanks to our old mate Macauley for this tip.Chess24 have their own live coverage of the Candidates which is hosted by IM Lawrence Trent and GM Jan Gustaffson (although right now as I type, their round 8 is having some sort of technical hardships. No sound). If you prefer a somewhat more relaxed style of commentary, then Chess24's is the one to choose. Both guys certainly do their best to be the Roy & HG of chess.
  • FIDE World Candidates Commentary

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:53 am
    By the time I sort of "retired" from chess a few years ago, this whole live commentary thing, streamed straight from the venue - with multiple camera angles, HD video, then followed by a press conference - hadn't yet taken off. In fact, I don't remember seeing any of it. But apparently these days live coverage is now a regular fixture, in at least the super tournaments. And who can't be glad about that?The concept has certainly rekindled my interest. I knock off from work about early evening and hit my desk at home just when games are entering the middle game. Like now, for example: round 6…
  • Video: Aussie Junior Championships 2014

    20 Jan 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Very nice video of the recently completed Australian Junior Chess Championships produced by the people at Sydney Academy of Chess.   And by the way, congrats to FM Anton Smirnov for winning the event and also for coming very close to taking out the tournament before that - the national champs.
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  • This Is So Very, Very Wrong

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    As my faithful readers know, I am loath to refuse a sugar-y treat. My tastes when it comes to rich, fattening & or sweet foods are, shall we say, wide.  But this... this is wrong on so many levels.  I'm just thankful it's a limited edition and will go away to the Limited Edition Oreo Graveyard, along with Marshmallow Crispy Oreos, Fruit Punch Oreos, and the stomach-turning Candy Corn Oreos.
  • Classic: Invasion of the Peep Army

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    A few years back, my friend Jimbo was "inspired" by a message I preached (using Peep Science as a metaphor for eternal security - see PeepResearch.org for the original inspiration) and went out the week after Easter & bought 300 or so Peeps of various colors & types... and snuck into my office and, well, Peeped it out. Every flat surface in the place had a Peep on it. In 2010, he outdid himself with the Invasion of the Peep Army. The first Peep appeared on Saturday next to my bathroom sink. "Mark - We've missed you." His title was "Scout Peep" and he was an indication of…
  • Classic: Maundy Thursday

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    ...also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries, is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. (wikipedia) The "Maundy", by the way, is from the Latin word Mandatum and refers to Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. So, now that we've got the definitions out of the way... a simple question. Why? Why do we meet to remember the last meal Jesus had with his closest…
  • Drive-By Game Reviews: April 2014

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Buccaneer Bones (3 plays): This is a very light but quite enjoyable dice game with some decision-making (though not too much). It has gone over very well with the non-gamer part of my family… which I think is really the intended audience. (And I just received the expansion set in the mail, which will let it play with up to 8 players... another plus for family/social gaming.) DC Deckbuilding Game (25 plays): Yes, I've played this 25 times since December 25th... I'm not saying it's the next Puerto Rico, but I enjoy it a lot, as do many of the folks I game with on a regular…
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    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    I started writing this blog on April 1st, 2005... and from the beginning the "tagline" at the top of this blog has read: Everything including the kitchen sink... but with special attention paid to board games, Jesus Christ, my family, being a "professional" (and I use that word loosely) Christian, and the random firing of the 10% of the synapses I'm currently using.   As of January 2013, one element of that changed: I resigned my position as pastor of NewLife Community Church and stopped - at least for the foreseeable future - being a "professional" (and I'm still using that…
 
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  • Mathematics of the Business

    Tao
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Sometimes, I wonder how many people spend the time to do the proper numbers for running a business in our industry.  I thought I’d put this out there since we seem to see quite a few individuals looking to do the low (low) cost route in Canada.  So, I thought I’d put up a little document for people to look over.  On the left is your typical B&M markup of 100%, on your right is the markup that a business like Cool Stuff Inc. in the South has – 30%. I’m also using a very basic salary number here and winging a lot of the expenses – the 60% cost for salary is…
  • Accounting & Bookkeeping

    Tao
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Accounting and bookkeeping are two different subjects.  Accountancy defined: Accounting, or accountancy, is the measurement, processing and communication of financial information about economic entities.[1][2] Accounting, which has been called the “language of business”,[3] measures the results of an organization’s economic activities and conveys this information to a variety of users including investors, creditors, management, and regulators.[4] Now, bookkeeping on the other hand is the: Bookkeeping, in business, is the recording of financial transactions, and is part of…
  • Video Review: For the Crown

    Kaja
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    This week’s video review is for For the Crown, an intriguing 2-player hybrid of chess and deck-building games. Video Review: For the Crown is a post from: Starlit Citadel
  • New Releases: April 11th, 2014

    Warehouse Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Magic the Gathering: Japanese Dragon’s Maze Booster Magic the Gathering: Japanese Dragon’s Maze Booster Box Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Booster Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Booster Box Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Set of Five Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Simic Domination Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Gruul Siege Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Rakdos Revelry Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Orzhov Power Magic…
  • Social Media – Musings

    Tao
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Social media is the new form of communication out there.  From Twitter to Instagram to Facebook and Google+, it’s all the rage.  It’s interesting to see how things are slowly shifting too, Google’s starting to look at forms of instant communication (Twitter, Facebook public statuses, etc.) and indexing it for specific on-trend topics.  More information, more relevant information – faster. For an online business though, Starlit Citadel’s been pretty lax about taking part in this revolution.  Sure, we have a Twitter and FB account.  Heck, we even have a…
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  • Blackjack Strategy Tips

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    23 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Having the exact plan of actions is crucial for any situation if we want to succeed. Of course, we can improvise very well sometimes but the improvisation is more about luck than a well-prepared plan with an appropriate strategy. Strategy is very important in different areas but gambling probably needs the right strategy playing on new online casinos 2014 to win more than others. Blackjack strategy, poker strategy and other games strategies are vital for winning on a regular basis. You should practice a lot to develop your own strategy that can help you win. Also you can find a great number…
  • Embracing the Most Luxurious Casinos in the World

    worldcup
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    According to statistics, millions of people play and visit casinos annually. No wonder there are lots of individuals that indulge in playing and gambling for entertainment purposes. However, when it comes to knowing the most luxurious casinos worldwide, it is more than merely gambling. Although it is a fact for a lot of casinos that the gaming division represents the largest fraction of their income, it is essentially important for these establishments provide visitors a lot more of fun. Nowadays, modern casinos have become entertainment centres that are located worldwide. In fact, a lot of…
  • Free Bets as the Best World Cup Promotions 2014 – Bet Without Risking Your Money

    worldcup
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    The upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 is a mega gala sporting event, which is much anticipated all around the world. People are quite passionate about the game and root for their respective teams in every possible way. This is the time, when certain sectors try to cash in, as much as they can to earn maximum revenue. Every other industrial sector offers packages and prizes as World Cup Promotions and so does the online betting sector. Free bets are something that every bettor will look forward to and try to benefit from this exciting offer. Betting for the mega event will not only take place on…
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  • Hordes High Command Review

    Jason C
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2-4 Amount of time to play: 60-90 min Age requirements: 12+ Set-up time: 5-10 minutes Hordes: High Command is a deck-building game set in the Iron Kingdoms. It is compatible with War Machine: High Command too. Hordes: High Command Rules Description: If you have tried War Machine: High Command than you know how to play Hordes: High Command. The two games share the exact same rules and you could almost Hordes as a stand-alone expansion. If you do not know how to play High Command you can read an overview of the rules in my War Machine: High Command review. This post will…
  • The Agents Card Game Review

    Jason C
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2-5 Amount of time to play: 30-45 min Age requirements: 8+ Set-up time: minimal The Agents is a unique double-edged card game. When you play a card you must decide which side of the card will benefit you and thus which side will benefit your opponent. The Agents Rules Description: You start the Agents with three agents cards and one mission card. Each turn you score Intel Points (IPs) for any missions you have accomplished and completed data tokens pointing at you. Once a player scores 40 IPs the round finishes and then the player with the most IPs wins. You have a…
  • Zombies Keep Out Board Game Review

    Jason C
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Stats: No. of players: 1-6 Amount of time to play: 45-60 min Age requirements: 8+ Set-up time: 5 min Zombies Keep Out is a cooperative game where the players are bodgers. You must build three contraptions to fend off the zombies before they overrun your location. Zombies Keep Out Rules Description: The board for Zombies Keep Out is made up of five columns made up of five rows. At the top of each column is a part of the building you are defending, the cellar, door, balcony and two windows. Each of these also has an unmade contraption associated with it. You win if you build three of five…
  • Galaxy Defenders Board Game Review

    Jason C
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Stats: No. of players: 1-5 Amount of time to play: 60-150 min (depending on the mission) Age requirements: 12+ Set-up time: 5-10 min In Galaxy Defenders the players are an elite fighting team that must defend Earth from aliens. This is a cooperative game that can be played as a campaign or as just one-shot games. Galaxy Defenders Rules Description: Galaxy Defenders comes with 12 missions. Missions may be failed, partially accomplished or fully accomplished. How you perform in your current missions may determine which mission you play next. You take on the role of five different agents, the…
  • Stak Bots Yellow Expansion Review

    Jason C
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Stats: No. of players: 1-6 Amount of time to play: 10 min Age requirements: 7+ Set-up time: minimal-5 min (depending on playing mode) Yellow is a stand alone expansion for Stak Bots, the robot-fighting, card game. This inaugural expansion adds more bots and more ways to play the game. Stak Bots Yellow Expansion Additions: If you have never played Stak Bots, read my overview and review here. This post will mainly deal with the new elements added in the Yellow expansion. This expansion introduces sixteen new bots. There are no exact repeats of any bots from the base set. I’ll highlight some…
 
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  • Hordes High Command Review

    Jason C
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2-4 Amount of time to play: 60-90 min Age requirements: 12+ Set-up time: 5-10 minutes Hordes: High Command is a deck-building game set in the Iron Kingdoms. It is compatible with War Machine: High Command too. Hordes: High Command Rules Description: If you have tried War Machine: High Command than you know how to play Hordes: High Command. The two games share the exact same rules and you could almost Hordes as a stand-alone expansion. If you do not know how to play High Command you can read an overview of the rules in my War Machine: High Command review. This post will…
  • The Agents Card Game Review

    Jason C
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2-5 Amount of time to play: 30-45 min Age requirements: 8+ Set-up time: minimal The Agents is a unique double-edged card game. When you play a card you must decide which side of the card will benefit you and thus which side will benefit your opponent. The Agents Rules Description: You start the Agents with three agents cards and one mission card. Each turn you score Intel Points (IPs) for any missions you have accomplished and completed data tokens pointing at you. Once a player scores 40 IPs the round finishes and then the player with the most IPs wins. You have a…
  • Zombies Keep Out Board Game Review

    Jason C
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Stats: No. of players: 1-6 Amount of time to play: 45-60 min Age requirements: 8+ Set-up time: 5 min Zombies Keep Out is a cooperative game where the players are bodgers. You must build three contraptions to fend off the zombies before they overrun your location. Zombies Keep Out Rules Description: The board for Zombies Keep Out is made up of five columns made up of five rows. At the top of each column is a part of the building you are defending, the cellar, door, balcony and two windows. Each of these also has an unmade contraption associated with it. You win if you build three of five…
  • Galaxy Defenders Board Game Review

    Jason C
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Stats: No. of players: 1-5 Amount of time to play: 60-150 min (depending on the mission) Age requirements: 12+ Set-up time: 5-10 min In Galaxy Defenders the players are an elite fighting team that must defend Earth from aliens. This is a cooperative game that can be played as a campaign or as just one-shot games. Galaxy Defenders Rules Description: Galaxy Defenders comes with 12 missions. Missions may be failed, partially accomplished or fully accomplished. How you perform in your current missions may determine which mission you play next. You take on the role of five different agents, the…
  • Stak Bots Yellow Expansion Review

    Jason C
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Stats: No. of players: 1-6 Amount of time to play: 10 min Age requirements: 7+ Set-up time: minimal-5 min (depending on playing mode) Yellow is a stand alone expansion for Stak Bots, the robot-fighting, card game. This inaugural expansion adds more bots and more ways to play the game. Stak Bots Yellow Expansion Additions: If you have never played Stak Bots, read my overview and review here. This post will mainly deal with the new elements added in the Yellow expansion. This expansion introduces sixteen new bots. There are no exact repeats of any bots from the base set. I’ll highlight some…
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  • Julius Caesar Review

    James Flemming
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    Julius Caesar is a 2 player war game from Columbia Games and designers Grant Dalgliesh and Justin Thompson. As a gamer, I have an appetite for all kinds of games - except that I have not played very many war games. The closest I've played to war games are a couple of the C&C games and (my favorite game of all time) War of the Ring. So after doing some searching on BGG for good intro wargames, I was excited to hear that Columbia Games was willing to send me a copy of one of the most recommended titles - Julius Caesar.The starting position for the Pompey army. Julius Caesar is what is…
  • Baffledazzle Kickstarter Preview

    James Flemming
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    [This post is not a review, but a preview for a Kickstarter campaign that is currently funding.]Today's preview is a little different. The Baffledazzle Kickstarter campaign is not for a tabletop game in the most traditional sense. In fact, at first glance, it looks like a bunch of  jigsaw puzzles. While this is partially true, the larger truth about Baffledazzle is much, much more interesting.[Spoiler warning: A large part of the Baffledazzle experience is discovery. While I tried my best to avoid spoiling anything, this preview does go over my experience with the Cirkusu set, and…
  • Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp

    James Flemming
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp is a recent release to get the Gold Banner treatment from Victory Point Games. For anyone unfamiliar, Victory Point Games is a smaller publisher who does its own printing. In the past, they have relied on their moto, "The Gameplay's the Thing!" to excuse bagged games and pretty underwhelming component quality. Victory Point has since upgraded their printing facilities, however, and the games released in their Gold Banner line come in a box and include high quality components that I absolutely love.With all that out of the way, is Infection's gameplay "the…
  • Disc Duelers Review

    Josh Edwards
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    So, if this is your first one of my reviews - hi.  I'm Josh.  I love dexterity games.  And so, the people that have been checking out my site for a while will in no way be surprised that I sought out a copy of Disc Duelers to try out.In Disc Duelers (the normal version - there are about 4-5 various ways to play), each player has a handful of characters, represented by discs, that they are using in an epic grudge match against all of their opponents discs.  (Of course, they are mortal enemies, since they were not selected for the same Kickball team years ago...
  • Splendor Review

    James Flemming
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    In Splendor, players take the role of wealthy Renaissance merchants buying and selling gems to turn into beautiful refined jewels. Splendor is an abstract game of card drafting and engine building that takes about 30 minutes for 2-4 players to play.The components in Splendor are few, but very high in quality. The cards are a nice stock, and have white borders on the backs (to help minimize the appearance of wear) and very attractive images on the fronts that look great without a border. There are also gems of 6 different colors which are very nice quality poker chips. Gameplay revolves…
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  • Marvel Comics for April 23rd, 2014

    Greg McAleer
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Marvel has a ton of comic goodness arriving including the launch of Elektra as well as the sophomore issues of Daredevil and Iron Patriot looking to earn your dollars.
  • DC Comics for April 23rd, 2014

    Greg McAleer
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Plenty to choose from over at DC Comics this week including Justice League United, with a #0 issue, and Secret Origins launching.
  • Zenescope Entertainment Titles for April 23rd, 2014

    Greg McAleer
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    A new title arrives in Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Helsing #1 and two other big issues hit, Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Code Red #5 and Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #22, this week from Zenescope Entertainment.
  • Valiant Entertainment Titles for April 23rd, 2014

    Greg McAleer
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The highly anticipated Harbinger #22 hits, as does the latest Eternal Warrior, from our friends at Valiant Entertainment.
  • Image Comics for April 23rd, 2014

    Greg McAleer
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    "All Out War" comes to a shattering conclusion in The Walking Dead - so that's a must have - and the weekly Shotgun Wedding finishes up as well from Image Comics.
 
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  • Julius Caesar Review

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:14 am
    Julius Caesar is a 2 player war game from Columbia Games and designers Grant Dalgliesh and Justin Thompson. As a gamer, I have an appetite for all kinds of games - except that I have not played very many war games. The closest I've played to war games are a couple of the C&C games and (my favorite game of all time) War of the Ring. So after doing some searching on BGG for good intro wargames, I was excited to hear that Columbia Games was willing to send me a copy of one of the most recommended titles - Julius Caesar.The starting position for the Pompey army. Julius Caesar is what is…
  • Baffledazzle Kickstarter Preview

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    [This post is not a review, but a preview for a Kickstarter campaign that is currently funding.]Today's preview is a little different. The Baffledazzle Kickstarter campaign is not for a tabletop game in the most traditional sense. In fact, at first glance, it looks like a bunch of  jigsaw puzzles. While this is partially true, the larger truth about Baffledazzle is much, much more interesting.[Spoiler warning: A large part of the Baffledazzle experience is discovery. While I tried my best to avoid spoiling anything, this preview does go over my experience with the Cirkusu set, and…
  • Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp is a recent release to get the Gold Banner treatment from Victory Point Games. For anyone unfamiliar, Victory Point Games is a smaller publisher who does its own printing. In the past, they have relied on their moto, "The Gameplay's the Thing!" to excuse bagged games and pretty underwhelming component quality. Victory Point has since upgraded their printing facilities, however, and the games released in their Gold Banner line come in a box and include high quality components that I absolutely love.With all that out of the way, is Infection's gameplay "the…
  • Disc Duelers Review

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    So, if this is your first one of my reviews - hi.  I'm Josh.  I love dexterity games.  And so, the people that have been checking out my site for a while will in no way be surprised that I sought out a copy of Disc Duelers to try out.In Disc Duelers (the normal version - there are about 4-5 various ways to play), each player has a handful of characters, represented by discs, that they are using in an epic grudge match against all of their opponents discs.  (Of course, they are mortal enemies, since they were not selected for the same Kickball team years ago...
  • Splendor Review

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    In Splendor, players take the role of wealthy Renaissance merchants buying and selling gems to turn into beautiful refined jewels. Splendor is an abstract game of card drafting and engine building that takes about 30 minutes for 2-4 players to play.The components in Splendor are few, but very high in quality. The cards are a nice stock, and have white borders on the backs (to help minimize the appearance of wear) and very attractive images on the fronts that look great without a border. There are also gems of 6 different colors which are very nice quality poker chips. Gameplay revolves…
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  • Mathematics of the Business

    Tao
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Sometimes, I wonder how many people spend the time to do the proper numbers for running a business in our industry.  I thought I’d put this out there since we seem to see quite a few individuals looking to do the low (low) cost route in Canada.  So, I thought I’d put up a little document for people to look over.  On the left is your typical B&M markup of 100%, on your right is the markup that a business like Cool Stuff Inc. in the South has – 30%. I’m also using a very basic salary number here and winging a lot of the expenses – the 60% cost for salary is…
  • Accounting & Bookkeeping

    Tao
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Accounting and bookkeeping are two different subjects.  Accountancy defined: Accounting, or accountancy, is the measurement, processing and communication of financial information about economic entities.[1][2] Accounting, which has been called the “language of business”,[3] measures the results of an organization’s economic activities and conveys this information to a variety of users including investors, creditors, management, and regulators.[4] Now, bookkeeping on the other hand is the: Bookkeeping, in business, is the recording of financial transactions, and is part of…
  • Video Review: For the Crown

    Kaja
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    This week’s video review is for For the Crown, an intriguing 2-player hybrid of chess and deck-building games. Video Review: For the Crown is a post from: Starlit Citadel
  • New Releases: April 11th, 2014

    Warehouse Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Magic the Gathering: Japanese Dragon’s Maze Booster Magic the Gathering: Japanese Dragon’s Maze Booster Box Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Booster Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Booster Box Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Set of Five Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Simic Domination Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Gruul Siege Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Rakdos Revelry Magic the Gathering: Dragon’s Maze Intro Deck – Orzhov Power Magic…
  • Social Media – Musings

    Tao
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Social media is the new form of communication out there.  From Twitter to Instagram to Facebook and Google+, it’s all the rage.  It’s interesting to see how things are slowly shifting too, Google’s starting to look at forms of instant communication (Twitter, Facebook public statuses, etc.) and indexing it for specific on-trend topics.  More information, more relevant information – faster. For an online business though, Starlit Citadel’s been pretty lax about taking part in this revolution.  Sure, we have a Twitter and FB account.  Heck, we even have a…
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    MrpThai
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Songkran Festival in Thailand Troubled waters Songkran in Bangkok, Thailand Songkran Chiang Mai, Thailand Songkran Phuket Communication channels A camera phone mp3 Not afraid anymore Where we are not afraid FRIEQ Universal Waterproof Case for Apple iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, HTC One X, Galaxy Note 2 – IPX8 Certified to 100 Feet by FRiEQ Price:     $9.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock Product Description FRIEQ Universal Waterproof Case for Apple iPhone 5, also fits other Large Smartphones up to 5.3″. Including Galaxy S3, HTC One X/X+, Galaxy Note 2, Droid RAZR/MAXX,…
  • music

    MrpThai
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:17 am
    1…Frozen [Soundtrack, Deluxe Edition, Original recording reissued] Idina Menzel | Format: Audio CD Product Details Audio CD (November 25, 2013) Original Release Date: 2013 Number of Discs: 2 Format: Soundtrack, Deluxe Edition, Original recording reissued Label: Walt Disney Records Track Listings Disc: 1 1. Frozen Heart (Performed by Cast) 2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez) 3. For the First Time in Forever (Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel) 4. Love Is an Open Door (Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana) 5. Let…
  • apps

    MrpThai
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:26 am
    New Apps Today & FREE everyday    Getting Started with the Amazon Appstore for Android Install the Amazon Appstore Kindle Fire users: Amazon Appstore is already installed on your Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets. Go to Apps → Store to see Amazon’s selection of apps for Kindle Tablets. All other Android device users: follow these instructions to install the Amazon Appstore on your Android phone or tablet. Note: The steps below should take less than 30 seconds per device 1.Confirm Your Device Allows Installation of the Amazon Appstore * Open Settings and navigate to Unknown…
  • Printer-Smartphone

    MrpThai
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Printer From Smartphones/Tablets No ink cartridge LG PD233 Pocket Photo Printer for Smartphones by LG Technical Details The perfect way to turn your photos into a keepsake Editing and share photos whenever and wherever with this smart mobile printer Lightweight and compact so you can take it with you virtually anywhere No ink cartridge needed to print out high quality photos instantly with Zink photo paper 2.0 Edit your photos with an assortment of Pocket Photo options Fujifilm SP-1 Instant Film Printer (White) by Fujifilm Product Description The New INSTAX SHARE SP-1 Printer lets customers…
  • Apps for SmartPhone

    MrpThai
    25 Feb 2014 | 2:47 am
    52 Free Smartphone Apps That Save You Time and Money: Tips for People of All Ages by Bryce Kinsley (Nov 16, 2013) – Kindle eBook See larger image 52 Free Smartphone Apps That Save You Time and Money: Tips for People of All Ages (Kindle Edition) By (author): Bryce Kinsley Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only Release date November 16, 2013. Kindle Price:    $4.99 includes free international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet Product Details File Size: 1458 KB Print Length: 76 pages Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
 
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  • Vikings Second Edition from Z-Man Games Release Date & Details

    Kyle Chivers
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:40 pm
    If you never had a chance to get your hands on a copy of the popular economic game Vikings, you won’t have to dish out the high asking price of most sellers online because Z-Man Games is releasing a second edition this spring. If you’ve never played Vikings before or you’re not really sure what it is, allow me to first clarify that this is not some ultra-thematic tie in to the popular History Channel show of the same name. So don’t expect to assume the role of Ragnar Lodbrok as you invade foreign lands and pillage villages. Vikings is a quick economic game that combines auction and…
  • Best Power Grid Expansion Map – Westeros Game Board from Game of Thrones

    Kyle Chivers
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:29 pm
    As we were perusing through BGG this week, we stumbled across probably the best custom game board we’ve ever seen – a Power Grid map with a Game of Thrones theme. Yes, someone actually took a map of Westeros and transformed it into a complete Power Grid game board. The BGG user-created map features nine sectors, each one representing a major house of Westeros including Stark, Arryn, Tully, Greyjoy, Lannister, Targaryen, Tyrell, Baratheon and Martell. Since they decided to include House Targaryen on the eastern portion of the map, I’m assuming this must be a representation of Westeros…
  • Funkenschlag Deluxe: Europa/Nordamerika – Power Grid’s 10 Year Anniversary

    Kyle Chivers
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:14 am
    To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the classic bidding and network building game, Power Grid, everyone’s favorite green-obsessed designer, Friedemann Friese, is releasing yet another game that’s set in the Power Grid universe. His new title is called Funkenschlag Deluxe: Europa/Nordamerika and from what we’ve seen, it does bear many similarities to Power Grid. In Funkenschlag Deluxe: Europa/Nordamerika, everyone’s primary objective is to have enough connections and resources in order to supply the most cities with power once any player’s network reaches a certain size. Throughout…
  • Painted Tzolk’in The Mayan Calendar Gears – A Collection of the Best Custom Painted Gears

    Kyle Chivers
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Lately I’ve seen some incredible paint jobs on the gears from Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. It’s amazing that so many people have put the time and effort into making these gears look so gorgeous. Now you might have already guessed from our recent review of the base game and the expansion that Tzolk’in is one of my favorite board games, however I don’t think I have the patience (nor the talent) to diligently paint the intricate design on the main gear. It must take an incredibly skilled hand to fill in every detail as flawlessly as these people have. I can do nothing but applaud each…
  • Nations: The Dice Game Preview – A Fast Civilization Building Board Game

    Kyle Chivers
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    If fans of the hugely popular civilization building game Nations were yearning for something that offered the same gaming experience but in a more condensed package, then they’re in luck. Designer Rustan Håkansson is working on a fun and fast version of his original game titled Nations: The Dice Game. Much like the original game, Nations: The Dice Game puts players in charge of their own modest civilization that they must develop throughout several historical ages of progress. The game supports 1-4 players and takes roughly 10-15 minutes per person. And while it does share many similar…
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  • Xtragamingz New Love Birds Escape Walkthrough

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by gamez'>gamez</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">April 23rd, 2014 7:48 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">gamez</a></span></span>
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    New Love Birds Escape is the 25 th Escape game from xtragamingz.com.In this game you must search for objects and clues to escape the bird from the forest.Keep supporting us to give more escape games.
  • Xtragamingz New Love Birds Escape

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by gamez'>gamez</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">April 23rd, 2014 7:48 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">gamez</a></span></span>
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    New Love Birds Escape is the 25 th Escape game from xtragamingz.com.In this game you must search for objects and clues to escape the bird from the forest.Keep supporting us to give more escape games. Walkthrough - http://www.xtragamingz.com/xtragamingz-new-love-birds-escape-walkthrough/
  • Parking Puzzle 2

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by gamez'>gamez</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">April 23rd, 2014 7:07 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">gamez</a></span></span>
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Parking was never this puzzling! Play this game in xtragamingz.com and keep supporting us to give more good games.
  • Girls and Kids Room Escape

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by gamez'>gamez</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">April 23rd, 2014 6:48 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">gamez</a></span></span>
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Girls and Kids Room Escape is another new point and click type escape the room game. In this game you must search for items and clues to escape the room.Play this game in xtragamingz.com and keep supporting us to give more good games,
  • Messy Office Room

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by gamez'>gamez</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">April 23rd, 2014 6:34 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">gamez</a></span></span>
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    It’s the time to use your observing skills to discover the hidden objects in this game. Find the hidden objects in this messy office room within the time duration to get high score. 20 seconds from your will be reduced for every wrong.Play this game in xtragamingz.com and keep supporting us to give more good games
 
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