Get Your Wood And Sheep Ready For A Whole New Settlers Of Catan

Yes, the beloved strategy board game is finally getting a new edition, thanks its its makers at Mayfair Games. Debuting at this year's GAMA Trade Show and due out this year, there aren't many details on the game's new 5th edition, but here's what we know so far. » 3/19/15 2:20pm 3/19/15 2:20pm

Did you know a feminist named Lizzie Magie created Monopoly in 1904 to "to teach the world about single tax theory and the idea that land — and only land — should be taxed"? Read more about the history and evolution of the 100-year-old board game in this profile. » 2/28/15 1:15pm 2/28/15 1:15pm

Video Games Are Too Perfect, Which Is Why I'm Playing More Board Games

Outside of work hours (or work assignments), I'm finding myself playing as many board games as I am video games these days. I'd long assumed the reasons for this was the obvious: that sitting around a table, beer in hand, was an infinitely more social experience than sitting on my couch shouting at strangers (if I was… » 2/23/15 2:27am 2/23/15 2:27am

Settlers Of Catan Possibly Being Turned Into A TV Show Or Movie

Settlers of Catan was just gobbled up by a production company that wants to turn it into *shrugs* who knows? But we can only hope that this, too, will be turned into another needless police procedural featuring streetwise detectives Wool and Lumber. » 2/19/15 1:40pm 2/19/15 1:40pm

10 Cold War-Era Board Games About Spies and Secret Agents 

Americans were obsessed with spy culture during the Cold War. I mean, who didn't love James Bond? Communists, that's who. The gosh darn Communits. Spying seeped into every aspect of pop culture in the 1960s and 70s—from TV and movies to comic books and even board games. » 2/12/15 3:55pm 2/12/15 3:55pm

Ghostbusters Is Getting A Board Game For The First Time In 30 Years

Cryptozoic Entertainment are turning Ghostbusters into an episodic, co-operative tabletop game, and have taken to Kickstarter to secure funding for it. And honestly, although the idea of A Ghostbusters game on paper doesn't sound like it could be all that interesting, it looks pretty rad. » 2/10/15 4:27pm 2/10/15 4:27pm

Monopoly Games Randomly Filled With Real Cash Being Sold In France

Monopoly, the beloved money-managing game/destroyer of dreams ("Go to Jail"? AGAIN?), celebrates its 80th anniversary this year — so Hasbro is releasing 80 games in France with actual euros inside, including one set that swaps the entire funny-money bank for the real stuff. » 2/03/15 6:00pm 2/03/15 6:00pm

Finally, A Firefly Board Game That Makes Sense


Firefly is already enough of a weird property to be turning into a board game, almost 13 years after it graced (and promptly left) our screens - it's not like people haven't tried to shoehorn it into more conventional games, either. But finally, someone's gotten round to making a Firefly game that looks pretty cool. » 1/07/15 11:43am 1/07/15 11:43am

12 Games from Science Fiction and Fantasy we'd love Real versions of

Over the weekend there was news that Tall Card, the fictional poker-esque card game played by the Serenity Crew in Firefly was becoming a real-word product. Here's 12 awesome card and board games from across Sci-Fi and Fantasy that we'd love to get real versions of too. » 10/28/14 1:01am 10/28/14 1:01am

Ouija Proves That Movies Based On Random Products Have Hit Rock Bottom

Ouija offers a few genuine scares. But mostly, it raises lots of interesting questions about Hollywood's odd and ongoing affection for turning board games and other random pieces of intellectual property into movies. » 10/24/14 9:00am 10/24/14 9:00am

It's The Perfect Time To Play Dungeons & Dragons

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You might know that the long-awaited new edition of Dungeons & Dragons is upon us. You might be playing it right now, waving an HB pencil around, informing your friends that they're up to their nips in orcs and should roll for initiative. » 9/22/14 1:57pm 9/22/14 1:57pm

Force A Unicorn To Fight A Swarm Of Bees In Triptych

A few months ago we had the pleasure of playing upcoming card game Triptych—and we had a freaking blast. Why was it such a delight? Because you can play just about anything. We fought Benjamin Franklin with bees! It was so great. So let's help this game become a reality! » 4/09/14 4:40pm 4/09/14 4:40pm

EONS: A game where you create the universe and then destroy it

In EONS, stars form and planets give rise to life within a few turns. A few turns later, your opponent might make your star go supernova or obliterate your planet with a cosmic collision. » 2/11/14 8:40am 2/11/14 8:40am

Chaosmos board game keeps you on the edge of cosmic catastrophe

In the board game Chaosmos, the Chaos Clock counts down to the complete collapse of the universe. Hidden on some desolate planet protected by traps and trickery is an artifact that can save the cosmos — but you're not the only one after it. » 1/17/14 7:20am 1/17/14 7:20am

The Best Board Games of 2013

As I've talked about before, board games aren't simply enjoying a resurgence right now. They're in a glittering golden age with fabulous releases every single week, the entire hobby evolving and adapting with Borg-like ease. There's no easier way to prove it than with my favourite releases from 2013. » 12/21/13 3:31pm 12/21/13 3:31pm

Pulp action game Fortune and Glory brings out your inner Indiana Jones

In the adventure board game Fortune and Glory, pulp heroes travel the world in search of rare and dangerous artifacts while fending off Nazis, zombies, cultists and each other. Watch out for the Nazi War Zeppelin! » 8/27/13 10:40am 8/27/13 10:40am

Archaeologists Unearth Pieces from a 5,000 Year-Old Board Game

While excavating an ancient burial mound at Başur Höyük near Siirt in southeast Turkey, archaeologists discovered a set of sculpted stones that may represent the earliest recorded gaming tokens. » 8/16/13 8:00am 8/16/13 8:00am

How to Dominate at Monopoly Using Basic Math

Take a very good look at the arrows on this this Monopoly board. It shows all the various ways you can end up in jail. That tidbit alone should fundamentally alter the way you look at this classic game. Here's why — and more. » 6/21/13 2:40pm 6/21/13 2:40pm

Discover Chainmail, Gary Gygax's Dungeons & Dragons Prototype

In the early 1970s, starting a role playing campaign required considerably more effort than it does today. Manuals had to be ordered by snail mail, gamers made their own miniatures instead of buying them off the shelf, and players often tinkered with rules to create ingenious variations. » 8/31/12 7:00am 8/31/12 7:00am