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… » 2/22/15 7:00pm 2/22/15 7:00pm

How Monopoly Helped Win World War II

In her book The Monopolists, Mary Pilon explores the secret origins of the game Monopoly, which begin with Lizzie Magie, a forgotten feminist who patented her Landlord's Game in 1904—not, as many think, a man during the Great Depression. » 2/18/15 1:33pm 2/18/15 1:33pm

XCOM: The Board Game Works – You, Your Friends and a Table vs the UFOs

In real life Toby's a database guy for Goldman Sachs. Tonight, he's XCOM's Chief Scientist and he's spending worryingly large amounts of our money. » 1/30/15 4:30am 1/30/15 4:30am

Parks And Recreation's Absurd Board Game Could Become A $500 Reality

Created by Ben Wyatt in a season six episode of Parks and Recreation, the Cones of Dunshire has come to represent everything wonderful and horrible about overly-complicated fantasy board games. Now Mayfair Games is Kickstarting a full version — but it's not cheap. » 1/17/15 11:09am 1/17/15 11:09am

How To Win At Game Of Thrones (The Board Game)

Game of Thrones is not like other board games. While there are plenty of strategy games out there, and plenty of games where people have to be dicks to each other, none walk the line between them as well as Fantasy Flight's classic. Which can make it tough to get your head around. So I'm here to help. » 1/14/15 8:00pm 1/14/15 8:00pm

Classic PC Space Game Returns As A...Tabletop Game

Freespace, the last of the great PC space shooters, is coming back. But as a tabletop miniatures wargame. Made by Chris Taylor, lead designer on the original Fallout. » 12/14/14 9:00pm 12/14/14 9:00pm

Turning Stealth Video Games Into Stealth Board Games

Thibaud de la Touanne spent twenty years working in the video game business, most recently with Ubisoft Montreal. He's left that behind now, though, and is bringing that experience to board games. » 12/04/14 8:00pm 12/04/14 8:00pm

Watch The Finals Of The Netrunner World Champs

Fantasy Flight's World Championship Weekend is still going on, closing with the finals of the Netrunner tournament. You can catch it right here. » 11/09/14 5:23pm 11/09/14 5:23pm

The Best 3D Castlevania Is This Custom-Made Board Game

A massive game board inspired by the original NES classic, 11 characters with upgrade-able weapons and abilities, battle dice, movement dice and more than 100 item and monster cards — this is the ultimate Castlevania board game. » 11/09/14 3:00pm 11/09/14 3:00pm

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 4:00am 10/28/14 4:00am

Four Board Games You Should Avoid At All Costs

Some of these board games Jimmy Fallon brought to his show, such as "The Sinking of the Titanic game" or "Big Foot," are just too cruel, but they exist. Some of you might even have them in the basement. » 10/08/14 9:20am 10/08/14 9:20am

31 of the Most Satisfying Feelings In Board Games

Picking up a wild draw four card in Uno. Letting all of the Connect Four pieces drop after a match. Playing a dirty word in Scrabble. Being an ace at Jenga. » 9/29/14 7:30pm 9/29/14 7:30pm

It's The Perfect Time To Play Dungeons & Dragons

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 12:00pm 9/22/14 12:00pm

10 Things I Learned Acting Out XCOM In Real Life

The new XCOM board game sounds phenomenal, but last month I played a different kind of XCOM board game. Watch the Skies was a day-long game run by the UK Society of Megagame Makers. "Megagame" is a name that doesn't disappoint—each one features dozens of players controlling small parts of a massive story. » 8/26/14 12:00pm 8/26/14 12:00pm

OK, The XCOM Board Game Sounds Awesome

While the idea of a co-op XCOM board game sounded great, the fact it required use of an app turned a lot of people - myself included - off. Well, maybe I was being premature, because it turns out calling it an "app" is doing it a disservice. » 8/19/14 9:30pm 8/19/14 9:30pm

Because I Always Wanted To Be A Star Wars Admiral/Fish Man

I always thought the coolest job in the Star Wars universe was one of the guys/gals/fish aliens in charge of a fleet of enormous starships. So little exertion, so much fun. » 8/11/14 10:00pm 8/11/14 10:00pm

This Is The Zelda Monopoly Game Board, Out Next Month

Announced back in April with few deets, finally we now know what the Legend of Zelda version of the popular-amongst-old-people board game Monopoly looks like. » 8/03/14 4:00pm 8/03/14 4:00pm

Stupidly Expensive Tables Are A Board Gamer's Fantasy

If current trends continue, there'll soon come a time when I play more card/board games than video games. And when that time comes, I hope to be playing on something as extravagant as this. » 7/30/14 10:00pm 7/30/14 10:00pm