• 11 Feb
    2016

A Gamer’s Valentine’s Day Question: What Board Games are there about Love?

Valentine’s Day is here again, and somewhere between the flocks of half-naked, infantile archers, mountains of terrible chocolate packed in heart-shaped boxes and overpriced long-stem roses as far as the eye can see, there’s something to do with love in the middle of it all. Now that I’ve just made you realize that you’ve not […]

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  • 30 Sep
    2015

No Rubber Bands: Preserving Game Cards

It’s happened to anyone who has ever bought a vintage board or card game from an antiques dealer, a thrift store or a yard sale: You open the box, the contents are complete and organized as promised . . . but there’s something wrong with the cards. Most commonly, you’ll find the cards wrapped tightly […]

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  • 21 Sep
    2015

Papal Games: If You Can’t be the Pope, at Least You can Play one at Home

This week we will get an up-close-and-personal look at Pope Francis. I often wonder what it would be like to be the Pope, the Bishop of Rome and the appointed worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. It’s kind of a cushy job and it comes with an awesome hat. Not to mention the fact that […]

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  • 23 Mar
    2015

Magic Still Gathering Fans long after the Bubble was supposed to Burst

Twenty-two years ago, I was sitting in a college literature class reading a Gundam comic book, waiting for the professor to show up. I looked up from the giant robots and space opera on the page to listen in on a conversation a couple of classmates were having about a card game. I’ve always loved […]

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  • 28 Jan
    2015

Two-Week Window to Make a Profit on Overpriced Nintendo Handheld Game

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nintendo will be releasing a new revision of its popular 3DSXL handheld game console. Imaginatively titled the “new 3DSXL,” the new hardware features improved “glasses-less” 3D technology, a second analog stick and a host of other improvements, including some better processing guts to push Mario and the gang even […]

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  • 13 Nov
    2014

For Video Game Collectors, Acquiring Atari’s E.T. is the Ultimate Dumpster Dive

Back in April, an excavation crew dug up the fabled “Atari landfill” in Alamogordo, N.M., where supposedly thousands of unsold copies of the “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” video game were unceremoniously buried. This archaeological odyssey back into the 1980s was sponsored by Microsoft, which had commissioned a film crew to create a documentary called “Atari: Game […]

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  • 28 Oct
    2014

Three Ghostly Board Games that are both Collectible and Great for the Kids

Being a dad with two small children, Halloween has thankfully been reclaimed from the netherworld of “adult” fun that generally includes binge drinking and embarrassing “sexy” costumes. For our household, it’s back to the good old traditions of trick-or-treating, carving Jack O’ Lanterns and watching stacks of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff DVDs while on […]

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  • 4 Sep
    2014

Scrabble is everywhere, making the Word Game more Beloved than Valuable or Collectible

Scrabble. Chances are, you’ve played it and found yourself wracking your brain over a rack of tiles that seems to only spell out “XYNOBIS” or “ZURENAR.” If you’re like me, you are too prideful in your Scrabble prowess to settle for a paltry three or four letter word, preferring to dazzle the table with a […]

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  • 17 Jul
    2014

Subbuteo has been bringing Soccer Action to Enthusiasts’ Tabletops for 70 Years

So, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has ended and the Germans—undeniably the most organized team in the tournament—have been christened the World Champions. It was a great World Cup, full of drama and fever-pitched emotion with tremendous upsets and surprises. Tim Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper, stopped (almost) everything, Argentina’s Lionel Messi sulked and Brazil virtually […]

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  • 16 Jun
    2014

Rare World Cup Game Brings Soccer’s Premier Tourney to Your Tabletop

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is underway in Brazil and for fans of the Beautiful Game worldwide—which cuts across all economic classes, religious divisions and club loyalties—there is no more exciting time in the world of sport. “Soccer,” as we call it in America, has never had much of a foothold (pun intended), but that […]

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