Category Archives: Board Games

Board Game Reviews Snakes and Ladders

There are several variations available of this popular game, though it’s a game that has thrilled generations of children. The origination of the game is interesting and not known to many of its players. Originating in India, where the game had the name of Mokshapat, it is thought to have been played in the 2nd

Scrabble

Scrabble sets can be found in most college bars or family homes. In some places, they are prominent, well worn sets; in other places, they are pristinely tucked away in a corner only to be re-discovered on a rainy weekend. So common is Scrabble that it seems to have been with us forever but in

Board Games that Teach Math

Teaching kids math through board games is a  great to get there attention on how fun learning could be and how easy. Some board games like “Monopoly”.”Monopoly” is a fun and easy way to teach how to add money,subtract money and keeping track of money.The board game “Life” is another game that would be great

Scrabble Overview

The game of Scrabble celebrates its 75th birthday next year. (It’s having some friends over for a few rounds.) Scrabble was invented in 1938 by Alfred Mosher (Scrabble word value 11) Butts (Scrabble word value seven), an architect, who called the game “Criss-Crosswords,” because of its 15-by-15 square game board and the crossword format of

Fun and Frustrations with Board Games

Many centuries ago, man spent all of his time simply trying to survive. As soon as survival had been mastered and man could communicate effectively then and only then was there time to develop interesting ideas and intentions. Nowadays, no sooner a child is born then the parents are engaging the infant in some kind

How Board Games Teach Children Basic Skills

Children learn through play. They learn about the sweetness of life’s lucky turns of fortune and the vast difficulties that rule the space in between. It seems every trial and every triumph of the human condition has its analog in Chutes and Ladders. At a certain point in time hope is all you have. Unfairly sent back

Guess who to Play or not to Play Board Game Review

Ever wanted a to play a board game everyone could enjoy? Guess Who is a great game for children and adults to play. The game is fairly simple yet very entertaining for children six years old or older. The game is a 2-player guessing game that can be played between a child and another child,

Top 10 Family Friendly Board Games

Board games are a rarity now that video games have taken over. However, some families still make every effort to play board games whenever they can. The best games are the ones that have been around for years. These games are the one that today’s kids’ parents played when they were young. Sorry Sorry is

Board Game Reviews Axis and Allies

Axis and Allies is a terrific board game, but it’s not for everyone. For the hard-core wargamer, it’s little more than what used to be called a “beer and pretzels” game. For those who feel that Monopoly is a complicated game, it is too difficult. But for the casual gamer, it has a lot to

Review of Endgame by Frank Brady a Biography of Bobby Fischer

“I’m such a loser in the game of life.” -Bobby Fischer  “Endgame” by Frank Brady will likely attain status as the definitive biography of Bobby Fischer. The author, a personal friend of Fischer for many years, should be commended for his objectivity, clear writing style, and extraordinarily well-documented research. This IS a true biography, not

Ideal Board Games to keep Children Occupied on the Train

Compared to airplane rides, train riders do not get that feeling of jetlag. Unfortunately, train rides can take longer than airplane rides. While on the train ride, it would take longer due to the speed of the engines and the frequent stops. If and when taking children along for the ride, you would want to

Snakes and Ladders Review

If you are looking for a simple party game that is easy to learn and can be played with a decently sized group while everyone is too engaged in unrelated conversation to play anything more complicated than Go Fish, then look no farther, because snakes and ladders is your game. How It’s played: The board

Board Game Reviews Guess who

Guess Who? is a wonderful board game that hearkens many people back to the innocence of childhood. Guess Who? is a guessing game in which players begin with images of 24 people, and ask a series of questions to their opponent in order to eliminate options and find out who the opponent has chosen. While

Board Game Reviews Operation

Operation is a kiddie game. Let me be clear, even the re-vamped version of the game, is quite insipid if you are not under fourteen. But for children, this game is fabulous. Operation involves surgically removing little pieces from cleverly constructed wells in a board. Should your tweezers come into contact with the edges of

Applying Chess Skills to Real Life – No

Chess teaches useful skills for real life The games we play not only serve as a diversion for us from our daily lives, but they are meant as learning tools as well. Chess can teach people how to analyze a situation, how to plan ahead, and even how to analyze people. Chess teaches you to

Boggle Review

Word games form a strong branch of board game culture in general, and it’s difficult for many to overcome the undisputed king of the word-forming world: Scrabble. If any game is likely to challenge the crown with any hope of success, it’s probably the other popular word game on the market – Boggle. Boggle is

Enchanted Forest Review

Ravensburger is known for releasing high-quality, fun games. Though perhaps not as popular or well-known as some of the larger companies, especially outside Europe, Ravensburger’s offerings typically do not disappoint, especially when children are involved. Enchanted Forest doesn’t quite meet with the quality level of some of Ravensburger’s other titles, but it’s still a decent

Best Board Games for a Rainy Day

A rainy day is a boring day, and a boring day is a day that can be spruced up with board games. The ultimate in classic time-wasters, board games can turn the drabbest of moments into exciting distractions – assuming you pick the right games. This article will cover five great board games to whittle

Chess Gambits Kings Gambit Queens Gambit

One of the first things a chess instructor will tell a student is that the student must control the center. The student then looks up and asks how he can do it if his opponent is doing the same thing. While not the only strategy, a gambit can come in handy.  A gambit is chess a series of

Review Catch Phrase

Catch Phrase is a word game that will challenge the greatest Scrabble player! This game is geared for people over the age of 12, but word-smart younger people will enjoy playing too! Catch Phrase requires fast talkers who can pass off a game quick enough that it doesn’t ring in their possession. The game is a