Gen Con 2018: Allen Chang – Rule & Make Games

We got a chance to talk to Allen Chang, creative director of Rule & Make Games, about a few of the games they have currently available, and what is coming out soon. Rule & Make is a publisher based in Australia. They make a variety of games: from family-weight to heavier hobbyist games. Family Games Robots and Rockets – a

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Anomia Kids: Sounds Like Fun!

Anomia Kids

Anomia is a word from a Latin root and means “without name”. It’s the term for being unable to come up with the name of an object. Anomia is also a game (from Anomia Press), in which players race to come up with a word that fits a certain category, ranging from “color” to “rock opera” to “shampoo brand”.

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Roll For It! – Let the Good Times Roll!

Roll For It!

Recently my Nonnie (Italian for Grandmother) suffered from a broken shoulder after a fall just before her 89th birthday. She was hospitalized and then spent a few weeks in rehab. After she began recovering at home, my mom scheduled a surprise party for her and invited family and friends. After dinner, I asked Nonnie if she was up for a

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Match Madness: Parallel Puzzling for All Ages

Match Madness blocks

Playing puzzle games with children can be frustrating. If it’s mildly challenging for me, it may be impossible for my 7-year-old; but if it’s the right level for him, it’s far too easy for me. I don’t want to hold back: I want to beat my children fair and square. What to do? Match Madness gives us a possible solution.

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74 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Super PAX U Super Show

We have a jam-packed podcast for you this week! Tons of information about PAX Unplugged, plus a few extra games from before and after the convention.

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Downforce: The Best Racing Game of the Eighties and Nineties is Back

Downforce setup

Re-makes are not really my thing. The Ben-Hur movie of 2016? Woof. Crystal Pepsi? Trying too hard. Every Disney animated movie ever now coming back as live action? NO. So when I heard that there was now an entire tabletop game company, Restoration Games, devoted to remaking* classic games, I was … skeptical. Then I heard about Downforce.  And my inner

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Bärenpark: A Koala-ity Family Experience

Barenpark

It’s time to bear down and start building! This week we take a look at one of the hottest games to come out of Origin this year, the tile-laying game Bärenpark from Lookout Spiele and Mayfair. We’ll tell you whether it’s a universally koality* experience, or if we think it’s a bit more polar-izing.

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What’s Up and Strawberry Ninja – Short and Sweet!

What's Up and Strawberry Ninja

This week, we take a look at a pair of short, simple games from Strawberry Studio, What’s Up and Strawberry Ninja. Strawberry Studio’s mission is to “enrich the world of gaming with a line of smart, fun and easy to play microgames for families and friends”. Do they succeed with these two titles? Let’s dive in and find out.  

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Outfoxed! – Cooperative Logic for the Littles in your Life

Outfoxed!

The clue-scouring gumshoe has always been a role masked in mystery and intrigue. Hardly a role for kids usually, mysterious detective tales filled with riddles and enigmas are designed to confound even the brightest observer. Enter Outfoxed, a lighthearted cooperative whodunit game from GameWright aimed squarely at a younger generation. Somebody stole Mrs Plumpert’s pot pie and it’s up to the team

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Box of Rocks & Parent Quiz: Trivia Games the Whole Family Can Play

Box of Rocks, The Parent Quiz

Summer is here, and with it comes car trips, family gatherings, and other situations where a typical board game isn’t a great choice. What about a simple trivia game, or two? Box of Rocks and Parent Quiz are both simple trivia games published by Haywire Group. Both can be played in just a few minutes, and encourage discussion among the

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