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  1. Gaming

    Scrabble Will Officially Add a Word Based on Popular Opinion, What Could Go Wrong?

    We'd all love to add words to the official Scrabble Dictionary—especially when you're mid-game and frustrated that J-A-W-X-I-N-G-S isn't a word because you'd get SO MANY POINTS! Hasbro's been holding a bracket-style competition (because March), and they're down to the final four. The winner will become an official word.

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  2. Gaming

    Check Out “Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game,” Or In Other Words, A Portal Board Game

    A board game based on Valve's Portal franchise sounds really interesting and this fall, Cryptozoic Entertainment plans to release the game, which they have named "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game."

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  3. Entertainment

    Hasbro Rules on What Ben Affleck Playing Batman Really Means for Trivial Pursuit

    Last month @GoodJobBrain posted a photo of a Trivial Pursuit card with the question, "Who has never been Batman -- Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, or Adam West?" saying the card will be outdated soon. The Internet erupted, but we went to the source and asked Hasbro exactly how Batfleck affects the game.

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  4. Gaming

    Terrible Things Kickstarter Wants You to Play The Party Game Where Everyone Loses

    Like hanging out and playing stuff with your friends? Are you and your friends all monsters who react to awful news with laughter and tell dead baby jokes to each other for fun? Then you're probably going to want this Terrible Things game in your life. Your horrible, horrible life.

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  5. Science

    World’s Oldest Board Game Found in Turkey

    Archeologists have the coolest job pretty much ever. It's not all accidentally bringing mummies back to life, fighting Nazis, or stopping evil cults, but even the real-life ones make really cool discoveries. Recently, a team of archaeologists found what they believe to be the world's oldest game in a 5,000 year old Bronze Age burial site in Turkey.

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  6. Gaming

    Cryptozoic Entertainment to Produce The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, Will Give Free Copies to Backers

    If you contributed a boatload of money to the Kickstarter campaign for The Doom That Came To Atlantic City!, The Forking Path's proposed Monopoly/Lovecraft mashup board game, then there's good news: You might be getting your copy of the game after all, says designer Keith Baker. Hooray! Tentacled horrors for everybody!

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  7. Gaming

    Keith Baker Responds to Cancelled Doom That Came to Atlantic City Kickstarter

    Two days ago, Erik Chevalier of the Forking Path announced that he has cancelled the Kickstarter to produce The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, a board game designed by Lee Moyer and Keith Baker, which is to say, me. When Lee and I first heard this news from Erik, it came as a shock. We've been working on this game for over a decade.

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  8. Gaming

    $122,874 Kickstarter-Funded Board Game Cancelled, What Happens to the Money?

    Kickstarter is the go-to crowdfunding site for a lot of people looking to launch ambitious projects, but it takes more than money to get something done, and sometimes Kickstarter campaigns -- even ones that raise more than three times their goal -- fail. That's what happened with the now appropriately named board game The Doom That Came To Atlantic City! It raised $122,874, but now that the creators of the project canceled the game, what happens to all that money?

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  9. Gaming

    Antimatter Matters, the Quantum Physics Board Game, Makes Assembling Atoms Into a Competition

    I'm not a big board game player, nor am I particularly well-versed in the ways of subatomic particles -- and I'm sure that probably goes for a good number of you as well. However, Portland-based game company Elbowfish wants to change all that. Their Kickstarter campaign to fund a new physics-based board game, Antimatter Matters, has just three days left to go and is so close to getting funded that I can almost taste the quarks. Needless to say, all of the flavors are delicious, not to mention educational!

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  10. Gaming

    This Homemade Fallout Monopoly Board’s Clearly the Best Birthday Present

    The only way you can make Monopoly an enjoyable game is to add zombies, some dystopian sci-fi, or possibly the Powerpuff Girls, but you know what else might work? The post-apocalyptic, alternate history trappings of the Fallout video game series. Which is exactly what someone on Reddit totally did for their wife's birthday.

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  11. Gaming

    Happy International TableTop Day! Here’s a Bunch of Games You Should Play

    Today, March 30th, is International TableTop Day! Hooray! You should really be playing some kind of game involving a tabletop, but we'll let it slide if you haven't started yet. There's still time. In case you can't get a group together to play, though, you can always watch us play Star Trek: Catan. We recorded a game from earlier this week for exactly this purpose. We also have a whole mess of suggestions for you, if you are going to play something, after the jump.

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  12. Gaming

    Thanks to GDC, There’s a Board Game Buried Somewhere in the Nevada Desert

    The Game Design Challenge at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC) is notoriously fascinating. There's typically a theme set, and then game designers try to come up with the best game for that theme. This time around, they ended up with "Humanity's Last Game." Well, Jason Rohrer, a game designer of some renown, took them up on it. He designed a board game that "nobody now living would ever play," and then buried it in the Nevada desert. Seriously.

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  13. Gaming

    Stay in the House, Carl: The Walking Dead Monopoly and Risk Coming Soon

    We as consumers like to think that we get what we ask for -- like it's the "demand" part of supply and demand -- but sometimes maybe we shouldn't. Apparently, we asked for The Walking Dead versions of both Risk and Monopoly, because that's what USAopoly and Skybound are sending our way.

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  14. Gaming

    10 Board Games You Should Play on International TableTop Day

    International TableTop Day is March 30th. If you're a gamer -- board, card, video, role-playing, whatever -- then rock on, friend. Keep on fighting the good fight by recruiting new gamers! If you're not, and the last board game you played was years ago and it was Risk (meh), Monopoly (OMG boring), or Battleship (may God have mercy on your soul), then you really need to take this opportunity to try something else. For everyone's sake. The 30th, okay? Here is a list of 10 board games which you should know about. Consider trying at least one of them.

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  15. Gaming

    International Tabletop Day Exists Because Felicia Day Says So, But Why Not?

    We don't have enough gaming holidays. Wait...as of today, we sort of do, because some influential media gamers have just up and declared one. Specifically, Geek & Sundry, the YouTube channel (and a consortium of  geeky celebrities) have pronounced March 30th as the International Tabletop Day. And so now it is! Hit the jump to hear just what that entails.

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