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Archive for the ‘Party Games’ Category


July 12, 2017

Our hobby is filled with games of all sorts, designed for many different situations. And while sometimes its great to have a battle of strategies between a few friends in a deep, complex brain-burner, its also nice to just have a great time with a large group of people. That’s where Mascarade comes in. Mascarade […]


June 20, 2016

This gaming hobby has exploded in the past decade, with hundreds of new games being released yearly in all types of categories. Gamers are obsessed with the newest and shiniest additions to the hobby. But every once in a while when we tear our eyes away from the shiny glare of the “new”, we notice […]

The Resistance: Treachery and Deception that Fits in Your Pocket

June 17, 2012

So you think you can trust your friends, huh? You think they’re on your side? How do you know that? Well, guess what: you don’t know anything! You can’t trust any of them, and they can’t trust you. But somehow, just somehow, you have to make them trust you… make them see the truth… The […]

Telestrations: Sketching Out a Good Time

December 11, 2011

What are games for? Are they to challenge us? Yes, which is why Chess has been around for ages. Are they to tweak our imagination? Of course, through great thematic games like Survive and Scotland Yard. But what is the primary purpose of games? Why do we really play games in the first place? Why, […]

Dixit: To Be a Party Game or Not to Be a Party Game

August 7, 2011

Party Games are those types of games which are designed for groups of people, no matter who those people are. They are aimed towards making people laugh and have a good time. As such, they tend to follow certain formulas or common characteristics. They usually have goofy names (Balderdash) or themes (Cranium), and can allow […]

Trivial Pursuit: No Knowledge is Useless Knowledge

December 3, 2010

Is any knowledge useless knowledge? Is there anything that we will learn that has absolutely no value to us? I do not believe so. Trivial facts may not be useful in a purely utilitarian way, but they can be an indicator that the person who knows these facts has both their eyes and ears open […]

Balderdash: The Pinnacle of Party Gaming

November 6, 2010

Party games are a great way to get a group of people engaged, but they are also a mixed bag. There is a wide gamut of party games from the truly fantastic to the despicably horrible. Some party games succeed only at creating awkwardness or boredom, while others generate laughter, fellowship and great memories. Balderdash, […]

Apples to Apples: Everybody Likes Them Apples!

October 7, 2010

With the wide variety of party games in the market right now, its sometimes hard to separate the fresh ones from the rotten in the bunch. Many party games just simply aren’t a lot of fun and range from the slightly mundane (Taboo) to the very mundane (Catch Phrase), from games made only for extroverts […]

Scene It: The Movie Lover’s Game

April 26, 2010

In recent years, there has been an on-rush of DVD trivia board games whose quality has been questionable at best. In other words, downright horrible. Most of these are really made for fans of particular shows, movies, characters and so on (ex. The Office, Disney, Harry Potter). I suppose this is fine for the particular […]