This is just concept art right now, the final design is TBD but Game Salute is currently developing a Princess Bride board game. They write, “In order to do justice to the entire story, The Princess Bride: The Board Game is comprised of individual scenes, with each scene presenting a mini-game that advances players through the central story. This allows players looking for a quick, fun visit to a beloved classic to play a game that lasts under an hour, while players who want to experience the entire Princess Bride story in one sitting can enjoy an epic day of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.” Read more…
I wasn’t really into Monopoly as a kid. There were just too many friggin’ rules (like, why can’t you just grab the money when it’s right there?), and if I couldn’t have the Scottie, then I was not down to play. How cruel of the game’s creators to only offer one single desirable token, pretty much guaranteeing that this was not a game you could play with your siblings lest there be blood spilt over who had to be the thimble or the wheelbarrow. Maybe that’s just how they got rid of people back then. Population control and all.
In January, Hasbro finally heeded this obvious oversight and launched the “Save Your Token” Facebook campaign, which is exactly what it sounds like: a brutal fight to the death where only 7 of the 8 classic tokens would survive. And who got the boot but that boring-ass iron! Clearly that token was made for the ladiez way back when, and we no longer have any use for it. (Did we ever?) Because of, you know, feminism and stuff. Not only did they replace the most sexist Monopoly token of all, but they replaced it with the best thing possible: a cat. It’s a pretty handsome one, too! So step aside, Scottie, I know which token I’m staking my claims on next time I play Monopoly. Which, in all honesty, could be never. [BuzzFeed]
Real talk: Both Ami and I are obsessive Tetris players. We both play Tetris on our iPhones on our travels to and from work. It’s my subway escape. I have mastered how to play while embarking and disembarking from the train and I can play virtually anywhere. Ami’s high score (she’s only been playing a couple of months) is 205,746. Mine is 568,600. I’ve played no less than, like, 13,000 games on my phone. Like, my phone might as well just be for Tetris and text messages. I, uh, might have a problem.
It occurred to me that Tetris might not just be a game of fitting shapes into other shapes originally invented by Russians (true story): It might also be a metaphor! For life! And love! And so Ami and I have come up with a list of 13 rules of Tetris that also apply to dating. Keep reading »
You know, every time I start thinking to myself, Amelia, maybe you should have a dry month, a sign from the heavens appears and says, “Girl, are you crazy? Wine is your friend!” Such a sign appeared to me today in the form of Winerd, a trivia game for wine geeks/functional alcoholics. Basically, you taste different wines and try to figure out where they’re from (“Trader Joe’s, aisle 3!”) and how you would describe their flavors (“Woody!” “Like heaven!”). There’s a board and game pieces and somehow competition is involved. Honestly, it sounds a little complicated and will I even remember the wine factoids in the morning, once my Winerd hangover has worn off? Only way to tell is to play. I’ll get back to you. [$23.09, Cooking.com]
To Whom It May Concern At Parker Brothers:
Please make this “Wire”-inspired mockup of Monopoly a reality. I need it. I need it the way Bubbles needs smack. Speaking of which, I would also like to humbly suggest the addition of Omar Little, Stringer Bell, Marlo Stanfield, Avon Barksdale, and Prop Joe game pieces. (I promise not to make the Omar and Stringer game pieces make out.) Anyway, can you get started on this soon? I would like it for Christmas. Please don’t make me bust a cap in your ass.
P.S. Click here to see the full image. [Buzzfeed]
So, what are your plans this weekend? I’m going to work on my book proposal, maybe do a little reading, see a movie, perhaps get brunch with friends — oh, wait, NO I’M NOT. Because, as of midnight tonight, Angry Birds — the iPhone and iPad app that has already stolen countless hours of my time, not to mention eaten my soul
— is releasing 45 new Halloween-themed levels. Productivity killed. I might need someone to pop by my apartment in a couple days to flip me so I don’t get bed sores and to remind me to stay hydrated. Keep reading »
We haven’t played Spin the Bottle since college, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some boys we’d like an excuse to kiss. Enter Jimmyjane’s “adult” Spin the Bottle game, which features a bottle filled with strips of paper instructing the spinner on how to make her next move. Some of the dares are innocent, while others fall under the “what happens at this party stays at the party” category. Add a little mischief to your next shindig — and don’t blame us for what happens next!
You’re backpacking through Europe, snapping photo after photo of historical landmarks and luscious scenery, when suddenly you realize: all of your pictures look the same. You’re sick of standing awkwardly in front of museums. Why don’t you just lie down? Click. The latest travel trend is the Lying Down Game (LDG). Started by Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon, the game has taken off with travelers all over the world and you can now see tourists having someone take a picture of them lying on the ground almost everywhere. There are even rules to the game: The palms of your hands must be flat against your sides, and the tips of your toes must point toward the ground. You can’t even lie on your back: your face must be down. Weird, right? The point is to add a little humor to your traveling adventures and to confuse onlookers. Imagine someone’s shock when you ask politely, “Excuse me. Can you take a picture for me?” and proceed to lie face down in front of them at a scenic mountain overlook. Just keep your mouth closed — the ground is dirty. [Lying Down Game] Keep reading »
Hold on to your tiles, people. Scrabble has changed its rules. Starting in June, if you buy a new Scrabble board, proper nouns will officially be fair play in the classic word game. A Scrabble spokesperson explained that this is to “introduce an element of popular culture into the game.” They continued, “This is one of a number of twists and challenges included that we believe existing fans will enjoy and will also enable younger fans and families to get involved.” It’s the first change in the game’s rules since 1948. [BBC]
So what names, places, and brand names should you start playing? After the jump, a handy cheat sheet. Keep reading »