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Bringing Gaming to the Blind!

2 Apr

Sorry it’s been a little longer than normal between updates…real life blah blah.  I will have a new game post up in the next few days.

I did want to point people a Kickstarter project that I find to be a wonderful idea. It still has 3 weeks left, and has already met it’s initial goal. I was told about it by a friend in a video game chat who happens to know the creator of the project.

The project is to develop materials to allow blind people to have access to more board games!

I think this is an absolutely brilliant idea. Their idea includes everything from card sleeves with imprinted braille, to developing QR codes for cards with more text, to stand-alone braille sheets for more text-heavy games.

They even have a new game, much like Set that is to be played by touch only!

If you are interested in backing this project,  CHECK OUT THE PAGE HERE

I’ll be back soon with more games from the basement!


The Spiel presents: Gamer’s Edition Scopa

12 Jul

Right now on Kickstarter, my friends over at The Spiel podcast are trying to fund the printing of a Gamer themed deck of Scopa cards.

Scopa is an Italian card game, where players are trying to sweep cards from the middle of the table for points.  It’s typically played with a specialized 40-card deck.  I was introduced to the game by Stephen from the Spiel several years ago, and it instantly became a favorite game of mine.

Unfortunately, it’s been tough to get Scopa cards in the US until very recently, when a couple mass market companies have released cards.  However, if I may be blunt, those decks are really REALLY ugly.  Who wants to play a card game with ugly cards?  Check just a bit lower to see a preview of cards from The Spiel’s deck where they take a traditional Scopa design, and give it a playful update.

If you’ve ever been curious about learning Scopa, or are looking for a new deck that celebrates the hobby… please consider backing this project.





31 Jan


In 2003, the US finally got hold of a little game called Blokus.  It was a simple game, many likened it to a board game version of Tetris.  As we sit here a full decade later, Blokus has gained a fair level of mainstream success.  It is now sold in mass market retailers, as well as still holding a place in the hobby stores.

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12 Days

12 Jan


On the 12th day of January, the internet gave to me, a review of 12 Days… a Christmas themed card game designed by James Ernest and Mike Selinker.  Two famous designers.  A famous theme.   Do the two add up to a game worthy of future family holidays?  And, how ridiculous should you feel trying to get this game played anytime other than the week before Christmas?

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