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Board Games Have Always Been Great at Teaching Americans To Buy More Stuff

Here in the wake of Thanksgiving, there’s a tremendous marketing push by retailers who implore us to buy more things. Frankly, our entire economy depends upon people buying stuff they don’t need. But Americans have a tendency to romanticize the Before Times™ — an era when consumerism wasn’t so rampant. This longing…

The Magic: The Gathering Board Game Is Getting A New, Gigantic Monster To Play With

Arena of the Planeswalkers, Hasbro’s tabletop strategy take on the world of Magic: The Gathering, is usually all about pitting Planeswalkers against each other in magical battles—but now they’re going to have to team up to take on a new threat: the game’s first colorless hero character, and a major part of the game’s…

A Board Game’s Idea Of The Moon Landing, 14 Years Before It Happened

The oldest toy I own is a board game called Careers. It’s set 14 years before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, yet it includes a moon expedition mission. It’s a curious artifact — a look into a previous generation’s dreams and ambitions, when space exploration was still an unknown intangible. Our dreams, however,…

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Video Games Are Too Perfect, Which Is Why I'm Playing More Board Games

Outside of work hours (or work assignments), I'm finding myself playing as many board games as I am video games these days. I'd long assumed the reasons for this was the obvious: that sitting around a table, beer in hand, was an infinitely more social experience than sitting on my couch shouting at strangers (if I was…