Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #18

How to tell when your friends are about to betray you Researchers used the game Diplomacy to discover what clues people give just before they betray each other. Read the paper here.  Name The Game

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #17

Odd Dice Here we have a nice visual representation of all the possible values of rolling 2D6 and why some numbers are more likely to occur than others    Source Grand Master vs Street Hustler I think this video is fascinating. Watch a Grand Master chess player go against a street hustler, but the hustler doesn’t know he’s a grandmaster at first. Watch the tricks the hustler tries, would you have spotted them?  Source

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #15

Answers from yesterday Takenoko is Japanese for “Bamboo Shoot”. Makes sense now doesn’t it? Did you know? Alternative Titles for Board Games Funny article from Metro. Warning, not all these re-titled games are family friendly…    

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #14

Did You Know? As of 2009, there have been more than 18 million copies of Settlers of Catan sold worldwide (this is just the base set in its various incarnations, not counting expansion sets, spin-offs, and digital versions). By contrast, there were about 8 million units of Grand Theft Auto 3 sold and 11 million World of Warcraft subscribers. Source Quiz Question What does the word ‘Takenoko’ translate to?    

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #13

Settlers of Cata-Nachos Find this recipe and more board game recipes at the Kitchen Overlord 39 Ancient board games from around the world Click here to see the full list

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #12

The Best (and Worst) Ways to Shuffle Cards – Numberphile Link to video here The Green Bay Packers are obsessed with ‘Settlers of Catan’ Yes, those Green Bay Packers… Check out the story Build your own board game coffee table One Imgur user did it, click the picture below to see how he did it. Or click here if the picture doesn’t load 

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #11

Answers from yesterday: There were four hippos in the original version of the game: Lizzie Hippo (purple), Henry Hippo (orange), Homer Hippo (green), and Harry Hippo (yellow). A later edition of the game replaces the purple hippo, Lizzie, with a pink one named Happy. Board Game Background Music Ever needed some background ambience for your board game? Well Tabletop Audio has you covered! Click to try it out Huge Board Game Collection Check out this collection of board games from the owner of Board Game Geek  Read more about the collection here in his original reddit post Ancient Egyptian D20 Did you know that D20s aren’t new? Check out this D20 …

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #10

Name The Game Quiz Question What are the names of the four hippos from Hungry Hungry Hippos? Board Game Trivia At the Essen Spiel board game convention in 2016 there were 1021 exhibitors from 50 countries and a whopping 174000 attendees to see over 1200 new games! Wow! 

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #9

In this issue we’ll be looking at board game web comics! Here are just a quick look at the comics. Click on the pictures to go to the full website.  Up To 4 Players Tiny Wooden Pieces Semi Co-op Answers from yesterday Name That Game: Zombicide!

Tinkerbots Christmas Cracker #8

Answers from yesterday Name that game: Mjienlieff Video Here’s a great video from Shut Up and Sit Down for an Intro to Board Games. Now, if you’re reading this you probably already know all about board games, but if you’re going to be playing board games with non-gaming family members this Christmas, then perhaps you could send them this ahead of meeting up and get them warmed up to the idea of board games before you even arrive! Win!   Name That Game Board Game Christmas Joke This ones a double whammy! A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their …