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You Can Rearrange the Letters and Spell Out Any Message On This Scrabble Tile Rack Lamp

The most effective way to tell your co-workers you don’t want to be bothered is to close your office door. But if you’re stuck in cubicle purgatory, that’s not an option. Instead, try this Scrabble tile rack desk lamp that lets you spell out seven-letter warnings like ‘GO AWAY’, ‘NOT NOW’, or other, blunter messages if your office lets you get away with it. Read More >>

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The World’s Most Impractical Chess Set Can Fit Inside Your Wallet

If your wallet serves as more of a toolbox than a place to stash a few bucks, alongside a flat-pack knife and credit card-sized multi-tools, you can also slip in this super tiny, 3D-printed chess set. Compared to playing rock-paper-scissors, it’s a far more civilised way to make important decisions. Read More >>

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I Wish This Official Scrabble Keyboard Kept Score of Every Email I Wrote

We’ve covered a few of Massdrop’s unorthodox keyboard upgrades over the years, but none as lovely as this officially-licensed Hasbro Scrabble keyboard that puts every letter of the alphabet at your disposal, instead of just seven you randomly grab at the start of a game. Read More >>

politics
Cards Against Humanity Sells Out Promotion to Screw Up Donald Trump’s Border Wall in First Day

Cards Against Humanity, the nerd-beloved party game which asks players to respond to a variety of Mad Lib-style prompts with extremely offensive words and phrases, is famous for promotions like selling unsuspecting fans boxes of literal shit. This year, it’s upping the ante (and paying for goodwill with well-meaning liberals who might otherwise feel bad about playing it) with a six-part, $15 holiday promotion claiming to earn participants a role in the #Resistance. Read More >>

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Board Games Are the Hidden Feature of 280-Character Tweets

Anyone who tells you Twitter is social media’s closest approximation to hell on Earth is utterly, unimpeachably correct. This is, after all, the company that decided to deal with its role in a rising tide of digital fascism by verifying a white supremacist, and doubling the amount of space anyone can use to shout racial epithets at strangers. Read More >>

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Board Games Strike Back as Parents Feel Guilt Over Screen Time

The family board game is expected to make a comeback this Christmas, as parents ironically and perhaps even seriously buy them to try to bring the family together to argue over the rules as one pretending-to-be-happy unit. Read More >>

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Stranger Things Is Getting A Waffle-Based Card Game, And I’m So Confused Right Now

The first season of Stranger Things was such a sleeper hit going in that it's taken the impending arrival of season two for the merchandise hysteria all pop culture sensations are mandated to have. Which brings us to this, my friends: Hasbro is making a Stranger Things card game and nothing makes sense any more. Read More >>

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Monopoly Is Being Gentrified, One Game Piece at a Time

On Thursday, Hasbro announced that the humble thimble, Monopoly’s least beloved game piece, would be getting the boot from “an upcoming version of the game.” Cynically, the toy company framed the eviction as a simple reflection of the people’s will, the result of a recent online contest to modernise the board game. Read More >>

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Monopoly Will Let the Internet Vote to Replace All of the Board Game’s Classic Tokens

Since 1933 when the board game first appeared, Monopoly’s tokens have changed and evolved over the years to reflect the times. In 2013 Hasbro even let fans vote to replace the iconic iron token with a cat, and starting today, the internet now has the chance to choose what replaces every last token for an upcoming version of the game. Read More >>

artificial intelligence
Google’s AlphaGo is Slaying Unsuspecting Nerds Online

Over the last few days, an unknown Go player named “Master” has won 60 of 61 online matches against some of the best players in the world. Google has now fessed-up, admitting that “Master” is actually the AlphaGo AI, and that it has been secretly playing humans in order to test an improved version. Read More >>

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The Monopoly Christmas Helpline is There For You This Year

Hasbro, owner of the Monopoly brand, has lined up quite the promotional stunt for the festive season -- employing actual people to man a helpline and explain the rules to anyone who's getting a bit stressed about the state of their in-house banking and property market while playing the game over Christmas. Read More >>

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Star Wars and Cluedo Universes Combine for Galactic Domination of Christmas

They've found something that hasn't yet had the Star Wars logo on it. So now it has the Star Wars logo on it. It's Cluedo, or Star Wars Cluedo, and it'll be out next week -- just in time for Christmas and Star Wars season. Read More >>

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Settlers of Catan Redesigned For Space Is Stunning

If you’re tired of your Settlers of Catan hexagonal tiles sliding all over the place, that’s just one of countless improvements that artists Amy Wang and Fuzzy Wobble made when they created Deep Space Settlers, a new, and much improved, version of the beloved board game. Read More >>

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Playing Operation is Even More Stressful When it’s Hooked Up to a Paintball Gun

The board game Operation is a great example of how negative feedback can also negatively affect your performance. But instead of playing in constant fear of that loud buzzing sound, when you touch the sides while playing this sadistic version of Operation, you get blasted with a paintball gun. Sounds like a lot of fun. Read More >>

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The Creator of Settlers of Catan Has Some Important Gameplay Advice for You

Klaus Teuber is a name that’s probably not immediately recognisable to you but might ring a bell in the back of your mind because as the inventor of Settlers of Catan, his name graces every box. Surprisingly board game design was originally Klaus’s hobby, but after selling 25 million copies of Catan, he no longer has to work in a dental laboratory—or really ever again. Read More >>