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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 >>

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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 >>

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Clever Chess Set Is Already Set Up and Ready to Play When You Open the Box

Mastering the game of chess is infinitely complicated, but getting started just got easier with a chess board that’s perfectly set up and ready to go as soon as you open the box. That’s the genius of Preset Chess. Read More >>

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The Most Beautiful Version of Monopoly Yet Celebrates Japanese Arts and Crafts

After licensing the classic board game to a company called USAopoly, there’s now a version of Monopoly for almost every fan base you can imagine. But the latest version of the game, which celebrates Japanese arts and crafts traditions, might be one of the most beautiful yet. Read More >>

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Betrayal at the House on the Hill is Finally Getting its First Ever Expansion

Betrayal at the House on the Hill has been an icon of board games for over a decade now. But despite having reprints and new editions, the game has never officially been expanded beyond its original scope. That is until now: a whole new series of horrifying new haunts are on the way, and we have the first look. Read More >>

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Beautiful Visualisation Charts History’s Best Chess Players

Since the early 19th century, many chess grandmasters have come and gone, some better than others. This elegant data visualisation by Abacaba shows which players were the very best, and how long they were able to maintain their dominance. Read More >>

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Richard Garfield’s Robo Rally Is Coming Back in 2016

Richard Garfield, best known as the creator of Magic: The Gathering, is working with Hasbro to release a new version of his 1995 pet project Robo Rally. Read More >>

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Monopoly Ultimate Banking Eliminates Cash With a Tiny ATM That Scans Property Cards

Is there anything worse in a game of Monopoly than thinking you’ve bankrupted another player only to discover they have a secret stash of cash hidden away? That’s no longer an option with the new Monopoly Ultimate Banking edition that uses a tiny ATM to keep track of every last financial transaction. Read More >>