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A collection of 20 awesome desktop wallpapers

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In this today’s post, we are introducing you 20 awesome desktop wallpapers that will make your desktop look nice, pretty, classy and elegant. Do you want some of them? Check it out below! Every wallpaper can be downloaded at a 1920×1200 px size by doing a right click, then chose save image as in the […]

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16 Awesome Examples of Website Testimonials Done Right!

Testimonials can be very powerful for helping to establish trust and encouraging visitors to buy, sign up, fill out a form, or take whatever action you are after. For websites and online businesses…

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Awesome WordPress Advertising Plugins for Websites/Blogs

If, you had successfully created a website by putting different categories of content and the content delivered on your website is increasing traffic every day, then the question arise that how difficult the whole journey was from starting to end?

Awesome WordPress Advertising Plugins for Websites/Blogs

Putting effective, productive and attractive content on a website is not such an easy task or you can say; journey from starting point (the time when you decide a name of your website) to end point (the time when you had successfully created a website with all necessary stuffs) is not so easy. This journey takes your valuable time and money.

Definitely, after spending so much time and money, you will expect some outcome or think-off how to earn good money from that particular website. Over the internet, every day hundreds of new websites come-up with new technologies and most of the website publishers think of the same question?

You and other publishers can get relief by displaying Ads on their website. The website’s earning totally depends on the Ad’s type and quality, and the Ad management plugins helping maximizing the site earning in less time.

Here, in this post, I listed many free and premium Ad management plugins for WordPress based websites, will surely helpful in uploading ads on your website in less duration.

Free – WordPress Ad Management Plugins

Publishers, who can’t spend more on purchasing WordPress Ad Management plugins, just go for the plugins that are free – BuySellAds, AdRotate, OpenX, WP125, and WP-Insert

1. BuySellAds

BuySellAds

Introduction: BuySellAds v2.3.4 was released on 12th Sept 2014. Using this plugins, user can easily and simply use “BSA Ad code” into their website, which also includes BSA Widgets and RSS/mobile Ads with the code. To use this plugin, you should be having username and password to sign-in as a publisher/administrator on the BuySellAds website, because it is a very popular platform in the online market where advertisers and publishers purchase and sell advertisements, the plugin allows only authorized people to get into it. Publishers can take the help of widget (or PHP tag) in a WP theme to upload the Ad.

To use this plugin: Download & install it into the wp-content/plugins directory and start it in WordPress by placing the key inside the BuySellAds Settings.

Note: Most of the plugins will be installed in a similar manner.

Release Note of the latest version:

  • Includes step-one code through wp_head, removes English es_ES translation, and highlights new changes in the text and the BSA WP plugin tutorial.

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2. AdRotate

AdRotate

Introduction: AdRotate v3.10.12 was released on 11th Nov 2014. It is an exclusive Ad manager very much capable in adding and showing random/multiple banner with the help of dashboard, and also capable in making money from a particular website.

The user-friendly dashboard of AdRotate facilitates you to easily and quickly edit/renew/delete/preview the banner code. The plugin frequently gives update when any new features come-up, alerts you when any suspicious things happen, and shows the status of the Ads through graph.

Free AdRotate requires PHP5.3. If, your server doesn’t have PHP5.3, then upgrade your server with PHP5.3 or newer version.

It is also available in premium version. Premium plugin features are faster and advance than free one.

Release Note of the latest version:

  • Fixed the Post injection issue.
  • ‘Hiding’ of Pro banner is more visible.

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3. OpenX

OpenX

Introduction: OpenX WordPress Widget v1.2.6 was released on 6th Sept 2014. It is an easy to use WordPress plugin provides simple technique to place ads from an OpenX AdServer website. It fully works with WP4.0.

Release Note of the latest version:

  • The latest version is available in German translation too and can transfer admin material to a different file.

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4. WP125

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Introduction: WP125 v1.5.3 was released on 30thMay2014.It is a free, easy to use WordPress Ad management plugin provides a simple interface facilitates you to easily manage 125X125 ads on your website. You can add infinite ads in different columns and present them in manual or random order, and also you can run the Ads on specific days by setting the number of days. Using this plugin, you can send email note for expired Ad.

Release Note of the latest version:

  • Involves Ukrainian translation.

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5. WP-INSERT

WP-INSERT

Introduction: WP-INSERT v2.0.12was released on 13thSept2014. This plugin is very good for beginners and very capable in managing Ads of the website than any other WordPress ad management plugins. Apart from managing ads, manages RSS feeds, privacy policy, track scripts, Google analytics account as well as website terms and conditions, reorder WP pages through a neat drag and drop interface, and edit themes. Although, this multipurpose plugin supports various ads network simultaneously enable you to show various type of ads on your website and ad widgets help you to display Ads all over the website page. Using this plugin, you can add content, like; text and code into your website. It provides proper guidelines telling that when and where you can add Ads, helps in putting the Ads in different Geographical locations by picking them from different places.

Release Note of the latest version:

  • Compatible with PHP 5.4.
  • Provide guidelines to hide Ads on mobile devices and to hide Ads from Logged-in users.

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Premium – WordPress Ad Management Plugins

Publishers, who can spend some amount on purchasing WordPress Ad Management plugins, just go for the best premium Ad plugins. Some of the premium ad management plugins are mentioned below in details.

1. WP Adcenter

WP Adcenter

Introduction: WP Adcenterv1.5 was released on 14th Mar 2013. A WordPress Ad plugin fully capable in managing any kind of Ad and keeps detailed record of the work-done. Apart from this, short code, widget or theme files are helpful in adding and rotating multiple banners anywhere on your site.

Upload multiple banners (unlimited size) at once – Ad Zones are helpful in uploading banners on the site. Generally, the Ad Zone uploads one banner at once, but here this plugin supports multiple Ad Zones to upload multiple banners at once. It supports the standard size (IAB Ad unit) of banner which can be changed later as per the requirement.

Infinite Campaigns – A campaign is a set of banners. Using this plugin, you can create unlimited campaigns and also you can set the date to start and end the campaigns automatically.

Complete Statistics – Shows the complete statistics (Campaigns detail) through the graph that you can easily download in .PNG file format (or can print it from the start screen).

Release Note of the latest version:

  • Fixed the JavaScript code and statistics graph issue.

Price:

  • $ 49 – 1 Site
  • $ 79 – 5 Sites
  • $ 129 – Unlimited Sites

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2. OIO Publisher

OIO Publisher

Introduction: It is basically a tool, works as Ad manager plugin for WordPress based websites, provides automated sales and facilitates you to directly sell Ads from your website using PHP and management script to increase the revenue of the website. Also, it provides free update and lifetime support, completely manages the Ads of your website in less time, as well as very user-friendly that makes the installation process easier. It can display 3rd party ad networks beside your Ads, you can set the zones by adding numbers of ads displayed in each zone.

Release Note of the latest version:

  • Compatible with WordPress 3.9 and PHP 5.5.

Price: $ 49

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3. AdPress

AdPress

Introduction: AdPressv0.9.8 was released on 2nd Jan 2014. It is a complete WordPress based plugin that fully manages Ads (image, flash and text) of your website. It provides simple and easy interface to fully automate the sales process that means; always you don’t have to sit in-front of system to control Ad related stuffs. It provides option to preview the Ad and also provides direct login link to the advertisers/clients to visualize that how their Ad is looking before uploading.

To purchase this product you should be having PayPal account and to their valuable customers it offers purchase history.

Price: $ 39

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4. AdSanity

AdSanity

Introduction: AdSanity is another premium easy to use WordPress banner management plugin provides user-friendly interface to easily manage the ads of your site. It has widgets and shortcodes features are helpful in displaying ads in sidebars, posts and pages. Using this plugin, you can set the time duration to display the ad, without setting the time duration the ad will flash always on your website.

It is always good for those who like simple things and don’t want to waste time in browsing complex features.

Price:

  • $ 49 – 1 Site
  • $ 79 – 5 Sites
  • $ 129 – Unlimited Sites

Plugin Page

Conclusion

Here, in this post, I have listed the best WordPress Ad management plugins that are required to upload and manage Ads of your website. Normally, most of us have used single Ad zone WordPress plugin capable in uploading (rotating) single Ad at once, but with OIO Publisher you can rotate multiple Ads at once using multiple Ad zone. OIO Publisher also delivers direct sells to their valuable customers. Similarly, there are many premium Ad management plugins that can increase the revenue of your website.

If, you are already into online market with good earning form past so many years and just want to increase the revenue, go for premium Ad management plugins, but if you have just started your website/blog, try out some good free ad management plugins.

I hope, this article might help you in increasing your website revenue. If, you need to get information of any other WordPress Ad management plugins, please let me know.

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10 awesome posters by Gabz

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Gabz is a known graphic designer, artist and illustrator who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań with a Master’s degree in Graphic Arts and Drawing. Gabz is always aimed at keeping his work attractive, fascinating and captivating in terms of technique, colors and concept. The below given 10 awesome posters clearly justify […]

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20 Awesome Board Games For The Modern Day Geek

It really pains me to see that adults not only "play" less and less — play is just as important as work if you’re looking for a balanced life — but that their idea of board games stop at Monopoly and Risk. True, you can play video games, mobile games, crosswords, etc, but me, I prefer board games because it gets me away from a screen.

Plus, it makes for a social situation. If you play with friends there is no such thing as a bad game. The worst case scenario is you laugh at how bad the game is.

In this post, I will share just 20 of my favorite board games, what’s inside and why I enjoy playing it. From simple card games like "Set" to strategy board games like "Galaxy Trucker" there’s bound to be at least one from this list which will make you look at board games differently.

7 Wonders

If I had to take everything into consideration, 7 Wonders is the best game I own. It is a deep strategy game but is simple to play and a round doesn’t take more than 30 minutes. Gameplay is extremely simple, but the rules of building can be a bit confusing. However, as soon as you play it, the rules are clear after 10 minutes. It’s just one of those games.

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In 7 Wonders, each game consists of 3 "ages". In each age, each player gets 7 cards. Players take turns picking a card to build in each turn. Once a card has been picked, you pass your hand to the next playeryes, you know what choices the next player will have in the next round. This adds a layer of strategy — but without complicating gameplay at all.

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7 Wonders is a beautifully made game which can be enjoyed by 7 players, or 8 if you buy the expansion. It’s a rare gem which is equally fun for 2 players, adding another layer of tactics. You can buy 7 Wonders from Amazon, Walmart or your local board game store. Be sure to take a look at the Cities expansion for 8-player action.

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Coyote

A simple but fun bluffing game, Coyote can be played by 6 people in under 10 minutes per round. Everyone has a number on their head; the only number you don’t see is thus your own. You then take turns declaring numbers.

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If the next person suspects that the number you just declared is higher than the sum of the numbers in play, he may call your bluff. The game has a number of special cards like negatives, multipliers, zeroers and so on which adds a bit of depth to it. The game ends with a showdown between the last 2 players which frequently results in lots of laughs.

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You can grab the game from Amazon or search for a Gigamic retailor.

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica (BSG) is complex compared to most board games you know, but once you play a round or two, it’s really not that difficult. The board game captures the essence of the series well. It’s a cooperative game at heart, but one or two people are not on your side. Who they are is a mystery (until they reveal themselves) and there is always suspicion in the air.

The goal of the game for human players is to escape from Cylons by jumping a set number of times. The goal for Cylons is to defeat humans. Humans can only win one way while Cylons can win by depleting 1 of 3 resources, damaging the ship too much and boarding the ship.

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The game is for 3 – 7 players and is best played with at least 4. Various expansions add extra features. I recommend buying the Exodus expansion at least because it adds better Cylon handling to the game. We usually play 2 – 2.5 hr rounds but the occasional 6 hr round has happened, so prepare yourself. You can purchase BSG on Amazon or from your local board game store.

Balderdash

Balderdash has almost the same rules as Dixit – a game featured in our Gifts For Paperphiles article – except it is played with obscure words. The idea is that one person reads a single word from a card, like “onomatopoeia”, then everyone proceeds to write a mock definition for this word. The person who read the original word reads all the definitions aloud, including the correct one.

Everyone votes on which he/she thinks is the correct definition. You get points for voting correctly, or if someone votes on your definition. We’ve had some of the best laughs especially when people write outrageous definitions — which turn out to be the correct ones!

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Non-English language speakers are probably better off because they can play the game without having to use a dictionary for foreign words. We have this where I live, it isn’t a dictionary per se, it’s a list of words which have foreign origins, so you are less likely to know what they mean.

You can buy Balderdash from Amazon, Walmart, or you can just use a dictionary and keep score on paper.

Smallworld

Smallworld is like "Risk" with less chance, more tactics. If you have more units, you win, it’s as simple as that. Your aim is to collect the most gold by taking over and controlling areas on the board. Taking over areas is done by using a larger number of people than your opponent has. This takes almost all risk out of the game.

There are 2 features which make Smallworld replay-able. The race you are with grants you special abilities. These abilities come from 2 sources. The race itself has a special ability (eg: Humans gain an extra gold for farmlands they control) and you also receive a special power token (eg: Commando allows you to conquer any area with one less unit).

Special abilities and races are shuffled and paired togetherr. In one game, you may choose Commando Humans, in another you may get Merchant Humans. This changes the way you play, so you can’t use the same tactics over and over.

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The other feature which adds a lot of depth is how you can make races decline. If you’ve spread your forces thin, you can choose to decline your race and choose a new one. This has benefits and drawbacks, choosing the right time to decline could win you the game (each player usually declines 1-3 times).

Smallworld is for 2-5 players. It’s a rare game which is actually pretty good for 2 players, it has a dedicated boards for different player counts. Playing time is about 80 minutes for 4 people and rarely gets boring.

A number of expansions and different versions are available, Smallworld is so popular it even has an iOS app. You can buy Smallworld from Amazon, Walmart or your local board game store. I strongly recommend your board game store for this one as it has a lot of expansions and versions like Smallworld Underground.

Dominion

Dominion is a straight up card game but doesn’t have the complexity and in-depth game world of its big brothers like Android Netrunner and other deck building games.

You start the game with some coins and some kingdom cards. The goal is to amass as many kingdom cards as possible. To do this you’ll have to buy a bunch of other cards along the way to ensure the efficient path to victory.

Dominion comes with 500 cards out of the box, split into 25 types, only a subset of which you use per game. This gives each round a unique twist, you can’t use the same tactics all the time.

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In the same style as 7 Wonders, Dominion can be a quick game, although it does depend on your opponents. A quick round can take as little as 20-25 minutes, making it a good time-filler if you have limited time. You can get Dominion from Amazon, Walmart or your local board game store.

Agricola

Agricola is a very popular strategy game with a middle-age agriculture feel. You own a house and some land and you’ll need to make decisions on what to grow, which resources to amass and you’ll need to make enough food to feed your ever-growing family.

The gameplay is a shrewd mix of shared resource selection. There is a set amount of stuff up for grabs each turn. Players take turns snatching them. If you don’t plan ahead the resource you need may be taken by others.

Once you get the rules, the game isn’t difficult to play but learning it can take some time. It takes a lot less time to master than Battlestar Galactica, but isn’t nearly as simple as Dixit or Balderdash.

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Agricola is beautifully detailed with so many wooden pieces and elements, you’ll need a sizeable table to fit everything. As with other well-balanced games, Agricola rewards variety, not the amassing of one particular resource. You’ll need to have a bit of everything in order to win, not an easy task at all. In my experience, Agricola gets more difficult as the number of players increases to a maximum of 5.

Agricola also has an equally beautiful iOS app and numerous expansions and extensions. A separate game called Caverna is also available which is basically the same jut bigger and newer, also a great choice! You can buy Agricola from Amazon, Walmart or your local board game store.

Atlantis

Atlantis is a 2-4 player hand management type strategy game where the goal is to get your peeps off the sinking island of Atlantis.

I love the board of Atlantis because you can set it anyway you’d like. You need to follow a pattern when placing the tiles but you can orient them anyway you like. This allows for curvy, jagged, circular and other imaginative playing layouts.

You start the game with a number of cards you can use to jump your peeps to specific tiles on the game board. Wherever you jump, you pick up the tile behind the destination which counts as points.

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You’ll need to get three Atlanteans across the dangerous terrain. If you get an Atlantean onto land, you get a bonus, so it seems that getting one across as fast as possible would be the best course of action. On the other hand that leaves your other guys further behind which could cost you.

What I really like about this game is how it mimics the story with gameplay. As your Atlanteans jump around tiles are taken from behind them, eventually leaving water. As time passes more and more water shows up – this is the island sinking. It’s rare that a games mechanics makes so much sense in its cause and effect, kudos to the developers!

Buy Atlantis from Amazon or your local board game store

Discworld – Ankh-Morpork

My love of Terry Pratchett was the main driver behind the purchase of Discworld and luckily, I wasn’t disappointed. This is a superbly balanced strategy game which isn’t too complicated either. The board and the cards a brilliantly designed, fans of the Discworld series will spend more time picking out little details than actually playing.

The board consists of 12 areas which you can occupy and control. Depending on your character, your aims and actions will differ as well. You may want to simply be present on a number of areas, control a number of areas or work towards other goals.

Gameplay consists of playing cards from your hand. Cards allow you to place your minions, remove other minions, build buildings and other special actions. This simple mechanic gives rise to interesting rounds of play every time.

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What makes Discworld special is the constant attention you have to pay to everyone. If you suspect that an opponent is close to winning you might want to gang up on him. Then again, you can’t go around thwarting other players all the time, you need to advance your own agenda as well.

Up to 4 players can take part, games span 1-2 hours, we usually finish in about 90 minutes. You can buy Discworld from the Discworld Store, Amazon or your local board game store.

The Golden City

The Golden City is a great strategy/adventure game for 3-4 players. You start our as settlers who’ve come to an island with a golden city at the center. The goal is to establish yourself as a trader and get access to the coveted golden city itself.

During the game, you’ll settle on specific areas on the game board which will grant you resources and points. Each round has a sub-goal which – when met – will award the player additional points. To expand, you’ll need to use your auctioning skills to grab the best tiles (for yourself) and use them to settle on specific areas.

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Eventually you’ll have amassed enough resources to get a key to the city at which point you may establish yourself inside. At the end of the game, the player with the most points (the most powerful trader) wins.

The Golden City is a good choice if you’d like a game where you’re pitted against one another, but not directly. Other players can annoy you by taking good spaced but there is no combat and no head-to-head competition. The variation due to how the game is played provides plenty of fun for a solid replay value. You can buy it from Amazon or your local board game store.

Set

This unassuming little box holds one of the best little puzzle games ever. The rules are dead simple and yet mind bogglingly impossible to play, at the very least you’ll need practice. The name of the game is pattern recognition.

All you need to do is find sets of 3 cards (from 9) where the symbols are either all the same or all different (based on shape, color and shading). It’s difficult to explain why this game can get so infuriating.

Sometimes you will the sets to reveal themselves but nothing happens. Sometimes you just glance at the 9 cards and find one. Practice means you get better but it makes your opponent better as well!

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This cheap little deck of cards can be played by any amount of players, a round takes about 15 – 30 minutes depending on how quickly you find sets. Grab the game directly from the author’s website, setgame.com and check out the iPad app as well. It’s about the same as the real thing.

Ticket To Ride

You may be familiar with this game due to the huge popularity of iOS game. The board game precedes the release of the iPad app by around 8 years, and what a great game it is.The idea is to build railroads from point A to point B. The rules can be learned in under 15 minutes, yet the game poses some strategic challenges which take some gray matter to solve.

According to the author: “The tension comes from being forced to balance greed – adding more cards to your hand, and fear – losing a critical route to a competitor.” A pretty good overview indeed.

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Due to it’s popularity, ‘Ticket to Ride’ has been published in a number of country/continent specific formats. There are also a number of expansions available.

You can buy ‘Ticket To Ride’ almost anywhere, including Amazon, Walmart and your local board game store. Check out the 10th Anniversary Edition (which contains some expansions) for more bang for your buck .

Boomerang

Here’s a more obscure game just to show you the wealth of options out there. This little game is a strategic nightmare (in a good way).Boomerang has extremely simple rules and will challenge your strategy and phsychological skills.

You play as hunters vying for the same animals on the hunting ground. You use your boomerangs to buy your way into hunting first. By hunting first, you get to choose the type of hunting ground you grab animals from.

If you hunt first, chances are you get more animals but you’ll have less boomerangs to work with in the next turn. In addition, hunting in second place may yield the same results (depending on which animals you need).

You’ll be thinking about what your opponent is thinking and why he’s thinking it. Does he want to be first this turn? Is he willing to spend enough boomerangs? Should I drop out and collect the boomerangs on the table?

Grabbing Boomerang (or Bumerang as it is titled mostly) may be a bit difficult. As far as I can tell it is only published in Europe. We have the version published by Granna but Lui-meme are also listed on BoardGameGeek. You should check your local board game shop for more info.

Acquire

Do you think all the great unique board games were made recently? Think again, Acquire is 51 years old, made originally in 1964 by Sid Jackson.

On the surface, the board looks pretty boring with the board resembling a bingo ticket. The play area actually represents companies growing over time, signified by placing tiles on the appropriate squares.

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Acquire is all about investing in companies and maximizing your profit at the right time. You can get your money’s worth when businesses start to merge and then reinvest your earnings in new companies. Unsurprisingly, the goal is to amass the largest fortune.

You can grab Acquire from Amazon, you can even get a vintage 1968 version which is pretty cool.

Carcassonne

Due to it’s 15 year highly successful career, Carcassonne is now considered a classic. You actually build the board with your opponents as you play, which was jaw-dropping to me as a board game newcomer at the time.

The goal of the game is to build castles, roads, have the largest pastures and other similar constructs. You use your little minions to control various bits of tiles and then continue placing tiles to grow your controlled areas.

By now, Carcassonne has a kajillion expansions which add extra depth to the game. From dragons to wizards, towers and catapults you can add more and more if you like the game. As your collection increases, you’ll need to buy a larger table as the play area can get pretty big.

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Carcassonne is a great introduction to the board game world because it has a completely unique play style compared with standard board games but the rules are easy to understand. The play time is around 45 minutes, for 3-4 people – not too long at all.

It’s no surprise that Carcassonne’s popularity has spurred an iOS App which is pretty good! You can buy Carcassonne everywhere including Amazon, Walmart and your local board game store.

Galaxy Trucker

Galaxy Trucker is one of the heaviest games we own and definitely one of the most unique. It has so many little parts it’s just a joy to play (but not to put away).

The aim is to build a ship out of a number of parts. It’s completely up to you, you’re only confined by a few rules. You then race across the galaxy with your ship, encountering and (hopefully) completing hardships along the way.

You’ll need to have enough engines to stay fast, enough guns to stay safe, enough shields for protecting yourself, enough energy cells to power everything and more! To add a bit of extra difficulty, the pieces you build must interlock correctly making it part puzzle game as well.

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The game features a wonderfully quirky art style which is most apparent in the manual (look for the cute reference to the Alien movies). My one beef with the game is that it can get a bit repetitive due to the lack of variety in the race stage. That being said there is plenty of replay-ability, especially if you shelve it for a few weeks (after binge playing it) in favour of other games in this article.

An extremely well-made iOS game is available which mirrors the style (visually as well as gameplay-wise) and has rave reviews.

Alhambra

Alhambra is a city building game where you get to build an Alhambra (no surprise there) which is a palace and fortress complex. You have a set of colored cards and you can decide which piece of land (out of the available 4) you’d like to buy. If you purchase land for exactly as much as it is worth, you get another turn. If you over-pay, you only get to buy once.

This gives rise to some difficult choices. Do you spend more but grab something now, or pass in the hopes you can pay exactly next turn and risk someone else snatching the tile you need?

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Once you buy a tile, you can build it into your Alhambra. Scoring happens three times in the game split somewhat equally time-wise. Points are awarded for having the most of each colored tile and for the longest continuous wall you have.

While I do like this game, it can get a little slow when the money cards are stuck in a rut. Sometimes, the proper colors don’t appear at all and 5-6 turns are spent just coasting along. You can buy Alhambra from Amazon, Walmart or your local board game store.

Bang

Bang is essentially a party game where you try and kill each other, Wild West style. You assume a role and choose a character and duel it out with your friends.

Bang is best with at least 5 players (7 max with the basic game), you’ll be either sheriff, a deputy, a bandit or a renegade. Depending on who you are, you’ll need to kill different people but you don’t know who they are at the start of the game. Each player also has a unique ability which allows them to shoot better, heal better, draw cards better and so on.

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You take turns shooting at each other or wreaking miscellaneous havoc via the cards in your hand. You’ll sometimes want to upgrade your gun, grab a horse to be faster (makes shooting at you more difficult), play a scope (makes shooting at others easier) and use other items to increase your chances of surviving. I’m sure you’ll appreciate that beer is what makes the World go round as it can be used to gain a life.

Bang can be great fun for a group of people who don’t want to get into big strategic games but still want to play something unique. You can find Bang on Amazon, Walmart or your local board game store. There’s a cool Bang! The Bullet! edition which is packaged as a bullet but is a nightmare to put away for the night.

Pandemic

Pandemic is a completely cooperative game which is great for the less competitive ones among us. You live together, you die together!

The goal in pandemic is to fight off a deadly virus which is spreading fast. You’ll band together to travel to population centers, treat the infected, discover a cure and build research stations. In addition, each player has a unique ability which should be utilized to stave off the virus which is no easy task.

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The cool thing in Pandemic is that talking things out and planning actually works. Everyone has a particular specialty which can be used effectively in conjunction with actions others can take. Pandemic seems a bit complex at first and I didn’t really take to the game but I was pleasantly surprised after our first round and we proceeded to play a couple more neck to neck.

You can get Pandemic from Amazon, Walmart or your local board game store. There’s also an iOS app available, which I haven’t tried personally, but has excellent ratings.

Hanabi

Hanabi is a card game based on an awesome idea and simple rules. The game mechanics are as simple as it gets yet mastering it takes quite a bit of time and brain power. The goal is to create the perfect “fireworks” by placing cards on the table in the correct order. The only problem is that you hold your cards facing away from you so you don’t see your cards.

Hanabi is played cooperatively, you’ll need to work together to get a high score. You’ll need to give hints to other players, so that they have a vague idea of what’s in their hands. Don’t forget to keep other players’ hints to you in mind as well!

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A round takes only 25 minutes but can sometimes be frustrating when you have no idea what’s in your hand and you have no idea how to help others. Keep at it and you’ll figure it out, it just takes some getting used to. You can grab this award winning game from Amazon or your local board game store.

Support Your Local Board Game Store

I just wanted to say that our local board game store has helped us a lot over the past years. These stores frequently allow you to rent a game for 10% of the price, which is great for trying out games before you buy them.

If you have such a store near you, I strongly urge you to buy your games from them as opposed to Walmart or Amazon .These small stores will help you make sense of the World of board games and are usually small businesses with nice people – help them out!





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