Game Store Meetups

How are you handling them right now?

Next week we have a meetup at a gaming store, and I must admit that I'm pretty nervous. My family has been limiting ourselves to only hanging out with folks who are boosted indoors, doing only outdoor things when it's possible and masking up most of the time either way. This store does require masks, which is great, but as someone who is in so many risk groups, I've been feeling like a bigger burden on my family and more depressed than usual. Getting them to go hang out with friends and experience life again, even when masked, has been high on my priority list, but I haven't really joined in much, which is where the nervousness comes in.

My fellow gamers and board game lovers who are disabled, chronically ill and missing your in-person meetups with friends... what have you been doing instead? Do you have anything that makes you feel safer or more comfortable meeting in person, or are you still Zooming through your game time? I love this gaming store, which has always been so welcoming for our kids, and I love that they are taking safety precautions, but I'm also so very uncomfortable.

How are you handling it? Is there any special mask you've found that's extra safe? People swear by so many varieties, but it's hard to know which really are the best brands or designs. Share your specific tips, tricks and ways you are keeping yourself safe in the chat. 

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Great Board And Card Games For The Weekend

What are you playing?

This weekend, my family and I are finally going to be able to meet up for another game night, which we haven't had since Christmas. We are so excited to see each other and we're all trying to plan the best games to bring. This list of great games to play looks promising--I'm a fan of Sushi Go and Codenames, but as much as I love Taboo, my sister and I are banned from playing it because we can speak in code words that no one else can understand and we always win!

Speaking of my middle sister, she bought us all games for Christmas and we definitely have to try those out! I received Spontuneous, which is fantastic because we LOVE song games. I really like that it goes by "trigger" words for songs so everyone can sing or shout. As much as I love song trivia, it's definitely not accessible for everyone, whereas singing or shouting lyrics is. We also love to just play songs until someone shouts out the singer or song--no points, obviously!--for a fun, at-home version of "First Five Notes."

What kinds of games are you playing lately? Any good ones to recommend for a group of adults this weekend? Share them in the chat! 

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Party Games for the Super Bowl

What are you playing?

Whether you're in it for your team to win it, eager for the halftime shows or commercials or just there for the food, the Super Bowl is coming, and with it are a bunch of fun games that adults are dreaming up to play. Sure, you could play any one of endless drinking games, but lots of adults are beyond that these days, opting for more cerebral or competitive fun.

This list of games is a great place to begin your Super Bowl party planning if you hope to have some competitive game play surrounding the game. From Decrypto to Telestrations, virtual Jackbox games to the ever-popular Cards Against Humanity, there's a game for everyone in this list. For the folks who may not want to compete in a large or loud group setting, consider having a few games like Battleship, Boggle and other classics available for them to play.

Do you have any big parties, plans or games that you'll be playing on Super Bowl Sunday? What other kinds of activities do you like to have ready for guests? Share them in the chat. 

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Games Via Smartphone and Tablet

What are your favorites to play?

One of the easiest ways to play games with friends today is via an app or other digital device where you can take turns playing from anywhere at any time. Yes, you can even zoom or FaceTime when you play for a more realistic game experience, but the idea behind many games is to make them as accessible as possible for convenient play.

This list of apps is a great place to start when you want to play something fun with friends far away. Folks who are interested in dancing can try Bouden, which detects movement while you dance. You play it with a partner so this is a great game for couples who are playing over zoom with other couples or groups of friends. Then there is Psych! a fun game where you try to guess answers to obscure questions. It's a good one for people playing from anywhere with one another.

What are your favorite games to play with friends on apps or digital devices? Which ones do you think make closing that faraway distance easier on you? Share your favorites in the chat. 

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Name That Puppy

An All-Ages Game for Family Fun

Some of the best party games are the kind that you can just grab and go, without having to learn any complicated rules or systems. Name That Puppy is a great example of this sort of game and it's a game the entire family can play! It's for all ages and three to six players can play the game. Game play can take anywhere between five and 20 minutes, depending on the crowd.

The fun thing about Name That Puppy is that it's the kind of game most people intuitively know how to play based on playing other games. You play your card face-down and the judge has to guess whose puppy was whose. It's a much more accessible and kid-friendly version of games like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity.

Do you know of any other family-friendly card games that are great for all ages? How about fun games kids can play with each other or Grandma over zoom? Share them in the chat. 

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February 2022 Game Releases

What are you most excited about?

February is slated to have many more new release games in 2022 than March, and there are several games for folks to get excited about during the coldest month. Life is Strange is at the top of the list, and it's releasing on several platforms, and fans of episodic graphic games are excited about this one. A few other highlights are Lost Ark, Rumbleverse, Horizon: Forbidden West and Elden Ring.

Many other games are also arriving next month, including series games like The King of Fighters 15, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream and Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection. There's some anticipation around Dying Light 2, and there are plenty of new games to try like OlliOlli World, Martha is Dead and A Memoir Blue. There's something for almost everyone in this mix.

Which games are you most looking forward to playing? Do you have any on order already? Share your thoughts in the chat. 

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The Queer Agenda

Have you played this one yet?

Have you ever wished for a version of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity that was a bit more gay? There's a card game called The Queer Agenda that will have you laughing hard as you play cards to cards like, "The hottest new Broadway musical is all about..."

Will it be praying the gay away? Wearing leather in any climate? The choice is yours and the cards all feature common stereotypes, tropes and sayings that queer folks have all definitely heard at least once. There's cards about Starbucks, tucking, Chik-Fil-A, Pride and much more. It's possible your straight friends won't get things, but it's totally up to you to explain them or not.

The game is more colorful than many other decks, with rainbows and various colored cards, and it would be an excellent addition to game night for LGBTQIA+ folks and their friends. There are 420 cards in the deck and it's made for adults only, of course.

Have you played The Gay Agenda? What did you think of the game? Share your thoughts in the chat. Do you know of any other fun queer-themed games for sale? Share any links you find too.

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New Party Games for 2022

What's on your radar for game night this year?

A new year comes with new opportunities for game nights with family and friends--whether they are in person or via Zoom. While we need to stay safe and continue to practice measures to protect those we live when infection numbers climb, we can still enjoy playing some cool-looking new games with our loved ones online.

Two of the games I most want to play are Tell Me Without Telling Me and Don't Get Stabbed. Both of these look really fun! The first is based on the TikTok trend where you demonstrate rather than say (show, not tell!) how something applies to you. For example, tell me you're a Millennial without telling me you're a Millennial. The game does have an adult content warning, just FYI.

The latter game is a card-based game where you get to off everyone (pretend only!) and try not to let them do the same to you. What's nice is that it's been rated a great game for all ages that can be played at home. 

What games do you want to play this year? Have you heard of any good new ones coming out? Share them in the chat. 

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Have you played this game yet?

For the holidays, my sister bought everyone a board game, prefacing the reveal with the statement, "These are for everyone, really!" Indeed, we all benefit from game-buying, and I can't wait to try the game she gave me, Spontuneous! It's no secret that song games are my favorites and this one looks especially fun.

The general idea seems simple enough. You write down a word from a few favorite songs and when it's your turn, the other players try to sing or shout a song featuring the word you chose. They have to start the song within the timer's lifespan but if they can't finish the lyric in time, someone else has the chance to steal. 

Have you played Spontuneous yet? How did you like it? What games did you get for gifts this year, or what other song games do you enjoy playing? Share your thoughts and experiences in the chat. 

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Live, Laugh, Lose

Have you played it yet?

All of those "Live, Laugh, Love" jokes are hilarious, whether they're in the form of a TikTok video, a meme or just goofy things friends say to one another to poke fun at each other. Now there's a game to celebrate these corny jokes called Live, Laugh, Lose. It's a party game for adults that will challenge you to make the most cheesy jokes you've ever made in your life!

Some of the game's challenges include cracking jokes in the voice of Siri, making some of the most groan-worthy dad jokes ever and, best of all, snagging points when you make the opposing team laugh! One joke example is as follows: 

What did the buffalo say to his son when he left for college?


Yep, it's that corny, which makes it perfect for adult game nights. There is mature content despite the corniness so this one isn't for the kiddos.

What do you think of Live, Laugh, Lose? Have you played it or any other fun party games recently? Share your favorites in the chat. 

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