If you’ve always thought the ‘board’ in board games was spelled b-o-r-e-d, we feel your pain. Perhaps it all stems from the die, that ancient gaming accessory. Dice+ ($40) is an electronic die that uses Bluetooth power to hook up with smartphones and tablets to take some traditional games into the 21st century. You roll it, your gear recognizes it. The list of games at the moment is small (Backgammon, This Way Up, and Bella & Max among others), but Game Technologies is promising many more to come at in Apples App Store and on Google Play.
Culture By on Apr 17, 2013
Working at a cool place like Google or Amazon probably means fun perks like break rooms where employees are encouraged to blow off steam with fun games. Sadly, most of us instead work for evil jerkbags who only grudgingly provide working toilets. But hey, now any room can be turned into a game room with the Kartoni cardboard foosball table. Just bring it to work and unfold the fun as everything comes together without screws or frustrating tools. The cardboard is made from 100% renewable raw materials, and despite its eco-friendly status, the tech sector is recognized with a built-in speaker for the iPhone.
Culture By on Dec 18, 2012
How does one make dice anyway? What is that stuff? Plastic? Not sure. But a few weeks ago we showed you some nifty stainless steel playing cards, and the only thing tackier than not having those cards is having those cards and not having some Precision Machined Dice ($33+) to go with them in your home gambling repertoire. Choose from aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, or titanium. Each die is precision machined from a solid piece of raw material, so the only hollowness you’ll feel is that feeling in your tummy when you roll snake eyes.
Culture By on Nov 21, 2012
When TV’s Ed Asner invented the world’s first playing cards in 1983, they were made out of al dente pasta*. Through the years they’ve been constructed out of heavy paper, cardboard, plastic, alligator skin, and now, we finally have a winner: Stainless Steel Playing Cards ($143). Each card is crafted from high-grade stainless steel and emblazoned with classic English style numbers and graphics. The question you have to ask yourself is, are your poker buddies even worthy of touching these beauties?
(*Haven’t checked this out on Snopes yet).
Culture By on Nov 20, 2012
Can you smell that? No, not the burning plastic odor from your neighbor’s backyard (you should look into that by the way)… I’m talking about the unmistakable scent of a foosball renaissance! Yes, old school table soccer is on the way back, and the Phoos Table ($599) is leading the charge. With a modern design featuring low-emission engineered wood, sleek metal rods, and spiffy styling, this table is the perfect host for what will surely be the sports comeback of the decade. Welcome back, foosie.
Culture By on Nov 5, 2012
Due to a disturbing spike in hyena attacks, government officials have declared that playing chess against old men in public parks is no longer safe. Instead, take your game indoors and pony up two or three thousand dollars to play on the Mars Chess Board. It’s made completely from precision-machined solid aluminum. The upside to chess with heft? A thwap across a hyena’s nose with a bishop does some real damage.
Culture By on Oct 12, 2012
I can remember seeing foosball tables in pizzerias back in the 70s (that’s the 1970s, btw). Today they’re goner than Gone Baby Gone. Some might say it’s because foosball fever isn’t at a fever pitch these days, but I respectfully disagree. I think it’s because the tables crapped out somewhere around 1982. With the Electropolished Steel Foosball Table ($3,995), you can avoid that fate. Made of stainless steel and durable iroko wood, this table will withstand hand-smashes by even the beefiest of sore losers, as well as decades of errantly tossed pizza crusts.