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Lexicographical Board Games Boost The Brain

Lexicographical Board Games Boost The Brain

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Lexicographical Board Games Boost The Brain An article by Jackie Edwards Even without a specific educational aspect, board games are one of the best fun activities that you can undertake to boost your brainpower. One study, conducted by Ulm University, Germany, found that just a few hours of game time a week improves overall cognitive health. Looking towards board games with an educational edge will help to boost that factor to an even greater degree, and provide you with an outlet where you can both relax and develop your grey matter. The power of words Board games that concern themselves with word play are some of the simplest to pick up, yet most difficult to master. The benefits of these games are tangible, with benefits ranging from improved vocabulary to a greater aptitude for learning complex grammar structures, as one scientific study established. Those looking to learn a new language are often directed to play simple word-based board games, like crosswords and word searches. Even the most basic word-based puzzles can provide an excellent way to boost your vocabulary and brain power – they get you thinking, get you working through your memory, and provide a way to relax at the same time, creating a positive feedback loop. Going a step further Board games can be wonderfully complex, and even basic pattern-teaching games can give you an even bigger boost and start to develop your tertiary skills. Take, for example, Paperback, which turns word play into an economy. Simply by the fact of playing Paperback, you’ll create and develop your own lexicon. This helps to build pattern learning and numerical skills alongside your ability with words, which will be to the benefit of more than just your English language skills. Pattern recognition is an important skill, both in work and in day to day life, and is an invaluable thing to develop. Furthermore, numerical skills always come in handy, and will become increasingly relevant as more of life is conducted through digital mediums. Developing your creativity Games like Paperback already demand a level of creativity from players, but this is largely confined to the economy you’re creating. The best boardgames involve an element of silliness, and few are as good for this as Telestrations. Essentially a game of whispers where words are presented as creative drawing, it demands creative writing but also acts as a test of your vocabulary. Creative skills are often overlooked in favour of mathematical and analytical ones, but often contribute to a wider sense of being well educated and able to perform under pressure. Games like Telestrations give you the opportunity to hone your creativity, learn through wordplay, and interact with your family all the while. Board games are great fun and are renowned for their positive effects on learning and mental ability. Completing a board game with your family will help you to relax, while also generating tangible benefits on your family relationships and your learning ability. Take it to another level and pick up some word play based games; you’ll learn more than just some extra words. Read More

Celebrate the Final Season of GOT with a Fun Games Night

Celebrate the Final Season of GOT with a Fun Games Night

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Celebrate the Final Season of GOT with a Fun Games Night An Article by Jackie Edwards The Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale smashed a series record last August when more than 12.1 million viewers tuned in to the episode according to a report issued by Nielson. Now, with the eighth and final season underway, Thronies from all corners of the globe will be coming together to celebrate their joint love for the HBO series. While sitting in front of the telly with a bowl of popcorn catching the latest episode is indeed fun, there are other ways to celebrate your love for the series. An evening of board games with like-minded friends may very well turn into a regular occurrence, especially if you follow a few basic guidelines to make it extra entertaining. Get the board games ready If you and your friends are die-hard GOT fans, you will obviously want to play GOT-themed board games.  The Game of Thrones Board Game is bound to keep any fan of the series enthralled for hours at a time.  The updated second edition of the game promises to take your board gaming experience to the next level with the incorporation of elements such as garrisons, ports, siege engines, and Wildling cards.  If you are looking to change things up a bit, why not bring out the fast-paced card game Hand of the King that requires you to form alliances with certain players while conspiring against others. Whether you choose one of these super GOT-themed games, or make time to play them both, you are destined to have a night to remember.   Dress up for the occasion You know what is more fun than a GOT games night - a GOT games night that incorporates fancy dress.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to a Game of Thrones dress-up. Some brave guys may choose to give their best impersonation of Khal Drogo while others will feel more comfortable dressed up as Tyrion Lannister. Missandei and Khaleesi are always popular choices among the ladies will undoubtedly get the men at your party feeling rather flustered. Dressing up is always fun and thankfully there is a GOT costume that will appeal to fans of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Make some awesome GOT-themed snacks and decorations Once you have your board games and costume ready, the only other things you need to worry about are some snacks and GOT decorations. While no one will expect you to build an iron throne, you can create an awesome atmosphere with a couple of Dolthraki-esque lanterns, awesome home-made dragon eggs, and a DIY miniature dragon mobile. Depending on your skills in the kitchen, you may either opt to serve a feast that includes the boar that killed King Robert (a beef or pork roast will do) or a simpler selection of snacks such as mini pork pies, popcorn, beef skewers, and Ned Stark cake pops. As a die-hard GOT fan you owe it to yourself to have a dress-up games night, even if it is only once. Not only will you be able to spend time with like-minded individuals, but you will also be able to show off your knowledge of the show, both during the game and in your set-up for the night. Read More

Fun, Health-Themed Board Games For Kids

Fun, Health-Themed Board Games For Kids

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Fun, Health-Themed Board Games For Kids An article by Jackie Edwards We all love war games for fun and entertainment, but they also provide many important  Read More

Get Your Game On With a Board Game Themed Party

Get Your Game On With a Board Game Themed Party

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Get Your Game On With a Board Game Themed Party An article by Jackie Edwards If you are looking to organise a birthday party soon, how about hosting a board game themed party? While console games and new virtual games might be what many people immediately think of if you suggest a game themed party, board games are still holding their own. Traditional table top board games which have been around since your grandparents' generation, has actually experienced a surprising growth in the past 10 years. In fact, thousands of new board games are released each year, with the most popular games selling millions of copies. A Successful Board Game Party is All in the Planning So, you have decided on your board game themed party but you’ll next need to decide who you want to celebrate your birthday with you. Will it be just your close gamer friends or do you want a big crowd and invite more of your family and friends? While you might love gaming, a game themed birthday party is a great way to share your hobby with all your friends. But if you do invite a mixture of games and non-gamers, you will just need to keep in mind that your guests may have different expectations and you will need to think about how you make sure everyone is catered for.  Choose Gamer Favourite Party Food It’s not a birthday party without party food, but you should give some thought to what kind of party snacks you will have. If your guests will be snacking while they are gaming, then it’s a good idea to offer a selection of finger food, whether you make it yourself or treat your guests to a party food platter. Crisps, dips, vegetable sticks with hummus, sandwiches, pizza slices, cut up fruit are all good options that will hopefully make minimal mess and not result in too many sticky fingers on your board and cards. Give your Party an Adventure Game Theme So, you have the invitations and food organised, you just need to choose which game you and your guests are going to play. Adventure themed games are a great excuse to get your friends doing some role play and are great fun for a party. With Munchkin, for instance, it's every person for themselves. You start off as a level 1 human and have to cheat and steal your way to reach level ten. You boost your level by playing races, classes and equipment, and then you will be able to kill the monsters before they eat you. Another alternative game you could play if all the guests are adults is Red Dragon Inn. In this game, you become an adventurer and buy your friends drinks with the aim of being the last person standing at the end of the night. Each person has their own deck of cards with actions that suit the particular character. But too much drinking and gambling could see you kicked out of the inn if you get too drunk or run out of money. A board game party is a great way to celebrate a birthday while having a great time with your friends. And whether they are gamers like you or new to board game adventures, with great food on hand, good company and a good board game, everyone will be sure to have a great time. Read More

Set The Perfect Autumn Atmosphere For A Round Of Settlers Of Catan

Set The Perfect Autumn Atmosphere For A Round Of Settlers Of Catan

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Set The Perfect Autumn Atmosphere For A Round Of Settlers Of Catan And Article by Jackie Edwards As summer draws to and end, it’s time to pull out a good ol’  Read More