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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 As summer draws to and end, it’s time to pull out a good ol’ favourite - Settlers Of Catan. But before you invite your friends over for a game night, spruce up your living room with a few essentials and give it a special autumn feel. Not only will it surprise them, but the cosy atmosphere will greatly enhance everyone’s experience. So, let’s dive in. First things first - food!  Instead of the casual potato chips or peanuts, go for something more exciting yet filling. Caramel popcorn is a unique autumn option;  it’s a bit unusual, sweet and salty at the same time, and definitely not something your friends are expecting you to serve. The trick is to serve it in individual bowls with spoons, so that your hands don’t get sticky during the game. Plus everyone gets their own portion, so there’s no reason to fight over the same bowl. Another autumn treat could be roasted chestnuts. They’re simple to prepare, and taste especially good at the beginning of the season. Create a cosy feel with scented candles To enhance the experience for the players, create the perfect lighting with soothing lamps and candles. You don’t want the room to be too bright or too dark, so double check with the players once they arrive, and see what works best for them. Additionally, scented candles will create an unforgettable aroma in the room. Given the ‘earthy’ theme of the game, go with something simple yet warm, like a cinnamon scent or brown sugar vanilla. One thing to look out for though, is the position of the candles. Don’t place them too close to the board game as it may catch on fire. Get a soft rug and play on the floor  While you may have usually played Catan at the table, change things up a bit this time around, and play it on the floor on a soft rug. This way, if the game runs too long, you can stretch out on the floor and not worry about a back ache. And, if the rug isn’t enough, get out your favourite blankets and pillows to add to the ambiance. Background music Create a track that everyone will like. However, make sure the songs go well with the board game. In the case of Settlers, movie soundtracks would work best. Think of the soundtrack from The Lord of the Rings or Braveheart. It’s all about adventure, quests, conquering - this is the type of background music that will make the players more competitive and passionate about the game. Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. What is more, the real fun is just about to begin. Creating the perfect autumn game night is fast, simple, and enjoyable. However, in case you find that the preparations may take some time, you can always ask a friend to give you hand. After all, two is always better than one. Read More

Have Games, Will Travel: Entertainment For The Road

Have Games, Will Travel: Entertainment For The Road

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Have Games, Will Travel: Entertainment For The Road  An article by Jackie Edwards No matter your destination, it’s the journey that counts. Well, that’s only true if you use your time wisely. Long journeys can be difficult for children and finding ways to keep them entertained can be an exhausting task. Even keeping yourself entertained over the course of an extended trip or long-haul flight can seem like a challenge. Like a kid in a candy store, there is a huge selection of games that you can pack in your hand luggage, ready to whip out before boredom sets in. Road Trip Games The beauty of playing games during a road trip is that you only need minimal “parts”. Drivers may choose to opt in or out of the game if you are on a car journey to your destination, whereas on a train everyone can take part. Now the fun begins; do you choose card games, dice games, or do you opt from a selection of “rules only”games to keep everyone involved? If your trip has you spending extended time in the car or RV as part of a self-catered holiday or camping trip, you can really have some fun and get play some games that require more time. The whole family can play along, and each game will have a different outcome. When you are ready to move on, simply pack up and start again. If you are embarking on a solo trip, and are in need of a leisurely distraction, there are plenty of games that you can try – just as long as you aren’t at the wheel. If you are need of something a little bit more exciting and challenging than your average Sudoku or word search (which you cannot go wrong with) try picking up a one-player board game. The games will allow for more players, but depending on the game you choose, you will encounter problem-solving, strategic planning and each game can last a couple of hours. Why are they so great? The great thing about playing games, whether you are travelling solo or have a family to boot, is that there are some surprising additional benefits. Not only do you pass the time, making your journey feel quicker by comparison, you can also apprehend and evade boredom and the incessant “are we there yet?” impatience of those you are transporting. Game playing, in particular role play games are hugely instrumental for family bonding. Time away from mobile phones and computer screens, everyone interacting encourages communication and relationship building. Even when there are disagreements, you are practicing conflict resolution, the art of negotiation and finessing the art of getting your point across.  For both kids and adults alike, games encourage creativity and imagination, and develop problem solving skills. These are skills that benefit you throughout life, including during study and in the workplace. Regardless of how many of you are taking part – even if it’s only you – all participants will benefit from learning development. Game play stimulates memory and improves your mood by building the hippo campus around the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for complex functions. Any activity which requires learning a new skill will exercise the muscles in your mind and help the brain become healthier. But, most importantly, it’s super fun. Read More

Choosing the Right Table for War Gaming

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Monday, June 11th, 2018

Choosing the Right Table for War Gaming An Article by Jackie Edwards Behavioural scientists are recommending that parents look for  Read More

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