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From Chess to Roulette: The Centuries-Old Games Enjoying Fresh Success

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Today we want to share with you some great info on centuries old games.  With another generation of consoles hitting the market it’s certainly an exciting period in the gaming world. However, while the anticipation around those systems might have attracted plenty of attention, it has been interesting to see a more traditional and ancient form of gaming make a few headlines recently too.

Back on the map

The Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit appears to have put chess back on the map in a big way, if reports from Variety are to be believed.

The site has revealed that the show is apparently the streaming platform’s most-watched scripted limited series ever, while it has also inspired a surge of interest in the game which plays a key role in proceedings. Data from NPD Group quoted by the site has highlighted that sales of chess sets in the US rose by 87 percent in the three weeks after the series premiered, while chess book sales were also up by more than 600 percent.

Variety added that Google Trends also suggested that chess had attracted plenty of attention in recent weeks. In fact, data from the service suggested interest among US users had almost quadrupled.

Still going strong

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Considering chess is thought by many to have roots that go all the way back to the 6th century, it is pretty remarkable that it is still going strong in the modern age of consoles and mobile gaming. However, it is worth noting that the pastime is not the only classic form of gaming that continues to perform well in the 21st century.

Many old-school gaming experiences have been adapted into digital formats in recent times, with a notable example being bingo. According to sites including ThoughtCo, the classic pastime is thought to have originally emerged from Italy in the 1500s, yet it has become a staple of the online gambling scene in modern times. On a similar note, Royal Panda’s dedicated roulette page reveals how that game has been popular since the 17th century and is now available online in a range of styles. The site includes variations such as Japanese Roulette and French Roulette, as well as live options including Night Club Roulette. Many of the experiences can also be accessed across computer, smartphone and tablet.

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Ludo is another classic game which has been thriving recently, thanks to its links to mobile gaming. Inc42.com outlines how the game – which has connections to the ancient pastime of Pachisi – inspired Ludo King, a mobile title from Gametion Technologies which has become a huge hit. The site states that the title was the most downloaded mobile game in India in September, with it racking up more than 10 million downloads. Finally, mahjong has done well in the digital space in recent years and it has inspired luxury offline sets too. Asiaone.com recently revealed how Tiffany & Co has made one which features 150 tiles, 120 scoring sticks and other items in a leather case. The cost to buy it? Around $15,000.

A vintage year for classic gaming

All in all, while it is remarkable to see the statistics and data related to The Queen’s Gambit and chess, it is clear that the latter is not the only traditional pastime that remains hugely popular in this day and age.

This year has seemingly been a vintage one for old-school gaming and it is impressive to see a number of centuries-old pastimes thriving at a time when so many forms of entertainment are readily available. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for such games and whether they can continue to enjoy success in the years to come.

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Best Family Games to Play this Holiday Season!

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It’s that time of year again where the cold weather forces people indoors, and it can be hard to entertain yourself and your family when it gets dark at 4 pm. There’s a lot to love about this time of year (the holidays for one thing!) but the cold can definitely negatively impact family fun. Especially over the holidays, sometimes you need a little help figuring out a way to keep things interesting and fun. Here are the best family games to play during the holidays! 

Just One

This is the perfect game for some cooperative family fun. Anywhere from three to seven people can play, and it is a great game for any age. The goal is to help your teammate guess their mystery word by writing down a related word to help them figure it out (like snow if the word was winter). The only catch is that your word can’t be the same as anyone else’s or both words are disqualified, so being creative is critical! Order this game now for a fun new Thanksgiving Day tradition!

Codenames

Designed for four to eight players, this game is perfect for those thinkers out there who like a bit of challenge with their gameplay. Two teams compete by each having someone say one-word clues that point to one or more of the team’s words while avoiding the other team’s words. This game requires a little more strategy and thinking as it can be hard to think of a word that can only be used for your team’s words and not the other team’s. This game is ideal for anyone who wants some friendly competition with their cooperative games. Buy it now for a great holiday season!

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Goat Yoga

Any game that involves an inflatable goat is sure to be a lot of fun. Goat Yoga is hilarious and family-friendly, perfect for those who like active games where they can move around as opposed to sitting around a table. Players perform real yoga poses and various difficult challenges involving the inflatable goat. This game is a great way to get your family moving after a long day of lounging around the house. Don’t try this one after Thanksgiving dinner!

Exploding Kittens

If the name alone doesn’t intrigue you, there is much more to love about this Game of the Year winner. Exploding kittens is a strategic kitten-based Russian roulette that is perfect for adults, teens, and kids who love crazy and ridiculous games. Two to five people can play, and it is recommended for ages seven and up. People of all ages will love this game, making it the perfect game to settle down with after a night of delicious pie.

Pictionary

An oldie but a goodie, Pictionary is a classic for a reason. For artists and non-artists alike, Pictionary is a must-have game for the holidays. The worse the art, the more fun the game! People of all ages can play and there is no real limit to the number of players. It’s perfect for those larger families out there. If you don’t have Pictionary, this is the year to invest in one of the most beloved family games around.

family games to play during the holidays

Throw Throw Burrito

From the creators of Exploding Kittens, Throw Throw Burrito combines card games with dodgeball. Kids and adults alike will love this high-energy game where you get to hurl adorable-looking foam burritos at each other. This game makes for some truly wild and hilarious winter nights. Get out of that turkey coma with this fantastic family-friendly game! Order now before the holiday season is in full swing

We hope you enjoyed this list of the best family games to play during the holidays and have some new ideas for the upcoming season.

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7 Ladies’ Night In Ideas

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You know how it is: going on a night out is always fun but sometimes you just want to stay in with your girls. Sure, dancing like no one’s watching is what the weekends all about, but we have some alternatives for those of us who need something a little different sometimes. So grab a bottle of wine each and let’s start having some fun!

movies photoMovie Marathon

Choosing your movie marathon is easy: just queue up a few movies you all like or ones you love that the others have missed. Netflix has a fantastic library of movies whether you and your girls are into chick flicks, thrillers or sci-fi. Plus, we guarantee there’ll be a drinking game for at least some of the more popular movies!

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Games nights are one of our favorite past times as they can really bring us closer to each other – you know, as long as the competitive friend keeps her cool. Don’t worry; we all have at least one. To host an incredible games night in, all you have to do is get your board games out, set up your games console or bookmark some mobile casinos and wait for the fun to begin.

The Great Bestie Bake Off

If you and your besties enjoy baking – to be fair, even if you don’t it’ll probably just make it funnier- then now is the time to pull out your baking trays and icing bags. Google some recipes for pies, cakes or cookies and get your bake on: whoever bakes the best dessert wins and whoever loses will not be in charge of catering at any future event.

makup-madnessMakeup Madness

Chances are you’ve seen the incredible makeup tutorials on YouTube, right? Well, it’s time to get some practice to see if you can reach that level of artistic beauty. Pick a video each and either attempt to recreate the looks by yourselves or work on each other.

Let’s Get Crafty

DIY blogs and crafty Pinterest boards are more popular than ever, so why not invite your friends round to see what sort of masterpieces or monstrosities you can create. We recommend you stay away from the wine if you’re handling tools though, that includes scissors.

spa photoSpa Night

Speaking of online tutorials, there are thousands of DIY spa treatments scattered around the web that you and your gal pals can create. From honey facials to egg yolk hair masks: they’re all online and all you need to do is get the ingredients. Alternatively, you can all just bring your best creams over and pamper yourselves without making a mess.

Favorite Things

Although you all know each other so well, each of us are always gathering our own favorite things. So why not share your favorite things with your favorite people? Bring a bag or write a list of your favorite beauty products, destinations, pictures, recipes, experiences, even gardening equipment if that’s what you’re into. If you love something enough to share it, chances are your friends will like it to and appreciate the shout.
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Put Your Relationship to the test with The Shoe Game

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With months of witnessing break-ups and divorces everywhere from your own inner circles to Hollywood romances, it’s time to shine some light on those that are keeping things a bit more in tact.
Let’s switch gears and take a moment to appreciate those in relationships— apologies to those flying solo, your day will soon come, but this might be something to consider doing with your significant other in the future.
Put your relationship to the test with The Shoe Game
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If you haven’t come across a video of The Shoe Game in action via the “likes” of the ladies in your Facebook newsfeed, allow me to catch you up to speed with just a taste of how this game is played and puts a little twist on something familiar to The Newlywed Game. Here’s an example of how things go down:

Seems simple enough, right? You each hold on of your own shoes and one of your significant other’s shoes and answer the questions asked by raising the shoe corresponding to the person that is most likely to fit that description— prepare yourself for “oooh”, “awww” and lots of laughter from the audience witnessing the inner details of your relationship.
Some suggested questions to ask are:
1. you first met, who made the first move?
2. Who is the better driver?
3. Who is smarter?
4. Who starts the argument?
5. Who is first to say “I’m sorry?”
6. Who wears the pants in your relationship?
7. Who is messier?
8. Who has the smelliest feet?
And of course always ending with— “Right now, who do you love more than anyone in the world?”
So, how well do you and your significant other know each other?
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#NowPlaying

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That familiar feeling of dread settles in as summer begins to wind down. August is incredible, but it’s one step closer to a slightly colder September, and I, for one, am just not ready for sweater season. What gets me through it all is the motto “something old, something new.” I’m talking about a 90’s sitcom that is still loved by current generations and a revamped (pun intended) book series that in no way resembles—but is no doubt inspired by—Anne Rice prototypes. This season, I’m all about the classics and the reissues.

Listening to: Native by One Republic (2014 re-release)
I am very specific about the re-release for one reason and that is “Love Runs Out,” which I have been listening to all summer at high volume. The vocals are amazing as usual, but I’m particularly drawn to the blend of bass, drums, and what I can only assume are tambourines. While the song was supposed to be the first single on the original release in March 2013, it ended up not being included at all. This year’s addition really completes the album for me, hence the reason I’ve had it on rotation all season. What could be a more fitting way to end the summer than the uninhibited electro pop hit “Lose Myself” or “Counting Stars” where you’re forced to slap your knees uncontrollably because the beat is just that catchy? From start to finish, this album is simply pop-rock perfection.

Black Dagger BrotherhoodReading: Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
Yes, I’m a sucker for romance novels—paranormal romance novels, in this case. I won’t lie and tell readers that these are the most intelligent works of literature that I’ve ever picked up—far from it. In fact, I’ll compare it closely to reality television: it’s so terrible, but admit it, you can’t stop watching because it’s so bad that it’s good. I’ll call it junk reading, and I’m a pure junkie for these vampires and unique creatures called lessers (the undead, so to speak) and sympaths (mind-controlling beings). Throw in the coexistence of humans and I’m bitten!

Playing: Donkey Kong Returns 3D (Nintendo 3DS)DK3
Hashtag O-M-G. Hashtag T-B-T. You cannot fathom my excitement when I heard that they were recreating Donkey Kong Country for the 3DS. Any adult who hasn’t experienced banana collecting, barrel throwing, or even those annoying bees as a child has truly never lived. What I love about this reinvention is that while it feels like a completely new game, the characters, themes, and objectives remain very much the same. There’s nothing I love more than a remastered classic.

SEINFELDWatching: Seinfeld (Seasons 1-9)
Once again, I’ve been invited to the party at the very last minute. I am always a latecomer to these incredible shows that are fan-favorites across the globe. Thanks to frequent reruns of the sitcom, I’ve been catching enough bits and pieces of Seinfeld to realize that I was greatly deprived in my youth. The characters are ridiculous and the situations they find themselves in are ludicrous. The completionist in me had to start from season one. As Newman says, “It’s so great to see a show that’s about something.”

Be sure to check out our Aug/Sept issue for #NowPlaying and other articles!

#NowPlaying

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With summer finally here, you’d think I’d be out enjoying the gorgeous weather and the break from being indoors. However, being a true entertainment junkie, I find myself still glued to my electronics. Also, it doesn’t help that I can watch TV, listen to music, and read a book from my phone; let’s just say that my face has yet to bask in the light of day. Who needs healthy social interaction anyway? Especially when you can stay glued to a screen all day (totally joking—go make friends). Here’s what I currently have on rotation.

Listening To: Bangerz by Miley Cyrus

So we all know Hannah Montana-no-more has gone clinically insane circa Britney Spears 2007. Still, despite how repulsed I am by her new persona, I’m completely obsessed with her Bangerz album—though if you tell anyone, I’ll deny it. It’s very rare that I find an album where I like almost every single song, but believe it or not, this is one of them. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise when she’s been collaborating with artists such as Will.i.Am and Pharrell. Album highlights include fan-favorites like “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” pretty vocals like “Adore You” and “Drive,” and of course finger-snapping beats like “Hands in the Air” and “Someone Else”; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The ill-fitting hairstyles, crazy antics, and unbearable new personality might turn you away from Miley, but there’s no denying that this album rocks!

Reading: Brunbrunetteambitionette Ambition by Lea Michele

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to our readers. I love all things Lea Michele. In her debut novel—which is both memoir as well as a how-to for the young and ambitious—we get to hear revealing untold stories and never-before-seen images of the multi-tasking starlet. From beauty tips to fitness advice, Michele describes this as “the book [she] wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties.” I may have been newly inducted into my late twenties, but that didn’t stop me from pre-ordering my copy.

yoshiPlaying: Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS

If I told you that I prepaid for this game before its release date just so I could play it right away, would you judge me? Call me a #nerd if you will, but I have no regrets. This is basically a “midquel” between the original Super Mario 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES) and Yoshi’s Island (DS). It plays much like its predecessor, with the Yoshis helping to reunite Baby Mario and his kidnapped brother. What could be more adorable than diapers and dinosaurs? I’ll admit I still favor the original, but I’m happy to get my fix of flutter jumps, egg-tosses, and ground pounds.

gameofthronesWatching: Game of Thrones (Seasons 1-4)

Despite all of my self-proclaimed entertainment savviness, I will admit that I am usually the last person to know about a hit show (thank goodness for Netflix and on-demand).  So although HBO’s Game of Thrones just wrapped up its fourth season—and I’m sure it was phenomenal—this late bloomer is still waiting on Khaleesi’s dragon eggs to hatch. Though I’m far behind and social media has long-ago informed me of some of the show’s major events, there’s something fulfilling in watching the storyline from the beginning and at my own pace. Sure, I don’t have the excruciating, albeit exciting experience of waiting for the next episode week after week, but I have literally hundreds of hours of viewing pleasure at my disposal! And so far, I’ve been as enthralled as King Joffrey in a room full of dead puppies.

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#NowPlaying

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As an impatient summer baby, I’ve been looking for ways to keep myself busy until my favorite time of year finally arrives. I know you guys have been, too. Fortunately, I’ve discovered that the excruciating wait for those beautiful, uninhibited summer nights doesn’t have to be spent twiddling your thumbs. The season for designer sunglasses and sand between your toes might still be a couple of months away, but here’s my “hot list” to keep you guys entertained until then.

Listening To: Louder by Lea Michele

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am obsessed with the insanely talented Lea Michele. After the devastating loss of her boyfriend and Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, I found it hard to imagine her returning to the public eye. But she did, and it was with a bang—not to mention with strength and bravery that millions found inspiring, myself included. In her debut album, she exudes all of her pain and determination in that technically perfect sound that she is so famous for. The ballad entitled “If You Say So” is a stand-out track; Michele shares the very last words that she heard Monteith say, her grief tangible through the pretty lyrics. The album sounds like nothing else, despite it being classified into the pop genre. Her voice is built for classic theatre, but put over an emotional ballad or a fresh dance beat, Lea Michele soars to unexpected heights—even for her. I think this is only the beginning for this destined future diva.

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Reading: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

While I’ve been not-so-patiently awaiting Lea Michele’s debut book, Brunette Ambition (May 20th, 2014), I picked up this popular and already well-received novel. With the film-version already set for release in the summer, I was very eager to see what all the hype was about. In short, I fell in love. Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters will absolutely charm you. Aside from the obvious love story, there are themes of inspiration, hope, and the fulfillment of wishes. Still, there is certainly the underlying sense of hopelessness that you have to expect when reading a book about teenagers battling various forms of cancer. You will cry (if you have a soul, at least). What’s pretty incredible about the book, however, is how much you will laugh between your tears. This is an absolute must-read.


Playing: Bravely Default for Nintendo 3DS

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Thanks to a certain editor of mine, (cough, cough) Megan Portorreal (cough), I no longer have a social life. My days have been consumed by this game, with its captivating storyline and challenging boss battles. With unlimited character customizations, you’ll find yourself forgetting what your primary objective was in lieu of creating killer attack and magic combinations. If you’re looking to escape your world and jump into one of fantasy—pun intended, as the game is very reminiscent of Final Fantasy IV—then this is definitely the purchase for you. Just be warned, you probably won’t be doing much else once you pop this cartridge in.

Closer_movie_posterWatching: Closer (2004)

I know what you’re thinking. Why revisit a movie that’s already ten-year-old news? Aside from it being one of my all-time favorites, I have two words for you: Natalie Portman. Even if you’re not a fan of this gifted beauty, you cannot deny her absolutely captivating role in this film. Pair it with the likes of Jude Law, Clive Owen, and Julia Roberts, and you have a recipe for brilliance. Two couples have their relationships tested when the man from one couple forms a romance with the woman from another. In a pivotal scene where the adultery is discovered, Larry (Owen) asks Anna (Roberts) all the hard-hitting questions that the victim of infidelity never really wants to know the answers to. It’s powerful, twisted, shocking, and heart-breaking. The writing is so intense that it can be mistaken for poetry: “Where is this love? I can’t see it, I can’t touch it. I can’t feel it. I can hear it. I can hear some words, but I can’t do anything with your easy words.” Add a hauntingly beautiful theme song like “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Damien Rice and you have a solid, albeit under-the-radar film that will seriously blow your mind.

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Our Must Have Apps

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The world is full of many different kinds of apps. Here are just a few of the apps that we love and are must haves.

For Reviews:

While there are sites that offer helpful reviews, Yelp is the one that we stand by. Yelp does its best to ensure that reviews are made by real customers, even to the point of suing over companies making fake reviews.

For Gaming:

It seems that everyone is in love with Candy Crush, and we are too. The game offers hours of fun and though simple in nature offers an amazing workout for your brain. You never know what you’re going to get as you reach higher levels.

Zombies have been all over the brains and hearts of pop culture. Some zombie games seek to scare or try for realism. Zombies Ate My Friends gives gamers the fun of killing zombies with a light hearted nature. The animation is done in a cartoonish manner while filled with tasks to keep players running around for days. You can attack zombies with zombie arms to sniper rifles. You don’t need to add friends to reach new episodes, which means you don’t need to wait for help to pass a level or enter a new zone.

For Relaxation and Health:

In the noisy world we live in, it is sometimes hard to find peace. That’s why we love White Noise Lite and Relaxation Nature Sounds. These apps help to ease the mind when studying, mediating, or trying to get a good nights sleep.

For Music and Entertainment:

Like most people, we love our music. iheartradio has been a great source of enjoyment, with no annoying ads to interrupt, while Shazaam makes it easy to find that song you’ve just fallen in love with.

On a lighter note, the ifunny app offers users the chance to smile with a touch of a button. ifunny is sure to make you laugh when  life is heading for an “fml” moment.

All apps on our list our currently free to download.