This, That, or the Other? #4

This game is inspired by the great NPR show and podcast Ask Me Another, hosted by Ophira Eisenberg.

In “This, That, or the Other,” you have to guess which of three categories a thing falls into. So — in the image above — each of the things listed is a:

  • Tabletop game;
  • Science fiction movie; or
  • 1950s / 1960s children’s toy.

For each thing listed, guess one of those three categories. Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

(Click on the image, or here, for a larger version.)

Good luck!

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Find the Fake! Trivia Game #1

This trivia game is based on a creation by my friend James Torr — a terrific twist on Tim Walsh’s classic game TriBond (Tim’s also an author; he wrote, among others, the great book Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them — and don’t miss his terrific YouTube channel).

Each category includes three answers, but one of the answers is incorrect. Your job is simple: Find the fake!

Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

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Good luck!

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This, That, or the Other? #3

It’s the last day to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election, and this trivia game includes a few of the most interesting campaign slogans of all time.

This game is inspired by the great NPR show and podcast Ask Me Another, hosted by Ophira Eisenberg.

In “This, That, or the Other,” you have to guess which of three categories a thing falls into. So — in the image above — each of the things listed is:

  • A movie in which Ronald Reagan appeared or starred;
  • A song by Billy Joel; or
  • A presidential campaign slogan

For each thing listed, guess one of those three categories. Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

(Click on the image, or here, for a larger version.)

Good luck!

(If you’re reading this on the front page of my website, click through for a small hint and answers. Otherwise, scroll down.)

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List-O-Mania Trivia Game #2

This week’s trivia game is inspired by the terrific game show America Says, which is hosted by John Michael Higgins and airs on the Game Show Network.

It’s pretty simple: Just fill in the blanks! (Click on the image, or here, for a larger version.) And pay close attention to the length of the blank — that’s always a clue. (i.e., A shorter blank means a shorter word.)

Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

BONUS POINTS:
+2 for completing “Pro Sports Franchises”
+3 for completing “World Capitals”
+5 for completing “#1 on Billboard in the ’90s”

NOTE: The artists and bands listed in “#1 on Billboard in the ’90s” all had at least one song that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for at least six weeks during the 1990s.

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Good luck!

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Half Truth Trivia Game #3

This trivia game is inspired by the board game Half Truth, designed by Richard Garfield and Ken Jennings and published by Studio71 Games.

In each of the two groups in the image above, 3 answers are correct.

You guess 1, 2 or 3 answers. Guessing 3 can score more points, but it’s risky! If you get 1 right, you earn 1 point. Getting 2 right earns you 3 points, and getting 3 right earns you 6 points. BUT — and this is very important! — if you get ANY wrong, you earn ZERO points.

Each group is scored separately.

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Good luck!

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Author Diary at BoardGameGeek

The fine folks at BoardGameGeek.com have allowed me to go on at some length about the process of writing HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT.

Read my Author Diary here!

BoardGameGeek, if you’re not familiar with it, is an amazing website for fans of board games and card games. (There are two companion sites: RPGGeek and VideoGameGeek.) BGG has far too many features to list here, but the Top 100 Games list (as voted by the users of BGG) is always interesting, as is the page that shows which gaming videos have been the most popular over the past week.

For James Miller

Today is the official release date for my book HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT, and I’d like to focus a bit on one single page in the book.

The dedication page.

In the first chapter, I quote my good friend James Miller quite a bit. I describe James as “my favorite person to learn a new game from,” which is no exaggeration. He was an absolute master at teaching game rules — and he was very generous in answering a lot of questions so that I could share many of his tips and techniques in the book. (If you knew James, “generous” is no doubt a word you would associate with him as well.)

James was also at the very top of my list of favorite people to play games with. If he had ever said to me, “I found this new game which is a cross between Candy Land and Chutes & Ladders. Do you want to play?” I would answer “yes” with no hesitation. Playing a game with James was guaranteed to be fun.

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Board Game Trivia – Tonight on Zoom!

It’s release day for my book HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT!

To help celebrate, I’m hosting a free trivia game all about tabletop games tonight on Zoom — please join the fun!

This trivia game features five rounds — each completely different from the others — and it can be played by individuals or by teams. (If you play with a team, just be sure you have a way to consult each other that won’t be heard by others on the Zoom. Discord, texting, and using the private chat feature on Zoom can all work.)

The game starts at 8 p.m. EST and will take a bit over an hour.

I hope to see you there! Register here. After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email that has all the details you need to join.

This game is probably best for people who enjoy modern games like Azul, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride — but there are plenty of questions about classic games, too, along with some multiple choice and 50-50 questions.

If you’re interested in playing but can’t make it tonight — or you want to schedule a private group trivia night, let me know (erik@erikarneson.com) and we’ll make it happen.

NOTE: This is the same trivia game I used at sessions on Oct. 17, 22, and 24, so if you played any of those there’s no reason to join tonight’s game. Unless you just want to hang out with us!

List-O-Mania Trivia Game #1

This week’s trivia game is inspired by the terrific game show America Says, which is hosted by John Michael Higgins and airs on the Game Show Network.

It’s pretty simple: Just fill in the blanks! (Click on the image, or here, for a larger version.)

Each correct answer is worth 1 point.

BONUS POINTS:
+2 for completing “Fast Food Chains”
+3 for completing “Top-Grossing Movies”
+5 for completing “European Auto Makers”

I should let you know a few things:

First, pay close attention to the length of the blank — that’s always a clue. (i.e., A shorter blank means a shorter word.)

Second, the source for the list of top-grossing movies of all time is “Top Lifetime Adjusted Grosses” at BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Finally, E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial is not on the movie list because I couldn’t decide how to set up the blanks.

Good luck!

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My Essen Spiel 2020 Want List

Every year, the massive Spiel game fair in Essen highlights dozens (even hundreds) of recently released and soon-to-be-released games.

Here’s a look at 10 games featured at this years Spiel — and it was hard to narrow this list to just 10 games, because I’m leaving off plenty of games that I’m eager to try — that I’m most looking forward to.

1. Pandemic Legacy: Season 0. I playtested the first several months of this game a while ago and I’ve been eager to play it ever since.

2. Detective: Season One. I already own this, but I can’t wait to get it on the table. I love what Portal Games is doing with this series.

3. Sagrada: The Great Facades – Life. Sagrada is among my favorite games, and I’m excited to play this expansion!

4. Lost Ruins of Arnak. Anything from Czech Games Edition gets my attention, and the theme is right up my alley.

5. Under Falling Skies. See #4 above: Anything from Czech Games Edition gets my attention, and the theme is right up my alley.

6. The Shining: Escape from the Overlook Hotel. I’m not a huge fan of the film (don’t @ me), but man this game looks cool.

7. Curious Cargo. Tile placement games with interconnecting routes appeal to me, and this looks to add some creative twists to the genre.

8. Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade. I loved the print-and-play version of this game that designer Geoff Englestein released earlier this year, can’t wait to play the full game.

9. Clever Hoch Drei. I’ve loved the first two roll-and-writes in this series by Wolfgang Warsch.

10. 7 Wonders Duel: Agora. Playing 7 Wonders Duel on BoardGameArena has helped me appreciate its greatness. This expansion looks fantastic.