Board Games http://nhpr.org en Granite Geek: Who Says Chess Isn't As Dramatic As NASCAR? http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-who-says-chess-isnt-dramatic-nascar <p>Once again New Hampshire is playing host to a competition full of pulse-pounding intensity, where every move can pave the way to victory, or shatter championship dreams.</p><p>We're talking not about last weekend’s NASCAR race but the United States Girls Junior Closed Championship, which gets underway this week at UNH Manchester.</p><p>And by the way, those who geek out over competitive chess see just as much high drama on the board as stock car fans find on the speedway.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:56:42 +0000 Brady Carlson 52004 at http://nhpr.org Granite Geek: Who Says Chess Isn't As Dramatic As NASCAR? 4.24.14: The Game Show! http://nhpr.org/post/42414-game-show <p></p><p>Welcome to the show, and come on down! <em>Wait. Rewind. </em>This isn't <em>that </em>kind of game show - but it is a show all about games. From video games, to board games, to game culture, we spoke with the industry game changers. Our adventurous host <strong>Virginia Prescott</strong> even took a dive into the virtual world of gaming with a <em>Skyrim </em>sesh for better ("I just swiped at someone pretty mightily!") or worse ("I'm getting slaughtered!"). Check out her experience and gaming pointers <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/lessons-skyrim-newb" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. Is she now a self-proclaimed gamer? Find out on today's show - join us for the fun and games here and on our <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth" target="_blank">Twitter </a></strong>and <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio" target="_blank">Facebook</a></strong>!</p><p>Listen to all the fun of our full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:11:17 +0000 Word of Mouth 47328 at http://nhpr.org 4.24.14: The Game Show! Of Dice And Men: Dungeons & Dragons And The People Who Play It http://nhpr.org/post/dice-and-men-dungeons-dragons-and-people-who-play-it <p>Recounting his relationship with <a href="http://www.wizards.com/dnd/" target="_blank"><em>Dungeons and Dragons</em></a>, <strong>David Ewalt </strong>writes, “I don’t know if I played D&amp;D because other kids my age thought I was a nerd, or if they thought I was a nerd because I played D&amp;D.”&nbsp; The progenitor of many of today’s role-playing games has gained a reputation for attracting social outcasts and misfits and as a gateway for teenage boys to consider Satan and suicide. Like millions of kids who played twenty-side die in basements and game rooms across the country, <strong>Ewalt</strong> grew up…and had less time for a game that could suck up the idle hours of youth. He’s among those picking up the old dice bag for a D&amp;D revival. <strong>David Ewalt </strong>is now an editor for <em>Forbes</em>, and author of the new book <a href="http://www.ofdiceandmen.com/" target="_blank"><em>Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It</em></a>. It hits stores August 20<sup>th</sup>.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:56:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32626 at http://nhpr.org Of Dice And Men: Dungeons & Dragons And The People Who Play It Could You Create Your Own Game In 36 Hours? http://nhpr.org/post/could-you-create-your-own-game-36-hours <p>Create your own game in a day and a half. That's the challenge awaiting participants in this weekend's <a href="http://nhgamejam.org/" target="_blank">New Hampshire Game Jam</a> in Manchester.</p><p><strong>Glenn Given</strong> and <strong>Michael Taylor</strong> are organizing the Jam; they sit down with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to discuss how it works, the gaming scene in the region and what you can learn from trying to create your own games.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 21:44:46 +0000 Brady Carlson 27211 at http://nhpr.org Could You Create Your Own Game In 36 Hours? 4 Surprising Facts About Popular Board Games http://nhpr.org/post/4-surprising-facts-about-popular-board-games <p>After researching our segment on the unknown origins of Monopoly, we decided to keep looking for other games with surprising backstories.&nbsp; We hope that&nbsp;they will inspire your game-based holiday gift-giving.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:49:46 +0000 Bill Barry 17878 at http://nhpr.org 4 Surprising Facts About Popular Board Games The (Truly) Shocking History of Monopoly http://nhpr.org/post/truly-shocking-history-monopoly <P>I hate Monopoly. Always have. The reason is simple: it's impossible to play the game and feel good, even if you win. Monopoly, simply put, is all about crushing&nbsp; your fellow players through bankruptcy, even if they're your own kids. Turns out, there might be a reason for my hatred of Monopoly.</P> <P>The most popular game in the world, according to <A href="http://harpers.org/blog/2012/10/monopoly-is-theft/">this amazing article</A> in <EM>Harpers</EM>, is, simply put, theft. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:34:17 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 17877 at http://nhpr.org The (Truly) Shocking History of Monopoly Word of Mouth 04.14.2012 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-04142012 <p>A surprising look on men and women at work. A painter cashes in on Obama-hate. A report from Pax East. And the board game revolution.</p> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3117 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 04.14.2012 Back to the table... http://nhpr.org/post/back-table <p>A new wave of designer board games has players returning from virtual worlds to the real one.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:27:06 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3007 at http://nhpr.org Back to the table...