Here’s a fun way to take one of America’s favorite party games anywhere – with a miniature version of Flip Cup. The wooden board has rubber feet to keep it from slipping, eight cup flippers, and comes with 20 reusable red mini party cups. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.
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Shinola’s elegant travel chess set makes for a very special Father’s Day gift. It features a combination carry case and game board handmade from Navy and Bourbon leather, along with a debossed checkerboard surface and cutout slots for holding its resin game tokens, which flip over for a quick game of checkers.
This special travel edition of Hasbro’s classic crossword game Scrabble has a grid that locks its tiny tiles in place, so you can even play while in the back seat of a moving car or on top of the bed without worry. Its flip-out word trays and folding board also mean you can save your game and resume later.
This special edition of the classic board game Battleship is the polar opposite of the Neon Pop Edition. Its folding playfields are made from wood with a weathered look, and pack up into a crate for storage. We love the overall look, but we think wood boats and brass pegs would be nicer than the standard plastic ones.
Board game players looking for a fun way to randomize their dice rolls should check out this very cool and unique dice tower from RUBrand. The tower features undulating layers of laser-cut, high-density wood fiberboard with cutouts that tumble dice as they cascade from the top to the coliseum below. Assembly required.
This unique chess set from Sweden’s Induku consists of a thick felt board, along with laser-cut wooden pieces that stick into the board with pins. The design means you can attach it to a pushpin wall, or play it on a soft surface like a couch, bed, or rug. Available in blue or red felt.
From the Empire State Building to the Flatiron to the Freedom Tower, the New York City skyline is iconic and imposing. Celebrate your love for the Big Apple’s architecture with Ian Flood and Chris Prosser’s skyline chess set, which includes 32 buildings, made from heavyweight acrylic, along with a folding game board.
The AdapTableTop is a modular tabletop system that lets you build gaming surfaces of varying colors, sizes, and heights. Its platforms attach to interlocking towers which let you place cards, drinks, game pieces, and other accessories under your game board. All kits include .STL models for 3D printing unique thematic legs.
Rock’em Sock’em Robots have been entertaining kids since 1964. If you enjoy knocking your friend’s block off, along with the sense of achievement that comes with DIY, The Q is here to show you how to build your own using cardboard, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, bottle caps, and paper clips.
This special edition of Monopoly features characters and locations from AMC’s Breaking Bad. Buy properties like Los Pollos Hermanos and U-Store-It, as you work to amass a much smaller stack of bills than Walter White. Game tokens include Heisenberg’s hat, an RV, a barrel of cash, a gas mask, a teddy bear, and Tio’s bell.
Keep inspired and entertained with this anytime game. Haikubes is a set of 63 word cubes from Chronicle Books and the creators of Cranium. Just roll the dice and pick from the upright words to create a three-line haiku poem using the classic 5-7-5 syllable pattern. Includes two cubes with cues to nurture your poetic genius.
Iconiq Studio’s coop board game is based on John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic They Live. The objective isn’t just to chew bubblegum and kick ass, but to kill Cable 54’s signal, revealing the truth about the aliens hiding among us. The game cards include hidden clues which can only be seen with the included Hoffman Lenses.
This special edition of Hasbro’s classic 2-player board game has bright neon colors on its pegboards. The ships, hit and miss pegs are all made from semi-transparent plastic, and it all packs up into a colorful portable storage case for travel. Available May 2020.
This special Monopoly edition celebrates eight decades of Marvel’s comic book heroes. The board and box features art by by Alex Ross. Its properties includes covers, Marvel Knights and Team Leaders, with Issues and Omnibuses in place of houses and hotels. The player tokens include logos representing Marvel heroes and teams.
This unique version of the classic property ownership board game has a rustic wooden game board that assembles like a jigsaw puzzle. Its houses, hotels, and dice are also made from wood, its metal tokens have a weathered finish, and it comes packaged in a slide-top wooden box.
River Horse and writer Ben “Questing Beast” Milton present an adventure game inspired by Jim Henson’s classic fantasy movie, Labyrinth. The game book plays out over 100+ scenes, and includes both a basic rule set for beginners, or can be played with your favorite RPG rules. Ben has an in-depth look at the game here.
Have you lost pieces from your board games? Want to populate your games with NPCs? Peeples are tiny plastic game pieces you can use on any board game. They come in a box of 100 (10 each of 10 colors), and measure just under an inch tall. Their maker, Honeycomb Design, also makes colorful bowls for organizing game pieces.
If you’ve ever played the The Game of LIFE board game, you know it’s a pretty innocuous way to pass the time. But as Vox points out, the original version that came out in the 1860s included much darker milestones than just buying a house or sending your kids to college.
This limited-edition Monopoly board features 3D layered art by Charles Fazzino. The Atlantic City locations have been replaced with great cities from around the globe, each colorfully illustrated. Its set into a black frame with tempered glass to protect the board, and includes a matching parts box for storing game pieces.
The game of backgammon is 7,000 years old; the USA heritage brand Pendleton is 150; and a mating of the two begat this. The travel-ready Pendleton x Chronicle Books Backgammon Roll-Up (also made for chess/checkers) looks like a Pendleton wool blanket, but it’s soft-coated canvas with a snap-on pouch for game pieces.
Like the classic Excalibur Phantom Force, this robotic chess set can move pieces on its own. But this one lets you play against anyone in the world who has the board or its app. You can also play against the AI or spectate a match. Save an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code MerrySave15. (expires 12/25/19)
If you’re a die-hard Monopoly player, you know it can take quite some time for every player but one to go bankrupt. Now, Hasbro is making that end-state even harder to achieve with a version of the board game that has a whopping 66 properties to acquire, along with just a single die for even slower marches around the board.
Renegade Game Studios presents a competitive board game which pits Scott Pilgrim and his pals against the League of Evil Exes. The game includes sweet miniatures of the comic’s characters, 3D objects, and colorful game cards, all based on the art of Bryan Lee O’Malley. Available with painted or unpainted figures.
Tabletop game players, it’s time to upgrade your dice set. Designed by Andy Kurovets, these highly-tactile D6 dice feature bubbly textures that make them look like something boiling in the primordial ooze. They were 3D-modeled for balance, and come in three unique shapes, in deep blue, blood red, or earth brown.
This innovative headset gaming system turns a blank tabletop game board into a richly interactive 3D environment. Players wear special glasses which let them see holographic imagery, and control the game using a wireless wand. It looks legit, but it’s not a cheap setup for multiple players.
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