Between the popularity of The Queen’s Gambit and quarantining, there’s no better time to improve your chess game. This chess set from Showcase Plastics has a 12″ x 12″cast acrylic board with LED lighting. It’s available in a choice a variety colors for each side of the board, and includes a set of laser-cut acrylic chess pieces.
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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So take a break from your job and bust out this challenging board game based on the Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick horror classic. Naturally, the game is set in the creepy Overlook Hotel, where you and your friends must work together to survive the winter without losing your minds.
If you love tabletop role-playing games, you know how setting up a terrain system takes lots of time and space. Upzone offers a complete terrain system that folds up flat when not in use. The sets come in three styles: Dungeon Zone, Cathedral Zone, and Ancient Zone, each of which forms a 60″ x 44″ playing surface.
Designed by artist Panisa Khunprasert, this reversible chess and checkers set features a bold color scheme and modern, minimal iconography. Both the playing pieces and board are made from sustainably-grown rubberwood, and the board slides open to provide storage. Measures 8.75″w x 8.75″d x 1.75″h.
This two-player game from the creators of Exploding Kittens is basically a lo-fi version of air hockey with a little pinball thrown in. Players use their magnetic cat paw catapults to fling balls onto their opponent’s side, with the objective of hitting various combinations of balls onto your opponent’s side.
The guys behind BoardGameTables.com have created a fun, family-friendly game that anyone can play in about 15 minutes. In Kabuto Sumo, players take on the role of some badass beetles, and attempt to push their opponents out of the ring. Each wrestler disc has a unique shape and a special power that affects their moves.
Home arcade company Arcade1up has created a tabletop gaming system that lets you play digital versions of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and more. It will come in 24″ and 32″ versions, both with a touchscreen with tactile feedback, and Wi-Fi connectivity for downloading games and other content.
It’s fun to play a game of chess in the park. But carrying around a full-size chess set can be a pain. This cleverly-designed set features a roll-up board and pieces that stack inside of each other inside of a tube. Choose from steel, zinc, or plastic pieces, leather, PU leather, or silicone board, and a leather or polyester case.
Do you love games like Mario Kart? Gatwick Games, creators of Dungeon Royale, attempt to capture the thrill of these multiplayer racers with their board game Racekart Riot. Players compete to complete laps while collecting items like bananas, eggs, and bombs to take down opponents. Coming soon to Kickstarter.
Pendragon Game Studio presents a fantastic looking board game inspired by John Carpenter’s gruesome 1982 horror classic The Thing. Up to 8 players head to a research station in Antarctica to assume the roles of characters from the movie as the try and figure out who among them has been taken over by an alien parasite.
Enter the weird world of Tim Burton as the Maitlands try to scare off their home’s new owners. This special edition of the classic property trading game has spaces based on characters and locations from the classic dark comedy, along with tokens inspired by things like Lydia’s camera and the Handbook for the Recently Deceased.
This special edition of the classic board game Monopoly features locations and imagery from iconic U.S. National Parks, from Glacier National Park to the Grand Canyon. Game tokens include a ranger’s hat, a camera, a bison, a tent, a canoe, and a hiking boot. A portion of proceeds goes to the National Park Foundation.
Hey You Guys! It’s a version of Monopoly, based on characters, story, and locations from the 1986 movie classic The Goonies. Properties include The Inferno and One-Eyed Willy’s Cabin, and tokens include the Statue of David, Chester Copperpot’s Key, the Gold Doubloon, Little Girl’s Bike, Skull and Crossbones, and Willy’s Eye Patch.
You can pick up the classic board game Battleship for under $30, or you could build your own from LEGO bricks. Designed by engineer Aaron Glafenhein, the Battle Brick Game set is made using 2,980 pieces, and includes two folding game boards with built in storage compartments. Show your support for the concept on LEGO Ideas.
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.
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.
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