Love colors and design? Hues and Cues is a great party game that challenges you to pinpoint a specific color based on one- or two-word clues from other players. The closer you get to guessing the exact color from the 480-hue grid, the more points you earn. It’s a fun, family-friendly game for 3 to 10 players.
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This party game from Very Special Games asks players to come up with creative and witty text to fill in the center of a Venn diagram. Each player gets a board and draws two word cards. Everyone else competes to fill in the funniest intersecting answers to win points. Best for ages 15+ and 3 to 6 players.
Charles River Woodwork creates delightful handcrafted home decor. This 25″ x 25″ table has a built-in Scrabble board. Its recessed board has cutouts to hold tiles in place and is surrounded by letter racks for four players. A removable glass top lets you pause and resume games. We also dig their backgammon, chess, and puzzle tables.
Make the best of van living downtime (with or without an actual van) with this board game that fits in the glovebox. Van Life by Ridley Games steers 2 to 5 players around the board to punny places like Silly Cone Valley, Wood Sock, and Vanhaven on fictional Vantopia island.
This unique chess set has LED lighting inside each of its pieces. Its acrylic board uses induction to send electricity wirelessly to the pieces so they glow only when placed on the board. The board has a built-in storage drawer for pieces, and there’s an optional acrylic cover that doubles as a stand.
Uncommon Goods sells this fun and fanciful chess set for opposing fans of felines and canines. The set comes with a folding game board that doubles as a storage box and a full set of handpainted cats and dogs wearing playful hats to represent their roles in the game.
Upgrade your tabletop gaming with this digital display board from Crafty Kobolds. It features a 43″ Samsung 4K display wrapped in a handmade wooden frame and protected by clear plexiglass. Load it up with digital maps and animations, which can be easily found online. Choose from black walnut, oak, or cherry wood.
Maker W&M Levsha already created the tiniest barbecue we’ve seen. Now, he’s taken his miniaturization skills to the next level by building a tiny chess set that fits within a watch face. He had a bit of help from a laser engraver, but there was still plenty of precision craftsmanship required to pull off the feat.
We love watching videos of old things being made as good as new. In this clip, Old Things Never Die got their hands on a vintage mechanical soccer game, disassembled it, sandblasted off the paint and rust, fabricated custom replacement parts, and painstakingly repainted its playfield and players.
This roll-up electronic chess board connects with a mobile app so you can play with people around the globe and track their moves. It also helps you build your chess skills against the app’s AI. It has embedded LEDs with magnetic sensors to detect the positions of pieces and comes with 34 weighted chess pieces.
This portable chess set has an innovative design that rolls up into a 3″ x 6″ hexagonal tube for travel. Its pieces hold in place securely with powerful magnets so you can pause and resume games, and the roll holds closed magnetically so pieces can’t fall out.
Wood Season shows us how they created a chess board that looks like its playing surface is floating on water. The trick was encasing oak wood blocks in a thick bath of clear resin, then backlighting them with LEDs. A pearlescent resin backing and floating pine cones add to the effect. The set is available for sale on Etsy.
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.
Creative Workz takes us inside a factory where workers make beautiful chess sets by cutting, milling, and polishing marble. Each piece – from the squares on the boards to the individual game pieces – is made by hand. We’re guessing OSHA wouldn’t approve of the lack of respiratory and eye protection, though.
This custom-made chess set from 3DCubedPrinting comes with pieces that look like ammunition. Its 3D-printed plastic pieces are based on different calibers of ammo, from .45 ACP pawns to a .50 BMG king. The set includes a storage box and all 32 chess pieces. An optional camouflage vinyl chess board is also available.
Run away! Monty Python teamed up with game maker Exalted Funeral to create a tabletop role-playing game inspired by the British comedy troupe’s classic films, stage shows, and TV series. According to its makers “Its chief weapon is surprise. Surprise and being disguised as a tabletop role-playing game.”
This special edition of Monopoly features a see-through game board made of tempered glass. It’s outlined in gold foil and sits atop a dark wooden frame to elevate it off your tabletop. It includes gold-plated game tokens, real wooden houses and hotels, and artfully-designed cards and currency.
An ordinary Scrabble set comes with 100 letter tiles. So if you want to make word art out of them, it could get pretty expensive. These bulk tile sets give you 500 wooden tiles that are perfect for craft projects – or for making your Scrabble games a bit more interesting.
The guys over at Gadgetify rounded up some really cool and unusual chess sets, including Rabbit Tanaka’s set, which has a blacklight-illuminated chess board along with UV-reactive pieces. This appears to be a relic of the 1990s, but you can get a glow-in-the-dark chess set from Etsy shop Crafty Canvas, and just BYO black light.
Gaming accessory maker Wyrmwood’s modular organizer system is ideal for all kinds of tabletop gaming. Its hexagonal wood trays are can holdcards, tokens, dice, and more and snap together using magnets. It’s already a successfully-funded Kickstarter, and Wyrmwood is accepting additional pre-orders now.