About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

7 Things Responsible Parents Should Know About ‘Deadpool’ (Only 1 of Them Matters)

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My common sense is tingling! Here’s a parent’s guide to read before you even consider taking your @#%*ing kids to see ‘Deadpool’ this weekend. Seriously, read it. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Seconds Are Ticking Away … Can You Defuse the Bombs in Time, or Will You Perish?

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Intruders have boarded your ship and planted more than 20 bombs. Your job is to work with your team to defuse them all before time runs out. Roll dice and act quickly — the timer is ticking and trouble is around every corner — hurry up! Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

And the Winner Is… The Best Boardgames to Pair With Best Picture Nominees

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There’s no better way to improve an Oscar watching party than to play some games. Here’s a selection of great games to be paired with each best picture nominee. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Have a New Year’s Resolution? Check Out This Roundup of Fitness & Activity Trackers

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New Year’s is nearly upon us. We take a look at a wide range of fitness trackers to help you pick out the one to remind you to keep your resolutions in 2016. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

‘Cooking for Geeks’ Serves Up a Second Helping of the Popular Science-Based Cookbook

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Jeff Potter presents a complete overhaul of his popular ‘Cooking for Geeks’ book. More than a third of the book is brand new and the pages strongly define science’s role in cooking. And, yes, there are recipes too. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Just in Time for the Holidays, 2 Great Games from Calliope

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With Christmas just around the corner, why not gift the gamer on your list the beautiful new card game, ’12 Days’? Or, if you’re feeling more Scrooge-ish, give a game about stealing, the hot new ‘Thieves!’, both from Calliope Games. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Stand and Fight, Defend Your People in ‘Champions of Midgard’

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Die Glorious! Or roll high and often–Valhalla is waiting! Defend the harbor in ‘Champions of Midgard,’ a highly enjoyable worker placement game from Grey Fox Games. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

‘Ghostly Thief of Time’ Is A Spelunking Good Read!

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The EMU Club is back for another fun-filled mystery. This time they’re hot on the trails of the school’s janitor who’s bent on destruction. This book, for kids 7-10, is hilarious, adventurous, and contains just a little bit of time travel. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

5 Edgar Allan Poe Stories Are Set to Spook You in ‘Extraordinary Tales’

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Five Edgar Allan Poe stories are wonderfully animated and narrated by some great names of horror in the new film ‘Extraordinary Tales’. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Scythe,’ an Amazing Game With Engine Building and Steam-Powered Mechs

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The highly anticipated game ‘Scythe’ launches on Kickstarter today. With a storyline that showcases steam-powered mechs in an alternate post-war 1920s Europa and gameplay that features action taking and area control, ‘Scythe’ is the best game to come from Stonemaier Games yet. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

New ‘Portal’ Board Game Is a Huge Success

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As part of an optional test protocol, we are pleased to present an amusing fact: This new boardgame is now more valuable than the organs and combined incomes of everyone in *subject hometown here.* Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Adventure Scents Will Add Another Level of Realism to Your Next RPG Campaign, Board Game, Book, or Movie

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If you’re like most gamers, you’ve been waiting patiently for a way to make your game room smell like a fetid swamp or a moldy crypt. Well, good news, gamers–the long wait is finally over. Read on to find out about a way to add environmental smells (both good and bad) to your next campaign. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

New ‘Little Prince’ Game Is Fun for the Whole Family, Even Very Young Gamers

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A new game brings a new ‘Little Prince’ movie together with some great gameplay that the whole family can enjoy. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Girl-Led Teams Dominated Annual STEM-Based Competition, MOONBOTS

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The winners of the 2015 MOONBOTS Challenge were announced this morning and the winners list was dominated by girl-led teams. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

You Just Might Learn Something While Playing The Excellent ‘Discoveries’

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‘Discoveries’, the sequel to 2013’s outstanding ‘Lewis & Clark’ is a beautiful, incredibly fun game about … journaling?!? Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Kickstarter Alert: Race to Space, Support NASA’s Osiris-REx in ‘Xtronaut’

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A new Kickstarter game looks to educate the public about the physical hurdles and political challenges each NASA mission faces before becoming reality. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.

Scout Earns All the Merit Badges That Scouting Has to Offer

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How hard is it to earn all the merit badges that the Boy Scouts offer? It took one Scout four and a half years, but his accomplishment puts him in a very rare position. Continue reading

About Dave Banks

I work. I play games. Sometimes I work at playing games.