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How to Triumph at a Karaoke Contest

July 31st, 2013

Singing along with your favorite hits can be a great way to bond with friends or family in a restaurant or bar setting, or even at home. Maybe you've decided you want more than simply goofy, light-hearted competition with your near-and-dear. Maybe you're in this to win it. But sometimes, there's more to winning a karaoke contest than being the best singer in the room. Just...

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Fun Video Games That Will Allow Your Little Ones To Learn

July 2nd, 2013

Video games are like a siren's call for your little ones. If it were up to them, they'd spend hours every day transfixed on the television screen as they rapidly move their thumbs and tackle whatever virtual obstacle is in their path. While you can't diminish their passion for digital play, you can make it more productive by introducing them to fun, interactive video games...

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How to Become a Master of Charades

May 30th, 2013

There's a reason why charades is a classic party game - it requires nothing to play except four or more people, split into teams. The rules are simple: pick a person, place or thing and without speaking, explain to your teammates what you're thinking of. Of course, as basic as the set up is, excelling at charades is substantially harder than you might think. Here's...

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How to Play Chess

May 30th, 2013

Out of all board games, chess may be one of the oldest and more enduring. Although some sources dispute this story, The United States Chess Federation states that chess originated in India under the name Chatarung around the time of 600 AD. About 400 years later, it caught on with Europeans, who altered the rules to make it a more fast-paced strategic contest. Benjamin...

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How to Play Checkers

May 30th, 2013

Dating as far back as ancient Mesopotamia, according to CheckersHistory.com, checkers could be the oldest game in existence that's still played regularly. Comprised of a 64-square board with 12 little plastic discs per player, chess is known as "draughts" in Europe and ends when one player has eliminated all of his or her opponent's pieces. Outlining the...

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How Risk Came About

May 28th, 2013

Ruling the world is a common fantasy for people young and old. The classic board game Risk allows us to do just that - albeit in the comfort of our own homes, in the company of friends and without any of perils and trappings that come with literally trying to take over the world. Although, you should keep in mind that attempting to conquer the planet is a major time commitment...

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How to Set Up Your Own Roleplay Game Night

May 23rd, 2013

In many ways, the board game Dungeons & Dragons may seem outdated, as many of today's video games feature similar gameplay while creating fantastic atmospheres of medieval fantasy. But isn't there something to said for gathering a group of friends together to play the role playing classic face-to-face? It's hard to bond socially with avatars representing...

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How to Play Dominoes

May 23rd, 2013

There are many different versions of dominoes, which dates at least as far back as ancient Egypt, according to the World Championship Dominos Tournament's website. But as much as the strategic game has evolved over the centuries, the basic concept where the game pieces are small rectangles featuring different numbers of dots remains the same. Shuffling the dominoes It may...

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How to Play Go Fish

May 23rd, 2013

Many card games may seem too complicated or too closely associated with gambling for a family friendly time around the card table. Of course, there are plenty of games designed specifically to be simply enjoyed, predominantly by children. Among these is the perennial classic Go Fish. As for its history, card gaming site Pagat notes that variations of Go Fish have existed...

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How to Play War

May 23rd, 2013

People with a deck of cards, some time to kill and a desire to start a game without having to go over an intricate set of rules may want to consider playing War. Pagat.com - an online source specializing in card games - notes that War requires no strategy at all. It's simply a matter of luck of the draw. War is often played by only two players, but as many as four could be...

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