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How to detect bots on my game website?

As a follow up to my question about keeping an online game from being gamed: How do I programatically detect bot-players? [more inside]
posted by signal on Feb 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Tween party games

Please suggest some indoor party games that have gone over well with tween (10-11 year old) girls. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Feb 12, 2014 - 14 answers

This game doesn't have immanuel.

Did Immanuel Kant ever say anything about chess? What about other board games? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Feb 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Spring and Fall Games

There are summer and winter versions of big sports events such as the Olympics and the X Games. Are there spring and fall-based sporting events too? If not, why not? Are there any sports that are specially seasonal outside summer/winter?
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2014 - 10 answers

High stakes, and winning a new life in a new world.

What card game did my grandfather play on the voyage from Sicily to Ellis Island? Google is not giving me the detail I need. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Feb 9, 2014 - 4 answers

What was that game I used to play?

I am trying to remember a turn-based game I played for about 3-4 months back around 2002. I played the game online, and it had a simple interface of text-based panels of information. IIRC, the gameplay was mainly around forging weapons and attacking other players, slowly building up your skill level and strength to rise through the ranks. [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Feb 8, 2014 - 7 answers

What was this game?

I'm wondering if you can recall a certain indie game about multiple generations of flying creatures peacefully growing flowers on an island. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Feb 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Games and fun stuff to help a new mother feel smarter!

My friend just had her baby, and while she is loving motherhood, she also feels like after 10 months pause from work + hormonal adjustments, tiredness, sleep deprivation and time spent alone with a newborn she is... well... dumber than before. What sorts of stuff can a new mom do/play with her visitors to stimulate her intellectually and cognitively, while she does the same for her little one? [more inside]
posted by ipsative on Feb 1, 2014 - 16 answers

What is this tile-based Board Game?

What is the board game in this picture? Things I can tell from the picture: the main board is 8x8, tiles come in two colors, the tiles have writing on them (I think it's hiragana but I can't make most of it out), there is a secondary board (or possibly just piece holder?) which is 10x10 which only seems to have pieces of one color. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jan 31, 2014 - 5 answers

More Android Games Like The Silent Age

I really enjoyed playing The Silent Age last night. I'd like to find more games like it, i.e., games that have no time limit, that essentially just let you explore a place until you complete a narrative. I also liked that no particular dexterity was required. What are your favorites?
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Playstation 4 vs Xbox one

I need help deciding on which system to buy. I would like some opinions. I have googled it and see that PS4 has better displays renderings and such but Xbox's social network has always been better in my experience. [more inside]
posted by Doubleosix on Jan 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Never the twain...

I'm on Android (Samsung S4 Zoom) and my partner is on IoS (iPhone 4) - what are the best turn based/collaborative common platform games we can play together on and off during the working day? We both like word play, puzzles, general knowledge and detective mysteries, but would be amenable to considering anything that would get the old grey matter working. Hit us up with your best timewasting suggestions, venerable mefites!
posted by Chairboy on Jan 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Video games for anarchists

Please tell me about this world of independent, underground, homemade games. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Give this kid a kick-start in doing clever computer stuff, please?

My awesome 12 year old nerd son has (finally) expressed serious interest in creating his own games, learning coding and whatnot. This is way out of my league, and googling just confuses me because I don't know what we need. Suggestion for sites, learning resources, etc? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Table top brainteaser puzzles

Where can I find more good ideas for brainteaser puzzles like these? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Jan 17, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I go about releasing a card game into print-on-demand format whil

Question: how do I go about releasing a card game into print-on-demand format while retaining commercial rights? (I want to make it available for hobbyists and players, but don't want a company to scoop my design and sell it without attribution). I make card games as a hobby, and want to release them into the wild (so the term goes). I just don't want to yield commercial rights, since there's nothing worse than watching someone pull a Thomas Edison on your Tesla-esque ideas. Some people suggested looking at DrivethruCards.com and a few other places (Cards Against Humanity uses a free-license concept I'd love to know more about).
posted by jibberish on Jan 17, 2014 - 5 answers

A board game for 2 geeks and their wives?

We were having dinner parties and after finishing eating playing board games. Both of our household selection is pretty slim, monopoly, apples to apples and dominos. Its been fun but we are ready for something more involved. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jan 16, 2014 - 51 answers

Find me bundles of fun!

There is HumbleBundle, BundleStars, and many other sites that sell a bundle of cheap indie / mainstream pc games. I just discovered BundleofHolding for RPG tabletop games. What other fantastic bundle sites do you know of? [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Jan 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Best expensive iPhone games and apps?

Every year my boss gives me an iTunes gift card for Christmas, and I just got around to actually redeeming a few of them. Now I have $50 and need some suggestions for how to spend it. I like to play games on my phone, but definitely stick to the free almost free varieties. I figure this is a good opportunity to sample something a little more... upscale? So, give me your recommendations for games and apps costing more than, say, $3.99, that are worth spending big money on. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin on Jan 7, 2014 - 32 answers

If you're playing in my D&D campaign, please don't read this

I will be DMing a D&D campaign for the first time ever and I'm looking for some help/guidance on making this as enjoyable as possible for my players, mostly in terms of creating scenarios and encounters that are best resolved without combat. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jan 7, 2014 - 40 answers

Looking for cheap/free 3D environment design software (Mac)

Hi, I'm looking for cheap/free 3D environment design software -- it can be a stand-alone program, or it could even be a kind of 'map building' tool that comes with computer games these days (so you can build your own levels, etc) [more inside]
posted by heylight on Jan 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Gamer teen to coder

A friends teenage (16) son is considering skipping university and instead training themselves to be a programmer, with a particular interest in making games. Assuming he's starting from scratch what would be some good cheap or free resources to get him started? Both in terms of getting the basics and allow him to work on a game-related project that might hold his interest?
posted by Artw on Dec 31, 2013 - 24 answers

Turn-based games for both the iPhone & Kindle Fire

My mom and I have been playing Words With Friends lately (I have an iPhone 4S and she has a Kindle Fire). We want to find more games to play together that are turn-based, that work on both devices, and that are ideally free (or at least cheap). We like puzzles, word games and classic card/board games, and want something that won't feel too slow, as she only plays once per day. This has been much harder to Google than I expected, so I'm hoping to gather some recommendations.
posted by JannaK on Dec 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Carved up Skyrim for multiple characters?

I got Skyrim for Festivus, yay! I'd like to experience it as more that one play style; how can I divide up the map / quests so that I have minimal repetition? I tend to explore and have a hard time saying 'no' to side-quests; are there areas that I should save for one particular class?
posted by a robot made out of meat on Dec 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Best subway Android apps?

I just recently took the plunge and switched to Android, which has a lot of great/cool apps. Unfortunately, most of the ones I've been trying seem to require internet connection, which is completely useless to me. I want to play games in the subway: if I had internet connection, I'd be on the internet, not playing games. Can anyone recommend some good Android apps that don't need connection?
posted by corb on Dec 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Quarter-page sheet protectors

What can I use to organize quarter-page-size cards in a binder? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Dec 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Two Player Head-To-Head Doom over Internet between PC and MAC

I want to play head-to-head Doom/Doom II over the internet with a friend. I have a PC, she has a Mac. What's the easiest way? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 18, 2013 - 3 answers

I just want to playyyyyy!

Requesting suggestions for very cheap, decent quality Android small tablet for a 7 year old boy. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me keep my game from being gamed

I'm developing a website where people try to be click number X (sort of like radio call-in contests) to win a prize, and am looking for advice on ways to make it harder for someone to cheat. [more inside]
posted by signal on Dec 14, 2013 - 13 answers

What are some "open source" or "free-to-print" games?

Card Against Humanity is famously available as a PDF to download and print your own copy of the game for free. What are some other games that do this as well? I love the idea of a library of games that we can build ourselves, customize as we wish, etc, etc.
posted by o2b on Dec 9, 2013 - 13 answers

iPad puzzles and games for a 20-month-old

Flying in the face of scientists' warnings, my wife and I allow our child to play with the iPad from time to time. She's outgrown most of the apps she previously played with -- does anyone have any recommendations for good puzzle, games, and educational apps that would be age-appropriate and interesting for a twenty-month-old? Thanks.
posted by gerryblog on Dec 6, 2013 - 11 answers

The Gothic Industrial

Please recommend movies, books and video games that feature broken-down factories, derelict space-age laboratories, and modern ruins of all kinds as a primary setting. If there's something supernatural going on in there, so much the better. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

What tabletop games are good for 2-6 people in their 20s?

In our house, we frequently spend evenings hanging out and doing low-key group activities, like playing video games (or D&D), watching TV, or just talking and listening to music. Frequently, we find ourselves at a lull, seeking something new to do when we don't feel like putting on Netflix. I'm looking for games that we can set up, teach people, and play quickly with a varying number of people at varying levels of sobriety. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by 4th number on Dec 6, 2013 - 69 answers

Games for an Alzheimer's patient

My dad has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. For many years, our family has played games when we get together and my mom and dad played games among themselves often; they especially enjoyed cribbage. My mom tells me my dad can't play that anymore because he can't sustain the concentration over the course of the game. I'd like to get Dad a game for Christmas that he can play with my mom, or with my mom and sister, who also lives in the town my parents live. It would have to be simpler than cribbage, but ideally something you could still play over and over with enjoyment. I found an earlier question about gifts for Alzheimer's patients and also some resources online for that general question--but haven't found any suggestions for games specifically.
posted by layceepee on Dec 4, 2013 - 24 answers

(Translation help, please) Help me play this game I bought in Chinatown

I picked up a game of Chinese checkers (yes, I know they aren't really Chinese) to play with my family over the holidays and it came with a bonus game inside (photos here). The problem is, I have no idea what the directions say. It looks like a variant of "Sorry". We would love to give it a try, if anyone could translate or has played this before. Thanks!
posted by halseyaa on Dec 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Suggestions for games that can be interspersed with getting things done?

I'm looking for suggestions for games that fit well for short breaks in between getting stuff done. See inside for more info on the kind of properties that I think would be good. [more inside]
posted by philipy on Nov 28, 2013 - 27 answers

Fun fitness-based games/group challenges for bootcamp/group fitness

I'm looking for a few new ideas for game or group challenge style activities to make my group fitness classes more engaging and fun and to mix things up. What have you tried and loved, or heard about and thought sounded fun?
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Nov 26, 2013 - 2 answers

What are some good tabletop role playing games similar to D&D?

What is a good "offline" role playing game that I can buy as a gift for a 12 year old who has just gotten really into Dungeons & Dragons? (affordable ones?- under 25 dollars? other than d&d obviously)
posted by petsounds on Nov 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Step right up! Oh wait, you're taller than I am...

I'm looking for fundraiser carnival game ideas for middle school kids (ages 11-14). The carnival will be held in the spring, with a Color Festival theme. We will have a color run; we're looking for booth games, as well. These kids have been playing the ring toss/ cakewalk/ bouncy castle circuit for years, so we're looking to make it more appealing to them now that they're older. Some popular ideas so far have been a football toss and outdoor twister. Do you have more? [Gotta shoot you down on the teacher pie-tossing/ dunking booth ideas, though. I'd like to keep enforcing respect for the teachers, especially since their average age is about 24.]
posted by Jane Austen on Nov 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Toy Universe

What are some good simulation/strategy computer games that don't emphasize violence or warfare? [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Nov 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me come up with a new Thanksgiving family tradition

So, I have a friend whose family has an amazing Easter tradition. They have a traditional easter egg hunt in their yard, only some of the eggs contain candy and some of them contain various numbers of tickets. Their mom buys a range of amazing and not so amazing prizes (think PS3 to a new spatula, or whatever). Next ensues a crazy bidding war on the prizes, using the collected tickets. I want to start a new Thanksgiving tradition that compares in awesomeness. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Nov 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Best video games for two?

What are the best collaborative 2-player video games? My husband and I played Mario Galaxy 2 and it was perfect - he player Mario and I played "Starfy" and it worked out great. Are there more games like that for 2 players, where one player (aka me) can be kind of bad at video games? We have a Wii, some computers and are considering getting an Xbox One in the next few months..
posted by annie o on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

I'm puzzled. Help puzzle me more!

I'm looking for some good puzzle games, preferably for iOS and based on words rather than numbers or physical pieces. [more inside]
posted by lettersoflead on Nov 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me identify an end-of-level jingle from an unknown Gameboy-era game

I've had a sound effect from a video game stuck in my head for the past few years, and I'd like to figure out where it came from. I'm almost certain it's a jingle that plays right before an end-of-level gate opens in a 2D game, possibly on the Gameboy. Here's a transcription of the melody. Any ideas?
posted by archagon on Nov 9, 2013 - 4 answers

K.I.S.S.: Laptop Edition

What's the best reasonably priced laptop (under $700) for someone who only needs it for basic personal entertainment use (e.g. storing/listening to music, Flash games on the internet, and movie-watching)? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Games for the Variously Inebriated

I have friends who enjoy basic card games like poker and Gang of Four but are interested in trying something new. The catch is the place we're most likely to play games is out at bars with friends in various states of intoxication, and sometimes we have a bunch of people. What are some good games that work in this situation? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Nov 5, 2013 - 32 answers

Another midlife crisis?

I lean to the insane side of life when it comes to always trying to change. I have tried three times now to change from an enterprise programmer to SOMETHING! ANYTHING else... Here I am trying again... bound for failure? [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Nov 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Playing Bridge Online?

After doing some research, I can't seem to quite find an answer to this. A friend and I would like to play bridge together online, and would like the two other players to be computer-generated. Anyone know of where we can do this? The sites that I have looked at seem to be all live players, or else you can play against the computer alone.
posted by nanook on Oct 31, 2013 - 4 answers

PS3 or PS4 couch-to-couch trivia games?

My husband and I used to LOVE playing Buzz Quiz World on PS3 against random folks online. This was a few years ago before we had kids. Recently, we tried to resurrect the fun, only to find no one else playing online. Upon doing a little research, we see that they're shutting down the Buzz Quiz World servers completely! My question is this: Does anyone have an online multiplayer "couch-to-couch" quiz or trivia game they love? Does anyone even know of a single one that exists anymore? I just read through a comprehensive list of all games expected to come out on the PS4, and... NOTHING. Am I just an old, old lady? Buzz Quiz World was so much fun...
posted by nationalj on Oct 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Party games suck, right?

My experience has been that party games are usually pretty lame. We're having a Halloween party for about 40 people, though, and I like the idea of having miscellaneous "areas" set up throughout the house (it's a big house) with various activities to help keep things light and entertaining... [more inside]
posted by richmondparker on Oct 17, 2013 - 17 answers

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