Bicycle 8-Bit Playing Cards

Nerdier than your average deck, Bicycle 8-Bit Playing Cards are a spin on the classic Rider Back deck, ditching both the bicycles and the higher resolution. The cards are printed by the U.S. Playing Card Co. on quality cardboard and feature retro video game-inspired 8-bit art on both face and numbered cards, as well as on their backs, the latter available in red or blue. Learn more at Art…

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Super Mario Run

First Pokemon came to the smartphone and now Mario has, too, in the form of Super Mario Run. If you’ve got bad knees, don’t worry — unlike Pokemon Go, it doesn’t require you to run or otherwise do physical activity of any kind. Instead, this platformer has Mario constantly moving forward through worlds, overcoming obstacles and squishing Goombas (and other enemies) with various jumps triggered by timing your screen taps in…

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Clue: Star Wars Edition

You’ve probably got more copies of Clue than you can count on one hand. But if picking out the murderer from several comically-named, color-themed guests is getting old, try Clue: Star Wars Edition. This version of the game plays out on a miniature model of the Death Star where the characters — including Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO — try to instead figure out what planet is next on Darth…

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Pokémon GO

Few games stir up nostalgia like Pokémon — not to say there haven’t been plenty of releases since we first played Blue, and we’ve lost track of the official count. That said, Pokémon GO is the first to change up the way the game is played — and also the first that’s not on a dedicated Nintendo console or portable. Instead of stalking out rare Pokémon in a virtual digitized world Pokémon GO makes…


Preset Chess

Kicking off a game of chess typically involves digging through a mountain of pieces to set them up right. Not Preset Chess, which is instead ready to go right out of the box. To set up, just flip the box upside down and press in the thumb holes to release: each piece sits in its slot and sticks to the board magnetically to make things easy. When you’re done a round, place the…


Game of Thrones Clue

As any loyal viewer knows, death and Game of Thrones go hand in hand. Initially created as an April Fool’s prank by Think Geek and now made real, Game of Thrones Clue features twelve characters — all/most/some/none (no spoilers) still alive as of the latest episode — as well as six metal weapons that include a poison vial, battle axe, Faceless man, crossbow, and catspaw assassin dagger, to play out like a classic game…


Goblin Deuce Double-Barrel Paintball Gun

Hiding extra gun never hurt anyone (except the guy on the receiving end). Likewise, packing a Goblin Deuce Paintball Gun is a safe bet that equips you with a couple extra covert backup shots for a well-timed sneak attack. The pistol is powered by two air cartridges and features a selector switch that lets you set it to fire both barrels simultaneously or each one separately. Each is decked out with imitation wood…


Game of Thrones Playing Cards

Some abstract royal family we’ve never heard of won’t cut it anymore. Game of Thrones Playing Cards instead put far more familiar faces on a traditional 52 card deck. The four kings are taken from the four characters second book in the Song of Ice and Fire series that claim to be the rightful king — Joffrey Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Robb Stark — one per suit. Plenty of other…


Coconut Paddle

There are only so many effective ways to hold a standard table tennis paddle, though that’s not for lack of trying. Coconut Paddle changes the hold completely with amber edge grain bamboo wood that’s precisely trimmed, drilled, and fitted with a custom foam insert for comfort. Grip it by sticking a finger through the hole and clamping your hand on the hold, effectively making the paddle a direct and parallel extension…


A Tiny Game of Pong

Initially amongst the earliest video games, Pong is back, this time in a wrist-borne variant titled A Tiny Game of Pong. The game uses simple, intuitive analog controls by way of your Apple Watch’s Digital Crown: turn it to move the paddle and defend your side of the screen from a progressively faster moving ball. Play standalone on your watch against an AI opponent or against a friend on your paired iPhone. The…


CUBi Dice

Chances are your everyday carry is deprived of a pair of dice for obvious reasons, namely the inconvenience of lugging two fairly large, easy-to-lose plastic cubes around loose in your pocket. And that’s why CUBi Dice were created. Machined of titanium to exacting precision and measuring just 5mm across, these minuscule, sharp-edged dice are incredibly light and ridiculously durable. Better yet they’re small enough to carry in their stainless steel tube…


Foosball Coffee Table

It’s a coffee table. And, simultaneously, a foosball table. The Chicago Gaming Signature Foosball Coffee Table is a relatively subtle way to get a foosball table — and a conversation piece — into your living room, at least compared to other, typically flashy options. An elegant wood frame surrounds the playing surface while a glass surface makes the table useable as an actual coffee table, as well as the standard shelf underneath for…


Ti Dice

Dubbed the strongest dice on earth, there’s a good chance you couldn’t break a pair of Ti Dice if you tried. Every die is precision machined of Grade 5 titanium for an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio, also making them hypoallergenic, non-corrosive, and resistant to chemical damage. Simple straight lines instead of circles enumerate each side from one to six, laid out in a manner to maintain perfect balance and performance. Available…

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Hexcup Beer Pong Cups

They look way cooler than traditional red solo cups, but Hexcup Beer Pong Cups aim to solve several problems encountered in beer pong. For one, they rack way easier and leave no gaps between cups. They also don’t move during play thanks to an anti-ghosting base and boast improved durability granted by reinforced corners plus a polypropylene build that’s top rack dishwasher safe. Each set comes with 22 hexcups and 3 hexcup balls,…


Loop Pool Table

When an incident ray meets the surface of a curve, the angle it makes with the tangent to that point is equal to the angle between the reflected ray and the tangent. Once you understand this concept you’re ready to tackle Loop, the game of pool on an ellipse. Loop is more than pool spelled in reverse: it’s a game of angles like its rectangular counterpart, but more…


Bradley Mountain Camp Cards

We wouldn’t be caught dead in the woods without a deck of cards, just in case. And Bradley Mountain’s Camp Cards are the perfect camping companions. The matte black cards are designed by 1924us’ Christian Watson and feature hand-lettering and all-original artwork through their 52 cards with outdoor themes through and throughout. The matching matte black letter pressed box also features a match strike surface on the side to get…


Scrabble Typography 3rd Edition

Andrew Capener’s Scrabble Typography 3rd Edition is the most entertaining way to discover new fonts, way ahead of Google Fonts and just edging out Typodarium 2016. This latest edition features 12 new fonts for the letters of its solid wood tiles, and includes the usual suspects — amongst them four solid wood tile racks, a fabric tile pouch, and a cardboard game board — all packed up nicely in a…


Risk: Game of Thrones Edition

Playing a round of Risk is not in any way quick. Nor is it really suitable for two players. And if we’re being picky, we’d rather fight a battle whose background we truly understand inside and out — like the one in Risk: Game of Thrones Edition. This board game includes two custom maps of Westeros and Essos as well as 600 unique game pieces representing the armies of each noble House. The game…


Solitaire Cards

Way before Angry Birds and Candy Crush, casual gamers’ preferred time sink was Microsoft’s Solitaire. And now it’s gone from digital to physical with Solitaire Cards, a deck of playing cards which feature Susan Kare’s designs on their front and back and come in a fittingly retro green card box. The deck also includes a pair of newly crafted jokers, which were not included in the digital deck due to lack of need….


Glitch 2.0 Playing Cards

No, nothing’s wrong with your screen or your eyes. Glitch 2.0 Playing Cards, designed by Soleil Zumbrunn, feature classic playing card art that’s seemingly warped and distorted by computer and/or printer errors, making for a far more interesting playing experience. Each deck is printed by Legends Playing Card Co. to features smooth diamond cut edges and comes in a similarly glitchy tuck box with a holographic seal. Learn more at Kickstarter –…


Red Wood & Blue Cricket Dart Board

Cricket’s your game? The Red, Wood & Blue Cricket Dart Board strips down the board to the essentials, removing all parts unused — including most of the dart board itself. This first edition run is limited to 100 pieces and crafted using hand picked American Walnut frames alongside 1 1/4″ Basswood for the board itself, which is laser etched with numbered triangles. Also included are walnut and turkey feather darts, each…


Minim Playing Cards

It doesn’t get cleaner than these Minim Playing Cards by Joe Doucet, a set of regulation playing cards stripped down to the essentials. Each card is marked on sustainably harvested cardstock with vegetable-based inks, displaying both its value and corresponding suit on either corner. And since the backs need to be marked as well to conform, a simple, single black diagonal line takes the place of more traditional ornamental graphics….


Exploding Kittens

Fan of The Oatmeal? Then you’ll want to get your grubby paws on a copy of Exploding Kittens. This fast-paced card game plays not unlike Russian Roulette in that you draw a card each turn and hope not to stumble upon an exploding kitten card, which entails certain death — unless you defuse it with a laser pointer, catnip sandwich, or other distraction. Alternately, use cards to rearrange the top of…


Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition

Commemorate Monopoly’s 80th anniversary (already?) with a brand new board that takes the game back to its roots. This attractive set comes with a decidedly retro game board & cards, wooden houses & hotels, and eight metal tokens that span in conception from the 1930s through the 2000s. Of course, gameplay — which involves snapping up property, developing it quickly, then bankrupting your hapless opponents — remains unchanged, though we wouldn’t have…