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History Of Board Games

History Of Board Games

It might sound too good to be true, but all innovation and invention stem from playing, not working. Have you ever watched how kids interact with the world? Through play! It’s the number one activity responsible for human evolution. Giving ourselves the opportunity and time to play is vital to ensure our mental, physical and social health.  Playing board games is a great way to learn about the world and how we fit in, from childhood right through to adulthood.

Early board games

Playing board games has been a favourite human pastime for over 4000 years, both in the West and East.  Discovered within the tombs of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt were the oldest known games, The Royal Game of Ur and Senet. Ancient Asia also produced many original board games, such as Indian Parchisi and Chess, as well as The Game of Go and Mah Jongg from China.

Ancient Greece and Rome popularised many games, including Draughts/Checkers which was adopted throughout Europe, eventually spreading to the West in the 19th century.  America became a fertile ground for an explosion of board games as demand for entertainment grew. The growing middle classes had increasingly longer leisure hours to fill, which coincided with technological advances that enabled the mass production of high quality board games.

Popular American board games

The earliest known American board game was The Mansion of Happiness of 1864. Along with its successors, it spawned new generations of board game categories based on strategy, racing, role-play and of course, chance. So many board games we know and love today are descended from these 19th century games. Although mass produced from 1935, Monopoly was based on the much older games Monopolist and Bulls & Bears – The Great Wall Street Game. The 1980’s favourite Trivial Pursuit owes its origins to parlour games such as The World’s Educator, and even the much loved Scrabble of 1948, is based on a game called Anagrams.

Since the 1930’s, each decade has seen its own board game stars rise and be embraced by an eager public, hungry for quality, fun entertainment.  In the 1950’s, Diplomacy, Concentration and Risk were launched. In the 1960’s, Twister twirled a whole generation into knots. Dungeons and Dragons first entered the public consciousness in 1973, while Pictionary took parties by storm in 1986.

Games from Europe and beyond

During the 1990’s, a European consciousness of sharing and cooperation entered the board game arena with The Settlers of Catan, while the award winning Aricola was released in 2007. We are now spoilt for choice with a huge variety of outstanding board games on the market. So what should we expect for 2010? More choice of course!

Horus Heresy Board Game

On the thirteenth day of Secundus, the bombardment began…

In the greatest betrayal the universe has ever known, the Warmaster Horus – once humanity’s greatest general, now corrupted by Chaos – has turned against the Emperor and hurled the Imperium of Man into ferocious civil war. The galactic conflict has risen to its climax. The Warmaster’s ruinous legions have assaulted Holy Terra itself, the Emperor’s seat. Here the fate of humanity hangs in the balance during the greatest military campaign ever seen…

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce an exciting new board game set to bombard your tabletop later this winter!

In the Horus Heresy board game, the most legendary battle in the history of the Warhammer 40,000 universe unfolds across the razed plains of Terra and in the frozen orbit above. Deadly fighting ranges from the Emperor’s golden Inner Palace to Horus’s flagship, the Vengeful Spirit.

Taking the side of traitor or loyalist, two players control either fearless Space Marine legions or deviant Chaos Space Marines, mighty Titans, Imperial Armies both loyal and traitorous, and a fearsome array of other units, including the Emperor and Horus themselves.

An innovative order and initiative system forces each side to carefully consider the commands they issue to their troops. A dramatic, card-driven combat system incorporates escalating damage, gives players the opportunity to allocate resources between attackand defense, and brings to bear the unique special powers of each unit type, from fortification-destroying Titans to the perverse daemons of Chaos.

This legendary tale of treachery and heroism is brought to vibrant life with over one hundred magnificent sculpted plastic playing pieces. The stunning three-dimensional map of Terra brilliantly portrays the landscape immediately surrounding the Imperial Palace, from the magma-filled crevasses to the fortifications that offer the Imperial player protection against both enemy assault and orbital bombardments.

Each one of these structures, as well as the Imperial Palace itself, have been expertly sculpted, and rise above the landscape to create a truly immersive experience. The fortifications of Terra have never looked more formidable! Once the board is set up with playing pieces and terrain for your first game, it will be a wonder to behold.

Horus Heresy includes six scenarios that differ in both difficulty and style. The first scenario, titled Brother Against Brother, is recommended for all new players as it provides predetermined starting locations for both player’s forces. It is a well balanced version of the Battle for Terra, and also presents a roughly historical recreation of the conflict’s events.

Prepare yourself for a battle that will shake the Imperium to its very core!

Horus Heresy is a board game that pits two players against each other to recreate the most famous battle of Warhammer 40,000’s rich history, in which the Warmaster Horus’s betrayal of the Emperor comes to its climax. Taking the side of either traitor or loyalist, players control a fearsome array of units, including the Emperor and Horus themselves. Brother fights brother, and the universe hangs in the balance!

Two Tickets to Spiel 2010, in Essen Germany To Win! CLOSED

Announcement: 8th June, 2010

Unfortunately due to the quota of entries being less than 20 (as per T’s & C’s) we regretfully are not able to go forward with this giveaway.


Those of you who had taken the time to enter will be receiving some goodies in the mail shortly.

Keep on gaming!


From March 1st, 2010 until May 30th, 2010 you will have a chance to be placed in the draw for one of two tickets to Europe’s largest board games Expo! October 21st -24th

Here’s what you get;

. Return Flights

. Accommodation

. Spiel 2010 Three Day Pass

It’s easy as Eins, Zwei, Drei !

1. Between March 1st and May 30th, spend a minimum of $250 at

2. Email us : with your approved order numbers / paypal references that total the minimum $250 total, and contact details. Orders must all be in the same Name, and entries are allocated on $250 lots, ie Spend $500 and receive 2 entries into competition.

3. Look for your initials in our blog post below to confirm participation in competition.

4. Watch via our  web-cast June 15th for live drawing of the two winners who win their flights and accommodation to attend Essen 2010!

Terms and Conditions of Entry:

1.  To be eligible for this prize you will need to enter via

2.  The Promoter reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process or who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Conditions of Entry.

3.  No responsibility accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries. Competition closes 11.59pm AEST on May 30th 2010.

4.  The winner will be chosen by Games Paradise Australia, live via webcast on 15th of June 2010 at 1pm, by draw and contacted by email by a Games Paradise Australia representative. Cancelled

5.  Games Paradise Online’s decision will be final. If the winner cannot be contacted within 2 weeks of the draw of the competition, the winner will have forfeited the prize.

6.  In the event the prize is not available, Games Paradise Australia reserves the right to substitute the prize at its discretion. Games Paradise Australia reserves the right to publish any entrants regardless of whether they are determined the winner.

7.  Games Paradise Online reserves the right to change, cancel or suspend this competition at any time. The promoter reserves the right to not declare a winner if there is less than 20 entrants in the competition. In the case when there is no winner declared because there are fewer than 20 entrants, the promoter shall retain the prize and the competition declared void.

8.  By entering the promotion, unless otherwise advised, each entrant also agrees that the Promoter may use this information, in any media for future Games Paradise promotional, marketing and publicity purposes without any further reference, payment or other compensation to the entrant, including sending the entrant electronic messages.

More competitions may be found on our Games Paradise Australia Facebook Fan Page” “


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2  A.S

3  S.M.W

4 I.R

5 A.D

6 J.B

7 A.S

8 W.S

9 A.L

10 M.G

Total 10 entrants

The Brain Game

The Brain Game

There’s a lot of hype generated these days about the importance of regular exercise to keep our bodies healthy, and no-one would dispute that this is excellent advice. But what about our brain? How can we keep this vital organ fit? It’s really important to keep the brain active through all stages of life, but it’s not like we can give it a work-out at the gym.  Luckily for us, there are plenty of simple, economical and fun ways to keep our grey matter in the pink.

Brain training vs brain games

According to neurologist Dr Kawashima, brain training exercises can help make our minds smarter, more agile and less susceptible to degenerative diseases later in life, like dementia. These brain training exercises have taken off in a big way over the past few years but might not be all they’re cracked up to be. You don’t need to commit to highly specialised brain training products to maintain a youthful brain.

Use it or lose it

French researchers recently discovered that children’s memories and brain power increased simply by playing family favourites such as Sudoku and Scrabble – something we game aficionados have known instinctively all along.  And of course it’s never too late to start exercising your brain. Even the elderly can benefit from this gaming fountain of youth.

Make time to exercise

Some stubborn people claim they don’t have time to exercise their bodies, let alone their brains, but with such an amazing variety of games on the market to choose from, there’s really no excuse to let your brain waste away. There’s even a bathroom friendly, splash-proof version of Sudoku available, so you can improve on nature while answering the call of nature!

No fun no gain

I don’t subscribe to the “no pain no gain” fitness theory.  Exercising should be fun – and brain exercise is no exception. Brain teasers like Rubiks Cube and Brainstring, Executive Labyrinth and Lock Mania are great solo challengers, but if you can get a few people together, the addictive Tantrix will give your collective brains a big boost.  Of course there are plenty of other board games as well that can do the trick and provide hours of entertainment to boot.

My all time favourite fun-filled brain stimulating game is Cranium. The latest Wow Edition is an even better brain workout that floods your brain with feel good endorphins at the same time. Cranium works for me, but what game does it for you?

Exclusive Magic Hat

Learn all the tricks of the trade with the Exclusive Magic Hat Set 4. With Exclusive magic hat you will be able to pull a rabbit out of a hat as well as perform loads of cool magic effects.
This set comes jam-packed with 100 tricks for you to master, included in this set are tricks with Cups and balls, Cards, Rope, Sponge and loads of other amazing exciting magic effects.

Heroscape Expansion: Valkrills Gambit Wave 10 (4)

The tenth expansion set for Heroscape, Valkrill’s Gambit features the following boosters:

– Champions of Renown
– Soulborgs
– Warriors of Fledspar
– Warriors and Soulborgs.

D & D Lady Of Pain Video

Hookum – One swing and your hooked !

In theory, it’s simple: swing your ring onto your hook.

But what should be simple is maddeningly difficult.

Hookum is tantalizing and infuriating in equal parts.

As your competitors frantically try to out duel one

another, you must focus only on your throw.

coming soon…