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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Board Game Lover in Your Life

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Board games are currently enjoying a renaissance; family favorites are still going strong, but a new class of games has emerged and created their own culture. Whether your favorite gamer is a child or a chess master (or a child chess master), we've got you covered.

1. SUSHI GO!; $11

This fast-paced card game is good-natured fun for ages 8 and up. Users score points by grabbing the best combination of sushi dishes and finishing the meal with the most pudding dessert. The short play time (only 20 minutes) makes it a perfect choice for those with short attention spans, and the little box and friendly price point make it an ideal stocking stuffer.

Find it: Amazon

2. MEEPLE GAME PIECES; PRICES VARY

No need to splurge on a new game to make somebody’s day; you could just help restore or jazz up the one they already have. Meeple Source offers wooden tokens and resources like coins and crops. You can also buy game-specific upgrade kits for today’s most popular titles.

Find it: Meeple Source

3. FIREFLY MONOPOLY; $32

With Firefly Monopoly, fans of the beloved sci-fi series (ages 8 and up) can be big damn heroes, stealing precious real estate right from under the Alliance’s nose and drawing “Gorram” and “Shiny!” cards.

Find it: Amazon

4. 1000 BLANK WHITE CARDS STARTER KIT; $10

For the gamer who has everything, try giving the gift of game creation. The rules are simple: there are no rules. You can make your own starter kit for less than $10 with blank white index cards, a few pens, and a box to keep them in. It may not look like much, but trust us: this game is awesome.

Find it: Your local office supply store 

5. AGRICOLA; $54

Never before has agriculture been so fun. Agricola players compete to rack up the most points through peaceful pastimes like farming, fishing, cooking, and herding. Fans of the TV show Orphan Black may also recognize Agricola as the centerpiece of Scott Smith’s beloved game night.

Find it: Amazon

6. ICE SPEED CHESS SET; $13

This ice chess set turns up the heat on gameplay, forcing players to move quickly before their pieces melt. The set comes with two silicone molds to make two sets of chess pieces.

Find it: ThinkGeek

7. BOARD GAME BOX ORGANIZERS; $24 AND UP

Some of today’s most popular games involve a lot of pieces. To minimize that chaos, The Broken Token offers board game box organizers. Each organizer is title-specific, designed to tidy up the boxes of the most popular games on the market.

Find it: The Broken Token

8. KING OF TOKYO; $40

The goal is simple, but the obstacles are legion. Each player in King of Tokyo is a monster with visions of world domination. But to claim the title of King of Tokyo, everybody else has to go down. The monster fights, detailed art, and satisfying gameplay make this great entertainment for both parties and kids.

Find it: Iello Games

9. TICKET TO RIDE; $39

Learning how to play Ticket to Ride is easy, but mastering it is another story. Players become retro railroad tycoons, battling it out to build the most rail lines across the U.S. If that’s just not enough territory, the game also comes in Asian, African, and European editions.

Find it: Amazon

10. CHAIN MAIL DICE BAG; $10

This dice bag is both hefty and roomy, making it a great home for a beloved dice collection—and the perfect Secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer for a tabletop gamer.

Find it: ThinkGeek

11. MYSTERIUM; $68

In a twist on the classic murder mystery, Mysterium turns one of the players into a ghost, who must then get the other players to identify the killer. For all its morbid fun, the game is cooperative, not competitive, which makes it a great choice for parties.

Find it: Amazon

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Mattel Unveils New Uno Edition for Colorblind Players
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On the heels of International Colorblind Awareness Day, Mattel, which owns Uno, announced it would be unveiling a colorblind-friendly edition of the 46-year-old card game.

The updated deck is a collaboration with ColorADD, a global organization for colorblind accessibility and education. In place of its original color-dependent design, this new Uno will feature a small symbol next to each card's number that corresponds with its intended primary color.

As The Verge points out, Mattel is not actually the first to invent a card game for those with colorblindness. But this inclusive move is still pivotal: According to Fast Co. Design, Uno is currently the most popular noncollectible card game in the world. And with access being extended to the 350 million people globally and 13 million Americans who are colorblind, the game's popularity is sure to grow.

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Lightning-Fast Teen Sets New Rubik’s Cube World Record
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In less time than it takes some people to open a pickle jar, 15-year-old Patrick Ponce can solve a Rubik’s Cube. His total time of 4.69 seconds makes him the new holder of the world record for fastest 3-by-3 Rubik’s Cube completion, as highlighted by Compete (and seen in the video below).

Ponce achieved the impressive feat of dexterity at a tournament in Middletown, Virginia, on September 2. He takes the title from the previous Rubik’s Cube speed record holder, Feliks Zemdegs, who solved the puzzle in 4.73 seconds at a competition in Australia in December 2016.

But the teenager may not hold his new position at the top for very long: Expert Rubik's Cubers have been steadily lowering the speed record beneath the 5-second mark since 2015. And human competitors still have a long way to go before solving a cube in 0.887 seconds—that’s the record that was set by a robot in March of 2017.

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