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All games have an element of chance to them. Your path to victory or defeat always depends to some extent on the moves of your opponent, after all. But some games are more reliant on chance than others. With a game like Yahtzee, the goal is to minimize chance’s influence on the outcome, and that’s what I’m here to get you thinking about.

Classic board games have been seeing new life thanks to the App Store, and the latest game to get a digital revival is Hasbro’s YAHTZEE! In Scopely’s Yahtzee With Buddies, you’ll shake, count and shout just like the real board game.

Games which accommodate both solo and cooperative play seem to be especially valued in the market these days. This trend was noticed by developer Chris Cieslik of Asmadi Games, and inspired the new Kickstarter game One Deck Dungeon. Whether it’s the straightforward mechanics, solo play support, or the deliberate decision making behind the character artwork, the project has already accumulated over $85,000 in backer support.

Many casual gamers enjoy the casual gameplay experience of games like Poker and Blackjack. However, the stakes get higher when real money is involved.

Not having people to play with is perhaps one of the biggest obstacles which keep people from becoming truly engaged by the wide world of tabletop games. Lots of situations can prevent players from finding a good group to share their favorite gaming experiences. A recent move, a lack of “geeky” meeting places in the immediate area, or just general shyness about approaching new people, can all prevent gamers from finding like-minded players.

Most people can remember at least one pretty crazy or vivid dream they had in their life. Whether it made their skin crawl, or filled them with joy, dreams can be powerful things. For game developer P.D. Warne, dreams led him down an unexpected career path which culminated in the creation of his Kickstarter project, the Larklamp.

Have you ever tried to explain how a game works without any visual aids or a copy of the game itself? More often than not it was probably a pretty frustrating experience depending on the complexity of the game. Well the designers at Cheapass Games not only had to explain their newest game Tak in that way, but they had to explain it to its original creator, author Patrick Rothfuss.

Choosing 3 casual casino games that can be played online is a tough call, because people are going to discuss the meaning of the term 'casual' differently. Some people consider a game casual if it doesn't really require a lot of intellectual effort to play. As such, certain casino games are going to be off the table right away, especially the table games. Blackjack is famously one of the most intellectually intensive of all of the casino games if it is played correctly. Some people still might play blackjack casually, however, especially certain forms of blackjack online.

I hate paper money.  Not American greenbacks, but rather the pink-backs, white-backs, blue-backs or whatever color money it is that comes with a particular game.  Inevitably, it gets bent, torn or mutilated.  Maybe all of the above.  Then, you are playing a great game with one of the major components in nasty shape.  I am talking about the aesthetics of playing a game.  Casual gaming with friends and family ought to be a great experience, not just competition.  Having nice components is like having great glassware — always using the same paper money for a great game is like always drinking wine from the red Solo cup.

Check out some practical benefits of skipping the gas station and getting your tickets online. With the recent surge of jackpot winners, more people are playing than ever before, and with the more people playing, the jackpots are getting bigger all the time. Synching the popularity with advances in today’s technologies, many vendors have started offering lotto-related services online. Something may seem very sterile and impersonal about buying your tickets online, but don’t be worried. The advantages of playing online are truly worth your while.

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