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It is really hard for me to say anything negative about a game developer who has an "About" section on his website that simply features a GIF of him doing the robot in a bright orange shirt.

Most people are familiar with Bingo, having learned it as a child. However, since it is based fully on chance, many casual gamers may want to check out these alternatives that offer a similar feel but add a layer of strategy.

For game designer and publisher Julia Schiller, success with her newest Kickstarter venture Hoard would mean more than just simply acquiring the funds to produce thousands of copies. Originally born in America, Schiller moved to New Zealand back in 2000 and has been there ever since.

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.

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