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I'll be honest: Monopoly hasn't hit my table in at least 10 years. Yet it remains in my game collection as one of my must-own games. I, along with millions of others have many memories of playing the game as a child, which mostly was instrumental in teaching me what it felt like to lose miserably to my older and smarter siblings. Nowadays, I am much more interested in playing newer, fresher, more appealing titles — but I also respect the past and plan to teach Monopoly to my children so they can take part in the tradition when they are ready to learn it.

Are you a board game fan who would like to have a regular game night? I started mine a few years ago, thinking it would be a fun one-time deal, but after the success of that evening I’ve turned it into an event that has my friends consistently asking when my next game night will be. Here are six tips for organizing and running your own successful game night regularly.

Every year the board game industry grows and incorporates more and more dedicated players. The last few years have been termed the "board game renaissance," and in a lot of ways it truly is the best era in gaming thus far. By the time industry magazine ICv2 reports of the most recent figures (typically 10-20% annual growth since around 2008) a plethora of new board game publishers have already sprung up. With the growth of Kickstarter, starting a publishing company has become a lot more accessible for those that don't have the financial resources to afford printing thousands of copies of a game on their own.

The designer of Arkham Horror, Defenders of the Realm, and Elder Sign discusses his next big game, based on the classic movie series Planet of the Apes.

From audience building and marketing skills, to game quality and accessibility, new project creators can learn a lot from giants like Exploding Kittens and Kingdom Death.

Some ideas just hit you like lightning. Once they've worked their way into the folds of your brain, they will not relent until they've achieved fruition.

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