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Casual Games

The Parents' Choice Foundation recently announced the recipients of the Fall 2013 toy awards. The games in the list mostly consist of kids' or educational games, with a surprising number of games promoting yoga for kids. However, if you look closely enough, you'll find several good choices for casual gamers of all ages. Here are the ones that caught our attention (click here for the complete list).

A lot of games are hitting Kickstarter these days, and casual games are no exception. Over the last year, we have seen amazing growth in the number of high quality casual games hitting the crowdfunding scene. After many hours of research on the games being funded this month, we are happy to present to you our crowdfunding favorites for November 2013!

How much wood would a lumberjack chop if a lumberjack could chop wood? Oh, wait...a lumberjack can chop wood, and, in fact, he can chop a lot of it—but can he chop just the bark? Click Clack Lumberjack, a new dexterity game by Mayday Games, challenges players to remove the bark from a tree without toppling the trunk.

IELLO introduces Heroes of Normandie, a fast-paced WW2 strategy wargame inspired by Hollywood war movies. Plus: how Monopoly can help grow casual gaming, 10 tips for teaching younger gamers more complex games, a recap of the best new casual games at the Essen Spiel 2013 fair, and Michael Mindes of Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) shares his success story.

Our Big Box O' Games Giveaway is back and it's bigger than ever! Help us celebrate our Fall 2013 release and new digital editions of Casual Game Insider by entering to win these 5 great casual games, worth over $100!

It's time for our crowdfunding picks for October 2013! This month we're seeing some new themes (junk collection in space and lying pandas) while also keeping with some of the common themes we've seen in the past (monsters, pirates, and ninjas). There are several press-your-luck style games currently seeking funding. We're also starting to see a trend of digital game studios crossing over into tabletop game publishing, and I believe this will continue as casual tabletop games continue to gain popularity.

Casual games are still blossoming like a rose on Kickstarter. It's great to see so many great projects, yet it's becoming more and more difficult to narrow them down to our top picks. When we first started putting together this list, we had to dig long and hard just to find a few good casual games to include — now there are so many that we couldn't possibly include them all.

Our picks for September 2013 include games about monsters, cavemen, art museums, mobsters, royalty, fancy parties, and more.

Saddle up and get ready to head to the tracks! HomeStretch by R&R Games brings the excitement of horse racing right to your table. Whether or not you are into horse racing or you are a skilled gambler, there is fun to be had cheering on your miniature horses to the finish line.

Take a journey with me back to a time when messages were delivered not by text or email, or even snail mail as we know it, but as a handwritten and hand-delivered parchment. The king lazily sits on his throne as his servants receive messages of various importance, who then rush to get the message to the king as quickly as possible to be rewarded for their work.

Casual games are a great way for singles to break the ice without having to worry about pick-up lines or awkward conversations. Fortunately, the executives at Match.com have picked up on this and have recently begun hosting game nights as part of the Match.com "Stir" events.

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