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Thursday, October 2, 2014
$19.99 from Porn the Game »

One time I read a book willingly and it was called The Average American Male. The entirety of its plot basically consisted of the narrator thinking about what it would be like to have dirty sex with every woman he saw, including...

Sunday, April 6, 2014
$19.95 from Amazon »

Don't be fooled into thinking the Toroflux kinetic sculpture is just some stupid bracelet-slinky-figuratively-one-dimensional-girl-and-baby toy like I was. Watch the video. Like, beyond the first 10 seconds when the dude is...

Saturday, October 18, 2014
$20 from Kickstarter »

Usually the only people I credit for being clever, relevant, and hilarious are myself and sometimes Stephen Colbert, but the cards of party game Drunk Stoned or Stupid demonstrate there might be a few others out there deserving of the compliments. Two of their names are Trevor and Noah Mayer. The Brothers Mayer, along with input from friends, family, and fans' emailed suggestions, have amassed...

Thursday, June 19, 2014
$24.99 from Lewd and Obscene »

Lewd and Obscene, according to creator Anthony Annese, is what would happen "if Urban Dictionary and Balderdash had a one night stand and the condom broke." Testament #1 to the validity of that statement: mentally rotate the...

Sunday, November 10, 2013
$499.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer »

The geometric Gomboc's shape supposedly mimics that of a radiated tortoise shell, and its movement that of the animal's when it rights itself without the use of its limbs. Now if that's the case, my question is: why would...

Sunday, June 22, 2014
$14.89 from Deals Only »

Use the Haze Pro Professional Smoke Grenade for emergency training drills. To create realistic disaster scenes or dramatic entrances in amateur movies and at parities. As a smoke screen during Airsoft and paintball battles. Or, most practically and best of all, detonate its 40,000 cubic foot wall of opacity on the neighborhood block party this 4th of July....

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hey, it's Scrabble for the Jumbo Crosswords crowd. But $20 says more people will spell words wrong trying to maneuver their letters in supersized form. Seriously, the alphabet's way harder to manage when it's big (case in...

Saturday, October 19, 2013
$149.99 from Anki »

Artificial intelligence and robotics, the virtual reality video game and the actual reality physical game, Anki and iOS: these are the parts of Anki DRIVE that make it a whole new experience in the gaming industry. A simple...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
$29.20 from Amazon »

I'm not saying the Euler's Disk isn't fascinating and rad and a commendable utilization of the laws of physics, but watching and listening to it creates a great deal of anxiety in my heart. It's like the foreboding music in...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
$10 from Varianto:25 »

Who wants some undiluted geekery? code:deck is a standard set of playing cards individually described by rank and suit in one of 13 different programming languages. As maker Varianto:25 points out, the cards should arouse...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
$65 from Kickstarter »

Jason Hui of Prometheus Lights is the first to point out that he makes tools, not toys. That he has created the Lambda Top, and is seeking funding for it on Kickstarter, is probably due solely to the fact that even men who...

Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Joanne Silverman loves meth. Just kidding. She loves Breaking Bad. I mean, I guess she might love meth too, but probably not because if she did it is unlikely she would have the wherewithal to conceive and create this outstanding...

Saturday, October 4, 2014
$12.95 from Amazon »

The skulls on these X-ray playing cards show a transparent face to you, an opaque face to your opponents, and a sinister face to all. You'll be able to turn your friend Cornelius' mug into a sick-grinning, blood-red-brained...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
$24.99 from Amazon »

Well I hope the Reloaded version of Lightning Reaction doesn't follow in the footsteps of The Matrix and suck. Or maybe it's being cheeky and willingly emulating the trilogy's second installment--in the sense that while the...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
$2,050 from Ferrari Store »

Sure, $2 grand is steep, but it's not like this is just a Ferrari carbon fiber chess set. Look, you can play checkers on it too. And check out the varnish on those red playing pieces. I can almost see my reflection in them...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

Superfight! instructs us to imagine Cards Against Humanity meets Apples to Apples. For the sake of what comes next, I would add to imagine this meeting takes place in either a dark alley, an octagon, or on opposite ends of...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
$25 from Amazon »

Cards Against Humanity is basically a more blatantly raunchy and politically incorrect version of the game Apples to Apples. And Apples to Apples is basically an evolution of Mad Libs that better lends itself to large group...

Friday, February 14, 2014
$10 from Amazon »

Black like my ex's heart, and black like the magic I'm going to use to make her rue the day she left me crushed and dejected inside a four square. Anyone who wants to know what's wrong with me, here's your answer: 1) Julie...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Can you hear that, Cornelius? It's the resounding clink-clink-clink of me dominating you at Connect Four all wood and aluminum and classy-like....

Sunday, January 12, 2014
$128 - $185.50 from Gyroscope.com »

Made from solid brass and aluminum, the Super Precision Gyroscope is both the epic tinkerer's and workplace thumb-twiddler's essential toy. It runs on miniature stainless steel bearings that propel its movement continuously...

Sunday, December 22, 2013
$120 from Kickstarter »

Yes, they shuffle. But they can't do the bridge/easy stack after the riffle, so if you want a deck of carbon fiber playing cards, you'll have to be willing to press them together and realign them into a neat pile yourself....

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Sold Out from Amazon »

Box Contents: 2 Hats; 3 Doodies. In life we sling mud and we talk shit and also many animals with opposable thumbs literally throw their excrement, so...uh...it's only logical that someone created a party game wherein players...

Monday, June 25, 2012
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And suddenly, the intense inaction and sporadic finger movements of chess captivate the masses and enamor even those who have no idea what the hell is going on. Erotic chess pieces abound in Etsy vendor Nicola Ford's online...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Of course the Batman Chess Set costs nearly $800. The Dark Knight is a fancy superhero. The fanciest superhero of all, I would say. And check out how dashing he looks in fine pewter and diecast metal. Villains the Joker, Catwoman...

Saturday, November 10, 2012
$29.95 from Amazon »

What better way to enjoy giving a gift as much as receiving one than to present it to its recipient in a Puzzle Pod? For this DaVinci Code-style cryptex, which must be solved before the goods inside are accessible, will likely...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
$10.15 from Amazon »

As you can see, Super Sculpey sculpturing compound can sculpt some pretty super sculptures. The mutant dentist's nightmare in the photo above comes courtesy of Chris Maxwell via ConceptArt. Additionally, a simple online image...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
$199 from Amazon »

Professor Plum in the dining room with the...3D glasses, suckah! Iconic board game Clue has followed Hollywood feature films into the 3rd dimension with its own 3D addition to your family fun nights. No glasses required here...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
$27.20 - $85 from Shapeways »

Pain, blood, Thorn Dice: you gotta pay to play. Meandering threads of contemporary CAD technology intertwine to form polyhedral dice bodies dotted with protruding thorns and varying numerical sequences that accommodate all...

Friday, September 20, 2013
$7.75 from Amazon »

How do you declare a thumb war in Wookieespeak? Yeah, that's right, 1, 2, 3, Raaawwwrrr! Time to suit up, buckle down, and probably tie one on, Cornelius, because I challenge you to a lightsaber duel. From the knuckles down....

Thursday, June 26, 2014
$35 - $70 from Snipe Darts »

Liran Erez decided to fire back at what he deems the lame-ifying of shooter games with the advent of touchscreen apps. His SNIPE Dart Blaster and free SNIPE apps...no, the darts aren't going to F up your screen...introduce...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
$35 from Amazon »

It always sucks when someone's kid gets inadvertently staked in the head playing Jarts. Even when it's kind of funny because it makes you think of that one Steve Martin standup routine...it's not really that funny because...

Sunday, April 6, 2014
$54.50 from Amazon »

The 3-1/2-minute video tutorial of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game jasonobi uploaded to YouTube is one of the better user videos I've seen of this nature. He explains the extensive rules succinctly, plays the TV series'...

Thursday, February 7, 2013
$24.95 - $64.95 from Dan & Dave »

Each of the 54 cards in Dan & Dave's Ultimate Deck brandishes a unique piece of artwork courtesy of design agency Stranger & Stranger. And yes, most of them are macabre and vaguely disturbing like the Unicorn Head Mask and...

Sunday, October 21, 2012
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Wayne Hussey and Carlyle Livingston, ye builders of the LEGO Bat Cave, I think you might win Batman Creations Fabricated by People Obsessed with the Dark Knight for 2012. Motorcycle suits be damned, I'd much rather have this...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
$29.99 from Amazon »

Since most of us would rather be wet than dead, this water balloon variation on Russian Roulette is likely to generate a bit more participation and enthusiasm as a try-your-luck party game than its bullet-based counterpart....

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
$7.02 from Amazon »

Even if I weren't a gambling man I would like the 50/50 Savings Bank because every day it would remind me of Plinko, my favorite Price Is Right game, and also Bob Barker, my favorite game show host and general hero of life....

Friday, March 8, 2013
$10 - $25 from Machine of Death »

Just when I think games have been completely overshadowed by Breaking Bad viewing parties and orgies as the most popular indoor group activities, Kickstarter projects like Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination...

Sunday, February 3, 2013
$549 from Amazon »

I prefer to use my coffee table to play old school Nintendo, but I understand there are some out there even older school than I am who are more down with using theirs to play foosball. By the way, to those under the age of...

Thursday, September 4, 2014
$14.95 - $130 from Yomega »

Whether you're a Yo-yo novice, a yo-yo Yoda, or just an avid collector of all things Star Wars, Yomega's Star Wars yo-yos and yo-yo accessories, will make a campy and unique addition to your galactic repertoire. The company...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
$136.95 from Firebox.com »

It even has cup holders for beer and an amplifier for your smartphone! Try not to knock over that bottle of IPA, and say it, don't spray it when things get exciting/intense/on the verge of a foosball fist fight though. This...

Saturday, September 10, 2011
$16.50 from Gents Supply Co. »

In a world where all people are treated a equals (except women and minorities and dwarfs and handicapped people) we approach a time where we need everything to be equal. No card gets special treatment. They all must look exactly...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
$60.95 from Amazon »

I don't know what you get when you pass Go--maybe another axe or Gator machete to add to your zombie defense arsenal--but I do know that when I play Monopoly: Walking Dead Survival Edition I'll have permanent dibs on the bucket...

Friday, December 28, 2012
$12 - $39 from CRL Products »

Precision machined dice made from pure, solid metal. Just like my abs. Amber Rix's wildly successful Kickstarter project will reward backers with a choice of 3/4" dice in 7 different unmixed, undiluted material types: Aluminum;...

Monday, October 7, 2013
$9.99 from Hopson Kinetic »

OSM = Object for Spatial Manipulation = a kaleidoscopic sculpture made of disks = pronounced "awesome". No joke. "OSM" sounds out as "awesome" because its designers have astutely noticed that that's exactly what this endlessly...

Thursday, December 15, 2011
$23.41 from Amazon »

Holy shit, I'm feeling epically perplexused just looking at this gnarled sphere of chaos. And that's not even the interactive fun part. Inside the visual affront is a little steel ball, which must be wound around the structure's...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I have so many reasons to celebrate. 1) It didn't reach 1215 degrees F yesterday (and despite some initial white-knuckling turbulence, my airplane did not fall out of the sky). 2) Three days from now I'm going to be receiving...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Here's a fun accident waiting to happen. Sorry about Grandma's porcelain ash urn, Mama! It's so hard to find Skee Ball machines outside of Chuck E Cheese's anymore. I guess they don't have the same bar-game allure as pool...

Sunday, March 25, 2012
$34.99 from Battleshots »

Ah, it appears a version of Battleship has been invented for the kids who actually leave their dorm rooms on Friday nights. Battle Shots, in a hilarious act of futility, purports to combine analytical thinking and strategic...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
$179.99 from Amazon »

Do you believe in the power of the human mind? If you said yes, and you are not a Buddhist monk, yogi master, hypnotist, or cult leader, you probably also believe in The Force. But while belief in The Force is one thing, mastery...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
$36.29 from Amazon »

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, and people who live in marble towers should watch out because...bombs away! MindWare's Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 is an interlocking system of brightly-hued cubes that tinkerers small...

Monday, December 17, 2012
$150 from Etsy »

It's paleontology, puzzle-solving, and ridiculously rad lawn ornament all rolled into one plasma cut steel assembly kit. This giant velociraptor skeleton arrives as 44, 11-gauge, 1/8" steel pieces begging to be the centerpiece...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
$79.90 from IQ Cubes »

I guess anyone who can solve the Roulette Wheel IQ Cube must be pretty smart. I feel pretty smart just for figuring out what it is based on the manufacturer's bold, caps, red-fonted, syntactically-challenged description of...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

Now that NFL powerhouse and perennial Super Bowl favorites the Seattle Seahawks have been knocked out of the playoffs, I'm going to have to find something else to do from within the 6' radius surrounding my recliner. Hey...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

According to the Choosatron, "as technology has advanced, so has the way we tell stories." I agree. Particularly with regard to online dating profiles in which all women are drama- and maintenance-free, and weigh the same...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Default setting during Settlers of Catan play is already shaking my fist while bellowing a battle cry. Sometimes of conquer. Sometimes of defeat. Funny how those sounds and gestures have global emotional applications. Anyway...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The undead beast has arrived. Paul Boratko spent years mulling over and designing his Vampire GT Supercar. Its gull-wing doors. Its menacing front fascia. Its groundbreaking chassis. In July 2011, he began tinkering with a...

Sunday, May 6, 2012
$99 - $199 from Amazon »

In a gross affront to smartphones, GPS devices, and certain anatomical organs, littleBits has declared that we as a society should return to the days of using our brains to do our thinking. The simple, space-sensitive blocks--similar...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
$18,611 from Firebox.com »

Time to brush up on curving the cue ball. Here are a few observations about bananas and pool and Banana Pool Tables:...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
$28 from David Cole »

Unlike the Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle, this nugget of LEGO taxidermy would be way cooler if it were bigger. When I first saw it I thought it was a life-size LEGO deer head and I was like, "Yahtzee! Cornelius is gonna...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
$4,200 from Etsy »

We can all appreciate the creative skill, labor, and craftsmanship Jim Arnold poured into his elaborate, entirely hand-carved War of 1812 Chess set. But those of you out there who actually know what the War of 1812 is, and...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
$118 from Amazon »

Not since the invention of the laser pointer has an item this perfect come along to confound and torment our pets. Sphero is a robotic ball that is controlled by your mobile phone. A technological marvel, this is mainly for...

Friday, December 21, 2012
$19.99 from SteelSeries »

With all the newfangled tablet and smartphone technology we are able to enjoy today, I am glad we haven't yet cast aside all of our oldfangled technology, such as buttons and suction cups. SteelSeries joystick and push button...

Sunday, February 26, 2012
$10 from Molla Space »

Behold the one-way mirror of playing cards! MollaSpace's transparency deck gives serious poker and Go Fish competitors the ability to surreptitiously monitor their opponents' actions and expressions, while simultaneously defiling...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Right hand red, left foot green, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy. The classic party game Twister meets the classic carnie blow-up apparatus the Bouncy House in Hammacher Schlemmer's very carefully named Inflatable Outdoor Color Dot...

Friday, January 25, 2013
$14.97 from Amazon »

I don't think it would be that hard to be a Zombie Tarot Card reader. Everyone's fate would be the same: death. I suppose you would have to get a little creative in describing the specifics of each poor sap's demise, but I'm...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
$44.99 from Amazon »

I enjoy fiddling with lasers--particularly those than can burn my eye out--but I'm not sure how I'm going to like one whose use also requires a certain amount of intellectual fortitude. Or, as the Laser Maze prefers to call...

Thursday, May 3, 2012
$699.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer »

All the fun of a classic, 1920s wooden roller coaster, without the whiplash and 62% chance that it will collapse or derail mid-ride! Designed by a roller coaster engineer and built by a carnie, this 1:48 scale model comprises...

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Sold Out from Amazon »

Up to this point Bill Murray has probably been wondering if he'd ever truly make it in Hollywood. I mean, three seasons of SNL, a few decent films, one of the worst, yet most recognizable, heads of hair on the planet...I don't...