Hot Board Games How-Tos

How To: Play Marble Solitaire

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play the hardwood board game, Marble Solitaire. This board comes in 2 different sizes, 11" and 16". This is only a 1 player game. The game starts with all 36 marbles outside of the field, leaving the empty hole in the middle of the board. To play, simply jump one marble over another and place it into the tray. Continue jumping over the marbles until there is only one marble on the field. If you end up with more than one marble, you lose. This video...

How To: Play the Pente (Pentagon) marble game

In this Games video tutorial you will learn how to play the Pente (Pentagon) marble game. It's a game of skill and strategy played on a 14" square hardwood game board. It can be comfortably played by 2 people or two teams. Teams do not have to be balanced (two against one, three against two, any combination). The board is divided into 3/4" squares. The unique feature of this board is the four holding trays for the playing gems. First decide who will start. The starting player places a gem at ...

How To: Use impasse on the chess-like game Shogi

Do you like chess? How about Japanese chess? Aren't there different chess variants in Japan though? Maybe, but this specific chess variant is called Shogi. The chess-like game Shogi is won by capturing the king, just like chess, but defeat is conceded at mate, or when mate becomes unavoidable.

How To: Make a retro steampunk hardware chess set

Steampunk, a vintage Victorian mechanical style, is one of the hottest design trends to date since faux bois. Get in on the trend while creating many hours of fun for yourself and friends by making this awesome steampunk style chess set. This chess set is comprised of various pieces of hardware, a found table, and common household chemicals.

How To: Use a Ouija board to get the best experience

Easttexas937 shows viewers how to properly use a Ouija board to get the best experience. First you will need a Ouija board and a pointer. If you want to make these two things, you should use lightweight glass and make sure you make the board properly. You have to have an open mind and good intentions when you go in to use the board. There also must be no secrets between the friends playing and you should not have a friend that is not trustworthy. This will keep evil spirits out. Always have m...

How To: Build a wooden chessboard

Have you ever wanted to build your own chessboard? Well, you're in luck. This video tutorial series will show you how to build a wooden chessboard. If you follow these seven videos, you'll be playing chess in no time.

How To: Play traditional Mancala

Mancala is a classic board game that is played as seriously as Westerner's play Chess in some Asian and African cultures. Traditionally, Mancala is played with either a wooden gameboard or even with holes in the ground or stone. The game pieces are made of marbles, seeds or stones and are distributed evenly on the board.

How To: Play backgammon with Gus Hansen

This video explains the rules on how to play backgammon, with World Series of Poker star and backgammon enthusiast Gus Hansen. First, he describes the board and how it is divided into four sections with six points in each, for a total of 24 points. Each player has 15 checkers and two dice. The checkers move in opposite directions, causing a lot of interaction between the two players while allowing for strategy and luck. You move all your checkers to your home board first, then take them off t...

How To: Play Mah Jong

Board game enthusiast Scott Nicholson reviews a new game each week showing you the pieces and rules of play, as well and demonstrating the game with friends. This weeks game, Mah Jong, is an ancient Chinese game about collecting sets. Don't confuse this with the tile picking game on your computer of the same name!

How To: Play chess and win in two moves taught by a 6 year old

In this how-to video, you will learn how to win at Chess in two moves. First, you will need a chessboard. Pawns go up twice at the start or once. They attack diagonally. Otherwise they just go up once. The castle, or rook, go up and down or side to side. The bishop goes diagonally in both directions. The knight moves in an L shape in any direction. The queen can go sideways, diagonally, forward, and backward. The king can move only once space at a time. Once the board is set up, you are ready...

How To: Play Risk on your own wall with your own game pieces

Who wants to play Risk the old fashioned way? No, I don't mean with armies and such, but the board game. Well, what if you wanted to play it on your wall? Then make a big game and build your own pieces, and see how to do it here. Watch the first video for making the board, the second for making the game pieces, and the third video for making the cards and dice.

How To: Use a Ouija board by yourself

OuijaFreak shows viewers how to use a Ouija Board alone! First, you need to gently set the pointer on the board. Next, place your hands very lightly on the pointer. You'll want to be barely touching the pointer. Hold your wrists up and keep your hand off the table. Your hands cannot be heavy on the table - you need to keep everything light. First, you should ask if 'anyone is here' when using the board. A response can take even 20 minutes or even longer. You have to be patient. If you are not...

How To: Play xiangqi, also known as Chinese chess

Chinese chess is the world’s most popular board game. Chinese chess, also known as xiangqi, has been played throughout East Asia for over 1000 years. The playing pieces have traditionally been identified using Chinese characters, so only those who could read Chinese characters could play. Now, Chinese chess is available in a set in which the pieces are identified by symbols on one side and Chinese characters on the reverse side so that anyone can enjoy this challenging strategy game.

How To: Play the pirate-filled board game Jamaica

Have you ever heard of Jamaica? Of course you have. It's that island right next to Cuba and Haiti. Well, that's not really what I'm talking about though. I'm talking about the board game Jamaica. This video series will show you how to play the board game with a presentation of the playing cards, the game round, the action types, combat, cost of spaces, penury, treasures, and the end of the game.

How To: Play Hoopla

Board game enthusiast Scott Nicholson reviews a new game each week showing you the pieces and rules of play, as well and demonstrating the game with friends. This weeks game, Hoopla, is a party game where everyone is on one team together.

How To: Play the constructive board game Rumis

As a kid, you always liked to be constructive, building with Legos and Lincoln Logs, and at one point you even got into playing the strategic, building block, video game Tetris. Why not go back to the gold old days and find a new game of today similar to those of your young years, like Rumis?

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