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 Ruy Lopez opening in chess

In this video shows a very informative chess match between Richard Retie and Capablanca. This video teaches a viewer various different strategies for an avid chess player or a beginner go hone his skills in a match. The video is narrated and shows the match as it plays out as well as several other possibilities the players could of taken as well as reasoning as to why certain positions were or were not taken. This video is a great learning tool for anyone interested in increasing their strate...

How To: Play Farkle, a game of five dice

Mr. Trailer gives instructions on how to play a fun game called Farkle. Players will need five dice. He recommends casino dice which come in a pack of five. First roll the dice to see who goes first. The objective is to get ones, fives, triples, or straights. You have to get 650 to get on the board. Keep score on paper to keep track. Once you get on the board you can "stay" or roll again. Triples are 100 x the number. For example three 6's would be 600, a 1 would be 100, etc. Mr. Trailer has ...

How To: Play chess like a pro

Anyone can play chess if they have the right training and in this three part video series The Grob Chess Club shows you how to move up to Class E (rated 1000-1199). This tutorial is great for everyone from beginners through people rated under 200.

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: 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: 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: Use a sliding shot to hit the center of the Bey Stadium in Beyblade

A standard straight up and down Beyblade launch usually sends your Beyblade spinning around the edge of the Bey Stadium. If your opponent's Beyblade is in the center of the stadium this means that you will lose a lot of power before you hit them and probably lose the round. This video will show you how you can angle your launcher to do a sliding shot that will cross the middle of the stadium and win you more Beyblade.

How To: Prepare and use a Ouija board properly

This introductory tutorial video offers instructions on how to get the most out of a Ouija board. Beginning with casting a circle, it covers the use of protective herbs and symbols, the importance of having water to offer to the spirits and a candle to focus energy, how to invoke a spirit or demon, some important questions that should be asked when a spirit answers the call, what types of questions are best, and how to correctly banish the spirit or demon at the end of the Ouija board session...

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: Play Heroscape

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, Heroscape, is about buying and fighting with miniatures for kids and adults put out by Milton Bradley.

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: Checkmate an opponent in four moves with School's Mate

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to checkmate an opponent in four moves in Chess. This task is very easy, simple and fast to do. Begin by moving your pawn to E4. Then on your next turn move the bishop to C4 to attack F7. Now move the queen to A5, which also attacks F7. Finish by moving the queen to F7. This is an automatic checkmate because the opponent will lose the king in either way. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy playing board games such as Chess, and would like ...

How To: Play Farkle with dice

This video teaches you how to play the dice game Farkle. You will need 6 dice and a pen and paper to keep score with. The scores are as follows: 1(on the dice)= 100 points, 5(on the dice)= 50 points. A triple of any dice number is worth the number on the dice times 100. With the exception of a triple of one which equals 1000. A triple pair is also equal to 1000. (i.e., a pair of ones, a pair of threes and a pair of fives). A straight is consecutive numbers such as 1,2,3,4,5,6 which results in...

How To: Checkmate your chess opponent in four moves

The video details which pieces you will use to win a game of chess quickly and by surprise. First off he explains the basic setup of the chess piece you will be defeating which is the weakest spot on the opponents side. He explains what moves you will be making on your side by first moving you pawn that is in front of your king. You will then move the kings bishop diagonal until it is in front of the queens bishop. You will then place the queen diagonal three spaces. From there you are setup ...

How To: Play chess like Napoleon Bonaparte

Check out this chess video tutorial from Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk on how to play chess like Napoleon Bonaparte. This chess game is from Napoleon vs General Bertrand in St. Helena (1818). White plays and wins, but how? Well, see for yourself. Let's just say that Napoleon wins the chess game with his queen.

How To: Capture the king with two variations in endgame chess

Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk shows you how to play a real game of chess in this video tutorial, showing you how to checkmate the king with two variations in endgame/middle game chess. This example is from the game DesChapelles - De Labourdonnais, Paris 1836. White plays and wins the chess game by first playing the knight to check the king, with a sacrifice. Then the queen moves in for the endgame/middle game chess kill.

How To: Play the marble pyramid game

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play marble pyramid. This is a 2 player game. Each player has 15 marbles. Players simply take turns placing the marbles onto the field. When 4 marbles form a square, a player is able to place a marble in the center to raise the marble level. Players continue placing and stacking the marbles until it forms into a pyramid. The player with the last marble on top wins the game. Players are also able to stack using their marbles from the field. This vid...

How To: Do the king's Indian defense vs. queen's pawn in chess

This explores Bobby Fischer's opening strategies versus various openings. This video looks at his tactical use of the King's Indian Defense against a Queen's pawn game. Of particular interest is Fischer's strength in maintaining the tension of the position until an opportunity arises. The match took place in 1971 against Mark Taimanov, with Fischer winning.

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.

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