Monday, December 28, 2020

Starting a new Board Game session

Here are the instructions to start playing a game using

  1. Decide which one of you will be the "Host". The host is responsible for creating a game session, and entering the names of the people who will be playing the game.
  2. On the main page click on the "Host" button under host. If you had previously hosted a session, you may see the "Re-Join" button under the Host section.

  3. You will see your existing games that are in progress, and you can re-connect or you can click on the one of the new games that you want to start.

  4. When you start the game, you will enter the names of the friends you want to join the session. Make sure that you click on "Me" for at least one player, so that you can also be part of the game. For each of the other friends, copy down the automatically generated 6 digit code. Once you create the game your friends will use the "Play" option, and enter the 6 digit code, to join the game you created.

  5. Any player who has reached the game's start/hub page can supply the 6 digit codes for their friends who need to join the session. Once everyone has clicked on the "Join" link against their name, the game will start.

Happy Board Gaming!

Launching Parlor (Board) Games

Some of the fondest memories of my childhood involve marathon Monopoly/Scrabble "all-day" game sessions with my cousins & friends, with just the necessary bio-breaks.  While we still play occasionally, with the inevitable scattering of our playing group to the four corners of the globe it is has become a much rarer thing. I have been looking for a way to help us play board games together on the computer. While there are many different free/paid options for this, I didn't find one that exactly met our needs.

Of course, the best way to play board games is in person, with all your friends in your room, and your favorite game in front of you, and with snacks within arms-reach. I have taken the code I wrote a while ago, and published it here: You don't need to register/login to use this site. Starting a board game session is as easy as selecting "host", and then sharing the 6 digit code to your game with the friends you wish to play with.

The site is fairly bare-bones now, but keep an eye out for enhancements coming shortly. My goal is to publish at least one new board game every month. Right now, tic-tac-toe and cassino are the only two playable games there, and they are missing "play against the computer" option.

Play Terni Lapilli (Three Stones) - Ancient Roman Tic-tac-toe

Terni Lapilli (Three Stones) is an ancient Roman game, superficially similar to tic-tac-toe, and played on 3x3 grid. Each player has 3 stone...