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Star Wars: Rebellion: The Kotaku Review

Most Star Wars games put you in command of a few brave heroes of the galactic struggle. Star Wars: Rebellion, a new board game from Fantasy Flight, puts you in command of the whole damn war.


Google's AI Faces Off Against The World Go Champion Today

Google’s AI program AlphaGo will be wearing its “Deep Blue” hat this week as it attempts to beat the world champion of the board game Go in a series of five matches. Here’s how to watch the showdown live.


New TMNT Board Game Looks Great

There’s a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles board game up on Kickstarter. It’s already been funded, so don’t sweat, it’s getting made. Which is cool, because it sounds like the perfect TMNT game.


Pandemic Gets Its Lovecraft On In Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

I’ve never been one for branded board games — for example, Assassin’s Creed Monopoly — but I’m going to make an exception for Z-Man Games’ upcoming Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. And yes, it’s exactly what it says on the tin: Pandemic, but with lovely Lovecraftian bits.


The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game Is About To Be Kickstarted

The world already has quite a few (and very good) zombie board games: Last Night on Earth, Dead of Winter, Zombicide… the list goes on. But if you officially slap “The Walking Dead” on a new miniatures game, the competition doesn’t matter, because it’s going to sell like hot, fleshy blood cakes.


How To Ruin Monopoly And Make People Hate You

At one point in your life, you’ve probably played Monopoly. If want to learn how to ruin the game so that you and your friends will never want to play again, here’s how.


Google Created An AI Smart Enough To Beat A Professional Go Player

Most people are familiar with the story and background behind Deep Blue, and AIs have been mastering quizzes, board games and computer games for a decades. But there’s always been one that has proven to be trickier than the rest: the ancient board game of Go.

Go’s a fascinating game, and the many millions of possible permutations makes things tricky for a computer. But Google, of all companies, has finally conquered that last barrier by slapping the reigning three-time European Go champion around the board.


Understanding Complex Board Games Doesn't Have To Be A Nightmare

Learning the rules is one of the biggest hurdles players face when learning board games. Players have to self-moderate, to learn the rules and make sure things go right. There are no board game police to monitor your table and make sure that you’re playing correctly. That’s okay. You can have fun making mistakes and learn a lot in the process. Games can appear complex and uninviting because of this.


The Best Board Games To Play Over Christmas

It’s late afternoon on Christmas day. Your family has just polished off a wonderful lunch, had a bit to drink and are on the verge of going into a food coma. You’ve all been together for a few more hours than you’re used to these days and nobody is quite sure what to do. Next thing you know, a battered copy of some old board game gets pulled out of the linen closet. Then the greatest of terrible holiday traditions begins: family arguments.


A Board Game Mash-Up Between Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat And Dragonball Z Is Coming

I don’t even want to picture the process behind getting the IP owners’ approval. And maybe that part hasn’t come through yet. But somebody is making a board game cross-up between Dragonball Z, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, and it’s being Kickstarted soon.


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