In the day & age when you can get a full-bars wi-fi connection from Fiji to Mount Everest, literally, the idea of sitting around playing board games is kitsch nostalgia. But games like Scrabble & Monopoly get you interacting face to face with other human beings. Fresh, right? The Board Game Remix kit rewrites the rules to the classic games collecting dust in your closet, introduces some new games and teaches you how to improvise when you’re missing pieces. Old just became new.
It would seem designer, Homer Liwag, created these industrial-strength playing cards for a dark sci-fi movie set in a casino or prison of the future. But, he made them for the real world. With thick card stock and the look of stamped military steel, you’ll think you’re betting to save the remains of the human race or some such futuristic weirdness.
Players of chess & backgammon take these traditional board games seriously. So too, does Restoration Hardware. Their handsome double game set in a mango wood & leather box includes leather dice cups and linen pouches to store the wooden game pieces. Classic and aged … just like the games themselves.
The Scottish take their foos very seriously. That’s why Edinburgh-based, The Eleven Forty Company, has dedicated itself to producing the world’s finest hand-crafted foosball tables. Their latest creation pits good against evil. The good team features players like Gandhi, Mother Theresa & Santa Claus, while the bad team has Lucifer, Pol Pot & Hitler. That raises the stakes a bit doesn’t it?
When a Beer Pong professional league is finally established, all the pros will remember the good old days – when they brought their own tables around to informal tournaments and played for the love of the game. If you’re one of these pros in training, better get on your game now. The portable Go Pong table folds out to 8-feet and features a waterproof surface & sturdy aluminum frame. Carry this into the next party and fools will know you are headed to the major leagues.
Sailor Jerry was the godfather of classic tattoo styling. Over the past 60 years, his artwork has been copied, co-opted and made it’s way permanently onto the skin of millions. His art can also be found on shirts, shoes, rum bottles and now, a set of playing cards. This official set of cards features classic flash art with a vintage patina for that old time flavor.
Didn’t Wonder Woman have one of these in her ice castle? Okay, maybe not. With this ultramodern design of glass & metal, it could be from the future. In actuality, the G1 glass top pool table comes from Australia-based, Nottage Design. Maybe you’re wondering how the balls will play on this top? The glass is coated with a material called Vitrik for a familiar (and quiet) felt-top feel.
This exquisitely designed foosball table looks almost too nice to play. Built of solid oak & stainless steel, the glass-top table is clearly made for action, gentlemen. English designer, Howard Bushell, is the artist behind this awesome game/conversation piece. Featuring magnetized scoring counters and unlike most foos tables, you can place your drink on top of it without getting a penalty.
You thought the boys at the office would be impressed when you drove up in your new Audi A4 Avant. Especially, when you explained what Avant meant. But, if you rolled this Audi-designed foosball table into the back office, they’d be blowing off the rest of the afternoon. Impressive, yes. It’s the same classic pub game, but dipped in Audi detailing – all brushed aluminum finish & sleek German styling. This table would keep soccer talk going long after the World Cup is done and gone.
You don’t drink Mickey’s Big Mouths anymore either, so why not add another level of refinement to poker night with the boys? The Mad Deck is a stunning set of illustrated playing cards designed by Turkish artist Ozlem Olcer. This artistic variation on an established theme will impress your guests, leaving you to concentrate on taking their money.