Chess in the Park, Denver

Looking for an al fresco chess spot in Denver, Colorado?  Then come to the 16th Street Mall, between Arapahoe Street and Curtis Street.  Artists Doug Eichelberger and Susan Wick  created this group of tables with two ceramic tiled chess boards separated by a mosaic sculpture. It’s a great spot to find a pick up game and do some people watching.


Game Cafe in Qubec City

While visiting Québec City I found La Ravanche,  a great place to play games. On 585 Boulevard Charest E. La Revanche  is not just a game cafe, but a game pub complete with draft beers and cocktails. 

Players can sip the beverage of their choice and choose a game from an impressive collection of games–mostly in French. If your French is a little rusty, the staff clad in bright yellow t-shirts will teach you the rules of the games you picked.

Bonne chance!


A Great Deal For A Wedding Reception


Concerned that guests at your wedding reception will just be staring at their cellphone screens instead of interacting? Consider trying what  this couple did at their reception. On each table was a deck of cards for the guests to play with, complete with the rules to a card game popular with the bride’s family and one popular with the groom’s family. 

In large social gatherings a simple deck of cards can be a catalyst for mingling and conversation.  Family members can catch up with each other as they play.  Guests who do not know each other can play  a hand or two without the awkwardness of struggling to make small talk. A deck of cards encourages people to share favorite games and memories of playing with friends and family.

What I Found At the Used Book Store

This deck of of cards and accompanying booklet was found while browsing one of my favorite used book stores. The booklet has the rules to the game spades and the deck has tips on how to bid and win tricks  printed on the cards.  I am interested in ideas on how to make homemade playing and strategy aids. If you have ideas please share them in the comments.

A Game Player’s  Pilgramage 

I was daydreaming about traveling around the world when an idea hit me. I would like to put together list of awesome places to play games. It could include places where a historic game was played. It could have locations that possess outstanding game equipment to play on. It could also include a location where there are lots of other players to be found. 

If any readers have suggestions on locations that should be included please share them in the comments.

Not Playing With A Full Deck

imageI have always been interested in the ways that ultra light hikers modify the equipment they carry. By cutting off any  unnessary parts ,they can reduce the weight and bulk of there gear. So in this spirt I wanted to share this experiment in ultra light playing cards.


The first way I tried to make an ultra light deck was to take a paper cutter and cut them down the middle. This gave them the feel  of Bài Tú Sác cards. While they were not too hard to hold or shuffle, the deck was still fairly large. 

The next deck I made was cut into quarters on the paper cutter. With this deck I could only hold about five cards so that I could see what they were. Another disadvantage was that shuffling took some practice before it could done smoothly. However, the deck was now small enough to fit in an Altoids tin with room to spare.

If you have any thoughts on how to make these ultra light decks even better please share them in the comments.