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.

Touch And Move Chess Party

imageIn front of the Art Institute of Chicago can be found the Touch & Go Chess Party. A row of colorful tables where players can play all day for a donation of three dollars. Cecil Locke started setting up this portable table with eleven boards back in 1998. Not only can you play chess a number of pool checkers players also can be found playing here.

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Chicago’s Chess Pavillion

imageOn a warm Chicago day you would be hard pressed to find a more pleasant spot for a game of Chess than the Lincoln Park Chess Pavilion. Built in 1957, it offers nice views of Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline. An overhang protects the risers with built in chess boards from the weather. It even has chess themed sculptures and relief carvings as decorations. So if you are interested in some al fresco Chess in the  Windy City, bring your set to Lincoln  Park.