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Navigating the Casino Maze

From Monaco to Vegas to the local riverboats, most casinos of the world are laid out similarly. This common design is no accident — casino owners have an intimate knowledge of the gambler's mind, and they [more…]

Meeting the Casino's Cast of Characters

A vast and sometimes complicated hierarchy of employees with a variety of titles, responsibilities, and even different styles of dress populates a casino. These workers simultaneously cater to the needs [more…]

Posting Blinds in Texas Hold'em

In order to start betting in Hold'em, forced bets (known as blinds) are made by the two players immediately clockwise from the dealer button. The person immediately clockwise from the dealer has the [more…]

So You Want to Be a Dungeon Master?

A Dungeon Master is one of the players in a Dungeons & Dragons game group. The other players each create a single character and use that character to interact with the imaginary world depicted in the game [more…]

Playing with an Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is more than just a game console. It offers a ton of extra functionality. You can use it to play games, watch DVDs, listen to high-fidelity music, and more, as the following sections describe [more…]

Controlling Access to Your Xbox

Each parent makes different decisions about what games his or her children play and movies they watch. If you're worried about your kids making that decision without your input, then you might want to [more…]

Playing National Tournament Chess

You'll probably be nervous the first time you enter a tournament. Don't let that stop you! World champions had to play in their first tournament, too. Most tournament players remember what it feels like [more…]

Understanding the Basics of Trump Suits in Bridge

In bridge, the bidding often designates a suit as the trump suit. If the final contract has a suit associated with it, spade 4, heart 3, diamonds 2, or even clubs 1, for example, that suit becomes the [more…]

How to Play GURPS

Most Generic Universal Role Playing Games (GURPS) can be played almost as a board game. You have a map that diagrams the areas that you are exploring, and you make dice rolls to determine the outcome of [more…]

What Is a Massively Multiplayer Game?

An MMG is simply a computer game that is played over the Internet with many other people at once. There are many different styles of MMGs, but they share some common characteristics: [more…]

Recognizing the Basic Types of Trading Cards

Although the artwork changes and the numbers move all over the place, some basic concepts stay true across all (or at least almost all) trading card games — and that includes the type of cards in the set [more…]

Ten-or-So Cool GURPS Advantages

Of course, no single character is likely to have all of these advantages, but most characters could have one or two from this list. Several of these advantages are not available in realistic campaigns, [more…]

Finding Story Inspiration as a Dungeon Master

Many Dungeon Masters choose to create their own adventures and campaigns out of nothing more than their imaginations. If you're one of those DMs, good for you! Devising exciting adventures and crafting [more…]

Ten GURPS Disadvantages That Aren't Too Painful

In the GURPS universe, any disadvantage should limit your character in some meaningful way, but a disadvantage should never make your character less enjoyable for you to play. Selecting disadvantages is [more…]

Identifying the Framework for Your Role Playing Game Character

More than just describing what you can and can't do, your character defines what you will and won't do while playing him. If you decide that your character is curious and impulsive, then you, as your character [more…]

Examining the Material Element in Chess

Some chess pieces are more powerful than others. Some are stronger than others. The element of material is concerned with this relative strength of the pieces. [more…]

Connecting Your Xbox to Your Home or the World

Xbox 360 is a platform that can make use of many of your existing entertainment and communications systems. [more…]

Understanding What You Need for Role Playing Games

Role playing games (RPGs) are all about playing a fictional character who moves through a fictional world. When you play a character in an RPG, you take on the role of that character, just like an actor [more…]

Talking the Talk in Poker

The colorful quotations you hear in poker can be based on real events or just made up from long ago. Here is a list of some popular quotations along with an explanation of what a person really means when [more…]

Making Your Way around the Xbox 360

It's fun to take a tour of the Xbox 360 console. In the front, you find memory slots, the disc drawer, and more. Around back, check out the power supply socket, AV cable socket, and Ethernet port. When [more…]

Analyzing What You Have for a Trading Card Game

Although you need solid gameplay skills to win at trading card games, you also need to invest time figuring out what the cards do and how they interact with each other. Discerning each card's basic strengths [more…]

Playing Beggar My Neighbor

Beggar My Neighbor, a card game suitable for small children that's also known as Beat Your Neighbor Out of Doors and Strip Jack Naked, is a very simple game, requiring no strategy or planning at all. The [more…]

Establishing the Ground Rules as a Dungeon Master

As in any social experience, a Dungeons and Dragons game benefits from common courtesies and ground rules that are followed by players and DMs alike. The following provides some of the unwritten ground [more…]

Meeting the Many Trading/Collectible Card Games That Await You

Since its beginnings in 1993, the collectible games market absolutely exploded, both in size and type of game. Even though trading card games launched the industry's ship, a whole variety of collectible [more…]

Getting Sources and Inspiration to Play Vampire: The Requiem

Vampires have been part of people's storytelling traditions for hundreds of years. Vampire obviously concerns itself with the gothic tradition and a familiar modern setting, so certain sources are more [more…]

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