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How to Play Old Maid

Old Maid is a card game that allows you to keep card strategy and psychology simple, making it an ideal game for younger children. All you need to play Old Maid is the following: [more…]

How to Play Spit

As its alternative name suggests, Spit is a card game where fast reactions are critical. In fact, Spit is rare in that the players don’t take turns in sedate fashion to follow suit in turn. Instead, each [more…]

Choosing Your Character’s Skills in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

When you create a 1st-level character in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, you begin roleplaying with training in a certain number of skills. The number of skills your character gains training in depends [more…]

Sample Starting Gear in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

Part of the fun of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, is customizing a character. But sometimes you just want to get down to the game. Want an easy way out of shopping for your 1st-level [more…]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Battle Grids

Take your Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition character on an adventure using these battle grids. One battle grid is blank, so you can customize it to your particular adventure, or just use it as a large, open [more…]

Learning New Powers in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

One of the great things about roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons is that you get to completely customize your character, starting from scratch. When you’re creating a new 1st-level character for [more…]

Planning Your Feat Choices in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

Choosing feats in the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition roleplaying game can be pretty daunting because there are so many to choose from. It’s a good idea to have a plan for which feats your character will [more…]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you’re creating a character for your Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition game, you want to choose the best powers, feats, skills, and gear for your character’s race and class. This Cheat Sheet provides [more…]

How to Solve a Word Search Puzzle

If you already have a solving method for word search puzzles that works for you, consider adding it to the following list. In the meantime, give some of these tips a try: [more…]

Benefits of Solving Puzzles

Don’t let anyone tell you that puzzles — word searches, crosswords, Sudokus — are nothing more than mindless entertainment. Solving them has benefits, and those benefits aren’t limited to the following [more…]

How to Write a Word Search Puzzle

If you’re into solving word searches, why not try your hand at making one up yourself? You know the basics, just follow the ten steps here to write your own word search puzzle: [more…]

Tips for Staying Mentally Fit — Solve Puzzles and More!

Doing word searches and other puzzles are great ways to stay mentally fit. In addition to solving puzzles of all types, try the following tips to keep your brain in tiptop shape: [more…]

Word Searches For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Word searches are fun, first of all, once you get the low-down on how to solve them. They also bring benefits you may not realize and can play an important role in keeping you mentally fit. And, you can [more…]

Restricting Movement with Semi-Closed Chess Games

Semi-closed chess games are those in which White plays 1.d4 and Black responds with anything other than 1.…d5. As with semi-open games, these openings can result in asymmetrical positions that can become [more…]

Favoring the Sides with Flank Chess Games

In chess, the openings for flank games avoid or delay moving either the d-pawn or the e-pawn to the fourth rank. They appeal to chess players who want to play their system regardless of how Black responds [more…]

Opening Up the Board with Open Chess Games

In chess, open games are defined by the moves 1.e4 e5. Many of these chess matches feature open files, ranks, or diagonals that facilitate piece movement. People who enjoy attacking early and often are [more…]

Picking a Fight with Semi-Open Chess Games

Semi-open chess games are those in which White plays 1.e4, but Black doesn’t respond with 1.…e5. These chess openings typically result in asymmetrical games where finding the right plan may be difficult [more…]

Applying Strategy with Closed Chess Games

Chess openings that occur after the moves 1.d4 d5 often result in closed games. These games emphasize maneuvering because pawn exchanges are delayed. Players who prefer strategic clashes to tactical melees [more…]

Chess Openings For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Chess openings can be broken down into categories based on their pawn structures and how much mobility the pieces have. Players often like a particular category of chess opening because of the type of [more…]

Understanding Chess Notation

Chess notation has an important role in the world of chess because it preserves the game’s history. It allows people to record games for posterity and gives them the chance to review the history of the [more…]

How to Notate Special Events in Chess

Algebraic chess notation is universally understood in the chess world because it doesn't rely on a particular language. With algebraic notation, each square is indicated by a file letter [more…]

Tips for Solving Crossword Puzzles

You don’t have to be a crossword puzzle expert to enjoy solving easy puzzles or even more challenging ones. But when you sit down to work on any crossword grid, you’ll likely enjoy yourself more if you [more…]

Using Crosswords to Exercise Your Brain

One of the side effects of enjoying a crossword puzzle is that it gives your brain a great workout. Rarely will you work a puzzle from start to finish without learning something new. And if you work puzzles [more…]

Trying Out Other Puzzle Types

When you have had enough of crossword puzzles for one day and are looking for other fun ways to boost your brain power, consider the puzzle possibilities listed here. If your newspaper doesn’t carry these [more…]

Easy Crosswords For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Working crossword puzzles is great exercise for your brain — and great fun as well. To maximize your enjoyment and your mental workout, take some time to learn basic tips for solving crossword clues. Then [more…]

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