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FiveThirtyEightLife: The Worst Board Games Ever Invented

FiveThirtyEightLife: The Worst Board Games Ever Invented

Other February 25, 2015 0

By Oliver Roeder Last week, I dove into the data and design of Twilight Struggle — the best board game on the planet, according to the popular gaming site BoardGameGeek. I spoke with game’s designer,

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The National Interest: Five Ways D-Day Could Have Been a Disaster

The National Interest: Five Ways D-Day Could Have Been a Disaster

Fred Manzo February 24, 2015 0

By Michael Peck: General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s face was grim but composed as he read a short message to the assembled group of reporters on the morning of June 7, 1944. “Our landings in

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The National Interest: Five Ways Japan Could Have Won World War II

The National Interest: Five Ways Japan Could Have Won World War II

Other February 22, 2015 0

By James Holmes Let’s face it. Imperial Japan stood next to no chance of winning a fight to the finish against the United States. Resolve and resources explain why. So long as Americans kept

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New York Times: Monopoly’s Inventor –  The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’

New York Times: Monopoly’s Inventor – The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’

Other February 22, 2015 0

By Mary Pilon For generations, the story of Monopoly’s Depression-era origins delighted fans almost as much as the board game itself. The tale, repeated for decades and often tucked into the game’s box along

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The National Interest: Hitler’s Last Stand – Why the Battle of the Bulge Still Matters

The National Interest: Hitler’s Last Stand – Why the Battle of the Bulge Still Matters

Other February 22, 2015 0

By Michael Peck: The attack began with a barrage from 1,600 guns and rocket launchers that pounded trenches and command posts. Then came waves of tanks and infantry that surged out of the winter

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April 1861: Historical Fiction as Told Through The Poetry Of Donald E. Allen

April 1861: Historical Fiction as Told Through The Poetry Of Donald E. Allen

Donald Allen February 17, 2015 0

By Amazon Staff: April 1861 by Donald E. Allen is a piece of historical fiction as told through poetic verse. Each poem recounts a day of the month of April in the year of

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NYT: How the Civil War Created College Football

NYT: How the Civil War Created College Football

Other February 9, 2015 0

By Amanda Brickell Bellows  At a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., on June 10, 1890, the philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson declared, “I ask to make [Soldiers Field] a memorial to some dear friends who gave their

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New York Times: High-Tech Push Has Board Games Rolling Again

New York Times: High-Tech Push Has Board Games Rolling Again

Other January 23, 2015 0

By NICK WINGFIELD MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Dan Shapiro sold a company to Google and worked at Microsoft. His name is on nearly a dozen technology-related patents. But when it came time for his latest

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Forbes: Are Board Games Better Than Video Games?

Forbes: Are Board Games Better Than Video Games?

Other January 14, 2015 0

By Erik Kain Quintin Smith has an interesting post over at Kotaku in which he argues that board games and pen-and-paper RPGs are superior to video games, for a number of reasons. For one, he argues, technology

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Scientific American: Game Theorists Crack Poker

Scientific American: Game Theorists Crack Poker

Other January 10, 2015 0

By Philip Ball and Nature magazine An “essentially unbeatable” algorithm for Texas hold ’em points to strategies for solving real-life problems without having complete information. A new computer algorithm can play one of the most popular variants

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