I've designed and researched a number of board games. This page lists some of my favourites.
Nikoli.com (home of the Japanese logic puzzle) is worth a visit, especially their Slitherlink page.
Palago is a tile game that is part strategy and part creative puzzle.
News: Palago has just been named New Zealand Game of the Year for 2010!
News: Palago was named one of the top 10 games at the 2010 Nuremberg Toy Fair.
Here are some Palagonian creatures and shapes illustrated by our intrepid artist Franco.
Here are some other games of my invention.
More are listed in my BoardGameGeek entry.
Connection Games: Variations on a Theme has been released by AK Peters.
See my connection games page for more details on this encyclopaedia of games.
Hex is a remarkable board game with some interesting mathematical properties.
Richard Rognlie's Gamerz.net is a play-by-email (PBeM) server that coordinates email play for a variety of games. Most of the games shown above are available for online play at Gamerz.net, and many can be played through the server's graphical web interface.
Scrabble has to be one of the 20th century's great inventions, an endlessly fascinating word game that improves players' vocabulary and constantly pushes the boundaries of language as it develops. I enjoy the odd cryptic crossword and was once lucky enough to win The Australian's national crossword competition. The prize was a copy of the Concise Oxford Dictionary which still gets regular use.
There's never any reason to get bored as word games can be played anywhere. How many words on that bus stop poster form valid anagrams? What amusing phrases might form the acronyms on the numberplates of passing cars? In fact no external stimulus is required: what valid sentences can be formed with the letters of your name? Without such noble pursuits, Baron Newcomer would never have realised that CAMERON was an anagram of ROMANCE and the world would be a poorer place.
Quick word puzzles:
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