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  • THE PEOPLE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY ENCOUNTER ON GAME NIGHT

    THE PEOPLE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY ENCOUNTER ON GAME NIGHT

    We know what makes our family and friends laugh, cry and tick, especially when we’re playing endless rounds of card and board games.  With no shortage of entertainment and gathered personality types, we’ve put together a fun list of “players” you will most likely encounter on a typical game night! The Sore Loser/Winner: Be sure not to pinpoint this player to just toddlers…they come in adult sizes, too.  Game night wouldn’t be complete without accusations of cheating and at least two meltdowns.  Not to mention, this player’s “losing” episodes are just as bad as their “winning” ones. We’ll let you …Read More »
  • WHAT BOARD & CARD GAMES MAY LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE

    WHAT BOARD & CARD GAMES MAY LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE

    IMAGINE THIS FUTURE… It’s game night! With tablets in hand, your family discusses which game to pick, and even your dog decides to bark his own suggestions, too. Finally, you all agree on the classic game, Life. Once all tablets are synced into game mode and each avatar is chosen, they move around your living room. As they investigate their surroundings, they sit on your couch, countertops and even your dog, Scout. But Scout doesn’t mind; he doesn’t even realize it. While your avatar is simply an added layer over our reality, it still shrieks at the sight of your dog…for …Read More »
  • BARS AND RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU PLAY CARD AND BOARD GAMES

    BARS AND RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU PLAY CARD AND BOARD GAMES

    In the past, when restaurants and bars promoted that they offered entertainment, they usually meant live music, karaoke nights, and the occasional arcade machine. More recently, a new trend is emerging that’s bringing in new patrons: bars and restaurants where you play card and board games. It should be clear by now that card and board games are making a comeback in a big way. Classics like Monopoly and Sorry! remain popular, while newer titles like Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity are finding their way into people’s living rooms around the world. Video game companies, once seen as …Read More »
  • REVEAL YOUR INNER SELF THROUGH TAROT CARDS

    REVEAL YOUR INNER SELF THROUGH TAROT CARDS

    This is a guest post from the wonderful Jane Sandwood. A tarot card reading can really help us to understand who we truly are inside. 79% of people found that this level of self-exploration gave them a sense of wellbeing, and in turn improved their mental health. Tarot can reveal so much about the decisions we make in life, pushing us on the path towards a successful future.  Having this insight into our inner self means that we can be completely true to our feelings. It helps us to connect to the world around us on a spiritual level, and be happy …Read More »
  • USING BRANDED COLLATERAL TO MARKET YOUR COMPANY

    USING BRANDED COLLATERAL TO MARKET YOUR COMPANY

    There aren’t many things that say more about your brand than its marketing collateral. Not only does marketing collateral provide key information about your business, it is made up of tactile pieces of material with weight and character that physically represent your brand. This can be especially important for companies that make digital-only products because it may be the only tangible thing people end up associating with your brand. THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BROCHURE! The classic trifold brochures have become a marketing mainstay, and for good reason: they allow you to convey a lot of information in a compact form. …Read More »
  • THE EVOLUTION OF PLAYING CARDS OVER THE YEARS

    THE EVOLUTION OF PLAYING CARDS OVER THE YEARS

    Texas Hold ‘em, 5 Card Draw, 7 Card Stud, Oxford Stud – these are just a few of the different variants of poker you might encounter today. And, when it comes to playing cards, poker is just one of many card games people enjoy. Tracing back the origins of playing cards, it’s safe to say that no one could have predicted how much these games would have evolved and changed. Now, the different variants of poker alone accounts for more games than existed when cards were first conceived. Of course, the introduction of new games is just one of the …Read More »
  • MILLENNIALS ARE LEADING THE BOARD GAME RENAISSANCE

    MILLENNIALS ARE LEADING THE BOARD GAME RENAISSANCE

    As a kid, and for so many others, some of the most memorable times are game nights with the family. Whether it was Monopoly, Clue, Life, or one of the other classics, seeing one of these old board games might lead to a sense of nostalgia for you. Of course, for many Millennials, board games are no longer just a thing of the past. Instead, they are the new trend of the future. THE RESURGENCE OF BOARD GAMES Up through the 80’s, when it came to at-home entertainment, board games were still the mainstay for most families. Sure, the original …Read More »
  • OUR FAVORITE COMICS AND NERD-CENTRAL EVENTS IN 2018

    OUR FAVORITE COMICS AND NERD-CENTRAL EVENTS IN 2018

    Nerd culture has swept the nation over the last decade, and even professional athletes have hopped on the bandwagon. If you didn’t notice the United States’ increasingly nerdy trend before, well you certainly must have after seeing seven-foot tall NBA players wearing glasses and suspenders. Nerdy is the new hip, and yesterday’s Steve Urkel is today’s Arthur Fonzarelli. Here’s a list of our favorite comics and nerd-central events in 2018. THE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (SFFSFF) For both entertainment and inspiration sci-fi nerds and fantasy nerds alike need look no further than the Science Fiction And Fantasy Short Film …Read More »
  • READING THE SIGNS IN THE CARDS: TIPS TO AVOID TAROT READER SCAMS

    READING THE SIGNS IN THE CARDS: TIPS TO AVOID TAROT READER SCAMS

    This is a guest post from the wonderful Jane Sandwood. The practice of reading tarot cards can be traced back to 1377. These tiny sheets of paper have served many different purposes for many different people over the years. One major use is to give spiritual advice to people questioning their life path. Known as tarot readings, this method arose in the late 18th century and has become one of the most popular tools of divination in the world. Its growing popularity hasn’t always been used for good, though. Some people have taken advantage of the art to make a quick …Read More »
  • INVENTIVE WAYS TO USE TAROT CARDS

    INVENTIVE WAYS TO USE TAROT CARDS

    In this day and age, tarot cards are used for two types of readings: question readings and open readings. Variations of tarot cards have been used for centuries for everything from entertainment to knowledge of the paranormal and divination to many, many other things. There is absolutely no reason to restrict yourself to any one way to use tarot cards! In fact, you can use them for everything from playing games to attempting to see into the murky waters of the future. There are an unlimited number of inventive ways to use tarot cards. Below are a few ways tarot cards can …Read More »
  • HOW TO MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION WHEN NETWORKING

    HOW TO MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION WHEN NETWORKING

    Networking can be difficult and, sometimes, very awkward. You don’t want to be too forward, and you can’t be too passive. Networking is a paradox. You have to thread the needle between arrogance and insecurity.  How do you make a great first impression when networking? Easier said than done. You never have a second chance at a first impression. But don’t worry, Shuffled Ink is here to make sure that the first impression is the right one. WHY DO FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER? You can’t overestimate the importance of first impressions. People make snap judgments about you, judgments that are tough to change. But …Read More »
  • 5 FUN GAMES FOR FAMILY NIGHT

    5 FUN GAMES FOR FAMILY NIGHT

    Looking for the most family-friendly fun you can pack into game night? Then take a look at our picks for the top five fun games for family night! Family-fun nights are a great way to keep your kids close. Moreover, board games have a number of surprising benefits ranging from strengthening your kid’s critical thinking to helping them build better vocabularies and learn about finances. Here are 5 fun games for family night that are sure to make your kids want to turn off their phones and turn on the smiles. WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT BOARD GAMES? Recent research suggests …Read More »
  • 5 STEPS TO CREATING YOUR OWN KILLER CARD GAME

    5 STEPS TO CREATING YOUR OWN KILLER CARD GAME

    After much brainstorming, you’ve found a unique card game idea that you just know will fly off the shelves. But how do you get from concept to (real or virtual) shopping cart? Shuffled Ink has got you covered with five effective steps toward creating a successful custom card game.   STEP 1: NARROW DOWN YOUR THEME   Whether your custom card game idea involves a fun twist on learning historic wars, a hilarious game of comparisons, or something else altogether, your game needs to break your topic down to the absolute basics. This will allow you to properly streamline the concept and …Read More »
  • THE HISTORY BEHIND TAROT CARDS AND HOW THEY’RE USED TODAY

    THE HISTORY BEHIND TAROT CARDS AND HOW THEY’RE USED TODAY

    Tarot | noun | tar·ot : any of a set of usually 78 playing cards including 22 pictorial cards used for fortune-telling For centuries, tarot cards have been used in many variations for a number of purposes, including entertainment, knowledge of the paranormal, divination and more. Here are some insider facts about the origins of tarot cards and how they’ve evolved over the years:   TAROT CARD ORIGINS It’s believed that in the 14th century, Mamluk game cards were brought from Turkey to Western Europe, originating the use of cards designed for playful divination purposes. Later during the 1500s, Italians played a game called …Read More »
  • 7 FUN FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT PLAYING CARDS

    7 FUN FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT PLAYING CARDS

    Playing cards have been around since we all can remember. Many of us grew up playing games like Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Spoons, Gin Rummy, Solitaire, Bridge and much more. Some of us love cards so much, we’ve even invested in customized playing cards of our own design! But what are some of the fun facts that make these cards so extra special? We’ve found seven fascinating facts you might not have known about playing cards and their history.   THE FIRST DECKS OF CARDS WERE CREATED IN IMPERIAL CHINA SOMETIME DURING THE 9TH CENTURY. It is believed that the first printed …Read More »
  • 5 AWESOME CARD AND BOARD GAME EVENTS TO ATTEND IN 2017

    5 AWESOME CARD AND BOARD GAME EVENTS TO ATTEND IN 2017

      When it comes to tabletop game conventions in the U.S., 2017 has a slew of them lined up for gamers of all experience levels and interests. Here are a five popular ones to check out for several days of non-stop card and board game fun! GEN CON When: August 17–20, 2017 Where: Indiana Convention Center – Indianapolis, IN What: Considered to be the longest-running and most frequently attended gaming convention in the world and deemed “The Best Four Days in Gaming”, Gen Con features more than 500 exhibitors, renowned authors and artists, 16,500+ events, a Family Fun Pavilion, and more. The event incorporates tabletop …Read More »
  • THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RETENTION: WHY FLASH CARDS ARE SO EFFECTIVE

    THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RETENTION: WHY FLASH CARDS ARE SO EFFECTIVE

    Everyone retains information differently—there’s certainly no question about that. But there is one learning technique that has repeatedly proven effective for most types of people, and that is the use of flash cards. So the question must be asked: why?     As human beings—regardless of age, gender or race—we have a natural need for learning. And because of that need, we are challenged to find the best and most effective ways to do it. There are visual learners who learn best by observation, auditory learners who prefer listening and taking notes, kinesthetic learners who learn best through experience and …Read More »
  • THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF BOARD GAMES

    THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF BOARD GAMES

    Over the last decade, board games have surged in popularity. With a growth rate of up to 40% year over year, this “Golden Age for Board Games” (as deemed by The Guardian) has brought many new games into fruition, and is now one of Kickstarter’s top-funded project categories. THE ORIGIN OF BOARD GAMES But board games are not a 21st-century concept. In fact, board games were being used even before a written language was established! The earliest board game we know about dates all the way back to prehistoric times in predynastic Egypt, somewhere around 3000 B.C. This game is called Senet, …Read More »