36 Clever Tips and Geeky Facts to Spice Up Your Favorite Video and Board Games

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36 Clever Tips and Geeky Facts to Spice Up Your Favorite Video and Board Games

Sure, video games and board games are sexy and foster healthy interactions between friends and strangers alike. The only downside is that they’re boring! Thankfully, we’ve collected an assortment of tips and factoids that will finally make these hobbies fun.

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SILENT HILL The creepy fog in Silent Hill is there to hide the + game's slow load time. It sets a creepy atmosphere, and prevents players from seeing monsters until the last second, but it's actually there to conceal the fact that the scenes take a while to render. + CRACKED.COM

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FARMVILLE Farmville F is a shameless ripoff of a game called + Farm Town. Farmer Farm LEARNING DE ROPES Farm Town Farmville HAMP Farm Town debuted just months before Farmville spammed its way into Facebook history. The gameplay and visuals are virtually identical. CRACKED.COM

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KIRBY Kirby was a placeholder for a to-be-designed + character. Game designer Masahiro Sakurai dropped a circle into his game as he was designing it, figuring he'd flesh out the character later. Eventually he decided he liked the little sphere as-is, and added a few little details to give it personality. CRACKED.COM

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CENTIPEDE Think you're a space ship shooting lasers, in Centipede? You're not. You're an elf named Oliver who lives in a magical forest. You usually get along fine with the centipedes, but a wizard enchanted them to attack you. Now you're fighting them off with your wand. CRACKED.COM

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If you want to prove you re the best that ever was at PoKéMoN CRACKED COM give the Nuzlocke Challenge a try. There are jus t two rules: +If a Pokémon faints, you release it. +You can only catch the first Pokémon you encounter on a route.

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Hearthstone gameplay is starting to get stale? BA FREES THE DES Get a friend, give each other some time to create a suicide deck, and compete to see who kills themselves faster. You'd be surprised by the level of creativity required to create an efficient self-defeating deck. CRACKED.COM

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DUNGEON MASTERS: STOP AWARDING YOUR TABLETOP RPG PLAYERS EXPERIENCE POINTS AFTER COMBAT, AND INSTEAD INCREASE THEIR CHARACTERS' LEVELS AT PREDETERMINED POINTS IN THE STORY. YOUR PARTY WILL HAVE MORE ROLEPLAYING OPTIONS WHEN THEY'RE NOT TRYING TO SOLVE EVERY SITUATION WITH VIOLENCE JUST TO GET THE EXPERIENCE POINTS NEEDED TO LEVEL UP. CRACKED COM

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About to play Twister? Twist Have each player stuff his/her shirt with a pillow before the game starts. This way, the game is more challenging and even more silly. CRACKED.COM

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If you're a gamer of legal drinking age, turn Mario Kart into Beerio Kart. The two core rules are simple: 1) No drinking and driving. 2) You must finish your beer before you cross the finish line. CRACKED COM

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