The Android release of Transformers Legends went a long way towards helping me accept the mobile collectible card game genre, easing me into the experience with familiar characters and themes. Now the free game is out on the iPad and iPhone, giving the Apple side of mobile gaming a chance to collect and battle iconic figures from the franchise's lengthy history. Need help getting started? I thought you might, so I set about creating a beginner's guide to Transformers Legends, perfect for Transformers fans lured to the genre by sweet robot art. I researched the game, spending hours discovering the ins and outs of building my personal army of transforming robots. I made flowcharts. I almost opened PowerPoint. Then ngmoco sent along their own guide, so I threw out all of my work and just used theirs. I find it best to approach the game from a collector's point-of-view. I am not battling other players for superiority. I am collecting Transformers in a way that doesn't lead to a giant … [Read more...] about Is Now On iOS. Here’s How to Play It.
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The fortune-telling game MASH, kept alive over decades by grade-schoolers, requires nothing more than pencil, paper, and a friend. Here’s how to play this little bonding game. Get out those Trapper Keepers and sharpen your No. 2 pencils—it’s Back-to-School Week! Going far beyond the classroom, we’re bringing you genius tricks and ideas on how to start routines, brush up on old skills or learn something new this fall. Write MASH and list your categories: Life partner, number of kids, job, salary, car, and where you live. List four or five options for each category, with your friend picking a terrible last option for each. Choose a number from 3 to 10; count out that many of your options, strike one out, and repeat. When all but one option in a category is struck out, circle the remaining one. Read out your full fortune. There are dozens of variations. Some players lay out their categories in a giant tic-tac-toe grid; some choose their random number by drawing … [Read more...] about How to Play MASH
When I was a kid, my dad taught me how certain chess pieces move by having me analyze the shapes of the pieces themselves. The rook, a castle made of horizontal and vertical lines, moves horizontally and vertically. The bishop, which has slanted lines, moves diagonally. I was never much good at the game, but I vividly remember sitting there at our dining room table, watching the man explain all of this with glee (he even added eyes to the bishop with a marker and nicknamed it “Joey Bishop”—what a dad). Now as a parent myself, I’m convinced that playing chess is a wonderful way to bond with your child. There are all sorts of tips on the internet for teaching kids how to play chess. A clever one, as shared by bennyboy82 on Reddit, is to give the child the option of switching sides with you during the game. This can make the game more interesting for both players—it prevents the rookie player from constantly getting clobbered, while simultaneously keeping … [Read more...] about Teach Your Kids How to Play Chess By Letting Them Switch Sides With You
I rely on one song to be my psych-up music before job interviews: the theme from the 2011 video game Skyrim. The only place I’ve found the right version of this song is on YouTube—the midi and orchestral arrangements just don’t cut it. But every time I’m in one of these high-stakes moments, I inevitably navigate away from YouTube, or just lock my phone, and the stirring chants of Dovahkiin! abruptly cut out. YouTube knows that we want to be able to listen to videos without necessarily having to watch them—whether we’re multitasking or the video is just a vehicle for a song—which is why background play in the YouTube is restricted to YouTube Red subscribers. But an intrepid writer at The Verge, Vlad Savov, has figured out workarounds for Android and iOS. In both cases, the trick is to use a browser rather than the YouTube app to play the video. On Android, this works in Chrome. Open youtube.com in the browser, then, in the three-dot menu in the … [Read more...] about How to Play YouTube in the Background on Your Phone
Now Playing: Watch this: How to play an LP without a turntable 0:54 You're "feelin' groovy" but don't have a turntable or a place to plug one in? No problem, the Vinyl Killer, a.k.a., the Soundwagon can play your tunes! Fidelity isn't a strong suit of the little toy and groove tracking can be hit or miss, but the little machine is a great gimmick. That it works at all is kind of amazing. I doubt anyone could devise a CD Killer to play a CD by driving over the pits. I actually sold a few of these things back in the 1980s when I was a high-end audio salesguy. They went for $20 or $25, but I bought this one for $80 ten years ago. Vinyl Killers are no longer made, but they're not hard to find on eBay. … [Read more...] about How to play an LP without a turntable