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Friday, Dec 11, 2009
Scene It? Simpsons and Star Trek Editions - [$39.99]

The gift that keeps giving indeed. The Scene It? Franchise has delivered once again with The Simpsons and Star Trek Deluxe Editions. The Simpsons edition is a game made for the family with trivia questions ranging from general (What’s instrument does Lisa play?) to specific (What’s the name of Springfield’s movie theatre?)—making it perfect for teams. The interactive DVD adds to the fun the fun with clips from all 20 seasons, allowing new and old fans of Bart and his family to compete together. The Star Trek edition is also all-inclusive with trivia pulled from all five television series and 10 movies. Fans of Enterprise and The Next Generation both will enjoy the clips and games found on the interactive DVD. The creators of these games paid close attention to detail providing thoughtful show tokens to move around the board. Simpsons aficionados will appreciate show icons such as the Springfield power plant, the three-eyed fish and family TV. As for the Star Trek edition, Trekkies will get a kick out of moving the franchise’s famous ships around the galaxy—the Enterprise, the Enterprise D, the Defiant and the Voyager. Either of these games would make a notable gift for the host/ess of this season’s best party. Just make sure the recipient is truly a fan, otherwise those tokens won’t move at all.


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Thursday, Dec 3, 2009
Scene It? The DVD Game: Star Trek and The Simpsons - Zeitgeist Films [$22.49]

The gift that keeps giving indeed. The Scene It? franchise has delivered once again with The Simpsons and Star Trek Deluxe Editions. The Simpsons edition is a game made for the family with trivia questions ranging from general (“What instrument does Lisa play?”) to specific (“What’s the name of Springfield’s movie theatre?”)—making it perfect for teams. The interactive DVD adds to the fun the fun with clips from all 20 seasons, allowing new and old fans of Bart and his family to compete together. The Star Trek edition is also comprehensive with trivia pulled from all five television series and 10 movies. Fans of Enterprise and The Next Generation will enjoy the clips and games found on the interactive DVD. The creators of these games paid close attention to detail providing thoughtful show tokens to move around the board. Simpson aficionados will appreciate show icons such as the Springfield power plant, the three-eyed fish and family TV. As for the Star Trek edition, Trekkies will get a kick out of moving the franchise’s famous ships around the galaxy – the Enterprise, the Enterprise D, the Defiant and the Voyager. Either of these games would make a notable gift for the host/ess of this season’s best party. Just make sure the recipient is truly a fan, otherwise those tokens won’t move at all.


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Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009
Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes - Chronicle Books [$19.95]

Know someone who joined their local wine club and eagerly awaits their monthly wine? Someone who can’t leave Trader Joe’s / Costco / Wal-Mart you name it without at least three to four bottles that are right in their price range and tells you how this one will be perfect with tonight’s fish/pasta/roast? That’s who this game is for. That someone probably always enjoyed wine, but is really getting into it at this stage in their life, and geeks out on new discoveries and insists her/his guests swirl, inhale, sip, hold, swallow—then tell her if you don’t taste leather and tobacco in that zinfandel! Yes, leather! Isn’t that cool? This is trivial pursuit on all things vino; winemaking, grape variety, storage, cooking and pairing, and the business, as well as the pleasure, of the wine industry. Like the amateur athlete, your wine drinker’s passion for her sport will be challenged and rewarded. ‘What white wine grape excels in the cool climates of Germany and makes famous botrytized wines?’ Best answered after a swirl, inhale, sip, hold for a moment—let every tastebud have its chance—now swallow.  It may be ‘Wine Wars’, but we can be quite friendly about it.  More so as the evening wears on.


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Sunday, Dec 9, 2007

Nothing says holiday gift like a personality test in a book, or box in this case, that can reduce your every nuance to an easily classifiable genre type. No, that’s not a bit of music criticism or even a swipe at Hue Are U?, just a recognition that these types of products are ultimately designed to be fun gifts for co-workers and casual friends. The interesting twist on this personality test is that it plays off color cards, appealing to our visual side, unlike the vast majority of text based personality quizzes. Pick your color faves and dislikes and find out not just who you are, according to the helpful box, but also what motivates you and how others see you. Man, couldn’t we all have used this in high school? I can see many a wasted study hall or water cooler break absorbed in this set. Are you a Thinker, Humanitarian, Pioneer, Builder or something else altogether? Hue Are U? will “tell” you.


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Sunday, Nov 25, 2007

Have you got a friend who acts like the biggest sports know-it-all? The one who claims to know every stat in the book and who wields this knowledge like an intimidating weapon, or wears it with a sense of gleeful self-importance? Call their bluff with this new board game from ESPN. This is Trivial Pursuit for sports geeks of the first order. With a 24-second shot clock counting down on answering questions, the pressure is on, as players must answer all manner of question from “rookie” to “pro” level. The “rookie” questions are more like the sort you may encounter in Trivial Pursuit, so beware those “pro” questions, or spring them on the know-it-all to bring them down a peg or two.


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