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  1. Hasbro To Help “Operation” Board-Game Inventor Afford $25,000 Medical Procedure

    Wacky doctors are expensive.

    In the early 1960s, John Spinello sold Hasbro the rights to his "Operation" board game for $500. Now, over 40 years later, the franchise started by Spinello is worth an estimated $40 million--and the toy company has found a new way of saying thanks.

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  2. “We Screwed Up:” Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes To Parents and Young Girls

    A little hope for humanity for your Friday.

    About a week and a half ago we shared fantasy author Peter V. Brett's story of raising a geeky daughter in a world where girls and women are far too often excluded from superhero merch. Specifically, the subject was DC Comics' Justice League: Axis of Villains game, which Peter had to do some DIY on so his young daughter Cassie could play as a female character. Here, Peter shares game maker Wonder Forge's response to his criticism.

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  3. Gamechanger: New Chess Rules Go Into Effect Today

    You better check yourself before you checkmate yourself.

    Today some new official rules go into effect for chess. They were adopted last October at the 84th FIDE Congress in Tallinn, Estonia and are now the law of the land. Well, law of the board. Along with other rules, players will now be given a loss for having a cellphone or other device at a tournament venue.

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  4. Scrabble Will Officially Add a Word Based on Popular Opinion, What Could Go Wrong?

    It better not be ew, Internet.

    We'd all love to add words to the official Scrabble Dictionary—especially when you're mid-game and frustrated that J-A-W-X-I-N-G-S isn't a word because you'd get SO MANY POINTS! Hasbro's been holding a bracket-style competition (because March), and they're down to the final four. The winner will become an official word.

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  5. A Warm Fuzzy Gallery Of Our Readers’ Tabletop Day Pictures

    Today in Awesome

    Whenever you put out a call for reader pictures, there's always the slight fear that no one will come to the party. But you guys didn't just send pictures -- you sent bucketloads. More than we knew what to do with. You shared stories, too, and your enthusiasm was entirely contagious. It was a perfect summation of everything that Tabletop Day stands for, and it made your weekend editor very happy indeed. Quickly, before we get mushy -- on to the pictures!

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Avant-Garde Watercolor Wonder Woman

    Things We Saw Today

    Does this count as cubism? It's been a long time since Art Appreciation for Non-Majors. (via So Geek Chic, artwork by Adam Lister)

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  7. Attention, Gamers: If You’re Celebrating International Tabletop Day, We Want Your Pics!

    Calling all dice rollers, deck shufflers, and dungeon masters! Tomorrow is International Tabletop Day, and we want pics of our readers' respective festivities. Why? Because games are awesome, and quite frankly, so are you. Here’s the way we see it: Tabletops are crazy good fun, and a great way to bring people together. At The Mary Sue, we are all about those things. However, as we live on the internet, this is a difficult day for us to host a celebration for. So, unless reliable transporters appear on the mass market in the next twenty-four hours, we invite you to share your day with us. Doesn’t matter if you’re playing card games, board games, miniatures, or pen-and-paper stuff. We want to see it all -- from the laziest Munchkin match to the lengthiest Arkham Horror session. Should you accept this quest, we’ll need the following:

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  8. Check Out “Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game,” Or In Other Words, A Portal Board Game

    The uncooperative cake is a lie.

    A board game based on Valve's Portal franchise sounds really interesting and this fall, Cryptozoic Entertainment plans to release the game, which they have named "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game."

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  9. Hasbro Rules on What Ben Affleck Playing Batman Really Means for Trivial Pursuit

    We also sought the wisdom of Judge John Hodgman.

    Last month @GoodJobBrain posted a photo of a Trivial Pursuit card with the question, "Who has never been Batman -- Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, or Adam West?" saying the card will be outdated soon. The Internet erupted, but we went to the source and asked Hasbro exactly how Batfleck affects the game.

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  10. Batfleck Casting Goes Too Far, Ruins Trivial Pursuit

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    I didn't have any specific reason to feel anything more emotional than neutrality on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman before. But now... now. Summon the armies of the Pink Wedge.

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