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5 Soccer Variations to Play in Your Backyard

The classic game of soccer has many fans. But even if you're a purist, you'll probably enjoy some of these quirky (and sometimes messy) variations. Try them out in your own backyard!

10 Steps to Creating a Summer Fun Area

Summer's a surefire recipe for sweaty, bored kids, so why not save your sanity and theirs by staging a fun play area for them, right in your own backyard?

5 Volleyball Variations to Play in Your Backyard

Back and forth, back and forth -- volleyball can be a fun game that builds teamwork, but you might be ready to change up the rules a little. What if you couldn't see the other players on the other side of the net?

How Croquet Works

Croquet: It's not like in Wonderland: The balls don't walk away on their own, and nobody's wielding a flamingo mallet and screaming, "Off with their heads!" At least, most of the time.

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube

Have you ever spent hours (days, weeks) staring at a Rubik's Cube, only to twist and turn its colored squares hopelessly? With a bit of deciphering, you can solve that cursed cube.

How Khet Works

Do you like the strategy of a game like chess, but long for something more flashy? Like, say, lasers? The board game known as Khet might be just what you're looking for.

How Towers of Hanoi Works

Despite its simple setup -- a few posts and several discs that form a pyramid -- the game known as Towers of Hanoi can be hard to solve without the right solution.

How RoboRally Works

Imagine you're a super smart computer bored to tears by your job at a widget factory. What could make the time pass faster than pitting the robots you've built against each other in deadly, destructive races?

5 Bad Scrabble Habits You Can Learn From Words With Friends

People are obsessed with Zynga's Scrabble-like Words With Friends game, but there are some habits that'll get you in trouble if you actually play Scrabble. We'll share 5 to watch out for.

How 8 Queens Works

While 8 Queens is popular with the programming set, the less math-savvy among us can also squeeze some fun out of this classic puzzle.

5 Addicting Puzzle Games

There are some games that you play and forget about, while others suck you in and keep you coming back for more. We take a look at 5 highly addicting puzzle games.

5 Games You Can Play With Only Pen and Paper

In our digital age, it's easy to forget how much fun low-tech games can be. Remember pen and paper games? We've got five that'll keep everyone – big and small – busy for hours.

How Quiddler Works

With its Celtic-inspired cards and quirky name, this "short word game" is a crowd-pleaser with kids and adults alike. Care to play a hand? Don't quiddle, then, and check out this article.

How Rummikub Works

Endlessly mispronounced but universally beloved, this game is a mix of rummy and older, tile-based games like mahjong and dominoes. Think you can be the first to yell out "Rummikub"?

How Senet Works

Some of your board games may be antiques, but are any from circa 3500 B.C.? Senet, a game played by the pharaohs, still has plenty to offer today.

How Dominion Works

If Magic: The Gathering and Settlers of Catan merged, you'd get Dominion. And if you have no idea what that means, you may still have fun playing it.

How Lumosity Brain Games Work

Lumosity aims to provide the same sort of training for the brain that regular trips to the gym provide for the body. What types of games does it use to exercise your mind?

Beginner's Guide to Dungeons & Dragons

Maybe you've heard whispers of dragons, Dungeon Masters and 20-sided dice, but how much do you really know about the world's most famous role-playing game? Get in character, because we're going on a quest to learn the ABCs of D&D.

How Blokus Works

Even if you never learn to pronounce the name of this game properly, you and your buddies will still have fun playing this clever strategy game. And you might even learn something (we promise, it won't be painful).

How Pentago Works

Pentago, a connect-five game with a literal twist, has charmed and challenged players young and old. But where do boredom and skateboarders fit in?

How to Play Diplomacy

Set in the years before World War I, Diplomacy allows players to represent countries with armies they can move in an effort to control Europe. The rules are complex, but strategy often comes down to a simple question: Will you make allies or enemies?

How Stratego Works

Like chess but sneakier, Stratego is a gambit of wits and strategy. So how do you play -- and what does 19th century France have to do with it?

How Dingbats Works

It's a printing press block, an electronic font and a less-than-flattering nickname -- so how did Dingbats come to be a series of word games, too?

How Illuminati Works

This conspiracy-minded, convoluted game will tap into your appetite for world domination and your penchant for paranoia. Strap on your tinfoil hat and come play a round with us.

How Sequence Works

Sequence is half board game, half card game -- half strategy, half luck. So what rules, history and restraining orders make the game work as a whole?