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"Classic Board Games With a Touch of Tech"
How to use video conferencing to play traditional, real-life board games with people who are sheltering in different places.

Catherine Newman in the NY Times writes: "From November of 1955 to September 1957, my father played two games of chess with his friend Sam Frankenheim. My dad was in the Army, Sam was in the Air Force, and they mailed postcards back and forth detailing their moves. (Oh, to write the word “checkmate” before popping a triumphant card in the mail!).

Playing games with people at a distance has a long history — and now is as good a time as any to try it, given how badly we want to stave off boredom and bridge the distance between our islands of isolation.

You can play with people you rarely get to see normally. You can gather spontaneously. And if the children (or adults) suffer from what my own kids have always called “a lonely feeling” — the sensation of it being just your family in the world — you can connect and play and feel less lonely.

There are a number of two-player games that work well as long as you are willing to painstakingly mirror each other’s moves (be sure to use the front camera on your device so you’re both seeing the board the same way). Chess, Checkers and Connect Four are all in this camp, and have the advantage of being known by many generations; grandparents will not need to learn game rules on top of the video conferencing specifics. And Mad Libs, while not a game per se, also work beautifully via video...."

Read "how to" in Catherine's NY Times article

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