I grew up on the streets of New York–Manhattan (and briefly Queens)–playing games like stick ball (great explanation here for those who had the advantage of a real ball field in rural or suburban community), wall ball (like hand ball but...
May 05, 2009 — Go to the Massena Public Library on the first and third Saturdays of any month, and you'll find teenagers dueling, Yu Gi Oh style. Yu Gi Oh is a trading card game based on Japanese anime cartoons. It's like a Dungeons and Dragons for a new generation. James Roscha sponsors the regular tournaments. He and one of his Yu Gi Oh proteges are the subjects of today's Heard Up North. Sarah Minor produced this story. Go to full article
The family game at the Osgoode Tournament: Miriam Brown (standing), Debbie Lewis, Heather Bellinger, Louis Gauthier and Leona Cameron. (photo by Lucy Martin)
Apr 10, 2009 — There's an old-time board game many Canadians remember like a childhood friend. Crokinole can be traced to back to Tavistock, Ontario in the mid 1870s. By the 1900s it was said to be among the most popular games in North America. The name comes from the French-Canadian word for cookie, which describes the stack of wooden disks used to boomerang across the board. Crokinole is typically played in groups of four, two to a team. Players sit around a big, rounded board with a stack of the disks, called buttons. They're aiming for a bull's eye sink-hole that's worth 20 points, shooting between barrier posts, and at or around other pieces, while staying out of the gutter. Ottawa Correspondent Lucy Martin recently dropped in on a local tournament at the Osgoode Township Museum. Go to full article
Phil Van Vleet (right), Hannawa Falls, won the "Rocksdam III" tournament Friday
Jun 13, 2006 — The 3rd Annual Rock-Paper-Scissors charity tournament was held last Friday night in Potsdam's Ives Park. Money raised was donated to the Potsdam Music Friends Instrument Campaign. But most of the 32 participants were there for some childish fun. Rock-Paper-Scissors is a simple playground game, usually used to decide who goes first in some other game. As Todd Moe found out, there's not a lot of strategy, but the game is strangely addictive. Go to full article