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Watch Bloc Party Perform “Banquet” on Corden


Bloc Party revived their 2004 song “Banquet” from their debut album Silent Alarm on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Check it out below.

Bloc Party last visited Corden in 2015, performing HYMNS track “The Love Within.” The band recently finished a short U.S. tour in which they played their debut LP Silent Alarm in its entirety. They released a live Silent Alarm concert album earlier this year, recorded at their 2018 Silent Alarm shows in Europe. Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke recently debuted a new musical Leave to Remain at London’s Lyric Hammersmith.



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Technology

Awesome Party Games For The Long Winter Ahead


Not every get-together is best served by a sprawling strategic board game that will take all night to complete. Know your crowd, and recognize that sometimes the right choice is a fun and accessible party game that everyone can enjoy with a minimum of explanation or setup.

The following are some of my favorite recent party games, and any one of them could make for a great way to enjoy an evening with family and friends, no matter their experience level with tabletop gaming. As such, they’re an ideal pick for the holidays; wouldn’t you rather laugh through one of these games than hear your uncle tell his favorite fishing story for the 50th time?  

Player counts are listed so you can cater to your group size, and I’ve even included several fully cooperative options – just in case you’ve got that one friend who can get a little too competitive.  

Monikers
Publisher: Monikers
4-16+ players

Recently reissued with new packaging and even some new cards, this stellar party staple demands that you guess the (sometimes inappropriate) word on your buddy’s card across a series of rounds that mixes clue-giving and straight-up charades. Fast-moving timed rounds and failed cards that get reshuffled into the deck lead to a growing vocabulary of in-jokes that you’ll laugh about for days.

Tattoo Stories
Publisher: Games By Bicycle
4-6 players

One player is the customer who selects an absurd mix of concepts from available cards to integrate into a single tattoo. Everyone else draws their idea on a whiteboard (in less than three minutes), and then pitches the customer on their vision for this indelibly printed piece of body art. The best idea wins! Don’t worry – almost everyone is just as bad at drawing as you are.

Decrypto
Publisher: IELLO
3-8 players

Split into two teams, and get ready for some code-breaking. Give clues that relate to four numbered keywords your team can see, but keep your hint vague enough that the other team can’t figure out the code you’re hinting at. Intercept and guess the other team’s secret communiques to win. Great for lovers of subterfuge and the meanings behind words.

Letter Jam
Publisher: Czech Games Edition
2-6 players

Heady and thoughtful, this cooperative game challenges players to concoct words from the letter cards on display around the table. The trick is, you don’t know your own letter, and must infer its identity from the words given. Figure out multiple letters, and a final puzzle awaits, as you must guess the scrambled word created by all of them combined. Mixing elements of Scrabble, word jumbles, and good old-fashioned deductive reasoning, Letter Jam makes for an intriguing challenge for a quieter get-together.

Pantone
Publisher: Cryptozoic
2-20 players

Inspired by the authoritative guide to color, Pantone is all about the way our brains identify objects and individuals by their shade. Taking turns as the color artist, you lay out several cards of distinct solid hues, but combined into shapes that represent familiar characters from popular culture, then try to get everyone else to guess who is on display. It’s a surprising twist on the classic Pictionary format that will especially appeal to enthusiasts for visual design.

Detective Club
Publisher: Blue Orange Games
4-8 players

One player comes up with a word and writes it down on multiple pads that are then given to all the other players (except one, the conspirator, who receives a blank pad). Players then take turns laying out surreal art cards that somehow match with the word, including the conspirator, who has no idea what the word is. The word then gets revealed to everyone, and each player must justify their card selection. If you’re the conspirator, enjoy lying to your friends!

Just One
Publisher: Repos Production
3-7 players

Everyone works together in this excellent cooperative word game. One player is the guesser who doesn’t know the mystery word, while everyone else writes down a clue that helps them figure out what that mystery word might be. The shared goal is get all the words correctly guessed. Absurdly simple to learn, and with a round playable in only 15-20 minutes, this is an easy pick for even groups with no game experience.

Whozit?
Publisher: Gamewright
2+ players

This clever twist on the character guessing concept is a ton of fun. You have a designated character card (randomly assigned among six that are viewable by the whole team) that points to either a familiar cultural figure (like Papa Smurf, Serena Williams, or Mr. Spock) or a more generalized designation (like janitor, sumo wrestler, or the youngest player in the room). You then have a set of clues (like “would wear a tutu to a fancy party” or “has shoplifted”) that you can assign values between “Definitely” and “Definitely Not.” The other players then debate which of the character cards to eliminate, one by one, with points for each correct guess.

It’s Blunderful
Publisher: Games by Bicycle
4-8 players

You’re presented with an awkward situation on a card, and one of three equally awkward ways that you could choose to react to the situation. After you secretly select the way you would go, everyone else then votes on how they think you would handle the encounter. It’s Blunderful is likely one of those games better suited for adult friends who don’t mind the sometimes embarrassing dynamics being discussed, and it’s almost certainly a better choice for exclusively grown-up groups.

Patchwork Doodle
Publisher: Lookout Games
1 to 6+ players

Loosely based on an earlier and beautiful two-person game called Patchwork, the recent “Doodle” variant is faster and built for larger groups to play together. Players compete to build/draw their own patchwork quilt on a paper pad. You draw in your grid using assigned shapes, and then score based on completed rectangular shapes within your drawing. Incidentally, while you can play with just the included pencils, the game is a ton more fun if you bring some crayons along and let people color in their quilt as it comes together.

Ridiculous Expositions
Publisher: Gray Matter Games
2+ players

This decidedly adult party game (say the title of the game out loud several times until you hear it) challenges players to read nonsense phrases out loud until they can successfully guess the implied (frequently dirty) phrase. So, in one of the more mild cards, you might get “Draw Pit Lie Kits Ought,” and try to guess the phrase: “Drop it like it’s hot.” Rounds go quick, the silly phrases should get your friends laughing, and it takes next to no time to wrap your head around the concept; just keep in mind that the NSFW content makes this a game you probably won’t break out with just anyone.  

We’re Doomed: The Game of Global Panic
Publisher: Breaking Games
4-10 players

Looking for a little bit of thematic fun mixed in with your party game? Check out the backstabbing geopolitical insanity that is We’re Doomed, a game about contributing resources to build a rocket that is the only escape off of a doomed world, and then having enough influence to earn a seat on that rocket. Form alliances, nuke your opponents, and even draw secret events that only you know about. Just be cautious; rounds tend to be short and replayable, but grudges can last a long time.

 

I’m confident one of the games above can be a great fit for a holiday or other winter get-together with your family or friends, but if you’d still like some advice to find the perfect selection, feel free to drop me a line. 

And if you’re looking for some more awesome tabletop games to enjoy over the long winter ahead, dig into the backlog of articles in the Top of the Table hub, which you can reach through the link in the banner below. Happy gaming!



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Fashion

Jay-Z Used These $40,000 Rolex Watches as Party Invites


Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.

Once upon a time, if you wanted to invite someone to an event, you may have uncorked your well of ink and calligraphed yourself an invite that foretold potential guests of the elegant soirée on the docket. That practice has shifted over the years thanks to things like Facebook Events and Evites with lasers shooting across them. Thankfully, the art of the invitation isn’t lost on Jay-Z, who held his Shawn Carter Foundation Gala last weekend. VIP invitations arrived in the form of a package containing a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne and a rose-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with a chocolate dial. The purchase of a watch is usually an intimate and private practice: the process of steeling yourself for a multi-thousand-dollar purchase and finding just the right watch that not only will be worthy of its price tag but might one day belong to your children and your children’s children. All this becomes part of the watch’s story and provenance. But you know what’s way cooler than some long boring story about finding the perfect watch? Getting one as an invite to Jay-Z’s party. Also this week, Romeo Beckham’s $57,000 starter watch and Anthony Davis’s totally unavailable Royal Oak.

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Jay-Z’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Simply put: Jay did not have to go this hard [sobbing emoji, sobbing emoji]. Many invitees likely would have been thrilled to receive a lesser watch by way of an invite. If Jay-Z sent me a Swatch, I would insist on being buried with it. But Hov spared no expense, acquiring a veritable fleet of very desirable Rolex Daytonas. The sticker price? $40,000. “Hov is on another level with the invite game,” Swizz Beatz wrote over a picture of the watch on Instagram. Now, by law, Evite must shutter its business.

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Romeo Beckham’s Richard Mille RM-005

Incontrovertible proof that teenaged children—no matter who their dad is, even if it’s David freaking Beckham—will run in the opposite direction of whatever their father thinks is cool. Beckham senior is a Tudor man, leaning towards simple, classic pieces imbued with the grit of Rolex’s younger-brother brand. Naturally, then, Beckham junior is after the opposite: watches that are sleek, so modern that it may as well be from the future, and highly unorthodox. Naturally, he is after Richard Mille. He’s wearing the brand’s RM-005, which originally came out in 2004 with a $57,000 price tag. That sounds like a lot but this is actually one of Richard Mille’s cheapest watches—a starter piece for the super-rich, if you will.

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Elton John’s Rolex Day Date

Let’s remember a legend—and no, sorry, Elton, I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about the Rolex Day Date. It’s the first watch to ever have the full date written out, and the one beloved by figures like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson (earning the watch the nickname “The President”), and, well, Elton John. John’s comes with a very cool icy blue dial. Elton John 2020!

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Anthony Davis’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon

This watch is nowhere to be found on Audemars Piguet’s website, but it was to be found on Anthony Davis’s wrist this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The extra-thin standard Royal Oak is already one of the most in-demand watches on the planet, with an annual production that can be counted on two hands. Davis’s is factory-set with rubies and is equipped with the maybe-superfluous but who-cares-because-it’s-so-pretty tourbillon complication. It is made in God-only-knows quantities.

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Russell Westbrook’s Richard Mille RM-011 ”Felipe Massa” 10th-Anniversary edition

On certain nights, Russell Westbrook is welcomed into the Rockets’ Toyota Center by a DJ and red carpet. He is delivering ‘fits worthy of the hoopla, thanks in part to some extraordinary watches. He recently wore a Richard Mille RM-011 made in honor of the Brazilian racer Felipe Massa. Westbrook’s special-edition was released to celebrate the 10th year of Richard Mille and Massa working together and comes with a colorful yellow and blue dial.

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Kristen Stewart’s Casio LA11WB-1

There is mounting evidence that spending any more than $20 on a watch is a fool’s errand. Two weeks ago, this column covered Tyler the Creator and his $11 Casio MQ24-9B. And this week, on the press tour for Charlie’s Angels that hopefully never ends, Kristen Stewart wore some Very Chill staples: jeans, Nike Cortez sneakers, and a Casio LA11WB-1. The Casio costs $20, comes in a cool octagon shape, and instead of a bezel ostentatiously set with diamonds, there is simply a blue plastic tube running around the face of the watch. Who needs sapphires when you are literally the coolest person on the planet?



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