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GAMES FOR YOU AND YOUR PLAYER 2

If you're anything like us, every holiday on the calendar is an excuse to break into the board game closet, and Valentine's Day is no exception. ThinkGeek rounded up some of our favorite games to play on your Valentine's Day Game Night! Whether you are settling in for a two-player game with that very special someone or inviting the whole crew over for game night, you can find something to enjoy on the list below.


Princess Bride-opoly

Princess Bride-opoly (2-5 players)

This game has everything. "Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles." And that's just the setup!

You and your partner can quote your favorite romantic movie together as you mercilessly buy up all the properties they need and then tax them relentlessly into bankruptcy. Hopefully, your true love is as steadfast as Wesley. Your bonds will be tested by this classic game transformed into the locations and events from The Princess Bride.

Not to mention, the Community Chest cards are renamed Twoo Wuv, so that makes all that ruthless business adorably romantic, right?

RECOMMENDED FOR: Date night for two, Double dates, Friends you don't mind losing


Spank the Yeti

Spank the Yeti (2-10 players)

Everyone remembers playing that romantic game of bed, wed, dead (or the much more raunchy title that our Overlords won't let us put down in print). Well, what if you could take that game and expand it out to include actions like "star in a buddy cop flick with," "feed to a bear," and "dance battle." And what if you weren't limited to famous celebrities or your Algebra class crushes, but had to sort through your feelings for "a frog that may or may not be a handsome prince," "the knights who say 'Ni!'," and "Albus Dumbledore"?!

This game tests how well you really know your partner. You can never truly know someone until you know if they would divorce, but continue to live with a robot who just wants to feel real feelings. This fun party game gives you points for correctly predicting how the other players would pair up their actions and object cards. But don't be surprised if you learn just a little too much about your loved ones...

RECOMMENDED FOR: Date night for two, Double dates, Friends you want to learn too much about


Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game

Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game (2-4 players)

As we all know, there is no greater love story than a test subject and their cake. Or, at least, the promise of cake. Put your relationship on the backburner as you race away from collapsing Test Chambers and towards as much cake as you can collect all in the name of SCIENCE!

We're not trying to put intentionally antagonistic games on this list (even if "uncooperative" is in the title of this one), but we feel a healthy relationship has room for you to laugh at your partner as you let their faceless Test Subjects and cake slices fall to their doom.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Date night for two, Double dates, Your mortal enemies


Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 or Season 2

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 or Season 2 (2-4 players)

If you're looking for something a bit more collaborative, look no further than the Pandemic Legacy games. These games grow and evolve over the course of many game sessions. Perfect for when you're ready to make a serious commitment... to your board game nights!

The game initially works like your standard game of Pandemic, where players work together to contain and cure various diseases threatening to end life on this planet as we know it. Gameplay quickly evolves, however, revealing an unfolding story where the decisions you make in one session will affect all your future games.

You and your partner will work together to combat the various challenges together and SAVE THE WORLD! Pandemic Legacy Season 1 or Season 2 are great games for many game nights to come.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Date night for two (for months to come), Your most dependable friends


Red Flags

Red Flags (3-10 players)

Instead of pointing out all the flaws in the real life partners of the people that you know, why not play a game about convincing your friends to go on horrible fictional dates instead! Every round, one player plays the role of the person going on the date aka the judge. The other players try to pick two good traits, or Perks, for a potential date partner. Then, everyone plays a Red Flag onto the Perks of the player to their left trying to ruin everything good there. The judge then gets to sort through these terrible characters that have been created trying to pick the least awful date.

Most people have been on bad dates before, but it's amazingly cathartic to laugh with your friends about intentionally disastrous dates that you'll never have to go on in real life.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Double dates, Friends you can laugh with


Giant Magic 8 Ball

BONUS: Giant Magic 8 Ball (1+ players)

While your friends are all out on their "dates," you'll be the one at home divining the future with a Giant Magic 8 Ball.

Is this joke too sad for this listicle? ...What's that? "It is decidedly so?" Hmm...must not be working correctly...

RECOMMENDED FOR: Amateur seers


Do you have your own favorite Valentine's Day Game Night games? Let us know in the comments or get in touch with us by tweeting@thinkgeek or messaging us on Facebook.

ThinkGeek Trivia Night

I understood that reference!


Tickets on Sale NOW!

Geeks and obscure trivia facts - a match made in heaven.!

Knowledge is sexy.

It's time for another meeting of the minds - Valentine's edition! Geek Trivia Night has returned after the holiday break, and we just know 2018 is the year your team is going to win it all. Whether you're a newcomer or a hardened veteran, all are welcome to join us February 8th for another round of Geek Trivia Night at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA.

Bring your crew, bring a date, or find someone new (hey, it's happened before! Just ask Timmy's Minions) - come one, come all to Geek Trivia Night! Plus, it's the middle of February, what else will you be doing? Huddling inside for warmth and watching The Office AGAIN? What is this, your 8th rewatch? You can spare a night.

Tickets are on sale now at Jammin' Java. There is a limited amount, so if it's anything like the previous Trivia Nights, tickets will sell out FAST. We suggest you start recruiting and forming your team of 6-8 people now! Choose your teammates wisely because we'll ask about anything and we won't go easy on you, even if you ask nicely.

The Details:

  • Geek Trivia Night will be held on Thursday, February 8th at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. The venue serves food and drink (purchased separately) for you to indulge on while participating in the trivia fun.
  • Doors open at 7pm ET, with the festivities running until 10:30pm. There will be 4 rounds of questions, 10 questions per round.
  • Tickets are $15 each and are on sale now; they will be sold at a first come, first serve basis. We recommend teams purchase their tickets together.
  • Due to the nature of the content of this show, and the fact that the host(s) can't be trusted to keep their mouth shut, ThinkGeek is requiring that all attendees be 18+. Thank you for understanding.
  • Teams must be composed of 6-8 people. We will be contacting the ticket purchasers later regarding your team name, members, and leader. If you have less than 6 but still want to play, we can match you up, but you must agree to leave your fate up to the almighty Timmy! There will be time at the beginning of the night for you to meet your new team & form new friendships.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask us in the comments below.

Happy Feast of Winterveil! May the Force be ever in your favor, champion! See you on February 8th!

A sort of poetic guide for gifts to disburse
so Valentine's Day is a bit better not worse

It's always a good time for cringeworthy poetry in bursts, but Valentine's Day especially makes us want to pen lyrics until it hurts. So here are ThinkGeek Valentine's gifts - we think you should know 'em in the format of Valentine's Day poems.

Top Geeky Valentine's Gifts For Her

Roses are neat
Violets okay
What can't be beat?
Plush Corgi Bouquets

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Plush Corgi Bouquet


A good relationship we shall always be modelin'
Remaining in orbit, not breaking up like Alderaan
May not a Dagobah without us sharing a kind word
Our love shall never Endor ever become maudlin

Star Wars Planetary Necklace

Star Wars Galactic Necklace


If you're looking for a gift that's not a bore,
think about a purse that's a dinosaur
It keeps all her money
While being quite funny
For a Valentine's that's memorable for many more

Betseysaurusrex Purse

Betsey Johnson Betseysaurusrex Purse


Some prefer clubbing
But I'm into tubbing
Rub-a-dub dubbing
With a cupcake that's bubbling

Geeklove Cupcake Bath Bomb

I Love My Geek 8-Bit Heart Cupcake Bath Bomb - Exclusive


I saw this gift, 
thought of you, and smiled
Because about you 
I'm Hogwarts wild
Hope you'll slumber well 
in Harry Potter style

Hogwarts Sleep Shirt

Harry Potter Hogwarts Ladies' One-Piece Sleepwear


Top Geeky Valentine's Gifts For Him

Roses you smell
Water you drink
Let's raise a glass
To your new cufflinks

I Love You I Know Cufflinks

Star Wars I Love You / I Know Cufflinks


The Falcon was always under repair
With Han propping walls up via girder
This one has many  tools - don't despair
A small gift for your favorite nerf herder

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-tool Kit

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool Kit - Exclusive


For my dearest dream hunk
Who's so into steampunk
I couldn't resist
this atop your wrist
So some cash down I plunked

Tesla Watch

Tesla Watch


There once was a geek from Nantucket
He wore a guitar shirt and could pluck it
His solo went on
For far, far too long
He forgot all the notes and said... he'd just wing it and sort of do a jazz riff if that'd be okay

Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt

Playable Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt


There's no homing beacon for you to track it
If a rogue should attempt to jack it
It's pretty awesome loot
That makes us go w00t
So take care of your Star Wars Rebel jacket

Star Wars Rebel Logo Track Jacket

Star Wars Rebel Logo Track Jacket


Top Geeky Valentine's Gifts, Non-Gender Specific

For those whose love is complex like an oil refinery
And who do not think of themselves in terms that are binary

Let's say "hip, hip, hooray!"
For the Star Wars plush bouquet
Nine cutesie characters with which to play
Could anything be better? I say nay.

Star Wars Plush Bouquet

Star Wars Plush Bouquet 3.0


Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Beanie with two thoughts in tow
You'll love this hat, I (just) know

Star Wars Love Beanie

Star Wars I Love You / I Know Reversible Beanie


Tea for two
Me and you
Have a pot or three
Of Harry Potter tea

Harry Potter Blue Gold China Tea Set

Harry Potter Blue and Gold New Bone China Tea Set


Life is better together 
In a matching sweater
Brunette, blonde or ginger
Wear the Valiant harbinger

Valiant Harbinger Unisex Sweater

Valiant Harbinger Unisex Sweater


Do you write your own poetry to accompany the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Let us know in the comments or get in touch with us by tweeting @thinkgeek or messaging us on Facebook!

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Alea Iacta Est

On this day over 2000 years ago, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon and uttered those fateful words, bringing his army into Italy, effectively declaring war on the Roman Senate. Well, technically, he probably said "ἀνερρίφθω κύβος" but we're not particular. We just like the fact that there were metaphorical dice involved. Given what happened subsequently (he became dictator and the Roman Empire was born), he apparently rolled a natural 20.

ThinkGeek printable Valentine's Day cards for 2018

Love is in the air... and it smells like printer ink!

Valentine's Day is on February 14th, and while that date may seem very far away now, we all know how these things sneak up on us. That's why your friends at ThinkGeek are giving you plenty of time to plan how you're going to surprise your sweetie.

We here at ThinkGeek know how important it is that you take some time to tell the loved one in your life how much they really mean to you. So we have engineered a way to make that as easy as possible... with printable Valentine's Day cards!

Whether you want to be on top of your game by printing one out today or you're checking back in on February 14th (hello, fellow procrastinators), we have the card for you. We've designed a variety of printable cards so you can choose the one that best speaks to you and your significant other's very specific relationship!

Math? Science? Memes? Timmy has got you covered.


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Download the card that most catches your eye
  2. Print
  3. Fold the paper in half twice on the dotted lines
  4. Give the card to your datemate
  5. Feel secure in the knowledge that your partner loves the card you picked out
  6. Pat yourself on the back

Do you make your own Valentine's Day Cards for your person? Let us know in the comments. Or share your own geeky Valentine's Day cards with us by tweeting @thinkgeek or messaging us on Facebook.

Sir Isaac Newton's Beautiful Hair

*Drops mic* (*observes gravity*)

Today's the 375th anniversary of Newton's birth, according to the Gregorian calendar (to which we are partial). Everybody talks about Newton and the apple, which is an apocryphal story at best. We're here to talk about something we have hard, scientific facts about - Newton's luscious locks. Yes, that's undoubtedly a wig in the image everybody associates with him. Newton's own hair, the stuff under the wig, showed elevated levels of mercury, lead, arsenic, and antimony when tested in 1979, but more recent mitochondrial DNA testing has shown that the hair might not have been Newton's. We don't know what to make of that, but we think he'd be elated that he's still a subject of science debate almost 300 years after his death.

And if you insist that Newton's birth should be celebrated on Christmas, you can instead celebrate National Spaghetti Day today. Better yet, in addition.

It's been a year.

As we move into a new year (happy cosmic lap around a hot, gassy sphere, by the way!) we'd like to bid farewell to 2017. Sure, there were some rough bits, but those will eventually smooth down with the wear of time. As a fond farewell, we compiled a list of some of our favorite things we consumed in 2017. From books, to TV, to games, we tried to cover all the essentials. Now, this list was literally curated by a bunch of monkeys, so if you feel like we left something out please let us know! You can tweet us @ThinkGeek with your good-natured suggestions. We want to hear what awesome things you discovered in 2017 so we can add them to our Steam Library/Netflix Queue/Goodreads/what-have-you. Without further ado!

Favorite Movie

Blade Runner 2049


Chosen by Jeff, Director of Product Marketing and Regan, Defender of the Oxford Comma

Jeff: "I was skeptical of adding to the original film's universe, but 2049 felt like it was a perfect extension of Ridley Scott's original world."

Regan: "Because we've been waiting so long and it was so very pretty."

From Rotten Tomatoes:

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Favorite Book

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


Chosen by Stephanie, Marketing Manager

"A thrilling spy story that I could not put down. Read it in 48 hours and neglected all other responsibilities."

From Goodreads:

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women--a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947--are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

Favorite Video Game

Horizon Zero Dawn


Chosen by Bianca, Social Media Monkey, and Erin, Email Marketing Monkey

Bianca: "As soon as I saw the announce trailer, I knew this game was made for me, and I was SO STOKED that it didn't disappoint! Amazing open-world action RPG with excellent character development and ROBOT DINOSAURS. What more could you want?

Erin: "Strong female protagonist? Check. Stealth action adventure? Check. Fighting dinosaurs? Check. Great story to slowly uncover? Check. Literally checked all my boxes."

From Guerilla Games:

Explore a vibrant world rich with the beauty of nature - but inhabited by awe-inspiring, highly advanced machines. As a young machine hunter named Aloy, you must unravel the mysteries of this world and discover your own destiny.

Favorite TV Series

Stranger Things Season 2


Chosen by Noreen, Customer Service Monkey

"Stranger Things season 2 expanded on an already excellent story and took us along for a nostalgic adventure that we'll never forget."

From Netflix:

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Favorite ThinkGeek Product

Groot USB Car Charger

via GIPHY


Chosen by Midge, Senior Graphic Designer

"He dances while we listen to tunes!"

From ThinkGeek:

Have your phone charge to the cutest little floral colossus this side of the galaxy. The Marvel Groot USB Car Charger features the little guy in his tiny pot dancing around while he charges your phone or any other compatible device. Groot will stay nice and safe inside your cup holder, so, luckily, he won't need to make the ultimate sacrifice just so your phone doesn't die.

Runners-up

It turns out it's less impactful if you put random numbers of things in a favorite list, so we had to pick just one in each category. Here's the rest of our shortlist that didn't make the cut:

Movies

  • Wonder Woman
  • Logan
  • Get Out
  • Thor Ragnarok
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

Books

  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
  • Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

Video Games

  • For Honor
  • Drawful
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2

TV Series

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NINE NINE!!!)
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Place
  • Poldark
  • Black Mirror

ThinkGeek Product

Think we left something out? Let us know in the comments below or tweet @ThinkGeek with your polite and well-reasoned arguments!