Bike races are a big deal—just look at the Tour de France—but for some, the Spandex riding shorts, brightly colored jerseys and the pack mentality of the peloton are more distractions than selling points. Still, people love their bikes, love to compete on them and rightly see them as vehicle…

It might seem like spring to most, but for mountain bikers, warm, dry weather means only one thing: It's time to hit the trails. While many prefer to ride in pairs along the winding single-track trails in the Foothills while taking in the sights of May in Boise, others want to put their skil…

We're not pointing any fingers here, folks, but Boiseans could use their bikes more often. Regular exercise and a balanced diet are the bifecta of health, physical hardiness and beauty, and as much as Boiseans love the great outdoors, it couldn't hurt to love them a little more by jumping on…

Having bid farewell to regular-season college football, prepare to be bowled over by post-season pre-holiday games. Boise is hosting the Utah State Aggies for the second year in a row in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

A game doesn't have to be unique to be good. I've played many games that have well-worn mechanics artfully applied that are a joy to play. Still, there is something impressive about a board game that manages to be its own thing and Alchemist by Carlo A. Rossi is just that.

Each October, over 150,000 German and international board-game fans descend on Essen, Germany, for the International Game Fair. Last year, no game generated more buzz than Space Dealer, a very inventive game of space exploration and trading by Tobias Stapelfeldt. While a space theme is rare …

Jokers is a racetrack game, popular with the recreational-vehicle crowd. But, hey, why let the retirees have all the fun? Children catch on more quickly than adults. Many who play Jokers compare it to Sorry! or Aggravation.

There is a story behind the development of every game. Race for the Galaxy by Thomas Lehmann may be about exploring the unknowns of deep space, but has taken a rather interesting journey of its own. It is something of the step-grandchild of Cosmic Encounter, by way of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It's a wrap on this year's Winter Games. Last weekend hosted the final competitions in the 19th annual Winter Games of Idaho, the state's amateur athletic competition in snow related sports statewide.

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