Millions of people around the world place bets on sports for numerous reasons. Many bettors get in on the action for the thrill of having something at stake and to make a game more exciting, while others do it for the money. Whatever your reason for betting on sports may be, it is important to be aware that, contrary to popular belief, sports betting is not a “get-rich-quick-scheme”. In order to be a successful bettor, who wins consistently, you must put forth hard work, make the necessary preparations, gain as much knowledge of the sport you are betting on as possible, utilize diligent money management methods, and, of course, practice your utmost discipline.The following are some sports betting tips that can help drastically increase your odds of becoming a successful sports bettor. Take a moment to note and comprehend each one of them, for these sports betting tips are the most crucial aspect of ensuring that you are gambling profitably with consistency.Sports Betting Tip #1: Gain the Proper Knowledge Before Placing WagersWhen first considering sports betting, it is extremely important to know exactly what you are trying to accomplish. As many have discovered the hard way, jumping into sports betting without an adequate knowledge base of not only the game, but of the systems themselves, is suicidal to your bankroll. You are blindly leaving your hard-earned money in the hands of fate. In every aspect of sports betting, information is gold. If you do not have the proper knowledge, go out and find it before actually placing your money at risk. Talk to someone who is well versed in the nature of the industry, or read books and articles online about sports betting. And, if you plan on wagering on a particular sport, like soccer for example, make sure that you know all that you can about it. Research which statistics are true indicators of success and which may be misleading. Its these small factors that lead to biases in the market and, in turn, opportunities for the knowledgeable bettor to capitalize.Sports Betting Tip #2: Utilize Proper Money ManagementA proper method of money management is quite possibly the most critical aspect of any gambling system. Placing wagers on sports is an investment and should financially be treated as such. This is, without a doubt, one of the most important parts of betting on sports, however, it is often one of the most neglected. The first and most crucial key to sound money management is to ensure that you only bet money which you can comfortably afford to lose. Gambling can be an emotional roller coaster, with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. When playing with money vital to your cost of living, you are far more likely to make emotional decisions rather than informed ones.Truly, one of the most important sports betting tips I can give you is to set aside a specified around of money for betting. This is known as your bankroll. Keep it separated from the rest of your money and manage it as you would any other financial asset.Although winning money is your ultimate goal, increasing your bankroll, much like investing in the stock market, is a marathon not a sprint. Psychological studies have shown time and time again that if you wager a large portion of your bankroll on a single bet and lose, you are far more likely to react emotionally and chase your losses. This is a sure path to failure and financial dismay. However, if you spread your bankroll among numerous smaller bets (less than 5% of your total bankroll) you have a much higher probability of generating a profit by making informed decisions. Ask any gambling veteran for some sports betting tips. You are very likely to hear the same resounding response over and over again, “Do Not Chase!”Sports Betting Tip #3: Remain DisciplinedBettors often get themselves caught up in their excitement or frustrations. They experience a period of success or failure that ultimately leads them to stray from their proven systems and methods. One of the sports betting tips that cannot be stressed enough, is to never lose control when placing sports wagers. This holds especially true when encountering a few tough losses. When utilizing a solid system, stay the course and take a long term view of the situation. Do not allow yourself to become upset or overzealous and begin doubling or tripling your wager size. This will inevitably lead to digging yourself into a financial hole which becomes ever increasingly difficult to surmount.
“Kill the monsters. Steal the treasure. Stab your buddy.”These three tenets, emblazoned on the box to the dedicated card game Munchkin, is a fairly accurate assessment of what you can expect when your group of 3-6 players sits down to play a game. Munchkin is essentially a dungeon crawling style role-playing game, just without the pencils and paper, heavy rulebooks, and role-playing. Much of the seriousness is removed as well, since nearly every card is dripping in satire lampooning traditional D&D styled games. Humor which is only built upon with cards brilliantly illustrated by John Kovalic, best known for his Dork Tower comic series.So if you take all that boring stuff out of a role-playing game, what does that leave, you ask? Namely a faster paced game filled with monsters, loot and experience levels. In a race to be the first player to reach level 10, you and your friends will find yourselves teaming up to take down bigger monsters, all the while screwing each other over on a regular basis. The comical nature of the game helps in defusing resentment when a player starts to feel picked on, but the right crowd could still find themselves in heated debates over the occasionally ambiguously worded card. Don’t take it too seriously though. Munchkin publisher Steve Jackson Games certainly doesn’t, with rules like, “Any disputes in the rules should be settled by loud arguments with the owner of the game having the last word” and cards like Cheat that let you break established rules and equip items that you normally wouldn’t be able to.The game is played with two different types of cards, door cards and treasure cards. All players start as a level 1 human with ‘no class (heh heh)’ with two of each type of card in your hand. A player’s turn begins by entering a new room in the dungeon by ‘kicking down the door’ (by drawing a door card face up). Door cards often consist of curses/traps, monsters, or cards that modify the player’s class or race. If the player isn’t forced into battle by drawing a monster face up, they can go ‘looking for trouble’ and choose to fight a monster by playing one from their hand. There’s a wide array of monsters, ranging from a level 1 Potted Plant to a level 20 Plutonium Dragon. Be careful not to bite off more than you can chew, though. Opposing players can make your fight tougher by playing cards on your monster that gives it bonuses such as Enraged or Intelligent, increasing its fighting power.Defeating a monster in combat will net you an experience level and some treasure. Treasure cards are usually items that modify your combat rating such as the Mace of Sharpness or the Big Rock or special cards like Bribe The GM With Food, which allows you to immediately go up one level. If you’re unable to defeat the monster, you’ll have to roll the die to run away. Fail to escape and you are forced to face the Bad Stuff, consequences of your defeat that are unique to each monster. Lose a fight to a level 10 Floating Nose and you might only lose a level. Go up against a level 18 Bullrog and fail and you might get killed, forcing you to start back at level 1 and draw a new hand of cards. If you’re in a tight spot, you can try to convince someone at the table to help you in battle, adding their battle rating to yours, but they’re not likely to help you out for free, and you might need to watch your back.The game is published by Steve Jackson Games, a company that has created and published a myriad of card, board and role-playing games for over 30 years, including Car Wars, Chez Geek, and GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System). Since its original publication in 2001, Munchkin is far and away one of SJ Games’ best sellers. No wonder, since it’s such a fun and amusing game, and good for small to medium groups. In addition to multiple expansions, there have also been several spin-offs such as Munchkin Conan, Munchkin Zombies, western-themed The Good, The Bad and the Munchkin, and the upcoming Munchkin Apocalypse. Several Munchkin titles are available at your local Slackers today, and according to SJ Games, all spin-offs and expansions are compatible with the original Munchkin base game.
Card games have been popular since the beginning of time, it seems. You can look back to the furthest point of human history and you will find a game that people have been playing.In those days, the cards will have been hand made and the prints would have been hand drawn. A lot of work went into the design of the cards and they were not mass-produced. People probably had to go to a public house to play their card games because they could not afford to have their own deck of cards.Nowadays, cards are more affordable and people have their own decks. They play their card games in their own home and some people organize special nights, where people go to their house to play the game and drink, and be merry. Card games are extremely social.Everyone knows these games. Even if someone only knows how to play one card game, they can still learn more. There are books on games and websites, which will show, people the ins and outs of the rules.Card games are extremely popular. Even with the introduction of modern technology, the popularity of card games has not waned. Some websites will have digital versions of the games, but people will still buy the physical packs of cards. This is the case with Top Trumps; Magic the Gathering cards and even regular playing cards.Business IdeaTherefore, making your own card game seems to be one of the best business ideas because it has proven that the interest in the games do not wane, even when times change.However, that is not to say that you can just release any old game and not put any effort into it. People aren’t stupid; they know when games have been shoddily thrown together.If you are thinking about inventing your own card game, then you have to have a good idea and you have to put the effort into the design. Read on for some tips on how to do this.1. Original Idea – First of all, you have to come up with an original idea. You must not copy someone else’s idea because you will be liable to legal action against you because they will have copyrighted their idea. So, when you come up with an original idea, you have to copyright yours as well. That way you can earn money from your game and you are protected from someone else stealing your idea.2. Rules – Next, you need to think about what rules you want for your game. The trick is to have as many rules as you want, but to not make them too complicated. If the rules are complicated then people will not want to learn them, and then they won’t want to play the game. Your game has to be engaging and it has to be fun.3. Design – The final process will be the design of the cards. You probably have an idea about how you want the cards to look. If you don’t, then look at some similar card games and then contact a designer. Describe the game to a designer and they might be able to come up with some good ideas for the game. If you want to employ a designer, you might be better using a company that will also print the cards out for you. That way you only have to pay one company and you can keep track of all the people that you have employed.