So this is less of an about page and more of a frequently asked questions page.  That’s probably for the best though.

What’s up with the site name? What is a chit?

Here’s some text that I stole from Wikipedia:

Chits are a type of wargame counter that are generally not directly representational but used for the following purposes:

  • Tracking, being placed on a numeric runner to indicate turn status, as in some rule variants for Squad Leader. In Axis & Allies Revised Edition, chits can be used to track air unit movement, indicating how many spaces fighters or bombers can move after combat.
  • Randomization or chit drawing, as in Air Baron, where at the start of each round, one color-coded chit per player is placed in a cup. The chits are drawn sequentially to determine the current order of play. Chit drawing is also used in Air Baron to pay income. Every purchased airline spoke, plus all hubs, have a unique chit placed in a cup. At the start of every turn, the player randomly draws two chits, paying the owner appropriately. Chits are replaced at the end of each round.
  • Fog of war, with some chits marked with question marks or placed over unit chits, allowing the opposing player to see where opposing forces are but hiding the type of unit.
  • Terrain attributes, where numeric chits are randomly distributed over the terrain to indicate the frequency that resources are available in The Settlers of Catan.

In addition to being a piece in many board games, it also happens to be half of the phrase chitchat, which means inconsequential conversation. I’d say that pretty well defines who we are and what we do.

Board games?  You mean like…

Yeah, like those mass market games that we’ve all played, except different.  Board games sort of entered into a renaissance in the mid-90s with the spread and popularization of Euro-style games.  Unlike the majority of the American style board games that were available in the mid-1990s, European style games (specifically German style) often feature more complicated mechanics, styles and methods of play, and more complex decisions.  It’s this style of game that has increasingly become more popular over the last two decades, and it is that style of board game that we enjoy.  Sure, from time to time we enjoy playing American style games (commonly referred to as “Ameritrash” by many in the community), but by and large the hobby is focused on these more complex and diverse games.  Some popular titles include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Puerto Rico, Agricola, Power Grid, and many, many more.

Some boring legal info:

Images are pulled from BoardGameGeek’s API.  We don’t host them here, and while I don’t foresee this causing issues, I want to be transparent about this kind of thing.

Our logo was designed by Max Holliday.  Theme song by Jeremy Burke.

The license we are using for our (own) content is Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.  You can read about it here, or a more human friendly version (with much simplified terms) here.

Eat Chit & Dice is an independent production of SWIN Media, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.