The Amazon Echo can perform tons of tasks with just your voice, like turning on lights, setting alarms, and even playing music. But when it comes time for game night in your household, Alexa can also be a huge help. Here are some great ways that the Amazon Echo can be of assistance the next time you bust out the board games.
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Pick a Card
Whether you’re performing a magic trick or just need a random card for a game, you can ask Alexa to pick a card from a standard 52-card deck.
All you have to say is “Alexa, pick a card” and she’ll randomly pick out a card and tell you what it is. Unfortunately, that’s the extent of her skills when it comes to playing cards, as she doesn’t understand something like “Alexa, pick a five-card hand”, which would make a skill like this much more useful.
Flip a Coin
Need to make a decision and don’t want to put the responsibility on yourself? Ask Alexa to make the decision for you by having her flip a coin.
Simply say “Alexa, flip a coin” and she’ll give you either heads or tails. Something like this can be great if there’s a disagreement while you’re playing a game and need a deciding factor. If there’s no coin nearby, you can easily use your Amazon Echo as one.
Opening up a board game and discovering you lost the dice is one the worst feelings, but the Amazon Echo can save the day.
The Echo is actually really diverse when it comes to rolling dice. You can have Alexa roll a single die by saying “Alexa, roll a die”, or have her roll multiple dice by saying “Alexa, roll two/three/four dice”.
You can also use your Amazon Echo during a game of Dungeons & Dragons by telling Alexa to “roll a 20-sided die”. You can also go more complex and say “Alexa, roll three 20-sided dice”.
Pick a Number
We’ve all probably played the “pick a number between 1 and 100” game in order to pick who gets the last donut, and in order to get rid of all human bias, Alexa can be the deciding factor.
Just say “Alexa, pick a number between 1and 100” and she’ll give you a completely random number that’s between those two numbers. You can even go higher than that, though, and have her pick a number between 1 and one million if you want.
Bingo is really fun game to play, and it’s no surprise that there are establishments dedicated to playing just Bingo. You can easily play it at home and Bingo cards are easy to find online and print out, but what if you don’t have a Bingo ball set?
Alexa can easily act as one, thanks to a third-party skill called Bingo. With this skill, you can open it up and begin playing. Then, just say “Next” to have Alexa call the next number. When someone has Bingo, they simply shout “Bingo!” to end the game.
Twister is always a fun party game. It not only invokes a lot of laughter, but it’s a good way to become quickly acquainted with other players. However, if you can’t find that dang spinner, the Amazon Echo can help you out.
A third-party skill called Twister Spinner can act as virtual spinner and call out the moves for you. Simply just say “Alexa, run Twister Spinner” whenever you want it to call out a move. It’s not quite as convenient as having the physical spinner in front of you, but it works in a pinch.
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