Board Games

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    Fun fact! Did you know the library has board games that you can come in and play? We do! And not just the same old Monopoly, Clue, and Risk games that you grew up playing as a child, but new and improved games.

    Do you avoid playing board games with your family because they are too competitive? Maybe you should try a game with a more cooperative board style. Instead of getting mad because your game mates sabotaged you, the board is the element that is trying to kill you.

    On the 20th of April we are having an adult event to help you learn to play a bunch of different board games, such as DiXit, Pandemic, Avalon, Bang! The Dice Game, and so many more! Please come join us for a game filled evening.

    To give you a better idea of why you will definitely want to play them, here are five of my favorite board games the library recently purchased.

    PandemicPANDEMIC

    You are a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) trying to save the world from disease. There are four strains trying to kill off the planet. Each player has a special ability which will help you cure the disease. This is one of my favorite cooperative games, since it encourages team building as you work together to discover the cures to various strains. It gives everyone playing a common enemy that isn't a person, which is so nice.

     

     

     

    BangBANG! THE DICE GAME

    This is an Old West themed dice game. A sheriff is identified and then each other player has a secret identity as a deputy, an outlaw, or a renegade. The deputies win if the sheriff wins. The outlaws win if the sheriff dies. And the renegades win if the sheriff is the last person standing. The dice are my favorite element. You get three rolls and your available actions are really straight forward, which makes teaching this game really easy.

     

     

     

    Cockroach PokerCOCKROACH POKER

    This game of creepy crawlies is so much fun. The cards depict eight critters and there are eight of each one. The point of the game is to stick one person with four of the same critter i.e. four scorpions. For example, person A passes a card to person B and says “This is a bat”. Person B has to determine whether person A is lying or not. If person B is right, person A gets the card; if person B is wrong, they get the card. This game is a fun challenge to see how well you can tell whether or not someone is lying.

    SpyfallSPYFALL

    This is an awesome variation on 20 questions. In the group everyone gets a card identifying the same location, except for one person who receives the spy card. The point of the game is to ask each other questions till you figure out who the spy is, or in the spy’s case finding out everyone else’s location. Imagine having everyone’s location be at the mechanic’s and then someone asking you what kind of food is served there. Everyone else will know who the spy is and answer that there are “all sorts of food," when there are obviously not all sorts of food at a mechanic's shop. Hilarity ensues. 

    DixitDIXIT

    This has some of the craziest art work I have ever seen in a game. In DIXIT everyone has a hand of cards and the first player picks one and gives some clue about it. Everyone else puts in a card they think fits that clue. The first player will shuffle the cards and lay them out randomly. Then everyone else votes which card they feel was the original. This is an amazing game for friends to play together. It is really lighthearted as earned points move bunnies around the score board for the win.

     

     

     

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    When I was a young newlywed, it was hard to come up with different and affordable activities for date nights. I wish I had known back then about all the fun (and free) things that the library has to offer!

    GAMES 
    (15-90 min)

    We have many board games available for in-house use. Check out our website for a list of games, how long each game takes, and how many people can play.

    WHODUNIT MYSTERY GAME 
    (60 min)

    Participants travel from room to room in the library trying to solve a mystery, similar to the game Clue, by Parker Brothers. Some of your favorite villains have been causing mayhem in the library. The winner will correctly guess the suspect, location, and the weapon involved in the crime. This game can accommodate anywhere between 3-18 players and would be perfect for double or group dates! Visit our website for more info and to make a reservation (required).

    ESCAPE ROOMS
    (45-60 min)

    Another great option for double and group dates are our escape rooms! Participants are stuck in a room and cannot get out until they solve a variety of puzzles and clues leading to the key that will let them out of the room. There are two different themes to choose from: School of Magic (Medium Difficulty) or Sherlock Holmes (Hard Difficulty). The escape rooms work best for groups of 4-8 people. Go to our website to reserve a room (required). 

    PROGRAMS
    (45-90 min)

    The library hosts a wide variety of programs each month. Some popular programs include our Authorlink series, our Monday Night Performances and our Learn It programs. Most programs are free, though some may require tickets. Visit our online calendar to see what programs are coming up and to view details for specific programs.

    DVDS

    In the mood for a night in instead? Luckily, we have plenty of movies to choose from! Patrons are allowed to checkout up to 20 movies at a time and can have them out for three weeks. Come in and browse, or take a look at our website for movies that have been added to our collection most recently.

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    So hopefully you all know that the Provo City Library is amazing and has over 60 board games that you are welcome to use inside the library. Board gaming is amazing and is something of a passion of mine. I love how far board games have come since the eight that I remember in my parent’s house … long story short neither Monopoly or Risk are my favorite. While Clue and Sorry are fun, they are not what I want to play all the time. So if you need inspiration for a family activity please come and see what we have at the library.

    Here are my top 5 if you would like any ideas, but this list was harder to pick from than I thought it would be. If you go to http://www.provolibrary.com/games you can see a complete list of all the awesomeness we have at the library.

    PANDEMIC: This is a Cooperative board game, meaning everyone is trying to beat the board that is metaphorically trying to kill you. So in this game, players are members of the CDC trying to cure the world of disease. This game throws in a twist when the disease outbreaks and spreads to adjacent locations on the board.

    TAKENOKO: Think Zen Settlers of Catan (which we also have). This game is set in Japan where you are trying to complete your card objectives by cultivating a beautiful garden, grow bamboo, and feed your panda, all while the other players are trying to complete their secret objectives.

    PLAYING CARDS: I know what you are thinking - what am I going to do with a deck of cards? Well the answer is there is a whole bunch of fun you can have (other than 52 pickup, which I will be the first to say is not very fun).  If you don’t come knowing how to play Speed, War, or Egyptian Rat Screw, we have a book with various games one can play with this super mobile deck.

    DIXIT: This is an amazing game with awesome artwork. Throw out clues and try to get people to guess what card you picked but if you make it too easy you get no points and if you make your clue too hard you get no points. I absolutely love the artwork in this game and it is really fun to see the players interpretations of the clues that are given by the clue giver.

    TSURO: The game of the path, this game is really easy to learn and accommodates up to 8 players. Everyone tries to stay on the board for as long as possible; if your paths collide and you run into another player, you die. If your piece falls off the board you also die, and you must follow the path you are on. Super simple rules and really fun at the same time.