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Review: Wasabi! from Z-man Games

In Wasabi! players need to balance speed and style to complete the most well-executed and aesthetically-pleasing sushi menu. The players are competing sushi students trying to prove to their sensei that they are the most talented and worthy to take the mantle of master of your lineage. Each…

Tabletop Gaming Week 8: Flash Point: Fire Rescue

Roll for FIRE! In Flash Point players work together to rescue POI (Persons of Interest) from a raging house fire. However, to do that you must avoid explosions, structural damage, hot-spots and fire to succeed. In Flash Point: Fire Rescue you are presented with a…

Tabletop Gaming Week 7: Kingdom Builder

Heavy Filler Fun? Maybe Just Heavy Filler… In Kingdom Builder – a light strategic game with modular boards and varied scoring – players attempt to grow their kingdoms and score points. Kingdom Builder is a simple, simple game. Players pick one card which shows a…

Social interaction and board games in the library

What level of social interaction is optimal? All board games have some level of social interaction inherent in the game. Just as all libraries have an expectation of patron interaction and behavior. So striking a balance between these two elements is important. When considering whether…

Tabletop Gaming Week 6: Power Grid

Power! More Power! In Power Grid, players bid to acquire power plants, work through bust and boom episodes of resource allocation and build large networks of gloriously powered cities. Power Grid allows you to play in either Germany or the United States to build large routes…

Tabletop Gaming Week 5: Alhambra (and accessible games)

Build Palaces. Say Alhambra! as often as possible. For no reason. In Alhambra, players acquire building tiles to be placed within their Alhambra palace. On each turn, a player may take money from the market, purchase a building, or place a building tile in/out of reserve.…

Cooperative Board Games

Cooperative Games in a nutshell Players work together to beat the game. Either beat the game or the game beats you. All of you. People may find cooperative games counter-intuitive since the challenge of competition is part of the gaming experience for them (especially for…

Tabletop Gaming Week 4: Dixit!

Dixit is simple, weird and a little bit magnificent. While most board games focus on luck, strategy and cunning, this one focusing on creativity and STORYTELLING! The perfect game for a library gaming session. Rule are simple. Each player is dealt six cards. Six strangely surreal…

Tabletop Gaming Week 3: Ticket to Ride

In Ticket to Ride players compete to build railroad routes connecting major cities with little plastic trains. Game-play consists of drawing cards, developing a strategy, concealing your routes being built while guessing and, hopefully, disrupting the routes of others. Typical robber baron stuff. Points are determined through length…

Tabletop Gaming Week 2: Forbidden Island

In Forbidden Island, players are trapped together on an island which is loaded with treasure but also is slowly (or quickly…actually really quickly) sinking into the sea. This game is a cooperative game with players working together, each equipped with certain abilities to achieve success. As…