Looking for a change of pace for family game night? Check out our selection of fun and strategic board games. Games can be found in our AV department and can be checked out for 3 Week.
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2-7 Players ages 10+
You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes, and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times.
Apples to apples : the game of hilarious comparisons!
4-10 players ages 12+
The party game Apples to Apples consists of two decks of cards: Things and Descriptions. Each round, the active player draws a Description card (which features an adjective like “Hairy” or “Smarmy”) from the deck, then the other players each secretly choose the Thing card in hand that best matches that description and plays it face-down on the table. The active player then reveals these cards and chooses the Thing card that, in his opinion, best matches the Description card, which he awards to whoever played that Thing card. This player becomes the new active player for the next round.
Battlestar Galactica : the board game
3-6 Players ages 14+
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is an exciting game of mistrust, intrigue, and the struggle for survival. Based on the epic and widely-acclaimed Sci Fi Channel series, Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game puts players in the role of one of ten of their favorite characters from the show. Each playable character has their own abilities and weaknesses, and must all work together in order for humanity to have any hope of survival. However, one or more players in every game secretly side with the Cylons. Players must attempt to expose the traitor while fuel shortages, food contaminations, and political unrest threatens to tear the fleet apart.
Betrayal at House on the Hill
3-6 Players ages 12+
Betrayal at House on the Hill quickly builds suspense and excitement as players explore a haunted mansion of their own design, encountering spirits and frightening omens that foretell their fate. With an estimated one hour playing time, Betrayal at House on the Hill is ideal for parties, family gatherings or casual fun with friends.
2-4 players ages 3+
Players race down a rainbow-colored track to be the first to find the lost King Kandy at Candy Castle, but watch out for obstacles like the sticky Molasses Swamp! Start by placing your plastic Gingerbread Man (or other character marker) at the beginning of the track. Each turn, players draw a simple card and move by matching the color on the card to the next color on the track. Some cards show a named location on the board; players who draw these cards move forward or backward on the track to the named location. The game ends when the first player arrives at Candy Castle by reaching or moving beyond the last square on the track.
Carcassonne : a clever tile-laying game
2-5 players ages 7+
Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, etcetera. Having placed a tile, the player can then decide to place one of their meeples on one of the areas on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When that area is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner.
Catan : trade, build, settle
3-4 players ages 10+
In CATAN (formerly The Settlers of Catan), players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players build by spending resources (sheep, wheat, wood, brick and ore) that are depicted by these resource cards; each land type, with the exception of the unproductive desert, produces a specific resource: hills produce brick, forests produce wood, mountains produce ore, fields produce wheat, and pastures produce sheep.
Tournament chess set
2 players ages 6+
Chess is a two-player, abstract strategy board game that represents medieval warfare on an 8×8 board with alternating light and dark squares. Opposing pieces, traditionally designated White and Black, are initially lined up on either side. Each type of piece has a unique form of movement and capturing occurs when a piece, via its movement, occupies the square of an opposing piece. Players take turns moving one of their pieces in an attempt to capture, attack, defend, or develop their positions. Chess games can end in checkmate, resignation, or one of several types of draws. Chess is one of the most popular games in the world, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments. Between two highly skilled players, chess can be a beautiful thing to watch, and a game can provide great entertainment even for novices. There is also a large literature of books and periodicals about chess, typically featuring games and commentary by chess masters.
Choose your own adventure : House of danger
1-99 players ages 10+
The classic Choose Your Own Adventure series comes to life in the narrative adventure game Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger.
Will you survive the House of Danger? Gather your friends for a perilous and laughter-filled adventure through the House of Danger itself. Make risky choices, collect items as you explore, and face off against dire challenges. Play again and again to uncover more secrets and different endings!
Chutes and ladders
2-6 players ages 3+
Traditional game from ancient India was brought to the UK in 1892 and first commercially published in the USA by Milton Bradley in 1943 (as Chutes and Ladders). Players travel along the squares sometimes using ladders, which represent good acts, that allow the player to come closer to nirvana while the snakes were slides into evil.
Dead of winter : a Crossroads game
2-5 players ages 13+
Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, the first title in this series, puts 2-5 players in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world in which most of humanity is either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors, with dozens of different characters in the game.
Exploding Kittens Party Pack
2-10 players ages 7+
Exploding Kittens is a kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.
Forbidden desert : thirst for survival
2-5 players ages 10+
Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You’ll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the forbidden desert!
Fun-in-a-box : the Dr. Seuss matching game
2-4 players ages 4+
This is essentially Concentration (or the Memory Game, or whatever you grew up calling it) in board game form. There is a movement track around the outside edge of the board with one of 20 Dr. Seuss book covers depicted on each space, plus 4 Pick A Book spaces. There are also 20 cardboard counters depicting the book covers which are shuffled and spread out face down in the center of the board. Players select a playing piece (one of four cardboard Dr. Seuss character stand-ups) and place it on one of the Pick A Book spaces. The youngest player goes first (that German influence is creeping into even the American kids’ games these days) by spinning a spinner (1 to 6) and moving up to that many spaces in any direction they wish. If they land on a book cover, they turn over one of the counters in the center of the board attempting to match the space they’re on. If they get it, they keep the counter. If they land on a Pick A Book space they may take any counter from the center they wish. If they land on a space for which another player already has the counter their turn ends. If they land on a space for which they already have the counter they may spin again. After all 20 counters have been claimed the player with the most is the winner. The board is double-sided and there is a separate set of 20 counters for each side.
A Lehigh Valley take on the classic game of Monopoly. Players take the part of land owners, attempting to buy and then develop their land. Income is gained by other players visiting their properties and money is spent when they visit properties belonging to other players. When times get tough, players may have to mortgage their properties to raise cash for fines, taxes and other misfortunes.
Little Polar Bear lotto
1-4 players ages 4+
Colorful lotto cards, geared for 3-6 years old, 1-4 players, no reading or number skills needed, based on the charming and popular Little Polar Bear books
Object of the game:
To match the pictures on the cards with the pictures on the playing boards.
Lords of Waterdeep : board game
2-5 players ages 12+
Waterdeep, the City of Splendors – the most resplendent jewel in the Forgotten Realms, and a den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. In this game, the players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that which cannot be gained through trickery and negotiation must be taken by force! Also try the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion pack.
Munchkin : kill the monsters, steal the treasure, stab your buddy
3-6 players ages 10+
Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.
The Oregon Trail : card game
2-6 players ages 12+
All sorts of gruesome deaths await you and the rest of your wagon party in this official multi-player card game version of the classic computer game. To win you’ll need to keep one player alive all the way from Independence, MO to the Willamette Valley. But between rattlesnakes, starvation, dead oxen, broken bones, dysentery, and a host of other calamities the odds are long . . . almost as long as the Oregon Trail itself.
Parcheesi : the classic game of India
2-6 players ages 5+
Pachisi, the national game of India, dates back to 4 AD and remains popular today. Each player has a set of pawns that start in his or her corner of the board. The goal is to move the pawns around the board to the “home” section. Movement is controlled by dice. All players move around the same board, so they may capture each others pawns. Captured pawns are returned to their player’s corner and must start their journey over. The winner is the first player to move all pawns “home”.
Poetry for Neanderthals
2-12 players ages 7+
Poetry for Neanderthals is a competitive word-guessing game where you can only give clues by speaking in single syllables. So, instead of saying “broccoli,” you’d say something like “green thing you eat for live long and have good health.” If you mess up and use a big word, such as “vegetable,” you get bopped on the head with a NO !Stick and you lose points.
2-4 players ages 6+
The abstract game of Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden blocks with six different shapes in six different colors. There is no board, players simply use an available flat surface.
Players begin the game with six blocks. The start player places blocks of a single matching attribute (color or shape but not both) on the table. Thereafter, a player adds blocks adjacent to at least one previously played block. The blocks must all be played in a line and match, without duplicates, either the color or shape of the previous block.
Sequence for kids
2-4 players ages 3+
Sequence for Kids is a children’s version of the popular board/card game Sequence. It has a smaller board, cards that shows various animals instead of a regular deck, and you only need 4 in a row to win.
Sorry! : the game of sweet revenge
2-4 players ages 6+
Race your four game pieces from Start around the board to your Home in this Pachisi type game. By turning over a card from the draw deck and following its instructions, players move their pieces around the game board, switch places with players, and knock opponents’ pieces off the track and back to their Start position.
Stone soup : the sincerely honest bluffing & sneaking card game
2-5 players ages 8+
layers must add ingredients cards to the Stone Soup in a specified order. Players may add (discard into the pot) as many cards of that ingredient as they have in their hand OR as many as they are willing to bluff about; in fact, if an active player doesn’t have a particular ingredient, s/he has to bluff! In addition to ingredient cards, there are also six (6) stone cards. The ONLY way to get them into the pot is to bluff.
2-4 players ages 8+
A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor offered a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace to the Japanese Emperor. Since then, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted his court members (the players) with the difficult task of caring for the animal by tending to his bamboo garden.
Ticket to ride : the cross-country train adventure game!
2-5 players ages 8+
With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in under 15 minutes. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets – goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.
Think you have what it takes to be named “Lehigh Valley Trivia Master”? To win you’ll have to play your way around the Valley by Answering hundreds of trivia questions based on the History, Culture, Sports, People, and more of the amazing Lehigh Valley. It won’t be easy but hey…