119 – Boardgames in Libraries – The Family Gamers Podcast

Episode 119 - Boardgames in Libraries

Our guest this week is Jenn Bartlett, “The Boardgame Librarian”. Jenn works at a public library in Connecticut, and part of her job is to “cultivate a boardgame collection, run a boardgame program, and do a lot of outreach and education too. I get to be an awesome librarian who works with awesome boardgames!”

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Viral: Sick Fun

Viral by MESAboardgames and Arcane Wonders

Ever thought about the viruses and bacteria that get you sick? They’re fighting back against your body’s immune system to grow and reproduce. In Viral, you play as a species of virus, spreading out to infect as many organs as you can. This unique area control game from MESAboardgames and Arcane Wonders is a Dice Tower Essentials pick, and it’s

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SNAP Review: Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride board game

Reviews – in a snap! Our inaugural SNAP review is Jetpack Joyride, from Halfbrick Studios and Lucky Duck Games.   Jetpack Joyride, the board game, translates the frantic feel of the endless runner into a tile-laying puzzle. Speed puzzle: lay polyominoes (5-unit pieces) onto individual boards to build a path and be the first to “escape the lab”. Cover coins

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Wise Alec: Family Trivia Game

Wise Alec

In 1982, a few newspaper editors came together to eventually create a game that became a household phenomenon. Using a non-linear board that facilitated stumping friends with trivia questions across various disciplines, Trivial Pursuit became firmly entrenched in the cultural zeitgeist of the United States. But for Gen-Xers and Millennials, it existed as a game with impossibly difficult questions and

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Battle Sheep: One Sheep, Two Sheep, Red Sheep, Blue Sheep

Battle Sheep - Flock to Greener Pastures

I love playing games with my kids that have either a simple setup, a simple cleanup, or simple rules. Battle Sheep, designed by Francesco Rotta and published by Blue Orange Games, has all three. With just a handful of quality components and a very limited set of choices to make each turn, games are breezy fun with your little lambs,

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