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Pastiche (ages 10+)An art-themed set collection board game... each player
gathers specific color palette cards and combines them to complete
artistic commissions. Players acquire palette color cards by playing hex
tiles and combining the two or more colors on either side of the
connection point(s). The player who gains the most commission points
prevails! Players trade amongst themselves to acquire the palette cards
they need, artfully adding another layer to an complex and engrossing
10 Days in...
Can you plan a cohesive trip in ten
days? Some skill, some luck, lots of fun - great to study
geography of ... wherever you chose to go, they're all great! Available
10 Days in Africa,
10 Days in
10 Days in Asia,
10 Days in Europe and
10 Days in
24/7 The Game by Sunriver Games (ages 8+)
- An exciting strategy game that combines elements of luck and skill. Using
durable plastic tiles on a full color game board, players take turns laying
tiles on a 7×7 grid and score points for adjacent tiles that create runs,
sets and sums of 24 or 7...
The Amazing Labyrinth Game by Ravensburger (ages 8+)
- Players can use the maze shift card to change the path in order to reach
the treasure item, which means the maze changes with every turn! Also
Junior Labyrinth Game
- More than just a spelling game, a fun-filled lexical labyrinth of
quick words and quicker wits, a word game where words don't have to be
the biggest to be the best. Players form words by using the letter tiles
and the letters printed on the board, and move through the maze. The
first player to make their way through the colored target spaces, and
reach the end of the maze wins... a different game every time you play!
- To become Pharaoh in this challenging board game, you must be clever
enough to barter, trade, collect and entomb everything you need. To get
ahead faster, answer questions about this glorious period of history...
Menagerie from Wild Connections
- A competitive game of chance and strategy which highlights the diverse
range of Australia's wildlife and habitats...
with History (ages 12+),
Bethump'd with Words, Senior Edition (ages 13+),
Bethump'd with Words, Discovery Edition (ages 9+),
Bethump'd with Words,
Voyager Edition (ages 13+),
Bethump'd with Words,
- Bethump'd with History focuses on world history with a concentration on
U.S. Constitutional history and human rights - a big hit! The Words
versions are great ways to learn new words, idioms, and more. Visit the
company, Mamopalire of Vermont, for
lesson plans and more...
- Take turns placing as many of their 21 geometric shapes on board as
they can, but only the corners of their own pieces may touch. The real
challenge comes toward the end of the game... Also
- Turns poker into family bluffing game, with entertaining results...
- Easy to learn, fun to play. What Buzz-words do you
Me If You Can, the Geocaching Board Game (or from
Amazon) (2-4 players, ages 8+)
- There are an estimated 5 million people geocaching, and now you can bring
that kind of fun to your living room. For those times when you and some
friends just want to go on the hunt without going out, now you can. It's all
here! Caches, geo-coins, hazards, multi-caches, puzzle caches, muggles, and
even a Swag Store. Just like real geocaching, ther are surprise along the
way! Never the same way twice...
(10 to adult) Rio Grande Games
- A clever tile laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is
famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop
the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the
cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to
develop the area will determine who is victorious. Game expansions,
and other editions...
Carcassonne Inns & Cathedrals Expansion
Carcassonne: Princess & Dragon Expansion
Carcassonne: The Castle
Carcassonne Traders and Builders
Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers
Cashflow 101 by
Rich Dad (sometimes available from
- Give your child a financial headstart by raising their financial I.Q. This
game teaches your family the key principles of how to get out of the rat
race & how to create wealth. From the authors of
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the
Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Keep (ages 8 and up, a few years younger for gifted kids)
- Raise your castle! Raze the enemy! In this clever game of medieval
maneuvers, build a castle with walls, towers, and a keep by matching color,
shape, or both. Will you use your game tiles to strengthen your fortress or
to attack vulnerable opponents?
Cha Cha Cha (or from
- Chaos in the chicken yard! Play the chicken
Olympics... Also available in original German edition!
Zicke Zacke Hühnerkacke
9 The Daring Game of Ups and Downs, by
Out of the Box
- The higher the balloon rises, the more points you can score. But watch
out, the balloon can fall at anytime how long are you willing to stay on and
risk losing it all?
(12 to adult) or
Cadoo (ages 7 and up)
- Spell a word backwards, hum a tune, answer a multiple-choice question,
draw with your eyes closed, and more when you play Cranium, with 14 talent-tapping activities
designed to bring out the best in you and your friends... Cadoo is the
funky fusion of tic-tac-toe, general knowledge, sculpting skill, and scavenger
hunt designed for kids
Wow (12 to adult) Uncover a
player’s talents--or lack thereof. Wow’s objective is to move around the
board until you’ve reached Cranium Central, where your team completes its
final activities to claim victory. Collect the new personalized
Cranium Booster Box 1 and
Cranium Booster Box 2 or
Cadoo Booster Box 1
Disney (8 to adult) players compete by sculpting, acting, and
sketching to victory
Pop 5 (13 to adult) How much pop culture do you and your team
Whoonu (8 to adult) have unforgettable fun as you reveal your
favorite things, share hilarious stories, and bond over surprising
connections. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn about your friends and
family -- especially those you think you know best!
(preschool) gets kids matching, drawing, dancing, and making letter shapes as
they race around the monkey bars to win!
(4 and up) Twister meets Simon Says... Listen closely and think fast as you
bounce, twist, spin, high-five, and dance to the music, sounds, and friendly
voice of Hullabaloo. Rewards quick thinking, cooperation,
and creative problem-solving
- A little luck, a little strategy and a unique game design where there is
no clear winner until the very last move. Cards are played, Crowns are laid,
Cromlets are claimed and Dead cards often remain. Sounds easy, but wait.
Replacement cards may be drawn, Wild cards may cause a spoil, and a players
strategy may cause turmoil. Players never know when a Cromlet will be
claimed and timing is everything in this game!
The ancient game of secret symbols
- Leonardo DaVinci was fascinated with the Flower of Life pattern that
decorates this game board: intersecting circles that form wheels,
snowflakes, eyes and a myriad of other shapes, depending on how you look at
them. As players use their pieces to create nine different patterns, they
score points based on the shapes complexity...
ElementO (out of
stock, use this link for description, and go to
eBay to purchase)
- Creative board game teaches about the elements that make up our universe,
introduces the elements in an interesting way that makes learning fun!
(Warning, VERY long game, short form takes an hour...)
- Strategic math thinking game. Don't forget
Junior Tile Set for more integers, or the
Advanced Tile Set for negative numbers and exponents. Also
Equate classroom set available, too!
Activity Notebook Level 1,
Level 2, or
Exago (2 to 6 players, ages 7 and up)
- A version of Go for multiple players, Exago is easy to learn, but
the changing strategies make it challenging every time...
a game of first impressions (3-8 players, ages 10+)
- match your first impression of zany man, woman, and pet faces with
your opponents to win. The "impression" cards are as funny as the
faces... "The neat freak," "The one who's socks don't match," "The one
who's reading an eye chart" A very visual game
- Challenges players to finish, popular lines from TV, movies, literature,
nursery rhymes, history, proverbs, religion, science, sports and music.
Loads of fun for large groups of players, too!
series of 6 terrific strategy games for the gifted child or adult!
Rio Grande Games
An abstract strategy game for two players based on a classic concept:...
more about Gipf
The second game of Project GIPF, played under permanent time pressure...
Zertz Water. A fast, dynamic game for 2
players... more about
Dvonn Fire. A stacking game, played on an
elongated hexagonal board... more about
Yinsh Air. Players each start with 5 rings on the board. Every time
a ring is moved, it leaves a marker behind... visit
The fifth element. A connection game: the goal is to link two
opposite sites... more about Pünct
Gobblers (or from Funagain Games,
- A fun strategy game, as easy to learn as tic-tac-toe, challenging for
chess players, fun for the whole family... Also available in 3x3 colored
Gobblet Jr. and Gobblet
Jr. On the Go
(2-4 players, ages 6 and up, mixed abilities)
- Spinning the board as you go, take turns placing letter tiles and
earning points for each word you build. As long as letters are adjacent
and in the proper sequence, words may be read in any direction - up,
down, backwards, forwards, or in a sweeping swirl! Can be played at all
skill levels; perfect for the entire family...
the funniest game you can imagine (3-8 players, ages 12+)
- Just imagine what the other players are most like. Keep choosing the
most popular answers to win the game...
(ages 12 and up - really!)
- Which of these four items doesn't belong: green
pepper, turkey, spoon, Christmas stocking? Answer: spoon is the imposter,
because all the others can be stuffed! In this lively game, players draw a
card listing four items, then vote for the imposter - and explain why.
This one really is 12 and up - you need world experience
- Neat new strategy game - creating the game board for each round is 1/2 the
fun! This game is a gifted family project, and your family will enjoy it,
Fun Again Games)
board game, also available in a software version
- An abstract placement game from internationally-renowned game designer
Reiner Knizia. Players place colored tiles on the hexagonal board, scoring
points, blocking opponents' tile placement, and trying to protect themselves
from being blocked by their opponents. Marvelously elegant and compulsively
replayable, Ingenious is an excellent introduction to German-style abstract
board games. It's ingeniously simple, and simply ingenious! In the
software version, practice in a single player game or against the computer's
AI and hone your technique, then surprise other players online with your
skill. Simple rules, quick playing time, and a clever system makes
- Score points based on how many adjacent color tiles you've placed,
but watch out for your opponents tiles!
The Rearranging, Ever Changing Word Jumble Game (ages 8+)
- An addictive, multifaceted word strategy game. Work with 5
letter tiles on your tray and all the letters on the board, rearranging,
adding and trading them, building and claiming longer and longer words
each turn. As you build words horizontally, keep your eyes peeled for a
Jumbulaya, a 7-, 8-, or 9-tile word that can be spelled vertically on
the board. Plan multiple moves ahead to create longer and longer words.
Earns points for all lines you claim, bonus points for using
"letter-combo" tiles, and even more points for being the first to find a
Jumbulaya. The player who earns the most points, wins!
the Laser game by Deflexion
- Take turns moving Egyptian-themed pieces having two, one or no mirrored
surfaces. Pieces (pharaoh, obelisk, pyramid and djed column) can either move
one square forward, back, left, right, or diagonal, or can stay in the same
square and rotate by a quarter twist. Each turn ends by firing one of the
lasers built into the board. The laser beam bounces from mirror to mirror;
if the beam strikes a non-mirrored surface on any piece, it is immediately
removed from play. The ultimate goal is to illuminate your opponent's
pharaoh, while shielding yours from harm! Add to your game with the Khet
Beamsplitter turning a single beam into three. Or try
3D: Tower of Kadesh
Last Word The uproarious race to have the final say! (2-8 players, ages
- Subject: Vegetables
Letter: C". Players race opponents and the
random-interval timer to yell them out
Carrots! Cucumbers! Corn!
The player with the Last Word in before the
timer sounds advances
Oh! Celery! BZZZT!
Legend of Landlock
2 players, ages 8 and up (gifted ages 6+)
- Employ a variety of complex-thinking skills like visual discrimination and
spatial relations to achieve your goal. At the same time, learn the
importance of thinking ahead before you play...
The Memory Crime Game with a Sneaky Selection of Suspects
- Comical crime game
is perfect for showing off memory skills. Stop at each of six crime
scenes to take a five-second eyewitness look at the suspect. Study the
picture, because when you head back to the police station for a lineup,
you’ll face a challenging string of look-alike suspects. Kids who can
analyze, differentiate and remember the smallest details will come out
ahead. But there’s a glitch: a Lucky Break could trip up even the most
- "If you were invisible, where would you go?" "If you could be a
member of any TV-sitcom family, what would you choose?" Tests players on
how well they know each other...
Cities Rio Grande Games
- Battle the river and your opponents to recover jewels from the
riverbank... but watch out for those falls!
- They'll forget they're practicing math. Tic tac toe, where you
roll the dice and multiply to position your pawn. Three in a row
wins (including addition game for younger kids)
- Test your powers of deception with Malarky, as players try to bluff
answers to Imponderable questions as "What is the 'cottage' in cottage cheese?"
and opponents try to determine the real answers from the ones that are
- More than just another trivia game. Try your luck at
Right-Brain, Left-Brain, or Spot the Big Fat Lie questions. Then
move on to the Enlightening Round. Get something wrong? Give
it a Mental Block. Can you find Piece of Mind? If you like
the game, check out Mental Floss Magazine
- The maze game of shifting strategy. Move a jewel, rotate a tile, or
shift the board. Your choice of these three basic moves lets you
navigate your jewels through the mine shaft maze. The simple rules will
have you playing in minutes but you must dig deep to master a strategy
and outwit your opponent! Ever-changing tiles create a new game every
time you play...
- Connect Four meets it's match, in Mixup! One player uses
shapes, the other player uses colors, to get 4-in-a-row or a 2-by-2
square. But watch out for your opponent's strategy!
Rio Grande Games
- Battle the river and your opponents to recover jewels from the
riverbank... but watch out for those falls!
Order of the Stick: The Dungeon of Dorukan by APE
- Adventure! Comedy! Beating your friends! What else could you ask for
in a board game? Why just read about foolish and incompetent adventurers
when you can be one yourself? Take on the role of one of the six daring
(if less-than-capable) adventurers as you explore each room of the
mysterious Dungeon of Dorukan in this hilarious satire of the fantasy
genre. Read the books, too...
Amazon)American history trivia game, using U.S. Commemorative Stamps. More
than 600 questions and hundreds of stamps, plus bonus questions; younger kids
can win by taking 2-point questions, while more historically-minded players
try 4- and 6-point questions... Lots of fun!
Sense (ages 12 and up)The five riddles on each card describe the
same object and each riddle relates to one of your five senses. Amaze
other players and yourself by solving the riddle after the first clue.
Stumped? No problem! Four more riddles will lead you to the correct
Versus Pirates (ages 8 and up) by
Out of the Box (or from
The Swashbucklin' Game of Swords and RewaaarrrdsThree bands of pirates
have discovered an island brimming with treasure. Conquer the island by
capturing the gold and silver, or by eliminating the enemy pirates.
Position your pirates carefully: enemies are all around, and they are
hungry for treasure!
(gifted ages 4 and up)
A bit like dominoes with colors and shapes, Qwirkle is easy to learn, but hard
to master. Score big by matching both shape and color; the player
with the most points wins...
2-4 players, ages 8+ (gifted ages 4 or 5 and up)
Part skill, part luck of the draw. Two to four players try to get their
rack of 10 cards in consecutive order, from lowest to highest, first
The game of world conquest--features a tri-fold game board that is a map
of six continents divided into 42 territories. It's a game of strategy as
you battle to win by launching daring attacks, defending your territory, and
moving across continents with your cunning plan! Or try the futuristic
Risk 2210 A.D. or
Risk Godstorm - a time of myths and legends! Also
Risk Star Wars: The Clone Wars or
Risk 2003 Edition
Liberty Risk Edition
Yard by Ravensburger (3-6 players, ages 10+)
Cubed A Curious Game of Clever Connections
Hunting Mr X! Where is that elusive fugitive? Scotland Yard detectives stake
out the player named Mr X! Action-packed, requiring strategy & accurate
communication among players. Close observation, clever tactics & luck
required. Heed the clues & try to catch Mr X before he escapes!
Deluxe Tin Edition and
With touches of canasta, rummy, and poker, this game could easily
become a Friday-night favorite. The object is to get a "sequence,"
meaning a row of five chips... Also
Sequence For Kids,
in a Tube
How many SETs can you make by adding the three cubes from your hand to the
SETs already on the board? Your favorite game in a whole new
Suspects The Game Of Suspicion and Betrayal!
A fast-action game of suspicion and finger pointing. Much like Spy
Alley, Simply Suspects is deceptively simple yet surprisingly intense
(ages 5+, younger gifted) by
Easy to learn and
fast to play. Use straight-line leaps to capture and stack the skippers
you hop over. Any skipper can be your jumping piece; they’re all fair
game! Capture the colors you need while blocking your opponents from
capturing the colors they need. When you have one of each color, it’s a
set. The player with the most complete sets wins...
Build a picture of the item listed on your SQUINT
card. Get one of the players to guess what you are building before time runs
out, and you both score points! Also try
Spy Alley Game
A little bit of paranoia helps in this business,
what with secret agents from all over the world following you around the
board as you try to pick up clues to their identity and keep your own well
It takes skill, luck, and nerves of steel to play with hot stocks like
Microsoft, Nike and Disney...
Outwit your opponents by stomping their marbles before they stomp
yours. This addictive game is quick to learn but hard to master.
Outmaneuver other players and leave their stomper trapped with nowhere
A removable fortress barrier sequesters your army from prying eyes
whilst ye prepare yourselves for a most lengthy and glorious conflict.
From the lowliest scout to the highest-ranking marshal, all must make
ready to encounter enemy bombs, defend the flag, and steel themselves to
triumph over the foe. Skillful planning, a keen memory, and sleight of
hand will be your allies. Onward, for King and for Country... Also
Stratego - Chronicles of Narnia,
Pirates of the Caribbean,
Democrats vs. Republicans,
Library Edition Stratego and
Stratego Computer Game
A geography game the whole family can enjoy...
Tayu the game of connections
Named after TAYÜ, the
legendary Chinese hero who saved his country from flooding by creating a
system of waterways. Place tiles to create water channels that stretch
from one side of the board to the other, while blocking your opponent's
An exciting new game of strategic planning and logic, based on everyone's
old favorite--Tic Tac Toe--but with a great new twist...
Gross the science game
(2-4 players, ages 8+ (5+))
Kids travel around the game board answering questions like Name three
places on your body that arent growing hair right now! or Can you
milk a snake? When a player correctly answers enough questions to
stretch his Totally Gross Slime all the way to number 10, he gets to
perform a bizarre experiment...
20th Anniversary Edition
Checkers gone Wild! (ages 7+ (5+ gifted),
2 to 4 players) by Educational
What do you get when you cross checkers and Chinese checkers with a hint
of chess and some extra-wild rules for advanced players? Traverse!
(pronounced trime) (2-6 players, ages 12+)
Exciting new word game with the intriguing twist. You are confronted with
three clues for which you must provide three answers within a specified
time. And here's the twist... All three answers must rhyme with each other!
Also play Trhyme Jr....
Planet by Vanished Planet Games (1-6 players, ages 8+)
A truely cooperative board game, that actually works!
Players must complete missions acquired throughout the game before their homeworlds
are destroyed by a malevolent world-eating creature...
The 'What You See is What You Get' Game!
Appealing to the visual learners, and everyone else. Find words or
phrases among the pictures
XChange A battle to the last word
A lightning-fast game that's a battle to make and keep words. First to
spell out six words with letter tiles wins. Other players can steal
words and make them their own. Keep spelling, stealing & spelling some
more! Or try
Brain teasers and mind riddles, lateral thinking and odd-one-out.
Put items or dates in the proper order.
Wit's End Junior Edition
for ages 8-12
Its not who gets the last word but who gets the most words. A
cross between Scrabble and Connect Four, form as many words as possible
going up, down, forward and backward. But be careful: your
opponent is watching and ready to steal your words!
by Blue Orange Games
Yamslam starts like Yahtzee, but then changes. And players practice
math skills in the scoring process! Even a fun solitaire version... or
by Wiggles 3D
Place your Yikerz pieces (magnets) down on the board and try to avoid
attracting the other pieces already played. The object is to get rid of
all your pieces. If Yikerz collapse together, those pieces are yours to
add to your stack. Unique 4 piece interchangeable game board designs
allow for many different configurations that create a variety of
challenges and suits different skill levels...
November 18, 2013