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Checkout games from the Circulation Desk!

3 day checkout  |  3 games per user 

No renewals

Lost / Damaged charged at Cost+$5

 

 

 

Azul 

  • 2 to 4 players 
  • 30 to 45 minutes 
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  • In this game you act as a tile artist decorating a palace. Tiles are drafted and then placed on the board in patterns and completing sets, and points are awarded at the end of the round based on how the tiles are placed.

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Battleship

  • 2 players
  • 30 minutes
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  • Hide your five battleships on the coordinate grid, then guess where the other player hid their ships. After a few hits, you sink their battleship. The first player to sink all of their opponents' battleships wins.  

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Blokus

  • 2 to 4 players
  • 30-45 minutes
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  • An abstract strategy game played on a 20x20 grid. Play your uniquely-shaped pieces by connecting them at the corners until the other players are blocked from playing any of their pieces. The player with the least amount of leftover pieces wins. 

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Canasta

Catan

  • 3 to 4 players
  • 45-90 minutes
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  • A strategy game in which you collect resources in order to build roads and settlements to advance your civilization. Collect victory points and be the first to earn ten to win. 

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Chess

Codenames

  • 4 to 8 players​
  • 30 to 45 minutes 
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  • The goal of this game is to guess all the secret code words for your team from the one word hints given. The first team to find out all of their codenames is the winner 

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Connect 4

Dos

  • 2 to 4 players
  • 30 to 45 minutes
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  • Like its predecessor, Uno, the object of Dos is to be the first to play all of the cards in your hand. This is done by playing cards onto center piles that either match the number or add up to the number of the center pile. Once a player has no cards, they receive points based on the value of the remaining cards in the opponent's hands. The first player to reach 200 points wins.

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Heads Up!

Mancala

Mille Bornes

Pandemic

Othello

Phase 10

  • 2 to 6 players
  • 45 minutes
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  • The object of the game is to be the first player to complete 10 varied phases: two sets of three, seven cards of one color and so on. The twist is that each phase to be completed is specific for each hand dealt. Thus, one players can have an advantage over others by completing the phase first. 

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Rook

  • 2 to 4 players
  • 45 minutes
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  • Rook is a trump-based trick-taking game. The player who takes the trick leads the next trick. The player who takes the last trick gets the nest and scores any counters in it. The points are counted among the tricks won, and the player with the most points at the end wins.

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Scrabble

  • 2 to 4 Players
  • 60 minutes
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  • Players draw lettered tiles which they must play as words onto a grid. Different letters are worth different amounts of points, and the player with the most points after all of the tiles have been used wins.  

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Set

  • 2 to 6 players
  • 30 minutes
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  • Twelve cards are laid face up on the table. A player who sees a set of three matching cards calls it out and picks it up, and the dealer lays three new cards on the table. The player with the most sets at the end of the game wins.

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Spot it!

Taboo

5 Second Rule

  • 2 to 6 players
  • 30 minutes
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  • Players must come up with three answers to a question in five seconds. The questions will all begin with "Name three..." followed by a category. At the end points are counted up and the winner is declared.

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Bananagrams

  • 2 to 6 players
  • 30 minutes or less
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  • Consists of 144 lettered tiles that are laid out face down on the table. Each player draws tiles and uses them to spell words as fast as they can in an interlocking pattern until there are no tiles left. The first player to completely use their tiles wins.

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Blink

  • 2 players
  • 5 minutes or less
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  • Players race to empty their draw piles by playing cards from their hand that match the top card of their discard pile in either color, shape, or number. The first player to successfully play all of their cards wins the game.

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Blokus Trigon

  • 2 to 4 players
  • 30-45 minutes
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  • Same rules as normal Blokus, but with a different shaped board. Play your uniquely-shaped pieces by connecting them at the corners until the other players are blocked from playing any of their pieces. The player with the least amount of leftover pieces wins. 

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The Chameleon

  • 3 to 8 players
  • 15 minutes
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  • At the beginning of the round, all players except for one are told the secret. The player who does not know the secret is the "chameleon". Players then go around in a circle describing the secret in one word. It their descriptions are to obvious, the chameleon will be able to blend in. At the end of the round, players must guess who the chameleon is.

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Checkers

Clue

Codenames Duet

  • 2 or more players
  • 30 to 45 minutes
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  • Keeps the basic rules of Codenames, to guess all the secret code words for your team from the hints given. However in this version you are working together to find all your code words.

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Dominoes 

 

Exploding Kittens

The Game of Life! 

Monopoly

Monopoly–Cheater's Edition

Rummikub

  • 2 to 4 players
  • 60 minutes 
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  • Players start with 14 or 16 numbered tiles and take turns playing tiles in sets or runs of three. If they cannot play they draw a tile. The first player to play all of their tiles wins. 

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Sequence

  • 2-3 players or 2-3 teams
  • 10 to 30 minutes
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  • The object of the game is to get a "sequence", which is achieved by placing a row of five chips on the board. The board is made up of face-up playing cards, and players place chips on the corresponding space of the cards dealt. When two sequences are made, you win.

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Skip-Bo

Sorry!

  • 2-4 players
  • 30 minutes
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  • Players travel around the board with their pawns, attempting to be the first to move all of their pawns from their start space around the board to their home space. Pawns are moved by the drawing of cards. Win by being the first to move all of your pawns around the board.

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Ticket to Ride

  • 2 to 5 players
  • 60 minutes
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  • Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes, connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

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Trouble

Uno

​Villainous: the worst takes it all

  • 2 to 6 players 
  • 60 minutes 
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  • An epic contest of sinister power. Take on a role of a Disney Villain and bring to life your evil plan. To do so you must thwart your opponent's schemes, all while defeating the heroes of your story. 

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