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A guide to information about the University of Idaho's board game collection and the the games that are a part of it

Getting Started

New to Board Games? Just discovered this collection? Find out more information by going to the Getting Started tab or following the link here!

University of Idaho Library Board Games Infographic.

Our Newest Games!

Just one : it's your choice, make a difference!

Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be canceled!

Battle Sheep: flock to greener pastures

Opposing sheep herds go head to fluffy head in this quick moving strategy game. The goal is to have your herd occupy the most pastures.

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Big boggle : the world-famous 3-minute word game

Shake up the 25 letter cubes and try to spot as many hidden words as you can. Race against the 3-minute sand timer as you follow adjoining letters, every which way, searching for words that you hope your opponents won't find.

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Guess who? : the original guessing game!

Guess your opponent's mystery character first to win!

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Payday: the classic game of making and spending money!

The object of the game is to earn and manage cash throughout the "month" and win the game by being the player with the most cash on at the end. Players make deals and take out loans along the way.

Splendor

Players take on the role of a rich merchant during the Renaissance. Players choose tokens, purchase development cards, earns bonuses, and receive visits from noblemen in order to earn prestige points. Games ends when a player reaches 15 prestige points.

Zero down : how low can you go?

Less is more in this subtle card game. Group the cards in your hand by number and color to try canceling out their point values. Trade cards while keeping a careful watch on your opponents as you all reach for the goal of achieving the ultimate combo: ZERO!

Sushi go party! : the deluxe pick and pass card game

It's a party platter of mega maki, super sashimi, and endless edamame in this expanded version of the best-selling card game. Up to 8 players can earn points by picking winning sushi combos, but now you can customize each game by choosing a la carte from a menu of more than 20 delectable dishes. 

Scattergories : the classic fast-thinking categories game!

Each team takes a card and writes down words that fit the categories shown. Sounds easy, but the words have to begin with the letter rolled on the die. Work together and be creative because your team scores points for different answers!

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Rummikub

Players score points using their numbered tiles by building rummy sets and runs.

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Qwirkle : mix, match, score and win!

Players attempt to score the most points by building lines that share a common attribute, either color or shape. Qwirkle Cubes combines the fun and strategy of Qwirkle with the lucky roll of the cubes. But will they roll their cubes and change their strategy before you can change yours?

Evolution

The dynamic game of survival

Lanterns : the harvest festival

The harvest is in and the artisans are preparing for the upcoming festival. Place tiles to adorn the palace lake with floating lanterns, competing to earn the most honor before the festival begins.

Patchwork

The game requires the players to design a quilt with limited funds in a limited amount of time.

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Fairy tale fluxx

Fairy Tale Fluxx, illustrated by renowned folk artist Mary Engelbreit, brings the zaniness of "the card game of ever changing rules" to the land of "happily ever after", and the results are fit for a king! Gather Keepers to fit the current fairy tale Goal and you win - but look our for the Witch and the Wolf!

Can't find the game you want to play?

Submit a game suggestion by clicking the button below and we will consider purchasing the game to add to our collection. Please include the title game, the publisher, and a link (if you have one) in you submission.

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Bring our Board Games to your events!

Hosting an event? Want to have some thing to do? Build team work? Collaborate? Just have some fun?

Contact Perri Moreno, pmoreno@uidaho.edu, to see about bringing the library's board games to your event!

Attribution

This collection was made possible with the generous assistance of the Associated Students University of Idaho who provided some of the initial funds to establish the collection. We would also like to thank the VandalStore for donating Vandalopoly,

We would like to thank the Florida State College at Jacksonville for allowing us to model our Board Game guide off of theirs. You can find their original guide here.