Othello

Loy says: “Othello is one of those simple games that you return to over and over. The rules are simple – place two tiles in your color, and then flip every tile between them to your color – but strategy ebbs and flows with your opponent. Othello (based on an old game called Reversi) is a thoughtful, slow-moving battle between two quick-witted players; and a great game to play with a friend.”

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Clue

From the box: “The classic detective game! In Clue, players move from room to room in a mansion to solve the mystery of: who done it, with what, and where? Players are dealt character, weapon, and location cards after the top card from each card type is secretly placed in the confidential file in the middle of the board. Players must move to a room and then make an accusation against a character saying they did it in that room with a specific weapon. The player to the left must show one of any cards accused to the accuser if in that player’s hand. Through deductive reasoning each player must figure out which character, weapon, and location are in the secret file. To do this, each player must uncover what cards are in other players hands by making more and more accusations. Once a player knows what cards the other players are holding, they will know what cards are in the secret file. A great game for those who enjoy reasoning and thinking things out.”

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FitzIt

From the box: “What comes in a box, fits inside a blender, and is bound to make you laugh? FitzIt – the party game where fun is all in the description! Name an object that fits the attributes on your cards, then play them to the grid. The more cards you play, the faster you score. Use your creativity and you’re fit to win!”

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Codenames

From the box: Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.

In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

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Dixit

From the box “One player is the storyteller for the turn and looks at the images on the 6 cards in her hand. From one of these, she makes up a sentence and says it out loud (without showing the card to the other players). Each other player selects the card in their hands which best matches the sentence and gives the selected card to the storyteller, without showing it to the others. The storyteller shuffles her card with all the received cards. All pictures are shown face up and every player has to bet upon which picture was the storyteller’s.”

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Timeline: Inventions

From the box: “Timeline: Inventions is a card game played using 109 cards. Each card depicts an invention on both sides, with the year in which that invention was created on only one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in a row on the table. After placing the card, the player reveals the date on it. If the card was placed correctly with the date in chronological order with all other cards on the table, the card stays in place; otherwise the card is removed from play and the player takes another card from the deck.”

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Cranium Brain Breaks

From the box: “Cranium Brain Breaks is a purple brain shaped box with 200 one-minute mini games! Fast, frantic fun that will have your family acting, sketching, sculpting, and word puzzling as you race together to beat the timer. With 200 different activities. Cranium Brain Breaks features lots of activities as seen in other Cranium games, such as sketching, sculpting, acting, humming, word puzzles and more.”

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Taboo

From the box: “Taboo is a party word game. Players take turns describing a word or phrase on a drawn card to their partner without using five common additional words or phrases also on the card. The opposing partners watch a timer and use a buzzer to stop the game, buzz the player describing if one of the five off limits words or phrases is used, or the describing player makes any gestures. An excellent party game and great for larger teams!”

Our latest acquisition is an oldie but a goodie. Players divide into two teams to guess at words – but – the clue giver cannot say any of the “taboo” words. Can you make your team say APPLE without saying RED, JUICY, BIG, or CANDY? Try to get as many correct guesses as possible before the sands run out on the timer – but watch your words, because the opposing team gets to “buzz you out” if you slip up!

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