Love 2 Hate

Loy says “If you like the idea of Cards Against Humanity, but it’s a bit raunchy for you, then you’re going to love this game. Love 2 Hate works on the same premise of Apples to Apples or CAH, but splits the difference between the two. It’s more risque for the teen / young adult crowd, but not anything beyond rated R. This is a great bridge game for that teen who wants to play a mature title but isn’t quite ready.”

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Rory’s Story Cubes

Loy says: “Looking for something unique and creative? Boy-howdy, have you found it in Rory’s Story Cubes. The box includes a couple of ways to play, but here’s our go-to: roll the dice and start to tell the story. You can tell the whole thing, or players can grab dice and jump in when they want. Or, you can have each person tell a sentence in a round-robin until the story comes to life. It’s not as easy as it sounds – be the one at the table with the best contribution and exercise your vocabulary, your imagination, and your thinking cap! This is a lot of fun as a game, and also works as an ice-breaker, a teaching manipulative, or a tool for overcoming writer’s block. Get your creative on!”

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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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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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