|Thanks to the American Library Association!|
Support your local library. Join in the fun. Celebrate International Games Day.
Last year I made some suggestions for those of you new to the gaming world. This year, I thought I'd introduce you to some unsung illustrators, those who create the art for board games and cards. Along the way, you might find a new game worth trying.
|Dixit, by Asmodee Games|
And what pictures!
Each of the cards has a bizarre, surreal illustration, so half the fun is staring at the artwork. Even better, there are a dozen expansion packs with, you guessed it, more cards. For more info, there's a good description on Thirsty Meeples.
My favorite artist may be Xavier Collette, but I love Maria Cardouat's original cards too. Other illustrators include Franck Dion, Pierô, Carine Hinder, and Jérôme Pélissier.
|A sample of Dixit card art.|
|DragonMaster, by E. S. Lowe|
Basically a standard pitch-type trick-taking game, this fantasy version offers four new suits (Nomads, Warriors, Dragonlords, and Druids), new characters (from the fool through the king), and plastic gems to keep score. (Just like the ones used in Lazer Attack. Remember that one?)
Our kooky family has invented almost a dozen variations of this game at last count. You can find them explained on Whatsits Galore.
I'm convinced this game's appeal comes from the fabulous artwork by Bob Pepper, Mid-Century psychedelic paperback book cover legend.
|A sampling of Dragonmaster cards |
Courtesy 2 Warps to Neptune
|Guillotine action cards illustrated by Quinton Hoover|
|Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space,Art by Giulia Ghigini|
|Tokaido, art by Xavier Durin AKA Naiiade|
|Mission Red Planet, 1st ed. |
art by Christophe Madura
|Mission Red Planet, 2nd ed. |
Art by Andrew Bosley
Game cafes are popping up all over the country. You can stop by to play or sample anything in their vast collections, usually for an hourly fee. These are great places to meet and relax, eat and laugh. Experiment to find your favorite games, then buy them at your local games store.
My current favorite is The Games Keep [561 E Gay St, West Chester, PA 19380, Phone:(484) 905-5533]
Local game stores, like local book stores need your support.Can't find one? Try the Steve Jackson Games store finder or this one from Fireside Games, or Rio Grande's locator for a retailer near you. Online, I like Funagain Games. What are you waiting for?
Happy International Games Day!
Please leave your family's favorite past time in the comments.
We love to try new games.