Games, Games, & More Games


I don’t know about you, but my favorite tradition on New Years Eve is to play games with all my friends and family. Here at the Book Table we have tons of fun games for you to play. Here are just a few:

Wackee Six

Wackee Six takes 6 decks of different colored cards each person or team is responsible for.  Then the person or team starts with 12 cards they have to get rid of to call Wackee Six! Six cards are placed face up in front of you and six cards are face down. Unlike solitaire everyone is trying to get their cards on the SAME WACKEE PILES.This makes for a game full of fun and excitement as the players race to get as many cards as they can into the middle.

Each player flips over 3 cards at the same time and tries to play the top card just like traditional solitaire. If it doesn’t play, flip three more. Remember the goal isn’t to get rid of the cards in your hand, but to play those cards to get rid of the first 12 laid down. Once a player has gotten rid of their pile of 12 cards, they yell WACKEE SIX! Then all the cards in the middle are gathered and counted. Whichever player/team got the most cards in the middle wins.

Snake Oil

In the Old West, the sly snake oil salesman had a special talent. He could get the most skeptical customer to buy the most dubious products. Now it’s your turn.  Choose one player to be the first “Customer” and have that player pick a Customer Card. The other players quickly combine two Word Cards form their hand to create something for the Customer. Each player persuades the Customer that their item is the best. The Customer picks the one they like the most and that player wins the customer card!

Settlers of Catan

How fast can you match? That’s the key to BLINK. Shape, count, or color – any way you can match it, do it fast to get rid of your cards. You need a sharp eye and a fast hand to win this lightning-fast game! Play all your cards to win Rapid-fire matching action Great travel game, too Includes 60 symbol cards and instructions for regular and quick play.

The Settlers of Catan from Mayfair Games is an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable, making each game a little different from the next. Each round of The Settlers of Catan is intended to keep three or four players ages 10 and above engaged for up to 90 minutes.

Anomia

Anomia plays off the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information; things to eat, pop songs, websites, etc. Sure, under normal circumstances, it’s easy enough to give an example of a frozen food, or a dog breed, but you will find that your brain works a little differently under pressure! The directions are simple. Draw a card from the center pile and flip it over. Does the symbol on your card match one on another player’s card? If so, you must quickly face-off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on their card before they can do the same for yours. If you blurt a correct answer out first, you win their card and drawing continues.

Sounds simple, right? Wrong, Wild cards allow unlike symbols to match, increasing the number of things you must pay attention to. Cascading face-offs can occur when you hand over a lost card revealing a new top card on your play pile. All this adds up to a high-energy, hilarious play experience where everyone is involved at all times. Easy to learn, fun to play over and over again, Anomia will have any group of friends, family, even perfect strangers, shouting and laughing out loud as they try to beat each other to the punch.

Five Crowns

Five Crowns is a fast-paced ingenious card game. Its double deck contains 5 suits (the stars are new), but it has no aces or twos. This unique deck gives you many more options for arranging your hand into sets and sequences–the challenge is to see them make the right combinations, be the first to go out, then watch the others scramble as they get one last chance to cut their losses.
Five Crowns, with its beautiful cards, is easy to learn. It starts with 3 cards and 3’s are wild. The next hand has 4 cards and 4’s are wild, and so on. You’ll need luck and skill throughout the game because even in the last hand a worthy opponent can come from behind and win. Remember, “the game isn’t over ’til the Kings go wild.”

Ticket To Ride

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. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. For 2 to 5 players ages 8 and older. Playing time: 30-60 minutes. 

Remember to stop by the Book Table and get the perfect game for your New Years party. For questions, call (435) 752-3055.

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