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Board Games @ Cal State LA

Information about the current board games at Cal State LA

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Air Baron Board Game Box

Air Baron

Airlines vie for control of the American skies in this hybrid business/war game. Each turn, the active player decides whether to make an investment or, to forgo income for a round and enter Fare Wars. In Fare Wars, players pay and roll dice to take over individual spokes to control major-city hubs. Income is generated by randomly drawing purchased spokes and controlled hubs. When a player, on their turn with no outstanding loans, has a mix of market share and cash on hand that equals or exceeds the winning target (which varies with the number of players), that player wins.

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Play time: 120 min
  • Age: 10+

Alchemist Board Game

Alchemists

Alchemists is a game of strategy, risk assessment, and deduction. Do you experiment to get more knowledge or do you publish now to get more points? Pay to endorse the latest theory of toads or save your money for an artifact? And should you really be selling that potion to the large axe-wielding barbarian when you aren't quite sure of its effects? The choices you make will prove whether you are the world's greatest alchemist. This game is designed to be played using an app that turns your tablet or smartphone into an ingredient card reader. The app is available for free.

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 120 min
  • Age: 13+

Assyria Board Game

Assyria

In Assyria, players represent tribes living in Mesopotamia, trying to develop on the desert and a limited fertile area located between two rivers that divide the board. In their quest for power (points), players build Ziggurats (permanent outposts), wells, make sacrifices to gods and try to get along with nobles of Assur - the capital of Assyria. The game is a light-weight eurogame, built around the short-term rapid point gains vs long-term investments dilemma.

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 45 - 90 min
  • Age: 12+

Donated By Rio Grande Games

Augsburg Board Game Cover

Augsburg 1520

The game is about Jakob Fugger, who was probably the wealthiest man of his time. “Jakob the Rich,” as he was named in his time, owned so much money that he loaned money to a host of counts and kings. Often, they were not able to repay him in cash, so they awarded him special privileges, such as trade rights and offices. Players assume the role of the merchants from Augsburg and try to get what they can - by means of auction - from the nobility, thus increasing their wealth and particularly their social status.

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Playtime: 25-75 min
  • Age: 12+

Donated By Rio Grande Games

Boss Monster Box Cover

Boss Monster

Inspired by a love of classic video games, this game pits 2-4 players in a competition to build the ultimate side-scrolling dungeon. Players compete to lure and destroy hapless adventurers, racing to outbid one another to see who can build the most enticing, treasure-filled dungeon. The goal of Boss Monster is to be the first Boss to amass ten Souls, which are gained when a Hero is lured and defeated — but a player can lose if his Boss takes five Wounds from Heroes who survive his dungeon.

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 30 min
  • Age: 13+

Donated By Brotherwise Games

Catan Board Game Cover

Catan (Coming Soon!)

In Catan, players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn, dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players collect these resources (cards)—wood, grain, brick, sheep, or stone—to build up their civilizations to get to 10 victory points and win the game

  • Players: 3 - 4
  • Playtime: 60 - 120 min
  • Age: 10+

Chemistry Fluxx Box Cover

Chemistry Fluxx

Chemistry Fluxx is the elemental car game where the rules are always changing. Use atoms and laboratory gear to match the current goal and win! chemistry Fluxx is the perfect compound of chance and skill, where you'll not only be playing with elements and molecules, but you'll also be learning about them! chemistry Fluxx is so much fun you'll be playing it more than periodically.

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Playtime: 5 - 30 Min
  • Age: 8+

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Chess, Imaginarium

Chess is a two-player, abstract strategy board game that represents medieval warfare on an 8x8 board with alternating light and dark squares. Opposing pieces, traditionally designated White and Black, are initially lined up on either side. Each type of piece has a unique form of movement. Players take turns moving one of their pieces in an attempt to capture, attack, defend, or develop their positions. Chess games can end in checkmate, resignation, or one of several types of draws.

  • Players: 2
  • Playtime: 60 Min
  • Age: 6+

Cytosis Board Game Box

Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game

Cytosis: A Cell Building Game is a worker placement game that takes place inside a human cell. Players start out with a number of workers and on a player’s turn, they will place one of their workers in any available location within that cell. Some of the locations provide players with resources (e.g., mRNA, ATP); some with actions (e.g., convert resources, collect cards). Resources are used to build enzymes, hormones and/or receptors, which score Health Points. The player with the most Health Points at the end of the game wins

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Playtime: 60 - 90 Min
  • Age: 10+

dominion board game box

Dominion

In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can "buy" as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most efficient path to the precious victory points by game end.

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 30 Min
  • Age: 13+

Donated By Rio Grande Games

Dungeon Board Game Box Cover

Dungeon!

In many ways Dungeon! is similar to Dungeons & Dragons, although much simplified and transformed into a board game. Players explore a dungeon that is divided into levels of increasing difficulty, fighting monsters for valuable treasure. As players venture deeper into the dungeon, the monsters become more difficult and the treasure more valuable. Several character classes each have slightly different fighting abilities – most notably the wizard, who can cast spells. Combat is simulated using dice; players roll the dice to attack a monster, and if unsuccessful, the dice are rolled to determine the effect of the monster's counter-attack.

  • Players: 1 - 8
  • Playtime: 30 Min
  • Age: 8+

El Caballero Board Game Box

El Caballero

Players follow Columbus by exploring the islands he discovered. Players slowly explore the islands – by picking and placing land tiles that are most favorable to them – and discover wealth in the form of gold and fish. As they learn about the land and sea areas of this new land, they position their caballeros to try to maintain control of the important regions. Castillos give them a measure of protection from others, and ships allow them to establish trade and to fish for food. Success is measured in the size of land and sea areas they control. Their success is measured twice, and in the end these scores are summed and the winner declared.

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 30 Min
  • Age: 8+

Donated By Rio Grande Games

Evolution Board Game Cover

Evolution

In Evolution, players adapt their species in a dynamic ecosystem where food is scarce and predators lurk. Traits like Hard Shell and Horns will protect your species from Carnivores, while a Long Neck will help them get food that others cannot reach. With over 4,000 ways to evolve your species, every game becomes a different adventure. Some players thrive on creating Carnivores to wreak havoc on their fellow players. Others prefer to stay protected and mind their own business. Gather your friends and see who can best adapt to the changing world around them.

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Playtime: 60 Min
  • Age: 12+

Fairy Tale Fluxx Box Cover

Fairy Tale Fluxx (Coming Soon!)

Fluxx is a card game in which the cards themselves determine the current rules of the game. By playing cards, you change numerous aspects of the game: how to draw cards, how to play cards, and even how to win. 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!

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Playtime: 5- 30 Min
  • Age: 8+

Feudal Board Game Cover

Feudal

This is a chess-like board game that is set in the Middle Ages. Players win by either capturing an opponent's castle or by slaying all royalty.

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Playtime: 5- 30 Min
  • Age: 8+

Gobblet Board Game

Gobblet

Gobblet is played on a 4x4 grid, and each player has two pieces. Your goal in Gobblet is to place four of your pieces in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row. Your pieces start nested off the board. On a turn, you either play one exposed piece from your three off-the-board piles or move one piece on the board to any other spot on the board where it fits. As soon as a player has four like-colored pieces in a row, they win.

  • Players: 2
  • Playtime: 20 Min
  • Age: 7+

Loteria Board Game

Loteria (Coming Soon!)

Loteria is a traditional Mexican game combining cards and Bingo, and it has been played as a game of chance, as a pastime and for educational purposes. Cards are drawn and the illustrations matched to Bingo-like grid cards, each showing 16 of the 54 possible cards. Like Bingo, one may win by matching all of the fields on the grid-card, or by matching a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line.

  • Players: 2-10
  • Playtime: 10 Min
  • Age: 4+

Monopoly Board Game Box

Monopoly (Original)

Players take the part of landowners, attempting to buy and then develop their land. Income is gained by other players visiting their properties and money is spent when they visit properties belonging to other players. When times get tough, players may have to mortgage their properties to raise cash for fines, taxes and other misfortunes.

  • Players: 2 - 8
  • Playtime: 60 - 180 Min
  • Age: 8+

Monopoly Nintendo Box

Monopoly Nintendo

The most recognizable and unforgettable characters in the video game industry have teamed up to bring you the Nintendo Collector’s Edition of the world’s most popular board game, MONOPOLY. No controllers are necessary this time as you join forces with Mario, Luigi, Link, Zelda, Kirby and others on a quest to defeat your opponents and own it all.

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Playtime: 60 Min
  • Age: 8+

Munchkin Apocalypse Card Game Box

Munchkin Apocalypse

Munchkin Apocalypse is a core set in the Munchkin series with an end of the world theme that includes natural disasters, zombie takeovers, Armageddon, alien invasions, nuclear war, etc. It's the end of the world! In Munchkin Apocalypse, every possible natural (and unnatural) disaster has happened. You are a rugged survivor in a world full of people – and things – that want to kill you and take your stuff. So do it to them first! And what's with all these seals running around? Don't they know the world is about to end? You should keep an eye on that seventh one in particular . . .

  • Players: 3 - 6
  • Playtime: 90 Min
  • Age: 10+

Donated By Steven Jackson Games

Munchkin Legends Board Game Box

Munchkin Legends: Guest Art Edition

Munchkin Legends is the Munchkin card game about legendary adventure...with none of that role playing stuff. You'll defeat mythic monsters and grab fabled magic items! Don the Death Mask and Achilles' Heels. Wield Thor's Hammer...or maybe the Magic Bassoon. Start by slaughtering the Heebie-Jeebies and Johnny Zucchiniseed, and work your way up to the Kraken...

  • Players: 3 - 6
  • Playtime: 90 Min
  • Age: 10+

Donated By Steven Jackson Games

Munchkin Lite Board Game Box

Munchkin Lite

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run. Admit it. You love it. And you'll love this version of the game. It's got all the same dungeon-crawling, pun-making, backstabbing madness of original Munchkin.

  • Players: 3 - 4
  • Playtime: 60 Min
  • Age: 10+

Donated By Steven Jackson Games

Munchkin Xmen Board Game Box

Munchkin X-Men

Join the X-Men on a thrilling adventure to defend mankind from renegade mutants. In the game, players take on the role of students attending Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and team up with Professor X, Wolverine, and more super-charged mutants to take down the likes of Sabretooth, Juggernaut, and the almighty Magneto.

  • Players: 3 - 4
  • Playtime: 60 - 120 Min
  • Age: 10+

Donated By Steven Jackson Games

Nanuk Card Game

Nanuk

In Nanuk, each player bids for how long he can stay on the trail and how much he will bring home. Each boast must be greater than the one before, until one hunter refuses to raise the bid, saying "You're doomed!" Then the hunt begins. Will the hunt leader make good on his boast, or will the doomers be right? Every player decides secretly to help . . . or to let it fail.

  • Players: 5 - 8
  • Playtime: 45 Min
  • Age: 10+

Donated By Steven Jackson Games

Niya Board Game

Niya

In Japan's Imperial Garden, courtly manners and nature's beauty veil a dark political conspiracy among two influential clans. On each turn, players replace a garden tile with one of their clan tokens. The next player can only exchange a token for a garden tile that has an element in common with the previously chosen tile. The first to position their clan in a row, square, or blockade will win control of the garden. And power at court! A simple yet sophisticated abstract strategy game, Niya captivates players young and old.

  • Players: 2
  • Playtime: 10 Min
  • Age: 7+

One Night Ultimate Vampire

One Night Ultimate Vampire

One Night Ultimate Vampire has so few rules, everyone will be up and playing in just minutes. Each player is given a single card, which they secretly view, giving them a special power to help the Villager or Vampire team. In One Night Ultimate Vampire, the sun has just set, and vampires have descended on your sleepy little town, slowly turning the villagers into even more vampires. Fortunately, the village has several residents with special powers, with most willing to help eliminate this fanged menace!

  • Players: 3 - 10
  • Playtime: 10 Min
  • Age: 8+

One Night Ultimate Werewolf Box

One Night Ultimate Werewolf

One Night Ultimate Werewolf has so few rules, everyone will be up and playing in just minutes. Each player is given a single card, which they secretly view, giving them a special power to help the Villager or Werewolf team. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role: One of the dastardly Werewolves, the tricky Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, or one of a dozen different characters, each with a special ability. In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf...because all it takes is finding one werewolf to win!

  • Players: 3 - 10
  • Playtime: 10 Min
  • Age: 8+

Photosynthesis Board Game

Photosynthesis

The sun shines brightly on the canopy of the forest, and the trees use this wonderful energy to grow and develop their beautiful foliage. Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don't forget that the sun revolves around the forest. Welcome to the world of Photosynthesis, the green strategy board game!

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 30 - 60 Min
  • Age: 10+

Plague Inc Board Game

Plague, Inc.

Plague Inc: The Board Game is a strategic game of infection, evolution, and extinction. Each player is a deadly disease and they must battle against each other to spread their plagues, develop new symptoms and ultimately wipe out humanity. Starting with Patient Zero, you spread your infection across the world by placing tokens in cities - earning DNA points and preventing other players from becoming dominant. Eventually, as countries become fully infected - you try to kill them using the Death Dice.

  • Players: 1 - 4
  • Playtime: 60 Min
  • Age: 14+

Donated By Ndemic Creations

Risk Civil War Board Game Cover

Risk Civil War

It's Captain America vs. Iron Man in the search for the Winter Soldier! Wage an all-out battle at the airport in this exciting updated Risk game. Control the most territories, capture the Winter Soldier, and escape with the Quinjet before it reaches the end of the runway! No matter which way of play is chosen, after 5 rounds of excitement and strategy, the game is over, and mission tokens are scored. The team with the most points wins the game!

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 75 - 90 Min
  • Age: 10+

Simon's Cat Card Game Box

Simon's Cat

The fast-paced Simon's Cat Card Game features adorable art taken directly from animator and illustrator Simon Tofield's YouTube series, Simon's Cat. In the game, players go around the table playing cards to escape Simon's attention. Get caught and you get Blame; get too much Blame and you get fed last. No one wants that.

  • Players: 3 - 6
  • Playtime: 10 - 25 Min
  • Age: 6+

Donated By Steven Jackson Games

Super Kitty Bug Slap Card Game Box

Super Kitty Bug Slap

Grab the coolest cats you can find for some bug-slappin' action in this a speedy card game of swift thinking and quick paws! Super Kitty Bug Slap is a fast-paced game that lets 3 to 5 players see who has the most skills. When the game ends, the quickest kitty with the most cards wins!

  • Players: 3 - 5
  • Playtime: 20 Min
  • Age: 6+

Donated By Steven Jackson Games

Sushi Go Card Game Box

Sushi Go

In Sushi Go!, you are eating at a sushi restaurant and trying to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for collecting the most sushi rolls or making a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value! And once you've eaten it all, finish your meal with all the pudding you've got! But be careful which sushi you allow your friends to take; it might be just what they need to beat you!

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Playtime: 15 Min
  • Age: 8+

Talisman Board Game Cover

Talisman

Talisman is an adventure board game set in a high fantasy medieval world. Players have 14 characters to choose from all based on role-playing archetypes, such as heroes, wizards, villains, thieves, monsters, etc. The game makes players feel they are traveling the world to find equipment, weapons, ancient relics, and companions that will help them on their quest to acquire the Crown of Command. Along the way, they visit various locales in the worlds, battle each other and fantastic creatures to make their way to the top.

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Playtime: 90 Min
  • Age: 13+

Terraforming Mars Board Game Box

Terraforming Mars

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play a corporation and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points. Victory Points are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

  • Players: 1 - 5
  • Playtime: 120 Min
  • Age: 12+

The Oregon Trail Board Game Box

The Oregon Trail

All sorts of gruesome deaths await you and the rest of your wagon party in this official multi-player card game version of the classic computer game. To win you’ll need to keep one player alive all the way from Independence, MO to the Willamette Valley. But between rattlesnakes, starvation, dead oxen, broken bones, dysentery, and a host of other calamities the odds are long . . . almost as long as the Oregon Trail itself.

  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Playtime: 30 - 45 Min
  • Age: 12+

This War of Mine Board Game Box

This War of Mine

In This War Of Mine, you do not play as an elite soldier but rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout.

  • Players: 1 - 6
  • Playtime: 45 - 120 Min
  • Age: 18+

Ticket to Ride Board Game

Ticket to Ride

Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets – goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.

  • Players: 2 - 5
  • Playtime: 30 - 60 Min
  • Age: 8+

Trouble Board Game Box

Trouble

Each turn player rolls a die using the Pop-O-Matic and selects one of his pawns to move. Pawns can enter the track from the Home base only on a roll of six. Each pawn needs to travel around the board and finish on the Finish lane. If the pawn of another player is bumped, the bumped pawn is returned to the home. The goal is to be the first one to get all the pawns to the Finish lane.

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 45 Min
  • Age: 4+

Uno Dare Box

Uno

Players race to empty their hands and catch opposing players with cards left in theirs, which score points. In turns, players attempt to play a card by matching its color, number, or word to the topmost card on the discard pile. If unable to play, players draw a card from the draw pile, and if still unable to play, they pass their turn. Wild and special cards spice things up a bit.

  • Players: 2 - 10
  • Playtime: 30 Min
  • Age: 6+

Uno Dare

Uno Dare

The familiar fun race to yell "UNO!" comes with wild, new choices! While playing the color and numbers matching game, you're faced with a decision: draw extra cards or take a dare! Dare cards come in 3 categories: Family, Show-Off, and Daredevil, with 16 dares on each card. You may end up talking like a pirate until your next turn, or standing on one foot, or even showing your best dance moves! There is even a blank card to make up your own dares!

  • Players: 2 - 10
  • Playtime: 30 Min
  • Age: 7+

Urban Sprawl Board Game Box

Urban Sprawl

Players assume the roles of entrepreneur, tycoon, and politician—each helping in the development of a hypothetical "Anywhere, USA." Wealth and Prestige will be earned and spent throughout the game. Buildings will rise only to later be demolished for a better and larger fare. All of this eventually leads to the end game—a vibrant metropolis that is revered around the world—when the player with the most Prestige will be crowned the winner.

  • Players: 2 - 4
  • Playtime: 180 Min
  • Age: 12+

Yahtzee Board Game Box

Yahtzee

Yahtzee is a classic dice game played with 5 dice. Each player's turn consists of rolling the dice up to 3 times in hope of making 1 of 13 categories. Examples of categories are 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, straight, full house, etc. Each player tries to fill in a score for each category, but this is not always possible. When all players have entered a score or a zero for all 13 categories, the game ends and total scores are compared.

  • Players: 2 - 10
  • Playtime: 30 Min
  • Age: 6+

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