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Board Games @ Cal State LA

Information about the current board games at Cal State LA

Educational Games

Board games are a unique medium that can be used to reinforce and gamify learning outside of the classroom. On this page, you will find games arranged by subject areas including:

Business / Finance Games

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+

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

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+

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+

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+

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+

History / Geography Games (A - Z)

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

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+

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

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+

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+

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+

Science Games

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+

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+

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+

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+

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

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+

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