Posts Tagged ‘games’


Go

by Tom Jordan on March 16th, 2016

Chinese checkers is a game I like to play with my kids.  It’s simple, the rules are easy, and there’s no luck involved.  Alas, the divots on our playing board are too shallow, and a bumped board means marbles rolling where they shouldn’t.  While searching for a better board to buy online, I often see Go boards too.  Those look neat, I think, I’ll have to learn more about this game.  Go photo2

Have you heard of Go?  It’s been in the news lately.  Google created an artificial intelligence program over the past few years that recently defeated a Korean Go master.  It was a big deal.  The story is here.  Creating an AI program to compete above the amateur level has been a project for decades.  The rules are simple, but the possibilities for the game are almost infinitely complex.

The board is a 19×19 square grid and the pieces are black and white stones.  The object is to hold the most territory.  Like Chess and Chinese checkers, there is no luck involved in Go.

The other night, I made an account on the first Go site that came up after a search and played a few games.  I was so bad that I felt sorry for my opponents.  I had a friendly chat with one of them who offered some nice encouragement – thanks, kurr5.    Go photo1

ICPL has books on Go at 794.4.  We have a manga series that features the game at 741.5952 Hotta Hikaru too.

ICPL Announces Totally Tweens Summer Lineup

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 26th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Totally Tweens program has an exciting lineup of activities and programs for students in third through sixth grades as part of the Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program.

Totally Tweens will meet at 2 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July, beginning June 9, in the Storytime Room, unless otherwise noted.

June 9: Literary LEGOs

Start the summer by using LEGOs to recreate scenes from your favorite books, then show off your creations in the Children’s Room display case.

June 16: Ready, Set, Draw! With Leo Kelly

What is a story? What makes a good character? Join Leo Kelly and find out how drawing can bring your heroes to life.

June 23: Marvelous Marbling

Try your hand at something new: paper marbling. Swishes of color and patterns combine to create unique works of art.

June 30: Weather Academy with Justin Gehrts

Join special guest Justin Gehrts, a meteorologist with the KCRG-TV9 Storm Team, for some fun experiments to learn how weather works and how to stay safe in storms.

July 7: Spy School

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Join us for an hour of avoiding detection and secret messages.

July 14: Movie and Popcorn

Join us for a screening of Despicable Me 2. Watch as Gru tries to be a hero instead of a villain. We’ll provide the popcorn.

July 21: Explore Electronics

Learn how circuits work and make simple robots using littleBits, magnetic modules with no risk for electrocution.

July 28: Game Time

Tired of playing the same old games? Come and create your own using pieces from old games or ones you make yourself.

We will end the summer with a Totally Tweens Movie and Lock-In from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 31, in Meeting Room A. We’ll have games, crafts, snacks and a movie for our tween Summer Reading Program participants.

In addition to our Tuesday Totally Tweens events, Tween Minecraft Time will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 12, and Friday, July 17. Registration is required for Tween Minecraft Time. You can register online at calendar.icpl.org by clicking on the date of the event you wish to attend. Each participant may only register for one time slot.

Tweens should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may still play in single player mode.

The Iowa City Public Library Summer Reading Program will be held June 1 through Aug. 9; registration begins May 18. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library or online at srp.icpl.org.

For more information about Totally Tweens, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Featured Game: Pandemic

by Ella Von Holtum on January 3rd, 2015

pandemicI love Pandemic! Unlike many games I’ve played, Pandemic is cooperative instead of competitive. Two to four people play (or up to five with the expansion) as an elite team working together to stop the spread of multiple infections across the globe. Either we all win, or we all lose, and everyone has special skills they can use to combat diseases.

You might be a Dispatcher, an Operations Expert, a Scientist, a Medic, or a Researcher, and on your turn you must coordinate your actions to stop the spread of disease and search for a cure. But at the end of each turn, the diseases will spread, and may at any time tip off an outbreak or an epidemic. Suddenly, disease spreads faster, and is harder to control. You must use your time wisely to prevent this from happening. The game is usually over in about 45 minutes, and if you haven’t discovered the cures for all four diseases, you have lost!

Whenever I play this game, it’s tense and fun. Winning is challenging, and the spread of disease is unpredictable. But the sense of accomplishment when you win – and it’s always a close one – is fantastic!

Pandemic is easy to learn and fun to play. Come by the Teen Center and ask for it!

The Teen Center has board games…

by Ella Von Holtum on December 9th, 2014

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…in case you’re bored! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of them. When you’re off school for winter break come by and try them out. I’ll put a few games out every evening, too.

 

We’ve got a couple classic card games. Uno (2 to 10 player) was always one of my favorites, easy to play and a good way to pass the time. Skip-Bo (2-6 players) has rules similar to Uno’s: stack your cards in order, use wild cards and strategy, and be the first with no cards in your hand to win.

 

Bananagrams (1-4 players) is a word game, with tiles like Scrabble. Only they come zipped up in a banana! It’s fun a flexible, a cool twist lon word games.

 

The last little fun game of the day is Zombie Dice (2 or more players). It’s exactly what it sounds like…you are a zombie, and you’re rolling dice to see how successful you are! Do you get to eat brains, or does your victim fight back or get away? How convincingly can you demand Braaaaaains?

 

Stay tuned for some of our bigger board games…we’ve got some good ones!