Frontlist | May the best book shelf win!
At its heart, Ex Libris is a worker-placement game every round, you’ll send your assistants out to various locations to carry out the actions they allow.
At its heart, Ex Libris is a worker-placement game every round, you’ll send your assistants out to various locations to carry out the actions they allow. Just about every action you can do can be boiled down to two things drawing more cards and shelving cards into your library. You see, every player is going to have a hand of cards that represents sections of a bookshelf, each with multiple categories in various categories on them — your task is to shelve those cards (in an organised manner, of course) so that your hopefully well-stocked library will score you lots of points come the final reckoning.
I’ve barely scratched the surface here. I haven’t told you about how one of your assistants is a special assistant who gives you a special power — you might have a ghost who can haunt other players, a wizard who can use magic to rearrange your bookshelves on the fly, or a literal bookworm. I haven’t spoken about how wonderful it is that each and every book on each and every card has a unique name that’s usually either a groan-inducing pun or laugh-out-loud funny or both. Truth is, there isn’t enough space here to do Ex Libris justice but, if the thought of an entire game devoted to building the perfect library made you go weak at the knees, you don’t need me to say any more.
Atheneum: Mystic Library
One magical library-sorting game clearly wasn’t enough for Renegade Game Studios because they put out Atheneum last year. Although there’s a definite family resemblance, Atheneum is much more of a spatial puzzle as you try to stack your books just so.
Among news about new releases, Stonemaier Games’ announcement about a card game based on Pierce Brown’s Red Rising sci-fi series was definitely up there. It looks to be heavily inspired by Fantasy Realms; so this is one to watch.
Great Western Trail
This is considered to be Alexander Pfister’s magnum opus, but it’s never been a looker. That will soon change, because it’s not only getting a swanky new 2nd Edition, but it’s also getting a pair of spiritual sequels that move the action to South America and New Zealand.
Source: Indian Express