is a new board game by Adam P. McIver in which you build your own library. In a fantasy town. With hundreds of punny book titles. ("Conjury to Avoid Jury Duty") Where you have to master a simple backward version of the Dewey Decimal system. Could anything be geekier?
The game itself can be straightforward or tricky, depending on how much you care about tactics. But you can just have fun with the concept, enjoying the humor and building a library collection to please everyone -- especially the town authorities, who do not like banned books. You can also unleash your inner fussiness, because if you're going to win, you have to make sure your books are properly organized on your shelves.
(The phrase "ex libris
" is a little mysterious. It traditionally appears on bookplates that show who owns the book. Internet searches suggest it means "from the books of" or "from books," but our Latin-English dictionary doesn't have the word "libris
" at all. If you are a bit of a Latin scholar and can comment about this, please do so.)
Meanwhile, if you and your friends love books, humor and fantasy -- and have maybe just a little OCD -- Ex Libris
may be a good game for you.
Evan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.