International Games Week October 29 – November 4

International Games Week

Steve Jackson Games offers a bundle of fun

Posted on October 19, 2016

Steve Jackson GamesSteve Jackson Games is back this year sponsoring IGD with a bundle of games for your library. Fill out the form below to register for a donation that includes:

Chupacabra DiceChupacabra Dice
This game includes 24 glow-in-the-dark dice that are divided up between all of the players. As night falls, you roll the dice. Rolling a chupacabra means that you can take a dice from your opponent, but choose wisely because they can take from you as well. Claim all of the dice to win the game. This game is for 2-4 players and takes about 10-20 minutes to play.
Munchkin Loot

Munchkin Loot Letter
Steal the treasure and betray your friends! Based on the award-winning game Love Letter, this Steve Jackson twist is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2-4 players.


Trophy Buck

Trophy Buck
A fast-moving game about deer hunting with 12 custom dice that represent deer. Push your luck as you roll to bag deer without too many "startles" before the end of your turn. This game is for 3-8 players and takes about 10-20 minutes to play.


Register here to enter the drawing for one of 300 donated bundles of Steve Jackson games. You must be registered for International Games Day and located in the United States to be eligible for this free donation. Registration for the drawing will close on October 31st. Delivery by November 19th is not guaranteed.

Big thanks to Steve Jackson Games for sponsoring IGD!

Donor Spotlight: Glass Plate Game

Posted on October 17, 2016

Stir up conversation at your library with the Glass Plate Game. This year, International Games Day is happy to have sponsorship from the Glass Plate Game who have graciously donated a number of copies available for interested registrants.

Named for its origins related to the Glass Bead Game mentioned in Magister Ludi by Glass Plate GameHerman Hesse, the Glass Plate Game is a game played without hard rules and without a concrete goal. The aim of the game is to spur interesting and creative conversation.

Together players consider concepts depicted on a spread of cards and draw connections between these concepts to build chains of thought. Simple in nature, the Glass Plate Game is a wonderful exercise in cooperative thinking with no winners or losers. It's a great device for facilitating conversations around experiences and ideas. 

This cooperative game, created by Dunbar Aitkins, is for 4-8 players ages 13+ and takes about 120 minutes to play.

Thank you Glass Plate Game for donating to International Games Day!
Glass Plate Game


Simon & Schuster offers “Cure for the Common Universe”

Posted on October 4, 2016

Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay HeidickerInternational Games Day is pleased to have Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing sponsor 100 copies of Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKey Heidicker.

This novel, for ages 14 and up, is a debut novel about a young man who is about to discover what real life is about. Cure for the Common Universe follows 16-year-old Jaxon as he learns to strike a balance between playing video games and tending to responsibilities.

The book captures a lot of angst and turmoil associated with video game culture and offers itself as a springboard for discussions related to healthy media habits, self-reliance, and learning valuable life lessons.

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing logo

Praise for Cure for the Common Universe:

“A plugged-in young adult comedy about the pain of unplugging… perfect for teen gamers and readers who are fans of Jesse Andrews and John Green.”
– School Library Journal

“Heidicker’s debut crackles with twitchy energy… this is a fun, absurdist romp through gaming culture, populated by zany characters and a quest narrative worthy of its own game.”
– Booklist

“Where the novel really shines is in Jaxon's interactions—as a white, upper-middle-class boy—with campmates who are diverse in terms of both ethnicity and sexuality, and who challenge some of his preexisting assumptions. In confronting Jaxon's privilege and complicated family history, the book eschews easy answers for a more authentic ending that promises that the work of self-improvement is ongoing and difficult.”
– Publishers Weekly

Register here to enter the drawing for one of 100 donated copies of “Cure for the Common Universe”. You must be registered for International Games Day and located in the United States to be eligible for this free donation. Registration for the drawing will close on October 11th.


Minecraft eGuide from Prima Games

Posted on September 27, 2016

Build, Discover, Survive! Mastering Minecraft eGuide cover imageInternational Games Day would like to thank Prima Games for their generous donation of 200 copies of their Minecraft eGuide to US libraries. Winning libraries will be notified soon!

Minecraft debuted in 2009. The game is a simple pixelated adventure game in which players can move blocks, craft items, and build almost anything. According to Motherboard, over 40 million people play Minecraft every month from all over the world. Prima Games offers an incredibly helpful eGuide on how to play this wildly popular game.

This strategy guide is an easily searchable eGuide with quick-reference charts, five tutorial videos, and help with projects to quickly immerse you into the Minecraft world. This guide not only tells you about the new blocks, monsters, and recipes but also features a section on the history of Minecraft with interviews with the game’s creators.

Prima Games logo

Check out all of Prima’s strategy guides (some are free!) on their website:

Register for a Breakout EDU kit

Posted on September 20, 2016

Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU, a platform for immersive learning games, is donating a Breakout EDU Kit for two libraries in the United States.

Breakout EDU gameplayBreakout EDU offers breakout kits that include everything you need to start hosting tabletop breakout games.

What is a breakout? A breakout is a themed puzzle activity. The goal is for a team of participants to solve clues and puzzles to open all of the locks on a final box to discover what’s inside. Much like a regular escape room, breakouts offer a great way to teach critical thinking, teamwork, and complex problem solving. Breakouts are being used to teach core academic subjects in a real world environment.  

How does it work? The box and everything needed to solve its locks are set out on a table. Participants are led by a facilitator who introduces the game, explains the rules, and guides the participants if they are stumped. They are then set free to try to solve the Breakout before time runs out.

The Breakout EDU site includes access to a plethora of games suitable for all ages.

Breakout EDU screenshot
The Breakout EDU website gets you started on this adventure and the Breakout EDU Facebook group helps keep you organized and up to date on how Breakouts are being used in libraries and classrooms all over the world. This forum offers a space for members to connect and collaborate. It offers excellent advice on the best materials and ways to keep them organized and working efficiently for your events.

Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU is a great way to bring immersive learning to your gaming events. International Games Day is excited to have them sponsor this year!

Register here to enter the drawing for one of the two Breakout kits. You must be registered for International Games Day and located in the United States to be eligible for this free donation. Registration for the drawing will close on September 30th and winners will be emailed by October 14th.

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