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An overview of services available at The Learning Commons, a part of the Georgia Southern University Libraries on the Armstrong Campus.

Board Games N through P

A man in furs fights a polar bear in the snow.


Winter is coming. All the hunters boasted of their prowess, but you boasted the loudest. Now you have to deliver . . .
In Nanuk, each player bids for how long he can stay on the trail and how much he will bring home. Each boast must be greater than the one before, until one hunter refuses to raise the bid, saying "You're doomed!" Then the hunt begins. Will the hunt leader make good on his boast, or will the doomers be right? Every player decides secretly to help . . . or to let it fail.
Donated by Steve Jackson Games.

A mardi gras parade full of colorful characters walks down the street.

New Orleans-opoly

Buy your favorite New Orleans properties, increase your rent by collecting City Blocks and trading them in for Keys to the City. Sound Easy? Traffic jams, Rent Control and Parking Fines make it a little more difficult and a lot more fun! SO CHOOSE YOUR TOKEN AND ADVANCE TO GO! You may soon be parading in Mardi Gras…or stuffed too full of Muffulettas. 

A worker in overalls stands on the girder of a building in construction and looks out over New York.

New York 1901

Relive the dawn of modern New York City, the historic years that made it what it is today. Build bigger and higher skyscrapers on some of Lower Manhattan's most iconic streets. Raise one of four legendary skyscrapers — the Park Row, the Singer, the Metropolitan Life, or the majestic Woolworth — and make one of them the crown jewel of your real estate empire!

In New York 1901, the players are building skyscrapers on a map of New York's Financial District. Players take location cards from a card's display and then use 2-3 of those location cards to place Tetris-shaped building tiles on the board. They first build bronze level buildings. Later in the game those buildings can be replaced by silver level and gold level buildings.

Colorful blocks link together with space in the middle for the title of the game.


In every game of NMBR 9, players attempt to score the most points by creating their own displays of uniquely shaped number tiles. Tiles on higher levels of your stack score more points, but you must be careful how quickly you build upwards. Without a solid foundation, you’ll quickly run out of space for more valuable tiles. Each of the ten types of number tiles covers a different amount of space and no part of a tile can hang over an edge without anything below it. Properly consider all the factors and cleverly place your tiles to get to the bottom of this intriguing puzzle. 

Underwater explorers look for treasure outside of their submarine.


Oceanos is a game of underwater exploration with an original take on card-drafting.
Each player pilots her own submarine trying to spot the most underwater species and the largest coral reef, sending scuba-divers after forgotten treasures, collecting precious crystals to upgrade their ship and to escape the fearsome kraken's gaze...

A T-Rex yells and a line of ascending bars come out from its mouth.

On a Scale of One to T-Rex

From the creators of Exploding Kittens and Wolfgang Warsch (The Mind) comes a brand new family-friendly party game for people who are bad at charades.

A Scary Werewolf stands in front of the full moon.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast-paced game where everyone gets to be a different role. In the course of only one night and the following morning, the players will determine who among them is a werewolf...hopefully. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a microgame of the party game Ultimate Werewolf that doesn't need a moderator.
Donated by Barnes and Noble Savannah.

Cards with various fruit on them.


Pairs is a "new classic pub game" introduced in the fall of 2014. It's a simple card game with a basic triangle deck: just 55 cards numbered 1 through 10, with 1x1 2x2, 3x3, and so on up to 10x10. In the basic game, players take turns drawing cards and trying not to score a pair. or, you can fold, and score the lowest card in play. The first player to score too many points loses the game, and there's only one loser! the deluxe edition features retro-style art, and a rulebook with dozens of other games to play with your pairs deck.

Playing cards with pictures of pirates on them are in front of a pirate ship.

Pairs: Pirates

Yarrr! The Pairs Pirate deck is filled with ten scalawags and a half-dozen drinking and gambling variants. Illustrated by Brett Bean, this deck is perfect for all the pirates in your life. Variants will include two games, "Port" and "Starboard."
Donated by Barnes and Noble Savannah.

A group of scientists and first responders stand in front of a city.


In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.

An all red box with the Pantone logo in a strip of white at the bottom.


In Pantone: The Game, the player who is currently the artist chooses a character card, then designs a representation of that character using only color swatch cards. The other players subsequently take turns trying to guess who it is. If no one can guess the character during a round, a hint is given at the start of the next round, with each hint reducing the number of points awarded to both the artist and the player who correctly identifies the character. Whoever has the most points after each player acts as the artist three times wins.

Cover of Parcheesi. Multicolored animals stand in front of an Indian backdrop.


Parcheesi dates back to 4 AD and remains popular today. Each player has a set of pawns that start in his or her corner of the board. The goal is to move the pawns around the board to the "home" section. Movement is controlled by dice. All players move around the same board, so they may capture each others pawns. Captured pawns are returned to their player's corner and must start their journey over. The winner is the first player to move all pawns "home".

Silhouette of two older people underneath the title of the game.

Parents are Human (English Edition)

This edition contains our full game with 70 increasingly deep prompts, with two levels of difficulty, to inspire connectioncompassion, and vulnerability.

We made the backs of each card blank so you can write down answers from your loved ones, create your own questions/actions, translate them into another language, and more. Use permanent markers. Make it yours. ♥

Two older silhouettes stand underneath the title of the game.

Parents are Human (Spanish/Bilingual Edition)

This edition has our full game in English on the front of each card and Spanish on the back to help bridge language, culture, and generational gaps. 
We wanted to make sure that our Spanish edition feels most welcoming whether you’re used to using formal or informal language with your loved ones. So, we included both.
It was translated into Neutral Spanish/Español Neutro with 10 native speakers from Mexico, Central America, South America, & the US to make sure our prompts are accessible as possible to all Spanish-speaking families.
Description taken from publisher website.

Two surfers cheer for a third surfer who is surfing a big wave.

The Perfect Wave

Grab your board, paddle out, and try to put together the most impressive sequence of tricks on some of the most iconic waves in the world. Show your skills better than your rivals, and you’ll ride the perfect wave to victory!
The Perfect Wave presents a very fun and unique challenge. You’ll need to successfully create a wave by drafting Wave cards to construct a sequence, earning points for runs and sets of numbers. Play Trick cards to show off and score bonuses. But you’ll also need to simultaneously focus on paddling far enough out in the water to actually catch, surf, and score the very wave you're creating!

Cover of Phase 10. The Word Phase 10 is on the front with Multicolored cards with numbers on them.

Phase 10

A rummy-type card game where players compete to be the first to finish completing all ten phases. Phases include collecting runs of numbers, collecting certain number of a given color cards, etc. The first player to finish completing the 10th phase wins. In case of ties, the player with the fewest number of points wins.

A picture of a sketch pad with the word


 The game is simple. One player chooses a card with a word or phrase on it and then draws images to get fellow teammates to say what’s on the card. No adding letters or numbers and no pointing to things in the room and no verbal cues! This game is all about the “art”!

A hexagonal planet floats in space.


The spark of life is about to jump from your hands to spread out in the world. Deploy your mountain ranges and your deserts, spread out your oceans and your glaciers. Handle wisely your continents to form environments suitable for the apparition of animal life and maybe you'll manage to create the most densely populated planet!
In Planet, each player receives a planet core without anything on it. Each turn, players choose a tile with mountain/ice/forest/desert on it and place it on the planet. Then the player who fulfills the most conditions for the appearance of certain animals gains its card.

Several playing cards on top of a pile of poker chips.


The classic card game of knowing when to hold em' and when to fold em'. 
Comes with 300 chips, 1 deck of cards, 5 poker dice and rules.

A box covered with images of toaster pastries.

Pop-Tarts the Game

On your turn in Pop-Tarts Game, eat the Pop-Tarts card at the front of the line. Before taking a bite, though, you can play action cards to move Pop-Tarts around, create delicious combos, or reverse the direction they're going to improve your chomping chances. After all the Pop-Tarts are gone, the player who "ate" the most points wins!

A wizard in a classroom teaches his students how to make colorful potions.

Potion Explosion

Dear students, it's time for the final exams of the Potions class! The rules are always the same: Take an ingredient marble from the dispenser and watch the others fall. If you connect marbles of the same color, they explode and you can take them, too! Complete your potions using the marbles you collect, and drink them to unleash their magical power. Remember, though, that to win the Student of the Year award, being quick won't be enough: you'll also need to brew the most valuable potions in Potion Explosion!

Colorful dice and cards decorate the cover.


Push your luck... but not too far!
Rack up points by playing cards to the stacks – but watch out! You can’t repeat a color or number.
Choose when to stop and score the best stack or push your luck and go for more!
Donated by Ravensburger Games