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Monday, February 16, 2009

Ace of Games Updates

Throughout the Ace of Games, I've learned many new games that I think others would enjoy should they get the chance. At our Saturday sessions at the Library, the new game Dominion has been popular. Dominion is a card game that many others have taken up recently with great reviews. See what other boardgamers say about Dominion at
Next, I'd like to promote this great little game called Hey! Thats My Fish! It was developed by someone who was dreaming about artificial intelligence. But don't let that confuse you, it really is about penguins collecting piles of fish.
Then theres Quarto! This little game is not in our collection at the library but gets a lot of play at the Langdon Street Cafe and at Rhapsody. It is a very classy abstract two-player game which challenges players to get a four-in-a-row using the multiple aspects of the wooden pieces. The catch: the opponent determines which piece you play. A great game for a quick play!

Our Magic tournament needs instructors who can teach newcomers to the game. Please contact me if you can play Magic. Participants recieve a free Starter Pack courtesy of Wizards of the Coast. Supply is limited. Also, we will be throwing in some Dungeons & Dragons into the mix for good measure. If you've always wanted to play D&D, this is a great place to start. Learn to build a character on the Dungeons & Dragons character builder found exclusively on the Wizards of the Coast DnD Insider subscription website.

We've had great turnouts for our Saturday games, now reaching about 20 gamers. Join us for the fun!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ace of Games Updates

Last night there was a great showing at the Bear Pond Books Bananagrams event. About 20 folks, young and not-as-young came together to put their Bananagramming to the test. Its that type of game where you have to say, "just one more..." Sources say that Bananagrams has been the top seller out of any one product at Bear Pond last year. Mont P could be the Bananagrams capital of the world! Don't forget the Bananagrams tournament on February 21, at 2pm at the library. You could win the Top Banana trophy!

Last week the Ace of Games added the Coffee Corner as its newest venue. Montpelier's favorite teeny-tiny diner will host Apples to Apples (one of the library's recommended) every Wednesday from 1-3. Other games would be welcome, so break out the cribbage board, the Quarto! or the backgammon and get your game on.

I have noticed that there are a whole gaggle of Michiganders who have settled here in Montpelier. When I was growing up in Michigan, Euchre was the official cardgame of the Mid-West. Can Euchre make its way into Vermont? Click here to check out the rules: As for house rules, no kibbitzing, yes on Farmer's Hands, and "Screw the Dealer" is in effect. Card games will be featured on February 14, Valentines Day at the Ace of Games at the Library, 2-5pm.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Coincidental browsing

So I was browsing through PC WORLD magazine Dec08 and came across some tips for better Google searches (use quotes when looking for a phrase like "dyed in the wool", or use a minus sign to limit a search like salsa -dance if you want recipes, not dance steps), and there are more tips at Google's Advance Search Tips.

And I was browsing through Family Handyman magazine Feb09 (and believe me, I'm only handy with the KitchenAid) and, being the save-money issue, they said to buy a monitor to see how much electricity an appliance uses. WE HAVE ONE TO CHECK OUT. Type in kill-a-watt in our catalog and read all about it.

Come on in and browse! Browse the shelves, browse the magazines, see where it leads you. Take home Pastel Journal even if you don't draw, or Runner's World even if you don't run, or Discover even if you got Cs in any science class you ever took. (Verrrry interesting...) Take home Architectural Digest just to look at the pictures. Or, want to browse from home? Use the Vermont Online Library link from our home page, (then you'll have to type in the last five numbers of your barcode) and click on the top database, Gale Reference Center Gold. Browsing is good, browsing is fun, browsing is FREE too.