Games

Of course there will be games and puzzles!

Paper Games and Puzzles

We will have the usual array of paper games and puzzles in the registration packets. Thank you, Freya!

Tabletop Games

These will be available Friday evening and all day Saturday. Look for gaming either in the divided ballroom or in one of our first floor guest rooms. Because of the ongoing pandemic, we will try to keep to ourselves rather than gaming in the shared public spaces of the hotel. Please post on our Mensa Connect group if you have a special request.

Games to include:

a deck of cards

at least one Liberty puzzle

Codenames

Rummikub

Star Wars Unlock!

Wingspan

The Crew

The Mind

Quixx

Chronology

Qwirkle

Azul

Linda Woodhead is bringing:

Trekking the National Parks Trivia

Ripple Rush

Stripes

Jigsaw Puzzle Contest:

Linda Woodhead has kindly agreed to run a team speed jigsaw puzzle contest at 16:00 on Saturday. This was a big hit two years ago. Thank you, Linda!

Unscheduled gaming:

Codenames

This is a wonderful team game which spent many weeks as the #1 Party Game on BoardGameGeek. It is easy to learn, even for new players. And it is better with big teams. We will probably have this out on Friday evening.

Rummikub

We have several people attending who thoroughly enjoy this classic tile game with elements of gin rummy.

Star Wars Unlock!

Have you wanted to try an escape room? Unlock! is an escape room in a box. To play, you need to download the “Unlock!” escape adventures app to your smartphone or tablet. Once you have the app, you do not need to be connected to the Internet to play the game. A box of three Star Wars-themed Unlock games will be available.

Wingspan

This is a more complex Euro game currently occupying the #1 spot in the family game category on BoardGameGeek (and 20th overall). Game involves card drafting, resource management, and engine building.

The Crew

This cooperative trick-taking game is currently in the #3 family game spot on BoardGameGeek. Play is similar to the usual rules of trick taking games — follow suit if you have it, or play a trump or dump a card you don’t need if you can’t follow suit. In this game, you need specific people to take specific cards.

The Mind

This is a light-weight cooperative game. Cards are numbered 1-100. All you have to do is play cards in ascending order. The catch? You may not communicate to the other players anything about the cards in your hand. While you are permitted to speak, this game is silly fun if you play it with no talking, only gestures and facial expressions.

Quixx

This Mind Games winner is a dice game. You have opportunities for actions even when it is not your turn, assuring everyone is always watching every roll of the dice.

Chronology

This is a trivia game where you put historical events in order. If you make a mistake, the next player has a chance to steal!

Qwirkle

This is another Mind Games winner. Play tiles crossword style attempting to score the most points for yourself without setting up a big score for someone else.

Azul

This pretty tile placement game has a novel drafting method. Draft exactly what you need with no extras. Simultaneously, pay attention not just to what you need but what other players need, too.