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Games and Gaming

All Games are available in Education, Music and Media located on Bracken Library's Lower Level.

Introduction To Games

Ball State University Libraries have a wide variety of games designed to educate and entertain.

Use the Tabs to the left to navigate through this guide to discover the Games available at Bracken Library.

All Games are available in Education, Music and Media located on Bracken Library's Lower Level.

Friday Night Cardboard @ Bracken Library

Friday Night Cardboard is a “mostly monthly” series of board game events presented on Bracken Library’s lower level from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Friday of every month when Fall and Spring Semester classes are in session. A selection of tabletop games from the University Libraries’ collection are available, and one featured game is taught by the librarian who hosts the events, Joseph Roberts. Participants are welcome to bring a game of their own to share. 

Although in-person Friday Night Cardboard events are suspended for Fall Semester 2020 as a COVID-19 mitigation measure, we are still featuring a game each month. Check out this month's game spotlight just below! 

Friday Night Cardboard: This month's featured game

A band of voyagers arrives on new shores and begins to carve new settlements from the wilderness. Plymouth? Jamestown? No. It's Catan, Friday Night Cardboard's featured game for this month. 

Originally published as Settlers of Catan, Catan is the 1995 Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) winner that put German-style board games on the map in the United States. Three or four players each chart the growth of a new colony on the uninhabited island of Catan, gathering natural resources and using them to build a network of settlements, cities, and roads. 

Catan is played on a modular board - one that can be put together in different ways each game - of hexagons representing five types of terrain, which produce five the game's five resources: Lumber, wheat, brick, wool, and ore. Players start with two settlements and two roads. Roads may be placed along the lines between two hexagons; settlements may be placed at points where two or three hexes intersect, and will accrue the resources that correspond to the terrain on the neighboring hexes. Players will use their gathered resources to trade with other players or the bank, to build more roads and settlements, to convert settlements to cities, and acquire other upgrades and abilities via "development cards." But as the colonies spread out they come into closer contact, and might end up competing for space on the board. 

The winner is the first player to earn 10 victory points. Each of a player's cities are worth two, each settlement is worth one, certain development cards are worth a point, and there is a two-point bonus for having the longest road or the largest army. The game can be played in about an hour. 

Like all the University Libraries' games, Catan can be borrowed from the Education, Music and Media desk on Bracken Library's lower level. Ask for it by the number "UDC 4285."