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Our board games books celebrate the joys of indoor games and the history of family games.

  • Games from Childhood

    Product Code: GMCH
    Hardback
    Hand-picked favourites
    Harking back to an era when all you needed to play fun games was a pen, some paper and your imagination, this book has easy-to-follow instructions for the favourite games from your childhood!

    From filling in the grids of Battleships to Hangman and cut-out card games including snap, dominoes and pairs, this compendium also presents gorgeous versions of Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.

    Providing a refreshing antidote to today's digi-centric world, these games are suitable for all the family and will help you test your logic and reasoning while having fun.
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  • Chess for Kids

    Richard James

    Product Code: AAPRZ
    Paperback 7 years +
    This is the perfect introduction to chess for children from the age of seven upwards. The book contains 30 short lessons, starting with learning about the board and the pieces, then the moves of each piece in turn, then the vital concepts of check, checkmate and stalemate, and finally basic strategy and thinking skills. Quizzes and puzzles reinforce what the children learn. The book uses the characters of the 7-year-old twins Sam and Alice who are always arguing and fighting. They decide to join the army where they are told about an impending invasion of aliens from the planet Caissa. The outcome of the invasion will be decided by a game of living chess. During their lessons they learn about the battlefield and the different types of soldier and get to play the part of each in turn.
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  • Collins Scrabble Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BZGPZ
    Paperback
    An essential resource for all serious Scrabble players. This major new edition is fully updated to include all valid words between 2 and 9 letters in length from the latest official Scrabble word list, and allows players to settle disputes over the eligibility of words. This book includes all playable words of two to nine letters in length, in one easy-to-follow straight alphabetical list. The short definitions, given for every main word listed, have been updated for this new edition, and allow players to check meanings of words without having to consult a second dictionary. Collins Scrabble dictionaries are endorsed by Mattel and are an essential reference for all Scrabble players. SCRABBLE (TM) is a registered trademark of J. W. Spear & Sons Ltd., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (c) 2019 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Dinosaur Bingo

    Selmes Caroline

    Product Code: BQGXL
    Hardback
    Play bingo with a huge Giganotosaurus, a Pachycephalosaurus with its crash-helmet head, an armour-plated Stegosaurus, and many other fearsome dinosaurs-some familiar and some rather unusual-in this fun and engaging take on the classic game. i?1/2 Easy to play and full of weird and wonderful creatures, Dinosaur Bingo will engage and delight children for hours. It can be played with 3-8 people, making it the perfect game for dino-mad children and their families. i?1/2 Dinosaur Bingo contains 48 chips and a cardboard dino head to store them in, a game board, eight double-sided bingo cards, and Jurassic counters for you to mark up your card.
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  • Ocean Bingo

    Holly Exley

    Product Code: BRTZJ
    Hardback
    This family-friendly game is packed with ocean creatures for hours of bingo fun. Includes such favorites as the emperor penguin, sea otter, killer whale, and Pacific seahorse as well as lesser known sea inhabitants like the yellow-bellied sea snake and the bioluminescent octopus. Boasting 64 weird, wonderful, and beautiful species, Ocean Bingo is filled with fun facts and glorious illustrations that are guaranteed to delight aquatic afficionados. Mark each species off on your card as it's called and be the first to shout BINGO!
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  • The Little Book of Chess Tips

    Peter French

    Product Code: ALUDI
    Paperback
    This is a great little book for Chess fanatics. It includes a wealth of tactical and strategic tips and useful game principles and memory aids. Notes on individual and combination moves will steer you safely from opening through to middlegame and ready for endgame battle. Learn how to study your opponent's game plan, how to develop your own and how to remain alert throughout. Find out how best to control the centre and dictate play and the most effective way of keeping your King safe. This is a new title in the hugely successful "Little Tips Books" series. Over 200,000 "Little Books of Tips" are sold.
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  • Board Games to Create and Play

    Kevan Davis

    Product Code: CAVUF
    Hardback
    Create the next Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan with this creative board game book! With over 55 boards to customize, Board Games to Create and Play is a doodle book where every page is an unfinished tabletop game. Just learn the basic concepts, colour and play! Board games are back in vogue - with board games cafes popping up all across the UK, they're no longer something to play on a rainy day, but a fun and social activity for every day of the year! In this interactive gaming book, Board Games to Create and Play teaches you how, in just half an hour, you and your friends can come up with a new game and start playing immediately. Just decide on a theme for the game, pick a rule set from the book, agree on some variations, doodle onto one of many board game designs and gather your die and counters! Completely dippable and possible to play in any order, this book is packed with tips, tricks and mechanics on how to design the perfect game. At the front of the book, there is an introduction to how everything works and what you'll need to play the games. What follows next in a beautiful package of 20 board game designs, each repeated three times for replayability. There are then three tutorials and a cheat sheet to get players started, a cornucopia of suggested games to push you in the right direction, and then 25 different rule sets, each introducing a new concept, to encourage players to think outside the box. Whatever the experience level of players, the game that you create from this book will always be playable, entertaining and surprising. Each board you create is easy to pull out and can be played again and again. So whether you play video games, mobile games or want to have a go at designing the next classic tabletop, this book is perfect anyone who wants to flex their creative muscles!
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  • Collins Gem Scrabble Dictionary: The Words You Need to Play on The Go [Fourth Edition]

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BHAXI
    Paperback
    The perfect companion for family Scrabble games. This small, easy-to-use, paperback edition contains valid words from 2-7 letters in length and gives short, succinct definitions to help players use the best words for their game. The short definitions, given for every main word listed, have been updated for this new edition, and allow players to check meanings of words without having to consult a second dictionary. Collins Scrabble dictionaries are endorsed by Mattel and are an essential reference for all Scrabble players, from keen regular players to families playing with children. SCRABBLE(R) is a registered trademark of J. W. Spear & Sons Ltd., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc.(c) 2017 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Match a Track

    Claudia Boldt

    Product Code: AXFIZ
    Other
    Show off your best animal-tracking skills in this brilliant matching game. The task is to match 25 tracks to their animal owners. Has an elephant just crossed your path or was it an echidna? Can you track down a coyote, make out the trail of a peacock and recognise the paw-print of a panda? Beat your opponents by making as many matches as you can!
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  • Collins Scrabble Hints and Tips

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: AVGTB
    Paperback
    Packed with handy Scrabble hints and tips to improve your game, this is the ideal guide book for everyone playing with families and friends. Contains a complete list of all playable two- and three-letter words with their definitions: these are the key to winning at Scrabble. Discover hundreds of unusual words that are great for using up those Scrabble tiles. You'll never need to panic about unusual tile combinations again! There's plenty of help with Scrabble tactics, such as what to do with the high-scoring J, Q, X, and Z tiles, what to do if you have a Q but no U, when to change your tiles and how to play high-scoring words. SCRABBLE(TM) is a registered trademark of J. W. Spear & Sons Ltd., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc.(c) 2016 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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  • The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide

    James D'Amato

    Product Code: CBICK
    Paperback
    Improve your RPG campaign with this comprehensive and interactive guide to making the most out of your gaming experience. Whatever RPG game you play, from D&D to Call of Cthulu to licensed games like Star Wars, every detail is important. From setting the scene to choosing the right music or even adjusting the lighting to create the right atmosphere, every choice helps maximize your gaming experience. The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide provides practical advice for everything from pre-game preparations and in-game improvisation to working out a plan of attack with your teammates to learning how to lean into the setting of your game. Including instructions, prompts, and activities, it offers everything you need for successful, fun role-playing with your friends every time you play. Create hours of narrative and make the most out of your storytelling skills by setting the perfect scene for your adventure. Whether you need advice on your character or working better with your gaming group, James D'Amato includes everything you'll need to take your game to the next level.
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  • Collins Ultimate Scrabble Dictionary and Word List

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: CBHYM
    Hardback
    A beautifully-designed, gift package showcasing the most comprehensive Scrabble resource ever, the perfect reference work for all players. Now fully updated with the new official word list, it includes an exhaustive list of every valid word playable in Scrabble. Presented in two sections, this book includes a comprehensive dictionary with short definitions of all playable words of two to nine letters in length, and in section two a full listing of all playable words of ten to fifteen letters in length. Provides quick and easy access to all the most useful words in Scrabble, making words easier to remember and adding interest to most social games, whether you're a beginner or a veteran! With succinct and practical definitions for every word of between two and nine letters, players can check meanings of words without having to consult a second dictionary. Collins Scrabble dictionaries are endorsed by Mattel and are an essential reference for all Scrabble players. SCRABBLE (R) is a registered trademark of J. W. Spear & Sons Ltd., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (c) 2019 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Board Games in 100 Moves

    Ian Livingstone

    Product Code: BZLYX
    Hardback
    This is a Golden Age for board games. More people are playing games such as chess, Monopoly, Risk and Scrabble, than ever before! But how did these games, and so many others, come to be invented? Discover the compelling stories behind the creation of the board games we know and love to play: stories that have touched every aspect of people's lives down the ages. Our journey starts 8,000 years ago and takes you right up to the present day. On the way, each game will reveal the fascinating secrets of its origin and its lasting appeal. More than 100 games are explored chronologically, from the most ancient to the most modern, allowing you to see how similar types of games relate to each other. Each feature traces the story of a particular game, or a group of games. revealing origins, gameplay, and cultural impact and legacy. All kinds of board games are included: games from ancient times (Senet, Chess, Mahjong, mancala); Victorian race games (Ludo, Snakes and Ladders); modern classics (Cluedo, Ticket to Ride, Exploding Kittens); action games (Mouse Trap, Jenga); war games (Risk, Diplomacy) fantasy games (Warhammer, Dungeons & Dragons), and much more. Delving into this fascinating book will immeasurably add to the pleasure and fun every time you open the box of your favourite game, take out the board, arrange the pieces, and start to play!
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  • Collins Scrabble Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BZGKY
    Hardback
    An essential resource for all serious Scrabble players. This major new edition is fully updated to include all valid words between 2 and 9 letters in length from the latest official Scrabble word list, and allows players to settle disputes over the eligibility of words. This book includes all playable words of two to nine letters in length, in one easy-to-follow straight alphabetical list. The short definitions, given for every main word listed, have been updated for this new edition, and allow players to check meanings of words without having to consult a second dictionary. Collins Scrabble dictionaries are endorsed by Mattel and are an essential reference for all Scrabble players. SCRABBLE (TM) is a registered trademark of J. W. Spear & Sons Ltd., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (c) 2019 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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  • The Everything Tabletop Games Book

    Bebo

    Product Code: BYLKH
    Paperback
    Tabletop and board games aren't just for rainy days or awkward family events anymore. As the game industry grows, people of all ages are jumping to play "the original social network." In our ever-increasing technological world, playing old-school games is a welcome retreat from the overexposure to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media. Over the past few years, board games have become the hot new hobby. Instead of friends sitting around the same table and staring at their phones, they are now either working with or against each other. Millions upon millions of new fans have begun to join their friends in real life for a fun game of Pandemic, 7 Wonders, or Ticket to Ride. The Everything Tabletop Games Book shows how to play some of the best tabletop games in the world, from classic strategy games like Settlers of Catan to great new games like Gloomhaven. Throughout the book, you'll learn the different genres of tabletop and board games; how to play each game; rules and strategies to help you win; and even where to play online-including new expansions to keep your favorite games fresh and exciting. So gather up some friends, pick a game from this book, and start playing! You'll be having a blast in no time.
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  • Can I Have a Word?

    Nick Fawcett

    Product Code: BYINV
    Paperback
    Can I Have a Word? is the ultimate strategy book for word-game lovers. It introduces the reader to a host of weird and wacky words that will not only help them to become better word-game players but also enhance their enjoyment of competing. It covers key word-game themes, the mastery of which is vital for success, such as: - Two- and three-letter words - Using a Q, Z, J or X to maximum effect - Dealing with the letter V and other problem tiles - Coping with a rack full of consonants or one heavy in vowels - Making seven- and eight-letter words - Tips for victory. Readers will find this amusing, light-hearted book immeasurably enriches their vocabulary, enabling them, without the drudgery of studying a dictionary, to recall all kinds of unusual and interesting words just when they need them most.
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  • Collins Official Scrabble Words

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BWLXA
    Hardback
    Endorsed by WESPA for use in Tournament & Club play by 1st July 2019, the latest official word list contains all valid Scrabble words. Nearly every Scrabble (TM) player has been involved in a dispute over which words are acceptable. Now you can settle all those squabbles with this official word list from Collins - the authority on Scrabble. Based on Collins English Dictionary, this is the most comprehensive Scrabble word list ever, including World English from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and USA brought together in a single list. With more than 279,000 permissible words, including inflected forms, this is the ideal training and adjudication tool for everyone playing Scrabble. Endorsed by Mattel and WESPA (the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association) this is the essential reference for all Scrabble players. SCRABBLE (TM) is a registered trademark of J. W, Spear & Sons Ltd., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (c) 2019 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Make Your Own Mondrian: A Modern Art Puzzle

    Carroll Henry

    Product Code: BWJPK
    Other
    Immerse yourself in a world of abstract equilibrium with 57 tiles inspired by the Modernist master Piet Mondrian. Arrange the tiles to create table-top compositions of perfect balance, large or small. Beautifully presented and with millions of possible arrangements, Make Your Own Mondrian will delight would-be Modernists of all ages.
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  • Chess: Problems, Play & Personalities

    Barry Martin

    Product Code: BTJXP
    Paperback
    "In the dimension of reviving the mystique and wonder of chess, it is all too easy for those engaged in the rough and tumble of chess combat to overlook the mystery and infinite aesthetic profundity of its intellectual and iconic ethos. One example stands out... Barry has encountered many of the greats in person and across the board. Barry's insights into the relationship between Staunton pattern pieces, pawns and Masonic Symbology are worthy of a new Dan Brown novel. So, in this book, prepare to follow a Tour d'Horizon, a veritable Smorgasbord of chess information, artistic connections and inspirations combined with a mentally stimulating journey throughout the diverse ramifications of chess, art, culture and its place in the canon of civilised virtue." Raymond Keene OBE, International Chess Grandmaster, Chess Correspondent of The Times
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  • It's All a Game

    Tristan Donovan

    Product Code: BSXXJ
    Hardback
    Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification? In It's All a Game renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations.
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  • The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide

    James D'Amato

    Product Code: BRXUH
    Paperback
    Ramp up your role-playing game and make your character your own with this fun, interactive workbook-an essential addition to any RPG player's gaming kit. You've chosen your class, bought your weapons, and rolled for your stats, and you're now the proud owner of your own RPG (role-playing game) avatar. But before you begin your adventure, there's so much more you can do with your character to make him or her your own! Just how evil is she? What does his dating profile look like? Where did she get that scar? What does he want for his birthday? With fill-in-the blank narratives, prompts, and fun activities to help you customize your character at the start of the game, or build out your backstory as you play, The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Book will help you fully imagine your character and bring them to life for the ultimate gaming experience!
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  • I Saw It First! Jungle

    Caroline Selmes

    Product Code: BRLLK
    Other
    Three hundred jungle animals - from the aardvark to the wire-tailed manakin - populate the board of this game. Some are familiar, like the leopard or the hippopotamus, others less so, like the eyelash viper or the giraffe weevil. Pull a counter from the bag and be the first to spot that animal! This beautifully designed game features charming illustrations by Caroline Selmes. Simple to understand but addictive to play, this fun and challenging game will delight adults and children alike.
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  • Pick a Flower

    Illustrations B Anna Day

    Product Code: BQDPI
    Other
    Learn the language of flowers in this blossoming memory game. Match flowers to their uses and meanings, and collect the most pairs to win. From lillies at funerals, to 'flower power' carnations - this fun game is an ideal gift for nature lovers. Pair up the flowers with their typical uses and meanings in this beautiful and simple memory game. To play, place the cards face down and see if you can remember where the matching pairs are located. Collect more pairs than your opponent to win! With all kinds of flowers included - from marigolds in Mexican Day of the Dead displays to Japan's cherry blossom season, and from Van Gogh's Sunflowers to the first flower germinated in space - this fun and educational game is an ideal gift for nature lovers everywhere.
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  • Botanical Style Jigsaw Puzzle

    Ryland Peters & Small

    Product Code: BMNYO
    Other
    Featuring an exquisite botanical-inspired image, this jigsaw puzzle would make a great gift for any puzzle fanatic or plant lover. Botanical Style is a gorgeous new range of stationery that taps into the current trend for bringing nature, plants and florals into the heart of the home. Inspired by antique prints and artworks, potting sheds and houseplants, this beautiful and practical range is perfect for organizing both work and home life. Including notecards, notebooks, an address book, a birthday and anniversary book, a garden journal and even a jigsaw puzzle, Botanical Style will surround you with the soothing beauty of the natural world.
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