If you’ve ever played Balderdash then it’s the same basic idea.
Which is, each player will hear the title and a short description of a book. (Either Children’s, Classics, Fiction/Non-fiction, Horror/Mystery/Sci-Fi, or Romance.)
It’s your job to create a convincing first line to fool your fellow players into thinking yours is the REAL first line of the book. The player who reaches the end of the board first wins!
The game is beautifully done, and all the book cards look like those old ones in the library card files. (Remember those?) There are even Liebrary cards that look like those ones in the front pockets of library books that I used to sign my name in. (And I guarantee that I must have signed 25% of the books in the Weed City Library during my growing up years!)
Here are a few examples:
Title: Black Beauty
Author: Anna Sowell
First Line: The first place that I can remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it.
Plot: A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experience with both good and bad masters.
(The point of the game is to read the plot and everyone playing has to MAKE UP a first line. One the person whose turn it is knows the real first line, and you score points if someone guesses YOUR line.)
Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
First Line: The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex.
Plot: The Dashwood sisters are very different from each other in appearance and temperament; both struggle to maintain their integrity and find happiness in the face of a competitive marriage market in Sussex England.
Is that great, or what? Anyone wanna come over to play???
(Actually, this game would be GREAT for those of you who teach writing classes too . . . I know I’m going to use it for that!)
Well, even though I have three kids, and I have to write two more books this year (no joke!), I like this game so much that . . . I signed up as a “consultant.” The idea hit me because for the last few months I’ve been praying that God could some how make a way for our three kids to join John and I on our trip to China (mid-2007) to pick up our new daughter.
Yes, I know, I doubt I can make $6,000 off of board games, but if my writer friends LOVE this game as much as I do, then it will be a good place to start!
To check out the game for yourself, go to: http://www.triciagoyer.simplyfun.com
(Click on PRODUCTS, then GAMES, then LIEBRARY in the column on the right.
There’s also a video to show you how to play. (Click on Liebrary.)
They have other great board games too. In fact, I also purchased Eye to Eye and my family has played it FIVE times over Memorial Day weekend. The teen parents I mentor came over one night and they had a blast too!
Okay, here’s one more Liebrary card. This time YOU have to guess the first line! Fun!
Title: In Too Deep
Author: Cherry Adair
Tally Cruise had come to Paradise Island for a long-awaited reunion with the father she never knew. But when she arrives, he is nowhere to be found. Still, she is so thrilled by the seductive beauty of the island that she doesn’t see the danger that is boiling right below the surface.
I should have expected he’d stand me up again. After all, it had been the norm for all of my twenty-six years.
Turn around, lady.
It was Saturday.
It wasn’t a likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.
It was the longest day of the year.
(Okay, what’s your guess???)