New Arrivals · Games & Indoor Recreation

July 9, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The crossword century : 100 years of witty wordplay, ingenious puzzles, and linguistic mischief

July 8, 2014
Connor, Alan.
New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2014]
xi, 191 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Genesis -- Fad -- Jargon -- Ancestors -- Nina -- Fair -- Wicked -- Alamo -- Authorship -- Translation -- Cant -- News -- Spooner -- Sondheim -- Cryptic -- Double-crossing -- Gaga -- Fast -- Addiction -- Dual -- Program -- Intelligence -- Gumshoe -- Simpson -- Bug -- Plum -- A-list -- Future -- Implement.
A British comic writer at The Guardian explores the history of the crossword puzzle, which made its debut in 1913 and went from being considered a menace to productivity to being used to recruit codebreakers by the military.

Vintage parties : a guide to throwing themed events-from Gatsby galas to Mad Men martinis and much more

June 20, 2014
Hansson, Linda.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
153 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
First published in Sweden as: Vintageparty.
"Invite your nearest and dearest for a celebration--vintage style! Vintage bloggers Linda Hansson, Louise Lemming, and Emma Sundh reveal their secrets for throwing the best parties, festivities, and fetes with a nostalgic twist. With this beautiful reference for hosting themed get-togethers, you'll create the right old-time atmostphere, play classic games, serve treats and cuisine with yesterday's pomp and flair, and best of all--you'll look the part! Get creative with: Pom-poms and balloons for a spring fling "Airmail" place settings for a '40s theme Nautical cushions, placemats, and decor '50s photobooth props and parlor games Typewriter guestbooks for a Gatsby effect And so much more to create your perfect retro look! Add to that make-up and hairstyles from yesteryear, tips on how to care for a vintage dress, and instructions on how to sew the perfect skirt or a festive bow tie. Plus, discover great recipes for modern updates on such time-honored offerings as homemade donuts, apple pie moonshine, cake pops, picnic sandwiches, and, of course, champagne. Packed to the brim with clever do-it-yourself creations from vintage and thrift store finds, Vintage Parties is the retro-crafter's dream guide for throwing parties everyone will RSVP yes to. So toast with pastel lemonade--welcome to your vintage party!" -- from publisher's web site.

Gamble to win advanced craps

June 4, 2014
Ellison, R. D.
New York : Lyle Stuart, Kensington Pub. Corp., c2005
x, 246 : ill. ; 23 cm.

Gamble to win craps

June 4, 2014
Ellison, R. D.
New York : Lyle Stuart, Kensington Pub. Corp., c2001.
x, 245 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

Monster manual : roleplaying game core rules

May 23, 2014
Mearls, Mike.
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, c2008.
287 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
"For use with these 4th edition Dungeon & Dragons core products: Player's handbook, Dungeon Master's guide, D&D Miniatures, and D&D Dungeon Tiles."--Cover back.
"d20 system."
Describes the characteristics and attributes of a variety of monsters, zombies, demons, giants, werewolves, animals, and aliens for use in the Dungeons and Dragons game.

Dungeon's & dragons player's handbook 3 : roleplaying game core rules :

May 23, 2014
Mearls, Mike.
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, c2010.
223 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.

Dungeons & dragons player's handbook : arcane, divine, and martial heroes : roleplaying game core rules

May 22, 2014
Heinsoo, Rob.
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, c2008.
317 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
"The Player's handbook features the 4th edition game rules, including character creation, combat and adventuring, classes and races, equipment and magic items, skills, feats, powers, and more. For use with these 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons core products: Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual, D&D Miniatures, D&D Dungeon Tiles"--Cover verso.

Playing with religion in digital games

May 16, 2014
Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, [2014].
ix, 301 pages ; 23 cm.
Introduction : what playing with religion offers digital game studies / Heidi A. Campbell and Gregory Price Grieve -- Dreidels to Dante's Inferno : toward a typology of religious games / Jason Anthony -- Locating the pixelated Jew : a multimodal method for exploring Judaism in The Shivah / Isamar Carrillo Masso and Nathan Abrams -- The global mediatization of Hinduism through digital games : representation versus simulation in Hanuman : boy warrior / Xenia Zeiler -- Silent Hill and Fatal Frame : finding franscendent horror in and beyond the Haunted Magic Circle / Brenda S. Gardenour Walter -- From Kuma\War to Quraish : representation of Islam in Arab and American video games / Vít [S,HAC]isler -- Citing the medieval : using religion as world-building infrastructure in fantasy MMORPGs / Rabia Gregory -- Hardcore Christian gamers : how religion shapes evangelical play / Shanny Luft -- Filtering cultural feedback : religion, censorship, and localization in Actraiser and other mainstream video games / Peter Likarish -- The importance of playing in earnest / Rachel Wagner -- "God modes" and "God moods" : what does a digital game need to be spiritually effective? / Oliver Steffen -- Bridging multiple realities : religion, play, and Alfred Schutz's theory of the life-world / Michael Waltemathe -- They kill mystery : the mechanistic bias of video game representations of religion and spirituality / Kevin Schut.

Fading hearts on the river : a life in high-stakes poker

May 5, 2014
Haxton, Bruce.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2014]
223 pages ; 24 cm
"Centered around multi-million dollar stakes and a series of nationally televised poker tournaments, Fading Hearts on the River offers a story of odds-the odds of a newborn surviving severe jaundice, the odds of Congress passing a law that renders one's online gambling income inaccessible, the odds of drawing the right card on the turn or the river. In this tale of fatherhood and worldy success, Haxton follows his son Isaac's unlikely career as a poker player, the nervous father often sitting on the sidelines with his fingers crossed or staring at a casino monitor while Isaac wins more in one hand of play than Haxton has earned from all his books of poetry combined. In this deftly crafted story Haxton explores the propensity for abstraction, logic, and memory all good poets and poker players share, all the while taking readers on a rollicking tour of complex, intertwined topics, ranging from game theory and financial strategies, to medical mysteries and lost love, to chess, Magic cards, and Texas Hold em. Guided by the through-line of a father's love and admiration for his talented son, Fading Hearts delivers a unique perspective on professional gambling and one family's experience playing the odds. "-- Provided by publisher.

The noble hustle : poker, beef jerky, and death

May 2, 2014
Whitehead, Colson, 1969-
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
234 pages ; 20 cm
The Republic of Anhedonia -- Making the nature scene -- The poker chips is filth -- Wretch like me -- How are you going to break it to Cujo? -- Every ante is a soul -- M.
"In THE NOBLE HUSTLE Colson Whitehead does for participatory journalism what he did for zombie novels in ZONE ONE: Take one literary genius, add $10,000 and a seat at the World Series of Poker, and stir. On one level, Colson Whitehead's THE NOBLE HUSTLE is a familiar species of participatory journalism - a longtime neighborhood poker player, Colson was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online ESPN offshoot Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker. But since it stems from the astonishing mind of Colson Whitehead (MacArthur Award-endorsed!), the book is a brilliant, hilarious, weirdly profound and ultimately moving portrayal of - yes, it sounds overblown and ridiculous, but really! - the human condition"-- Provided by publisher.

I am a card counter : inside the world of advantage-play blackjack!

April 21, 2014
Scoblete, Frank.
Chicago : Triumph Books, [2014]
xii, 208 pages ; 23 cm

Guinness world records.

April 9, 2014
[London] : Guinness World Records Ltd.
v. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Lists records, superlatives, and unusual facts about computer and video games, and includes interviews with champion gamers, tips on play, and profiles of the best-selling games.

Minecrafter : the unofficial guide to Minecraft & other building games.

April 3, 2014
Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books LLC, c2013.
112 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Cover title.
"Gallery: building 2013's coolest creations"--Cover.

IPhone game development for teens

March 25, 2014
Crooks, Clayton E.
Boston : Course Technology/Cengage Learning, c2013.
x, 294 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Creating adventure games for teens

March 25, 2014
Darby, Jason, 1972-
Boston, MA : Course Technology, c2013.
xii, 349 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Course Technology PTR."

Odd one out : a spotting book

March 10, 2014
Teckentrup, Britta, author, illustrator.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Big Picture Press, an imprint of Candlewick Press, [2014].
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Which bird has caught the worm? Where is the queasy monkey? And can you spot the scaredy-cat? Never has a search-and-find game been so pleasing to the eye. Each spread features fun rhyming couplets, beautiful and complexly patterned artwork, and a hidden surprise.

Dragonlance campaign setting

February 20, 2014
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, c2003.
288 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm.

GURPS basic set

February 20, 2014
Pulver, David L.
[Austin, Tex.] : Steve Jackson Games, c2004.
2 v. (576 p.) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Includes indexes.
bk. 1 Characters -- bk. 2. Campaigns.

Arcanis : the world of shattered empires : the roleplaying game

February 20, 2014
Barrenechea, Pedro.
©2011
446 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
"PCI 1600"--Back cover.

GALACTA 3 interstellar adventure game : rules for science fiction miniature gaming in 25mm scale

February 20, 2014
Wampler, Jim.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Mudpuppy Games, 2006.
22 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Cover title.
"Fast play one d12 system."

Angry Birds Star Wars character encyclopedia

January 14, 2014
Bynghall, Steve.
New York, NY : DK Publishing, 2014.
143 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

Skylanders. Giants : Master Eon's official guide.

January 2, 2014
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2013.
176 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Welcome to skylands -- Getting started -- Meet the giants -- Meet the skylanders -- The forces of darkness -- Into the adventure -- Brocks arena challenges -- Battle mode -- Cali's heroic challenges.

Minecraft : the unlikely tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the game that changed everything

November 18, 2013
Goldberg, Daniel, 1982-
New York : Seven Stories Press, 2013.
255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Originally published in Swedish as "Minecraft: Block, Pixlar Och Att Gora Sig En Hacka."
Two, One ... -- For Beginners -- "Do You want me to Feel Sorry For You Or Something?" -- Gamesworth Billions -- "They Just Don't Get It" -- Macho Men With Big Guns -- "This Is Way Too Much Fun. I Built A Bridge." -- The Hedonic Hot Spot Of The Brain -- "Yes, You Should Buy This Game" -- The Squid Situation -- A Dilemma Concerning House Cats -- Too Many For Two Pizzas -- More Than A Game -- Becoming A Lego -- " You Did It, Markus. You Did Good." -- Back To The Boy's Room -- Sources -- Ludography.

The ultimate player's guide to Minecraft

November 18, 2013
O'Brien, Stephen, author.
©2014
xii, 307 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

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