New Arrivals · Games & Indoor Recreation

February 5, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hilarious jokes for Minecrafters : mobs, creepers, skeletons, and more

February 4, 2016
Hollow, Michele C.
New York : Sky Pony Press, 2016.
iv, 171 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
"Hilarious Jokes for Minecrafters is the second book in the Jokes for Minecrafters series, which boasts more than eight hundred jokes. The jokes inside poke fun at everything Minecraft from ghasts to Endermen. All of your favorite parts of the Minecraft game are included in the book, and the jokes will make you giggle like you've never giggled before!"-- Provided by publisher.

The history of chess in fifty moves

February 4, 2016
Price, Bill, author.
224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

The complete book of Mah Jongg : an illustrated guide to the Asian, American and international styles of play

February 3, 2016
Lo, Amy, 1937- author.
Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, an imprint of Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd, [2001].
192 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
This complete, easy-to-follow instructional mahjong handbook includes over 150 full-colour photographs and illustrations to introduce players to this captivating game. This is the first Mahjong book to fully cover the Cantonese or 'old rules' game. It also includes all of the most popular variations, such as the Shanghai game, the 16-tile or Taiwanese game and the 12-tile game. Included are the rules, tactics, techniques, strategy and the rituals only the most experienced players know.

Woodland adventure handbook

January 29, 2016
Dove, Adam, author.
London : Frances Lincoln, 2015.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes index.
Adventure 1. Abracadabra! Wizards' magic colouring wands -- Adventure 2. Will you help rescue a fairy and her unicorn? -- Adventure 3. The woodland fairies and the big-footed troll -- Adventure 4. The search for leprechaun's gold -- Adventure 5. Magic potions and wizards' power wands -- Adventure 6. Whoosh! Watch the rainbow volcanoes fizz -- Adventure 7. Watch out! The elves are letting off rockets -- Adventure 8. Play hide and seek with Sammy and the grouse -- Adventure 9. Help wake up the sleeping stick wizards -- Adventure 10. The lost treasure of the woodland pirates.
"This book offers 10 'recipes' for Woodland adventures, each structured around a story which is designed to capture the imagination of 2-6 year olds. Each recipe provides parents and carers with a list of the kit required (generally, simple household objects) and a set of step by step instructions."--Provided by publisher.

The ultimate player's guide to Minecraft

December 23, 2015
O'Brien, Stephen J., 1969- author.
xiii, 351 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"Unofficial guide"--Cover.

Red vs. blue : the ultimate fan guide

December 7, 2015
Rooster Teeth Productins, author.
New York, NY : Dey Street Books, 2015.
229 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Based on the comedic YouTube series, Red vs Blue, a parody of the military science fiction video game, Halo-- Provided by publisher.

Block city : how to build incredible worlds in Minecraft®

December 7, 2015
Kearney, Kirsten, author.
New York : Abrams, 2015.
256 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Block City presents a collection of amazing Minecraft cities created by masters, with step-by-step tutorials for readers to build structures and features themselves.

American casino guide.

December 4, 2015
Dania, Fla. : Casino Vacations,
v. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Vols. for <1997-2016> by Steve Bourie.

Ballroom world dance book

December 2, 2015
Darnel, Allen G.
Houston, TX : Beginners Only USA Publishing Co., ©2010.
xxx, 434 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
"Ballroom & Latin-American dance styles. Dance super stars ; instruction ; history. Social dancing and Dancesport."--Cover.

The history of video games

December 1, 2015
Bjornlund, Lydia, 1961-
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, [2015]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
The rise of video games -- From the laboratory to Main Street -- Video gaming comes home -- In the palm of your hand -- Video games break out of the box.

America dancing : from the cakewalk to the moonwalk

November 23, 2015
Pugh, Megan, 1982- author.
xii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Cakewalk, America's first national dance -- Bill Robinson's dream -- Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers pick themselves up -- Agnes de Mille's square dance -- Paul Taylor's Bugle Boy -- Michael Jackson's moonwalk.

The state of play : creators and critics on video game culture

October 26, 2015
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2015]
256 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Advent / Leigh Alexander -- Bow, nigger / Ian Shanahan -- Love, twine, and the end of the world / Anna Anthropy -- The natural: the parameters of afro / Evan Narcisse -- What it feels like to play the bad guy / Hussein Ibrahim -- A game I had to make / Zoe Quinn -- Your humanity is another castle: terror dreams and the harassment of women / Anita Sarkeesian & Katherine Cross -- The end of gamers / Dan Golding -- The joy of virtual violence / Cara Ellison & Brendan Keogh -- The squalid grace of Flappy Bird / Ian Bogost -- The making of Dust: architecture and the art of level design / David Johnston -- Game over? A cold war kid reflects on apocalyptic video games / William Knoblauch -- Ludus interruptus: video games and sexuality / Merritt Kopas -- The God in th emachine: occultism, demiurgic theology, and gnostic self-knowledge in Japanese video games / Ola Wikander.
Sixteen contributors including video game creators, media critics and Internet celebrities discuss the state and stakes of video game culture and describe how the digital world has collided with real-life art, sex and race and class politics. --Publisher's description.

The art of game design : a book of lenses

October 20, 2015
Schell, Jesse.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2015]
xliv, 555 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the beginning, there is the designer -- The designer creates an experience -- The experience takes place in a venue -- The experience rises out of a game -- The game consists of elements -- The elements support a theme -- The game begins with an idea -- The game improves through iteration -- The game is made for a player -- The experience is in the player's mind -- The player's mind is driven by the player's motivation -- Some elements are game mechanics -- Game mechanics must be in balance -- Game mechanics support puzzles -- Players play games through an interface -- Experiences can be judged by their interest curves -- One kind of experience is the story -- Story and game structures can be artfully merged with indirect control -- Stories and games take place in worlds -- Worlds contain characters -- Worlds contain spaces -- The look and feel of a world is defined by its aesthetics -- Some games are played with other players -- Other players sometimes form communities -- The designer usually works with a team -- The team sometimes communicates through documents -- Good games are created through playtesting -- The team builds a game with technology -- You game will probably have a client -- The designer gives the client a pitch -- The designer and client want the game to make a profit -- Games transform their players -- Designers have certain responsibilities -- Each designer has a purpose.

Empire of imagination : Gary Gygax and the birth of Dungeons & Dragons

October 8, 2015
Witwer, Michael, author.
New York ; London : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc., 2015.
ix, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 25 cm

Thinking about video games : interviews with the experts

October 5, 2015
Heineman, David S., author.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2015]
xiii, 251 pages ; 23 cm
"Digital game studies"--Reverse cover.
Section 1. Games and history. Nolan Bushnell: learning from the past ; Chris Melissinos: art and video games ; Eugene Jarvis: games and design ; Henry Lowood: Archiving and games -- Section 2. Games and economy. Ed Fries: the economics and politics of a launch ; Kellee Santiago: independent game development ; Chris Grant: games and press ; Edward Castronova: games, economics, and policies -- Section 3. Games and culture. Jamie Dillion: games, community, and charity ; Casey Hudson: games and emotion ; Ian Bogost: anxieties, procedures, and game studies.
The growth in popularity and complexity of video games has spurred new interest in how games are developed and in the research and technology behind them. David Heineman brings together some of the most iconic, influential, and interesting voices from across the gaming industry and asks them to weigh in on the past, present, and future of video games. --Publisher's description.

SuperBetter : a revolutionary approach to getting stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient*

September 15, 2015
McGonigal, Jane, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
xii, 466 pages ; 25 cm
"*Powered by the science of games."
A renowned game designer describes how she recovered from a debilitating concussion by turning her therapeutic process into a digital game that became the subject of a major NIH research study.

Gamelife : a memoir

September 15, 2015
Clune, Michael W., author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
211 pages ; 22 cm
Suspended -- Four hundred and ninety points of damage -- The devil in the garden -- World War II has never ended -- The sun and the stars -- Pirates! -- A heart of the sky.

Players and pawns : how chess builds community and culture

August 14, 2015
Fine, Gary Alan, author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
271 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: a tournament revealed -- Introduction: first moves -- The mind, the body, and the soul of chess -- Doing chess -- Temporal tapestries -- Shared pasts and sticky culture -- The worlds of chess -- Status games and soft community -- Chess in the world -- Conclusion: piece work.

The bridge player's bible

July 28, 2015
Pottage, Julian, author.
Hauppauge, New York : Barrons Educational Series, Inc., 2015.
288 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Subtitle on cover: illustrated strategies for staying ahead of the game.
"A Quarto Book"--Title page verso.
Learn key bridge player's techniques, including communication through bids and signals, hand valuation, planning, counting, inferences, deceptive card playing, and much more.

Pokémon deluxe essential handbook : the need-to-know stats and facts on over 700 Pokémon.

July 21, 2015
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
432 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Gotta catch 'em all!"

A brief history of video games

July 8, 2015
Stanton, Richard, 1982- author.
London : Robinson ; Philadelphia : Running Press, 2015.
368 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm.
"The evolution of a global industry"--Cover.

The chess player's bible : illustrated strategies for staying ahead of the game

July 7, 2015
Eade, James, author.
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's Educational Series, 2015.
288 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"Revised and expanded'--Cover.
"A quarto book"--Title page verso.
Provides over three hundred examples that demonstrate attacking and defensive strategies in the game of chess and includes annotated 3-D illustrations and basic and advanced tactics of the game.

Hacks for Minecrafters : command blocks : the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won't teach you

June 16, 2015
Miller, Megan, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2015]
120 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"An unofficial minecrafter's guide"--Front cover.
Provides information on manipulating and programming command blocks within the game, including putting an enchantment on a weapon, customizing villagers, and creating a fireworks display.

Word nerd : dispatches from the games, grammar, and geek underground

June 15, 2015
Williams, John D., Jr., author.
216 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Explores anagrams, palindromes, the highest-scoring Scrabble plays of all time, [and] the birth of the World Scrabble Championship, as well as many of the more colorful figures that inhabit this subculture. Die-hard word fans will find ... tips on how top players see their boards and racks to come up with the best play, how they prepare, and the psychology of tournament competition. Those uninitiated in the mysteries of Scrabble mania will find a ... memoir about all the fun people have with language and how words shape our lives and culture in unexpected ways"--Dust jacket flap.

Gambling in America : an encyclopedia of history, issues, and society

May 29, 2015
Thompson, William Norman.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2015]
xxxiv, 505 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
2001 edition has title: International encyclopedia of gambling.


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