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Board Games at Odum: Social Distance Gaming

A guide to help you navigate Odum Library's board game collection and the world of gaming.

Online gaming

Looking for ways to keep playing while separated from our physical collection? Check out the resources below!

And join our Discord server for online game nights!

Free Games Online

Board Game Arena: This website has a variety of physical boards games that have been translated to an online version.

 

Fake Artist Goes to New York: Use app with Draw.Chat and a communication platform. (Rulebook)

 

Playing Cards: This website has a variety of playing card games you can play.

 

Tabletopia: This website has a variety of physical boards games that have been translated to an online version.

Fake Artist Goes to New York: Actual Play

Modified Boardgames for Online Play

Wavelength: Actual Play

Games You Can Purchase

Jackbox Games

"Jackbox Games are available on a wide variety of digital platforms. You can purchase and download our games anywhere from an Xbox One to your Apple TV! Once you’ve bought one of our games, it’s yours to own and play as much as you want.

 

To play, each player needs a phone or other web-enabled device to use as their controller. When you start a game, you’ll be given a unique room code on your screen. Just pull up Jackbox.tv on your device’s web browser, and enter the room code to play along.

 

Our games are for anywhere from 1-8 players. And, if you have more people wanting to play along, they can join as an audience member (most games support an audience of up to 10,000) to influence the game’s outcome."

 

Free Print & Play Games

   

What are Print and Play Games?

"Print & Play (versions of) games are not published in a physical form. Instead, the rules and (most) components are available in a digital format, and players are expected to print them off and assemble them themselves. Often, some additional, non-printable components are required as well." ~BGG, Print and Play Description

 

Asmodee

" We at Asmodee have created free print & play versions of some of our most popular family games, for anyone to print, use, and enjoy from home."

 

Bully Pulpit Games

"Bully Pulpit Games is the creator of innovative games of outstanding quality. We specialize in making award-winning tabletop and live action games that challenge assumptions and blur boundaries."

 

Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition

"Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition is a new fill-in-the-blank comedy game that’s just like Cards Against Humanity, but it’s written for kids and adults to play together."

 

Cheapass Games

"Cheapass Games is small but mighty tabletop game publisher based out of Seattle, WA. We publish free, cheap, and deluxe games."

 

Good Little Games 

"Good Little Games is a showcase of free print-and-play tabletop games. All our games use a maximum of just 27 cards on three sheets - many use only 18 cards on just two sheets, or even 9 cards on just one! - plus usually a few common components, such as counters, coins, regular dice or small playing pieces. And yes, they really are free."

 

Print & Play on BoardGameGeek.com

"BoardGameGeek is an online forum for board gaming hobbyists and a game database that holds reviews, images and videos for over 101,000 different tabletop games, including European-style board games, wargames, and card games."

 

Jelly Bean Games

"Jellybean Games believes that games are for everyone. We are dedicated to giving the world more short, light games that the whole family can play together."

 

PNP Arcade

"We have handpicked games and publishers due to the size, quality, and sometimes even their fitting attitude and personality. We want this to be a fresh experience with new and quality games each week. "

 

Roll and Write Global Jam Winners

"The Roll-and-Write Global-Jam is an online game-design event, where participants are challenged to make a simple game in the roll-and-write genre."

What is Discord?

Online Platforms to Connect With

Free Tabletop Role Playing Games

What is a tabletop role playing game/tabletop rpg/TTRPG?

"The barebones essence of a Tabletop RPG is collaborative storytelling. It’s a story co-authored by everyone sitting at the table while playing the game. You and your friends fit themselves into the shoes of a character in the story. The decisions made and the plot twists that occur reflect the characters everyone is pretending to be.There’s no invisible walls to block exploration, no limits to what your character looks like and there’s no programmed restrictions on your character's behavior." ~Roll20

 

200 Word RPG

This small tabletop game design challenge exists for two primary reasons:1) Encourage everyone to make a complete Role-Playing Game. 2) To provide a collection of ideas that the community may build upon."

 

DriveThruRPG: Free Selections

 

“We are currently the largest online marketplace devoted to RPG and RPG-related materials. With us, thousands of publishers—from big names you’ve seen in print, such as Wizards of the Coast and White Wolf Publishing, to our industry’s many talented small press innovators—have come together to list over ten thousand roleplaying titles to make sure you can get what you want when you want it..”

 

itch.io: Free & PWYW Selections

 

“itch.io is also a collection of some of the most unique, interesting, and independent creations you'll find on the web. We're not your typical digital storefront, with a wide range of both paid and free content, we encourage you to look around and see what you find.”

 

Home Is Where the Games Are by Meredity at OnebookShelf

Here you’ll find a list of free or Pay What You Want RPGs you can play while you’re at home!"

 

Honey Heist by Grant Howitt

“It's easy to run and easy to play, and there's a D8 table for hats if you want to be a bear that wears a hat, and who doesn't want that?”

 

Sorybrewers Free Games

“We are Storybrewers. We lovingly brew roleplaying games eagerly waiting to come to life at your table. We dream, we imagine, we obsess, we create and we test, but most of all we listen. Here are three things we aim to do. First, our best by those who play our games. Second, to make our games inclusive, safe and diverse. And third, to do what’s right by the environment.”

 

Lady Blackbird by John Harper

“Lady Blackbird is an adventure module for 2-6 people. It contains a starting situation, setting, pregen characters, and quick-play rules perfect for a no-prep game of 1-3 sessions or more.”

 

Mint & Minotaur by momatoes

“Navigate danger, cast magic, and become the hero you've always wanted to be.”

 

Tiny Stories by momatoes

Tiny Stories is my tiny attempt at making things a little better. A little game, for friends who want to spend a little time together, in these complex and trying times. Please play Tiny Stories and blossom your own story in the safe comfort of your friends' companionship.

 

Rolling Realms a Free Roll and Write

Rolling Realms by Stonemaier Games.