Even though it's fun to play outside, sometimes the weather doesn't want to cooperate. At times like these, it's nice to play games inside with family and friends. The Abilene Public Library has many books on board and card games to play, whether you want to learn something new or you'd like to find out ways to play a game even better.
If you're not sure which game you want to play, you can start with The Book of Games by Peter Arnold. In this book, Arnold gives you rules to some of the best indoor games like backgammon, dominoes, bridge, and even billiards, and table tennis. Also included is the history of each game, and strategies to utilize once you've mastered each game.
The phrase "according to Hoyle" means to play in accord with a strict set of rules, named for the English writer Edmund Hoyle, and authority on card games. the book The New Complete Hoyle Revised by Albert H. Morehead, Richard L. Frey, and Geoffrey Mott-Smith, is described as "the authoritative guide to the official rules of all popular games of skill and chance." The book thoroughly covers rules for card games for children and adults, dice games, and even casino gambling games.
Winning 42 by Dennis Roberson tells you how to play the domino game described as "the national game of Texas." According to the book, the game came about in Big Spring in 1887 when Baptists were barred from playing cards, but were still allowed to play dominoes. A domino game that still allowed bidding and other strategies normally used in card games were devices. Learn about knowing when (and how much) to bid, how to determine trumps, and tips on how to successfully win every hand.
Texas Hold'em is one of the most popular poker games around and, like with many things in life, there's a Dummies book that covers it. Texas Hold'em for Dummies by Mark "The Red" Harlan helps you learn all the insider tips and tricks for playing both at the table and online. Harlan covers betting, bluffing, odds, reading your hand, and more, all in the familiar step-by-step layout found in other Dummies books.
Chess is an ancient game of war first invented and played in China or India over a thousand years ago. While the rules have changed over time, it's still one of the most popular board games ever made. Teach Yourself Visually Chess by Jon Edwards not only goes into the different key positions and moves of the game, ti does so using large color photographs to guide you each step of the way. Other instructional books on chess include 1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners by Franco Masetti, The Chess Player's Bible by James Eade, and Learn Chess Fast by Raymond D. Keene.
Another popular board game is checkers, but what do you do when you're tired of playing the game? Carol Lynch Williams offers a solution in the children's book 24 Games You Can Play on a Checkerboard. You can learn checker games from other countries like Turkey, France, or Japan, or play games like Pyramid Checkers, Box the Fox, or Catching the Pigs. You can even play Solitaire Pyramid Checkers for those days when you have to go it alone.
The library also carries books on learning poker, Scrabble, and many other sorts of games. So feel free to check out one of these books for the next time you're tempted to play in the house!
Article Contributed by Tony Redman, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library