International Games Week

International Games Week is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

International Games Week is November 7-13, 2021. Libraries can host a gaming event during or near this week (like last year, due to COVID-19, any event held in November counts!) to be eligible for registration for the drawing.

Featured Print-and-Play Games

1 Stat Skirmish: This is a tactical skirmish system with simple rules, where all stats of a miniature are boiled down to a single stat.  The system is miniatures agnostic and suitable for all kinds of genres.  Included are rules for solitaire gaming, too!  

Bandada: It’s the early days of spring and birds are zipping about looking for berries and flowers.Players draft cards from an array that have an action listed on the top and a scoring method listed on the bottom.  It can be played solitaire or with two players.  

Depleted: A solo adventure game set on a weary dying Earth where the player mat represents your ship. Pay Fuel to explore locations to find resources and allies, and encounter creatures. Board Game Geek account required.  

Iron Mountain: The Shadows Within: In this game noir, players embody outcasts reduced to shadows from slaving away in underground mines.  Over a series of turns, players try to reclaim their past lives and escape the mountain into the light.  Board Game Geek account required.  

Kukulkan: Easy and smart roll-and-write game where players build the Temple of Kukulkán, a Mayan step pyramid also known as “El Castillo”.  On each turn, players choose to place stones or mark stone for victory points.  Board Game Geek account required.  

Pixel Farm: Players strive to be the most fruitful famer in this deck building game mixed with puzzles and pixel art inspired graphics.  You draw cards to create new farms but beware the plagues that reduce your harvest!  Board Game Geek account required.  

Tudor Trail: In this solo game, you follow the timeline from the reign of King Henry VII to the final years of Queen Elizabeth and attempt to stop rebellions, destroy the Spanish armada, and keep your rivals from the English throne.  Game also available for purchase.

IGW 2021 Online Gaming Resources

ALA Games and Gaming Round Table Discord Server: Join other GameRT librarians for gaming discussion and play!

Tabletopia: Online board gaming suitable for online Library game nights, with both free and subscription versions.

Board Game Arena: Like Tabletopia, an online browser-based platform for running board games remotely.

Roll20: A powerful online tool for running tabletop RPG adventures, with great support for a wide range of rule sets.

Guide to online boardgames (pdf): A fairly comprehensive guide to options for online boardgames by Evan Leed. Also available in an accessible website, converted into HTML by Alina of Cozy Static Games.

More coming soon!

Become an International Games Week Sponsor

Some basics about being a sponsor for International Games Week:

  1. International Games Week is generally a week-long event, but individual libraries choose when and how to participate. We usually have around 2000 libraries participate; 2015 was our peak thus far at more than 2157 libraries around the world.
  2. We generally limit physical donations to libraries in your home country to prevent international shipping costs as your company will be handling distribution and shipping.
  3. To be a donor, we need to know how many games you would be donating, a description of the game, any graphics, etc. for promotion purposes. You can donate one game or several.
  4. A donation of 200 games is the minimum to be considered ‘official sponsor’. Companies that donate 200 games, will receive a blog post about the donation, the logo in the sidebar, and a link to your site on the sponsor page.
  5. Companies that donate 50 games will still have their logo and the link to their site on the sponsor page.
  6. Registration is online and libraries have the opportunity to self-select which donations they want. When all donations have been claimed or in early September, whichever comes first, we will provide the list of libraries to you so you can begin distribution.

If you are interested in sponsorship or have any questions, please fill out the form below.