The board game hobby and industry is booming. Distribution into big box ret
ail stores like Barnes & Noble and Target is commonplace.
Numerous games are coming out each during the year. It is nearly impossible to play, review, and then recommend which ones would be best for the library space (let alone attempt to determine which are appropriate to *your* library space and
the community which utilizes it). That said, there are dozens games worth discussing and recommending
with the best method to determine which games to include is to play as many as you can; explore what is out there; and listen to what your community is looking for.
These games are not the best games to start with. These are meant supplement an already existing board game collection. If you are looking for a good starter collection for your library, check out my previous six articles “Board in the Library.” My personal starter collection for the Bucks County Library System consisted of Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Pandemic, Catan, and Forbidden Island at each branch with an additional strategy and children’s game. So we have a large selection of popular family games plus a few additional ones in the system for adults and experienced gamers (Dead of Winter, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, and Dark Stories).
Supplementing a few of the best games of 2015 will keep your collection relevant for the experienced. It will provide space for the emerging to grow their habit into more complex and engrossing games. It also provides an enriching social experience for patrons who may not have the resources to purchase games (which can be prohibitively pricey).