Ex Libris coming in fall 2017

It seems like board games are coming up with more interesting themes than video games these days.  From creating a stained-glass window to rolling a character, there’s more out there.  Now Renegade Game Studios has announced Ex Libris, where you are trying to become the Grand Librarian.

Renegade Game Studios™, the premier publisher of innovative games will release Ex Libris Fall 2017. Designed by Adam P. McIver, Ex Libris challenges players to compete for the title of Grand Librarian. Art by Jacqui Davis (Bullfrogs, Dicey Goblins), reveals the magical land of curated collections.

In Ex Libris, you are a collector of rare and valuable books in a thriving fantasy town. The Mayor has just announced a new seat in the Village Council, Grand Librarian. The prestigious and lucrative position will be awarded to the citizen with the most extraordinary library! Unfortunately, several of your book collector colleagues (more like acquaintances, really) are also candidates.

To outshine your competition, you’ll need to expand your personal library by sending your trusty assistants out into the village to find the most impressive tomes. Sources for the finest books are scarce, so you’ll need to beat your opponents to them when they pop up – especially if they match your library’s secret focus!

You only have a few days before the Mayor’s Official Inspector comes to judge your library, so be sure your assistants have all your books shelved in time! She is a tough cookie, and will use her Official Inspection Form to grade your library on several criteria including alphabetical order, shelf stability, prominent works, and variety. And don’t think she’ll turn a blind eye to books the Council has banned! You’ll need shrewd planning, cunning tactics, and perhaps a little magic to surpass your opponents and become Grand Librarian!

“Many of us have fond memories of digging through the shelves of our public library, searching for our next favorite book,” reminiscences Renegade President Scott Gaeta.  “Pairing this with a fantasy world filled with fun characters is brilliant. Adam has not only designed a solid game but he has also created a delightful world. We’re excited to share it with our fans. ”

Dig through the shelves of your friendly local game store this fall to find Ex Libris. Two to four gnomes, ghouls, gelatinous cubes and other players ages 10 and up will compete for the title of Grand Librarian over the course of a  45-minute inspection. Each carefully created game will contain the following components:

  • 1 Folding Town Board
  • 1 Double-sided Dry-erase “Official Library Inspection Form” Board
  •  1 Dry Erase Marker
  • 12 Double-sided Library Tiles
  • 18 Oversized Location Tiles
  •  12 Standard Assistant Meeples
  • 12 Special Assistant Meeples
  • 1 “Crystal Ball” First Player Token
  • 152 Book Cards (with 510 unique book titles)
  • 6 Category Cards
  • 1 Rulebook

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I’m kind of surprised they didn’t set this up where you try to collect rare games instead of rare books.  However, it sounds like there will be more involved than just collecting.  Look for this around Gen Con.

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