Category Archives: Glasgow Science Festival

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Glasgow Science Festival: State of Play is an event at this year’s festival which offers the chance to explore, discover and experience science using board games.

This is the fourth and final guide in a series which provide an introduction to the games in question, organised by the relevant branch of science. Rounding off the series we have renewable energy and mathematics …

Name of Game

Power Grid (2004)

Type of Game

Economic Strategy Game

What is it about?

Build a network of electricity generation in order to keep the lights on in cities across the country. Players bid against each other to buy power plants and the fuel needed to run them. Will you choose to build plants burning coal or oil, or uranium-powered nuclear power stations? Or perhaps you will invest in the latest renewable technology?

No. of players

2-6 players

Ages

12+

Length of Game

120 mins

Summary

Monopoly, but good!” Lots of strategy, but with good player balance – get your thinking caps on!

State of Play Rating

4 out of 5

Name of Game

CO2 (2012)

Type of Game

Complex area control / worker placement game

What is it about?

Manage your resources to become the power company with the best reputation.  But beware – if the level of Carbon Dioxide rises too high, the game is over for everyone!

No. of players

1-5 players

Ages

12+

Length of Game

120 mins

Summary

An in-depth euro-style game which rewards strategic play. Best for those who want to save the world.

State of Play Rating

3 out of 5

Name of Game

City of Zombies (2013)

Type of Game

Educational maths game

What is it about?

Roll dice and perform “Countdown” style calculations to defeat the zombies and escape with survivors.

No. of players

1-6 players

Ages

6+

Length of Game

30 mins

Summary

Learn number bonds, mathematical operations and numeracy while destroying zombies. What more could you want?

State of Play Rating

5 out of 5

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Making mountains out of molehills

Zoos

Glasgow Science Festival: State of Play is an event at this year’s festival which offers the chance to explore, discover and experience science using board games.

This is the third guide in a series which provide an introduction to the games in question, organised by the relevant branch of science. Next up we have zoology and paleontology …

Name of Game

Zooloretto Mini (2010) and Zooloretto Dice (2012)

Type of Game

Quick and simple set collection game

What is it about?

Draw tiles or roll dice, then choose the best ones to collect animals for your zoo. Matching sets of animals mean more points, and the player with the most points wins.

No. of players

2-5 players

Ages

7+

Length of Game

10-30 mins

Summary

Fun games of species conservation for all the family. Best for those who love animals.

State of Play Rating

4 out of 5

Name of Game

Dino Hunt Dice (2012)

Type of Game

Push your luck dice game

What is it about?

Throw dice to collect dinosaurs for your zoo, but watch out – keep going too long and you might get stomped!

No. of players

2-8 players

Ages

6+

Length of Game

10 mins

Summary

A simple yet brilliant game of luck and nerve. Best for those who quit while they’re ahead.

State of Play Rating

4 out of 5

Name of Game

Mole in the Hole (1995)

Type of Game

Family strategy game

What is it about?

Play as moles trying to burrow into holes to reach the next level. Be the last mole left and win the golden shovel!

No. of players

2-4 players

Ages

8+

Length of Game

30 mins

Summary

Deep strategy meets a fun modular board. Best for those who can plan ahead.

State of Play Rating

4 out of 5

You and me, it’s Chemistry!

ChemPhys

Glasgow Science Festival: State of Play is an event at this year’s festival which offers the chance to explore, discover and experience science using board games.  You can get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glasgow-science-festival-state-of-play-tickets-11140083289

This is the second guide in a series which provide an introduction to the games in question, organised by the relevant branch of science. Next up we have chemistry and physics …

Name of Game

Compounded (2013)

Type of Game

Set collection and negotiation game

What is it about?

Compete against other players to collect elements and trade them to build compounds, improve your lab and progress up the periodic table to victory!

No. of players

2-5 players

Ages

12+

Length of Game

60-90 mins

Summary

Equal parts education and entertainment. Best for those who love to laugh while they’re learning.

State of Play Rating

4 out of 5

Name of Game

Polarity (1986)

Type of Game

Dexterity game

What is it about?

A two player game played with magnetic pieces. Place your pieces carefully and capture your opponent’s to win.

No. of players

2 or 4 players

Ages

8+

Length of Game

20 mins

Summary

A beautiful game of magnetic forces. Best for those with a steady hand.

State of Play Rating

5 out of 5

Name of Game

The New Science (2013)

Type of Game

Modern “worker placement” game

What is it about?

Players take the roles of Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei and other lumenaries of the 17th Century scientific revolution. Be the first to make scientific discoveries in astronomy, mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry.

No. of players

2-5 players

Ages

12+

Length of Game

90-120 mins

Summary

A terrific challenge in a historical setting. Best for those who enjoy an intellectual puzzle.

State of Play Rating

4 out of 5

Just what the doctor ordered …

Glasgow Science Festival: State of Play is an event at this year’s festival which offers the chance to explore, discover and experience science using board games.

As most of the games are modern, designer games they may well be unfamiliar to people. This brief guide is the first in a series which provide an introduction to the games in question, organised by the relevant branch of science. First up is medicine…

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Name of Game

Operation (1965)

Type of Game

Dexterity game

What is it about?

Cavity Sam is unwell! Compete against other players in taking turns to operate and remove plastic objects from Sam without setting off the alarm. The most successful surgeon will earn the most in fees and win the game.

No. of players

2-4 players

Ages

6+

Length of Game

15 mins

Summary

A quick and fun family favourite. Best for those with a steady hand and nerves of steel!

State of Play Rating

3 out of 5

Name of Game

Pandemic (2008)

Type of Game

Co-operative “threat management” game

What is it about?

Players work together to stem the spread of deadly diseases across the globe, while trying to discover the cures and prevent them ushering in the end of the world!

No. of players

2-4 players

Ages

10+

Length of Game

45-60 mins

Summary

A modern co-operative classic. Best for those who work well as part of a team.

State of Play Rating

5 out of 5