Fun with Fandoms: Wednesday, Feb 14

Need a place to discuss fandoms with new people? Fret no more! Fun with Fandoms is on Wednesday, the 14th this month! To celebrate it falling on Valentine’s Day, we’ll also have the card game, Slash, available to play!

Slash is a game similar to Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, but the point is to create the best (or funniest!) pairings! What better way to celebrate fandoms on Valentines Day than the ultimate fandom fascination… SHIPPING!!???!!

Also quick note, Fun with Fandoms will be taking a short break in the spring and will not be returning again until June! So don’t worry; this isn’t the last meeting! We’ll see you again in the summer.

There Can Be Only One!

Everyone likes the classic card game, Uno, right?

Rejoice! The Vortex will be hosting its first-ever UNO TOURNAMENT on Thursday, August 24 from 6–7 p.m. in the Vortex. That gives you a week to register. Hurry while there’s still room!

We’ll play as many one-on-one games as it takes to get to one Uno Champion! The 1st Place Winner will take home a shiny, new gift card all their own!

Register here!


Game Recs – I Need Them

Can we talk for a minute about the deep, all-encompassing despair of reaching the end of a video game?  

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There are some games (especially console or MMOs) that you can play over and over again for years. I don’t play those. I tend to stick to puzzle games and sims on my tablet. And a lot of those have definite end points. Like, when you’ve collected all the collectibles or played all the levels, it’s just over. There’s no point in playing anymore. And that’s sad – not just sad to think about how many hours you’ve spent arranging and rearranging your tiny, pixelated farm or trying to group tiny candy pieces into rows of three or more – actual sadness that the game is over, that you won’t be able to play it anymore.

I’ve reviewed DragonVale here and Ashe has reviewed Neko Atsume. I still play both of them, but I won’t be able to for much longer. DragonVale only goes up to level 95 and I’m on level 90. I’ve lured all the kitties to my yard but I’m still trying to get three mementos. (Darn you, Conductor Whiskers, Jeeves, and Sassy Fran! Why must you be so stubborn?) So, I know the end is near for these games and, while part of me is ready to move on, part of me is wondering what on earth I’ll waste my time on once these games are over. Will I be forced to do productive, responsible, adulty things like clean my house and make phone calls? Oh noes!  

Please save me from this awful fate and recommend some good, time-wasting games and apps for me.


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New Club!

Do you play YuGiOh?  How about Magic: the Gathering?  Pokemon?  Any other Collectible Card Game that I didn’t mention?  

If so, bring your deck to the Vortex after school on the first Thursday of each month.  Challenge old rivals and new allies alike to duels.  

No need to register!  Just drop in and play a round or two of your favorite CCG!
Club meets on the first Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.




Pokemon Book Recs

Hey, Pokemon Go-ers!

The game has been live for about a month now and most of you are still going strong! Whether you’ve caught ten Pokemon or hundreds, chances are you’ve been doing a lot of traveling and walking to find them all.

So, what do you do when you need to take a break from all that walking around? Well, I have a few book recommendations for you, based on your Pokemon Go team!

For Team Valor:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. Place a hold here.

Atlantia by Ally Condie
Rio has always dreamed of leaving the underwater city of Atlantia for life in the Above; however, when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, Rio is left stranded below where she must find a way to unlock the secrets of the siren voice she has long hidden and save Atlantia from destruction. Place a hold here.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls. Place a hold here.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them. Place a hold here.

For Team Mystic:

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild. Place a hold here.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. The pair become embroiled in a duel of magical skill, and the winner will become the Imperial Enchanter; the loser will die. Place a hold here.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery. Place a hold here.

InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds. Place a hold here.

For Team Instinct:

Tiny, Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
Three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet academy compete for the status of prima ballerina, with each willing to sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best. Place a hold here.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
When young artist Marguerite Caine’s father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father’s killer and avenge his murder. Place a hold here.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah. Place a hold here.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates her new home in the city while Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy’s novel, slips into the “Afterworld” and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and fall in love. Place a hold here.




Angry Birds IRL

Angry Birds recently turned 6 years old!

It’s hard to believe it’s been around so long!  In case you’ve lived under a rock for the past 6 years and are not familiar with the game, Angry Birds is a fun little game in which you use a giant slingshot to hurl birds in an attempt to squash all the little green pigs.  (This explains why the birds are so angry.  I have no explanation for why the pigs are green.  I call them pigfrogs.)  Frequently, the pigfrogs hide behind rock walls, inside wooden boxes or under glass roofs.  (The cowards!)  You must discover the best bird-flinging angle for each task.  

There are a number of specialty birds in addition to the average red bird.  Yellow “Biggerize” birds biggerize when you tap the screen.  (Yes, of course, that’s the official name.)  White birds drop eggs because they already look like eggs with beaks.  Blue “Instantaneous Offspring” birds split into three tiny clones of the original bird when you tap the screen.  Black “Fall Down, Go Boom” birds… Well, you get the idea.

In honor of this auspicious anniversary,

Fountaindale Public Library District is pleased to present:

Live Action Angry Birds

February 10, 2016     *     3:30 – 5:00 P.M.

Calling all Architects and Anarchists!  

Do you like to build things?  Do you like to destroy things?  

Now you can do both at your library!  (Insert evil laugh here.)

You can practice physics by writing long, complicated  formulae…

or you can fling birds at green pigfrogs and test gravity the fun way!

Bring your friends!  Form a team!  Conquer the Pigfrogs!

It’s Time to Play!

It’s the most wonderful time of year again – International Games Day!


I  gaming – any type of gaming, but my favorite is that old standard, the board game. I grew up with Monopoly, Life, Sorry, Scrabble, Connect 4, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, and so on. Nowadays, I prefer games like Munchkin and Settlers of Catan, but I still have a soft spot for the classics.

A great game that encompasses various aspects of some of those classic games is Cranium. It’s kind of like Pictionary. But it’s also kind of Trivial Pursuit. And it’s a bit like Charades. And those word puzzles you find in the newspaper. Also, there’s playdough. You see, there are four categories and, as you move around the board, you draw hints, answer questions, solve puzzles, or perform clues within your team.

Something for Everyone!

That’s why I love this game; it allows each player to utilize their own talents. I love it so much, in fact, that I’m creating a LIFE-SIZE version of the game playable on International Games Day (Saturday, November 21) at 11:00 AM in Meeting Room A.  Register here! And, while you’re signing up for Life-Size Cranium, check out the other great games and tournaments we’re offering that day!