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Every Tuesday, UNT Media Library highlights a title from their growing collection of tabletop games. This week, read about: Sushi Go! box cover

Sushi Go!, Boardgame 245

Number of Players: 2-5
For Ages: 8+
Duration of Play: 15 minutes
  This quick and delicious card game is played in just three rounds. Each player starts with a hand of cards. Everyone picks a card and reveals them together. Then each player passes their hand. The round is over when the last cards are passed. The goal is to score the most points by putting down delectable sets of sushi, shrimp, and dumplings with pudding for dessert! The pudding stays on the table until the end of the game because you eat it – er, score it – last. The most points wins the game. Enjoy!

From the publisher:

Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!

— Gamewright

If you like Sushi Go!, you may also enjoy these titles, also available at UNT Media Library:
Bohnanza box cover Set box cover Takenoko box cover

Bohnanza, Boardgame 234

Set, Boardgame 250

Takenoko, Boardgame 177

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Every Tuesday, UNT Media Library highlights a title from their growing collection of tabletop games. This week, read about: Galaxy Trucker box cover

Galaxy Trucker, Boardgame 203

Number of Players: 2-4
For Ages: 10+
Duration of Play: 60 minutes
In Galaxy Trucker, it’s up to you to move cargo and a crew through space in a ship of your own making. Space is a rough place if you don’t prepare though. Be sure you have enough room for your cargo and crew… and gun power enough to stave off space pirates! If you survive, the trucker with the most cosmic credits comes out on top.

From the publisher:

In a galaxy far, far away… they need sewer systems, too. Corporation Incorporated builds them. Everyone knows their drivers – the brave men and women who fear no danger and would, if the pay was good enough, even fly through hell. Now you can join them. You will gain access to prefabricated spaceship components cleverly made from sewer pipes. Can you build a space ship durable enough to weather storms of meteors? Armed enough to defend against pirates? Big enough to carry a large crew and valuable cargo? Fast enough to get there first? Of course you can. Become a Galaxy Trucker. It’s loads of fun.

— Rio Grande Games

If you like Galaxy Trucker, you may also enjoy these titles, also available at UNT Media Library:
Guillotine box cover Smash Up box cover The Castles of Burgundy box cover

Guillotine, Boardgame 38

Smash Up, Boardgame 158

The Castles of Burgundy, Boardgame 256

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Fright Night DVD covers (1985 on left, 2011 on right)
Everyone has neighbors. Even all the creeps. Every creepy thing, every creepy creep… all live next door to someone. Do you know who your neighbors are? Do you ever see them out? In the daylight? In the Fright Night films, Charley Brewster gets a new neighbor with strange sleeping habits and a weird diet of fruit… and people. Well, people’s blood anyway! Jerry Dandridge from Fright Night (2011 on Left, 1985 on Right)

Lend these guys some sugar?

With all the fad diets out there, you never can be too careful. Maybe you should adjust your diet too… just add some garlic to everything. David Tennant as Peter Vincent

David Tennant as Peter Vincent in the 2011 film thinks that’s an excellent suggestion.

You may want to watch Fright Night (1985) and Fright Night (2011) to see how Charley handled the situation along with help from famed vampire killer Peter Vincent. Both films are available at the Media Library.

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In an October Scare-A-Day post last week, we mentioned Tom Savini for his work on Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Dawn of the Dead film poster Savini working on Bub zombie from Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Tom Savini is a master of movie makeup, gore, special effects, and visual effects. You have also seen him acting in several spooky/gorey flicks such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, and even in a special cameo of the Dawn of the Dead remake in 2004. Savini as Sheriff in Dawn of the Dead (2004) cameo

Did you catch the reference?

Take a look behind the scenes and gore, fake blood, and latex as Savini himself talks about his gruesome craft in this Video on Demand available through the UNT Media Library, “Horror Effects Hosted By Tom Savini“. Horror Effects Hosted by Tom Savini still image   If you want a little more, “I Heart Monster Movies” is also available for online viewing and features an interview with Tom Savini along with other big horror buffs, including Sid Haig, Doug Bradley, Bill Moseley, Dee Wallace, and many others. I Heart Monster Movies title still image   Don’t be scared to check out the online videos available through the UNT Media Library. There’s something for everyone!  

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Sam Raimi burst on the scene with Bruce Campbell in this snappy horror that trims all the fat and cuts to chase with the urgency of a pencil to the ankle. Evil Dead has a group of friends plan to have some fun in an old cabin that happens to have a book bound with human flesh and they decide, “Let’s mess around with dark forces for fun!” You tell me if that was a good idea or not.

This is too much

The Media Library also has the sequels Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness available just in case you need more Ash in your life.

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Should have waited for the next elevator

George Romero, Dario Argento, and Tom Savini team up to make this zombie classic that is a sequel to a previous Scare-a-Day entry Night of the Living Dead. As far as zombie apocalypse plans go, heading to an abandoned shopping mall is not too shabby. You’ve got food, clothes, shelter and supplies. What could go wrong?! Oh right, it’s a zombie movie. This one puts a little extra creativity in its gore so make sure to thank Tom Savini for that.

Phew it was just a dream…oh wait

The Media Library also has the Zack Snyder remake if you want to compare.

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Left 4 Dead and its sequel Left 4 Dead 2 gets you and 3 of your friends to venture out in various zombie infested areas with an assortment of firearms and melee weapons. Sounds simple enough, but when you consider the variety of zombies (I fear the witch and you should too) and the staggering amount of zombies that fill the screen while you’re running out of ammo, it doesn’t feel so simple.

When you find a chainsaw.

The Media Library has Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 available for the Xbox 360.

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Mountains of Madness box cover

Mansions of Madness Boardgame 275

Up ahead, isolated in the Massachusetts countryside, stands a secluded mansion. This is where the clues have led you. This is where you will finally find the answers you have been seeking. As you advance through the cold, driving rain, the dim light dancing in the ornate windows gives the appearance of a dozen sinister eyes watching your approach. The very walls are infested with evil and the great house seems to stare at you with hostility, but despite the growing fear gnawing at your soul, you press on. You must. This madness has to end, and by God, it will end tonight… even if it kills you.

Fantasy Flight Games

Spawned from the horrific genius of H. P. Lovecraft, Mansions of Madness is set in the ill-fated fabled town of Arkham, Massachusetts. It is a veritable graveyard with derelict buildings standing like so many tombstones. Through eerie fog, creatures of unspeakable origins loom monstrous, devouring bodies and souls as they roam. Risk your health, sanity, and consequences worse than death as you work against sinister plots in Mansions of Madness.

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Every Tuesday, UNT Media Library highlights a title from their growing collection of tabletop games. This week, read about: Rory's Story Cubes box cover

Rory’s Story Cubes, Boardgame 8

Number of Players: 1+
For Ages: 8+
Duration of Play: 20 minutes
  When you think about tabletop games, you might conjure up ideas of competition, a target goal, and victory. However, games are not just meant to be won. Games can also fascinate, educate, and entertain. Rory’s Story Cubes is a game for storytellers of all ages. Each roll of the story cubes presents a group of images. Let the images drive your imagination as you spin a tale of whimsy, fancy, adventure!

From the publisher:

Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. With Rory’s Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller and there are no wrong answers. Simply roll the cubes and let the images spark your imagination!

— Gamewright

If you like Rory’s Story Cubes, you may also enjoy these titles, also available at UNT Media Library:
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Dixit, Boardgame 121

Gloom, Boardgame 101

Spot it!, Boardgame 246

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There’s no escaping Night of the Living Dead‘s ghouls roaming the countryside. Not that you’ll have to run very fast or anything. These poor shambling living-deads will eventually make their way to you, unlike their track star modern incarnations who can sprint Usain Bolt style. Nope, these zombies will give you some time to sit think, “oh crap, I think I left the oven on at home. Oh, well. I’m trapped in a house with a lady who rightfully lost it, and a little girl who thinks it’s snack time. I wonder who’s winning the baseball game?” THUMP “Wait a minute, are they at the door? Nah, it’s just some…AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

I think she may be hangry.

This film redefined horror at the time and it still packs a solid wallop today. Don’t forget the sequels that came out later (Dawn of the Dead DVD 491; Day of the Dead DVD 258).