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!
How to Play
The Preparation Phase
Beginning each round, the 1st player will reveal one location tile per player to form the board. Then deal cards to the tiles that require them.
The Placement Phase
Sending as assistant to a location tile with an empty space, or on your personal library tile which is always available. The location tiles willeither have an immediate effect, or a delayed effect for when the round is over.
The Resolution Phase
Once players have no more assistants to place, the locations get resolved in numerical order, if they have a delayed effect. Then all leftover cards are discarded from any location.
The Clean Up Phase
After all locations have been resolved, remove all but the lowest numerical board from play and move that lowest value to the town board. This tile is now available for each subsequent round. Check to see if any player triggers the final round.
Number of Players: 2-4
For Ages: 10+
Playing Time: 45 Minutes