Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone

Joshua Glenn (Author) Elizabeth Foy Larsen (Author)
& 3 more


UNBORED Games has all the smarts, creativity, and DIY spirit of the original UNBORED ("It's a book! It's a guide! It's a way of life!" -Los Angeles Magazine), but with a laser-like focus on the activities we do for pure fun: to while away a rainy day, to test our skills and stretch our imaginations-games. There are more than seventy games here, 50 of them all new, plus many more recommendations, and they cover the full gambit, from old-fashioned favorites to today's high-tech games. The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. The lessons here: all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world.

The original UNBORED has taken its place as a much beloved, distinctly contemporary family brand. UNBORED Games extends the franchise -- also including UNBORED Adventure -- in a new handy flexibound format, illustrated in full color throughout. This is a whole shelf of serious fun the whole family can enjoy indoors, outdoors, online and offline.

Product Details

$16.00  $14.72
Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date
October 14, 2014
6.0 X 0.7 X 8.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen are the authors of UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun and UNBORED Games: Serious Fun for Everyone.

Josh Glenn is an editor at HILOBROW, and is a principal of the commercial semiotics agency Semiovox. He is co-author and/or co-editor of Taking Things Seriously, The Idler's Glossary, and Significant Objects, among other titles. Josh was a columnist and blogger for the Boston Globe's IDEAS section; he published the zine/journal HERMENAUT. He lives in Boston.

Elizabeth Foy Larsen was a member of the team that launched Sassy, a magazine for teen girls. She went on to hold various editorial positions at Utne Reader, including executive editor of Utne Lens, one of the world's first online magazines. She mastered the art of brevity as a digital content editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and as the executive producer of Twin Cities Sidewalk. Today, she's a freelance writer and editor whose stories have appeared in numerous local and national publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, Slate, Travel + Leisure, Parents, Family Circle, and StarTribune.


"An old-fashioned child's activity book for a modern Gen-X parented family." --The New York Times on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

"If you can't find an exciting activity to do in this book, there might be something wrong with you." --Sports Illustrated Kids on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

"Encourage[s] kids to use their technical skills as well as their natural curiosity to be creative, try new things, figure out how things and systems work, and just maybe change the world in the process." --Parents & Kids Magazine on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

"This book busts boredom . . . You may never hear those dreaded words again." --Family Fun on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

"This year's hottest activity book for kids." --Publishers Weekly on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

"Exactly the book parents need during a weeklong school break that feels like a month." --New York Magazine (Approval Matrix) on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun