Did You Know: Fishers’ Library Has Board Games

The library isn’t just about books anymore. One of the newer resource offerings from the public library within Fishers (The Hamilton East Public Library) is the category of board games. That is correct, the library offers the ability to check out a variety of board games. Note that board games includes a variety of strategy games that include boards as well as card games.

The library system has well over 200 games currently available to be checked out. More importantly, many of these are more modern, current games. You can view the games at the library, or search for them online. If you do an online search, then just like with books, you can place a hold on a game and the library will set it aside for you. If the game is currently checked out, then when it is returned and your turn to get it, they will send you a notice and hold it for you to come get. The only real difference between checking out a game versus a book is that you must return a game to the desk inside the library and not try to stick it in the book drop. This should seem like an obvious difference since many of the games won’t fit in the book drop, plus you’d want to avoid the risk of a game opening and spilling.

As mentioned, the library has hundreds of games of a wide variety. I was impressed in seeing that not only are there are a lot of mainstream games such as Code Word and Ticket to Ride, but the library also carries a lot of the more abstract games that you’d find at a gaming conference such as GenCon. Being that many of these games can cost $30 or more, using the library’s copy, you can check out the game and test it before spending any money. If you like the game, you can buy a copy. If you don’t, then you aren’t out anything! Of course, you can always simply check out the game multiple times, but that would reduce the chance for others to check out games!

My family tends to collect a lot of games. While we have many that aren’t at the library, a few of our favorites were there. Some of these include:

  • Catan – a popular game that most people are aware of. Great for older kids and adults.
  • Hisss! – This is a color matching card game that younger kids can play. While my kids have outgrown it, this is a game we’ve held onto because it is mindless and kind of fun. It is extremely simple.
  • Carcassonne – The library has this and an expansion. This is a tile game that isn’t too hard to play and requires a little strategy, but with randomized results.
  • Codenames – This is a family and group game. The library as both the standard edition and the Disney version. My family is Disney buffs, so we enjoy the Disney version.
  • Disney Villainous – This is a new game with a focus on the villains of Disney
  • Qwirkle – A tile game
  • Ticket to Ride – the library has the base games and many of the variants as well

Although it is long, I’ve included a list of games that were indicated to be at the library. This is pulled from the online catalog and is not complete (because my kids have checked out a game that I don’t see on the list). If you see one you like, then I suggest you go to the library site and see if it is on the shelf. You can also go into either the Fishers or Noblesville branches and browse what they have. The Noblesville branch tends to have a lot more games than Fishers. At the end of the day, there are a lot of great games to choose from!

The Game List:

  • 7 wonders [game]
  • A game of thrones [game]
  • A game of thrones: Catan, Brotherhood of the Watch
  • Above and below [game]
  • Abyss [game]
  • Alhambra [game]
  • Arkham Horror [game] :the card game
  • Armageddon [game] : from the ground up
  • Ascension [game] : deckbuilding game
  • Axis & allies & zombies
  • Azul [game]
  • Azul [game] : stained glass of Sintra
  • Bananagrams [game].
  • Bang! [game]: The Wild West Game
  • Betrayal at house on the hill [game]
  • Betrayal at house on the hill. Widow’s walk, an expansion [game]
  • Between two cities [game]
  • Biblios [game]
  • Blokus [game]
  • Blood rage [game]
  • Bloodborne : the card game [game]
  • Blueshift [game]
  • Bob Ross [game] : art of chill game
  • Boss Monster : the dungeon building card game.
  • Bunny kingdom
  • Camel up [game]
  • Can’t stop [game]
  • Carcassonne [game]
  • Carcassonne. Expansion 2, Traders & builders
  • Castelli [game] :
  • Castles of mad King Ludwig [game]
  • Catan [game] : Seafarers game expansion.
  • Catan. Cities & knights [game]
  • Catan. Explorers & pirates [game]
  • Catan. Junior [game]
  • Catan. Trade, build, settle [game]
  • Century : Golem edition [game]
  • Century spice road [game]
  • Champions of Midgard [game] : a game
  • Chinese checkers [game]
  • Chupacabra : [game] : survive the night
  • Citadels [game]
  • Cities of splendor [game] : expansions
  • Clank! [game] : a deck-building game
  • Clank! In! Space! [game] : a deck-building adventure
  • Codenames [game] : pictures
  • Codenames [game] : top secret word game
  • Codenames [game]: duet
  • Codenames Disney [game]
  • Colt express [game] : schemin’ and stealin’ to the end
  • Concept [game]
  • Concordia [game]
  • Cosmic encounter [game]
  • Cover image for Exploding kittens [game] 1
  • Cover image for Go nuts for donuts! [game]
  • Darwinning! [game].
  • Dead of winter [game] : a Crossroads game
  • Deluxe Pit [game]
  • Descent [game] : journeys in the dark
  • Dice Throne: Season one. [game]
  • Dinosaur escape game.
  • Dinosaur Island
  • Dinosaur tea party [game] : a game of civilized deduction.
  • Disney Villainous : the worst takes it all
  • Dixit [game] :
  • Dominion [game] :
  • Downforce [game] : the game of high stakes speed
  • Drop it [game]
  • Dungeon! fantasy board game
  • Elder sign [game] :
  • Eldritch horror [game]
  • Enchanted forest
  • Epic spell wars of the Battle Wizards [game] : Rumble at Castle Tentakill
  • Ethnos [game]
  • Ex Libris [game]
  • Expedite [game]
  • Final act [game]
  • Finn & Gage [game] : the lesson of the lost city
  • Five crowns [game]: the five suited card game.
  • Five tribes [game] : the Djinns of Nagala
  • Flash point [game] : fire rescue
  • Fluxx :
  • Forbidden desert [game] : thirst for survival
  • Forbidden Island [game]: adventure … if you dare.
  • Formula D [game]
  • Friday
  • Fuji Flush [game]
  • Fuse [game]
  • Grand Austria Hotel [game]
  • Great Western Trail [game]
  • Greed [game]
  • Guillotine
  • Hail Hydra [game]
  • Hanabi [game]
  • Harry Potter Hogwart’s battle [game]
  • Herbaceous [game] : a flavorful game
  • Here, kitty, kitty. A crazy cat collecting game
  • Heroes & tricks [game]
  • Hisss [game]: the colorful snake making tile game.
  • Hoot owl hoot! [game] : board game
  • Imhotep [game] : builder of Egypt
  • Isle of Skye [game]: from chieftain to king.
  • Istanbul [game]
  • Jumanji [game]
  • Jump drive [game]
  • Karuba [game]
  • Kill Doctor Lucky [game]
  • King of Tokyo [game]
  • Kingdom Builder [game]
  • Kingdomino [game]
  • Kings in the corner [game]
  • Kingsburg [game]
  • Kodama [game] : the tree spirits
  • Lanterns [game] : the emperor’s gifts
  • Las Vegas
  • Last Front [game]
  • Last night on earth [game]: the zombie game
  • Latice.
  • Legendary [game] : a Marvel deck building game
  • Legends of Andor [game]
  • Legends of the hidden temple [game]
  • Libertalia [game].
  • Lost cities [game] : the board game
  • Love letter [game]
  • Machi Koro [game]
  • Mansions of madness [game]
  • Memoarrr! : a matching game
  • Mighty monsters [game]
  • Monikers [game]
  • Monopoly Disney [game].
  • Monopoly Star Wars [game].
  • Munchkin deluxe [game]
  • Murder of crows [game]
  • Mysterium [game]
  • Near and far [game]
  • Nefarious : the mad scientist game [game]
  • Neptun [game]
  • One more lie : a novel
  • Orléans [game]
  • Outfoxed [game] : a cooperative whodunit game
  • Pandemic [game] :
  • Pandemic expansion : On the brink [game]
  • Pandemic. Iberia [game]
  • Parfum [game]
  • Paris connection [game]
  • Parks. [game]
  • Phase 10 [game]
  • Photosynthesis [game]
  • Pina Pirata [game]
  • Pocket pharma [game]
  • Potion explosion [game]
  • Power grid [game]
  • Power grid [game] Expansion China/Korea
  • Puerto Rico [game]
  • Quadropolis [game]
  • Queen domino [game]
  • Qwirkle [game] : travel size
  • Qwixx deluxe [game]
  • Race for the galaxy [game]
  • Race to the treasure [board game]
  • Rat-a-tat cat
  • Reef
  • Rise of Augustus [game]
  • Rising sun [game]
  • Risk [game]
  • Rook [game]
  • Sagrada [game]
  • San Francisco Cable Car [game]
  • Scythe [game]
  • Secret Hitler [game]
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse [game] : card game
  • Shadow Games [game]
  • Sheriff of Nottingham [game]
  • Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective [game]
  • Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective. The Thames murders & other cases [game]
  • Sidibaba [game]
  • Sleeping queens [game] : a royally rousing card game
  • Smallworld [game] : it’s a world of slaughter after all!
  • Smallworld [game] : River World.
  • Smash Up [game]
  • Snake oil [game] : it cures what ails ya!
  • Space Alert [game]
  • Space base [board game]
  • Spaceteam [game]
  • Spirit Island [game]
  • Splendor [game] :
  • Star fluxx [game]
  • Star Realms [game]
  • Star wars : outer rim [game]
  • Star wars : rebellion [game]
  • Star Wars : rebellion. Rise of the empire [game]
  • Stay [game]
  • Suburbia : [game]
  • Super Mario Bros. power up card game [game]
  • Super tooth [game] : a dino-mite card game
  • Tales of the Arabian nights [game]
  • Terra Mystica [game]
  • Terraforming Mars [game]
  • The castles of Burgundy [game]
  • The fox in the forest
  • The Godfather [game] : Corleone’s empire
  • The great states of America [game]
  • The Grizzled [game] : can friendship be stronger than war?
  • The mind [game]
  • The quest for El Dorado [game]
  • The resistance [game]
  • The resistance: [game] : Avalon
  • The scrambled states of America [game]
  • The siblings trouble [game]
  • The sneaky, snacky squirrel game! [game]
  • The Tea Dragon Society [game] : card game
  • The Wimpy Kid 10-second challenge [game]
  • There’s a moose in the house [game]
  • Tic Talk [game]
  • Ticket to ride [game] : Europa 1912
  • Ticket to ride [game] : Europe
  • Ticket to ride [game] : first journey
  • Ticket to ride [game] : Germany
  • Ticket to ride [game] : India + Switzerland
  • Ticket to ride [game] : Nordic countries
  • Ticket to ride [game] : the cross-country train adventure game!
  • Ticket to ride [game] : USA 1910
  • Tiny epic galaxies
  • Tokaido [game]
  • Too many monkeys : a totally bananas card game
  • Treasure hunter [game]
  • Trivial Pursuit [game] : horror movie edition.
  • Truck off [game]
  • Tsuro. of the seas [game]
  • Tsuro. The game of the path [game]
  • Twilight struggle : the cold war, 1945-1989
  • Tyran [game]
  • Tzolk’in [game] : the Mayan calendar
  • Ubongo : sprint to solve the puzzle [game]
  • Uno moo! [game]
  • Unstable unicorns
  • Urbanization [game]
  • Warhammer quest [game] : The adventure card game
  • Werewords : the hidden identity word game
  • Whistle stop. [game]
  • Wingspan [game]
  • World’s Fair, 1893 [game]
  • Yeti in my spaghetti [game]
  • Zombicide [game] : black plague
  • Zombies!!! [game]

This is the first of a series of articles I’m working on that highlight some of the amazing things happening at our library. Our library is way more than just books!

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A Vision for the White River : Live Events Happening

The White River flows along the entire West side of Fishers. This is a fantastic asset that has a lot more to offer than a strip of old railroad tracks.

A group has been working to build a plan for the improved usage of the White River through Hamilton and Marion counties. I’ve posted a little bit about what they’ve been doing and will be posting more in the future. Of immediately importance, however, are a number of planning engagements over the next few days that will allow anyone to come and provide input to their plans. At these events you will gain insights into what has been happening on and around the river as well as the plans that are forming. The following image includes the dates happening this week:

UPDATE: Due to the weather, the meetings for 1/30 at MIBOR and Sun King Brewery have been postponed to 2/13 at a location to be determined.

When I’ve attended one of these events in the past, there was not a formal meeting, but rather a chance to see some of the plan and provide direct input to the group. This has included home owners asking that the plans leave their land alone to adventurers asking for more activities to be created. There are also those simply looking to understand more about what is available in the area.

These meetings are this week (the week I’m writing this), but the planning will be ongoing. You can always get more information or find the latest gathers on the MyWhiteRiver.com site. As mentioned, the planning covers the area shown in the following image:

Sledding in Fishers, Indiana

Indiana is known for being flat. While this isn’t totally true, in most locations it is true enough. When it comes to sledding, flat isn’t a good feature. While you can jaunt up to Noblesville and pay to sled on hills, if you live in Fishers, there is no reason to leave town. In fact, there are at least two great places to sled – one on the far West side and one on the far East side.

Of course, my kids and I use the location on the East side, so while there is a desire to keep it a secret, I’ll open up and share! On the East side of Fishers is Heritage Park at White River. To get there, simply take 106th Street West until you can go no further. Once you cross Eller Road, you drive into the park. This is a relatively small park in Fishers but offers unique opportunities. In the summer it is one of the few places in Fishers where you can get to the White River. In a future article, I’ll talk in more details about this park, however, for this article, my focus is on the most notable winter feature of this park, which is a large hill. Better yet, it’s next to a parking lot, so it is easy to get to!

Heritage Park in Fishers

Heritage Park has one of the better sledding hills in town since it has a little bit of distance, but not so much that it is brutal to walk back to the top. The main part of the hill offers a longer run on a sled. Going off the right part of the hill offer a small slope that flattens out then a secondary smaller slope. This is great for the littler kids learning to sled as well as for those that try using snow boards instead of sled.

The other sledding part in Fishers is Flat Fork Creek Park, which is on the far East side of Fishers. This park claims the tallest hill in Hamilton County. It is located at 101st Street and Cyntheanne Road.

Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers

While I’ve not used the sledding hill at Flat Fork Creek, many have. The City of Fishers highlighted it this past week-end with the advent of the first good snow of the winter. One nice thing about this 60-foot sledding hill is that it is ADA compliant.

Of course, as more people learn about these two great locations, they will get more crowded. As such, care should be used, and the city rules should be followed. These rules include no metal sleds or kayaks. Also included in the rules are that you should not sled on designated walking paths. Granted, at Heritage Park you will be going over one of the snow-covered paths! The most important rule is that you should look uphill and yield to others coming down. “Bowling for People” is not an allowed activity!

Of course, the most important rule is to have fun. It is critical to note, however, that this rule applies to grown-ups as much as kids. While I might look silly, I find sledding to be as much fun as my kids. While parents are free to stand around at the top of the hills and chat, they really can have a lot of fun hopping on a sled as well! With more snow coming this week-end, I expect I might see a few of you at the hills!

Stay warm! Stay safe!

Sledding at Flat Fork Creek Park

Paying for a Trail That Already Exists: The Fishers Nickel Plate Trail

The Fishers City Council approved an increase to property taxes to pay for the first phase of the new Nickel Plate Trail that has been proposed to replace the Nickel Plate rail. This tax increase is to help fund the $7 to $9 million cost for the first of three phases of the trail.

What is worth noting is that the tax increase is roughly double the initial cost estimate for the total trail, even though it is only for the first phase. At the time of this writing the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) site for the Nickel Plate Trail still shows an estimated cost of roughly 4.4 million for the Fishers section.


Figure: Trails and Tracks

The first phase of the Nickel Plate Trial will run from 106th Street to 126th. What hasn’t been stated clearly is that there are already trails that run from just north of 106th all the way to 131st Street. These trails are within two blocks of either side of the tracks where the new Nickel Plate trail is expected to be. In fact, parts of these trails run next to the tracks. This raises the question, that if existing trails already run from 106th near the tracks to 131st, then why will seven to nine million be spent building another trail?

The Existing Trails

Just north of 106th Street at the rail road tracks, you can find the Cheeney Creek Loop trail that runs through Cheeney Creek Natural Area. Not only does this park include walking and biking tails, but it also has a small lake (pond), lots of trees and a picnic area. The park and trails go from 106th Street to just north of 116th Street.


Figure: Cheeney Creek Area

North of the Cheeney Creek loop, the path crosses the road and winds through trees, around a pond, and through a neighborhood. In this area the trail winds through Big Wheel Park. This park on the path includes playground equipment, a hilly sidewalk for kids to have fun, more picnic tables, and other amenities. Next to the park are both a creek and a pond.


Figure: Big Wheel Park

The trail continues from Big Wheel Pond  across 116th Street and through the downtown area. You’ve likely noticed the cross walk just east of the tracks on 116th. Ironically, while the city expects to spend $2 to $5 million to build an underpass for a new trail where the tracks are located, there have been no comments about the crosswalk that is less than a stone throw away. What has been noted (but I’ve not confirmed), is that there are drainage issues in that area which could result in extra costs to try to build a trail that goes under the road.

If you continue on the path through the downtown area, you’ll find that forks around the library and Lantern Road. One part of the fork is a path that winds across Lantern Road and the railroad tracks and goes through the Tech center area. The path then follows (parallels) the railroad tracks going up towards and then past the Launch Fishers facility. You can see parts of this form in the next figure. The area near Launch Fishers includes a few more picnic tables just off the path.


Figure: Trial in the Fishers Tech Park area.

The other fork going from downtown goes from the library area north along Lantern Road. This is a newly updated trail  that follows Lantern Road all the way to 131st Street, where it turns West to Allisonville. At Allisonville, the path then turns North and goes to the entrance of Conner Prairie. Why the city build a path from downtown to a facility that charges admission is unclear, but the path has been built. Currently the construction on Allisonville at 131st Street disconnects the part of the trail that is in front of Conner Prairie. That part of the path has been built and torn up (the grass and landscaping) several times in the last 12 to 18 months as road work is being done. Hopefully it isn’t tax dollars paying for the repetitive task.


Figure: Trail from Lantern Road to Conner Prairie

Building New Trails

The existing trails from Cheeney Creek to 131st are within a block or two of the railroad tracks. These trails are all relatively new and paid for with previous tax dollars. As such, turning the rails into a trail between 106th and 126th as a first phase seems not only redundant with what is already there, but possibly unnecessary. The fact that the city is raising taxes to build a trail nearly on top of existing trails, should cause many citizens of Fishers to raise there voices in concern with how their tax dollars are being spent.


Figure: Trails from 106th to 126th

If the City wants to add trails, then, it would make more sense to build the trail from 96th to 106th connecting to Cheeney Creek’s trails and then build a connection from the 131st and Lantern trail to the tracks and go North. This would add new trail areas.

Of course, when a trail already exists in the same area, then there is the question of how much is this new trail worth. While the city posted $4.4 million as a base cost in the Nickel Plate Trail FAQs, I’m not alone in estimating a cost that is likely to go over $30,000 ,000. That, however, is a topic for another article.

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