Looking for games to play while apart from friends or family? Check out these free digital games, multi-player video games, and role-playing game resources!

Digital board games

  • Board Game Arena - Website with 175 board games that can be played in real time or as slowly as one move every other day if you can’t be online with other players at the same time. Some games must be started by a player with a paid account.
  • Dominion Online - Play the original deckbuilding game in your browser, on your own or with up to 5 other players.
  • Online Pictionary-style game - Play with up to 11 other friends! Choose how many rounds to play (each player draws once in each round), how long players have to draw, and even make your own list of words people will be drawing.
  • Scattergories Online - Scattergories in your browser - allows you to choose categories, number and length of rounds, and send the link to friends
  • Tabletopia - Website with over 800 board games in sandbox setups (the game will not tell you if you do something incorrectly). Some games may only be played with a paid account.
  • Print and play games

  • Distance gaming guide from Board Game Geek - This guide includes information on games you can play remotely if one person owns a copy of the board game and print and plays, including some from game publishers, including Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition and demo versions of a number of games from Asmodee.
  • PNPArcade - This catalog of print and play games includes nearly 100 for free.
  • Role-playing game resources

  • D&D Beyond - Create a Dungeons and Dragons character in your browser and connect them to a campaign with your party. This can replace a paper character sheet - track spell slots and hit points, level, take a short or long rest, etc.
  • DriveThruRPG - This RPG store offers thousands of items, including core rulebooks and adventures in a variety of rule systems, for free or pay what you want.
  • Dungeons and Dragons material from Wizards of the Coast - New content is added daily, Monday through Friday, for Adventurer’s League players, new players, and families alike.
  • Roll20 - Online virtual tabletop for role-playing games, including maps, assets, and chat. A number of adventure modules are available for free.
  • Multiplayer video games

  • Mobile only
    • Mario Kart Tour - Race against your friends.
    • QuizUp - Test your knowledge against a friend in more than a thousand categories.
    • Song Pop 2 - Be the first to identify the song or artist from a short clip.
    • Words with Friends 2 - Test your vocab against a friend in this Scrabble-like app.
  • PC only
    • Card Hunter - Lead a party on a fantasy adventure, using cards based on the items you equip. Multiplayer is available after the introductory adventure. Available in browser or through Steam.
    • League of Legends - Choose your champion and work with your four teammates to destroy the opposing team's Nexus.
    • Runescape - Explore and go questing in the fantasy world of Gielinor - this is the world's largest free MMORPG.
  • Multiple platforms
    • Brawhalla - This Super Smash Bros.-like game is available on Nintendo Switch, PC through Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with crossplay between platforms. There are a number of modes available, and games run up to 8 players.
    • Dauntless - Become a Slayer, hunting more and more powerful Behemoths, either solo or with up to four players. Available on Nintendo Switch, PC through Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with crossplay between platforms.
    • Fortnite - The uber popular battle royale is available on mobile, Nintendo Switch, PC through Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
    • Realm Royale - This fantasy battle royale has you pick a class, lets you craft items at forges around the map, and when you die... you become a chicken. If you can survive as a chicken for 30 seconds, you're back in! Available on Nintendo Switch, PC through Discord or Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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    Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital of Colorado

    Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Our Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado game helps kids and teens stay engaged and active over the summer months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We know you’re looking for at-home activity ideas, and we are here to help!

    Anyone ages 0 – 18 can participate and win prizes through reading, moving, and imagining. Either participate in one of our virtual programs or use one of our activity ideas!


    Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 0 - 12.

    Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 12 - 18.


    The adventure runs from June 1 – July 31. You can set up your account now at ppld.beanstack.org. Or, print a game card below.

    Also check out our FAQ.

    Beanstack FAQs: ppld.beanstack.org/faq

    Click here for group registration information.

    Have more questions about Beanstack? Email beanstackhelp@ppld.org.

    Be in the know!

    Sign up to receive emails for summer virtual programs, activities, and more for ages 0 - 18 in June and July. You can unsubscribe at any time.


    Calendars


    Game Cards

    You can track on the Beanstack app, pick up a game card at any curbside location or participating distributors, or click here to download and print a physical game card from home! (en español)

    Need a version that uses less ink? Click here!

    Participating Distributors:


    How to Play the Game

    1. Complete an activity (either Read, Imagine, or Move) any day in June and July to earn points.
    2. Record the dates you complete an activity on a printed game card or in Beanstack. You can log your progress at ppld.beanstack.org or by using the Beanstack App, available in Google Play or the App Store.
    3. You earn 50 points for each day that you complete an activity. You will receive a prize for participating in the game, plus you’ll be entered in the grand prize drawing when you reach 1500 points (30 days of activities).
    4. Prize pickup will begin in July. Check back here to find the most up-to-date information on how to pick up your prizes.

    If you need assistance, call (719) 531-6333 or visit ppld.org/ask to find different ways to get in touch with our staff.


    As our programs will be virtual this year, you can download themed video conferencing backgrounds below!


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    Submit your Mystery Story to the 2020 Betty Field Memorial Writing Contest!

    Submissions are open for the 2020 Betty Field Memorial Writing Contest. This contest is named after Betty Field, who served as President of the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, for her love of mystery stories and her dedication to the Library. This contest is open to 6th through 12th graders.

    Enter your story using the link this link: https://www.cognitoforms.com/PikesPeakLibraryDistrict3/_2020BettyFieldMe....
    Submissions will be accepted until July 15 at 11:59 p.m. MST.

    Submission Requirements:

    1. This story must be a mystery story.
    2. The FIRST paragraph of the mystery story must contain a sentence using this exact phrase and is in bold and underlined:
      ___ hadn’t prepared for this
    3. The mystery story must contain these SIX words (or a version thereof) anywhere in the story. Each required word must be in bold and underlined:
      audacity daunting mediocre odious tenacious vehement
    4. Your story must be no fewer than 1000 words and no more than 1200 words (excluding story title).
    5. You must follow these formatting instructions:
      • Do NOT put your name, school, or any identification on any page of the story.
      • Your story is typed in 12-point Arial and double-spaced.
      • Start the story with the title halfway down the first page. Do NOT include a title page or artwork.
      • Number each page in the upper right-hand corner (1 of 4, 2 of 4, et cetera) and add the first three words of your title below the page numbers.

    Stories will be judged in five categories: 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th-10th grade, 11th-12th grade

    Prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st place - $100, 2nd place - $50, 3rd place -$25.

    The stories will be judged anonymously by Library staff and the Friends of Pikes Peak Library District

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    Teens Make

    Library buildings may be closed right now, but there’s still plenty for teens to do on PPLD.org!

    You can join us every Tuesday and Friday in May for a new teen virtual program. In these video programs, library staff will walk you through different activities using common items you might already have at home. So far, we’ve learned how to make a DIY lip scrub, baked 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies, and discovered some ways to class up our instant ramen.

    You can watch all of those virtual programs on PPLD TV: https://tinyurl.com/PPLDTeenPrograms. Learn to cook, become a master of self-care, and make some quirky crafts while you’re cooped up inside!

    If you want to look at what else is coming up for teens in the next few weeks, check out our online calendar at https://tinyurl.com/y9hdog3e.

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    Every Vote Counts – Voter Registration Information

    Every election is an opportunity to express your vision for the future of your city, state, and country through voting. On Tue., Nov. 3, 2020, U.S. Citizens will cast their ballot to determine not only the next President of the United States, but also state officials, local ballot measures, and more. The best democracy is one where everyone exercises their constitutional right to vote. Read on to learn more about how to make your voice heard this fall and in future elections.


    How do you Register to Vote?

    • Register Online: You will need to enter your Colorado driver’s license or ID card number and Social Security Number to complete this form.
    • Register By Mail: Complete this form and follow the instructions on the second page to submit it.
    • Register In Person: Locations for in-person registration are currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but you can check this page for updates on their status.
    • If you are unsure of your registration status or would like to update your voter information, visit https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/home.xhtml


    When is the deadline for voter registration?
    In Colorado, you can register through Election Day. But how you vote and/or receive your ballot will depend on how you registered and when. Please visit this page for more information..


    Click here for more information on voter registration and elections from the El Paso County Elections Department.


    First Time Voters:
    See the document attached below for information for first time voters in Colorado. You can print it and share it with your friends!

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    Fun at Home image with two teens looking at their phones

    The Fun at Home virtual programs helps parents, teens, and kids access curated activity ideas, library resources, and more. Think a distance learning activity with built-in games. Visit ppld.beanstack.org to register and participate.

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    Think staying home means you can’t volunteer for the library? Well it doesn’t! You can volunteer from wherever life takes you as a member of Pikes Peak Library District’s Review Crew.

    All you need to do to start earning volunteer hours is apply at ppld.org/teens/volunteer (be sure to select Review Crew at the top of the application), and start reading! Once we’ve confirmed that we received your application and you’re ready to submit a review, just go to the form we provide and tell us your thoughts!

    Here’s a list of things to considering when leaving a book review:

    • Be sure your review is at least 5 sentences long. Anything shorter won’t qualify for volunteer hours.
    • Go in depth about what you did or didn’t like about the book. Consider questions like “why did you choose this book?” “did the book surprise you, or was it predictable?” “could you relate to any of the characters in the book?”
    • Include your grade in school at the end of your book review.

    Each qualifying book review you submit will earn you one volunteer hour for a maximum of five hours per month. Have fun, and happy reading!

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    Be on the look out every Monday for a new digital escape room! Even though they are designed for teenagers, anyone can participate, and these can be completed alone, or with friends and family. Every Monday we will provide a link and a description and and on our Virtual Library calendar. All of the links will remain live so you can access all of them at any time, beginning with the Hogwarts escape room we launched on Mon., Mar. 30.

    For our last escape room of the spring, test your bookish knowledge on a literary trip with So Many Books, So Little Time!

    The prequel to the Hunger Games series, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, comes out this week, May 19th! See how well you remember the first movie with this escape room from Round Rock Public Library in Texas.

    Explore ancient Mesopotamia and break out your logic puzzle skills with the More Food, More People escape room.

    May the fourth be with you! This escape room created by the folks at Richmond Hill Public Library will try your Star Wars, astronomy, and math skills!

    Use your logic skills and learn some Greek mythology as you help Prometheus deliver fire to man in this escape room courtesy of Hastings Public Library.

    Starting on April 20, flex your knowledge of language - and you'll need to know your way around a game controller!

    Time to pretend (unless it really is!) it's your birthday, but your family's acting pretty weird... You'll need your riddling, math, and cipher solving skills to solve this room courtesy of Pekin Public Library in Illinois.

    Try your knowledge on copyright and ciphers with the Comics Crusader escape room from Breakout EDU.

    Visit the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian, at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.

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    13th Annual Teen Art Contest

    Due to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has made the decision to close all Library facilities until further notice. As a result, the 2020 Teen Art Contest ceremony is cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, as well as the disappointment for our participants. We are also saddened to have to cancel what is one of our favorite events of the year.

    More information is forthcoming about how we will announce the winners and celebrate the participants; however this will probably come after a timeline is decided about how long the PPLD closure will be for. Please continue to check your email as this is the fastest way to communicate with everyone during this rapidly changing situation.

    If you are a teacher that has submitted artwork on behalf of your students, please communicate this change to them.

    You can also check our social media pages and http://www.ppld.org/COVID-19 to learn more about PPLD’s response to this situation.

    Thank you again for your understanding as we work out how to move forward in this extenuating circumstance!

    If you have more questions, please email Mikaela Fortune at mfortune@ppld.org

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