Give the Xbox a rest

New board games for the holidays from small companies.

Gemlok $20
Gemlok $20
By Pywacket Games

The idea for Don Meyer's new family game came to him in a dream. In Gemlok players race to the center of the board, earning points by landing on valuable gems. Meyer, 49, left his accounting job to develop game concepts with his wife, Cathy, 49. Pywacket, based in St. Cloud, Minn., sells three titles at independent retailers across the country.

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