$10.00

Monterroso Family Gaming

While my favourite games include El Grande, Le Havre and Hansa Teutonica, I get to play those games very infrequently. That's because my favourite gaming partners are my kids (4 and 6). They love games and, while they are starting to enjoy heavier games, we still play mostly Children's Games. This blog will contain session reviews and thoughts about games that I play with my family.

Archive for Christian Monterroso

Recommend
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

BGG Top 100 Promotion/Relegation Battle

Christian Monterroso
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
flag msg tools
If you are not having fun, then you are missing the point.
mbmbmbmbmb
One of the most fascinating things about soccer leagues around most of the world is the concept of Promotion and Relegation. Unlike the "franchising" method used in North America, most soccer leagues use Promotion/Relegation to transfer teams between divisions based on performance. Teams that fare poorly in a certain level of competition are Relegated to a lower level. The idea is that teams of similar quality will eventually find themselves at the same tiers.

Last year, I wondered what would happen if we applied this method to board games. I created a series of polls that allowed the BGG populace to re-arrange the Top 100 ranked board games into tiers. As expected, popular games such as Catan and Carcassonne rose to levels that are higher than their current state in the BGG Top 100.

Thus, the "best" games because a nice little combination of "Top Ranked" and "Popular". For me, at least, it gave exactly the result that I wanted - it pointed me to games that I may have overlooked in the past.

In 2011, the usual suspects rose to the top tier and stayed there. Eventually, I introduced a Hall Of Fame in order to allow other games to flow to the top.

2011 BGG Top 100 Relegation/Promotion Battle Hall Of Fame
Agricola
Power Grid
Puerto Rico
Dominion
Ticket to Ride
7 Wonders

What has changed since October 2011 when the 2011 battle was closed?
Let's find out...
Round 01 - BGG Top 100 Promotion/Relegation Battle 2012 (POLL CLOSED)
Twitter Facebook
0 Comments
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:07 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
17 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Games and Friends Weekend at Hawthorn Valley Farm

Christian Monterroso
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
flag msg tools
If you are not having fun, then you are missing the point.
mbmbmbmbmb
This past weekend, our family - as well as several others - was invited to spend the weekend at Hawthorn Valley Farm. The proprietors are the parents of a good friend and said friend invited 10 adults and 9 children (all aged 7 and under) for a weekend stay with friends and games.

It could not have gone much better. While we were involved in several activities such as a water gun fight, soccer, slip'n'slide, golf, walks, books and some great meals, the focus for the weekend was board games.

Each family brought along a selection of games from their collection. In the end, we ended up playing 22 different games for a total of 32 plays. The games ranged from short kid games like Cranium Cadoo to strategy games such as Agricola and Hansa Teutonica.

We set up a PitchCar track, which was left assembled for use at any time. Different groups of people got together for a game of Incan Gold or Factory Fun and all the adults sat around the table for a game of Dixit Odyssey.

While, sadly, some games went unplayed (including much anticipated Troyes and 7 Wonders: Leaders), the weekend was extremely successful and we all look forward to coming back for more.

Games Played
Ingenious Challenges x 4
Apples to Apples Junior x 2
Factory Fun x 2
Gemblo x 2
Incan Gold x 2
Jaipur x 2
Yin Yang x 2
10 Days in Europe
10 Days in the Americas
Agricola
Bananagrams
Cranium Cadoo
Dixit Odyssey
For Sale
Hansa Teutonica
Pick Picknic
PitchCar
Puzzle Strike
Small World
Sorry! Sliders
Stone Age
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
SWAT!
Twitter Facebook
1 Comment
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:24 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Danica's School Journal Entry

Christian Monterroso
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
flag msg tools
If you are not having fun, then you are missing the point.
mbmbmbmbmb
Every now and then, Danica (6) brings home her journal from school. Today was one of those days. When she does, we get a chance to read the last few weeks' worth of entries.

Today, I was delighted to read the following entry (the typos are hers):
Quote:
Wen. Feb. 4, 2011

My favorite game

My favorite game is the wrold cup game. I like it becase it is like real socker but we play with cards insted. I play with my fammaly. I like to stop teams and get goals.


My little first grader's got the right idea!
Twitter Facebook
0 Comments
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:44 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Family Day

Christian Monterroso
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
flag msg tools
If you are not having fun, then you are missing the point.
mbmbmbmbmb
In Canada, the third Monday in February is Family Day.

We had already had a busy Saturday and Sunday, so I expected Monday to be a quiet day at home. Usually, quiet days at home end up with Zooloretto or The World Cup Game on the table. That is, a slightly longer game that the kids can get involved in. At least that was the idea. Instead, the neighbour kids came knocking and both Danica (6) and Kyler (4) ended up playing out in the snow for a good portion of the day.

So instead of a kids' game, Yvonne and I sat down for a 2-player game of Tikal. An oldie, Tikal is a favourite since my family comes from Guatemala , so the theme is great for us.
This particular game, Yvonne drew almost all of the treasure tiles, so she managed to control the treasure points. However, I picked up every single volcano so I was able to control the board. Yvonne made an early move to deprive me of a temple that I had been building up, but had to use her big worker to do so. That gave her an early lead. However, the move came too early. Each scoring round, I crept closer and closer, surpassing her in the final scoring round and winning by 20 points.

Danica eventually made her way inside and asked Mommy to play a game. So the girls sat down and played Tally Ho!. Danica is almost 7 and she's now starting to play strategy games using real rules and real strategy. Of course, she has a long way to go, but that's where games like Tally Ho excel. The better player is most likely to win, but the luck of the draw means that the lesser player has a chance.
There was time for one more, so Danica tried her hand at Take it Easy!.

After supper, the whole family finally gathered to play some games on Family Day. We each selected one short game and we played each one of them.
Kyler (4), not surprisingly, selected his current favourite: The World Cup Card Game 2010. This is a "short" game only because we play one or two groups each sitting. We were playing Group D this day and Kyler played Germany to first place while I led Serbia to a second place finish in the group. Ghana and Australia have been eliminated.
Danica (6) took a few minutes selecting her game, as she often does since we have so many choices. In the end, she pulled out a book of kids' games and we played one of the basic roll-and-move pages. This is a nice, sturdy game book that the kids have had since our trip to Guatemala in February 2009. Both kids still enjoy roll-and-move games. Hopefully, that stage will be over soon.
Yvonne then selected My First Carcassonne. She doesn't get to play this game very often, since the kids tend to play it on their own. But she wanted to see how far Kyler has progressed in his decision making. Sure enough, she got to see Kyler not only making optimal moves for himself, but also playing the tiles in such a way as to screw up Mommy's chances! On purpose! It was beautiful. Even better - he won the game!
Finally, I opted for Animal Upon Animal. I know that Kyler is not fond of dexterity games since he's still not very good at them. But I also know that he has fun playing while the game is going on. Sure enough - we had some good laughs. Danica ended up winning. When then played again, but we incorporated the little animals from Zoowaboo into the pile. Whenever somebody rolled "hand", they would select a Zoowaboo animal to give to another player and whenever a "question" was rolled, the next player would hand over a Zoowaboo animal to the current player. It makes the game longer, but it was highly entertaining.
Twitter Facebook
1 Comment
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:35 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

A Quiet Family Sunday

Christian Monterroso
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
flag msg tools
If you are not having fun, then you are missing the point.
mbmbmbmbmb
This weekend was a rare instance when our family did not have anything specifically planned. We went to church and skating at the Rink in the Square. After lunch, I thought we would play a game. The kids have been asking for The World Cup Game repeatedly and a lazy Sunday afternoon would be perfect.

However, the kids ended up playing outside with the neighbours. When Kyler (4) came back inside, he did finally ask for a game. And that's how the avalanche of gaming goodness was unleashed...
Over the next few hours - from mid-afternoon to bedtime, the family played all of the following games:

SWAT! - Kyler's friend John (4) joined us to swat some bugs.
Yin Yang - While I cleaned up in the kitchen, Kyler and Danica (6) played this game that we received from The Dice Tower as a prize in their Secret Santa draw.
Chess - Danica was busy elsewhere, and Kyler asked how to play Chess. For the first time, I sat down and explained the pieces to him.
The World Cup Card Game 2010 - The card version of the World Cup Game can be played in nice small chunks. We started a new tournament and played the Group A and Group B games before supper.
Viva Topo! - With dinner in the oven, the kids asked Mom to join in for a game of "the other cheesy mouse game"
This Big! - While Mom got supper to the table, a quick game of trickery was called for.
10 Days in the Americas - While I took Kyler for a bath, Mom showed Danica where we had gone on vacation while playing a couple of trips around the Americas themselves.
Labyrinth - Danica was busy getting cleaned up so Kyler pulled out one of his favourites to play with Dad.
Chicken Cha Cha Cha - We realized that it was still early enough, and the kids asked for one last game before bedtime.

Yes! What a great day!

Sunday night happens to be the regular night for the KW Gamers, so I finished off a great gaming Sunday with games of 20th Century and 7 Ages.
Twitter Facebook
0 Comments
Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:30 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Return From Vacation

Christian Monterroso
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
flag msg tools
If you are not having fun, then you are missing the point.
mbmbmbmbmb
My wife and I just returned from Margarita Island, Venezuela where we celebrated 10 years of marriage.

It took us a couple of days to get back into our regular routine with our kids, but now that we are back, the kids returned to their evening routine of asking to play a game. Friday night, we sat down for a game of Château Roquefort, or the "Cheesy Mouse Game" as it is affectionately known in our home. It was wonderful to see that Kyler (4) is finally playing the game with the goal of picking up cheese instead of just finding a way to throw other people's mice into the dungeon. Of course, throwing mice into the dungeon is still high on everyone's list of to-dos. We ignored Kyler's mice for a while, since in the past he had trouble finding cheese. But no longer. He knows exactly what he's doing now and found the prerequisite 4 pieces of cheese before anyone else! Dancia (6) and Daddy tied for last place with 2 pieces while Mom was in second with 3 pieces of cheese.

When we found out that we still had time to play another game, we pulled out You Robot, which is popular because we can quit at any point. Danica had to pose in a karate stance while Kyler acted as a traffic robot and Daddy was set to do an Native American shout.

Oh yeah... while on vacation, I packed several two player games. We didn't get around to all of them, but we did get a couple of games of Ingenious: Travel Edition as well as games of Schotten-Totten, Hera and Zeus, Jambo and San Juan.
Twitter Facebook
0 Comments
Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:59 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls

Subscribe

Categories

Contributors

Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.