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Gary Tanswell
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Hi all,

My eldest daughter turns 9 at the end of next month and id like to pick her up a game or 2 for her birthday.

she loves playing games as a family and when possible we get our 4 year old involved too, she started with Cardfight Vanguard and moved on to Yugioh as she was watching the animes but now mainly plays board games with myself, my wife and when possible our youngest.

we have a decent selection of family friendly games but would like to get her something we could all play as a family, I don't know how easy it is to link to or view my current owned games but I have updated my owned list.

main recommendation I have had that I don't already own so far is Splendor, which I think she will enjoy.

I did think about 'roll for it' as the dice chucking element is easy enough for the whole family to join in on but does it have much replayability?
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Gary Selkirk
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A fun and fast game would be STOCK TICKER. Another might be a Monopoly game of whatever subject she's interested in. Monopoly has dozens of different subjects on the market now. Great family gaming.
 
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Justin Fuhrmann
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Are you looking for something that could include the 4yo?

I also have a 9yo girl and a 4yo (boy), and we have found that co-ops work really well. We enjoy Mice & Mystics, which I saw you already have. Our daughter also really likes Flash Point: Fire Rescue; she has even set it up by herself and played solo. And our son likes to move the firefighters and pretend he's spraying water.

Escape: The Curse of the Temple is fast and furious dice rolling. Our 4yo can't really play, but he sits there and rolls dice and feels included.

Terror in Meeple City also works well as a fun, silly family game.

Above and Below would not work for the 4yo, but it has a fun story component that your daughter might like.
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J .M
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Dr. Eureka and Doodle Quest . They are made for kids but adults love them as well. They might be a bit tough for the four year old though.

I'll also second Flash Point:fire rescue. I can't comment on how well it goes with young kids but it's a great game.

I'm not sure if Splendor would do well with most nine year olds. Of course it depends on your daughter but because of the tight economy and dull theme It wouldn't be the first game I would reach for to play with a kid.
 
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James C
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Coops like Fire Rescue are great.
I'd add

Forbidden Island and
Forbidden Desert to the list.

 
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How about Dungeon Petz? My son loves raising pets and selling them even though he sometime has troubles in fulfilling their needs.

 
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Adrian H
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Survive: Escape from Atlantis! is a great game for kids (& adults).
I just bought Splendor which my 8 year old likes, but the 9 year old is not thrilled by it for some reason.

Others worth a look that aren't in your collection that my kids enjoy include Machi Koro, Galaxy Trucker, and Ive found Raiders of the North Sea is good as an introduction to euros

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Calvin Nicholson
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I would recommended Love Letter, Sushi Go! or Incan Gold my family really likes these games they are quick and fun.
 
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Julian S
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I have enjoyed Machi Koro, Splendor, Rhino Hero (which i see you already have) & Welcome to the Dungeon with my 9 year old. Almost everything I play with him wears off after a while though.]

I am considering to get Jamaica

With a 4 year old and 9 year old, do consider getting Coconuts.
After all, it's BGG's number 1 rated children's game
 
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Gary Tanswell
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that's for the suggestions.

so far I will look into flashpoint as I have had it recommended before also.

terror in meeple city and coconuts also look like they should be a good laugh for the family.

I would love to get dungeon petz but it seems quite in depth but ill let my wife decide on that one as its also on my personal wish list.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Sequence or Red7.
 
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Orinoco Gold or Survive: Escape atlantis
 
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J .M
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I brought some games to a dinner at a friends house today and had a surprise visit from a couple with a 10-ish year old boy and thought I would tell you that he didn't really get the kind of of thinking needed to play Dr.Eureka. I've read about other people who have played with even younger kids then that so maybe your daughter could handle it but just thought I would mention it in case you were considering it.(The adults loved it though.)

We did play Spot it! and a good time was had by kid and adults alike. They also said he likes to play Blokus at home.

He also had fun just stacking and playing around with my Looney Pyramids.
 
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Stephen Farquhar
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Circus Flohcati is a good one. Interesting set collection game that seems quite light but has some interesting decision making.

Good reinforcement of basic number line theory too (you need to be able to compare the values of cards).
 
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Nathanael Robinson
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So there is a possibility that she'll get a second game? Might I recommend that the second game be something that is not as family-oriented, something with a theme that appeals directly to her, and that is more challenging? Kids who have been exposed to board games are ready by ages 9-10 for most adult games, and while they are going to be happy playing with younger siblings, they also might be looking for something more challenging. Indeed, a two-player game might provide strong strategic challenges with the added benefit of being something that you do who her alone.

[ETA] Possibilities:
7 Wonder Duel,
Lost Cities,
Battle Line,
Among the Star Revival,
Thunder and Lightning,
The Rose King,
Asante,
Kahunna,
Patchwork,
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small.
 
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may-prigent Ffran
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My boy has just turned nine, and I bought him Potion Explosion, which has a neat marble collecting mechanic. Also , check out the games that Haba have brought out for older children :

Karuba
Adventure Land
The Heroes of Kaskaria

Good luck .
 
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Rick Mullaney

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As a parent of a 7 year old keeping his attention and not getting board is the hurdle I deal with. But I asked him and he suggested:

Rhino Hero
Karuba
King of Tokyo
Dr. Eurka
Formula D

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I think Roll For It! get a little too old a little too quickly.

Las Vegas is a dice roller that I've had great luck with in mixed groups. Quick, easy to teach, and enough to keep adults and kids interested.


Splendor +1
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!+1
 
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Nick Lazzaro

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I have to second Dr. Eureka.

A game that I have found that works well with almost all ages (although it might be a little tough for the 4 year old) is Hanabi. A neat cooperative mechanism.

Finally, Gloobz I think is a great game for kids and adults to play with kids. It has some neat creature shapes that you try to match along with colors and it is a dexterity game. We met the designer at GenCon and he was super cool and passionate about the game but we just didn't know anyone with kids who may be interested in it so it maybe worth a look.
 
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Asaf Fabbi
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I second King of Tokyo, Rhino Hero, and Terror in Meeple City.

Maybe also consider Machi Koro and Hey, That's My Fish! and Bad Beets.

A big investment but probably a lot of fun would also be two newer games, Potion Explosion and Junk Art.
 
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