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Playing Horrified with my 3-year-old

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I recently picked up Horrified, having played it a few years ago and enjoyed it. I got it cheap thanks to Horrified: American Monsters hitting the market and lowering the cost of the original. This weekend I opened and punched it is preparation for playing, and my 3-year-old insisted that we play it. At first I told him that we couldn't, but finally relented and said why not. I modified the game to make it less complex so he could enjoy it.

The first thing I changed was the theme. The monsters were not mean, just grumpy, and we needed to do things to make them happy and become our friends.

Next, he chose the green adventurer, which was perfect, since he could go wherever he wanted on the board. I suggest giving this ability to any very young player.

Then we did away with the villagers, terror track, and perk cards. This is the main level of complexity that absolutely had to go. The three of them are linked, and are easy to ignore as a group.

Finally, we only had 1 monster out at a time. We were able to focus on solving the puzzle with the items (all of which he drew from the bag).

He was able to understand getting items to solve puzzles, using extra items to block hits, and even work on solving the monster puzzles (Mummy, Invisible Man). We played once and he begged to play it again and again. We ended up playing 5 times with three different monsters. After we get through all the monsters, I plan to teach him how to play with 2 monsters at once.

I thought other parent gamers of small children would enjoy and be able to make use of this version of Horrified.
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Dino-dragon Theory

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I recently acquired the T-Rex miniature by Wizkids and wanted to include it in my Princess Bride RPG which is set in a low fantasy world and uses the Fate/Fudge system.

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I'm going to go on a little bit of a rant before I bring this back together. It is my understanding that in the late 1800s some guys "invented" science as we know it today (observable and repeatable), and anything they had not observed was fictitious. Therefore when one of these guys discovered the bones of a large reptilian creature he declared that it was something new rather than saying "Wow, I think I found the basis of dragon stories."

Dragon stories permeate every region of the globe. Dinosaurs are found in every region of the globe. Why hasn't someone put two and two together? I'll tell you: it doesn't fit the narrative that scientists are trying to sell.

It comes back to fossil records. We have fossils of dinosaurs, but none are living now. That "must mean" they died out millions of years ago. However, we have fossils of things that are still living, so couldn't that mean that dinosaurs went extinct far more recently and are the truth behind all the dragon stories? To put it simply, yes.

And to bring it home, my T-Rex will be in my game and described as a dragon to my players. That keeps me grounded in realism in my mind and allows me to bring in a wonderful encounter.

(Completely off topic, I think unicorns come from a very poor attempt to describe a one-horned (uni-corn) rhinoceros to someone who misunderstood and just ran with it.)
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Smash Up Challenge

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One of my favorite things about Smash Up is that there are so many different team combinations that can be made. The base game comes with 8 factions which means there are 28 different combinations the moment you buy the game. One expansion of 4 factions means there are 66 combinations. Prior to International Incident releasing there are 64 factions. That means that currently there are 2016 possible combinations and about to be 2278 when it drops.

Several expansions ago I challenged myself to play all the possible combinations. This is clearly a futile task since I started keeping track so recently and don't have a group of friends crazy enough to do this challenge with me.

To help me keep track, I made myself a spreadsheet of all the possible combinations and fill in a box when I have played with that team. Since I began keeping track, I have played 91 different combinations. My goal is not currently 1326 because I am missing a few expansions. The dark spots are the ones I've played.
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Mice and Mystics Challenge 2019

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I received Mice and Mystics for Christmas last year. I absolutely love the game, but I have only played through 4 or 5 chapters. I got Heart of Glorm for my birthday and Downwood Tales for Christmas this year. I have therefore resolved to play through every chapter this year.

I will attempt to do this campaign style, but I will replay any losses from the previous chapter's victory state. I'm planning on playing solo, but I'm not set on that. I will also make it my goal to level up every character in all three parts.

I don't know if I will play the lost chapters (Cat's Cradle, The Ghost of Castle Andor, and Portents of Importance) or not. What do you think?

One of the reasons I want to take this on is that I hate that this game sits idle on my shelf. Another reason is that my son was born this past year and I am so excited for the day he is old enough to play it with me. I want to master the game to make it as fun for him as possible.
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My Favorite Board Game Mobile Apps

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I sadly have lost all of the game group that I had 10 years ago. Most of them have moved out of town or something like that. Therefore, the majority of my board game fix is done through mobile apps. The following are my favorite games that have mobile apps that keep me going in the meantime that I have really enjoyed.

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
Legendary's mobile app has a different theme slapped on it, but the cards work the same exact way as the Marvel version minus the Marvel license. Legendary was one of my gateway games and the game I have played most often (literally hundreds of times). Legendary DXP (as the app is called) fills my Legendary fix when I can't get the game to the table.

Smash Up
The thing I love most about this game is how many possible combinations there are in the existing content for Smash Up. Each expansion just multiplies that number. With so many different combinations it is impossible to play them all. The app allows me to try combinations faster with less shuffling and tracking to do myself. I can't wait for more content to be released for this game.

Onitama
A friend of mine suggested I look into this game, and I saw it on sale in the app store. I snatched it up and haven't regretted it. This lovely little abstract game is like chess compressed in time and space. I love it!

Love Letter
This social deduction game of bluffing and calculation is great! I've had a very hard time getting it to my table with anyone. The app lets me play the game and enjoy it nonetheless.

Carcassonne
Because Carcassonne. Really! I don't have to shuffle or clean up tiles. I don't have to track score myself. I never bump the table and send all the meeples sliding. And it is a great game! Carcassonne is one of the modern pillars of gaming. Enough said.

Potion Explosion
This game was suggested to me to play with my dyslexic students because of the strategy and low reading load. I decided to try out the app first to get a feel for the game and to see if it would be a good fit. I absolutely love this game and play it all the time.

Tsuro
This is a simple abstract game in which you are trying to outlast your opponents by laying tiles and continuing your path. The simplicity of the game and app make for a relaxing use of time when I have my phone and a few extra minutes.

I have other games that are on my phone, but these are by far my favorites.
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:43 pm
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What the kids are playing...

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Preface: I teach math to kids with dyslexia (1st through 4th grade, 6-10 years old). Reading is hard work for them and as such I have to keep it out of our games as much as possible. It is at times hard for me to find interesting games that will engage them on a deep enough level that doesn't involve reading. I have resorted to Trouble and Sorry at times, but I like games to have more strategy and require more thinking from my kids.

Here's some good games that I've found work for them (in no particular order):

Castle Panic
The cooperative aspects of this game allow them to work together to fight off the monsters. Without any of the expansions it is easy enough for them to win most of the time while still being a challenge. They need to be able to win because it's more fun, especially when you are in first grade playing a game with a fourth grade kid.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf
This takes some time to learn, because they have to memorize what each character does by their picture, because some of them would have too hard a time reading the name on the card. However, once that is accomplished, they love the game and play it over and over if we have time. Simply look at my logged plays since January 2017 for an idea.

Coup
I just introduced this game to them and won handily the first few games. However, they caught on quickly after they memorized the characters abilities and pictures. They ask to play it all the time recently. I like that they are weighing the risk/reward of bluffing and are definitely counting cards to see if it's even possible for their friend to have the card they claim.
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TableTop on Youtube

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I recently began watching TableTop on Youtube. This primarily happened because this site was blocked at my school (I am a teacher) and the tech guy hasn't had time to unlock it for me. I was suffering from board game withdrawal and found my way to watching TableTop. I'm glad I did.

Essentially, Wheaton and his friends play games on camera. What that means is that you get to preview many different games and see what you like about them. I have found many games that I am interested in getting or at least playing from watching the show. If you have not yet done so, I recommend you check it out.
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10x10 Challenge

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I decided to join the 10x10 Challenge this year. My list is here. I like what they say the point of the challenge is: to play a few games deeply rather than running off to always play something new. I don't have that problem typically. My problem is playing only one game all the time. So for me, this is an expansion on what I play.

I picked a couple of games that I mainly play with my students. I also picked a few games that I could play solo if it came down to it. I think I will accomplish it pretty easily.

I like this idea as a way for people to share what games they are digging into and what they are seeking to master.
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Logging Plays

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Until very recently, I completely ignored this aspect of the site. Then in the 2016 Rummage-O-Rama one of the items was a give-away of geek gold for each play during the month of December. I thought, "Hmm, I guess I need to log my plays this month in order to maximize potential rewards."

And so I began logging plays. Here I am on December 11 thinking, "I am definitely going to continue to log plays from now on." It let's me see how much I am playing, and what games. If you are reading this and don't log your plays, give it a try for a bit and see what you think. I did, and I like the results.
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