My 12 year old likes Acquire...Now what do I do?!?!?
Mike Romigh
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What should we try next? Consider my wife plays (most of the time) with us and is open to trying new games, too. But don't let the girl factor bias your recommendations.

Our family has recently begun playing games beyond Life, Monopoly and Mousetrap...THANK GOD!...and this list is most of our BGG-Worthy collection. Over Christmas break we all agreed to make a monthly trip to the gaming store for a purchase and our trip is two days away! Despite my research in reading as many reviews and session reports as I could've before my eyes started blurring over, there are too many games from which to choose...not to mention too many sound so fantastic. Just when I think I have it narrowed down to a few, another comes to my attention.

What follows is a listing of games played and a brief description of his strategy/performance/enjoyment of the game. Hopefully these descriptions will make you think...'Well, then he'll like {game xxx}'

Thanks for your help.
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1. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:212]
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Though his strategy is what you'd expect from a 12 year old, he usually manages to stay competitive thru most of the game(s). As much as I hate admitting it, he ended a recent game when America reached 41 tiles thus keeping me from a merge that would've won me the game. Stinker!
 
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2. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:547]
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No suprise that this made the list. Again, he does quite well, often competitive to the very end.
 
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:130] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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The last couple times we've played, he's showing signs of developing 'next-level' strategy. For instance, instead of focusing on one route card, as was his plan the first few times we played, he's learning to look where other people are heading, how long the longest train on the board is and how many train cars people have left in their stack.

As a matter of fact, seeing him learn some of these subtle(for a 12 year old) tactics is what got me thinking that he's ready the next challenge.
 
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4. Board Game: Monkeys on the Moon [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3338]
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After we played thru this one for the first time, our heads were spinning...but he managed a hearty "Oh, I get it!" Not his favorite, but will play a game and stay competitive.
 
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5. Board Game: Trump: The Game [Average Rating:4.41 Overall Rank:15977]
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This one is okay by his standards. Only played it once.
 
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6. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3673]
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Struggled with the length of the game, but said it would be fun to play over a weekend...taking a break every once in a while.
 
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7. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1111]
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After thinking he was lost for the majority of the game I was proven wrong at the end. For the latter half of the game I had it narrowed down to two suspects. Guess who managed to hang on to a card wothout revealing it, thus keeping me in the dark. Though neither of us won, he managed to have his suspects narrowed to two and one of 'em was the culprit! After the game he said to me "I heard you asking about him (pointing to the one he hid from me) and held on to him so you wouldn't get it!" Not one of his favorites as he needs to see the action on a board or field rather than on a tally sheet he's tracking himself.
 
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8. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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We don't have this one, but he saw it in the store and said it looked good. This was another one of the things that started me thinking he's ready for the next level.
 
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