Family Game Night - my write-ups for a local parenting blog
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About two years ago, I pitched the operators of a local parenting blog about wanting to write for them on the kid of games I like to play. Part of this was motivated by my library having a game collection that had just started to circulate, so that it was a way to popularize the collection and explain what some of these games were about.

It's ended up slightly intermittent, with the first hiatus being caused by my originally writing the columns "just in time" and the second one being caused by a behind-the-scenes change in personnel. I've just been delegated to managing my own content for them, so columns should appear without interruption for the foreseeable future.

These should all be linked from the appropriate game entry, but this is also a way to maintain them in a single place.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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My hack for kids under 5:

- Draw a tile
- Play a tile
- If you complete a city, road, or abbey, then score 1 point per tile.
 
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2. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
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The first time I wrote about cooperative games, a new idea to most of the audience. Double billing with Pandemic.
 
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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The second half of the cooperative game double-billing.
 
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4. Board Game: Upwords [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:5792]
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Advice: follow the recommended age pretty closely here. My son had trouble with it at the time.
 
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5. Family: Blokus Series
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A quick write-up of all of them at once. Great abstract strategy games that are a step up from normal kids' game fare.
 
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6. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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The first time I try to explain the historical importance of a game in addition to giving an overview.
 
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7. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
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Great to play with kids because you can go from scoreless to winning in the last round. (I've seen it done at least twice.)
 
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8. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Two strong selling points are inexpensive and relatively simple.
 
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9. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:481]
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Reviewed with Zooloretto. I prefer this one; my son feels differently.
 
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10. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:606] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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Reviewed with Coloretto. IMO, the changes needlessly complicate an otherwise elegant game.
 
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11. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1018]
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12. Board Game: Race to Adventure: The Spirit of the Century Exploration Game [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5151]
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13. Board Game: Dungeon! [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3533]
 
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14. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1885]
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I didn't really review Get Bit!, but Dave Chalker was nice enough to send me a photo of the game next to his Origins award for a column where I talked about awards in the gaming industry - specifically the SdJ, Origins, Mensa Select, and Golden Geek awards.
 
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15. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:432]
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First in a series of racing games, to be followed next month by one of my favorite hobby games ever.
 
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16. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:912]
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September and October accidentally got switched, so the Halloween-themed race game shows up this time.
 
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17. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
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A love letter to my favorite hobby game.
 
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18. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:268] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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November got scheduling glitched, so the review of Sentinels of the Multiverse didn't appear until January.
 
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19. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Hanabi's low price isn't quite as good as free (the review previous to this was a public-domain game), but it's one of a small handful of games I've played and then immediately wanted to play again -- multiple times. It shares that honor with Ingenious, RoboRally, the Timeline series, and Sentinels of the Multiverse.
 
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20. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:563]
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Chosen for its low, low price of free (it's technically public domain), January's review was something that can help ease the financial pinch of the post-holiday season.
 
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21. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:570]
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Late in updating the Geeklist, but this went live at the beginning of March. Now I need to write another batch while I'm at my mother-in-law's this week.
 
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