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I am hosting a Board Game Club (BGC) for students at my school. The students upper elementary and middle school. The main purpose of this list is to help plan which games we're going to play which weeks.

I know many of them have been quite curious as to what we are going to play.

For simplicity I'll call games:
1) Main Event - at least 30 minutes long but more likely 45-60 minutes.
2) Closer - I want the short games to mostly happen at the end.
3) Opener - some of these are so short with defined endings a group could start here

This year I have about 3 older students that will be helping lead some of the tables. That will help me a ton! However, I might have to ask one or two more students if they will also help me.

I'm guessing we have enough students that I will have 4-5 tables going at once. I will run 1-2 tables and over see the ones being run by the older experienced students.
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This party game can handle 3-10 players. More than likely we'll have at least two maybe even three tables of about 4-6 players.

Remember this is for fun. Keep it clean and not too loud for others! Thanks!
 
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The box says this is for 2-4 players and should take about 45 minutes. With explanation it could take more like an hour. 4 players will likely take longer than a 2 player game.

I haven't played this game ... yet.
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2-5 players in about an hour. We might put a time limit on this an other games ... such as scoring starts at a quarter till. Cleanup at 10 till.
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2-4 player game that will probably take about 45 minutes. I've actually heard that it can be played as a team game which sounds fun to me once we have enough players that understand how the game works. I think the team game of 2-vs-2 should be much better than the 4 player game. I've never tried it but hope we do so this year.
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"Main Event"

3-10 players and should take about a half hour. I realize it might be confusing particularly for younger players. I know many people often want to be the traitors ... I actually feel that is often easier. I'd personally rather be loyal and pull off the victory as I think that is the more difficult role.

We will play with Merlin. We might also play with Morgana and Percival. I'm not sure what to do about the Merlin factor. I might allow Merlin to simply have the knowledge but allow traitors to claim to be Merlin. We'll see.
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Main Event

2-7 players in about 45 minutes I'd guess. We'll easily play this one with 5-7 players. This is NOT the easiest game to learn.

Younger players can play it but be aware that it might be confusing. We might need to buddy up with more experienced gamers for the first time. I'm guessing the older students will play this the second week and we'll introduce it to others right before Thanksgiving break.
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Closer

2-8 players in about 15 minutes. There is player elimination. There is a fair amount of luck but everyone should be able to play this. I think students enjoy beating me in this game.

I believe I only have one copy currently. I know I gave one away last year. If that student is still in the club I'd love to be able to use it again this year so we can have two copies of it going.

Is the new version worth getting or should I stick with what we know? (Tsuro of the Seas I believe is the name.)
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Closer

Party game for 3-6 players ... preferably 4-6 that should take about 15-30 minutes to play. Yes, I guess it is possible to "win" but this game is more of a group experience from what I can tell.

I'm not a fan of Apples to Apples ... at all! This game looks like it might work for me. We'll see what the group thinks.
 
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Closer (or Opener)

2-4 players though I'd recommend 3-4. It plays it about 10-15 minutes. Yes, there is luck but I think there is a bit more strategy than people give it credit for to be honest.

We'll most likely only use the Japanese version though I own both. I'm crazy ... I admit I own multiple copies of this game. There is a slight difference in play not just art. The American version is actually a little friendlier if that makes sense. Only slightly.
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Closer / Opener

Only 2 player game though I suppose we could play it as a team game if students wished to do so. This is one of my favorite abstracts actually and good to have in your collection. It is one of the few games that you could play outside ... at the beach or even in the rain and not impact the game at all. Well, I don't know about the rain or leaving it in the sun for extended time.

The point is it actually is a good game to know how to play and consider picking up at some point.
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Main Event

2-6 players in about 45 minutes. The family version should only take about 30 minutes to be honest. We might have to scale back on the "real version" because honestly it is really difficult! Seriously, my friends and I are experienced gamers and we played the advanced rules about 4 times in a row before we were able to beat it.

Well, the fact that we were willing to play a game 4 times in a row should tell you that we like the game a lot.
 
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Main Event

2-4 players in about an hour to be honest. It isn't an easy game by any means. Well, it is important with co-operative games to NOT CHEAT!

Seriously, if you cheat of course you win. But what fun is that!? Seriously ... it is more rewarding if you work hard as a team, have a little luck go your way, and win!
 
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2-4 players though I suppose we could have a couple of people be on a team. I can't see more than 6 around the table though to be honest because there is a lot going on and frankly the science labs tables aren't all that big. The game probably takes an hour to play with four players.

We'll definitely put a time limit on this one. We will end this game at or before a quarter till so that scoring and clean up can be finished.
 
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Main Event

2-4 players in about 45 minutes. This one is very similar to trains with a different theme. Currently it is not at school but I can change that easily.

Here's the thing. I like trains because it has different ways of scoring points. I like Dominion because I have a few different expansions and have tons of options. I like Trains because the art work is consistent. I like Dominion because ... medieval themes are fun! There are a couple of Dominion cards I will likely not bring to school. All Train cards are fine.
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Main Event / Closer / Opener

3-6 player in about 20-30 minutes. I can't believe I forgot this one as it is still one of my favorite games. If I'm not distracted I personally do try to compete at this game. Students have definitely beat me at this game. Honestly, if you beat me at this you earned it! Congrats!

I'm good but not great at the game. It is the kind of the game that you can play well once you learn how it works and if you really concentrate on what you are doing.
 
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Closer / Main Event / Opener

2-8 players I'd say in about 20 minutes or so. This is a team game so you don't have to feel bad if you aren't the best speller in the world. I'd say most students seem to like this though not everyone does. I like the fact that it is a team game and you can work together with others.
 
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Closer

Party game for I'd say 3-7 players though we could absolutely do teams for this. To be honest we could even use the smart board and play as the entire club if we wanted. I'm tempted to try that for the first meeting just so we have everyone on the same page. We'll see. I'd like to try that once though.

You wouldn't have to finish the game. I'd say about 30 minutes though if you do try for the full game.
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18. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1152]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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One of my students has asked about Twilight Struggle and 1960: The Making of the President.

To be honest I think this game (Founding Fathers) would fit better within our school BGC (Board Game Club) better. It is for 2-4 players. I'm a fan of it though I haven't played in a while.

Though the art is great it is a little confusing if you aren't quite used to what you are trying to do. I might try this one out with my helpers first.
 
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Closer / Opener

2-5 player game playable in about 15-20 minutes. I can't believe I've never used this one yet at this school! This one was a favorite at my old school and I'll admit I like this game. If it ever got reprinted I'd pick up at least one copy. I'd probably get more to use as gifts.

This game is deceptive. It looks like a "little kids game" and it is ... sort of. Actually, you can be competitive in this game if you really think about it.

I'm willing to bring this one out if people will treat it with respect as I'm already missing some pieces and card ... sadly.
 
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Closer / Opener

2-4 player game playable in about 20 minutes. It is important to not cheat on this one. I have the German version of the game. Please don't lose the pieces!

I might break this one out with our newer players. Please understand ... not everyone gets to be the mummy! Also, sometimes it can be a slight advantage to get caught ... once. It might put you closer to the treasure you really need.
 
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