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I am planning for a few family vacations and would like games that can be played with kids (8-12) who don't like conflict (no LOTR-Confrontation) and that can be played with two players, and ideally up to four.

I was thinking of taking Transamerica, Bohnanza, Citadels, and Guillotine. Are there other games (on the list or off the list, including variants) that I should go for?

Of the games that meet the above criteria, I have:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Guillotine
Hera & Zeus
Kahuna
Odin's Ravens
Lost Cities
TransAmerica
Citadels

I cannot explain it, but of all the above, her new favorite game is Citadels. She loves the variable powers.

For comments on some of the others of these that we have played, see below under Comments.

How about the following games, which I don't yet own?

Thanks in advance.
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Is it too abstract? For all the good press on various GeekLists, it has a lowish (7.04) BGG rating.
 
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Jewelry is a great topic, but is it too random/luck based, hence the 6.84 BGG Score?
 
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Looks promising, but is it fairly abstract (in a good way), or too confrontational?
 
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I know nothing about this game, but it plays 2-4. Is it too much like Mu/Bob's Hat/Frank's Zoo to be worthwhile?
 
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My 10 yr old really enjoys this 2 player game and it's surprisingly not bad for adults.
 
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You can't go wrong with this game. It plays very well with 2-4 players and is very easy to explain.
 
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This is one that my 3 kids (11-15) like. They've even pulled it out without me being there.
 
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Looks like a larger game. Will it have staying power over 10 days? Is it more of a stock market game (not so good) or a building game (good)?
 
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So new I know nothing about it.
 
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This appears on some kids & adults geeklists, but is there enough there there, or after a play or two, does it go in the closet?
 
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Too much game for a family game?
 
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Could this possibly work?
 
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Is the focus on jockeying for position (good) or more on the betting (less good) as some of them care more about the process of playing the game than who wins or loses.
 
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Wildlife looks appealing, but is it more strategy than luck while being kid-friendly?
 
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Goldland looks particularly tempting, but is it sufficiently replayable?
 
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Is this game as good as it looks (exploring, minimal conflict, legitimate geography)?
 
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Looks enjoyable as a family game. Is it?
 
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Will this have staying power?
 
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Is there enough game here? It looks beautiful, but splitting loot does not sound that exciting.
 
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Looks great.
 
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21. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1277] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Looks great and the memory aspect is like Concentration.

Edit: Fixed ID (to show Mamma Mia, not Medici)
 
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22. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1453]
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Pretty steep. Worth it?
 
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23. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1392]
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Looks fun and the new version/packaging makes it more appealing. Is it very interactive or more a matter of each building separate zoos?
 
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Looks like a winner.
 
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By popular acclaim in the general comments section, this has been added.
 
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