Otterjets BGG Fam 2015
Jake Hermance
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The inaugural BGG FAM and I brought my wife and two kids Ages 11 and 6. We all had a great time and will be back for Year 2 next Memorial Day weekend.

We arrived on Saturday around 1:00 and stayed until Monday around 1. Basically the limit for my kids.

The following is a list of games and activities we enjoyed and maybe a suggestion or two for next BGG FAM
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1. Board Game: WeyKick On Ice [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:6312]
Jake Hermance
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After Checking into the hotel and before picking up badges, there was no way to stop my 6 year old from wanting to play this... And I could post this about 20 times again in this geek list to represent the times we went back out to play it. Huge hit for him and probably a huge hit on my wallet as I try to locate one to buy.
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2. Board Game: Sparta [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:12752]
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Registration time and picked up this game
 
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3. Board Game: Little Devils [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:3818]
Jake Hermance
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and this one....
 
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4. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:118]
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Once we got settled in, we busted out a game we all knew just to get going... My Wife's favorite and she won as usual.
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5. Board Game: Spinball [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:4537]
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After that we had to go back out to the dexterity hallway and while my son enjoyed some more hockey we played a little Spinball...
 
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6. Board Game: Dead Man's Draw [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:941]
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Picked this game up and was a hit with my kids so we played a few games of this. A Neat little press your luck card game. Probably best as a dual, but we had fun with the four of us.
 
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7. Board Game: Spinderella [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2356]
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Walked over to the SDJ tables and tried out this one. The guys were very helpful explaining and assisting us the game progressed. My wife took the early lead, but was then victim to being stuck under the trunk on most of her remaining turns and my daughter pulled out the victory.

Thanks again for being there and displaying these wonderful games.
 
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8. Board Game: Dungeon! [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3525]
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My son wanted a game of dungeon so I obliged, while my Daughter and wife took to Splendor
 
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9. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:684] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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With the family done for the night, and the usual game group I play some meatier games with not yet arrived at the con, I decided to wander around and try something I had never played before...

Werewolf. I have no idea what version/expansions or what not we played with but it was loads of fun. I was the Seer the first two games I played, but the villagers lost both.

A big shout-out and thank you to seanp for moderating. He did an excellent job of introducing the game to us newbies and at the same time keeping the game balanced and under control.

I revisited the scene the next night with my daughter and she joined in and had a great time as well.

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10. Board Game: Revolution! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1021]
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Sunday morning was ripe for a revolution and this is another game the whole family enjoys. My Son as usual loves the printer, but it cost him in the end..
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11. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Last of the full family games as the rest of the gaming group would be there soon. Another fun one and my son made a daring move at the end that almost snagged him a victory... but I held on.

After this my In-laws grabbed the kids for lunch and my wife and I played two quick games of Splendor... She took them both.
 
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12. Board Game: Fun Farm [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:4322]
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Neat little game for the younger kids, my son enjoyed this one a ton. This occupied the kiddos while we set up Marco Polo next to it.
 
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13. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:41]
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Became my favorite of the con with the next two games on my list a close second and third. I got stomped hard, but was a lot of fun. Possible the most important decision made is the first one, but you need to design your strategy around that decision. Will definitely want to get this out again.
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14. Board Game: Wir sind das Volk! [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:532]
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Got through two decades with txall before we had to break for dinner when the wife and son returned from rest time/reading time in the room.

I most certainly want to give this one a full 4 decade run
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15. Board Game: Dark Moon [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:749]
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This was a big HIT with the gaming group as we are big fans of BSG.


Our BSG motto of 'Don is always a Cylon' changes to
'Don is always infected'

We were trying to sum it up but I probably have played roughly 10 games of BSG with Don and he has been a Cylon in probably 8 of them.

+ all 3 Dark Moon games I played with him this weekend he was infected.
 
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16. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:389]
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I didn't play this one, but was proud of my daughter for stepping up and teaching it to another 11 year old and they played while I battled for control of Germany.
 
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17. Board Game: Wits & Wagers Family [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1190]
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The rest of the games I am going to list hit the table at some point. I just don't remember in the timeline when...


Wits and Wagers Family is great with the younger kids. They can just place their meeples and have fun.
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18. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:581] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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We left this one set-up for some periods of time on an open table and people stopped by and joined in. Neat little puzzle game that we use as just a brain teaser/puzzle.
 
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19. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:973]
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Another one that can combine kids and adults and have loads of fun. we had a few kids join us when we had it out.
 
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20. Board Game: Château Roquefort [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1103]
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Another kid favorite, only broke it out once. Probably should of had it out more for the kids to fiddle with.
 
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21. Board Game: Spot it! [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:880] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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My wife and son kept occupied with this one..
 
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