Trials of a GameGeek Dad; my first GeekList ever.
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So I was thinking...when am I going to get around to creating a GeekList? I mean, everyone else does it, right? Why shouldn't I? But what would be a good topic? One dear to my heart...how I've indoctrinated my children into the wonderful world of gaming.

That said, here's a list of games that my children (Anna is 9, Max is 6) enjoy playing with their GameGeek father (and Mom, when we can get her away from the MMORPG she plays ). Any comments and suggestions on what else to bring to the table would be greatly appreciated.
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1. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:481]
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This is at the top of the list because it's one we've had a blast with lately; bonus points because my wife loves it, too. Simple rules with agonizing decisions.
 
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2. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1277] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Both kids are generally open to playing this one with me, though Max gets frustrated because he doesn't quite have the observation skills of his sister. He still enjoys this, though.
 
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3. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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Anna and Max are both Lord of the Rings movie fans. I really enjoy the cooperative aspect of the game; it captures that spirit of fellowship and sacrifice found throughout the books. This one just seems to be a natural hit at our house...
 
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4. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
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...as is this one. My wife has yet to beat Max as this game, as of this writing! Anna's not big into this one, though.
 
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Though I'm not a big fan of this game, I'll always play it if the kids ask. They love how the map unfolds as the game is played out.
 
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6. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1063]
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This has only hit the table once so far (we've had it less than a month), but I think the kids both enjoyed ganging up on Dad (Mr. X) with Mom and Grandma. We'll have to play this a few more times, at least.
 
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7. Board Game: DVONN [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:346] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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When only one of them wants to play something, this is the game I often suggest. Lots of fun. We have Zertz, too, but neither of them like it as much as Dvonn. Plus, last time this came out, they played it with each other (always a nice bonus).
 
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8. Board Game: Apples to Apples Kids [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:4907]
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Ahh, a quintissential favorite at our house. Most of the time, Max asks for this one. He just loves throwing out funny stuff that makes no sense. I wonder where he gets that from?
 
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9. Board Game: Gold Digger [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6725]
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They both like this one. It's not my favorite, but if asked, I'll certainly play it with them.
 
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10. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:208]
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If the kids want to play an economic game, this is the one I've started them on. They both like it, though Max asks for it more than his sister (he's the bigger gamer of the two...have you noticed?). Monopoly is banned from our household.
 
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11. Board Game: Squint [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4188]
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I really am grateful for Out of the Box; their games are easy to learn and fun for families to play. This is another we all enjoy.
 
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