Adventures of gaming with family.
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My family are not gamers. I am.

Over the years, especially while I'm on vacation, I try to get them to play because just sitting around on our phones with the TV seems like a horrible way to be together.

So I figure I'd share my experiences...hopefully someone will find something that helps. Or might be able to share their own suggestions.

When I say my family, I mean the following:
Mother - Usually up to try new things
Father - Doesn't want to think
Sister - Thinks everything I do is nerdy and dumb, so hesitant to participate
Brother-in-law - Usually up to try something
Nephew - is 4.
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I figured it is hard to go wrong here. It's fun and open ended.
 
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Silly fun to be had here. It is just a party game, so I figured this would work out.
 
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I like this one, because knowing the exact answer only helps so much. You can do well by reading other people and having a general idea.
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I was able to sit down with my 4 year old nephew and pretty much play this as written without issue.

I prefer Cardline over Timeline because with the animals you have more of a general idea, plus there are 3 different values to play off of, so its harder to memorize.

The rest of the family enjoys this as well.
 
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Brought this one out with my mom and brother-in-law. They both did well and I bet with the original set more of the family would be up to join in.

I played it once before with my Dad (I bought it for him because he's Norwegian and likes trains) and he was able to handle it pretty well.
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I played this with my parent on New Years Eve, so it was after midnight when we finished.

My mom enjoyed it but my dad had a slower time picking up on the more strategic elements. Eventually he got them. This could very well have been because it was so late.
 
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Yardmaster Express.

There's not much to this game so it's pretty easy to teach. I like this one because it's a good game to teach hate drafting with. Once I explain taking a card I don't need, that wouldn't help me as much as the others, but would prevent them from an even bigger score, they get that and begin to start looking for other opportunities.
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A game I love and bring everywhere. You just need to not get 2 of the same card. It also helps that there is just 1 loser and everyone else wins.
 
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This one worked ok. Not great but probably would have been fun with more people.
 
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They like codenames
 
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While mechanically it might be family weight, it was too dry to work with mine.

It makes me want to check out cv the card game more and see what that is like.
 
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Interesting because I got to explain how lighter weight family style games aren't always as good.

After the first round my sister noted that generally the first player would win. The adventure cards we had in play made that much more likely.

Fortunately as the game continued, it got more fun and that was no longer an issue.
 
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Played a few games with my dad last weekend. I find that teaching this one is a bit difficult because it is so simple.

He might enjoy it, but there was a movie on at the time so he was distracted.
 
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This went pretty well in a 5 person group. I can play the Ambassador which is a bit harder and it allows my family to enjoy the game without me curving the difficulty level.
 
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Ive previously played with my 4 year old nephew using the apprentice rules, but this time I played with adults. Everyone aeemed to enjoy it and the biggest cimplucation was remembering to draw.
 
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I gave them the choice of a co-op and something where we are mean to each other. They chose this. Some short council of ravens trickery later and part of the table was annoyed, but I thinjthink it was enjoyed.
 
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