New to your kids - Gaming with your kids July 2017
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Continuing the tradition started by Ed the Red this geeklist offers an opportunity for gaming families to share their experiences.

Which new games have you introduced to your kid(s) in the past month, or have any of your games enjoyed a new lease of life and become popular again?

It would probably be informative if you share what ages the children you played with are, and how much they enjoyed it as well as how much you enjoyed it.

Please add your own entry to the list, one per child might make sense if they are of different ages and abilities. And if you play with kids that aren't yours - nieces, nephews or friends' kids, you can include those.

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1. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:674]
Board Game: Web of Power
Marcel Sagel
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Summer holidays have started, which means the kids can stay up late. And so they ask to join in when game night is at our house.
This time, that led to my oldest son (13) to be introduced to this classic area majority game, probably the second best game in that genre after El Grande.
He got a very respectable second place, despite being surrounded by three veterans of the game. His best moment was a smart double play in France giving him the lead in advisors there (2-1-1 - and yes, the two players with "1" ended up 3rd and 4th, the game is that brutal).
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Leaders [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
Board Game: 7 Wonders: Leaders
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My kids have played 7 Wonders quite a bit already (especially the oldest). But I don't own any of the expansions - I like the ones that I've played, but not enough to make me want to buy them.
Anyway, a friend brought the Leaders expansion over to game night, so we gave it a go.

The rather predictable reaction from the kids was "We need to have this too!" (It's their reaction to nearly every expansion. But I hold firm. Expansions are evil. Except when I say they're not, of course.)

Other, but not new, games played with the kids last month include Telestrations, Qwirkle, Zombie Fluxx and Between Two Cities.
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3. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:103] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Board Game: Stone Age
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This has proved a hit too, with Rebecca (11) playing it for the first time last week, but immediately requesting another go, and doing ok at it. She certainly understood the rules well enough (and was fine with the differences between the 2 and 3 player game), just needs to work on her strategy a bit!

Also played and enjoyed for the first time:

Catan Card Game

and

Lost Cities
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4. Board Game: Knightmare Chess (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
Board Game: Knightmare Chess (Third Edition)
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My 12-year-old expressed some real interest in Chess this summer. We've played a number of games of modern chess, and she no longer allows me to spot her a piece, although the best she has done there is to get a draw out of me.

In order to change it up a bit, we tried two different chess variants this month. Knightmare Chess is basically fairy chess on steroids: You draft a deck of cards from a larger pool, and then you have a five-card hand throughout the game that allows you to alter the rules modern chess as you play. So far, we've only played the primitive form where both players share a draw deck, and it's far less random than you might think. In this pic, you can see a Seat of Power (red chip, allows any piece on that space to move as a queen) and the Heir (white cat, serves as a "spare" king):

Board Game: Knightmare Chess (Third Edition)


We also played a fair amount of Monochrome Chess, which was easy for my daughter to learn, since she already knew Martian Chess and just had to combine that with her knowledge of chess. Monochrome Chess only "needs" two matching chess sets if you want to do the visual stunt of playing with all the pieces the same color. It's sufficient to scramble the pieces between the players in the board setup, in order to break the ownership-by-color of conventional chess. So our setup looks like this:

Board Game: Monochrome  Chess
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5. Board Game: Spyfall [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:603] [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
Board Game: Spyfall
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Played with my 12-year-old and 10-year-old as well as three adults. The girls LOVED it! We didn't keep score, but the 10-year-old and one adult were the only successful spies out of A LOT of rounds. A keeper for sure.
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6. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:157]
Board Game: Splendor
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For Father's Day, my wife and kids got me a gift card to our FLGS, and it's reinvigorated me to break out some old games, grab some new ones, and schedule Family Game Night this summer.

* Dominion and Dominion Intrigue: I taught my seven-year-old daughter and fifteen year-old stepson how to play one of my favorites at the beginning of July. My daughter especially took a liking to it when she won the first game she played (using the recommended intro starting set.) Intrigue was a bit more difficult for her, so I think we'll stick with these two boxes before introducing Seaside, Prosperity, and the rest.

* 7 Wonders: A co-worker was clearing out his collection and gifted this one to me; I hadn't played it before but was looking forward to it. Grandma was in town so we played a five player. It didn't go as well as I had hoped. We tried again without Grandma and it went a bit better - we'll definitely have to try it again sometime!

* Pandemic The Cure: My daughter seems to be very enamored with co-op games, so I pulled this one out and taught her. The two of us lost our first game, and won our second. We added my wife and the three of us lost both games we played. Still, this one seems to be a favorite of my daughter's.

* Splendor: I decided to dial back the complexity a bit and bought Splendor for my daughter's seventh birthday in late July. Both kids really seemed to enjoy this one, and it's light and quick enough that I think we've got a winner that we'll be able to bring out from time to time, even once school starts up.

* Suburbia: I picked this one up to play against my wife, but thought my daughter would enjoy building out her borough as well. Just a three-player as my stepson was at his dad's. It was good to get my daughter's math skills going, but she didn't seem quite as enthused as with some of the others. Looking forward to playing this one two-player with my wife.
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7. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:212] [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
Board Game: Kingdomino
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Kingdomino was definitely the hit of the month. My whole family loves it. Very much a "potato chip game" -- you can't play just once. I just wish the game came with a score pad. There are a couple of BGG user-created score sheets in the files, though, so I should just print something off there.

We also enjoyed Near and Far. It's very well designed, in that the various parts of the game fit together nicely, but I do think it runs a bit too long. The storytelling is a mixed bag. The stories are more internally coherent than in Above and Below, but because of how the game is designed, it feels like significantly fewer stories get read each game. But overall, my family likes this one.
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8. Board Game: Randomise [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:14251]
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Not the most grown up or complex game in existence, but for laughs with all the family this is great. Played this evening for the first time with our 8 yr old and 10 year old and a whole hour later they were still enjoying it, so it can't be all bed!!!
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9. Board Game: New York Slice [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1321]
Board Game: New York Slice
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As we do every year, our family attended KantCon to find new games to possibly add to our collection. Due to other commitments we can only attend on Saturday, so we do our best to make the most of the day, usually trying ten to twelve new-to-us games each year. This year the convention dates conflicted with the Saturday evening meeting of KaCSFFS (the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society) -- of which I happen to be the Director -- so we were only able to attend part of the day instead of staying late into the night.

Here are the five games our family -- dad, mom, daughter (18), and son (16) -- managed to play this year.

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This has to be one of the most well-done thematic games I’ve ever seen. The game box is about half the size of, and is modeled after, a large pizza delivery box. The instructions resemble a large tri-fold menu, the score pad looks like a pale green restaurant order pad, and the “pizza slices” are very realistic-looking, including a beautiful golden-brown crust on the bottom. The Daily Specials -- which can give bonus points depending on how they’re played -- look like small chalkboards with chalk writing.

The game was simple to understand and we were able to get the hang of it fairly quickly. After the game we all agreed that we liked it, but that we need to play it more now that we’re over the learning curve, so we can enjoy it more. We also realized that there is a lot of strategy involved in how the pizzas are “sliced” and where the Daily Specials are located.

Ratings (out of 5): Dad = 3.5; Mom = 4.0; Daughter = 3.5; Son = 3.5
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10. Board Game: Star Trek Panic [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1460]
Board Game: Star Trek Panic
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This is a great cooperative game for fans of “Trek Classic”. We completed our first mission (outpost defense) but did not complete the second one (distress signal) as we could see that we had no usable weapons, the Enterprise had lost most of its shields and had sustained serious damage, a comet had plowed into the main disc, and there were two Klingon and one Romulan battlecruiser bearing down on us. Basically, we failed our Kobayashi Maru scenario.

There are a lot more options to keep track of than in regular Castle Panic. For instance, the ship can maneuver: either rotate one hex facing, which may allow you to put an undamaged shield in front of an enemy, or move forward, which brings all enemies in the two forward arcs one range ring closer. Also, each person is playing the part of one of the original crew (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhuru, Chekov, or Sulu) and each one has a special ability. We agreed that we would need multiple plays to really understand this game. However, we don't plan to buy our own copy -- given the choice between playing this and the original Castle Panic, we would probably take the original.

Star Trek Panic is definitely more of a challenge than the original, so if you are looking for something less ‘childish’ and oriented more for adults, we would definitely recommend this game.

Ratings: Dad = 3.0; Mom = 3.0 - 3.5; Son = 2.5 - 3.0
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11. Board Game: Dimension [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1721]
Board Game: Dimension
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After a short break for lunch, we tried this one. It’s both a dexterity and thinking game, which is unusual. It’s not a cooperative game, but you’re not really competing against the other players, either. It’s more like you are challenging yourself to do better each round.

Everyone liked it, it was easy to learn, fast-paced, and games went quickly.

Ratings: Dad = 4.0; Mom = 5.0; Son = 4.5

This game is a definite buy for us, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for an inexpensive copy.
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12. Board Game: Grifters [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1937] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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First off, I have to say that we played this game wrong. We thought we could/had to both Pull A Caper and Complete A Job each turn. Instead, it was do either of those. When we finally realized that, several of the rules suddenly made much more sense, and we could see that the game was not as difficult as we thought.

We discussed and decided to stop the game rather than reset and start over. However, we agreed that we liked it and would play it again -- but read the rules more carefully next time.

Ratings: Dad = 3.0; Mom = 3.5; Daughter = 3.5; Son = 3.5
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13. Board Game: BIOTIX [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:7541]
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Pronounced ‘biotics’, this was our last game of the day. It was a little “cartoony-looking”, which made us think it was for younger kids. But the size and quantity of the little germ-meeples (‘germeeples’?) meant that they definitely are a choking hazard for little ones.

There is plenty of “take that” action, so it can be pretty cutthroat. It strongly reminds me of “Hey, That’s My Fish!”, which can be played ‘nicely’ when you’re with younger kids, but can become ruthless when played with adults. Although the box specifies a minimum age of 14, my son felt that someone as young as 8 should have no problem learning and understanding this.

There were a couple of rules that we felt needed a bit of clarification, but we had a good time with the game and would definitely play it again.

Ratings: Dad = 4.0; Mom = 4.0; Son = 4.0
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14. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.62 Overall Rank:19287]
Board Game: Battleship
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One of our local cafes has a few games on hand for families. Sadly, someone broke their Connect Four set and it wasn't replaced by the time of our most so recently two visits so Little Fish the Elder (LFtE) grabbed a copy of Battleship. This was a cheap set, fiddly and the pegs didn't always fit in the holes but it did the job.

Now, this is and never has been anything for than a bit of fun guessing game, but LFtE enjoyed it well enough to ask to play again on our next visit.

So, will probably play this off and on for the next little while.
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15. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:292]
Board Game: For Sale
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Both the Little Fish were after something a bit different so I dragged this one off the shelf and it really went over quite well indeed. The boys like the game art and the 'second chance' in the selling round is a great way for them to do their best to maximise the value of 'dud' properties. Not a bad skill both for gaming and, more broadly, life in general.

I can see this getting a lot of use in the future as it enters our regular gaming rotation.
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16. Board Game: Mare Balticum [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:5949]
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After one play some years ago at an open gaming event I picked this up from the Jack Vasel auction. It promptly went on the shelf and stayed there. I was casting about for a game to play with the Little Fish when I thought about this. For some reason, I had it in my mind it was 12+, but the box said 6+ so we opened it up and had at it.

I must say I really like the art and production values here and they also appeal to younger gamers too. The game plays very well and offers several paths to victory which should ensure that it stays on the radar for years to come. LFtE managed a win on his first outing thanks to clever use of applying the maximum score to the fish type of which the caught to most.

No regrets at all in purchasing this one.

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17. Board Game: Century: Spice Road [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:235] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
Board Game: Century: Spice Road
Fernando Robert Yu
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I got to teach this to my kids Sharlene and Shawn. It is in the same niche as Splendor and it is something I can teach to my nephews as well.
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18. Board Game: Mechs vs. Minions [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:38]
Board Game: Mechs vs. Minions
Fernando Robert Yu
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A game I bought with the plan of playing the campaign with my sons Shawn and Sherwin. The tutorial play was successfull and we look forward to starting the first mission of the campaign.
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19. Board Game: Monopoly Gamer [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2898]
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What a hit with my 8 and 4 year old boys, not to mention my wife and myself. We played collectors edition 13 times in July and don't expect that to drop anytime soon. We have all expansion characters but only showed them 1 so far...we will add them sporadically to keep our interest going.

I highly recommend this game for all families, especially since the collectors edition is now in stores everywhere.
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20. Board Game: Dragonwood [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1574]
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Andrew Nixt
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A quick, fun and portable game to add to the monopoly deal, sushi go and sleeping queens rotation of games when time is short.
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21. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:372]
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My 8 year old enjoyed it, but surprising not as popular for us like other games in July.
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22. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:326]
Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Sharon Khan
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Flash Point: Fire Rescue has definitely been the hit of the month with my children, aged 12, 10 and 7. My daughter loved it a few years ago, but the boys were too young to be interested then, but I tried it with them at the start of this month, and have played it 16 times with them over the month, gradually working through all the expansion boards we own, playing each until we win it - we're on the submarine board right now.

I also introduced them to Taxi!, my grandparents game that I inherited. We had to cut the game short as we were running out of time, but they seemed to enjoy it.

My father was also keen to introduce them to more of their games collection now they're growing up, and convinced my older son, 10, to play Formula-1, which was my father's favourite games as a child. It was quite amusing watching my son, as he is a very careful driver, not wanting to damage his car, and while my father and I were screeching round corners at top speed, and repeatedly blocking my mother and causing her lots of problems, he was carefully driving round the track without speeding except occasionally. I was really lucky with dice rolls and won comfortably, but my son was able to finish on the same turn as my father, thanks to a series of bad dice rolls by my dad and a pit stop, and some great driving on the last lap by my son.

He also convinced my youngest, 7, to play Go: The International Travel Game, while my older son was banker. We did abandon the "roll exact number to get there" rule - deciding as with many games, that it was better without that! There was still enough luck in moving round the outer board without that too. My youngest won, just ahead of my dad, while my mother and I were still three or four souvenirs away from a win (you only need four souvenirs!!). He enjoyed it enough to request another game straight away, although we couldn't actually play it as it was teatime, so my father might have successfully found some more games to play with them when we visit!

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23. Board Game: Contraband [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:9999]
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Sharon Khan
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I forgot one! I also taught my children Smuggle this month. My youngest refused to play the first game, but watched and enjoyed it so much he asked to play the next one. The mix of bluffing (being encouraged to lie!!), and trying to work out whether someone else is bluffing, really appealed to my boys.
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24. Board Game: Connect Four [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:19274]
Board Game: Connect Four
Andy
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The kids got this out at Mum's house, we had a few games. Both the 4 and 6 y/old got the idea of the game, but it will take a bit of practice for them to be able to see moves ahead etc.

The eldest was definitely getting better by the 3rd play... but he was also getting more frustrated at losing, so we ended up stopping then.
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25. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:8476]
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Andy
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This is another one that the kids got out at Mum's house... we started out playing a 3 player game, with me playing with both kids (4 and 6) against my wife and my mum. T 4 y/old lost interest mid-game, but the 6 y/old was happy to continue and even played another game afterwards by himself, against my wife and my mum (while I was entertaining the 4 y/old).

The deduction mechanism is still good today.. though the roll and move is pretty superfluous.

I can definitely see this getting more play now.
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