Family Daily Gaming Challenge! (Gaming with hubby and our 2 young boys)
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So we came back from Origins 2018 (our first time) and I was definitely on a gaming high...for 3 days we played games all day! It was awesome!
We tend to use our kiddos as excuses for not getting games out, and our collection is massive. We have options. LOTS of them. Our boys are 5 and 7, both emerging readers and both have proven to have great logic/deduction skills. Most games are fairly easily adapted to be played with a younger/less skilled audience.
I came up with an idea to ease our kids into our hobby and spend time as a family.
It's the daily gaming challenge. Rules are simple:
1)play games as a family
2)as many days of the week as possible
3)Have fun!

We started this Father's Day 2018. I will be interested to see how far we can take it
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1. Board Game: Feuerdrachen [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:6004]
Heather Gray-Losek
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Played: June 17, evening, after arriving home from Origins. Myself and our 2 boys played while my husband picked up dinner. (Love you honey!)
This is a simple game from HABA. We love those yellow boxes!
This is a roll and move game where you control 2 dragons that move in a pie shaped grid around the center tin "volcano." roll 2 dice, decide if you want to move or place rubies with the results on each one. once someone rolls a volcano symbol, lift the top of the tin and rubies roll out! As you land on a space with rubies you collect them and place inside a bag(each player has a bag that matches their dragon's color). If you land on a space with another players dragon you can choose to reach in and blindly remove a gem from their bag, but beware! you might get one of the 2 carbon pieces each player starts with which are worth no points at the end of the game. Game play continues until you run out of rubies to place in the volcano.
I'd say total time was about 20 minutes and my boys both enjoyed it. My eldest won with quite a few more gems than either myself or my youngest.
Components:excellent 8/10
Funfactor: very! 7/10
player interaction: quite a bit! 8/10


 
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2. Board Game: Echidna Shuffle [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:5814]
Heather Gray-Losek
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Played: June 18, evening after work and summer day camp for the boys
This game was being demo'd at origins and even if the gameplay was awful the components alone were enough to attract me. I'm happy to say that this game is great! The components as previously mentioned are top notch-the echidna's are chunky and beyond adorable, the insert(#ILOVEGOODINSERTS) is amazing and the game actually has several included variants and modes to change up game play(the board is double sided!) and for a game clearly aimed at families I could see how adults could have a great time with this. The board is setup with the echidnas, 3 tree stumps of each player color, and each player picks a spot to be their "pickup" spot. if an echidna lands on a players pickup spot and it doesn't already have a bug(each player has 3 bugs in their player color) that echidna will "pickup" a bug and once the echidna reaches a space with that same player colors' tree stump the bug will "hop off" and successfully make it home. players roll dice to determine how many moves they get-you can choose to move any echidna any number of spaces-resulting in sometimes having your echidnas continuously move in a circle as other players make it to their stumps or pickup spaces. It's fun, has a nice simple starting mode that makes it another roll and move game with enough laughter and interaction to have us keep coming back for more. Eldest boy won this one too.
Gameplay time 30-40 minutes (we played until everyone's bugs were all home)
Components: outstanding! 10/10
Fun factor: 9/10
Player interaction: nonstop 10/10
 
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3. Board Game: Str8 Eight [Average Rating:3.10 Unranked]
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Played June 19, at the end of a loooong day for everyone-work, camp, and my community band concert.
We picked this up at origins as well, was demo'd and we immediately thought it would be a great game for our 2 boys. My oldest has a developmental delay and he has been struggling with number recognition this past year. Even with this issue he still did fine, and won this game as well.
Shuffle all the cards, deal 3 to each player. Players can choose to draw from the blind deck or pick up the top card of the discard pile. The cards have numbers with arrows that tell you what numbers you can place next. They are all based on some form of mathematical formulas. Some cards are passing cards that allow you to pass your entire hand left or right. first to have 8 cards in front of them wins.
Total Time:25 minutes
Components: fine, just cards 5/10
funfactor: 5/10 also just "fine", again got this because it was simple to teach, cheap ($10), and the number education
player interaction: 6/10 decent-as you catch on you realize that you don't want to discard a card that someone else needs so it can be a bit cut throat
 
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4. Board Game: Critical Mass: Patriot vs Iron Curtain [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:5828] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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husband and youngest played June 20. I worked until 8:30pm and came home to "tell mommy what game you played" My youngest begins describing to me the basics of Critical Mass (that I remember from our demo at origins). I asked my husband incredulously if he played Critical Mass with our 5 year old to which he proudly replied, "yes! and guess who won!" My 5 year old beat my husband at critical mass. Go little dude!
My husband said he was very impressed that my son knew what cards did what. He knew what color was defense and what color cards were attack. He knew what evade did, and he knew recharge was to get his cards back. he knew which numbers had to be higher than my husbands to work. My husband has dreams of great family battles now.
I will report back on my usual ratings at a future time after I've had my own play through. But I'm very impressed.
 
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5. Board Game: Rhino Hero [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:628] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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Played June 21-after dinner, but before my husband headed to his DnD night. Boys had camp, I had the day off work-I ran errands, grocery shopped, and cleaned. I had a head cold-maybe a delayed con crud. I mention these items because my moods tend to sway my reviews.
We've owned this one a while. My eldest and i have played it more as an activity-trying to see how high we can stack and just move the rhino up with each roof addition. tonight we played following the roof symbols, but each set of cards were in stacks and we blindly drew them(you are supposed to deal out the roofs to each player and the first to be out without a building collapse is a winner).I was first to have building collapse. So first out We continued to play and my husband was the last to be eliminated-so he won! I do enjoy this game quite a lot, but wasn't feeling it due to the silly headcold.
total game time: 15 minutes
components: 7/10-good quality, even after several plays with little and big people hands.
funfactor: 8/10-dexterity games are usually a hit with this age group
player interaction: 9/10-lots of "oh! and be careful!"
 
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6. Board Game: Tsuro of the Seas [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1175]
Heather Gray-Losek
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We played this June 22. Boys had a trip to the zoo with their schools summer camp, I had a glorious half-day of nothing but painting 2 minis while they were gone. Hubby worked.
This is a wonderfully simple tile laying game where you place a tile from your hand (of 4 tiles) and you have a ship( or in the original a stone) that follows a path along the tiles you place. Don't place a tile that makes you go off the edge, collide with another player, or one that would make an endless loop. There's additional rules for this version, but we played the basic game rules. I lasted the longest with our oldest going out first with " blub blue bub " sinking ship noises.
Components: 9/10, beautiful presentation, the tiles are glossy and gorgeous. My only complaint is with the ships. I like the stones from the original better, but I bet my boys would say they like the ships more.
total time: ~30 minutes
Fun factor: 8/10, we all had a good time but this one always feels just a bit too long
Player interaction: 8/10-lots of " better get away from my ship!" And "not like that! You'll go off the edge!"
 
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7. Board Game: Karuba [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:384]
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Played June 23. Saturday-I was the only one that had to work this day. Another Origins purchase. I really enjoyed the HABA booth at Origins-although it did nothing for my Mom guilt that we didn't take the 2 boys to Origins
This is a tile laying game (it will become very clear I love this mechanism as time goes on) with a bingo-esque feel. For a quicker game time we went through and had 3 of us lay our tiles in front of us in numerical order (each person has a set of tiles numbered 1-36). This was nice practice for both my boys for number order and recognition. My husband drew his blind and would announce the number we were each to place. Each player has 4 explorer meeples and a matching colored temple piece that placement is decided at the beginning of the game-all player boards start with the same layout and each player simultaneously places the same numbered tile with the goal being to get each explorer to their temple before the end of the game. You can choose to not place the tile and use it for movement instead-with the number of spots the path touches the sides of the tile being the number of moves your explorer takes(ranging from 2 moves to 4).
Some struggles we experienced-my husband and I had to repeat ourselves several times with both boys announcing which tiles to place, and had to keep track of our tiles and make sure each boy placed the correct numbered tile and help them make sure they didn't accidentally block an explorer or temple with their tile placement. Since we have played Carcassonne as a family before they wanted to rotate the tiles for better placement, and in this game each tile has to be placed with the same orientation, increasing the games difficulty. My eldest, as mentioned before, struggles with numbers above 20, and his frustration lead us to be frustrated as well, but we kept plugging along and eventually he seemed to settle in and enjoy the game quite a bit.
My husband was the only one of the four of us to get all 4 explorers to his temples. The rest of us managed to get 3 explorers. My husband won with the most points, followed by me, my eldest (who was only 2 points behind me), and then my youngest(who was also only 2 points behind his older brother).
Total time: ~40 minutes including setup
Fun factor: 7/10-both boys loved the components and it was fun hearing them make up stories for each explorer-especially the poor guys at the end of their games that were "lost in the jungle FOREVER!" I think the frustrations of my eldest with the number recognition will disappear as he grows and learns, and therefore some of our frustrations will as well.
Components: 9/10:super cute and well made. I haven't mentioned the gems/gold pieces that you place as tiles with their symbols are placed, but those and the tiles are top-notch. HABA included large plastic bags for organization which was nice-we put all of a player tiles and meeples into seperate bags for quick setup in the future-just hand each player a bag and get started! I enjoy having bags printed thru artscow and I can see 4 player bags being printed in the future(not necessary-entirely for my enjoyment).
player interaction: 9/10-I think their ages lends to a higher score here, and I can see this going down a few points once they are more independent.

Also played a 3 player game(my eldest didn't want to play) of Echidna Shuffle, and my husband and I played Dice Brewing -this was another Origins purchase(was one of the items in the mystery boxes by booster box). We also got a game in of a game we are currently playtesting.
 
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8. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:609]
Heather Gray-Losek
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Played 6/24/18.
Total time: 45 minutes
I really like this game. I have added custom player pawns I made out of polymer clay, I made a few fan created decks. I have to admit it took my boys a little bit to get into this game. The whole cooperative bit I think threw them-but after a while they started to understand that if they didn't shore up the tiles that we would lose. They both seemed to enjoy getting the 4 objects and were super excited to get back to Fool's Landing and get off the island and win.
Fun Factor: 6/10-like I mentioned it took them a bit, I know my husband prefers pandemic and forbidden desert and he humors me a lot with this one.
Components: 7/10-with my upgrades 9/10. Good solid tiles and cards
player interaction: A decent amount, the boys were really getting into it at the end when we lost certain tiles.
 
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9. Board Game: The Mind [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:632]
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We also aquired this one at Origins. Played by my husband, youngest, and my nephew while I was at work on 06/26/18.
My husband allowed the boys to talk, they were just told to NOT say their number out loud.
He said it went fairly well. I will report back once I have had a play with them myself.
They also played Echidna Shuffle. It's quickly becoming a favorite of my youngest.
 
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