Kids on Board Games Geeklist - August 2018
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Kids on Board Games Geeklist
- August 2018



Hello all and welcome to the monthly "Kids on Board" games Geeklist.

Children need time to play alone and with other children without adult intervention, but playtime with adults is also important. As we all know board games are great for that. Not only do they teach children patience, problem solving, social skills and creativity amongst other things they can just be plain FUN for everyone.

This is a geeklist for anyone that plays any board games with children. Remember, they don't have to be your own children! (Just get permission first if they aren't!!) Hopefully it will inspire, inform, advise and open our eyes to the world of gaming with kids.

Feel free to post geeklist items, comment on other peoples items and generally mingle in the comments below. Also, consider spreading the word to anyone you feel may be interested.


Now, all you need to do is:

1. Play a board game with kid(s) within this month - it'd be extremely helpful if you can give the ages of the kids
2. Post a geeklist entry after you've played
3. Let us know how it plays
4. Provide feedback for others:
- hopefully one comment/word per child, maybe they can devise their own rating system?
- give your own overview, the adults perspective on how it was for you and how it seemed for them
5. Be nice, it's okay to disagree but it's not okay to be rude - we're all different but also the same
6. That's it!

Feel free to post photos but also feel free to avoid using full face pictures and avoid full names. You know, the usual internet safety rules.


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This Month

Welcome to the Kids on Board games geeklist.

Back to me this month. Which is why it's late. blush

Sorry about that. I haven't even caught up with reading the previous month yet. Things kind of ran away with me so I'm afraid the theme this month will be a little rushed.

How about a simple highlighting games you play this month that encapsulate a typical August for you? Do you walk, hike, swim, game, travel, beach, mountain, sunbathe, laze, cycle, or festival the month away?

As usual, if you're reading this and thinking 'I would like to have a go at hosting this totally groovy and youthful geeklist', then hold your tongue no longer and let us know. The more volunteers and different voices hosting is all for the better. Anyway, enjoy, have fun and play games!

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1. Board Game: Eureka [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:8911]
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Played this one with my 3 year old by ourselves first, and then later roped the 8 year old and dad to play after dinner.

Theme: Gold miners searching for gold (roll to move), avoid or beat bandits and other players from stealing your gold. I *might* have bought this from the thrift because of the ridiculously adorable meeples (cowboys and train).

This game is too basic to scratch the gaming itch for the 8 year old who plays more complex games, but because you can go after other players and challenge them, he seems to enjoy it. It is a really good gateway for young gamers who are learning to count and move, particularly if you want to avoid Candyland. Enough luck involved that my 3 year old actually beat me when we played one on one.


Played this again on 8/12- with 6 players this time. Way more fun with lots of people, some players had terrible luck with bandits, so they went after others. Lots of fun
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2. Board Game: Five Crowns Mini Round [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
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Summer here means more games outside, at parks, on the porch, in the car, etc. On Wednesday it was rainy while we were waiting for CatanBoy at his guitar lesson, so instead of going to the park, JengaGirl and I played a few games in the car, including Travel Trouble, the Hunchback of Notre Dame card game, and this one - the "mini round" of Five Crowns which is super-portable.

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3. Board Game: Apples to Apples Junior [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:5619]
Heather K
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My 12 year old picked this to play this evening even though it was just me and her. So for each turn we drew two cards out of the box. Of course we could have lied about which one was ours but the box ended up winning.
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4. Board Game: Here, Kitty, Kitty! [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4925]
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Well this is actually a very typical holiday game for us as it belongs to my daughter's godmother whom she doesn't get to see often as she works until quite late with a young baby and my daughter is often at her dads for the weekend. So when the holidays come, we always take advantage of the fact we're allowed to stay up late and visit my friend during the week in the evenings. My 7 yr old daughter always wants to play her cat game which we played yesterday - plus she gets to play with the three real life kitties my friend has laugh

My daughter actually wants me to buy her the game but it's one best left for odd occasions.

Well, the little cat figures are adorable and you are crazy cat people living in a neighbourhood trying to persuade all the cats into your house. Person with the most cats at the end of the game wins with a few extra bonus points available for various sets etc.

It's basically a take that card game where you try and steal them from your neighbours or tempt onto your property with card board boxes and the like. You can also move them slowly into your house by moving them from neighbourhood to yard to porch to house using an action for each movement. A couple of examples of cards are, they can use the cat burgler card to steal a cat from your property but you can stop them with a can of tuna which makes the cat come back. You can foster two kittens but someone can steal them with an adoption card. There's also a special needs cat which no one can touch so once it's yours, it's yours.

I see in comments on the game pages on here, some people actually try and argue that there is a lot of strategy in this game but I can only determine this can be nothing but wishful thinking shake

You can't really plan ahead with a maximum hand size of three cards, combos are rare and it's very much based on the luck of the draw for that turn. Okay so you can try and get the right coloured cats for a few extra bonus points but when one cat in your house is the same amount of points as this bonus, it makes little difference lol!

However, thematically it is spot on, components are great, it's hilarious and just a lot of fun. If you like cats - go for it, just don't play it too often
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5. Board Game: Cinco Linko [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:5566]
Anitra Smith
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Just got back from camping and we turned around for a weekend trip. Of course it rained ALL DAY Saturday, and we spent a bunch of time in the car.

When we finally stopped at a restaurant, I pulled out OK Play and 3 of us played together. It's your typical 5-in-a-row game, but being able to put pieces only where they touch others gives it a twist, as does the ability to move pieces once there aren't any extras left to place.

4 player is definitely the best, most strategic way to play this game, but it makes a great game to play with kids of any age - and the components, being all plastic, can go anywhere. We've even played it outside on grass and dirt.
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6. Board Game: The Quest for El Dorado [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:260] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Played this with friends and my 8 year old son.

This is a great deck building game for older kids who might not be into Dominion because they don't care about VPs. Here, your deck helps you race for treasure.

Currently my 8 year old's favorite game, and he can legitimately win (no holding back from mom or dad)

Really love it, thematically it gives the kids something easy to target. It also tends to disfavor overdeveloping your deck, so if you are one who loves economy games, it will make you change up your stragety to catch up.
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7. Board Game: Crystal Clans [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2204]
Ronald Tang
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Played a 45 minute game with my 6 yo son. I picked the easier clans: Blood Clan for him and Skull Clan for me. The general strategies that we've settled on with Blood Clan is that he tries to make 2-3 heavy hitting squads whereas the Skull Clan tries to leverage the unending resource that is the undead warriors. I think my son has pretty much grasped this inter-play after 2.5 plays. We had a great back and forth. Though I pulled a lot of punches and it was more of a teaching game, he got so involved and I had a blast messing around with the different units.

I really love this game since it isn't purely skirmish/combat and involves such a diverse cast of characters. I'm glad he seems to like it a lot too though it leaves him a bit spent usually. I don't think we will be using the other clans for a while yet since they are a bit more complex. He has expressed interest in trying out the Skull Clan, which will be a lot of fun.

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8. Board Game: Pikoko [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:4076]
Nick Shaw
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I borrowed this game off a friend last week [read: they left it at game night accidentally and said I'm welcome to play it before returning to them]. So this weekend, I gave it a play with my kids, first with my 8yo and 10yo, then again with the 10yo but with my 14yo too.

It's a very clever twist on trick-taking. The idea is that you each have a hand of cards and you can't look at your own hand - the cards are held outwards, a la Hanabi, but you "hold" them in the little melamine peacock holders, which is a lovely and entirely unnecessary thing. The resulting fanned cards look like a peacock's tail; it's beautiful. And the thematic link stops there. But hey, my kids loved the fact it did that.




So anyway: The game plays out like a normal trick taking game, with a trump suit, and highest-card-played wins the trick, but the big twist is that the player to your right always plays a card from YOUR hand for you, so they are effectively defining how well you'll do in that round.

The additional twist, which really makes the game, is that you also all bet on how many tricks you think each player will win that round (including yourself), and also make a "Confidence" prediction on who you think you voted on who'll get dead-on your bet. If you bid correctly on a player, you get 2 points, and if you're out by one, you get 1 point. The Confidence cards are +3 points if you're right, but -1 if you're not (or you can play a "not really sure" card which is a guaranteed +1).

That bidding twist means you play your neighbour's cards in an attempt to make them win or lose a number of tricks so-as to match what you bet. It's REALLY clever and thinky.

Is it good for kids? Well, the box says ages 10+ on it, and that's a decent estimate. My 8yo took 2 whole rounds to work out what was going on, but she DID get the idea in the end and enjoyed the last round. She even asked to play again, but then decided against it at the last minute (hence me getting my 14yo to play too, as it requires a minimum of 3 players). My 10yo loved it. My 14yo enjoyed it a lot too.



So... very much recommended for 10+, especially if the kids involved like card games, and especially traditional card games like Whist and the like.
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9. Board Game: The Game [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:929]
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This one wins the prize for most obscure name and hardest to find in the database! Typing in "The Game" into the search box doesn't pull this up anywhere in the results. I resorted to looking it up by designer in another tab and typing the game id number (173090) into the box above. PHEW.

That said, we picked up The Game at Target this weekend. The art is lovely and my 11 yo is getting the hang of things - our first game was something awful like 43 cards left unused, and by tonight we are down to the upper teens.

This is a perfect summer game to play when we go out for ice cream or to a coffee shop or bookstore to get into the air conditioning and out of the oppressive heat - small footprint, quick play, engaging, but easy to walk away from if the need arises. It also gets questions from waiters or passersby and it is relatively easy to explain quickly, so it helps us spread our love of games.
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10. Board Game: Outfoxed! [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1211]
Ronald Tang
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3-year old has his own rotation of games. It's Outfoxed!, Monster Factory, a Star Wars Memory game, and Robot Turtles.

This morning, it was Outfoxed! He read a clue wrong (I didn't double-check his work) and we incorrectly guessed. Was still fun and we learned a lesson This game is teaching him a lot about board game movement. Counting spaces, no diagonal, etc. He seems rather good at memorizing clues, when we interpret them clearly in the first place that is...



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11. Board Game: Katamino [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3542]
Keith Kansiewicz
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Bellevue
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Recently acquired a copy of this, and my three year old really enjoys puzzles. So I thought I would try and see if he is to a place where he can work through this kind of puzzle kind of game. I so we just worked on the basic "fit all of the pieces back into the frame. He had a lot of fun fitting the pieces together but for now it will be more "playing with " than actually playing this one.
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12. Board Game: Quips [Average Rating:4.74 Overall Rank:16406]
Keith Kansiewicz
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We have a library of Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH titles and he gravitates towards them. This is one we have come back to a few times. He rolls the dice counts the pips and draws the appropriate number of cylinders to place on his picture. He likes the counting and matching in this one. The one year old is really keen on joining us, but she is also really keen on putting everything in her mouth. Maybe in another year.
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13. Board Game: Meeple Circus [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:772]
Keith Kansiewicz
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The three year old and I play a modified version of this one where we draw three card at a time and using whatever pieces we like we construct those acts. He loves it and he is constantly asking to play it. I think this is one of the few that he asks for bu name, Probably because it is intentionally placed on a shelf he cant reach.
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14. Board Game: Megaland [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:2367]
Anitra Smith
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We've been playing a fair bit of MegaLand in preparation for reviewing it. One kid is already tired of it, but will play if there's nothing else to do.



I ran a game with our two oldest (7, 9) and two friends (11, 12) today. Five players was not as chaotic as I thought it might be - in fact, it seemed to move more slowly, since kids' attention kept wandering between moves / turns.

The video game styling of it seems to help keep the kids interested a lot. "Losing hearts" and trying to avoid monsters seems pretty natural to them.
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15. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:491]
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Taught this to my 8 year old, his 9 year old friend and friend's mom. I think 8 is the verge of being able to adapt complicated end conditions, and the kids did well understanding placement rules, but not necessarily the importance of gathering points. It's also a tough game with limitations on placement based on card draw and prior placement.

For kids who need a strong theme, this is only ok. I do not recommend playing parent/child teams, because the many placement options means a bunch of arguing about where to put stuff.

I think a few "easy" rounds with me, and the 8 year old will get there.


edited to add: We taught dad how to play on Sunday, and kiddo promptly beat us both. The variable winning conditions help make the game feel very new every round, and kid understood by game number three that what worked last time won't necessarily work this time.
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16. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:806]
J Ginsbu
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Teaneck
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My 8 y.o. surprised me by picking La Isla off the shelf the other night. She’s played before but didn’t seem to like it all that much. This time she got into the flow of the game and acquitted herself quite well. While I claimed the victory, finishing my second set of animals and ending the game on my last turn, had the game ended a turn earlier or later she would have had it. The game moves along very nicely once everyone gets used to the iconography. It is better with 3 or more though.
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17. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:259]
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My 10yo daughter requested a game of King of Tokyo on Sunday. Nice to get this to the table again, as I've not played it in many months.

It was 3-player with my 10yo and 14yo, and I managed to get myself right up to 19VP.... but failed to roll ANY hearts on my turn, and was down to 2 health. I needed to last one more turn to win... my 10yo, who was in Tokyo, rolled 2 claws on her turn in her first roll. And, naturally, she chose NOT to reroll those two. I was KOd just 1 point from victory! GAH! I've taught her too well. She went on to beat her big sister too. Great fun.

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18. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:930]
J Ginsbu
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My 6 y.o. picked Cartagena to play a few days ago. She likes to come back to this one occasionally, but not quite often enough to stay proficient in the tricks needed to acquire more cards efficiently. It’s mechanically simple, but requires some decent tactical awareness and a little planning ahead. It’s a nice step up from Hoot Owl Hoot!, with which it shares its movement mechanism. Since I have caught on to the tricks of the game, it doesn’t hold much interest for me, but I don’t mind playing when she asks. It’s definitely better with more players, as more pirates on the board afford more opportunities for skipping ahead and gaining cards. Kids seem to especially enjoy assembling the board.
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19. Board Game: Push a Monster [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:5542]
J Ginsbu
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Another recent request, played with both my 6 and 8 year olds. I really enjoy this dexterity game which involves somewhat less dexterity than most. Here you have to anticipate how the monsters are likely to displace as you shove your monster into the platform, trying to only knock off smaller monsters if you can manage it. Every monster knocked off give a correspondingly sized tile to the other players, so your opponents eagerly await your inevitable failures. Longest row of monster tiles wins.

The only fault of the game reveals itself when one player tends to knock off many more monsters than the others: that player effectively clears room on the platform, making the task of the stronger players even easier, and she can quickly becoming aware that she is sure to lose.
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20. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
J Ginsbu
United States
Teaneck
New Jersey
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Several years ago my then 6 y.o. insisted on playing CoB with me and I foolishly went along. It was a big mistake: there was way too much going on for her to make decent decisions for herself and I ended up playing for both of us. It was frustrating all around.

In the following years she has kept asking to play again, and I have kept saying “no” and insisting she work her way up. Well, she’s almost 9 now and plays some pretty involved games, and I finally gave in. We set up the game on a folding table instead of in the dining room so we can leave it set up, and we have played three phases over two days. This time she seems up to the decision making and I am trying to scale back my advice from phase to phase. Two more to go and she can’t wait to finish!
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21. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:571]
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Ireland
Donegal
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Finally got a little bit of time between jobs, events, summer camps, and hols to get a game to the table.

Blokus is handy, compact, quick and tricky - I never know what a good strategy is.

B(9) loves to race for the middle and/or start blocking (blokking?) others as soon as possible.

D(11) tries to plan things out a bit more but struggles to keep an eye on an end game.

This time Mum was boxed in early and it showed in her final score and I was lucky enough to stay out of the fray this time, used to being the target in some many other games

B = 35
Mum = 32
D = 25
Dad = 18
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22. Board Game: Minecraft Card Game? [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:10350]
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This is a nice simple little game teaching card drafting, planning ahead and timing for good abilities or points.

On your go you get two actions and you can do two different or two the same - mine (draft a resource card), craft (pay resource cards to grab a recipe(vp) card) or reserve a recipe card (you can only ever have one recipe card in reserve so choose wisely).

The recipe (vp) cards also come with a special ability sometimes making a tough choice between grabbing a high points card or a low point good ability card. There are some fun moments when people 'mine' and reveal a creeper, or finding TNT and blowing it up to grab two resource cards with one action.

Plays quick and comes in a lovely small box. And again, cheap.

I don't think it'll last much beyond their current ages (9 & 11) but it works rather well for now.

This time D(11) won, Mum second, B(9) third, Dad last cry
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23. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:259]
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Pumpkin Jack chases Pandakai off the Tokyo throne


Inspired by Nick's post earlier we dug out KoT for some monster bashing fun.

Player elimination was quite the problem when the kids were a few years younger but now it's a breeze. As usual everyone gangs up on Dad but this time I tried a bit of tabletalk (allowed/not allowed?) reminding them that 'attacking someone in Tokyo means you'll probably have to move into Tokyo' at moments most opportune for me.

It seemed to work and I got a rare win this time - although it was pretty close and everyone was close to death for a good patrt of the game.

We played with King of Tokyo: Power Up! and King of Tokyo: Halloween as usual.
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24. Board Game: Blokus Trigon [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1004]
Keith Kansiewicz
United States
Bellevue
Nebraska
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The other day when we were playing Blokus we talked about this one and how it is in the hexagon shaped box next to it on the shelf. It was bedtime and I told the three year old that he would have to wait until next time, and ask for it then.

Apparently while I was at work yesterday and the one year old was napping he asked momma for it.



On an unrelated note the three year old has also started studying Welsh!

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25. Board Game: Spy Club [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:2633]
Ken L.
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Got this one from Kickstarter a while back, but waited until my now-7-year-old’s birthday to give it to her. She’s been on a bit of a Spy kick lately so she wanted to open it right away.

It’s a neat game; it’s basically a co-op set collection game where you team up to figure out a neighbourhood mystery. In the end, the cards tell a story containing all aspects of the case (person, place, item, crime, and motive.) Ours ended up being that the Garbage Man went to the Carnival and lied to get some Lipstick to become Famous - which my daughter thought was hilarious. She’s definitely interested in trying again.

This game also has a campaign aspect which we haven’t tried yet, but we will dive into that after a couple of plays. Seems like a good one.
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