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Brent Easton
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Ok, It's my birthday coming up and I have decided to indulge myself (and my family!) by spicing up the game cupboard. Haven't bought any games for nearly two years since my last indulgence.

I've been selfish and have bought the following for myself (internet play) and to start stretching my son :- Samurai, Euphrates & Tigris, Hammer of the Scots, A House Divided and Age of Napoleon.

Now it's the family's turn. The family consists of an 8yo Girl, 11yo Boy, wife and me. The 11yo is a born gamer, putting together killer multiple moves in Wildlife adventure and giving me a good workout in most of our 2 player games. The 8yo is very keen and bright also and doesn't mind getting assistance. She plays a mean game of Through the Desert and can now play most of our games unassisted.
I'm after good fun 4 players games. Games that can be played with 3 or 2 definitely a bonus. I am looking to expand the range of types of games also (so am not looking at more carcassonne for example).

Our current multiplayer game list runs as follows:

Play Often: Carcassonne, Rummiking(Rummikub)

Play regularly: Wildlife Adventure, Through the Desert, The Hobbit adventure board game, Carrom

Play occasionally: Lord of the Rings, Settlers of Catan, Game of Life, Streetcar

Very Occasionally: Mississippi Queen and The Black Rose

Games I play often with my son: Lost Cities, Hera & Zeus, Settlers Card game, Big City, Scotland Yard.
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1. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:369]
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Seems to fit the bill perfectly. Sounds fun and fast.
 
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2. Board Game: Apples to Apples Junior [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4800]
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I like sound of this one. We don't have anything like this as the moment. I like the idea of the kids having to justify there decisions.
 
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3. Board Game: Dragonland [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2783]
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This one sounds like fun. looks good, plus has some depth to it (I'm a Reiner fan!). Both the kids and I are fans of nice bits, and a dice tower is exactly what I need. My daughter especially can be brutal with her dice throws
 
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4. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
Brent Easton
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Looks nice, sounds interesting. A bit different to anything we have already. Some good kid-friendly reviews.
 
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5. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:897]
Brent Easton
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I nearly bought this with my set of games, but held off at the last moment. I know it's got a lot of good reviews, but I'm not convinced it's just a little too simplistic.
 
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6. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
Brent Easton
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Been toying with idea of this one. It has gone onto and off my list several times. Too complicated perhaps?
 
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:389]
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Well, I did say no more Carcassonne, but I was thinking of either Hunters & Gatherers or the Castle before my wife said we didn't need another carcassonne.
 
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8. Board Game: Africa [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3405]
Brent Easton
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Just noticed this one. Don't have an 'explore unknown territory' type game at the moment.
 
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9. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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Another possibility?
 
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10. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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I have added this one as suggested, but I am worried about how cut-throat it might be? I do get problems with the kids picking on each other (usually one way!). In many games, this can be cooled down without too much angst, but if thievery and assassination of other players is a major part of the game, it could cause more problems than I need.
 
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11. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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What about this one instead of Trans America? Anyone played both? I know it is more complicated rule-wise, but how much more?
 
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12. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1020]
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I think this would be a great family game for you. My wife loves playing this...and she tends to be shy about direct conflict games or very complicated rules. I don't think your 8 year-old will have any trouble understanding this.

Plus its just so fun to play.
 
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13. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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Cartagena

I think this would fit in perfectly with your family. Plays 2-5. Try it out on-line at [youplay.it].
 
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14. Board Game: Eurorails [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1041]
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I see you have some train games on your list...and who doesn't like drawing al over the board with crayons? Eurorails can play a little bit long, and there's the risk of elimination, but I still enjoy the crayon-rail mechanic on a visceral level, and so does the rest of my family. _Iron_Dragon_ adds new variables and a fantasy theme, if you'd prefer.
 
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15. Board Game: Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1605]
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I'll also suggest my favorite exploration-themed game. Mmmmm. Boats!
 
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16. Board Game: Goldland [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1679]
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Putting Goldland on the list by suggestion. I like the sounds of this one for the 'Unknown territory exploration' slot.
It's between Goldland, Africa and Neuen Entdecker, die at the moment.
 
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