Games I will play with my wargame daughter
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I am blessed with the rarest of daughters. I was reading the rules to my newly acquired copy of RAF this morning when my 3 year old daughter came into my den and asked what I was doing. I told her and she said that she wanted to play the game with me. I told her that it was a solo game and that she wasn't old enough to play yet.

I told her that when she got a little bit older, that we could start playing some of Daddy's games. For the last year or so, every time I get a new wargame she insists on sitting next to me and looking at the maps and counters as I open up the game for the first time.

So we sat on the couch and I pulled some games off the shelf to show her what we could play when she got older.
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1. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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The first game that I pulled down was Memoir. I have seen some rules for younger generals that remove the command cards from the deck and just play with the sector cards. Give it another year and we'll try this out. She already knows her numbers, we just have to get the Left/Center/Right concept down.

I showed her the pieces and named them for her. She had no problem repeating back M4 Sherman. The Panzer Mk IV came out Panda Mk IV though.
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2. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:334]
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The next game I grabbed was Nexus Ops. When I opened up the box and told her to pick a bag of pieces to look at, she immediately grabbed the pink ones. Figures. She also thought the lava hexes looked like ladybugs. What do you expect? She's a three year old girl.
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I then grabbed this one. I told her it was a sword fighting game. She said she like pillow fights better. So I'm going to try and cobble together a Gladiator Pillow-Fight game to play with her. We'll get to the whole bloodletting thing later.
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I've got this set up on my table right now. I think that in a few years she could handle the basic rules. They really aren't that difficult. I've already started to teach her which side to cheer for.

Me: What do we say about the blue guys?
Her: Yay!
Me: What do we say about the grey guys?
Her: Boooooooo!
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The last game that I showed her was Guilford. I dream of a time 7-8 years from now and sitting across the table from her and playing this game and others like it with her. If I can hold onto her interest to the Guilford level, I'll have her hooked forever I think. After that comes Twilight Struggle, Ben Hull's Musket & Pike Battle Series, Prussia's Glory, GBOH, GBACW and all that. I'll have raised a Grognette!

Here's hoping.
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I forgot about this one. A month ago I was watching Master & Commander and she walked in to the room. She asked me what the movie was about and I told her it was about a big boat and a man named Captain Jack Aubrey. I told her I even had a couple games about boats like the one in the movie.

At the end of the conversation that spawned this list, my daughter told me that she wanted to play the games with boats like in the movie. She has a scary memory! Now if I can just get her to memorize the CRT's so I don't have to look at them anymore!
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