Games I play With Spencer, my 9 year old
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Here it is. The list that follows up on the classic series:
Games I Play With Spencer.

Previous entries include, of course:
Games I Play With Spencer, my 5 year old
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/4097
Games I Play With Spencer, my 6 year old
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/8271
Games I Play With Spencer, my 7 year old
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/14093
Games I Play With Spencer, my 8 year old
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/21429

Track the development of a geek in real time! Woohoo!

As usual, this list starts small and will get added to with each different game we play over the next year, and comments added as attitudes about the game change.
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1. Board Game: Corunea [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:6451]
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This is one of those "WOW" games.

First, he got to create his totally gnarly alien looking character and choose all sorts of powers and stuff. That pic is his preferred character right now.

Then we beat the snot out of each other in blow-by-blow combat.

The dice, the rerolls, everything is fun and every game is different. Its all awesome. No tons of reading on the cards, but they are all hugely unique.

The fact that Daddy's name is in the rule book makes him want to introduce it to all his friends as well. That hasn't happened yet, but we'll see. Beats Pokemon . . .
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2. Board Game: Cranium Cadoo [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:14820]
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I like this game. Its a kids party game with various humiliating things like acting and sculpting and scavenger hunts in the house.

His sister, Cassie (6) LOVES this game.

He likes it. I think he would play it more if Cassie didn't ask for it EVERY NIGHT...
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3. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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Always great. A fabulous game for all ages 3 to whatever.

He seems a bit bored by the end game, but asks for it from time to time.
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4. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
 
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Actually, Incan Gold.

This gameis great in any size group and he enjoys a few rounds. Until that killer gamble fails to pay off... Then he's grumpy.
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5. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:774]
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I think its an OK game.

He asks for it often. I think its because he feels its largely luck and he isn't responsible for winning or losing. but likes just watching to see what happens.
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6. Board Game: Ker Plunk [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:15285]
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This takes too damn long to set up.

But its kinda goofy fun anyway.
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7. Board Game: Aapep [Average Rating:5.41 Overall Rank:12849]
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Another game with my name on it.

He does not understand it. He does not play well. But the fact that I designed it makes him keep coming back for more. I think the day he beats me at a game I designed will be one of the proudest moments of his life.
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8. Board Game: Master Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2073]
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He enjoyed the puzzle aspect although did not do well. I think its a bit more brainy thatn he would like in a game, but maybe it will come back to the table.
 
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9. Board Game: World of Warcraft Miniatures Game [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2653]
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We played the PnP demo a few times.

He really hates keeping track of what second it is. Hopefully the minis bases handle it far more effectively than the d10s we used.
 
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10. Board Game: Dungeon Dice [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:6654]
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We have a hit!!!!

He and 6 year old Cassie LOVE LOVE LOVE this game. Its got a ton of luck, but the 'Can't Stop' indecision points as well as backstabbing.

This needs to be re-issued.
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11. Board Game: Mutant Chronicles Collectible Miniatures Game [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:5412]
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Man, he is a class A "I forgot I had that power!" player.

He enjoys the game a lot, but wants to build armies with no cards. Its a very viable strategy, but too expensive at this point to go buy the guys he wants.
 
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12. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Game (second edition) [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:4507]
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Not this game, but new regular 4th ed D&D.

His Eladrin Warlock is impetuous and short sighted (not a great stretch here), and he always wants to have the group over to play.
 
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13. Board Game: Halo ActionClix [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:8321]
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Still the best clix game and still a great time at McDonalds.

He usually forgets his abilities until after a roll and damage and such, but he puts up a solid fight.
 
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14. Board Game: Cranium: The Family Fun Game [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11396]
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Actually, we have a newer version with a slightly different name.

This appeals to everyone in the family. It requires 2 teams, we happen to be a family of 4. Works well.
 
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15. Board Game: World of Warcraft Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1592] [Average Rating:6.68 Unranked]
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OK, this mixes the combat of Corunea with the ease of HeroScape.

Corunea is pretty deep and meaty.

This game is fairly light and fluffy. Far easier to play. Yeah, alright, card combos, depth, yeah, sure. I mean the basic mechanics of this game are way simpler. Easier to get into.

And he's a WoW junkie, so +a ton of points for marketing.
 
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16. Board Game: Micro Mutants: Evolution [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2082]
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Its stupid, its fun.

We had a blast, as with most dex games. There's enough strategy and enough luck of physics to give us both a real good time.
 
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17. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1638]
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TOTAL FAILURE!

WIPEOUT!

BEYOND BELIEF!

He HATED the experience. Hated. Hated. Hated. Pronounced it terribly boring. Didn't want to continue after break for dinner, despised the downtime and the fact that he really couldn't do all that much to the other players.

Way too slow.
 
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18. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Swarm of the Marro [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:484] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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HUGE game.

Every Marro vs every Soulbot.

We played for about an hour a night for maybe 5 nights.

In the end, there was only a handful of dudes left.

The map covered the complete dining room table.

In the end, I won with the soulbots due to snipers mounted up on castle walls which he simply could not get to.

Several heavy hitters and hopes (NeGokSa) went down way early.

It was great fun - but a little TOO big...
 
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19. Board Game: Blockhead! [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:13582]
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Its iconic.

Man is he bad at it.

4 players, he was the first eliminated in three games.

Its fun, its mindless, its fast and tense.
 
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20. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:659]
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Not his cup of tea.

He'll play, but will be grumpy.
 
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21. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:606] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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His complete unbiased review:

"It's weird"


I LOVE it.
 
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