Games to Take to the Basement During a Tornado...
Mark Ernst
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I have three boys (ages 11, 9, and 7 months) and due to the terrible storms tonight (June 12th) we've spent some time in the basement listening to the tornado sirens. Given that we have a good hour or two to prepare for going to the basement we wanted to take a game down with us to take the boys' minds off the storm. Since we already had the radio, flashlight, etc... what do you take?
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Mark Ernst
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This is the game we chose. Quick and easy. Bonus points for being light to carry.
 
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2. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1702]
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Kingmaker did NOT make the way to the basement though the tornado DID interrupt a game of Kingmaker somewhere around turn four. We just couldn't figure out how to get the board down the steps without disrupting the pieces. It's okay, though, Kingmaker was aggravating enough with my 11 year old holding King Henry VI and running around killing heirs off left and right without having to worry about 100 mile an hour winds.
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3. Board Game: Twister [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:15315]
Mike Ulrey
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Before anyone else gets to it, this is the one that stormed in my head first when I read the title....

Then again, I wish I had a basement to play boardgames in...
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I've got twin boys (6) and a girl (3) and we like to play Marvel Heroescape in our basement. Its good to get their minds off of tornadoes. They're fascinated by storms, but they're pretty scared of them too, with good reason. My entire collection is in my basement, but definately NOT on the floor. I've got a sump pump but I still don't chance it.

My thoughts are with my alma matter, KSU, which just recently suffered over $20 million in damages from a tornado that killed at least two. Mother Nature is pissed off. Be strong Wildcats.
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5. Board Game: The Wizard of Oz Game [Average Rating:3.06 Unranked]
Pete Belli
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Auntie Em might enjoy this one.
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You could use the plastic playing surface for a tarp in an emergency.
 
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7. Board Game: Battling Tops [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:5108]
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This one makes sense and fits the requirement to be quick, easy, and light to carry. The theme though...
 
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8. Board Game: Nacht der Magier [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1851]
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For when the power goes out.
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