My Kid's Favorite Games
Chris Palmer
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As a hint to others, I thought I would list the games that I own that my two kids like to play with me. For the record, my daughter is 13 and my son is 10 (as of August, 2004). I'll add some more as I think of them.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Chris Palmer
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My daughter can be coerced into playing Settler's, but my son and his 11 year old friend really like it, so we talk her into it to avoid a 3-player game.
 
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:368]
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We just started playing this and I don't know why we waiting so long. We all love it.
 
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3. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1220]
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Picked this one up on sale and expected the kids to hate it. My son and I played first and he griped about it until he got the hang of it, then he talked his sister into joining the next game. She thought we were stupid (she is 13, after all) until she started spotting sets and wound up coming from behind and beating us. Now we all play.
 
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4. Board Game: Knightmare Chess [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
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My daughter has never played, but my son loves this game more than I do. He isn't quite disciplined enough to play a serious game of "real" chess, but the fun and randomness usually make the games fairly evenly matched.
 
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5. Board Game: Proteus [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4423]
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Another chess-based game that my son and I like. Has nothing to do with "real" chess other than the way the pieces move, but it is fun. He usually plays defensively and beats me -- I try to set up complicated attacks and the game doesn't really work well for that. For example, a normal fork won't work if you can move one piece and turn the other one to a pyramids, although it will work if both pieces aren't pawns.
 
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6. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1336]
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Bought this one on e-Bay after reading about it on the 'geek. None of us care a thing about NASCAR, or car racing in general, but we all like this game. My daughter is very conservative in the auctions and likes to trick us out of our money, so she often wins even if she doesn't get first place.
 
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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This was my first "Eurogame" purchase. My daughter will play it, but doesn't much like it. My son and I play it frequently. We have bought all of the expansions for it as well.
 
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:494]
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This was a no-brainer since only my son and I really like Carcassonne and this is a two player only game.
 
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9. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3152] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Great family game. Lot's of fun with three kids and four adults (or any other mixture). This is the one my kids drag out when they have friends over, due to the fun and the easy learning curve.
 
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10. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1354]
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Another fun game when you've got lots of people who don't want to bog down on rules or turns. The only think I don't like about this is that the kids want to play when there is only four of us and it's not that much fun unless you have more people.
 
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