Help I need to buy kid games and I have a budget to do it!!!
Edward Philippi
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I’ve just become the Education Director for the local Boys & Girls club. One of the programs I am going to run is a Strategy Game Club it will be similar to the Battletech club I ran as a sixth grade teacher a few years ago so much of the layout will be the same. There is one problem however...
I’m an ageing Grognard. While I would love to introduce Godsfire, Squad Leader, and Black Wednesday I’m working with 6-12 year olds. I need suggestions for games that would appeal to younger kids (especially girls). I have a couple of ideas that I’ve listed below but I would be most grateful for any others.
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Gotten good reviews. It doesn't look too gorey.
 
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Heard nothing but good about this one
 
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4. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3572]
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The kids and staff love this game.
 
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I bought this cellebrating my new job now I'll actualy have at least 5 others to play it with.
 
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6. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I think Carc would be a great addition to your shopping list, especially if you're going to have a lot of girls. Non-combative, creative thinking needed.
 
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8. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1389]
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Here's another one that's good. Girls like it, too.
 
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9. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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I'm not a big fan of this game, but I think it would work well for your target group. Not only is it non-confrontational, but it also even encourages group play, since it's impossible to win without cooperating! With the popularity of the movie still high, as well, I think this would be a winner with your group of kids.
 
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10. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1509]
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This past summer, my wafe ran a strategy game camp (message me and I'll send you her email addy). There were many games we knew would be big successes, and some that took us by surprise. This was a *huge* success with the kids, and I highly reccomend it.

Other good choices (that are not on your list): Ticket to Ride, TransAmerica, Pirates Cove, King's Breakfast, Coloretto, Fish Eat Fish, Cartagena, 10 Days in the USA, Fist of Dragonstones, Queen's Necklace (this last one is especially good for young ladies, amny of whom may be put off by the more combat-oriented games on your list).
 
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11. Board Game: Picus [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:10970]
Scott Russell
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This one and Set are popular with my kids and some of my daughter's friends.
 
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12. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1049]
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This is another speed game that has been very popular with almost everybody with whom we've tried it.

As an added bonus, I watched the Asmodee guys playing two player. Each player had a left and a right hand stack and had to grab with the appropriate hand. Can't wait to try it!
 
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13. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1277] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Get it!
 
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14. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:945]
David Mitchell
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I am a bit surprised at most of the choices as they will exclude most of the younger kids. I have a 5, 7 and 15 year old. The following entries from me work with these ages even together.
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15. Board Game: Dawn Under [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2785]
David Mitchell
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This is the kids current favorite
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16. Board Game: Chip-Chip Hurra [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:12371]
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This is the most requested game. (I just can't play it with them to often.)
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17. Board Game: Capt'n Clever [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:9507]
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The 7 year old loves this game.
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18. Board Game: Tomb of Doom [Average Rating:4.41 Overall Rank:14521]
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This game is fairly long but the kids never seem to get bored.
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19. Board Game: Bamboleo [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2265]
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I took this to my 7 year olds school and it was a big hit.
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20. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5137]
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Perfect up to about 10 years old.
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21. Board Game: The Powerpuff Girls: Villains at Large Game [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:5515]
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We play this one a lot.
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22. Board Game: This Game is Bonkers! [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:9923]
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Another of our favorites and can be found on ebay cheap.
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23. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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Great game. A bit like Carcassonne with a budget. Has the bonus of being about something real. No combat, and seems to be a winner with girls too.
 
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