How do my children see the games we play the most together as a family?
Judit Szepessy
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We started to play boardgames more often in the summer. Since then we purchased some more and have been playing more. This geeklist shows my two boys' perspective on these games.
The questions I asked them were the following:
1. What do you like the most about the game?
2. If there is anything you could change about the game, to improve it or expand it, what would it be?
3. Do you have any favourite strategy to recommend ?
My boys are 12 (A.)and 10 (D.) yrs old . I abbreviated their names.

If you play any of these games with your children, please, share your experience with us!
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1. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:322]
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This is currently the hot game for my sons. I wish we had more time to play it with them.

D. 1. Because it is Medieval.
2. I would change that the traitor would win more easily.
3. Be the traitor!

A.1. Be the traitor.
2. Nothing.
3. Have good discussions!

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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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We love playig Dominion. Many times after the boys come home from school we insert a fun game of Dominion.

D. 1. I like buying gold!
2. I would have the whole deck in my hand.
3. Buy lots of gold!

A. 1. I like having lots of money and buying stuff.
2. I like the game as it is.
3. Buy a few action cards and lots of money so that you can buy provinces.

Of course, we cannot do this trick but this picture is great.

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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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That was the first game that introduced us to Eurogames. We still like it and play it from time to time.

D.1. I like getting the Longest Road card because it is nice.
2. I like the game how it is.
3. Buy lots of roads and collect lots of resources!

A. 1. I like getting good resources so that I can build.
2. There should be wars between the settlements.
3. Be careful where you build your roads and buildings; do not get stuck.


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4. Board Game: VCR 221B Baker Street [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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I usually play this game with my younger son and we play it cooperatively - solving the mysteries together. We like it that way - lots of fun trying to find the solution.

D. 1. I like getting and reading the clues.
2. There should be two dice so that we could travel a lot further.
3. I don't have a strategy; I just walk around and read the clues.


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5. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:231]
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I wanted to try this game as I had read the book and really liked it. With this game I enjoy how well the game brings in the theme of the book.

D. 1. I like putting down the Master Builders and the workers.
2. I would put more details to the cathedral so there will be more rounds.
3. If I have the Sculptor I always buy the Quarry because you get eight victory points.

A. 1. I like getting a lot of victory points.
2. There should be more rounds.
3. I buy cards that you can use more times. I always try to buy the Organ builder.

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6. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:267]
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Our family loves this game. Beautiful components and a fun gameplay.

D. 1. Rolling the dice.
2. That there would be bigger numbers on the enemy cards.
3. I always build the defence buildings first and if I have enough resources I build the first and the bottom rows.

A. 1. I like that you get to build buildings.
2. I would like to have more rounds.
3. I try to buy lots of resources and build various rows.



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7. Board Game: Fast Flowing Forest Fellers [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1779]
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This is a fun racing game. When we entered the hobby more seriosly (and BGG too), we bought some new games. I wanted to have a light fun game that works well with young children, easy to learn and fast to play.

D. 1. Knocking logs and knocking people back.
2. I like how it is.
3. Trying to take the shorter way always.

A. 1. Shoving logs and people.
2. Nothing.
3. Knock other people back.


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8. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Occasionally we play this game. Boys love trains and railway lines so sometimes they are willing to play this game.

D: 1. I like the cute little trains. My favourite colour is green.
2. I would like to have more trains to finish tickets.
3. Hoping that I would get the 22 ticket.

A. 1. I like blocking other people's trains.
2. I would like to have more roots.
3. I try to build as many roads as possible.


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9. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Pandemic is not my sons' favourite but sometimes we play it. My younger son always wants to be the Scientist so he needs only three cards to cure a disease.

D. 1. I like the different diseases.
2. I would change nothing.
3. My strategy is to be the Scientist.

A. 1. I like the different diseases.
2. I would add more diseases.
3. I always try to get people to discuss and decide what actions we should take.


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10. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:293]
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I either play this game with my older son or with my husband. It is fun to try to start and finish as many expeditions as you can but still be profitable, and maybe even win.

A.1. I like winning.
2. I would add more cards.
3. The strategy I can recommend is that you try to put down lots of handshakes.


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11. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1002]
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Guillotine is a fun and light card game. We usually play it as a two player game but during the holidays I played it with my two sons and we liked it a lot.

A. 1. I like slaughtering the nobles.
2. I would add more noble and action cards.
3. Get lots of nobles that give you lots of points.


D. 1. I like the most slaughtering nobles.
2. The Guillotine that comes the game with should be wider so that you could put the nobles in there.
3. Slaughtering the nobles that give you lots of points.


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12. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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We recently got this game. With our younger son we played it only twice.
We all like the nice components, trying to get the most control wherever is possible, most of all, we love our caballeros!

D. 1. I like putting caballeros into the Castillo.
2. That other people wouldn't trot into your region.
3. I do not know.

A. 1. I like the action cards when I can veto my dad.
2. I would add more territories.
3. Drive other people out of your own territory.




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