Family Giving Tree
Matt Robertson
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My work participates in a charity program every year called Family Giving Tree. Children submit their Christmas wishes and we see these as little tags ornamenting a tree in the lobby. Well, one tag described a 10-year old boy who wants Board Games for christmas. Well, naturally I picked this one, but now I'm at a loss for what game(s) to choose. I want to choose something special, i.e. not the usual Monopoly or Yahtzee. And yet it can't be something overly complicated. I'd say my spending limit is around $30. Any suggestions?
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An obvious first choice is Carcassonne. I own it, but I have to say it's not my favorite. And the expansions seem necessary.
 
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I haven't played this one, but it seems to get great reviews as an introductory game.
 
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This is hands down the best bet. If I were 10 and asked for games from a charitable stranger, and saw this as the gift. I would freak, I mean you would make this kid's year with this one. For real.
 
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You could get him this and print out all the games off of piecepack.org. It would give a very long list of games in one package. You may also be giving the gift of a budding game designer to the world. Think of the games a young mind could come up with, this would make a great gift. You could even throw in a deck of cards or two and a book of card game rules, or print some out and give a really thoughtfull package on the cheap.
 
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The two most obvious choices (IMO) for a 10 year old that you don't know will have BGG-type support are HeroScape and BattleBall. They have lots of cool minis that kids really like. Anything else and you might be giving the gift that never gets opened. Even if the parents are willing to play "board games" - defined by most of America as Scrabble and Monopoly - they would be scared off from an unexplained copy of Settlers or Carc.
 
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