Gaming...An 11 Year Old Son's Perspective
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Ok my son Isaac is now 11, but back when he was 10 we recorded a list of games that he had already played in his fledgling gaming life.

This list will record all of the games he has played with myself or someone in the family, organised by genre or theme and Isaac will give a short statement about his favourites and why.

As well as being a fun record (of which I plan to do the same of my other 2 boys when they hit 10/11), it may help others that have young kids.

But first a word from Isaac...

Issac: "Hi Boardgamegeek, my name is Issac Thomson and I am currently 11. I was introduced to gaming by my Dad."

Dad: Some people would call that abuse son. What do you say to such mindless fools?

Isaac: Games are cool and they bring people together, that is why I love them.

Dad: What do you think about gaming?

Isaac: "I think it's pretty awesome actually. You get to play games anytime and you can get together with your family. That is why I love it. I love the freedom of being able to play whenever I want and have a fun time."

Dad: To help people understand your comments about certain games, tell us some of the things you like outside of gaming?

Issac: Stuff that I like outside of gaming is Soccer, definitely and I do it all the time.

Favourite TV Shows - Spongebob Squarepants, Big Time Rush, iCarly, Star Wars Clone Wars, 30 Rock.

Favourite Themes - Fantasy, stuff in the future like Metroid and War Situations.

Favourite Electronic Gaming System and Games - Anything Nintendo. Fav games include FIFA Series, Metroid, Zelda Games and Mario games.
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1. Board Game: The Top 10 Game [Average Rating:4.74 Overall Rank:15841]
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These are my Top 10 Favourite Games -

d10-1 Heroscape



I simply love the variety of the units, the terrain is excellent and it all makes sense.

d10-2 Memoir '44



I love the tactics in Memoir '44 and that it is also based on real warfare situations. The bonus is that Dad plays it with me whenever he has time.

d10-3 HeroQuest



There is so many dungeons with lots of challenges to face. It's not the easiest game ever, especially the expansions. It has great tension when there is a big enemy and it feels awesome when you bring them down or find a secret door. I like the team element and I like how the dungeon is hidden until you move within line of sight of a new hall or room.

d10-4 Runebound



The map is massive with all these different places you can go. The shops are not that close together so you have to travel across the land. The monsters are cool and I like the 4 different skill levels. I love Runebound because the game offers a lot of variety like heroes, equipment and events. I like the experience system and how better gear is needed to take on the harder decks.

d10-5 Defenders of the Realm



I love how you have to defend Monarch City against the 4 Generals. You never quite know what is going to happen, like getting to a General it moves on before you can make the attack. I like how the players need to work together because you either fail as a team or succeed as a team.

d10-6 Formula D



I love the variety of tracks that you can play in Formula D. I like the tight corners where the cars are forced to bunch up but I also like those close finishes when a couple cars are neck and neck with a few corners to go.

The dice are a pretty dangerous thing but I like how the dice represent the gears and speed of a car. I like the new components with the gear stick piece as well.

d10-7 Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer



It's one of the best card recycling games that I have ever played. The runes and the battle...it all just works out so well. It's really nail biting when someone else has a stronger deck than you and you know you have to finish it by taking the last Honour Crystals. My favourite strategy is to build a Power Deck in the base game, with the 1st expansion I like to go after deck cycling cards that allow me to draw additional cards.

d10-8 Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit



Well I love this game because you've got 3 fights going on at once with the Jedi, Palace and Naboo areas. You never really know what's going on...it's a bit hectic. I really like the idea of winning bonus cards - you are gonna need them, you can't win the game without bonus cards.

d10-9 Claustrophobia



This game, I like it because it is sort of like Formula De with the stats and stuff but you have life and stuff instead. I like the various powers of the men like the Redeemer because he is a big strong magical kind of dude. I like the story line, it's pretty amazing...fighting Demons and the Prisoners are there to redeem themselves...pick up their act and do something right.

d10-1d10-0 Last Night on Earth



I really like Last Night on Earth because the story line is great. Trying to save the town before sundown is just really awesome and the zombie miniatures are great. I like how they spawn from certain locations - it gets hectic like Queen's Gambit too. I like the character powers and the items that the heroes can find.

Some missions you need cards from the deck like gasoline. I like how you need to get through the deck and I like to play it with my friends.

All of these games are brilliant and nailbiting. It was hard for me to choose.
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2. Board Game: Left out [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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These are games that were unlucky to miss my Top 10 -

d10-1 The Adventurers

d10-2 Space Hulk Death Angel Card Game

d10-3 Pickomino

d10-4 Ghost Stories

Out of these 4 the one I like the most is Ghost Stories. I think Ghost Stories is great because I really think co-operative games are cool. The ghost theme is good and the ghosts all have different abilities. I also like how when a ghost reaches town it takes away a power from the heroes.

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3. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:2731]
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These are Games I've played that fall into the Children’s or Family Category –

d10-1 Hungry, Hungry Hippos

d10-2 Rhino Rampage

d10-3 Rax-a-Round

d10-4 Giro Gallopo

d10-5 Viva Topo

d10-6 Memory

d10-7 Guess Who

d10-8 Operation

d10-9 Buckaroo

d10-1d10-0 Pop-up Pirate

d10-1d10-1 Game of Life

d10-1d10-2 Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs

d10-1d10-3 Horror House

d10-1d10-4 Battleship Torpedo Attack

d10-1d10-5 Spaghetti Junction

d10-1d10-6 Star Wars Monopoly Limited Trilogy Edition

d10-1d10-7 Monopoly

d10-1d10-8 Castle Keep

d10-1d10-9 Super Farmer

d10-2d10-0 Battleship

d10-2d10-1 Ben 10 Total Transformation Game

d10-2d10-2 Trouble

d10-2d10-3 Star Wars Death Star Assault Game

d10-2d10-4 Holiday

d10-2d10-5 Golden Mile

d10-2d10-6 Heroica: Fortaan

d10-2d10-7 Race 3000

d10-2d10-8 Rummikub

d10-2d10-9 Kids of Carcassonne

d10-3d10-0 Zoowaboo

d10-3d10-1 Connect Four

My favourite here is Torpedo Battleship. It's not like ordinary battleship because if you get a hit you can fire your torpedo and you might not always hit them - it could go either way.

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4. Board Game: Card Games Around the World [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:9341]
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These are Games I've played that fall into the Card Game Category –

d10-1 Snap

d10-2 Go Fish

d10-3 Uno

d10-4 Duck, Duck, Bruce

d10-5King Toad

d10-6 Rat-a-Tat Cat

d10-7 Monopoly Deal Card Game

d10-8 Bohnanza

d10-9 Magic: The Gathering

d10-1d10-0 Bohnanza

d10-1d10-1 Yahtzee Hands Down Card Game

d10-1d10-2 Guillotine

d10-1d10-3 Chaos Marauders

d10-1d10-4 Kakerlakensalat

d10-1d10-5 Dweebies

My favourite out of these card games is Magic: The Gathering. Mana is the key part of the game, without mana you can't get units out. I like how you need to use the right cards at the right time, sometimes it isn't smart to get your biggest monster out.

I like the randomness of the game as you never know what card is coming next.

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5. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:785]
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These are Games I've played that fall into the Dice Category –

d10-1 Cosmic Cows

d10-2 Yahtzee

d10-3 Double Shutter Junior

d10-4 Pickomino

d10-5 Can't Stop

d10-6 Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

d10-7 Combo King

d10-8 Alhambra: The Dice Game

Cosmic Cows is awesome. I like that it is 2-player and I like that is a quick, short game...nice and fun. I love how you can steal cows away from your opponent but the dice don't always go your way.

EDIT - Dad - "Cosmic Cows...seriously dude?"

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6. Board Game: Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000 [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:4484]
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These are Games I've played that fall into the Children’s or Family Category –

d10-1 Hula Hippos

d10-2 Klop/Finsca/Molkky

d10-3 Crokinole

d10-4 Zopp

d10-5 Tumblin' Dice

d10-6 Loopin' Louie

d10-7 Gulo Gulo

Definitely Crokinole. I love how it is competitive and nail biting all the way through. Hitting a peg and seeing it go out is pretty nerve racking. It makes me feel so superior and great when I sink a disc in the hole. I also like the scoring system, how a team's score is cancelled out by having more discs in play. I like that system.

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7. Board Game: Party Games [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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These are Games I've played that fall into the Card Game Category –

d10-1 Articulate

d10-2 Articulate for Kids

d10-3 Dixit

This is a simple choice - Dixit. Dixit is a great fun party game for the family. The artwork is fantastic and very random at some times. But my favourite part of the game is guessing what the storyteller had. I wish we had this game.

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8. Board Game: Abstracts [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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These are Games I've played that fall into the Children’s or Family Category –

d10-1 Chess

d10-2 Checkers

d10-3 Quoridor

d10-4 Blokus 3D

I don't really care for any of these.
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These are the Expansions I have played to date –

d10-1 Ascension: Return of the Fallen

d10-2 Memoir '44: Tigers in the Snow

d10-3 HeroQuest: Kellar's Keep

d10-4 HeroQuest: Return of the Witch Lord

d10-5 Last Night on Earth: Growing Hunger

I really enjoyed Tigers in the Snow because of the teamwork between our side against another team. It was fun to control one of the sections and it was also pretty funny when some Field Generals didn't do what they were asked and the Commander players were going mental. I hope one day I get to be the Commander in charge.

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10. Board Game: The Game of Good Cooking [Average Rating:5.29 Unranked]
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These are the other Good Games/Older Person Games to miss out on my top picks or that didn't fit into another category –

d10-1 The Adventurers

d10-2 FITS

d10-3 Shadows Over Camelot

d10-4 Gemlok

d10-5 Start Player

d10-6 Monsters Menace America

d10-7 Ticket to Ride

d10-8 Ubongo

d10-9 Nexus Ops

d10-1d10-0 Survive: Escape from Atlantis

d10-1d10-1 7 Wonders

d10-1d10-2 Qwirkle

d10-1d10-3 Runebound: Midnight

d10-1d10-4 Rallyman

d10-1d10-5 Long Shot

d10-1d10-6 World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game

Rallyman is my favourite out of this list. It is a bit like Formula D, like a racing game, but it is different because it is for time instead. I like how you race against the best time and you can get screwed by getting a puncture. The dice are really cool too because they have these collision signs and if you roll 3 in a single turn you crash. You can always try to avoid rolling black dice by using the white dice to stay in a gear.

The gears are also good because each gear costs a different amount of time - it's sort of like a real situation.

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The 3 games I am most desperate for Dad to teach me are -

d10-1 Race for the Galaxy



d10-2 Space Hulk 3rd Ed.



d10-3 Descent: Jounreys in the Dark

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