Games played at my church's first "Kids' Game Night" (8/11/05)
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I decided to start a kid's game night at my church. I hand-picked the kids that would come to the first one, but ended up with two girls (about 9 and 12) that I didn't know and didn't really seem like gamers.

I had one other parent there (not a gamer) and a total of 9 kids between 9 and 13.

It ended up going very well. It lasted 2 hours, which really left them wanting more.

I plan on doing these about once every 4-6 weeks. I'm hoping that as kids get more familiar with playing I'll be able to let them play on their own.

Although I've resolved these events as always being about games that get a lot of laughs, I certainly won't turn this into an "Apples to Apples and Cadoo Night". First and foremost these nights are about kids having fun, but I'm also trying to reach kids like I was: real smart and no one around with which to compete intellectually.

I'd appreciate comments/suggestions.
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This was the big hit of the night. The kids really loved shooting each other, and laughing when things like "the Sheriff put my in prison with dynamite and started shooting at me" happened. This was the "two non-gaming girls" favorite game which was surprising, because I don't think the really ever understood the rules.

The downshot of this game is that you can die pretty quickly, and the game can go on for another half hour. When the first characted died I gave up my spot to them.
 
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I brought Can't Stop because I knew it'd be a good game to stick a couple of kids on with little instruction. It filled that niche, but I don't think it was necessarily a big hit. It's not very flashy, and the kids that were playing it seemed like they would have rather been playing Bang! or Apples to Apples, where all the laughter was occurring.
 
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This is an easy to understand game that the kids had a lot of fun with. I was surprised that this didn't come in as all the kids' favorites (losing to Bang!). Lots of laughs coming from the table on this one.
 
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I was surprised at how badly the kids did on this one. I had gone through and picked lists that had the most "kid friendly" elements. Some of the kids would sit there and come up with nothing.
 
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I brougth this one, but never cracked it. Unless the game nights evolve into more serious gamers, I question whether it will ever. It's always going to be hard to compete with "laughing games".
 
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Another that I brought that didn't get played. I see this much like Ticket To Ride, probably not the kind of game that will end up being played at these events.
 
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