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My girlfriend's kid brother enjoys board games and computer games.

At the moment all he knows is Risk which he likes. I would like to get him a game that is similar to Risk being conflict based, but has a bit more to it and doesnt take ages!! He is pretty intelligent but I don't want it too over the top.

All suggestions welcome please.
 
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Re: Xmas present for 11 year old boy - recommendation please
Battlelore might be a fun one for him. I think I would have loved it at 11.
 
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Or if the fantasy theme turns him off.... Memoir 44.

You may want to look into one of the Axis & Allies games too

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How about Heroscape? I believe it's very popular with that age group, though I haven't tried it myself.
 
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Though it is not a board-game. Killer Bunnies is a good choice. My son loves it. It's simple and amusing. It's expandable and non-collectible.
Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot
 
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11 years old is an interesting age... our's is 10 and will be 11 in a few months so I'll speak about the type of games he enjoys most.

At that age I'd say in general they "get" much of the strategic/tactical elements of most games but they still don't always evaluate everything as precisely as adult "gamers". They have generally less AP which is a good thing. I can play games with him and decisions don't take forever and the games move along quickly.

Conflict games are IN.

Games like Heroscape, Memoir'44 and Battle Cry are good choices. Any games with relatively simple rules and that have miniatures, warfare, death and destruction.

Other good game along these lines would be Nexus Ops.

He also enjoys Settlers (as there's trading, stealing of resources and a lot of interaction to keep him amused and attentive), LOTR:The Confrontation (killing + miniatures), Domaine (miniatures).

Citadels and Colossal Arena are also 2 more card/boardgames that should appeal to most boys in that age group.

Our boy also likes Carcassonne and it's variants... again I think it might be the free form style of the game allowing him to place tiles where he pleases (and also the opportunities to screw up the plans of other players).

Some others that he's played and at least expressed interest in playing again are: Wallenstein, Tikal, Samurai, Tycoon and Wyatt Earp. Those aren't his favorites but they are games he likes somewhat and will play if in the right mood.
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Re: Xmas present for 11 year old boy - recommendation please
RCTurner wrote:
At the moment all he knows is Risk which he likes. I would like to get him a game that is similar to Risk being conflict based, but has a bit more to it and doesnt take ages!! He is pretty intelligent but I don't want it too over the top.


Nexus Ops would be perfect. Its similar to Risk, but much quicker to play and much more fun.
 
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if he likes risk, then move him up to the next level with Viktory II. next year move him up another level with something like Hammer of the Scots
 
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Definitely consider Nexus Ops.

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RCTurner wrote:
My girlfriend's kid brother enjoys board games and computer games.

At the moment all he knows is Risk which he likes. I would like to get him a game that is similar to Risk being conflict based, but has a bit more to it and doesnt take ages!! He is pretty intelligent but I don't want it too over the top.

All suggestions welcome please.


First how many players does he usually play RISK with? You want your game to get to the table so if he usually playes with 3-5 players several of the games mentioned will not work


Memoir '44 is the most like risk, but only plays 2 players, unless you get 2 boards for the "overlord game" but that then takes away the "doesn't take ages" requirement.

Heroscape is best with 2-players IMHO but also plays with 3, or 4 if you get just one master set... PLUS it is Expandable!! It is a dice fest just like risk but the bits are WAY Better!

Are there any games in your collection he has played and liked? If you have not played some of the games in your collection with him that might be a great place to start.

Some others he might like...
Ticket to Ride - not as much conflict but still fun and a game he might be able ti get his non-gamer buddies to play - everyone likes trains! 2 or more players.

Power Grid - some conflict, a little take that, resource management, auctions. lots of new things, If he has played Settlers and liked it I think this would be a very good choice. Minimum of 3 players IMHO, but can be played with two.

BUS - an often overlooked game that has no luck at all, it is all strategy. Fairly good conflict and take that elements. minimum of 3 players.

Silk Road - The best "new game" I have played in a while. Several very interesting mechanics, resource management, auctions, a good amount of "take that". Minimum of 3 players.


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I agree with the recommendations above. A couple to add--

If he wants still more Risk-types, try Risk 2210 A.D. or Risk Lord of the Rings - much better than the original Risk.

Also Axis and Allies
 
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I gave my younger cousin (age 10) Travel Blokus and Carcassonne:Hunters and Gatherers as a gift. He liked both, but played Travel Blokus much more (almost everyday) as he could bring it to school and play with a friend during lunch. Not sure if he ever really played C:H&G any time other than when I was visiting and played it with him.
 
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My son is 11, and we have recently started hosting game nights for a bunch of his friends. Three of the most popular games for this specific demographic (11yo boys) are
1. Guillotine
2. Pirate's Cove
3. Kung Fu Fighting
 
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I would like to second the following:

1. Nexus Ops
2. Viktory II
3. memoir '44
4. battle lore (from the looks of it)
5. heroscape

Heroscape, imo, is a really pretty game that turns into a boring dicefest, generally.
 
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I would definitely go for Heroscape. It is perfect for a boy that age.

Nexus Ops wouldn't be a bad choice either though. I do believe Heroscape will give you way more bang for your buck though. The amount of goober in Heroscape far outwieghs that of Nexus Ops, although they both have truckloads of it
 
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If you can get Nexus Ops for 20 bucks, then it compares favorably with Heroscape in terms of value. It's a much better game in terms of playability and number of players it supports too.

Heroscape is definitely fun, and an 11-year-old would probably find it a total blast.
 
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Grimwold wrote:
How about Heroscape? I believe it's very popular with that age group, though I haven't tried it myself.


I second(?) the nomination for heroscape.
 
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Heroscape is a good choice, but might be too expensive.
Pirate's Cove would be great and is requested more than anything else by the kids.
Monsters Menace America has some fun conflict too.
 
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I recommend Nexus Ops
 
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chockle wrote:
Heroscape is a good choice, but might be too expensive.
Pirate's Cove would be great and is requested more than anything else by the kids.
Monsters Menace America has some fun conflict too.


I believe Heroscape costs the same as the other two you mentioned.
 
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Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to answer.

Some good ideas there. I hadnt though of Heroscape which is probably a good idea. I havent heard of Nexus Ops before. Will have a look.

Warfare is probably the best theme.
 
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Heroscape!! I play with my 12 y/o all the time. He really likes the game but I like it more than he does. It has an eclectic mix genres (sci-fi, fantasy, modern, near future)and is fairly easy to learn. The best part is you can buy it at Wal-Mart and it is expandable not collectible.
 
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Better make this one a good one. Isn't the traditional gift for a 12 year-old boy a hooker and a six pack?
 
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My first three suggestions would all be "Heroscape". Shouted at the top of my voice in case you missed it. Available in Argos in the Autumn/Winter '06 catalogue.

If you think that the fantasy/sci-fi/historical/Wild West/robot theme might put him off, try Memoir '44 (or start saving for BattleLore, available next month).
 
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cbrua wrote:
Definitely consider Nexus Ops.

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Ditto for Nexus Ops and Ninja Galaxy.
 
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