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dee b.
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We decided to buy

Catan
heroscape
ticket to ride
hey thats my fish
bohnanza
roborally
why did the chicken
awful green things

for the kids. Having never really used games much, except for the few common Walmart types which we never enjoyed , this was new to us.
We found your site and bought the ones that seemed popular.
My husband is 40. I'm 34, sons are 13 and 10.

First we played Catan. Everyone loved it and it's the favorite so far.

Heroscape turned out to be very much like a toy and even the youngest grew bored of it within a few days, especially given the alternatives.

Hey, that's my fish came in 2nd. It was so easy to understand and we saw the strategy options more and more each time we played.

Bohnanza has mile long instructions that we will try again to understand later.

Why did the chicken is 3rd. Easy and fun. It's a lot like Apples to Apples.

Awful green things. Long directions, but the theme looks fun enough to make it worthwhile. later.

Ticket to ride- long instructions. Doesn't look as fun as catan though.

Roborally hasn't arrived yet. (ebay)

I just thought I'd give an update. Hope I stuck it in the right place.
 
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Ryan Olson
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Give Ticket to Ride a shot. I don't enjoy Settlers, but I like TTR quite a bit.

Yeah, Heroscape can come of as a toy. My son is 8, so he likes it alot.

Hey! That's my Fish is one of my favorites right now. Even my 4 yr old can play it.

Roborally might be a bit much for your family, if you found TTR & Bohnanza's rules long. It is definitely a step up in complexity from these games...

But a very fun game, once you get into it. Maybe hold off on that one while you play the other ones .
 
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It's as good a place as any to post it. Welcome to "the geek" and fun boardgames. From the looks of it you're off to a good start on games. you have a general sampling from different game mechanics and types ranging from pure strategy (Hey that's my fish) to pure chaos (Roborally).

Don't give up on Bohnanza. Once you figure out that cards in hand can not be rearranged and you draw from the front, it's all downhill. I think you'll find Ticket to Ride quite the different game than Catan with less player interaction and more strategy (cut-throat sometimes).

Good gaming. meeple
 
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Hi Dee

There's a really good Bohnanza player aid here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=14385

Just download, print out, and give one of those to each player and you should be good to go.
 
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JP LaChance
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Great!
Welcome to the Geek!

Ticket to ride is not as difficult as the instructions make it look.

Bohnanza - another game that the instructions make look harder than it is.

Settlers is a great game!

We also love Hey that's my fish!

Best of luck
Keep us posted as to what you like and didn't about each game.

JP
 
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Tom Hancock
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Ticket to Ride is a lot easier than settlers of catan. Don't be scared of the rules!!!
 
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Richard Young
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You're doing great Dee. As others have said Ticket To Ride is really not that difficult but well worth it. There is a nice player aid here that might help you during your first couple of games:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=18561

Bohnanza is also not as complex as it may appear.

I find a good way is to play a game when I think I have a good grasp of the rules, & then look on the BGG page for that game afterwards to look for answers to any questions that arose during the game. Feel free to ask questions too - people love to help.
 
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Mikael Andersson
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You might want to watch Scott Nicholson's video explanation of the Ticket to Ride rules if you think they are hard to read.

http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=19
 
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You beat me to it, Mikael! Scott's explanation of TtR is excellent.

Edit: Days of Wonder also has a nice tutorial on their site, http://www.daysofwonder.com/ .
 
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