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Jeremy Jones
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Hello all,

I am a big fan of the game, and my 5 year old son has started helping me roll some dice and make decisions during my patrols. He is like a sponge, absorbing the rules each day as we play. He knows when to use steam torpedoes instead of the electric ones (day/night) and when to go submerged instead of surfaced. He gives the "Uh-oh" face everytime we find a ship that is escorted.

I was wondering if anyone has other recommendations for wargames that my 5 year old might be able to play? I am getting a late start to wargames, so I am unaware of the possibilities. I'm even trying to get my wife involved in some games, but I don't know if that will ever happen.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Matt R
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Case Blue for sure. Get him started early.

Just kidding. Actually, perhaps a Columbia Games block wargame that is really easy to learn and play? I would suggest something like Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 or maybe Quebec 1759. I have War of 1812 myself.

I haven't played the other two besides War of 1812 but it is quite a simple game and to be honest I wish I had gotten a different Columbia Games block game like Hammer of the Scots or Crusader Rex but your best to do your own research. My reason for wishing I had gotten something other than War of 1812 is because my sons were older when I started trying to get them into wargames and War of 1812 was a tad simplified to them. At your son's age he *might* be okay with handling War of 1812 but be prepared for not playing the absolutely deepest wargame ever. It is an alright game, sets up very easy, and plays very quickly and easily though so it is doable.

In all honesty, a game that is actually quite easy to play (once one of you knows the rules) is Flying Colors which I love to play. Good luck.
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Gregory Smith
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Heya,

Wow, I am impressed. That's the thing about kids, it's a chance to raise your own opponent someday!

Seriously, I would recommend you consider a euro game before going to something like "Napoleon at Waterloo" (which used to be the S&T starter game back when.)


I think "Settlers of Catan" would be a nice family game, and sounds like he's bright enough to pick it up quickly. Just a thought.

Congrats on having such a quick learner!

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Sturmer wrote:
That's the thing about kids, it's a chance to raise your own opponent someday!

I did. He's 33 now and kicks my butt pretty regularly.

From what the OP said about how his son watched and then slowly started helping with parts of the game (rolling dice, etc.) I might suggest that a game where he can perform physical actions might be something he'd enjoy and grow into.

Matt had a good suggestion about a block game and suggested Columbia Games. I might suggest Commands and Colors. Playing solitaire (as in the Hunters) you could decide where to move the blocks and then your son could move them and roll dice and remove blocks thus giving him participation without having to know the rules. Once he starts suggesting moves...

I'd also suggest considering games like Battlelore (FFG). Similar to Commands and Colors but with fantasy miniatures! How cool for a kid to have toys to move around the board as well as roll dice. Simple, easy system to learn too.
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David Pereira
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Take a look at this one W1815

You can always try Commands & Colors: Ancients
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Jeremy Jones
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Keep the suggestions coming!
I appreciate all the suggestions! I was already considering War of 1812, and hoping my son could "assist" me or my wife during our play. Of course, that is assuming my wife will play a wargame at all laugh Now I am on the fence between that one or Quebec 1759.

I have also considered Battle Cry, since it does have miniatures and most comments say the game is relatively easy. I think I would enjoy moving the little figures around as much as my boy.

Now I'm waiting patiently for the day he can read so I can have an excuse to buy Washington's War!

Thank you Gregory Smith for an awesome game! My son gets excited everytime I grab the box from the shelf. I hope to take him to see the U-505 in Chicago soon.
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+1 to Battle Cry.

It is the easiest of the Richard Borg games. I taught my daughter to play it when she was 6 or so. You may need to help with the reading on some of the cards, but that won't ruin your son's fun.

BTW, I grew up in Chicago and toured U-505 about every year from age 5. My parents said I could give a tour of it by the time I was 9. Started my career at a young age.
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Todd R
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A couple of options could be:

1775: Rebellion

Memoir '44

Or if you like playing solitaire games together:

B-17: Queen of the Skies
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Gregory Smith
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mos_def85 wrote:

Thank you Gregory Smith for an awesome game! My son gets excited everytime I grab the box from the shelf. I hope to take him to see the U-505 in Chicago soon.


Heya Jeremy,

I am honored you are enjoying the game and more importantly, having good family time!

You'd better watch out, sounds like you'll have a historian on your hands very soon!



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