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Todd Sweet
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Is there a reason why the recommended ages that is printed on almost every game is not part of the game information here on BGG?

Before finding BGG, I was keeping an Excel spreadsheet and would record all the "standard" information that is printed on every box together: Number of players, length of play and recommended age. I still use the spreadsheet (as a backup) and usually try to add information on newly purchased games from information on BGG, but I always have to wait for the game to arrive before getting the age information.

Just a curious question?
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Daniel Danzer
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I guess, because the "recommended age" is not a fact about the game, but depends on the publisher`s marketing strategy or whatever.

I think the people who get information here from the BGG, read reviews, look at the game`s "play weight" etc., can make up their own minds, wether a game is suitable for their kids or not.

So, I don`t miss it.
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Daniel Danzer
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My experience with different kinds of kids` playing groups (school / youth centre) and my own 10-year old son is, that it makes almost no sense at all to recommend any age, except a two-staged short info: "pre-school" and "already in school"

I know some kids playing Chess and XiangQi at the age of seven. People are so different in their minds, mental development and interests - and adults still like a huge variety of different mechanics, themes, intellectual challenges, abstracts, wargamish, story-telling, action or party games, auction or dice-rolling ... it`s not a matter of age.

The average playtime or number of players are IMHO more useful hints. Wether a game will be played in 60 or in 480 minutes, (not recognizable by its theme or name) I want to know at first glance, the same with the fact, if it can be played with at least 3 up to 8 players or only for 2.

Don`t misunderstand me - I`m not against an age recommendation put in the database, I just tried to give an answer to the curious question in the original post.
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B. Huddleston
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I too would also like to see the recommended age ranges on the BGG game pages. I often go to an on-line retailer's website just for this information. Wouldn't it be great if all the information on a game could be found here?
Of course the age ranges are not that accurate, but I do find this useful information when trying to find a good family game or one exclusively for the kids.
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Herb Petro
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trojandoc wrote:
Of course the age ranges are not that accurate, but I do find this useful information when trying to find a good family game or one exclusively for the kids.


Maybe not quite what you want, but for kids games you can always search for games in the "Children's Game" category:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/browser.php?itemtype=game&sortb...
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