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Tim Korchnoi
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Looking for some advice here.
We've recently reached a plateau in our club so I am looking for some new games to inject some new energy into the club. The last games I introduced were Tikal, Settlers, Memior '44 and A Game of Thrones. I was thinking about adding Arkham Horror, but wanted to seek some ideas since I am primarily a wargamer. Any ideas/thoughts/advice would be most welcome.
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Abe Hager
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Arkham Horror is a good choice for many advanced gaming clubs. It is a deep game that benefits from a knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos, but isn't required.
 
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You may need to concider that you may offend someone's parent with the theme. Although, you are the best to decide the climate of your school.

BUT, it's probably to long of a game for a 'after school' type thing and the first play can be a bit daunting.

What about introducing a bidding game, like Vegas Showdown or Aladin's Dragons?

Or look into some economic games.
 
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Arkham Horror is a fun game, but I would be hesitant to play Arkham Horror with that age... It can be long and it gets a little fiddly with all the cards and counters. Plus the theme might be disagreeable to some overprotective parents. I picture kids coming home telling their parents about battling cultists and demonic creatures from other dimensions and some over protective parents getting concerned. I remember when I was in middle school and played D&D with some friends, whose parents made them stop because of the theme....

I'd recommend Torres, El Grande, Tigris & Euphrates, and Attika. My wargame friends enjoyed those. They all have fairly simple rules, but have a competitive slightly wargamish feel to them because of the conflict and mechanics involved... I imagine kids of that age would really like Nexus Ops too, with the neon giant bug armies... (plus it is really cheap to buy right now).
 
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Love the game, can't recommend it for your suggested use.
 
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You didn't mention what kind of time window the club has. From the games you already mentioned, it couldn't possibly be just during the lunch break. How much time do they have to play?
 
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ositobrian wrote:
Arkham Horror is a fun game, but I would be hesitant to play Arkham Horror with that age... It can be long


Not longer than A Game of Thrones, though, surely?

As for theme, the kind of parent who would protest the theme even if it were clear their kid knew it was only a game probably wouldn't be letting their kid attend a game club in the first place. It would interfere with the daily four hour Jesus session.

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I imagine kids of that age would really like Nexus Ops too, with the neon giant bug armies... (plus it is really cheap to buy right now).


I'm starting to get really resentful of Americans saying things like this. Not everyone can get games that cheaply. If I wanted to get Nexus Ops (and I do), I'd have to pay 36UKP including my 10% regular customer discount.
 
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All I can say is that I would have loved Arkham Horror in middle school, but I was also a kid with interests in that kind of genre. It entirely depends on the kids' interests, attention span, etc if its right for your club.
 
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Walsfeo wrote:
Love the game, can't recommend it for your suggested use.



I agree

why dont you get them battlelore or marvel heroes
 
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Jedit wrote:
ositobrian wrote:
Arkham Horror is a fun game, but I would be hesitant to play Arkham Horror with that age... It can be long


Not longer than A Game of Thrones, though, surely?

As for theme, the kind of parent who would protest the theme even if it were clear their kid knew it was only a game probably wouldn't be letting their kid attend a game club in the first place. It would interfere with the daily four hour Jesus session.

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I imagine kids of that age would really like Nexus Ops too, with the neon giant bug armies... (plus it is really cheap to buy right now).


I'm starting to get really resentful of Americans saying things like this. Not everyone can get games that cheaply. If I wanted to get Nexus Ops (and I do), I'd have to pay 36UKP including my 10% regular customer discount.


If you ask, I'd bet there are people on the geek who'd be happy to pick up a cheap copy and ship it to you for some GG. I imagine some arrangement could be made

On topic -- something like Power Grid might be interesting. It is challenging, fun and gives your math skills a good workout!
Cheers,
Van
 
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In a public (or private) school, I think I'd stick with something much, much safer.
 
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