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karl paulsen

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I'd been blogging this at my club's forum, but I though I'd share my experience with my 5 year old and his first* real game.
http://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t...

I wanted a new game project and he was interested in spaceships so I decided to go with the game "Starcrashers"
http://www.ironhands.com/starcrashers.htm
It's a game for kids/family written by Sean Patten, the owner of Ironhands.com my favorite wargaming site. http://www.ironhands.com/index.htm

I modified the rules to work on a Hex grid and used:
-A board made from gaming paper and an old A&A board
-Cheap small toy spaceships (the kind that come in a bag of 144) that I and he painted up.
-A set of counters from Sedition Wars
-Flight bases from EM4

It's basically a rather simple game of fly your ships around and flip counters and then react accordingly (fight pirates, escape black holes, salvage, rescue Emmisaries, avoid mines, etc). It plays pretty quick (around 30-45 minutes) and is non-confrontational. The results were quite good and 5 games later he's still interested.



*In honesty it's his second or third game, but before this we've only played massively simplified versions of Richard Scarry's Busytown (roll dice and move spaces) and Star Wars Duels (War).
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Congrats on keeping a 5-year old's attention span. Looks like a good game.


 
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Thanks!
I'm pretty impressed with the rules. Most of his games seem aimed at family play, and most share the same basic dice mechanic so we may try some others. There's a Mecha/Gundam game and a Star Wars game that look promising. as well.
 
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What paper did you print the tokens on?
 
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throwing8smokes wrote:
What paper did you print the tokens on?


The tokens I used are all from Sedition Wars. I bought 3 copies for the human "Vanguard" figs.
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2015/01/sedition-wars-go...
I sold or trade off the "Strain" figs and most game components, but I kept a set of the counters. Though the game reportedly has some issues (never played it myself), if you happen to have a use for 50 sci-fi figs and scenic bases, it's a great deal at less than $30 shipped which seems to be what it goes for these days.
 
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Kevin Keefe
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I've played Sean's Star Wars: Galactic Heroes game before with my kids. Nice and simple, and the kids enjoy it.
 
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