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CARL SKUTSCH
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Games for my cousin the math nerd. Please, not out of print.

Thanks!

(It'd be cool if she could play it with her wife and young kids.)
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Tumblin-Dice is a nice, light, math-y filler. And it's fun for kids too.
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Leaving Earth has a fair amount of math to it. If he's into the space race as well, I'd say go for it.
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I've not played them, just looked into them:

Secret Code 13+4

Lemonade Stand

Maybe somebody who has played them can offer more comments.
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I'll be very interested to see what people recommend. My wife is a 6th grade math teacher and we're always on the lookout for math games for kids that age (basically, pre-algebra). I'd also like to know if people can suggest any free/PnP math games, since school budgets for this sort of thing are so tight these days.

My contribution is Möbi, a tile laying crossword-style math game. Bought this for her over the weekend at our FLGS and she thinks it will be perfect for her classroom.
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How aboutFairy Tale? Cool drafting game where sets multiply/add to your total points (and some cards subtract, etc). I play this with my daughter often (age 11), but adults like it too.
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Basically it is scrable but with equations.
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Got It! is pretty much the final word when it comes to explicit math games.

Also, most games by Knizia have some neat-to-elegant math underlying them.
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Case Blue would be fun. You have to count, reduce, multiply... there is a lot of math in it but unfortunatly it is out of print.
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Bazaar simple algebra & multi-equation optimization.
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quill65 wrote:
I'll be very interested to see what people recommend. My wife is a 6th grade math teacher and we're always on the lookout for math games for kids that age (basically, pre-algebra). I'd also like to know if people can suggest any free/PnP math games, since school budgets for this sort of thing are so tight these days.


Reiner Knizia's Decathlon - Print, laminate, and grab some dollar store dice. Whole class can play at once. Can lead to discussion of many probability problems of various difficulty.

And, to OP, as another poster recommended, almost any Knizia game will be appreciated by a math nerd. Games of his playable (though not necessarily well) by fairly young kids include Ra, Ingenious and Through the Desert.

Really a math nerd will probably enjoy most Euros.
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Maybe a little *too* on the nose, but Prime Climb
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+1 Secret Code 13+4
Diamant - division w/remainders and probability
Can't Stop - also probability
7 Ate 9 - operation fluency
Bolide - vector math
Number Chase - number sense
Numbers League: Adventures in Addiplication - flexibility
Prime Climb - primes and operational fluency
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Im learning to be a math teacher too and i love these ones (calculations all over the place):
Power Grid -- Calculating your money to buy power plants, resources and connect cities.
The Gallerist -- Its a heavy euro and for a math fan it is always a pleasure to learn and understand complicated things while doing some calculation.
Tikal -- Calculating movement and controlling temples.
Pandemic -- Calculating movement to tell which is the most efficient.
Five Tribes -- Every turn is different so you have to calculate which group to grab and what to drop on the road.
Istanbul -- Calculating movement to reach the most efficient pointmaking.
Stone Age -- Calculating the dice using tools to get more and also calculating the civilization cards.

I believe from these Power Grid is the best bet by far.
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How young are the kids? If under 7 then Halli Galli will actually teach them about simple mental arithmetic.

Again for youngish kids but way out of print, albeit occasionally available, is Plus and Minus which we tracked down a few years back to play with our kids.
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Russian Railroads - It's basic multiplication and additions, but it's a ton of it.

EDIT: Probably a little heavy for young kids.
 
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Ok I know this breaks this OOP rule, but there is an old 3M game called Quinto (not to be confused with the above suggested Qwinto) which is literally scrabble but with numbers instead of letters. It's an amazing game.

I add it even though it's OOP because if cost is your concern, it's actually cheaper than most games. While it's from the 1960's so your odds of getting a new in shrink copy to gift is close to,none, It's commonly available around the $10-$15 range as a used game.

 
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While not necessarily math-related, Sleuth and Code 777 are basically logic puzzles in board game form, something a math teacher might really enjoy.
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Krypto

I've had a copy of this game since it came out. Mom had it before me and now my kids have it. Alex's math teacher took it and borrowed it until we found him a copy.

Kinda like the iPad game 24. Add subtract multiply and divide your hand of cards to get to a commen number.

Scales well for difficulty adding in different colored cards for more skill.

Scoring is wonky... We just play to win five numbers.

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I would go with either of these 3:

Think Str8! - yes, the component are terrible, but I think gameplay-wise, this would be a perfect match.

Alchemists - great game where you need to calculate the correct formulas

Five Tribes - calculate the best turn.

Let us know what you end up buying!
 
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Has any person ever on these forums come and said "gee, I'm a stock broker/farmer/fur trader/X teacher/train engineer/whatever; what awesome games are there that would appeal to me based on my job?"

(No.)

So people need to stop doing it for their relatives.

This question is especially dumb. Basically every game on this site is about math.

Does your cousin like games? If so, get them a good game.

Might they like games? If so, just get them something accessible based on their tastes.

I have a degree in English and work in the mental health field. Please don't ever tell any of my relatives or friends to buy me games based on that. That sounds terrible.

 
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