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may-prigent Ffran
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I know, I know, it's early.blush But all the fun is in the research for games. I'm looking for three board games for my kids :

14 year old girl : loves any game, apart from Raptor, that she hates !!! Not too complicated or long, as the 9 year old plays with us.Likes the challenges of two player games.

11 year old boy, less enthusiastic about games. Mad about surfing, judo and rugby.

9 year old : Loves cooking, reading recipes, and food in general. Likes beautiful looking games with a 3d aspect .

I'm looking for board games that are quite imposing , rather than card games.

Many thanks everyone.
 
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Michael Young
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I'll take a stab at the 9 year old - Ala Carte is a cooking themed dexterity game. Visually appealing and integrates the theme perfectly.


The 11 year old - tough one, maybe Ghost Stories (Kung fu based cooperative). It can b really tough so if he's discouraged easily this may not be ideal.

The 14 year old may enjoy the woefully out of print Akrotiri. Clever tile laying game about exploration. Not too difficult for the 9 year olD.

One that may be a wonderful fit for them all is Junk Art. Visually appealing, easy to learn. My after school game club loves it. Even the non-gamers.
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Dan
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Small World could be good for your son. Not related to his sporting interests, but I think I would be bored by a game that tried to emulate surfing, rugby, or judo.

For all 3 of your kids, here are some ideas:
Short games, less than 45 minutes:
Incan Gold - push your luck game
FUSE or Escape: The Curse of the Temple realtime dice rolling cooperative games
Karuba

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Catan
Alhambra
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may-prigent Ffran
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This is a great start ! Keep going, guys !
 
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Keith Presley
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Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower just recently reviewed a new surfing game that he liked. I believe his daughter did too and the only major complaint I remember was that the scoring was wonky. I'm sorry, the name escapes me and I'm not in position to search for it at the moment, but it should be easy enough to find searching the guild here.
 
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Drew
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Pixelman wrote:
Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower just recently reviewed a new surfing game that he liked. I believe his daughter did too and the only major complaint I remember was that the scoring was wonky. I'm sorry, the name escapes me and I'm not in position to search for it at the moment, but it should be easy enough to find searching the guild here.


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may-prigent Ffran
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Tavarua looks perfect for my son. He would love war games like Memoir '44. They pose a moral dilemma for me .....


 
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Get your boy a Rugby ball. Or Kendo lessons.

For your girls I'll recommend The Adventurers Temple of Chac if you can find it, or Cleopatra and the Society of Architects. Both are old, but you may be able to pick up copies used and both are larger than life games.

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Mindy Basi
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A la Carte would be perfect for your cooking girl. If she likes cookbooks, look into anything by DK publishing -- they do beautiful cookbooks. my nephew loves cooking and he went to a cooking camp at age 9 or so, he had a great time.
 
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may-prigent Ffran
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Thankyou for your thoughtful posts. Yes, Mindy, the DK cookery books are fab. My son is saving up his pocket money for a ..... Thermomix mixer. So,far, he has ten Euros !
 
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Josef Estabrooks
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Karuba sounds like a winner for the eldest, if the 9 year old doesn't mind losing (my 8 year old adores the game but rarely does well). Great side-by-side play.

No 3D but Tem-Purra has been a great hit is pretty and is food themed.

The 11 year old might benefit from something quick like Rumble in the House or Welcome to the Dungeon.

 
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Eric O.
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Cuisine a la Card is a fun food themed deck builder. You are a chef competing for judges.

Edit: just re-read your post and realized you wanted more imposing games. This one isn't large but is fun.
 
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Maybe Arcadia Quest? Children usually love playing with the minis.

For faster, lighter game, wait for Masmorra. It should be available in retail by November, or even maybe sold in Essen.
 
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J.L. Waz
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oldest: Takenoko neat little Japanese panda bamboo garden themed game

middle: Waimea Wipeout (local surfing game here in Hawaii, has an expansion for Europe)not found on BGG but you can find it on the net

youngest: Wok on Fire cooking with a spatula ingredient flipping mechanic
 
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