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Bryan Carpenter
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I just saw this and was a little shocked:
https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/news/the-period...

Whatever happened to just, y'know, having that little talk with your kids? And if you bought this game, really how often is it going to get played?!
 
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jobby wrote:
And if you bought this game, really how often is it going to get played?!


Around once a month? (SCNR)
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ovis wrote:
jobby wrote:
And if you bought this game, really how often is it going to get played?!


Around once a month? (SCNR)


 
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Nobody talks to their kids anymore. People just force them to binge watch Full House.

Ideally, I'd like to play my games once a month. Sadly, many games on my shelf have never been played due to lack of a social circle. whistle
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I dunno... It seems like an interesting way to shift "the talk" from a "serious discussion" into more of a casual thing. I suspect that many young girls might have some anxiety about the changes that their bodies are going through, or about to go through. Making it a game could alleviate some of that anxiety.

I don't think any parent will buy this with the idea that now they don't have to talk about this with their daughter (or son). If anything this is going to spur that discussion.
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Hey, at least they didn't just re-theme Fireball Island
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At least post their website =)

http://www.periodgame.com/
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jobby wrote:
Whatever happened to just, y'know, having that little talk with your kids?

Is there something wrong with playing an educational game (assuming it's a decent game) about a subject?

Is there some reason that parents can't also talk to their kids about a subject if the kids play a game about the subject?
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What about the boys version that teaches them about wet dreams?
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I'm just glad we have a game about the Birds! and the Bees
 
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jobby wrote:
I just saw this and was a little shocked:
https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/news/the-period...

Whatever happened to just, y'know, having that little talk with your kids? And if you bought this game, really how often is it going to get played?!


You're a game explainer... you would figure it out.
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I suppose you could paste the link on your kid's facebook account or maybe just tweet them.
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I suspect it isn't aimed at the general boardgaming market and is more geared towards school health curriculums and educational programs.

I've got no problem with it. The social stigma attached to menstruation (and, if you don't mind me saying, implicit in the OP) is not only stupid; it's an antiquated relic from a 17th-century puritannical attitude to sex and has no function in the modern world except as a misogynistic brickbat. It's no weirder than hair growth or respiration (which, I grant you, are kind of miraculously/mechanically weird, but not regarded with the same attitude in some circles).
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And in the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up category, the game won a Red Dot Design award.
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Wait, what are period? What's masturbation? And most importantly what are kids?

On a serious note, I could see this being good in a sex ed. class for younger students. I think I got my first sex ed. class in 5th grade, where they explained what the reproductive organs were. The line that still sticks out in my head: "The testes are the size of two small olives."
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Tim RTC wrote:
What about the boys version that teaches them about wet dreams?


Because patriarchy . . . ? I don't know.
 
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jobby wrote:
I just saw this and was a little shocked:
https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/news/the-period...

Whatever happened to just, y'know, having that little talk with your kids? And if you bought this game, really how often is it going to get played?!


The other night, I spent several hours talking to my kids about various important topics. Their response was complete silence. I wondered if I'd disturbed them with my open, frank discussions. Then I remembered I don't have any kids.
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And in the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up category, the game won a Red Dot Design award.

Full marks for spotting that.
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russ wrote:
jobby wrote:
Whatever happened to just, y'know, having that little talk with your kids?

Is there something wrong with playing an educational game (assuming it's a decent game) about a subject?

Is there some reason that parents can't also talk to their kids about a subject if the kids play a game about the subject?


I suppose not but it seemed a strange way of going about things. Far simpler to actually to just talk to your kid about it. It doesn't seem to be a subject that needs the extra window dressing.
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Triboluminous wrote:
I suspect it isn't aimed at the general boardgaming market and is more geared towards school health curriculums and educational programs.

I've got no problem with it. The social stigma attached to menstruation (and, if you don't mind me saying, implicit in the OP) is not only stupid; it's an antiquated relic from a 17th-century puritannical attitude to sex and has no function in the modern world except as a misogynistic brickbat. It's no weirder than hair growth or respiration (which, I grant you, are kind of miraculously/mechanically weird, but not regarded with the same attitude in some circles).


Actually I hadn't thought of schools, etc. using this board game when I started the thread. That certainly makes sense (although is possibly still a bit weird in my view).

I certainly hope I didn't come across as viewing menstruation with a stigma, more that I thought it a bit odd making a board game about it. Equally, I would think a board game that taught kids about hair growth or respiration would be odd. whistle
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Archelaous wrote:
Nobody talks to their kids anymore. People just force them to binge watch Full House.


We just do it with board games. On the table this month are:

Wake Up, Sleepyhead.
Get A Job.

and everyone's favorite

NO!
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Thunkd wrote:
I dunno... It seems like an interesting way to shift "the talk" from a "serious discussion" into more of a casual thing. I suspect that many young girls might have some anxiety about the changes that their bodies are going through, or about to go through. Making it a game could alleviate some of that anxiety.

I don't think any parent will buy this with the idea that now they don't have to talk about this with their daughter (or son). If anything this is going to spur that discussion.

I mean, yeah. I'm picturing the parent who buys this game and they don't strike me as someone who would be avoiding having serious talks with their kids. Rather, they're buying the game because they're looking at different ways to get across information. Whatever works, I say.
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I'm really tempted to buy this game and bring it to game night and plop it down in front of a bunch of 25 - 45 year old hardcore gamers and act like it's just any other game.

"Whadda ya mean? We just played Terra Mystica and I was thinking we'd do the Period Game and then finish off with Power Grid."
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Thunkd wrote:
I'm really tempted to buy this game and bring it to game night and plop it down in front of a bunch of 25 - 45 year old hardcore gamers and act like it's just any other game.

"Whadda ya mean? We just played Terra Mystica and I was thinking we'd do the Period Game and then finish off with Power Grid."


Your humor seems to be predicated on the assumption that "hardcore gamers" = males. I don't see any shock value in putting this game down in front of a bunch of females.

 
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Thunkd wrote:
I'm really tempted to buy this game and bring it to game night and plop it down in front of a bunch of 25 - 45 year old hardcore gamers and act like it's just any other game.

"Whadda ya mean? We just played Terra Mystica and I was thinking we'd do the Period Game and then finish off with Power Grid."


Your humor seems to be predicated on the assumption that "hardcore gamers" = males. I don't see any shock value in putting this game down in front of a bunch of females.



Well, typically hardcore gamers ARE male and really I think it would be just as funny dropping it down in front of a bunch of hardcore female gamers as well. Equal opportunity hilarity.
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