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Henrik Lantz
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I am planning to place an order at a German online store in the near future (playme.de) and I am planning to buy a few children's games. I will probably get Viva Topo and Tier auf Tier, they should both appeal to both of my kids (son,age 4; daughter, age 7), but I am also thinking about buying something more specifically for the older one (my daughter) since she is starting to get into the more advanced games. I asked her what she would like the most and she said that she wanted something where "you write the score down on paper". She got Maxi Yahtzee for christmas and it seems that she most enjoyed the fact that you continuously write down your score during the game. I guess you could call it some form of book-keeping. She loves writing, so I guess I should not be that surprised, but I really thought she would ask for something else.

Anyway, I am at a loss here, since I really can't think of anything but Yahtzee. I found Knatsch which I might buy just since it resembles Yahtzee a bit, but it does not involve this score-keeping she is looking for.

Anyone have an idea?
 
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You could just give her Carcassonne and throw out the scoring board. devil

Off the top of my head, two card games I play with my wife have paper scoring: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper and San Juan.

BTW - Tier auf Tier and Viva Topo are great. Your kids will enjoy them.
 
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Steve Oliver
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Ummm, maybe Jack the Ripper isn't the best choice for a 7 year old? Just saying...

One game that I used to play with a group of 10 year olds was Oh, Pharaoh! which is sort of like rummy with the set-collection but you need one of the players to keep a running score for everyone as they place their cards out. Also very good for reinforcing basic multiplication which is why I was teaching it to the students. There's some trading, too, and the art & theme appealed to the kids.

Another one with a running score is Qwirkle. It goes on a little long for my tastes but it's very popular in my group and I could see it appealing to kids as well.
 
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True, most games have a scoreboard nowadays.

A game where we still need pen and paper is Oh, Pharaoh!.

Whats better: I checked and they have it at Playme.

Its a nice little game with kids, also to train calculus a bit (the 4 yr old will be too young though, as you need to multiply).

Beware:
- you need at least 3 players.
- a lot of people seem to play with incorrect rules. (Especially the end game, and the fact that you may exchange one card at the end of your turn)

Last thing:
To reduce length, you could skip the 'trade' part.
 
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Marco Fuini
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These may not be the type of games you were hoping for, but Scrabble and Boggle involve both score keeping on paper and words. I dont know if it would require a Swedish version of these?
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I'll soon be ordering Catan Dice Game from playme.de.

It's a yahtzee-ish version of Settlers, and only €5.95
 
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You could have a look at Rat-a-Tat Cat


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Michelle Zentis
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In Tumblin' Dice you need to write down scores. There are little write-on wipe-off areas on the board to do so, but you could always use paper.

Coloretto would also work, and it's a fun little game.
 
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