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Edward B
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I heard someone say here once that Space Alert would probably just stress families out, and that it was better to play with mates instead.
Is this true?
 
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Cory Duplantis
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I would say, unless your family is of the gamer nature, then yes it would stress them out. Space Alert, while it is a ton of fun, will be stressful to some people who don't like thinking fast and on their feet.
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Andreas Krüger
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I think it's true, although I can't really tell you why. It's probably due to the time pressure. The ten minutes of the planning phase are extremely intense, no possibility for chatting or drinking.
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David Jackman
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It could work with family.

I think it is a better assumption to say it isnt generally a good family game.

People playing will make mistakes. Someone will put a left down instead of a right, or look out of a window three times instead of firing three missiles, which will invariably lead to the hilarious end of your crews' lives as an interstellar octopus crushes you to bits(But boy, it all looked REALLY cool from that window - i know from experience. ;) )

The real question is how people will take criticism. Its not fun to mess up, and as long as the players arent prone to be overly critical of those that DO mess up(because someone will), it can work.

But this could be why family would generally be a bad idea. You've already got deep-set relationships and social heirarchy going on, and it seems much easier to tick people off in that case.

That said, if your family has relatively tough skin, and can see the humor in losing, give it a shot.

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Daniel Danzer
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Depends mostly on the definitions for "family".
If "Family" = children 4 - 8 years old and the other part of the relationship wants to talk about other things during the game, plus some stubborn (grand-)parents are around the table expecting a "nice evening" playing Scrabble, then SPACE ALERT IS NO GOOD.
If "Family" means two or three smart kids age 10 or up, significant other with "Diplomacy" and "Galaxy Trucker" as favourite games, (grand-)parents still open for new experiences, and all family members have no problem, if the space ship blosw up beacause of one single crew members` fault ... SPACE ALERT IS GREAT!

I love to play it with my wife and son, and they like it, too.

But they also love all kinds of other "strange things" ... ninja
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Edward B
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Thanks a lot, guys. I assumed this would be the case. I think this could work in the future, but I need to wean them onto it. I'll probably get another game instead. Again, thanks a lot.
 
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David Kiehnhoff
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My wife and I taught this to my parents on Friday night and we ran through 20 missions in under 24 hours. We all had a great time with it and didn't mind the times we failed the missions due to a misstep or someone making silly mistakes because they were still learning. When we played some more on Sunday, there was a bit more tension, shouting, and underlying family issues as mentioned above since we had all become 'experienced' crew members. Overall it depends on the shape and dynamics of your family, and in the end, all you can do is give it a try and see how it works in your own family.
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