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Caitlyn Paget
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I was just chatting with a co-worker and she mentioned that her son really enjoys board games, but that he doesn't always find people to play with.

He likes Stratego, and Chess, as well as "classics" like Sorry.
But he can't always convince his friends to play games like Stratego or Chess... He also has a sister who is a few years younger.

I'd like to make some game recommendations for them, and I'd like to consult the collective wisdom of the 'geek! Ideally getting games that would appeal to the younger sister too, and at least a few suggestions that would allow for the two siblings to play together without the older one always winning.

So far, I've thought of:
- Forbidden Island (co-operative might be nice for siblings)
- Sorry Sliders (dexterity should be more even between both ages)
- Hey That's My Fish (simple but meaty, leads to more gaming!)
- The Magic Labyrinth?? (I haven't played this, so maybe isn't too young for this family?)
- Ticket to Ride (a crowd-pleaser, so might as well start them early)

Suggestions? Responses to my list? Etc?

 
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Pastiche(educational!)

both good for kids?
 
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Forbidden Island and Sorry! Sliders are the ones I came to suggest.
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As a parent of an 8 and soon-to-be-6 year old, I would Xth the recommendation for Forbidden Island. I'll also toss in recommendations for Wobble (a game my eldest managed to beat me a couple of times in a row; then she lost to her younger sister) and Qwirkle (no reading).
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Balancing Aliens (dexterity-based)
Dice Run
Hare & Tortoise
Ingenious
Liar's Dice (or Pirate Dice if you like Pirates of the Carribean)
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Pirateer (my recommendation)
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Blokus 3D (a.k.a. Rumis)
Diamant (a.k.a. Incan Gold)

 
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You might consider Bridge Troll. It has a great theme, fun artwork and little reading once the children know the game. I played it with my 7 year old niece and she loved it. The one downside with bridge troll is that it would require that you played with them a 4-5 times to make sure they got the rules. I found my niece understood how the play the game after the second or third turn but I think it would take a while before she would have been able to play independently. This could easily also be solved by making a quick reference card for them to use.
 
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Tiki Topple is a game that plays two well.
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Forbidden Island +1
Magic Labyrinth +1

I think either of these would be good, my kids love them.

How about Lego Heroica?
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I'm fond of RattleSnake, where you roll a die then place magnets on the board. It's a really simple dexterity game.
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Animal Upon Animal or Tier auf Tier: Das Duell
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My 6 year old loves Small World. My 9 year old loves Dominion.

I like both games for kids because they are educational as well as a lot of fun.
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If he likes an abstract strategy game like chess ... but no one will play it with him .. maybe a slightly less intimidating, and very easy to pick up and play, abstract game like Quoridor would appeal?

My 8 year old son plays chess all the time and he also loves a game that looks very similar to Quoridor called Entrapment. Entrapment involves pawns, walls, blocking ... but also captures. So far I've played it 70 plus times and my son beat me on his second game.. oh the shame.

Both Quoridor and Entrapment are very easy to learn. Entrapment being slightly more complex.

if you want a more thematic game Forbidden Island can be great fun.
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This is a wonderful list!

I'll print it out, with a brief description of each game

And the really exciting thing is that a lot of these games are cheap. Which makes it more likely that she'll pick them up.

Thanks everyone!
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Have a look at the (free) game Splut!



It feels like a trimmed version of Chess, with fantasy influences. And wizards 'n trolls always catch the interest of kids, no?
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