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Eric Hendershott
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Hi all,

I am trying to expand my game collection (aren't we all), and thought that I would like to add one or two "press your luck" type games. It would be a bonus if the games were simple enough to introduce them to my children (6 and 7 - creating the next generation of degenerate gamblers for teh win)

I have seen Can't Stop recommended quite a bit, as well as zombie dice. Are there other really good ones (fun and replay ability are key)

Comparisons between like games would be really helpful.

As always, thanks in advance!

Eric

 
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Coloretto has that element. Should you grab a stack and get out while you can or see what the next card is?

It's very easy to play but offers a lot of strategic choices.
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Very little beats the classic Can't Stop
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You can also play Cosmic Wimpout with standard d6 (4 of 1 color, 1 of another.)
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Incan Gold has been on my radar, heard only good things about it.

Also, Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game has some nifty press your luck elements if you want something bigger.
 
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Incan Gold! Played this with my sisters who were 6 and 8 and they loved it.
 
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Yes, Incan Gold is probably the call. You might also look at Cloud 9.
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Gotta chime in against Incan Gold. Sure, it's great for non-gamers. The problem is that it's just about pure push your luck. You asked about replayability. Incan Gold has very little of that.

Other than Can't Stop, one of the best push your luck games I've played was Cheeky Monkey.. The reason it's better than Incan Gold is that it has more choices. It's not just pushing your luck as you pull tokens out of the bag. It's also how you create your stack - the order of the tokens you've just pulled. These decisions affect how others steal from you as the game progresses.

Perhaps there are other great push your luck games out there. I cannot say passionately enough that Incan Gold is not one of them. Not it replayability is truly important.
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+1 for Unnamed Object.

I've played this with my sister's family many, many times. Now, they own it.

Here's the roster and ages of who played:

Sister (40)
Brother in-law (39)
Nephew #1 (13)
Nephew #2 (11)
Nephew #3 (9)
Nephew #4 (6)
Me (37)
Girlfriend (32)

Everyone enjoyed it.

Pros:
Easy to teach
Quick to play
Play experience varies with number of players
Small box
Suspenseful
Fun

Cons:
We played it too much

 
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I do love me some Pass the Pigs.

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My current press-your-luck of choice is IceDice. It's part of the Looney Pyramids system, so there's that.
 
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You need King of Tokyo. It is a great push your luck game to play with kids.
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Get a copy of Hexagony off of ebay simple dice rolling capture game that really is a hoot ...
 
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Morganza wrote:
Very little beats the classic Can't Stop


Except Hoppladi Hopplada! (which gamesurplus.com has in stock as I post this. Buy it now!! (usually you have to order it from Germany)).

It's portable (a few dice and a score pad), it's fast, and you get to press each others' luck if you think the previous player chickened out.

As for the others, Incan Gold is most fun with larger groups (we have the Diamant version which, I think handles 8). Can't Stop can be dire (slow and unengaging while you wait) with 4 (and can even get a bit tedious with 3). Zombie Dice felt like a non-game to me. King of Tokyo can be a blast, but it's not just a simple push-your-luck game, if that's what you're looking for.

Only downside(?) of Hoppladi with kids that age would be that multiplication is involved, but there's a chart that does it for them. Incan Gold, BTW, is a great way to teach little kids (my experience was with kindergartners) the concept of division with remainders. (So sometimes a game with the kind of math they haven't gotten to yet can be a good thing -- especially when the objective is clear enough that the math is more a score-keeping thing than a calculation you need to do to determine your best move).

When our daughter was about that age, we also played a lot of Circus Flohcati (with the German rules) and, even before that, we enjoyed Duck, Duck, Bruce (well, actually, we had the Kleine Fische version, but I think the game's the same). Both are push your luck games that involve cards rather than dice.

And, going even farther afield, there's Treasure, Ready, Go! which is a kind of dexterity/memory/spatial relationship game where you press your luck temporally, in deciding whether to take on the (as yet unknown) next challenge or whether to just keep the points you have. They might be exactly the wrong age for this (i.e. it may look like a little kids game to them at an age where they want to feel like big kids, though we have a blast even as adults, so it might be one to keep in mind even if now isn't the moment.)

When they get older, there are a couple of really fun press-your-luck word games -- Jitters (which is an ebay purchase) and Tai Chi Chuan -- if you go for that kind of thing.
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Rather tangential, don't own, haven't played: DungeonQuest. It's a dungeon crawler, but it does come down to how much loot to grab at the risk of encountering the dragon awake and being able to fight your way back. I suspect other lighter dungeon crawlers would fit as well.

Also there wouldn't the simpler dice games in general be appropriate too? Zombie Dice, Martian Dice
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If you want to go for a dice game - I really enjoy Martian Dice. I don't have a concrete reason why I love it, I just find it's really fun, even with gamers. The rule book (well, rule sheet actually) is nicely laid out, and I pretty much teach the game as presented in the rules. Good times.
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Just to stir things up a little, my absolute favourite Press Your Luck game is Ra...
People keep calling it an auction game for some bizarre reason.
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Another vote for Incan Gold. I've had success getting my nephew, age six, to play Incan Gold.
 
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Morganza wrote:
Very little beats the classic Can't Stop


+1 for Can't Stop! Great simple game!
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Another vote for Incan Gold. Another good push your luck game geared for kids is Gopher It!.
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IMO Incan Gold and Can't Stop are the best two press your luck games.
 
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I've played both Zombie Dice and Martian Dice and I'd recommend Martian dice. You get to "strategize" over what type of die to keep each roll which is more rewarding to me.

There's always pass the pigs and farkle, those can be fun too but I'd still recommend Martian dice.

Have fun!

 
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Scurra wrote:
Just to stir things up a little, my absolute favourite Press Your Luck game is Ra...
People keep calling it an auction game for some bizarre reason. :)


+1 for Ra. I agree it's much more like a trick-taking press your luck game than an auction game.

You might also look at either of The Adventurers games. They're very thematic, have lots of fun components, and apparently are fun, light games (I've never played them).

For a slightly different take on the archaeology theme, you could also try Pergamon, which has a bit of a press your luck mechanic with how far you think you can dig with the museum funds you have, but the main mechanic is set collection, I believe.
 
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My kids (8 and 6) enjoy both Can't Stop (bonus: the get to work on their math skills) and Martian Dice. To me it is much better than Zombie dice, both the gameplay and e theme for the kids.
 
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