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So, I have a coworker with a 9yo boy currently recovering from leukemia that's been having a hard time with things lately. They're located in a different state, so I'd like to get him some games he'll enjoy and hoping a package might boost his spirits.

Any recommendations? The whole family is a huge fan of the LOTR series so I've picked him up

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

but I'd love to hear any other suggestions.

Thanks!
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StrikerZ Card Game is a quick, simple, fun game if they like soccer.
 
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You could always splurge for some Lord of the Rings Heroclix. I'm not a big Heroclix fan personally in fact I'd suggest Heroscape if were talking game play but opening the packages and seeing all the little figures would probably be a lot of fun for a 9 year old. Perhaps a starter set and some boosters would be a good way to go.
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A sealed copy of the junior edition of Sorts is on a shelf in my game room:



I'll be happy to send it your way.

If you want it, zap me a GeekMail.
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Lord of the Rings may be the way to go. It is cooperative, maybe the we're in this together aspect will boost his morale? There are also a couple of expansions if they like it.
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I swear, honestly, I was about to suggest Pandemic(I am such an idiot sometimes). If the theme was anything else, it would be perfect.

I haven't played it myself, but I think Flash Point might be a good choice. Kids love Fireman, and the theme is something the whole family can get into. Also, since it is co-op, everyone can help each other out and joke around without worrying about who is "winning".

My best wishes go out to the boy and his family.


Hope this helps.
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Erratik wrote:
I swear, honestly, I was about to suggest Pandemic(I am such an idiot sometimes). If the theme was anything else, it would be perfect.

I haven't played it myself, but I think Flash Point might be a good choice. Kids love Fireman, and the theme is something the whole family can get into. Also, since it is co-op, everyone can help each other out and joke around without worrying about who is "winning".

My best wishes go out to the boy and his family.


Hope this helps.


Forbidden Island is Pandemic with a lighter more kid (and this situation) friendly theme.

Also, if they like LotR and co-op games, why not the co-op Knizia LotR game? It was the first co-op game I ever played and I still enjoy it.
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My eight year old son isn't all that much of a gamer, at least not yet. Of my games, he enjoys Bohnanza and Saboteur most. He likes playing Dominion, but if three of four players are playing and attack cards are in play and the game drags on...we love the game, but aren't that good at it...he is about 50/50 on making it through the session.

More thematic games do appeal to him. He enjoys Battleballand a game of HeroQuest. On this thematic front, while 45 minutes is too long for some games, Return of the Heroes will hold his attention for three or four hours.

Good luck in your endeavor.
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miyu wrote:

Forbidden Island is Pandemic with a lighter more kid (and this situation) friendly theme.

Also, if they like LotR and co-op games, why not the co-op Knizia LotR game? It was the first co-op game I ever played and I still enjoy it.


Yes, Forbidden Island is an excellent call. It is more kid-friendly than Flash Point in terms of rules and gameplay. Great call.
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Keep the whimsy high to aid in the smiles an laughter. Go for games that are not to long as he may get exhausted easily.
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How about Hive or Hey, That's My Fish!? One of the nice thing about Hive (especially in a hospital setting) is that all the pieces are made of plastic and could easily be washed / disinfected. There is also a version out, Hive Pocket, that is a very small, portable version - that could easily be played on a hospital tray and includes the 2 expansions Hive: The Mosquito and Hive: The Ladybug.
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Getaklue wrote:

How about Hive or Hey, That's My Fish!? One of thee nice thing about Hive (especially in a hospital setting) is that all the pieces are made of plastic and could easily be washed / disinfected.


That is an awesome reason and recommendation!

Although the abstract game doesn't bring much whimsy.
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miyu wrote:
Getaklue wrote:

How about Hive or Hey, That's My Fish!? One of thee nice thing about Hive (especially in a hospital setting) is that all the pieces are made of plastic and could easily be washed / disinfected.


That is an awesome reason and recommendation!

Although the abstract game doesn't bring much whimsy.


Maybe not much whimsy, but don't most little boys like all things bug related? :)
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robbdaman wrote:
You could always splurge for some Lord of the Rings Heroclix. I'm not a big Heroclix fan personally in fact I'd suggest Heroscape if were talking game play but opening the packages and seeing all the little figures would probably be a lot of fun for a 9 year old. Perhaps a starter set and some boosters would be a good way to go.


An alternate suggestion is Sentinels of the Multiuniverse.
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Thanks to all for the suggestions and assistance!
 
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