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Neil Blaiberg
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So the situation.
I have overpaid my cr edit card bill and so have £60 to spend online. As it is my sons birthday towards the end of the year I'm looking for some recommendations.
He likes:
Kids of Carc
Flash point
Forbidden island
Castle panic
Hey that's my fish
Duck duck go
Drizzt (more for me but he likes the pieces)

He loves watching Hayden, but the games he likes are hard to find. Gulo gulo in particular.

Ideally I'd like at least one dexterity game, was looking at pony express.
He loves pirates, but can't find the black pirate.
He wants pirate vs pirate, but I have my doubts

How would you spend £60 in UK online stores, for a 5 year old?
 
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I would buy something for myself, then give him the box it was shipped in.

Kids love playing in and with large cardboard boxes, he'll be happy. And is too young to understand he's being ripped off.

You'll be happy with some shiny new games. Win-Win!
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How about Pitch Car (or the mini version depending on table size) and King of Tokyo (now its available again)? They're the current hot games with my 6yr old son.

I'd never heard of Pony Express, might have to look at it myself.
 
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I'd love pitch cars but can't find it online anywhere

And my son is part the cardboard box stage and the wife would not be impressed

any other suggestions? Oh I already have heroscape ready to go
 
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Sounds painful for him . . .
 
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I´d suggest Die kleinen Drachenritter.
 
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I've got a 10 year old who still happily plays with cardboard boxes - though he usually is making forts for his Heroscape figures out of them nowadays.

More seriously, have you thought of Château Roquefort ?
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I would also recommend PitchCar. A few available on Amazon,about £44, also copies of the mini version, about £28.
So you'll have some change to spend on either expansions or yourself - result.

Both my two children love this and it is a great game to get out at family get togethers - such as Christmas. This is now a standard - just before tea game!
 
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Ed_the_Red wrote:


have you thought of Château Roquefort ?


I second this one. thumbsup
 
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How 'bout Hey, That's My Fish!?
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scifiantihero wrote:
Sounds painful for him . . .

Which part - watching Hayden? devil

If he loves pirates, you should have a look at Merchants & Marauders. You will have to help him learn to play, but there is no better pirate game available. I'd also suggest that you check out The Downfall of Pompeii and Château Roquefort.
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I think m&m will be far too hard due him, it's listed as 13+, plus is it actually available these days?

Chateau Roquefort looks like a combination of magic labyrinth and amazing labyrinth, I'll check it out

I already have hey that's my fish
 
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TheRiddler1976 wrote:


Ideally I'd like at least one dexterity game, was looking at pony express.


How about FlowerFall, it is a simple dexterity game.


 
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TheRiddler1976 wrote:
I think m&m will be far too hard due him, it's listed as 13+, plus is it actually available these days?

I don't know whether it's available in the U.K., but it certainly is in the U.S. I just looked, and CoolStuffInc has 5 of them in stock.

You're right that the full game of Merchants & Marauders is too much for a 5 year old, but I found that when my kids had a special interest, they enjoyed "helping" me play games on the subject, and grew into playing by themselves gradually over time. With plastic ships and a pretty map, the game can be played with before it gets played.

However, I did just think of a pirate game that my kids enjoyed when they were small: Trade Winds. I believe it was marketed on your side of the pond by Waddington's under the name of Buccaneer. Maybe you can find a copy on eBay or somewhere.
 
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Uncle Wiggily was my favourite game at that age. They've dumbed it down a bit since then but it's still good for teaching counting. I got if for my little niece and nephew and they love it.
 
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Ed_the_Red wrote:
I would buy something for myself, then give him the box it was shipped in.

Kids love playing in and with large cardboard boxes, he'll be happy. And is too young to understand he's being ripped off.

You'll be happy with some shiny new games. Win-Win!

Oh come on - I play chess with my 5-year-old. Up to 18 months you could pull this stunt, but not after.

Both my kids love Villa Paletti
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I would suggest Zimbabwe's currency. They have a rather bad case of hyperinflation going, so you could get lots of their cash (i.e., fuel) at a favorable exchange rate.
 
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5 year old? Dexterity?

Animal upon Animal. Hands down.
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+1 Animal Upon Animal
+1 Pitch Car - but I would consider RoadZters instead

Have a look at Rory's Story Cubes if you want to spark creativity. There are a few different sets available I think.

Normally, I wouldn't suggest these for a 5 year old, but since your son already has gaming experience you could consider:
Catan: Junior - has a pirate theme
Ghost Blitz - speed dexterity game
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Thanks for all the suggestions - for some reason Haba games seem hard to come by in the UK at the moment.

Anyway just to "close" this - I got PitchCar & Catan : Junior in the end, but I'll keep an eye on some of these
 
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+1 Animal on Animal
+1 Hey that's my fish

My two eldest are 4 and 7, and they both love these

They also like Water Lily...
 
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You mentioned the Drizzt game...

I would check out the Lego Heroica line of games/expansions. They may not appetize the Geek battle-hardened around here but they are solid little crawler games meant for children around that age.

As a bonus you get to build the dungeons using Legos.



I mean seriously.
 
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Sitting Ducks is great for small children. Easy to understand and play. You'll feel picked on but he'll love it.

Tier auf Tier (Animal upon Animal) is a fun stacking game. Not so great for adults, but children seem to like it.

Hey, That's My Fish! is another good and simple one. Also, UNO is another good one for children. Bright colours and easy to play.

Almost a dexterity game is Grab Bag. You try to find differently shaped piece by touch alone. This is fun for adults and children alike.


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