The holidays in my family are times spent eating every two hours, drinking good whiskey, playing euchre with the older clan, and playing a variety of games into the wee hours with the younger clan.
This year I brought to the table "Wings of War: Famous Aces and Watch Your Back", as well as a couple of old stand-bys. I placed the games on the bar next to our trusty gaming table in our parents den, hoping to get a late night of play in after the older folks went to bed.
The afternoon saw many rounds of 'buck euchre with the adults around the table.
My four year old nephew was there. Jake is a headstrong and very active little boy. While taking a break from euchre I noticed he was carrying "Watch Your Back" and off to do what four year olds do with things they are intrigued with but know nothing about: open it up and toss things about
As the old uncle, I stopped him in his tracks and gave him the speech about asking for permission before taking. He gave me that "I will do what I want to" look, but then followed it up with the cutest little grin and said "Please Uncle Dale..."
That did it for me and I gave permission to the little bugger. I also asked him if he would like to learn how to play. He cracked open the box and we played on the floor.
I established with him that this is a game that you follow rules, but you fly an airplane around (his dad is an rc flyer and wwI buff as well so he knows a little about the planes). He chose an Ufag two seater, while I picked a Nie 11. I told him to pick three manuever cards. Within a few turns he was getting the hang of it. I just had my plane fly straight and turn, so Jake could get the handle of the game. He got a few shots on me and finally scored an explosion! He was psyched and began recounting the dogfight to his mom and grandma.
We then had company as Jake's dad and his uncle Bob came to see waht all the hub bub was about. The euchre game was postponed. Father and son were on the axis team; with Dad flying a Fokker Dr1 as escort for son's two seater; while the two uncles chose a Spad XIII and a Sopwith Camel.
The two uncle's ganged up on Dad, while Jake flew around the edge of the table taking potshots at the allies. I, as the camel pilot didn't focus on taking the Dr1 down, and after a couple of runs at the triplane, went after the Ufag. I was able to jam Jake's rear gunner (which he almost quit, but all of the men were able to calm the young tyke down), but as a tried to streak off again and aid the Spad's losing battle with the Fokker, Jake got a front shot off at me and shot me down! Uncle Bob's Spad fell victim to the Dr1 a couple turns later.
Jake's Dad gave him a little help with planning manuevers, but Jake was really good at placing the plane at the right position and using the range sticks to see if he could hit other planes.
The kid absolutely loved the game. Later that night, after he unwrapped a mother lode of new toys guess what he wanted to do? Yep, he was playing another round of WOW with his Dad at the dinner table.
After breakfast Christmas morning, I found Jake tugging at my pant leg asking permission to play WOW again. I let him go off on his own and saw him teaching his mother to play [with four year old amended rules of course.]
A fledgling geek had taken flight amidst a mountain of mega blocks, g.i joes, batman figures, and all sorts of toy vehicles. My brother's and I have a future geek to play games with. Ave!
I have a 4 year old nephew myself, unfortunately his Dad is into computer/console games and that's all the son plays. I'm building up my collection though and hope to wean him off of all that.
I'm also hoping to get this game very soon as I have a life long interest in the WWI air war and have been trying to find a decent, but fun and relatively light, game on the subject. This series looks like it.
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- Posted Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:58 am