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Jonathan Kidsley
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Hello all, I need some advice from the gaming gods that are here at BGG.

forever playing games with myself the missus and the 10 year old (girl)but would like to include the 8 and 7 year olds if possible (both boys).

The lads normally end up on the dreaded console while we play a board game, but I would love to find games that appeal to them as well.
Must obviously be fun and not too long to keep their attention.

Thanks in advance.
 
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I doubt I class as a god of any description but here goes.

I'm going to pick games that all of you can play. I would also advise lots of shorter games to begin with.

Hick Hack In Gackelwack / Pick Picknic and For Sale should work very well and both can be played pretty quickly. Carcassone Hunters & Gatherers or Alhambra or maybe even Medici might work (but these take a little longer to play - although you should still be able to finish them in an hour).

If the boys are anything like my nephews they will enjoy games with a take-that mechanism. Also card games are always good as they are portable (and usually pretty quick) as well.

I would also throw in a couple of two player games as well - hoping that the two boys will play each other occasionally. Maybe Memoir '44 would be a good choice (I've never played it but others say it works for 7/8 year olds).

In fact there are plenty of geeklists about your very situation see
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
 
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Probably a predictable answer but i have to say carcassonne. try and get the farmer rules across but if not i still think the game works without them, it looks good on the table is quick and i gaurantee its not always the grown ups win!
 
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Pirate's Cove
StreetSoccer
Cloud 9
Ticket to Ride
Diamant
Zapp Zerrapp

... to name but a few that our kids enjoy (girl 11, boy 6)

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I'd add Hey, that's my fish! and Dragonland into the pile of possibilities.

If they're not too squeamish, maybe also Fearsome Floors (which I can't stand, but my 10/11 year olds like).

In my experience, its not so much the length of a game that matters, but downtime - after all, they'll happily spend hours playing video games given the chance.

 
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Thanks for all the suggestions thus far, I will take a look. Downtime is indeed an important factor and one I must take into account.

Carcassonne seems to crop up on alot of lists, methinks its about time to pick it up (hunters and gatherers seems to be a good version)

 
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I have to suggest heroscape too. I can't believe it appears so few times on this list actually.
 
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I must add, I do have heroscape and it is indeed a great game with either simple or more involved rules.
 
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I've got a 10 year old daughter, and 8 year old son, and they gravitate towards fantasy themed stuff, since that is what they read. So they like Runebound, Arkham Horror, Return of the Heroes, etc. But these are all long involved games that require patience.

I think you have to limit time on the console. If it's between a boardgame and a console game, they will likely pick the console every time.
 
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The Walmart edition of Knizia's Loot! (formerly Korsar) is a fun, light game that's only $5.00

My six year old kicked me to the curb last night, when playing with my visiting father.
 
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craniac wrote:
The Walmart edition of Knizia's Loot!


Walmart doesn't have its own edition. It sells the Gamewright edition that can be bought at many different locations.

It is indeed a good family game.
 
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JonnieK wrote:
Hello all, I need some advice from the gaming gods that are here at BGG.

forever playing games with myself the missus and the 10 year old (girl)but would like to include the 8 and 7 year olds if possible (both boys).

The lads normally end up on the dreaded console while we play a board game, but I would love to find games that appeal to them as well.
Must obviously be fun and not too long to keep their attention.

Thanks in advance.


Someone was just asking about handicapping games for his 5 year old son, and most of those would be fine for this age group without handicapping:

TICKET TO RIDE and TICKET TO RIDE: EUROPE
TRANSAMERICA/TRANSEUROPE
MEMOIR '44
NEXUS OPS

The card game KUNG FU FIGHTING is a fun, lighthearted 'take that!' style game.

As long as I'm veering into card games, 6 NIMMT/CATEGORY 5, COLORETTO, KING'S BREAKFAST, BOHNANZA, and COUNTING ZZZ'S are all about right for kids.

I'd think INGENIOUS should work well, though you might want to simplify scoring just a bit.

And to second some previous recommends: FEARSOME FLOORS and PIRATE'S COVE.
 
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I've asked very similar questions in the past:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

Good luck!

I'm starting to realize that I need to start playing "main stream" games with them, because they're getting burned out on my games. They want games that their friends are playing.

Bang! is a big hit with my kids. Attacktix, although more a toy than a game, continues to be a requested game.

My daughter(6) likes Enchanted Forest, Gulo Gulo, Apples to Apples and Smarty Party, with the Junior Expansion.
 
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davebo wrote:
I'm starting to realize that I need to start playing "main stream" games with them, because they're getting burned out on my games. They want games that their friends are playing.


FWIW, we've had good luck approaching the same problem from the opposite direction -- i.e. teach their friends your games. In general, the reaction has been "wow, these are so much better."
 
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A game my kids want to play every time I announce we're gaming tonight is Blokus...my 5 year old plays it and does pretty darn good.

Ticket to Ride is another good one, our 10 year old girl really likes it!
 
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ticket to ride will be great for them. simple game with a lot of thinking and a lot of train

also a lot of avalon hill games ( www.avalonhill.com ) are good for little kids although its really about what the kids like...
 
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Jonathan Kidsley
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Thanks all. You have thrown up some great suggestions and I will be looking to obtain a few in the weeks ahead.

 
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