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Subject: Playing Cartagena with kids rss

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Gunther Buytaert
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When my son (3,5 years) saw I had an new game, he immediately liked to play it. I created some rules, and when I looked that evening on BGG, I found out that there was already some sort of "Kids version"
(http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/94573)

I played it like this

1. Let the child puzzle the tunnel and put the sloop at the end

2. Draw a card (with a symbol) and put this on the boat. This is the final card you have to draw & to get on the boat.

3. Each player gets 1 pirate (or more along the child's age). On your turn, draw a card from the deck and move to the first spot with that symbol. When the spot is occupied, advance to the next spot with this symbol.

4. To get in the boat, you have to draw the card with the same symbol as the one on the sloop.

5. When all of your pirates have reached the finish, you win
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Chris Hawks
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I like the little touch about drawing a card to put on the sloop. thumbsup
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Rob Rob
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When my boy was 5 we let hime play with the adults using a handicap system where he didn't have to move back to gain new cards but instead simply received a new hand of six when ever he ran out.meeple
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Jonas Björklund
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I play with the following rule changes with my 7 year old.

When moving back to get 1 card, he gets 2 cards.
When moving back to get 2 card, he gets 3 cards.

He has grasped som of the tactics in the came, but not all of it.
So with this variant its getting quite hard to beat him.
I really need to think alot, and it's always a close game.

//Jonas
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Nia Brown
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I found that I didn't have to change the rules at all and I still got beaten by my 10 year old girl!cry
 
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