Just joined BGG, but long time lurker. I have a two-part question here:
1) I'm moving to Tanzania in June, and love board games. What games would you recommend I should take that would be able to be made compact enough to fit in my luggage? I love deck building, fantasy, dungeon, resource type games. I've already got Ascension, and I think that will fit nicely in a different box. Any ideas?
2) I'm going to be teaching high school, and was thinking about having a boardgame club as an extra-curricular. Hopefully, i will be able to get some companies to donate some games, because Tanzanians aren't exposed a lot to creative outlets like games, so i think it would be great for their mental development. So my question is: what games would you recommend that are easy to learn and require a bit of strategy? I think Ascension, and deck building games in general are good for this. They can speak English, though not at a super proficient level. Thoughts?
Thanks in advance!
My dad taught in Tanzania during the 70's and I'm pretty sure he used a home-brew game in his teaching, a kind of more complicated diplomacy if I recall. He taught the kids of the more wealthy Tanzanians and the sons and daughters of foreign diplomats.
I wonder if a Tanzanian would enjoy a fantasy or dungeon themed game since they're so steeped in European culture and myth. Ascension might be a hard sell.
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Wow, good for you! I stand in awe of your althruism!
Based on your tastes, if you're only going to take one deck builder, it should definitely be Shadowrift. Plus it's co-op, which might be great to play with the kids for esprit d'corps.
You say the kids can speak english, but how well do they read? Obviously a deckbuilder is an opportunity for them to practice their english skills, I suppose
Anyway, other tiny games:
Forbidden Island - easy to play, captures everyone's imagination, encourages cooperation
Hanabi - more tiny package co-op goodness. really stresses communication.
Dixit - lose the box and score keeper, take some generic chits to keep score, and challenge their imagination
At the Gates of Loyang - again, lose the box, and you've got a great game to teach basic market economics, with a subject matter that's probably not too foreign to them (even if the setting is)
San Juan - wonderful card game that can encourage critical thinking and making a plan and sticking to it
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age - fun tiny footprint dice game that can get them thinking about history a bit
Mundus Novus - great card game that encourages trade and commerce thinking
Rapa Nui - fantastic deep but simply to play card game that you can use to introduce the concepts of overharvesting of resources
Fae - great abstract that you can use to introduce the concepts of societal development
Ra - classic auction game that can teach players to properly assign monetary value to purchases
Food Chain - great fast light filler game that deftly demonstrates, well, the food chain
Lemonade Stand - simple little business simulation card game
Catan: Portable Edition - tiny, natch, and another opportunity to encourage critical trade thinking
Travel Blog - again, for a lot of these, leave the box behind and the game takes up little space. This one is perfect for learning world geography.
Timeline: Historical Events - the whole timeline series is perfect for teaching history
Also, considering you're going to Tanzania, I reckon you should look at games tied to the country: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/12924/country-t...
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Excellent suggestions - agree with most of rahdo's suggestions.
No Thanks! - Simply one of the small filler games out there; teaches about chance and probability.
Love Letter - Can't get much smaller than this - just 16 cards!
Dobble - OK, so it's glorified Snap, but you can't get much more fun with kids for the size and if they play in English it would be good for their language skills too.
Bohnanza - I would go with this instead of Settlers as it plays more people and is generally more accessible.
Depending on the age of the kids, I would also consider Avalon - Small box; teaches about deduction, body language and trust.
Best of luck; please keep us posted as to how you get on.
Hi - a small suggestion. Please don't just talk about "Africa" in your posts and conversations... we're a big continent over here so being specific about the country you're involved in will help people not to think of you as just another brash foreigner (Hint: you could change the topic to 'Moving to Tanzania')