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So, like most blogs, this was full of good intentions and short on content.  We had a lot of ideas for it, but life just got in the way of writing.  Debating deleting it completely or leaving it up and maybe turn it over to my daughter if she wants to write about board games.


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Dancing Eggs

Contents: 9 rubber eggs, 1 wooden egg, 2 dice, and 1 packet of instructions.

Dancing Eggs is a really fun game, in my opinion. There are nine rubber eggs, and one wooden egg. Each rubber egg is worth one point, but the wooden egg is worth TWO points, as it is slippery.
The way this game works is that you are holding eggs in many different places. As I said before, the wooden egg is more likely to slip and fall, so that’s why it’s worth TWO points.
The action in this game is, well, the action die! It has six sides, each with a different symbol. One of the pictures, the bouncing egg, means that you have to bounce the egg from up high and the first one to catch the rubber egg wins it. Obviously, you can’t do this with a wooden egg because wood doesn’t bounce. That’s why the rest of these eggs are rubber, so they can act like bouncy balls, jumping around. And that’s only one of the six activities!
The catch for this game is that another die controls where you put your egg once you win it! There’s: in between your knees, in your armpit, underneath your chin, in your elbow, on your shoulder, and the jack which is any one of those options.
Well, I hope you play this game soon at one of our Game Days!

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Buying games

I love shopping, well most of it.  I like wandering down aisles, poking at things, seeing what is there.  Unfortunately, most places don’t have a game store that will accommodate that need.  I have a couple of small shops that stock some games, but not very much.  Even the so-called educational stores only stock games that would put your whole family to sleep or get them back on the Wii.

That leaves online shopping.  Not as much fun, but at least you can get your hands on games that are worth dropping $50-60 for.  I typically start off at BoardgameGeek, checking out the nominations for Children’s Game of the Year in Germany.  Just because a game didn’t win, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check it out.  In fact, you should!  Poking around that site is always worth some time to get ideas and see what new games are coming out and then hoping to find them here in the US.

Language can be an issue, especially with games geared towards older kids.  That’s why the Geek rules.  People will let you know how language dependent a game is.  I just bought a new game from Germany that requires no reading at all during game play, and it is a blast.  The rules are usually translated into several languages and it is always fun to try to translate the titles of games with your kids.

So go and do a little research online and poke around the different internet retailers to see what they have to offer.  Check out a few as the prices vary wildly as do shipping costs.  Many stores have a magic number that will reduce the shipping charges to zero.  Most of these shops are small enterprises and if you get confused, give a call, I bet you may find an actual person on the end of the line who actually likes to play games as much as you do!

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Well, what a turn out today!  I think we had over 50 people come and play our games.  It was a great time and there was a lot of laughter and fun for the full three hours!  Some of the tops hits were the classics.  Chicken Cha Cha Cha, Chateau Roquefort, Viva Topo! and Ghost Chase all saw significant table time.  Dancin’ Eggs, Giro Galoppo, Castle Keep, Kids of Catan also had multiple plays happening.  In keeping with the weather, Igloo Pop drew some interest, which was nice as I had not played that one a lot since we got it when my own kids were little and it was too much for them.

Other break outs were Loot, Dead Man’s Treasure, Hamster Rolle, Ice Cream as games were flying off the show table and onto playing tables.  The biggest question I had was about where to buy these games and when we were bringing them back.

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Frank’s Zoo Review

Frank’s Zoo is a really fun animal card game!  You have cards with animals on them. Every animal can be eaten by another animal except for the killer whale because it is special.  The animal[s] that can eat your animal are on the top of your card.

You have a place where you pile up your animal cards.  If you don’t have any of the animal[s] that eat the animal on top of the card deck, then you have to pass or put two of the same animal that’s on top of the deck.  Every time no one can play, the deck goes to the discard pile.  Then the person who last played gets to start the next round.

In this game there is a JOKER.  The JOKER can only be played with another card.  tthere is also mosquitos.  If you put a mosquito with an elephant, the mosquito turns into an elephant.

This game is for 4-7 players.  Aged 10 and up.                                                       Contents: 60 cards: 4 mosquitoes, 1 JOKER, and 5 each of 11 other animals.

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Ingenious:             I like Ingenious because it is a really fun game.  You have tiles with two colors on each tile.  For each identical symbol that you line up, you move one square on your score board.  When you cannot place a tile on the game board, the game immediately ends.  You count up your points by seeing where your color that is closest to zero. Then you go up with your finger to see what your score is.  The player with the highest score wins the game!  The  really cool thing about Ingenious is that you can play by yourself and the more players, the wider the board gets.  The best thing about Ingenious for me is that my dad can never beat me!

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Hi there, long time, no blog.  Sorry about that, life got a little busy.  I did do something fun today that I thought I would share.  Some lovely co-workers also have children the same age as mine (or younger) and were asking me about games.  So today, I brought in Chicken Cha Cha Cha, with the Ducklin’ Dancin’ expansion pack.  The child-free adults were not so excited about the poo, but the rest knew the excitement that comes along with being able to play with fake chicken poop.

There were some ooh’s and ahh’s at the meeples and the tiles as I set the game pieces out around the lunch table.  I briefly explained the rules, but did not want to get into some nitty gritty (not that there is much of that with this game) and had a nice little six player game while we ate lunch.

My emphasis in rule teaching was also to explain how to modify the game for mixed groups of children and I quickly got yelled at when I changed course in the game to explain a mod that I frequently use.  The game was a pretty big hit, even with those adults who are child free.  There was lots of laughter, a curse word or two and even a friendly punch in the arm when mistakes were made.  I think this was a hit today and am planning on brining in some other games for some lunch time hijinks.

My purpose is to show some parents and other adults how much children’s games have changed and that they do  not have to suffer through the same roll and move style game that most of us played as kids.  Folks were impressed by the meeples and the way the game ran, which was no surprise to me.  I mentioned that my copy had been played hundreds of time and the pieces still looked new and the tiles had no apparant damage at all.  Try playing a mass market game that many times and see how many of the bits you still have!

Up next, Gulo Gulo.  Or maybe Viva Topo!

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