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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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So our daughter is now on the school newspaper.  She is in 3rd grade, so it is a full journalism curriculum and she has to submit story ideas for the first issue.  After thinking about reviewing games like Ghost Chase, she turns to me and asks if we can run another game session at the library and she can write up a preview about it so we can get more families to come.  She noted the print date of late November and said we should do one over the Christmas break when kids are home from school.

Someone is getting a little too smart for her britches, but what a great idea!

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My friendly UPS man came by today and dropped off a package filled with 6 new board games!  Hooray!  I had to make the kids promise to finish their lunch and clean up a little and we tried out four of them in about an hour.  Here are some initial impressions:

Right Turn, Left Turn – Quick little card game, but not an easy one for my 5 year old.  You have to be able to differentiate between left and right based on the direction a traffic cop is standing on a card.  I modified it quickly to give each of them a couple of turns, but this one is going to need some work I think.

Number Chase – Another light card game, you lay out 50 numbered cards and one person selects one, writes it down.  The other players guess what card it was.  If you guess wrong, you flip over the card that you guessed and the writer has to answer the question truthfully to help lead the guessers to the card.  This was fun and teaches some basic algebra terms like range as well as other basic math rules.

M is for Mouse – This was a little more complicated that I had thought.  You have cards in your hand and cards on the table.  Each card has two pictures on it and two letters.  You have to match them up.  If you have a fish on your card and a card on the table has an F on it, then you matched!  Both kids needed some directional help to figure out how to make matches and there are three variations in the rules to help mix things up and change the game around.

Gopher It – This was our favorite one of the four we played.  You are a gopher trying to collect food for the winter.  There is a garden on the table (mixed up batch of cards) and you have to make groups of six of one of the food types.  You draw a card from the garden and either keep it or keep going, up to four times.  If you draw two of the same type of food in a row, you are done and have to discard all of the cards you just flipped over.  If you get more than 6 of one type of food, they spoil and you have to throw them all out!  Once you get 6, you get a gopher trophy for doing good work.  Collect three trophies and you are ready for the winter and win!

These are all designed by Reinhard Staupe and published by Bright Idea Games and Playroom Entertainment.

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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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We are very excited that so many families are coming out today.  And a little nervous!  If you have not RSVP’d and would still like to come, we ask that you come after 3pm at this point.  The early hours are going to be crowded and we want to give everyone a chance to play some fun games and ask questions.  

We will have a note sheet for you to jot down games that you like and their publisher so you can go find them if you would like to buy them for your family.    Here is a partial list of the games we are bringing:

Bamboleo, Hamster Rolle, Ghost Chase, Gulo Gulo, Chicken Cha Cha Cha, Ducklin’ Dancin’, Pick Picknick, Bzz Out, Orchard, Cap’n Clever, Loot, Dead Man’s Treasure, Chateau Roquefort, Little Raven, Coloretto, Ice Cream, Hali Gali, Galloping Pigs, Barnyard Critters, Unspeakable Words, The Great Word Race, Animal Upon Animal, Bausack, Princess Sleeping Beauty, Wicked Witches Way, and more!

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So it looks like things are picking up speed for tomorrow.  We have just about 30 people coming.  Hopefully they will stagger out throughout the time slot, but if you all come at 1:00, please be patient as we get you started on some fun games.  It looks like we will have a good adult: child ratio, so we will be asking the grown-ups to supervise their young ones after we get them started if we have a full house.

Feel free to stay as long as you like.  You can also find a brief story about the convention in today’s Hartford Courant at http://www.courant.com/entertainment/events/hc-board-games-convention.artmar20,0,6002108.story

Haba games has sent a stack of their catalogs to give out and Rio Grande has done the same, but it looks like they won’t be getting here in time for the event.

Don’t forget that if you really like what you see, there will be vendors on site who may be able to order some games for you, but if they can’t we have some resources to help you out as well.

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The convention is getting underway today as people are setting up and getting things ready.  We won’t get there until Saturday morning though.  We will be packing up everything tomorrow night to bring down.  We have room for more families to come and play some games with us, so if you are still on the fence, drop me a note and come on down.  The convention also told me that if you are coming to our seminar and would like to stay later on to play other games, they will give you a special $5 per person pass for the remainder of the day.   There will be a huge game library to choose from, so we hope that you enjoy yourselves and come check out the rest of the convention.  There are a ton of games that are great for families as well.  We will be around after getting some dinner, so if you see us playing, come join us!

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