Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘family’

So we decided to get two of our nephews different boxes of Heroscape.  If you don’t know this game and you have boys 7 and up, you may want to look it up.  Imagine Dungeons & Dragons meets Risk.  With a cooler map that you can build.  We were able to get the first master set easily.  This one is about Valkyries and other cool things like that.  Got it for $27 too.  Nice!  Then we had all sorts of trouble getting master set #2, Swarm of the Marro.  Giant evil looking buggy monsters.  Very cool, could not find the dang thing though.  This is a Milton Bradley/Hasbro game and their page told me that I could get it at all sort of toy stores.  Yeah, right.  Nobody had it, nobody knew what I was talking about at Target, Walmart, Kmart, Toys R Us.  At least my local comic shops knew about it, but don’t carry it since it is so easy to get at the above named stores.  Sigh.

I did find it at one online dealer.  Hooray!  That was before I went out in the ice storm to go to the already named and now disparaged big box stores.  So when I came home I went back online and got my credit card out only to find it had sold out.  Sigh.  Thanks to Google though, I was able to find another merchant, this one in FL who had it.  After shipping, it was $40.  And yes, the other place I had bookmarked would have shipped it for less.

Lesson of the day – if you see it and want it, stop screwing around and just buy it.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

So we will be bringing our games back to the CH Booth Library in Newtown, CT.  December 30, 2009 from 1 PM until 4 PM.  We have over 30 games to bring, plus some new ones that we have asked Santa to bring on Christmas!  Give us a shout if you would like to come, it is free and lots of fun on a cold wintery day.

Read Full Post »

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!

Read Full Post »

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.

Read Full Post »

Hi everyone, sorry about the lack of posts.  I had thought I would be able to spend some more time talking with everyone about games on here, but the summer has flown by already!  While I have had numerous kid game sessions during these rainy months and I have scored some new games, I just have not sat down and discussed them.  I do have some news to share quickly before I go and make some dinner (grilled halibut with a pesto sauce).

We will be presenting a game session at the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown, CT on 8/14 from 3-5 pm.  I will fill you all in on the details soon!  I promise!  Really!

Read Full Post »

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!

Read Full Post »

As you may or may not know (or care), many of the great games that we own and that we are talking about on this site are designed by Germans.  Germans seem to love their board games more than any other group, I think.  Every year, there is a gigantic convention in Essen, Germany at which designers, publishers and the general public mingle and play new games together.

Once per year, the Kinderspiel des Jahres award is given out to a new children’s game.  Many of our favorite games have won this award in the past and this is a good starting point when you are searching for that next game you would like for your children.  Each game is also linked to Boardgamegeek.com, which needs some discussion as well, but that is for another time.

It is nice to see what won the current year, but your chances of getting it are slim.  If you can find someone who has imported it, great!  Just be ready to pay a few bucks.  Instead, if you are new to gaming or to buying games for children, explore the past winners.  You will have a better chance at getting the game, it will probably even have rules in English and you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get it.

Here is the current list of Kinderspiel des Jahres winners and links to the ‘Geek:

Year Winning Game Designer
2008 Wer war’s? Reiner Knizia
2007 Beppo der Bock Klaus Zoch & Peter Schackert
2006 Der schwarze Pirat Guido Hoffmann
2005 Das Kleine Gespenst Kai Haferkamp
2004 Geistertreppe Michelle Schanen
2003 Viva Topo! Manfred Ludwig
2002 Maskenball der Käfer Peter-Paul Joopen
2001 Klondike Stefanie Rohner and Christian Wolf
2000 Arbos Martin Arnold and Armin Müller
1999 Kayanak Peter-Paul Joopen
1998 Chicken Cha Cha Cha Klaus Zoch
1997 Leinen Los! Alex Randolph
1996 Vier zu mir! Heike Baum
1995 Karambolage Heinz Meister
1994 Loopin’ Louie Carol Wiseley
1993 Ringel Rangel Geni Wyss
1992 Galloping Pigs Heinz Meister
1991 Corsaro – Irrfahrt im Piratenmeer Wolfgang Kramer
1990 My Haunted Castle Virginia Charves
1989 Gute Freunde Alex Randolph

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »