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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Let's chat: Boardgames

Recent-ish Marcia, Cat and Laura had been chatting about boardgames they play with their kids. They tended to focus on UNO and Monopoly - which fair enough are boardgames, but are definitely not the best examples thereof. So I figured now, with the rainy and cold weather setting in, would be a good time to mention some boardgames you can play with your kids. Most of these are great for 5 and up, but you know your kid best...so decide for yourself. On a cost note, yes, boardgames can be on the expensive end, but you pay the price once...and then you have hours, ad hours of entertainment for years.

A great game that works for parties and all ages is Dixit. With Dixit everyone gets some cards, each card has an illustration. You take turns to give a clue of a phrase/a word that works with the image you have. You put your card face down, and everyone else adds a card (face down) that they think works with the clue given. The cards are shown, and then everyone picks the card they think lead to the clue. The results tend to be hilarious.

A great co-op(co-operative) game is Forbidden Island. Everyone works together to find treasures and fly off the island before it sinks. It sounds deceptively easy, but too many waters risings in a row can really, really hurt. What I love about this game is the working as a team element. The difficulty of the game can change, but I recommend playing on easy mode for your first few games.

There is also the classic; Settlers of Catan. As an added bonus you can get this in Afrikaans as well. There is a junior version, a family version and many, many expansions for it. You have areas, get supplies, and trade them with others in order to build up the area you have settled.I find that the Cities and Knights expansion does add a lot to the game, so it's well worth checking out.

A really great, can fit in a small bag game is No Thanks! The aim of the game is to end with the fewest points. It's a number sequence game, but there are cards randomly removed at the start of the game so you're unsure if the given sequence you want to create can be done. Then there are always the other players to worry about as well. It is a lot of fun, and it plays really quickly, so you can get quite a few rounds of play of this when you have limited time.

I highly, highly recommend that you check out TableTop. It'll give you more game ideas, and also demonstrate the way some things are played. I know there are many I missed, what would you add to this list?

  6 comments:

  1. I am so going to check out more than one of these options. While I do like games we play with them I love that there are some they now pay on their own with each other. Current favorite - Cluedo - the grown up version

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    1. They can play all of these on their own too, I just focused on ones that are good for the family as a whole as a great thing to do together. Yay for them playing more games.

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  2. Even though I focus mostly on co-op games (Forbidden Island is a good one), I'd say Doodle Quest would be great choice for 5 and up.

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    1. Thanks so much for naming something I haven't encountered yet. It looks great, and so something I'm going to keep in mind to get for K in a few years.

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  3. Josh loves Dixit, and we just got Carcassone Junior - very good game for little ones.

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    1. Glad to hear that about Carcassone Junior, it's on our list to get sometime this year :)

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