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Erik, & Donald discuss playing games with children

Stoplight Reviews
Print and Play Podcast By FNH1 reviewed by Donald
Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit from Avalon Hill reviewed by Erik
Shab-al-Hiri Roach from Bully Pulpit Games reviewed by Scott

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What games do you play with children?
What games would you like for us to talk about scaling back for play with children?
What is your favorite episode of the Print and Play podcast?
Are you also a RPG player as well as a Board Gamer?
 
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Walsfeo wrote:

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What games do you play with children?

Mostly Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride at the moment. Game length is probably the issue here - their attention span doesn't stretch as far as we'd like. This means that we have to be careful how many Carcassonne expansions we put in. Also we play partners in Ticket to ride, one adult with eack kid. We hope to introduce Settlers of Catan in the near future.
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What games would you like for us to talk about scaling back for play with children?

Any suggestions on the above games would be welcome (for a 10 and 8 year old)
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Not many, I don't know that many, just nieces and nephew. Two nieces I played Spank The Monkey with, then I gave two nieces Ticket to Ride and Hey, That's my fish. So that what I have played with them. TtR was a bit bitter for the 10 year old though.
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Yes I think I am acctually. I was draged into two RPG sessions in the Game Convention I was at this weekend (acctually I didn't play that much else either. As I had to work there. Well I volountered to get entrance and food. Oh, and a cool T-shirt of course. You know Swedish conventions is run by volunters.)
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Cant wait to get home and download new episode... scotts take on the roach could be fun

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What games do you play with children?
What games would you like for us to talk about scaling back for play with children?
What is your favorite episode of the Print and Play podcast?
Are you also a RPG player as well as a Board Gamer?




My neice loves build a beetle...specially when i get out the lucky dice that seems to always roll a 6!

I do RPG and that is my favorite (ducks as boards thrown at me), I also do a bit of CCG(Magic, LOTR) and loads of wargames (GW, Ancients, WW2, Sci fi, Fantasy). I also love my xbox and Amiga a1200
 
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trebormills wrote:
I do RPG and that is my favorite (ducks as boards thrown at me)...

No boards thrown from this direction, I've always been an avid RPG gamer. (I just haven't played in about two years due to grad school.)
 
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Walsfeo wrote:
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What games do you play with children?
What games would you like for us to talk about scaling back for play with children?
What is your favorite episode of the Print and Play podcast?
Are you also a RPG player as well as a Board Gamer?



1) I don't have children. I have played some games with my nephews since they were fairly young, though. Some of the best games have been Snorta, Imaginiff, and Break the Safe. Now that they are getting older the most requested are Perudo, GiftTrap, and Wits & Wagers. I also play a lot of games with the youth at my church. Their favorites include Villa Paletti, Snorta, and Time's Up.

2) See answer #1...No kids, no care

3) I've never listened to that one. I'll have to check it out some time. Although I doubt it will enter my regular rotation. I find it hard enough to find time to play games, so I can't see myself taking time to make games as well.

4) Nope. Although when I was younger my brother and I dabbled in D&D, but nothing really came of it. I just have a hard time with "games" that don't have set victory conditions. Although I know there is a draw there and respect those who enjoy RPGs.
 
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Stoplight Reviews
Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit from Avalon Hill reviewed by Erik


angry CURSE YOU, ERIK!! angry

As if I didn't want this game enough already. Now you review it, and explain just how sweet it is. It should be criminal for someone to rave like that about an out-of-print game! sauron
 
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Blott wrote:
angry CURSE YOU, ERIK!! angry

As if I didn't want this game enough already. Now you review it, and explain just how sweet it is. It should be criminal for someone to rave like that about an out-of-print game! sauron


Yeah, but Erik likes Monopoly as well, so feel free to ignore his sales pitc... er... review!
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Blott wrote:
Walsfeo wrote:
Stoplight Reviews
Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit from Avalon Hill reviewed by Erik


angry CURSE YOU, ERIK!! angry

As if I didn't want this game enough already. Now you review it, and explain just how sweet it is. It should be criminal for someone to rave like that about an out-of-print game! sauron


Sorry about that. Excuse me a minute while I lightly caress my pieces of the game.

If you ever make it up to Tulsa, we'll play a game of it.

On a side note, that thought did enter my mind when I chose to review it and I almost didn't, but it seems like the kind of game that would pop up in garage sales and thrift stores so I went ahead and did it anyway.

It is a little tricky picking games to review. I'm not going to bother reviewing games that have been done to death (TTR, Settlers, Puerto Rico, etc.) so I look at my collection for slightly more obscure games or ones I can't quit playing. There will come a time when I run out of those and then I'll have to start reviewing different versions of Monopoly (the pokeman one is my favorite).
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Excellent choice of topic, Don.

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What games do you play with children?
Carc: the Discovery aka "the meeple game", though usually we seem to play to 50 points, since that is about P's attention span. (He's 4 1/2)
Fox and Hounds and other proto-chess learning games.
Cariboo (we play a more memory intensive version where we close the doors after checking to overcome his discovery that you could move your head around to peek beneath other, still closed doors.
Candy land. (I am flagrent about stacking the deck when he islooking somewhere else to avoid the game taking a long time. I stack in his favor. He gets to win, and he gets to play with Daddy, and we get a chance to move to another game. Any other game. Please.)
Whak-a-mole. A birthday gift from a friend.
We also have a variety of gamewright card games, but we have not had the time to sit down and figure them out with P.
I guess you could consider Geocaching to be a deduction game on a really huge board.

What games would you like for us to talk about scaling back for play with children?
It seems like there should be a way to do a variant of Transamerica. (Reading the cards is not an issue, but strategy and tactics are still vague ephemeral concepts, and 'rail ownership' may be a confusing issue.)
I am also looking forward to a few card games, though I have had limited success with those with my wife.
A pirate game would be good, because P was a pirate for holloween last year.
Superheros could be good as well, since he has announced that when he grows up he is going to be superman.

Are you also a RPG player as well as a Board Gamer?
No, but I boardgamed with many RPG folk in college.
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What games do you play with children?

Nobody but Us Chickens

What games would you like for us to talk about scaling back for play with children?

I'll get back to you.

What is your favorite episode of the Print and Play podcast?

The Dune episode. Terrific Game.

Are you also a RPG player as well as a Board Gamer?

Oh yes!
 
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Blott wrote:
I find it hard enough to find time to play games, so I can't see myself taking time to make games as well.


Some of them are really quick. If you have a printer that can print to light card, I really suggest you do check out Micropul. You'll print the 2 sides of rules and 1 page of cards. Cut out the cards with scissors in about 3 minutes or less. It's a really good abstract, once you've tried it I'll bet you'll wish you could buy a full production copy.
 
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Thanks for introducing me to the Print and Play Podcast.

Your podcast still comes first, though.

(Alphabetically, that is...)
 
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Swamigoon wrote:
Thanks for introducing me to the Print and Play Podcast.
You are most welcome. It's rare that a really unusual podcast concept comes along, I felt I had to let the world know. Though it has inspired me to perhaps do mini reviews of other podcasts, however I will probably just focus on the good elements of each instead of doing a critical review. I don't know yet, any opinions out there?
 
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I don't know yet, any opinions out there?


Yeah, give that Erik guy a raise, he's the whole reason I listen to your podcast.

(Of course 150% of nothing is still nothing *le sigh*)
 
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What games do you play with children?
What games would you like for us to talk about scaling back for play with children?
What is your favorite episode of the Print and Play podcast?
Are you also a RPG player as well as a Board Gamer?


I play everything with my kids -- 5 and 8. Quick list from the last couple weeks -- Zingo, Scrambled States of America, Sequence for Kids, Acquire, Settlers of Catan, Saint Petersburg, Sorry, Othello, Thomas and Friends Go Fish, Mastermind, Thomas and Friends Celebration Station, and probably a few more.

My kids REALLY want to play Power Grid (lots of pretty bits) and Starfarers of Catan, but I'm scared to break out either with them. I'd love to see/hear ideas on how to scale those back.

Favorite episode? Hmmm.... (very long deliberation -- analysis paralysis?) I'd have to say the one on gateway games. Quite humorous and valuable both.

I used to be a RPG player, but haven't had time in 12+ years for that hobby.

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I have a new (to our house, since it is about 20 years old) game to recommend for kids which has been a big hit around here.

I got Labyrinth for Christmas and My son (4 3/4 yrs) and I have been playing that a lot. He has a lot of fun finding things in the maze and sliding the tiles, and is even seeing ways to move the maze around to get to his target items without help about half the time, including some long routes that have surprised me. Plus he has had a lot better luck than I have in his draws; he gets draws for the item right next to him, while my next item requires two0 moves of path reconstruction. sigh. And that is without me interceding on his behalf. I have only beaten him once (by one round) in the 5 or so games we played. Neither of us is playing this competitively, though, and we don't avoid moves that would help the other player. (In fact he likes to help me.) This is in contrast to Carcassonne the discovery where he will say "I could play this tile here, but that would only help Daddy, so I won't."

I will need to see if I can get the new copy of Hey that's my fish in greater circulation as well.

The other recent hot has been Bowling Monkees, but that is rather less strategic.
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Limey Sponge wrote:
I have a new (to our house, since it is about 20 years old) game to recommend for kids which has been a big hit around here.

I got Labyrinth for Christmas and My son (4 3/4 yrs) and I have been playing that a lot. He has a lot of fun finding ...

Sounds like fun! I didn't have any new games with my name on them under the tree, but I bought Danny a bunch of HeroScape stuff and some kids games I scored on Tanga.

And besides I still have a backlog of games to review for the podcast, so I can't allow myself to be distracted.
 
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