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Dave Lartigue
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My kid is 11 (I think, I can never remember) and he's pretty dumb. His mom wants me to interact with him and I guess I should or else she'll throw me out of the basement. Any idea what I can play with him? He likes watching TV and eating cereal.
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1. Board Game: Letters and Numbers [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Dave Lartigue
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Springfield
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Note that he doesn't read so good and if there are numbers in the game they probably shouldn't go too far above twenty.
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2. Board Game: The Ren & Stimpy Show Log Cereal Game [Average Rating:2.67 Unranked]
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This would combine both of his interests! Good luck!
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3. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10637]
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It is important to build a bond by forging shared interests. This game should allow the two of you to explore a shared interest and has no letters or numbers to boot.
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4. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.19 Overall Rank:10863]
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I hear that this is an excellent game for kids of all ages. Again, no knowledge of number or letters is required.
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5. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:92]
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And you should end your game night with your son on a high note. Nothing is more fun after a game of Candyland, than a Die Macher chaser. It's the four hour game of German Politics! Nothing says, "I pretend to care about you and your interests" better to a presumably 11 year old boy than a nice game of Die Macher.
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6. Board Game: Order Up [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:6183]
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Order up, something to get him prepared for a life making and delivering fast food
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7. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:119]
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Kids need challenge. Unchallenged they watch TV and appear dim.

Sit down with him and watch twelve hours of Hogan's Heroes, then send him to the kitchen for chips. Switch the TV to a static channel and take the battery out of the remote while he's out of the room. When he comes back explain that the satellite link is down because of sunspots, or whatever, and tell him have a game that's "just like" Hogan's Heroes. Twelve *more* hours later you'll be halfway through the first turn and you'll have an honor student on your hands.

Then your new problem will be keeping him from going to law school, but you can burn that bridge when you come to it.

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8. Board Game: Battling Tops [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3953]
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You need action and chaos to hold the attention.

Can also be used for a cereal bowl.
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9. Board Game: Operation [Average Rating:4.02 Overall Rank:10859]
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The kid spooks easy, so no loud, sudden noises.
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10. Board Game: Kellogg's World's Champions Cereal League [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I assume your kid is a non-gamer, since you didn't say otherwise. So I would engage his core interests, TV and cereal.

Someone already posted my first choice, The Ren & Stimpy Show Log Cereal Game. But this Kellogg's game is a close second in my opinion, for the TV and cereal crowd. Plus, it's a collector's item, as well as "first sports-related promotion in cereal-box history."

So play this game - it could blossom into a joint interest in history and/or game collecting, both sedentary hobbies like TV and cereal.
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11. Board Game: Offshore Oil Strike [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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You can train him to be a CEO with this one. CEO is a great job for the dim.
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12. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:260]
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This one has numbers less than 20 and is pretty easy to learn and quick to play.

You never know... it is possible that your shit for brains wife might be able to figure out and enjoy it as well.
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13. Board Game: The Campaign for North Africa [Average Rating:5.34 Overall Rank:9731]
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When I read your introduction, I immediately had to think of this one here. I hear it's particularly well-suited for those who lack the ability to concentrate - in order to develop it, of course.
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14. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:311]
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While I haven't played this game myself, any game with such delicious looking candy camels is sure to appeal to your couch potato/potato IQ son.

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15. Board Game: Monkey Auto Races [Average Rating:6.32 Unranked]
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This is a former #1 game. Sure to be a big hit. Who doesn't like crawling on the floor. It would also give your boy some exercise.

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16. Board Game: TV Guide: The Game [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]
Here's what I do with my kids. I take the local TV guide, and cut and paste the name of a game. Then I take the game down to the local cable channel and pay them to put the game on TV. Then, when the kids emerge from their torpor eventually and see a game on TV, they come somewhat close to the miracle of independent thought. At least, that's what I would do if I had kids...and it would work, too!
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17. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:34]
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only thing i beat dad on
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18. Board Game: Sam & Max On The Road [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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For some reason I immediately thought of Wack-A-Rat from Sam and Max when I read this. Certainly even a dim 11 year old would be entertained by anything related to Sam and Max!
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19. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:121]
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I hear this game is well loved by the dim, and the big number here is 20. You might want to consider Tikal as well- you only have to count to 10.
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20. Board Game: LCR [Average Rating:2.88 Overall Rank:10862]
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Ok, it sounds like this is the perfect game for the dim 11 year old . Roll a die and then pass chips around. If it's too much for him he can roll the dice and then you can simply move the chips for him.

Granted, he might not get the more intricate strategies of the game, but at least he'll have fun with the shiny dice and the colorful poker chips.
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A game that's actually easier to play the dimmer you are...
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22. Board Game: Dragster [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:10233]
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Hey, ya kid likes drag racing, don't he? Aw c'mon, evrybody loves that. Hot wheels, muscle cars, the smell o' burnin' rubber... This 2-player classic should work lika charm.
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23. Board Game: Hungry Hungry Hippos [Average Rating:4.09 Overall Rank:10851]
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Is the boy capable of feeding himself? If not, then this might be used as a learning tool to that end. "See, the food goes in the mouth, not the eyeball."
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24. Board Game: Blockhead! [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:9732]
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Here is your game sir.

No communication required. Wait, he doesn't have the tremors, does he?

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25. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:601]
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You could always try World in Flames. The numbers on the chits only go to about 6 so numeracy isn't a problem. The game board has some place names, so literacy shouldn't be a big deal either. As a bonus this game teaches you plenty of geography in a friendly manner.

And for the more fastidious amongst us, you get to sort lots and lots of little cardboard counters. And if you're so inclined, you can clip them all too.


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