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My Oldest 5 Childrens’ Favorite Games in Their Words - With Photos
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When I started in this gaming hobby in late 2004, I had 6 children and the oldest was 7. At the time, I could hardly wait for them to grow up and get to the age where we could play competitive Euro-games together but it seemed so far away. In the next 5.5 years, our family has expanded by 3 more children, and our oldest is now 13. It’s been a lot of fun being father to this brood, and one aspect of the fun has been always having lots of eager and willing board game opponents. It took less time for them to dip their toes into grown-up designer game waters than I thought, and before I knew it they were swimming in them. I don`t say this to brag - this community is full of parents with children who can whip them at grown-up games and my kids are still in the process of figuring out how to beat me at a lot of these titles. But it is very satisfying to see them getting better at these games fast, and most of all, having a blast while doing so.

For a recent school project, I asked the oldest five to put together their own individual lists of their top 10 games, with a short blurb about why they like them. This was more work for them than I thought. They each went through the list I printed of the few hundred games that I had played with them at some point or other and noted on paper which they especially enjoyed. Then they painstakingly culled that list down to their absolute top 10 favorites. I took their lists and assigned a score to each game listed based on its position in each top 10 list: a game at the top of a list would get 10 points, the second favorite would get 9, and so on. Additionally, for each person’s list that the game appeared on, I gave it one extra point. Then I ranked all of the games based on total points. This is the master list that resulted, from the games that scored highest to least high.



From left to right are: Julianna (age 8), Samuel (age 11), Bethany (age 13), and Isaac and Adam (twins of age 10).

I wanted to create this list as a record for myself of what types of games and experiences they liked at this age (and I`ll probably create another in a couple of years), but thought it would be fun to share it with everyone here on BGG as well. I tried to include photos of us playing the games when I could find them, and several pictures are from my personal gallery.
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26. Board Game: Sorts [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:6834]
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#6 on Bethany's top 10 list:
"It is a unique trivia game. I like it because it covers so many subjects and you don't have to get all the answers right to get points."

My note: I think this is an underrated, generally unknown gem of a trivia game in which the goal is to put all of the items on each card in some sort of sequence.

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27. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1140]
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#7 on Samuel's top 10 list:
"It's about airplanes. The illustrations are almost lifelike."

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28. Board Game: Carcassonne: Catapult [Average Rating:4.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:4.91 Unranked]
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#7 on Adam's top 10 list:
"It is fun to catapult your pieces."

My note: Yes, this may be known as the game where Carcassonne jumped the shark, but its the only way to play it with my children.
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29. Board Game: Incan Gold [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:509]
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#7 on Isaac's top 10 list:
"Incan Gold is one of my favorites because of the theme."

My note: When playing this game, I often describe the action that is happening in the form of stories. It takes a little longer, but the kids are right into it.
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30. Board Game: Topple [Average Rating:5.05 Overall Rank:10682]
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#7 on Julianna's top 10 list:
"I like Topple because you have to be careful."

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31. Board Game: Lightning: Midway – June 4th to June 6th, 1942 [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2855]
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#8 on Samuel's top 10 list:
"I like it because it is a short war game."
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32. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:465]
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#9 on Adam's top 10 list:
"It is so strategic."

My note: I have yet to play my childhood favorite game Axis & Allies with my boys, but I may just stick to this one when it comes to the old GameMaster series.

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33. Board Game: Dancing Eggs [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1262]
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#9 on Isaac's top 10 list:
"Dancing Eggs is a good game for kids."

My note: The worst thing about this game is that I have to play it 3 times in a row in order to play it with all my kids.
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34. Board Game: On the Dot [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2777]
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#10 on Bethany's top 10 list:
"On the Dot is fun because it is a puzzle game and because you have to think fast. It is a very smoothly going game because there is no turn system."

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35. Board Game: Pass the Bomb [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3231]
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#10 on Julianna's top 10 list:
"I like Pass the Bomb because you have to think of words."
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#10 on Samuel's top 10 list:
"I like exploring new lands."
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