Background: I am a father of six, ages 5 through 15. I was a gamer as a youth: an Avalon Hill kid. With college, and then family, the games got put away for nearly two decades. In the past two years, in search of ways to spend quality time with my kids, I have rediscovered the hobby.Family's Most Recently Played:My Current Top Ten:My Next Best ... #11 - #20:2015 Top Ten for my son Antony, age 15:2015 Top Ten for my son Donte, age 14:2015 Top Ten for my daughter Holly, age 12:2015 Top Ten for my daughter Linsey, age 11:2015 Top Ten for my son Preston, age 6:Best FAMILY game of 2012:Love Letter
Runner-up: RondoBest FAMILY game of 2013:Augustus
Runner-up: Sushi Go!Best FAMILY game of 2014:Splendor
Runner-up: Machi KoroNominations for best FAMILY game of 2015:Medieval Academy
I'm proud to be one of the original 13 founding members of GCL Beehive
My ratings do not follow to the letter of the BGG recommendations. I rate a little harder, in the interest of differentiating among the "good" games. I find otherwise that I tend to give too many "7s".
10: The very best.
9: An all-time favorite, I am happy to play this any day or night.
8: A great game, and one that I am always comfortable recommending to others.
7: A very good game. Almost always happy to play.
6: A good game that I'm often willing to play.
5: An okay game that I'm sometimes willing to play.
4: I would rather not play this.
3: I am not playing this again.
2: I am warning others about this game.
1: I am angry with myself--and possibly others--for having played this.