Games for a primary school Family Boardgame Night
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We're hosting a Family Boardgame Night at Biggie's primary school next Friday night. We've invited families to bring their favourite games, but will take some of our own as well, to 'seed' the night.

(Primary school is ages 6-12, boys and girls. We've required that children have an adult with them - no solo kids).

We're also negotiating a fundraising deal with our FLGS to supply games at a discount (which will be split between the school and the buyer), so if we can interest a few people in buying a new game or two that will be great.

I'd welcome comments on these games and their suitability for teaching in an open gaming environment comprised of adults and children. I haven't made this list open to new additions as the games we take will have to come from our collection.

** List updated 07-May-2006 with the outcomes - what was played, what wasn't, what was popular **

See comments section and Fraser's blog entry at http://boredgamegeeks.blogspot.com/2006/05/school-game-eveni... for reflections on the night as a whole.
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26. Board Game: Right Turn, Left Turn [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:14797]
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A newer game for us, but one that Biggie is really enjoying. Suitable for the very young, as well as the 9 and 10 year olds (years 3 and 4).

** Was played briefly. This game looks like it is for younger kids than it is - I think the third and fourth graders were put off by the graphics, and it really was a bit complicated for the younger kids.
 
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27. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:463]
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Quick to teach. And camels! grapecamel

** Did not get played
 
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28. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Another fantastic gateway with lovely components. We have the original.

** This was played by 3 parents and a grade 5/6 girl. They were a bit anxious for the first 2 or 3 rounds, so I stayed to watch, but then they ran away with it - and absolutely loved it. I think the grade 5/6 girl won.
 
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29. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1017]
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A nice introduction to train games. Theme is good, although it can run a little long. Seems to be popular as a gateway game.

** Funny story about this one. A dad played it with two 7-8 year olds (who are in the same class). One of the kids connected all his cities, so they came to find me to see how to score it. The dad was about 4 connections away from having all his cities connected - and his son had failed to connect ANY of his cities, having chosen instead to build the coast road.

I was ready to write it off and move them on to another game, but they all loved it - especially the boy who had built the coast road!!
 
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30. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1429]
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I'm verrrrrry tempted.
 
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31. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:773]
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Something that will be familiar to many of the kids as "are you in my club?"

** Played this with one family, but I think it was a bit complicated for them - possibly it needs someone to stay and play with a group. I don't think I will take this next time.
 
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