My Oldest 5 Childrens' Favorite Games: 2011 Edition - With Photos
- James FehrCanada
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14 months ago, I posted this geeklist where I listed my oldest 5 kids' top 10 games: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/57525/my-oldest-5-chil...
Since then, we have played a lot of games that were new to them, and their individual lists have changed substantially. I thought it would be very interesting to see how time, exposure to some heavier games and a little more maturity and experience impacted what they considered their most enjoyable games. So this list describes their current favorites as of October 10, 2011.
As before, 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. None of them referred to their previous lists while making their new ones, and all of the text describing what they like about the games is new. They each went through the list I printed of about four hundred different 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. This year, we used Tom Vasel`s method of ranking games and it proved a lot easier than last time. The kids each wrote the names of the games that they thought might have a shot at their top 10 list on small blank slips of paper. Then they chose a game title written on one of those slipss randomly and compared every other game in their pile to it, putting the ones they liked better in a pile to the right, and the ones they liked less in a pile to the left. They would then pick up each of these piles in turn and continue the process until they had each of these games in a row ordered by their ranking.
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 9), Samuel (age 12), Bethany (age 14), and Isaac and Adam (twins of age 11).
This list is mainly a record for myself of what experiences they enjoyed, but I thought it would be fun to share it with everyone.
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