This week’s podcast, we talk to Brian and Jill Bollinger from Wild East Games. We have mentioned their games Pie Rats of the Carob Bean Farm and Pitman in previous episodes. They have a new expansion for Pie Rats, out on Kickstarter now.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for board game presents! If you’re wondering what to get the gamer(s) in your life, we can help. » Read more
It’s that time again – time for holiday shopping. Need something new for the gamers in your life? Here is the Family Gamers’ guide to games your family will love. » Read more
In Macroscope, players compete to guess the nature of a hidden picture. Remove windows from the Macroscope and bid to be the first to guess correctly to win acclaim. Did Macroscope reveal hidden depths, or was it out of focus?
It’s time for another interview! This week, we’re talking to Jason Kotarski from Green Couch Games. Their new game Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun is on Kickstarter now.
You love gaming so much that you want to go to a convention. Your kids love gaming, and you want to bring them too. What should you know? A good convention experience starts with good preparation, and that goes double when there are children involved.
Did you know that ghosts can scare each other? Neither did I until I played BOO, a compact game for two players from Perplext. Did this ghostly game grip us, or were we perplexed by this petite phantasmal puzzler?
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We’ve been looking for games that capture some of the spooky feeling of the Halloween season, without being too scary or too difficult for younger children. We cover four of our favorites, recommendations from our listeners, and give the run-down of what we’ve been playing.
We have a great Halloween-themed game to share with you this week. Dennis Michael Sawyers from Amber Palace Games joins us. His game Scream or Die is a family-friendly dice game for 2-8 players. » Read more
We’ve been doing dice game reviews, and we’ve got dice on the brain this week! Listen as Andrew and Anitra each list their top 3 dice games.
In Dairyman, you are a dairy farmer, competing with your fellow farmers to see who can produce the most milk. Make cheese and ice cream along the way, and don’t let it spoil! Do we think Dairyman is a gouda game, or is it all jacked up? Read on to see if it hits a rocky road, or if it is the cream of the crop!
It’s our favorite time of year! We discuss our favorite games from Boston FIG, with special guest, Corey Lagunowich. Then, listen to interviews from the show floor with Andrew.
This past Monday (September 18), we joined Barnes & Noble Millbury for their monthly family game night. We got to play several brand-new games and meet more family gamers. We had a great time!
Anitra loved NMBR 9, an abstract game from Abacus Spiele and localized to the United States by Z-Man Games. Each player creates a multi-layered mosaic from pixelated number tiles. Numbers placed on higher levels must overlap at least 2 numbers beneath, but cannot overhang any empty space. The bottom layer is worth zero points, the next is worth the face value of the numbers, the next layer is worth twice the face value, and so on. The strategy is to build a large enough base and minimize holes so that numbers can be built as tall as possible.
Andrew started off the night with Magic Maze, a 2017 Spiel des Jahres nominee from Sit Down! Games, localized to the United States by Dude Games. Magic Maze is a co-operative game played in real time. Each player can move any of the 4 pawns whenever they want – but only with the specific action(s) assigned to that player. Players cannot directly communicate with each other once the game begins. However our groups were having so much fun, they couldn’t stay quiet!
The last game of the night was Downforce, from Restoration Games. Corey, who writes for The Family Gamers, was the most excited for this game (expect a review soon). In Downforce, players buy cars and bet on the race even as it they push cars ahead by playing speed cards and special powers. As with most games by Restoration Games, Downforce is a remake of a classic, in this case the Milton Bradley game Daytona 500, which itself was a remake of Top Race. If you liked the popular race bidding game Camel Up, but want a little less chance involved in your play, check it out!
We loved playing all of these games and we look forward to co-hosting the next game night. These game nights are wonderful ways to learn about brand new games just hitting shelves, without the pressure to buy. And if you get lucky, the staff at the Barnes and Noble café will bring you free samples! If you want to learn more, head over to the Millbury Barnes and Noble Facebook Page!
We also talk a bit about these games in Episode 64 of The Family Gamers Podcast.
Here’s a link to all of the games we played:
What have you played this week that everyone should know about? Tell us in the comments or in our Facebook community! We look forward to hearing from you!
It’s been quite a week! We define a handful of board game terms (what’s a meeple?) and talk about lots of games we’ve been playing. Andrew describes his recent cooking experiment “FOR SCIENCE” and we share a big announcement!
We are looking forward to the Boston Festival of Indie Games coming up this Saturday. We can’t wait to talk to lots of game developers. Will we see you there? If not, are there any particular games you would like us to cover? Stay tuned for interviews, impressions, and lots of pictures!
Aditya Batura is co-founder and CEO of Codomo Inc., a technology education group based in Singapore. They teach children about programming at an age-appropriate level, and wanted to bring that to a larger community.
Enter Potato Pirates, the game that “teaches 10 hours of programming in 30 minutes”.
Sometimes you just need to buy a game in person, whether it’s because you don’t want to buy online or because you need to pick up a last-minute present. We share with you our top games that we found at our local Target store.
Ants are invading the picnic! In Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants, you control the ants. Send them out from your anthill to retrieve the most food. Will your ants emerge victorious, or will they get squashed?
This time we have a special guest in the studio! Our friend Liz Kelley is a staff writer for The Family Gamers website, but she’s also a teacher. Since school starts this time of year, we wanted to talk to her about something special: she coaches the board game club at her school.
The Dicecapades® franchise continues to grow. First there was Dicecapades® classic, then Dicecapades® Word Pirates, and now we have Dicecapades® Number Ninjas.
Add, subtract, and multiply your way to victory with Number Ninjas, a Dicecapades® educational game from Haywire Group. You and your fellow players are ninjas, competing to collect four quest items and race to the Golden Dragon.