We interview Josh Patton, Josh Wegner, and Theresa Wegner. The three friends created Animo, a card game currently on Kickstarter.
Welcome to the Family Gamers Podcast! This week, we talk about a few of our favorite role-playing games, as well as what we’ve been playing, backtalk, and Andrew’s most recent “for science!” adventure. » Read more
This week, we are talking to Chris Leder (Director of Fun at Calliope Games) and Ken Franklin (designer of The Mansky Caper). Listen in on our discussion of their new game The Mansky Caper as well as what both of their families do for fun.
What makes a game fun? Andrew and Anitra explore this topic. Although many games are enjoyable, we are trying to call out games that are fun in the moment.
David Wilkinson is the designer of Castles of Caladale, a unique tile-laying game, designed with family play in mind.
No interview this week, but we have some announcements we wanted to get out, so this is a very short episode.
We’re back! As the first show of 2018, we wanted to share our top games from 2017. Return of special guests Claire and Asher, who share their favorites as well. Note: These games are our favorites of the year, not necessarily the most critically-acclaimed.
This week, we talk to Isaac Shalev, co-designer of one of our new favorite games: Seikatsu.
On the road again… just can’t wait to get on the road again…
We’ve talked before about screen time and setting limits. (All the way back in episodes 3 and 4!) But we’ve been doing a lot of traveling over the past month, and wanted to acknowledge that the rules change when we are away from home. Stay tuned for our thoughts on how we handle screen time when we’re traveling.
This week, we’re bringing you all the interviews we recorded at PAX Unplugged. There are a lot of interviews, so it’s another extra-long show.
But first, some special guests – Asher and Claire!
We have a jam-packed podcast for you this week! Tons of information about PAX Unplugged, plus a few extra games from before and after the convention.
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 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.
Welcome Stephen Duetzmann from Engaged Family Gaming this week! Since EFG has already released their holiday gift guide, we decided that Stephen would be an excellent resource for our listeners. We present our top ten(ish) video game purchases for your family this holiday season.
What We’ve Been Playing
We all loved Boston FIG, and re-visit a few of the games we first mentioned on our post-BFIG episode. King of the Hat reminds Andrew a little bit of a game called Gang Beasts (another over-the-top brawler game, but not as appropriate for kids).
Anitra has been playing more BOO, a great game for $5. See our review.
Stephen asks about Dairyman, which we really enjoyed (and reviewed).
Speaking of fighting games, our kids have not yet tried Street Fighter on our SNES Classic, but they love Super Punch Out. Stephen gives some excellent advice on how to introduce Street Fighter (or similar fighting games) to children or anyone who hasn’t played them. Start with move, jump, and ONLY ONE attack button that you all agree on (ie. “heavy kick”). This will teach strategy and positioning, and gives opportunities to learn fighting skill without having to grasp the special moves (ie. fireball).
Andrew’s first try on the SNES Classic was Starfox. Anitra’s was Mario Kart.
Bob Ross Art of Chill – it’s a game that is “mechanically neutral, and therefore relies on its theme”.
Top Ten Video Game Gifts
Toys-to-life: most of them are well-designed for kids, and the older styles are aggressively marked down, making them an excellent deal – as long as you don’t need the online features. Our favorite is Disney Infinity; Stephen’s is Skylanders (Superchargers version). We’re not a huge fan of LEGO Dimensions; it’s much more expensive even though it has been discontinued.
LOVERS in a Dangerous Spacetime: an excellent co-operative game, and no one player is dragging the other(s) along. Note: LOVERS is an acronym, and the spaceship is powered by the “ardor reactor” and the power of love. The actual characters are cute bunnies/frogs/etc. ($15)
SNES Classic (mentioned above). An excellent value for the money, and it will introduce your children to video game history. Nearly all of the games included were groundbreaking when they were first introduced and have stood the test of time – true classics. ($80)
Nintendo Switch: it’s an excellent time to buy it. Between Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, this is an excellent buy for your kids. A home console that is also a handheld seems too good to be true, but it really does work and is sturdier than it looks. ($300 + games)
Note: if you have Amazon Prime, you get 20% off pre-ordered video games. What a deal!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: among other things, it has accessibility controls that actually make it possible for a 2 or 3 year old to really play! This may be added to the Smith family Christmas list, even though we already have Mario Kart 8 for the WiiU. Especially since with the Switch, you and your kids can play it anywhere. ($60)
Splatoon 2: A great way to introduce a third-person shooter to your kids, without any of the PvP violence usually associated with shooters. And it will help your kids develop the skills they will want when they grow up and want to play Call of Duty. ($60)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: A turn-based strategy game. Not a great introduction, but great for moms & dads who grew up playing Final Fantasy Tactics, XCom, or other heavy strategy games. It’s a challenging game, but also inviting. Not for everyone, but perfect if you enjoy strategy games and would like to be able to play in front of and with your children. ($60)
Rocket League: if your kids want to play something that looks more grown-up. Adults and older kids can hone skills; young kids can have fun driving up the wall and bouncing the ball around. ($20-60 depending on platform)
If your kids are getting old enough that they really want to play Call of Duty, Gears of War, and other M-rated shooting games, you could compromise with one of these T-rated games instead.
Star Wars Battlefront 2: You are a clone trooper or rebel trooper. The dead just give off sparks. This version introduces a single player story mode, but the first version ($20) is also good. TURN OFF VOICE CHAT in multiplayer. ($60)
Overwatch: cartoony, but some blood. Avengers-style heroes battling. Another T-rated shooter. TURN OFF VOICE CHAT. ($40)
Horizon Zero Dawn: story-driven. This would be the compromise versus Assassin’s Creed Origins. There are some bloody parts and some language, (rated T for a reason) but the rest is killing robot dinosaurs. ($50)
More game suggestions:
Minecraft: The only reason why we haven’t gotten Minecraft for our kids is because it’s so hard to stop once you start, and we limit our kids’ screen time. Educational, creative… if you haven’t heard of Minecraft, we’re not sure what else to say. ($20-30)
Cuphead: It’s basically an old-school cartoon made consumable in the form of boss battles. Tamer than some Bugs Bunny cartoons, surprisingly! It’s really hard, but simple to learn. Failure is built-in but obvious; if your kids can handle a game with a lot of failure, it could be a great option. Rated E10+ (mild language, fantasy violence) Also note that it is a Microsoft title, therefore exclusive to Xbox ONE and PC. ($20)
We hope you enjoyed the show and it gave you some ideas for your holiday shopping! Whether you liked the show or not, we would love your feedback. Leave us a comment on the show notes, on iTunes, or your podcast catcher of choice.
Until next week, play games with your kids!
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.
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.