170 – Holiday Gift Guide – The Family Gamers Podcast

Holiday Gift Guide

At least our number fact is game-related this week: 170 is the maximum “check out” score in a game of darts.

This week, we’re going to recap our entire gift recommendation list. We have something for any age, any skill level, and tons of different special interests.

What We’ve Been Playing

Viral from Arcane Wonders (our review)

Paper Tales from Stronghold Games

Dreams of Tomorrow from Weird Giraffe Games. Kickstarted about a year ago, now available in retail (review coming soon).

Draftosaurus from Ankama/Luma (love it! It’s on the gift list)

Sparkle*Kitty from Breaking Games (our review) – We’ll be teaching Sparkle*Kitty at PAX Unplugged on Sunday, December 8.

Sushi Go! Party from Gamewright

Brainwaves games from KOSMOS (review coming soon) – these are also on the gift recommendation list.

The Hearmees from HABA – we like the concept (competitive quietness!) but we need to adjust how points are awarded to keep it fair.

Passtally from Pandasaurus Games – An abstract path-building game, so of course Anitra loves it.

ShipShape from Calliope Games – we love it, but Andrew also waxes eloquent about the way the box is packed.

Paranormal Detectives from Lucky Duck Games – Interesting clue-giving game. Not gory or explicit, and marks more “adult” content easily to be removed, so we feel it could be appropriate for pre-teens. (“If you are OK with your kids watching Star Wars – where lots of people die and there are mystical forces beyond our control” then you’d be OK with this game.)

Commissioned from Chara Games – Take on the role of the early church apostles, spreading the gospel and planting churches throughout the “known world”. A cooperative deck-builder, with the opposite of the “spreading evil” mechanic that games like Pandemic and Flashpoint use.

SNAP Review – CABO


In this sneaky memory game, try to get rid of high number cards and replace them with lower numbers. Use abilities to peek at your own cards, spy on your opponents’ cards, or swap cards with other players.

See the transcript and more pictures in the full review.

PAX Unplugged is coming!

It’s coming up really soon! We’ll have interviews and information on some of the hot new games. But don’t forget to stay tuned for Andrew eating whole roasted crickets (with Stephen Buonocore from Stronghold Games and Brandan from Blue Orange Games), FOR SCIENCE!

Holiday Gift Guide

See this year’s guide: go to https://www.thefamilygamers.com/holiday2019/

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