28 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Boston FIG Tabletop games
We saw more digital games aimed towards kids than kid-friendly tabletop games this year. Weird! But we still had quite a few favorites.
What we’ve been doing:
We tried out a party game called Gimme 5
Crazier Eights: Camelot
We discuss Takenoko (cute pandas) vs. Ragnaroll (pillaging Vikings, everyone dies)… revisiting the fun from Episode 9
Duple (of course!)
The Family Gamers is published! The Yankee Express (central Massachusetts free newspaper) now has a Family Gamers column.
We had a special guest – our five-year-old son. His favorites? Clean Up Your Room, Pollywog Pond, and cookies.
Clean Up Your Room by Dan Riles
Dragoon by Lay Waste Games – expensive ($75) but really cool
Gamewright was showing Imagine – like Pictionary, but with translucent picture cards instead of drawing.
Gamewright also had “Cardventures” – Stowaway 52 & Jump Ship – a solitaire story game, choose-your-own-adventure style
Complicated Board Game the Card Game (Similar to Fluxx in that anyone can draw cards that change the rules of how pieces can be played – Kickstarter is now complete)
Spider’s Cradle by Tony Tran – our two-year-old’s favorite
Robit Riddle by Kevin Craine
Cubist by Bored Geekz & Natalie Traber (symbol matching & manipulation. Think Quirkle meets Tetris)
eBee – quilted circuits board game, from students at Northeastern (won Most Innovative Game)
In the Loop by Katherine Whalen (teaching about scarcity of elemental resources, recycling – a truly educational resource management game)
G.I. Germ Fighters (card game with a similar feel to Pokemon/etc. just finishing a Kickstarter)
Monsters in the Elevator by Yaya Play – semi-cooperative, early math skills – mostly counting by 10s. (won Best Family Game)
Rocket Cats in Space by PBJ Games (manipulative game, like classic marbles, but with strategic path-building)
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