Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas: Games for the Kids?

 I have a 10 year old daughter and an 8 year old son. We like playing games together and naturally, the boardgames and cardgames are a big part of solid quality time, way more than what the Wii can manage.

My son in particular enjoys modified Memoir '44 and Space Hulk. My daughter will play anything.

So, with Christmas coming I have 2 frontrunners for game ideas. I realize that some adaptation may be required for either.

Super Dungeon Explore (SDE) may be really fun given the simple goals and familiar aesthetics of the game.  My brother-in-law and cousin are also coordinating with me on getting the same game for their kids of similar age, the idea being they can all play when they get together. SDE seems to appeal to all the parents involved.

My #2 pick is the new Mice and Mystics game. It seems a more playful game that delivers story at the expense of the boss battles of the usual crawl; this is perhaps more risky as it may make it a ridiculous hit or still-enjoyable miss. My kids are readers and would probably enjoy acting out the story... so I give points to the experiential mechanic of the game while wondering if the replay is really any different than SDE. The other parents in on this plan may not be cut out for a rodent dungeon master, as far as shepherding their kids through this game.

Anybody have any practical opinions on these games for family night? Other options?


Paul of the Man Cave said...

Havent played with either of those before but heard they are good.

If your son likes Space Hulk then Death Angel is another good game (my lad likes it)

Poo! is a family favourite, good inclusive mechanics and what kid doesn't like the central theme of throwing poo at eachother?

Carcassone is easy to pick up for the younger gamer too, and can be played cooperatively too so its a good family game.

Yeti's Yell said...

Thanks Paul! I'll check those out.