Bah! Humbug!


It’s xmas soon. Like it or lump it. It’s coming down the tracks so this year rather than the mess of things you made last year let’s organize the gaming presents correct.


Speak to your significant other (yes a lot of gamers lack an SO but there must be someone who feels sorry for you and feeds you) and explain in no uncertain terms that you want board games as presents.  (Note board GAMES). No hints, just clear simple Language. Not clothes, I mean you have plenty of black t-shirts, clothes are covered. Not books, you have a screen, not blu rays, albums, vouchers, weekends away, meals, meds, basically anything that isn’t a boardgame. You don’t want it.

I’m not saying this will be easy but remember money spent foolishly is money not spent on boardgames.

Next up are your children or someone else’s children. You may be aware of some short people that moved into your house some time back and never left. If this is the case the only humane thing to do is teach them boardgaming and they’re going to need their own stuff (which is really your stuff too). Don’t make the classic mistake of buying something like Fire in the Lake for them if they’re under 5. If the long term plan of having them become useful members of society and therefore pay back their gaming debt to you, it’s important to lure them in correctly. You’re going to need a list of stuff you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself and I’m here to help. Now remember if your children don’t play boardgames it’s not a fault with the child it’s a fault with the parent and you will be judged by your peers.

A Happy Family that play Board Games

Some people ask me, at what age should you start children gaming? A tricky enough question. I suppose it makes sense to wait until the umbilical cord has been cut as delivery suites generally lack adequate table space for bigger games. Also check if you’re public or private.

Now I’m going make a few recommendations for games for kids based on my experience but really I’m looking to you guys to recommend some stuff too. Remember this is a vocation and we’re all gaming missionaries.

Here’s my recommendations. Now you’ll have to check bgg for age appropriate and it will vary. I’ve split them into can and can’t read for simplicity

Can’t read

  • Ribbit (the turtles game)
  • Zombie dice
  • Skull
  • Labyrinth
  • Hive
  • Castle Panic
  • Cube quest
  • Survive Space attack
  • Escape from Atlantis
  • Settlers of catan
  • Hey that’s my fish
  • Tsuro
  • Cash and guns
  • Stone Age
  • One night werewolf
  • 6 Nimitz
  • Dragon heart
  • Game of Thrones Westeros Intrigue
  • Age of war
  • Splendor
  • Loopin Louie
  • Dobble

Can Read

  • 221b Baker Street
  • Scotland Yard
  • X-wing
  • Evolution
  • Star Wars risk
  • Coup
  • Camel cup
  • The downfall of Pompeii
  • Hoax
  • Lord of the rings
  • Code names
  • Bang dice game
  • Main frame
  • Junta
  • Scrabble
  • Mag blast
  • Love letter
  • Boss monster
  • The resistance
  • Fauna
  • King of Tokyo
  • Zombicide
  • City of fear




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