Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bored games… Board games… and kids

Not just kids. More, board/ card games that the kids enjoy that I can play without going nuts. We’ve just been on holiday and it rained. We spent a lot of time indoors. A lot.

The kids are currently 9 and 6.

Thoughts on what we played:

Pandemic

I had such high hopes for this. Coming off a couple of weeks of Risk (see below), I was keen for something collaborative, and we’ve played so much Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert it felt like it would be nice to have something new to play.

I loved Pandemic — even though it beat us (I’ll get it next time!). It really taxed us, and made us work together really carefully to sort out the best strategy with the roles we had.

As a result, halfway through one of the lengthy strategy discussions, the six-year old got bored and wandered off. After a couple more turns, the nine-year old joined him. So, not the best game for playing with kids — though I think the nine-year old would have stuck with it if his brother hadn’t been a distraction, and maybe if we’d known more about what we were doing from the start.

Can’t wait to have another go, though.

Risk

Argh….

I remember loving this when I was a kid. Now, I can’t remember why. Essentially, once you start to lose, you keep losing and you get trampled into the ground by a cackling nine-year old (or at least, that’s pretty much how it has worked out so far). The child who is losing (normally but not always the six year old) gets unhappy and bored and although I do firmly believe that it’s good to learn how to lose gracefully as well as how to win with minimal gloating, losing gracefully at Risk is a bit of an acquired skill (and seems to go on for hours).

Top Trumps: Dinosaurs

The six-year old got this for his birthday and we took it along. It was the surprise hit of the holiday — for the kids, anyway. They loved it and would play it together without involving us. That was a bit of a relief, actually, because although it’s quite fun, it wasn’t quite as fascinating for grown-ups as it was for the kids…

You essentially take the top card from your set and choose the quality of the dinosaur that you expect will beat the card your opponent hasn’t turned over yet. Most of the time, you win the hands where you get to choose the quality.

Monopoly

More cackling nine-year old in this one, but for some reason it’s easier to lose. The six-year old will play most of a game before he gets bored of losing and wanders off.

Sleeping Queens

The six-year old’s favourite game and one he has loved for ages. Everyone enjoys it. Nice, not too competitive (unless we let the nine-year old play) and good for maths (ha! educational!!).