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Since the video gaming crowd has a similar thread, I thought I would make one for Board games...

 

Smash Up -- Played the base game with both of my sons this morning.  I played Robots/Wizards and lost to Zombies and Dinosaurs (just).

 

Xwing -- My son just dumped ~$90 on some of the Wave III ships.  And beat me.

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Went over to my sister’s house last night. Played some Apples to Apples (to appease my niece), a couple games of Pandemic, and ended the night with Catan, which is new for us. So far I haven’t come close to losing a game of Catan. 

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Played Survive: Escape from Atlantis

The best way to describe it is most like a competitive version of Forbidden Island (sort of). A relatively quick play, and simple enough for kids (-10) to pick up). 

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Not today, but Saturday we got a couple terrific rounds of Betrayal at Baldur's Gate in. :D

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Edit: I don't know why that is upside down..

Edit: Fixed!

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10 hours ago, mikechorney said:

@Slug was looking at this on the weekend (along with Gloomhaven) and decided it would be too complicated for my boys.  Any thoughts on ages?

I don't know how old your boys are, but I'd plant Betrayal in the early teenage range and up.  Maybe 11+?  Lots of reading and there has to be some independent strategic ability as there is often information that you either may want to, or have to, keep secret from other players.  So if they're still at an age where you need to help them with game mechanics then it probably wouldn't work out super well.  But it's a fantastic game so if they're old enough for it I highly recommend.

 

As for Gloomhaven...I've only played it a couple times.  It pretty intimidating.  Just tons of pieces and super fiddly and so much stuff to track.  Like, once you get rolling it's a lot of fun but the logistical investment is unreal.  It's like playing D&D without a DM.  There are 3rd party companion apps people have made to help track stuff in the game and I'd advise anyone who plays Gloomhaven to use them; they make life so much nicer.

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