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Great Family Game without a Squillion Pieces?


wendyroo
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I want to get my husband a board game for Christmas.  I had been eyeing Terraforming Mars, but I am hesitating for three reasons. 

 

First, it says it is for ages 12 and up; that means it would probably be on the edge of doable for my oldest (8.5), but out of reach for my second son (6.5).  I am hoping to find something that is a bit less complicated.  Not a kids' game, per se, but something that my husband and I could play with both the 6 and 8 year olds (who are both advanced with regard to math and logic)...with the 6 year old perhaps playing on a team with one of us.

 

Second, I read that a Terraforming Mars game last about 2 hours.  That is SO far out of reach.  We need something that could be played in 30-45 minutes.

 

Third, Terraforming Mars appears to have a lot of little pieces.  The 6 and 8 year olds are wiggly, jostle-y, AHDH kiddos, so games like Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan are very stressful in that the board is constantly getting bumped/shaken/tipped.  We almost always abandon games in frustration the 100th time we have to try to figure out where all the little pieces were supposed to be.

 

This seems like a tall order, but I thought it might ring a bell for someone.  An interesting, "grown-up" game, preferably math or logic based, that can be played in less than an hour and doesn't involve lots and lots of precisely placed pieces.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks!

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DON'T get Carcasonne.  It's a GREAT game, but even my calm, quiet kids bump the play area often enough for me to rip out handfuls of my own hair in frustration most games!  :-D  

 

In Blokus, the pieces click relatively securely onto the board.

 

Labyrinth also has relatively secure pieces.

 

 

BLINK is a fast-paced, super fun card game.

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My ds17 recommends Splendor or Kings of Tokyo. Splendor is mostly cards and Kings of Tokyo has a small board but not very subject to the bumping issue. We've played both of these with ~10 year old kids. Not sure about younger than that but you could read reviews.

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My ds17 recommends Splendor or Kings of Tokyo. Splendor is mostly cards and Kings of Tokyo has a small board but not very subject to the bumping issue. We've played both of these with ~10 year old kids. Not sure about younger than that but you could read reviews.

 

I agree with the King of Tokyo recommendation.  We played it with DS starting when he was 7 or 8 and he picked up on it right away (and proceeded to win every single time I played with him).

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