Real Life

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Real life has been getting in the way with my gaming with Natty lately including work (which has been very busy lately), school (research and papers) and other stuff. Some of that stuff was attending TotalCon this past weekend. I’m not going into detail about it here, but I won’t be returning. No, I didn’t get kicked out or banned but it didn’t live up to my expectations not like Unity Games.

Cuba LibreI’ve started teaching myself the second game in the COIN series, Cuba Libre which is a pretty heavy simulation of the Cuban Revolution from CIA Analyst Volko Ruhnke and Jeff Grossman and published by GMT Games. ….until Natty pushed a bunch of her stuff across the table and wiped out half the tokens, chits and pieces.

I have to start that one over.

Anyway…

Stack o' GamesCheck it out! Here’s my first order ever from Cool Stuff Inc. We have Fantasy Flight’s Eldritch Horror and for solo play, Victory Point Games’ Ottoman Sunsetwhich is part of the States of Siege line of games. These are obviously for me. For Natty (and the family) we’ve got Gamewright’s Sleeping QueensPick-a-Pig and Dungeon Roll from Tasty Minstrel Games.

We played two games of Sleeping Queens which is a rock solid game designed by a six year old no less! We also played a game of Pick-a-Pig. This is also a great game with really great components which can be a problem. You’re saying, “What?” I’ll talk more about it in my review/game play post at a later date. Lastly, Natalya’s really anxious to play Dungeon Roll. Not sure why since she knows nothing about it. But she does think “the box is cool, the dice are super cool and it has lots of tokens” – her words, not mine.

Stay tuned. More come.

Viel Spaß!

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Roll Three Times

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At some point or another, I think most people, if not everyone, has played Yahtzee. I still play it with my daughter. Even though it’s probably her least favorite game, but she likes rolling dice. To make things easier, I built us a small dice tray that keeps the dice from being flung across the room. As much as my daughter would laugh and love to see that happen, it would get old real quick.

I think most kids like rolling dice. It’s fun. You shake them. It makes a cool sound. And every time, they’re different. Sometimes they go flying across the table = funny. It gives the child a small sense of control. They are “doing it” even if they don’t understand the concepts revolving around chance and statistics. She doesn’t quite understand the strategy in playing Yahtzee. Yes, there actually is a strategy. She needs help with doing the math. But her counting the pips is a great start on her road to arithmetic expert. Baby steps. In the end it doesn’t matter. As long as she has fun.

Yet, it’s actually a nice way to introduce her to the Yahtzee mechanic that so many games now a days have. I’m sure one day, when she can read better, King of Tokyo will be on my shelf but for now it remains on my wishlist. Or perhaps one day she will try and roll the dice to defeat Azathoth or Cthulhu himself! She was a Halloween baby, so Elder Sign might be right up her alley. There other great little dice rolling games that she might like including Roll For It! and King’s Forge. We love The Three Little Pigs and I’ve done a review for it.

So for now, we play Yahtzee every now and then. She usually doesn’t ask for it, but I will sometimes suggest it.

Viel Spaß!

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Timber!!!

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First off, credit where credit is due. I won Click Clack Lumberjack! from an online contest run by http://www.islaythedragon.com courtesy of Mayday Games. So thanks, guys!!

I gave this game to my daughter for Christmas. Big Hit! No pun intended.

One last thing: this blog post originally appeared as an article on Today in Board Games.

Click Clack Lumberjack Box
If you like Jenga then try Click Clack Lumberjack especially if you have young children.
Originally published in Korea as Tok Tok Woodman, Click Clack Lumberjack, now in its third edition, is a unique dexterity game (sorry folks, no worker placement here) for 2-7 players, ages 5 and up from Mayday Games. I play this regularly with my 5 year old girl. So much so, that it has become my daughter’s “go-to- game” for the month; maybe even the next few months or at least until I can find something to replace it.

The game is made up of nine plastic tree centers or “cores” stacked up on top of a tree stump. Slid around into the edge of each core are 4 pieces of bark. The object is to use the included plastic axe and tap the cores to free the bark for one point each. You only get two chops per turn. But be careful! If a tree core falls off the tree stump you lose 5 points! If your bark has a sticker of a grub on it (my daughter calls them scrubs) you get an extra turn! Once all the bark is off the tree, whether center pieces remain or not, the game is over. You tally the points, whoever has the most points wins.

Simple. Easy. Peasy.

2013-12-25 16.14.36Jenga is all well and good but it is an abstract tower of wood and not very thematic. Click Clack Lumberjack looks like a big tree (even if it is made of plastic and not wood) and it’s fun to try to chop the tree to get the bark off. Plus, when the pieces fall they make a god-awful racket which kids love! Many games aimed at young children are usually dexterity-based games with simple rules and game play. Click Clack Lumberjack is no different. I see no reason why a 4 year old or even a 3 year old wouldn’t have a blast playing this game. If you have young meeples at home, go out and chop, err, pick up this great little game.

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