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The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple

Here in Eastern Massachusetts, we got hit with a fairly large snowstorm on Thursday night/Friday. The plan was to play a bunch of games but unfortunately the storm won as I had an enormous amount of shoveling to do at home. And once done with that, I had to go dig out my Mom. By the time we got back home it was late and I was pooped. Natalya was too as she liked to help Daddy shovel.

Here in Eastern Massachusetts, we got hit with a fairly large snowstorm on Thursday night/Friday. The plan was to play a bunch of games but unfortunately the storm won as I had an enormous amount of shoveling to do at home. And once done with that, I had to go dig out my Mom. By the time we got back home it was late and I was pooped. Natalya was too as she liked to help Daddy shovel.

So, Saturday afternoon was our game day in between watching The Dice Tower 24 Hour Gaming Event Live.

We got in a play of The Three Little Pigs. (Review coming soon) Natty had a bunch of houses finished but they were all made of straw and wood. And we all know that brick houses are worth more points. So, Boom! Daddy won that game.

Chutes and Ladders: Sesame Street Edition

Chutes and Ladders

Next, it was time for Natty to reach into the “Games I’ve Hidden in the Living Room Table.” Candyland. Ugh. But it was OK, since I won that one.

Third, she wanted to play Chutes and Ladders. She usually wins this game. Plus I thought it was time to replace the stupid spinner with a die. Much better game already. My daughter agrees. In the end, of course, Natty wins by a mile!

Lastly, we played a game of Monster Chase. (Review also coming soon) We had some trouble at first finding the dolly and the blocks, but in the end we vanquished all the monsters from around the bed and into the closet.

That’s it. A lot of people have been asking me for recommendations and I keep suggesting both The Three Little Pigs and Monster Chase and I still haven’t finished writing the reviews. Soon, I promise.

Viel Spaß!

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In the beginning…

This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple

…the board game Gods created “roll and move.” Sad but true. For many of us, especially those in our 40’s (approaching 50!!), we started out board gaming with the likes of Monopoly, Sorry, Payday, Life maybe even some chess or checkers. My daughter was no different.

We started with Chutes and Ladders and Candyland. She was 2, give me a break. Now every now and then she wants to break those out and play. That’s OK. You hear that obsessed hobby gamers? That’s. O.K. She was (and is) young and her choice was (and is still) important. She liked them. They were new and exciting. They were colorful. The only bad thing was that she had no control over if she won or lost. Not that she knew that or even understands it now. Both of those games are completely luck driven, like many kid games. That makes it easier for Dad to “cheat to lose.”

When my daughter and I play now, sometimes she wins and sometimes she loses. It can be difficult to teach a young person how to lose gracefully. It’s a wondrous and important skill that is learned over time and my daughter still needs practice.

Honestly, we haven’t played those roll and move games in a while. I remember my daughter getting excited when I set up some solo games for myself like Space Hulk: Death AngelElder Sign and Race for the Galaxy: Gathering Storm. She was all “Woooooo, what’s that?” when my son and I played Pandemic for the first time. She asked me when she can play these games. Of course, my canned response is “When you get older.” Her next question usually is, “You’ll teach me?” My answer is always the same, “Absolutely. I would be happy to.”

As long as I feed her new games to play every now and then, I think I’ll be able to keep her away from the “old standards.” Of course, at this rate, one day will come when she goes over a friend’s house for a sleepover and the mom breaks out Monopoly and my daughter will ask in a snooty voice, “What. Is. That? Don’t you have Kemet, or Caverna, or Concordia?” I know, I know. I’m asking a lot but a man can dream, can’t he?

Viel Spaß!

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