Timber!!!

This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple

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.

Viel Spaß!

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Our 10×10 Challenges for 2014

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I’ve decided to participate in the 10×10 Challenge for 2014. I thought it’d be a fun thing to do and track over the course of the year. I also thought why not let Natalya have her own 10 List. A couple of games I haven’t even ordered yet, but I will be in February and a few more are already on the way. The question is will I be able to fit in all these games, plus my others, plus Natty’s games, plus my gaming nights? We shall see. I have left Pandemimc off my list for now. I know my son likes to play it but it has lost some of its appeal to me.

Daddy’s:

Natalya’s:

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First Games of 2014

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Hmmmm…not what I thought they’d be. But it’s all good.

1) One play of Carcassonne. She continually wins at this. I think my son coming home distracted me and allowed Natalya to score some serious points. Or I’m helping her too much. No matter. She loves it.

2) Four plays of Click Clack Lumberjack. This is my girl’s number one game right now. I will review this shortly. In fact the post is done, but it is technically supposed to be posted on another blog and once it has I will be able to post it here. It was a contest thingy. Let’s see how I do.

3) Two plays of Animal upon Animal (review coming soon) with my daughter. I won both. Maybe that’s why there wasn’t a third game.

4) Once my daughter was in bed, it was Daddy’s turn. Three plays of Race for the Galaxy against the GS robot. I won once, the robot won the other two. RftG is Daddy’s favorite game of the moment (tied with Space Hulk: Death Angel Card Game).

Overall, not bad for the start of 2014. But I am sure there will be more especially with a snow storm on its way to hit the Northeast in just a few hours. And while we’re on the subject of 2014, read my 14 Gaming Resolutions for 2014.

Viel Spaß!

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