10×10 Challenge 6 Months Later

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So not only is this the birthday of this wondrous nation we live in…’Merica, but it’s also, more or less, half-way through the year. And with that a look at mine, and Natlaya’s, BoardGameGeek 10×10 Challenge, where we stand, and my thoughts. For those of you not in the know, the 10×10 Challenge is where we gamers on BoardGameGeek.com pick 10 games to play 10 times over the course of the year. Not as as easy as it sounds.

2014-04-05 18.35.39First, my daughter: Considering her list is pretty much made up of her favorite games that we play all the time, she is almost done already. Just a couple of stragglers. We need to play more Pick a Pig, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small and Dweebies. No problem there. The Three Little Pigs which was her favorite right before I made her list, we lent it to a friend. The collection of games that she can play is far smaller than mine whether my own personal collection or those I play in my gaming group. So all in all she’s doing well.

2014-02-16 14.09.05Now, my list: I am not even close. And here’s why. At the time I made this list, these were all games I played all the time, or games I mistakenly thought I would play more often. In the past six months, I have acquired other games that would take many of these spots. My tastes have changed over the past 6 months. I guess that makes me a fickle gamer? I dunno. All I know is it is now July and I have yet to get Legions of Darkness (Sorry, Joel) or Space Hulk: Death Angel (Sorry, Rich) to the table even once. Plus my alternates? Sentinels and Caverna? I still do not own either of these and I do not think I ever will own Sentinels. I liked the “idea” at first but Legendary and DC DBG do it for me right now. Cuba Libre? 10 times? I would wear the game out and trade it away by then.

EH01_3Dbox-LeftIt’s interesting to track a list like this, but ultimately futile. As I said, my tastes have changed over the course of the year. Plus this seems more like an assignment then a list of what I want to play. The differences are subtle but some of these games I could care less whether I play or not. Elder Sign is still sitting on the shelf next to Eldritch Horror punched and ready to go. Ahhh, someday. Some games I no longer own. In fact, today I just traded Race for the Galaxy away for Star Wars: X Wing Miniatures in a Math Trade.

To wrap things up, I think I will still track what games my daughter plays, as well as myself, relative to the BGG 10×10 Challenge but it’s no longer a priority to play these games just to get that count to ten. I think I will still do the 10×10 Challenge in 2015, but just to see how my tastes and gaming change over time.

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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Huff and Puff

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Rolling the dice in the Three Little PigsThree Little Pigs is one of my daughter’s favorite games and it should be yours too. Why? Simple Yahtzee mechanics that everyone understands. The theme is cute and solid. It also adds just a little more difficulty for other or all players with awards cards.

Published by Iello Games and designed by Laurent Pouchain with illustrations by Xavier Collette, it is part of what is now a two game “Tales and Games” series. The box looks like a book as does the second game Baba Yaga. Inside the box along with the game is a 6-page story book of the The Three Little Pigs.

The object of the game is to build houses out of the various tiles. The taller the house, the more points. The better the building materials, the more points. In other words, wood is better than straw and brick is better than wood. You can also score bonus points if the tiles have a little flower pot picture on it. But the game will end when a certain number of the stacks of tiles have been emptied which varies depending on the number of players.

Pink Dice!In the setup of the game, you have 9 stacks of 4 tiles each. Three roofs, three windows, three doors; each in their respective building materials: straw, wood and brick. C’mon, you know the story. There are 5 pink colored dice; three with black icons and two with white. The dice are pictured with doors, windows, roofs and wolves. A player rolls the dice, keeping what they want, and rolling the remainder up to two more times. If you can get 2 symbols, you can buy that straw part of the house. If you roll 3, you can buy that wood part of the house, and 4 lets you buy the brick part. You can also mix and match if you can “afford” it. However, if you roll one wolf, you have to put it aside and cannot re-roll it. (Note: wolves are only on the black imprinted dice and not the two whites) If you roll a total of two wolves, bad but fun things happen.

Wolf SpinnerWhen two wolves are rolled, the player stops rolling and cannot buy anything. He/she picks an opponent’s house and spins a spinner. For more unsanitary fun have the player blow on the spinner! Whatever the spinner lands on (straw, wood or brick) the wolf blows that down. Those tiles are removed from the game. Tiles on top of that collapse on top of the ones below. A house can have several windows but only one door and one roof. Although a door is not necessary, once a roof is put on top, it is completed. Uncompleted houses do not score any points at the end of the game. That’s it! There are optional award cards that can be put out on the table as well. If players complete the objectives on any of those cards, those players get extra points.

A nice collection of housesNatalya dominates at this game. Dice like her. They hate me. Iello has a real winner here. The components are top notch. The dice are nice and the tiles are thick and well illustrated. Be it known, I am not a fan of spinners. I am also not a fan of people “blowing” on my game bits. I wish they had included a single die with three straw sides, two wood sides and one brick side to replace the spinner as an option. I know…nitpicky. I have only played it with two people. Although it scales to 5 players, there would be some significant downtime for the others while they wait for people to roll. But overall the game is solid, plays fast and is a great time.

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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Snowstorm-1 Natalya-0

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

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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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