Friday, June 15, 2012

Great Big Table podcast - Episode 002 - Good Games with Kids

It's been a heck of a week filled with three kids with strep throat, but Great Big Table hosts Jim and Adrienne have persevered and were able to carve out enough time to record our longest episode yet.

Sorry about that.


It shouldn't happen again.

This week we cover games that work well with kids and some tips for raising gamers. We still have listeners (I know, right) and they were kind enough to join in the conversation.

Also, Jim details all his victories over the last couple of weeks.

It's a short list.

And we talk about why scary movies are best to view with Jim, point out that Elmo is the best fantasy artist in the world, and hack a Fisher Price game to make it truly awesome.

Like we said. It's been a heck of a week.

Here is the Kickstarter link to Tsuro of the Seas. It is funded and has a couple days left, so get in on those stretch goals.

Also, we were mistaken that Story Realms currently has a Kickstarter campaign. They are in the development phase of their design and hope to have a campaign before the end of the summer. They are looking for playtesters, so check out Escapade Games' project page.

Finally. here's a link to the post "The Positive Benefits of Gaming with Kids" from the Growing Up Gamers blog that we mentioned in the episode.

So, now it's your turn.

What do you think? What makes a good game for kids?

What games would you cross off our list?

What games would you add?

What are your tips for raising gamers?

What do you see as benefits? What are your drawbacks?

Let's continue the conversation here.

Some of the games mentioned in this episode include:

Barnum Crackers
Bug Out
Button Men - Available for download from Cheap Ass Games' site.
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
Catan: Junior
Catch the Match
Chore Wars - Get loot drops for taking out the garbage!
Doggie Doo 
En Garde
Flash Duel
Flash Point Fire Rescue
Forbidden Island
Froggie Boogie
Go Away Monster
Lego Heroica
Hopp Gallopp - Out of Print, link goes to Board Game Geek page.
Hula Hippos
Incan Gold
Kids of Carcassonne
Kill Doctor Lucky
Liar's Dice
Los Mampfos - Hard to find in the US, link goes to the Board Game Geek page.
Lords of Waterdeep
Mad Magazine Game
Magic Labyrinth
Mille Bornes
Monopoly Deal 
Oh Gnome You Don't!
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
Save Doctor Lucky
S’getti Scatter - Out of Print, link goes to Board Game Geek page.

Seven Dragons
Ship Ahoy! - Hard to find in the US, link goes to the Board Game Geek page.
Sorry! Sliders
Ticket To Ride
Uno: Roboto
Werewolf - A cheap basic set, Ultimate Werewolf - All the bells and whistles
Wise and Otherwise

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  1. One note about Forbidden Island: The price on it has recently increased. When we bought our copy, it was $14.99, but now it's $17.99. Still worth every penny, but just wanted to let listeners know.

  2. The games in my collection that get the most play with the kids are:
    - Midnight Party
    - Gulo Gulo
    - Chicken Cha-Cha-Cha
    - By Golly
    - Headbandz
    - Escape from Atlantis (Survive!)
    - Zooloretto
    - The Amazeing Labyrinth (or Electronic Labyrinth)
    - Magic Labyrinth
    - Sorry Sliders
    - Rattlesnake
    - The Adventurers