29 May

We are running the Family Game Night at school again, tomorrow night.

The first year we ran it, we had ?30 people? – last year it was more like 50. At least, those are the numbers I remember.

So far, this year, we have SEVENTY. 39 children and 31 adults. Shudder. Hopefully they won’t all come at once.

That means we need to take plenty of games for them to play – and also be prepared to spend the entire night explaining rules. Fortunately Biggie can kinda explain a few games this year – but she will want to play.

We have quite a good range of ages – a few year 5/6 kids, a few year 3/4s but the vast bulk of them are year 1/2s – so 6 and 7 years olds. That’s a difficult age range to cover.

My aim for these nights is always to get some games going that will sustain themselves – that new people can join in and the existing players can teach them.

Here’s my tentative list – maximum players is around 130, which means there are notionally 2 slots per person. I hope that will be enough! I also need to add throat lollies to the bag – I am sure my voice will give out partway through the evening again 😉

Dexterity Games

  • Tier auf Tier
  • Dancing Eggs/Eiertanz (if I can find all the eggs that Otto played with …)
  • Make ‘n’ Break
  • Pitchcar

Games nominated for the boardgames australia awards (why not do a little cross-promotion?) (we don’t have all the games here anymore but I will take what we have)

  • Acronymia (nom best australian game)
  • Archaeology the Cardgame (nom best australian game)
  • Der schwarze Pirat (nom best children’s game)
  • Gumball Rally (nom best children’s game)
  • Kogworks (nom best australian game)
  • M is for Mouse (nom best children’s game)
  • Quoridor Kid (nom best children’s game)
  • Kingdom Quest (nom best australian game)
  • Sorts (nom best australian game – for the parents)

Word games

  • Apples to Apples Junior

Pattern Matching

  • Blink
  • Catch the match

Simple Euros/Cardgames

  • Carcassonne
  • Incan Gold/Diamant
  • Frank’s Zoo
  • For Sale
  • Halli Galli
  • Marrakesh
  • No thanks
  • Sherlock
  • Spooky Stairs
  • Ticket to Ride USA
  • Shark eat Shark Fish eat Fish (ugh – not a game I like EVEN A BIT)
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Zooloretto

I’m a bit worried that I may not have enough children’s games. Maybe I should add Dawn Under/Dicke Luft in der Gruft?

Finstere Flure is another that tempts me – I think the older kids would really enjoy it, and it’s dead simple. I really wanted to have a couple of follow-on gateway games for the people who have played Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne and would like to try something new. I know there’s one family who really want to try Settlers – and even something like Pirate’s Cove might be a nice one to take. Personally, I would like to take Alhambra and Emerald, but Fraser feels they may need too much teaching. I’d like to add Bohnanza to the mix, too, not least because it takes lots of players.

Did I mention it is going to be HELL?

1 Comment

Posted by on May 29, 2008 in games, school


One response to “Yikes!

  1. Jocy

    May 29, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I would suggest Emerald since i personally find it quite easy to teach whereas i think Bohnanza is way too complicated (ok that might be due to my reactions to BSW interface).

    Do you maybe have sth like Pirateninsel or Geisterschloß? those were games i loved as a kid and actually still do. Dead easy and still lots of Fun.

    You will make it, girl, im sure!!!!

    *sends lots of positive energy*


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