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Tips and recommendations to help you enjoy games with your family; at any age, skill level, or player count.



How do you play games with your children without drowning in the monotony of Candy Land? How do you introduce your children to video games responsibly?



Join Andrew and Anitra as they discuss gaming as a family with their three children. Listen to stories of their past, their successes and failures, and learn from their experiences.



Mix this in with some giveaways, commentary about new stuff on the market, and a couple of interviews and you have The Family Gamers Podcast!



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Tips and recommendations to help you enjoy games with your family; at any age, skill level, or player count.



How do you play games with your children without drowning in the monotony of Candy Land? How do you introduce your children to video games responsibly?



Join Andrew and Anitra as they discuss gaming as a family with their three children. Listen to stories of their past, their successes and failures, and learn from their experiences.



Mix this in with some giveaways, commentary about new stuff on the market, and a couple of interviews and you have The Family Gamers Podcast!



If you're enjoying the show, please don't forget to leave a review, share with your friends, and subscribe!

    211 – Long Distance Teaching and Game Design with Kathleen Mercury

    211 – Long Distance Teaching and Game Design with Kathleen Mercury

    Welcome to the Family Gamers Podcast! This week, we’re talking to Kathleen Mercury, a middle school teacher who teaches game design (among other things).







    We talk about the many hats Kathleen wears (game designer, teacher of game design,







    What we’ve been playing!







    Kathleen played a lot over the summer, but not much since she started teaching school again this fall.







    But she has played Cones of Dunshire! We’re jealous.







    We’ve been playing:







    The Bears and the Bees (Grandpa Beck’s Games)







    The Crew (KOSMOS) – different than your average cooperative game.







    Cloud City (Blue Orange) – by Phil Walker-Harding. Easy to get into, but a ton of spatial relations. Get as many long connections between towers as possible.







    Walk the Plank! (Mayday Games) – Anitra loves the silly chaos, but also that there can be (in theory) two winners! Ever followed it up with Get Bit! ?







    Castles of Caladale (Renegade Game Studios) – so glad to finally play a full game after seeing it at PAX Unplugged 2017 and interviewing David Wilkinson, the designer.







    Hanamikoji (Deep Water Games) – a great two-player game. Check out our review.







    Jaipur (Asmodee) – another great two player game.







    Lost Cities (KOSMOS)







    Teotihuacan (Board & Dice – we played on Board Game Arena) – a little less complicated than Tzolk’in.







    Speaking of Board Game Arena, we’ve also been playing a lot of Downforce there! We love the original, and the expansions make it even better.







    Want to play games with us on BGA? Look for “familygamersAA”, “mrsNightskrye”, and “mmmmmmmercury”.















    SNAP Review – 5er Finden







    We really enjoyed this unusual speedy search game from HABA. Claire helps us review it.







    Count to five and see our pictures on the SNAP review page.







    About Kathleen Mercury







    So many things! We start with discussing Kathleen’s website KathleenMercury.com (and envying her incredibly nerdy photos).







    Kathleen is a middle school teacher. She says that teaching feels brand new now. But that’s not a bad thing! For example, she’s doing “filmmaking” this fall (using iPads) rather than “cosplay” or role playing games.







    Encouragement for parents of middle schoolers: “Seventh grade is the year everything blows up” but then kids get to put the pieces back together and figure out who they really are.







    Kathleen checks in with her students regularly; creating a responsive working relationship benefits everybody.







    Everything is going to be fine. Your children are going to be fine.

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    210 – Party Games for Family Gatherings – The Family Gamers Podcast

    210 – Party Games for Family Gatherings – The Family Gamers Podcast

    It’s Labor Day weekend in the US. If you’re getting together with family, what games will you play? We recommend party games that are good at 4-8 players and across generations.







    Fact: Class 210 patents are about purifying or treating water (or other liquids).







    Thanks to our sponsor, First Move Financial! Schedule a call to help understand your core money values.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Animix (Blue Orange Games) – This game feels familiar, but we can’t figure out why. Lay out a central tableau; on your turn, play a card from your hand – either face down into your own space, or swapping it with a card from the central tableau. Once all cards are played out, each animal scores for the player who has the most of that animal.







    Color It! (HABA) – Exactly what we want a “my first roll and write” to be.







    Filler (Green Couch Games) – Claire wants to play more food-themed games. What’s your favorite?







    Pan Am (Funko Games) – We found out this week that it’s not as good at 3 players; the early game is very frustrating with that many workers on the board. We have theories on how to make this better.







    Ancestree (Calliope Games) – one of Eric Lang’s lesser known titles, since he doesn’t do many family games. One of our favorites!







    Dice Throne (Roxley Games) – We like it best “king of the hill” style with 3+ players. You’re always motivated to bring down the leader.







    Kingdomino (Blue Orange) – Math practice at the end of a fun game. Even our youngest got practice “counting by 2s” and other mutlipliers.







    Tajuto (Super Meeple / Luma Imports) – we released our review today. It starts disappointingly slowly, but otherwise it’s great.







    Rock Paper Switch (Mindware) – As we said in our review, it’s hardest at more than two players. Watch out for the wild color(s)!







    Harry Potter: House Cup Competition (The Op) – Perfectly themed worker placement game.







    Quick plug for Anitra’s blog post to encourage parents to stick with the hard work of parenting.















    SNAP Review: Smoosh & Seek Treehouse







    Corey and his daughter tell us about this darling, cheerful cooperative game.







    This game is intended for very young children, using “smoosh dough” to add a tactile component to a simple memory game. Read the summary and see more pictures on our SNAP review page.







    Backtalk







    In episode 208, we recommended games under $20. Lots of people gave us their recommendations too!







    See our Fac...

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    209 – Bruce Voge – The Family Gamers Podcast

    209 – Bruce Voge – The Family Gamers Podcast

    This week, we welcome Bruce Voge to the show!







    You may have seen Bruce before from our cricket-eating videos.







    We have a 209 fact that is baseball-related. As of recording time (8/28), the top 5 hitters in the major leagues have combined for 209 hits.







    Thanks as always to our sponsor, First Move Financial – they can help you with a budget.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Last Defense! (wait for the SNAP review later.)







    5er Finden (HABA) is still amazing.







    Crokinole boards are heavy.







    Pan Am (Funko Games) – is amazing at 2 players.







    … isn’t it great that there are GOOD licensed games now?







    4×6 plastic photo cases (from the craft store) are an amazing way to store small box games. (A BGG thread that talks about this: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/62375/storage-option-iris-46-photo-case)







    Anitra debates whether or not to get the Button Shy Game Haul bag. (Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/239309591/button-shy-game-haul-bag)







    Prisma Arena (HUB Games) – we did not anticipate how much our kids would love this game. “Pretty Pretty Princess Unmatched“? Not quite, but not far off.















    SNAP Review – Last Defense!







    Can you defend your city from unknown monsters? You have 20 minutes to find the trapped scientists in Last Defense!, but we have 5 minutes to tell you about it with Elliot.







    Read the transcript and see the pictures on our SNAP review page.







    What’s Up with Bruce?







    Bruce is an entertainer by nature. He’s been doing the Party Gamecast on and off, and recently got back into doing the podcast again.







    He also created a Youtube channel called “Board Game the Game Show”, with four different “shows” as part of it:







    * Board Game the Game Show (turning real board games into a game show format)* The Challenge (a clue-giving game)* It’s Quiz Time (ask questions about an image – live responses – a great replacement for bar trivia)* WIN-terview (an interview with a board game personality, and then a set of 50/50 questions that all viewers can answer) – our favorite!







    Flip the Table taught us that board game media (podcast, etc) could be FUN! That’s been a big inspiration for Bruce. Another piece was needing content that’s unique for virtual conventions.







    One more, but a lot less boardgame-related: Just Barely Sports, a podcast that explores things that are sports-adjacent: team names, logos, videogames, trading cards. We discuss the Raptors, the Trash Pandas, the Iron Pigs, the Rumble Ponies, and Blaseball.

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    208 – Games Under $20 – The Family Gamers Podcast

    208 – Games Under $20 – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Looking to add a little variety to your game library without spending too much money? We recommend several new(ish) games you can find for under $20.







    208 fact: “When You Dish Upon a Star” is the 208th episode of the Simpsons – the 5th episode of season 10. So long ago! (More info: https://simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/When_You_Dish_Upon_a_Star)







    Thanks to our sponsor, First Move Financial.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Endangered from Grand Gamers Guild (our review) – after talking to Marc Specter last week, we set up and played with the Giant Pandas. We will be backing the Kickstarter for Endangered: New Species.







    5er Finden from HABA – we cannot get enough of this roll and write. (Proof on Twitter: twitter.com/TheOneTAR/status/1295577830948876288)







    Barnyard Bunch from HABA – we played with only big kids, but had a great time with it. Kids made silly animal sounds every time they moved an animal.







    Cupcake Academy from Blue Orange – we enjoyed this much more at two and three players. Requires a level of cooperation and teamwork that we don’t normally get to see in games.







    Drop It from KOSMOS (our review) – an all-ages favorite (We agree with Dad Suggests on Twitter: twitter.com/FamilyGamersAA/status/1296787977662758914)















    SNAP Review – Super Cats







    We love this silly, fast game, and so does 6-year-old Elliot. He’ll tell you all about the Super Cats and the Robo-Dog. See the rest of the pictures and the transcript at our SNAP review page.







    Games Under $20







    How can you add variety to your family game library without breaking the bank? We’ve got a few unusual games for under $20.







    GameOur ReviewPrice5er Finden (HABA)(no review yet, but we love it)$20 on AmazonAbandon All Artichokes (Gamewright)We rate it 4.5 /5 vegetables $13 on Amazon(Most Gamewright games are under $20)Clip Cut Parks (Renegade)We rate it 3.5 / 5 park squaresNot our favorite, but certainly unusual.$19 on Amazon5 Minute Dungeon,5 Minute Marvel (Spin Master)Our boys love these games.Dungeon: $20 on AmazonMarvel: $17 on AmazonHeist: One Team, One Mission (University Games)We rate it 4.5/5 millions of dollars$13 on AmazonSimilo (Myths, History, or Fables) (Horrible Guild & Luma Imports)We rate it 5/5 clues$10 a href="https://amzn.

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    207 – Marc Specter / Endgangered Expansion – The Family Gamers Podcast

    207 – Marc Specter / Endgangered Expansion – The Family Gamers Podcast

    We are talking to Marc Specter from Grand Gamers Guild this week, primarily about the expansion to their game Endangered.







    We learn about a major league pitcher with 207 wins – but he’s famous (or infamous?) for something very different. Look up Carl Mays and find out the gruesome details.







    Thanks again to First Move Financial for sponsoring this episode!







    We’re really pleased that the Kickstarter for Endangered: New Species is already doing so well. But first…







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Cupcake Academy (Blue Orange) – as Anitra suspected last week, it plays smoothly at two players.







    Dragomino (Blue Orange) – Lives up to its “My First Kingdomino” subtitle.







    Patchwork (Mayfair / Lookout Games)







    Monza (HABA) – always fun to pull out and play quickly.







    Narwhal Free-for-All – why is a water game indoors more attractive than lots of water outside? We don’t know. But this is still a super cute game. (our review)







    Baby Dragon Bedtime (Tin Star Games) – a speedy deck-building game that’s also a memory game, with dragons?!? Count us in.







    Sumeria (Reiver Games) – anyone heard of this? Open information worker placement/area majority game. Out of print, but it does seem to be available on Amazon.







    Harry Potter House Cup Competition (The OP)







    Endeavor: Age of Expansion (Grand Gamers Guild) – “the euro-iest, engine-builder-iest game you’ll ever have the opportunity to play.”







    In a Flash Firefighters (HABA) – pattern recognition, speed puzzle game. T from HABA told us about this two weeks ago. Quote from six-year-old: “Really fun, but really frustrating.”







    5er Finden (HABA) – our new favorite roll-and-write. Like Boggle but with symbols instead of letters. [Correction: the grid is 10×10.]







    SNAP Review







    Wait a minute! Marc hijacked our SNAP review and put in an ad for Endangered instead! See the Kickstarter.







    Endangered: New Species







    The original Endangered comes with two species (tigers and sea otters) but there are many things that will change up each game (roles, ambassadors, etc). We talked about this back in episode 141 with Joe Hopkins.







    The New Species expansion will add at least 5 more animal scenarios, another role, and more.







    Endangered is a cooperative game where the players work together to save an endangered species. Each role has special powers and a semi-unique deck of player cards. Try to stave off destruction, while pushing animals together to make mating pairs. But you must also convince 4 out of 6 ambassadors to vote for your cause to win!







    Each animal behaves differently (just like the real world):







    Tigers don’t stay together forever (represented by ha...

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    206 – Play This, Not THAT – Dice & Apples – The Family Gamers Podcast

    206 – Play This, Not THAT – Dice & Apples – The Family Gamers Podcast

    206 is the lowest positive integer (when written in English as “two hundred and six”) to employ all of the vowels once only. Pretty cool!







    We’ve got some more games to upgrade with our Play This, Not That segment. But first…







    A quick message from our sponsor:







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    What We’ve Been Playing







    We tried out Zorro Dice Game from Pull the Pin. Complete quests (by matching dice) to unlock special abilities and eventually beat the “boss”. Nick Martinelli will be giving a full review later.







    The Pop Tarts Game from The OP – and we consider doing a special edition of “For Science” with Pop Tarts!







    Pass the Pigs – simple dice rolling, except your dice are tiny molded pigs.







    Adventure Mart – we talked about this last week in our interview with Rory O’Connor of HUB Games. A deck-building game with some engine-building.







    Can’t Stop – a simple, mathy press-your-luck game. Might assist our “gameschooling” in the future? (And if you want, you can play it on Board Game Arena.)







    Concluzio (our review)







    Last Defense from Funko Games







    BLANK from HUB Games (our review) – our kids make very swingy rules and Anitra makes rules that calm the swing or are simply fun.







    Marvel Battleworld (Funko Games) – simple enough that our 9-year-old taught his non-reading younger brother to play.







    Cupcake Academy (Blue Orange Games) – Andrew mentioned this when he saw it at NY Toy Fair. A cooperative, timed puzzle game based on the Towers of Hanoi. Probably better at 2 players than at 4. We’ll be back with more information soon.







    Raising Money for Kids with Cancer







    Andrew will be shaving his head on livestream. We’re matching the first $50 in donations!







    Text “familygamersaa” to 44321, or go to thefamilygamers.com/buzzoff/. Our goal is to raise $250.







    Play This Not That







    Our goal is to take popular games and give you some options that are a little better.







    Yahtzee







    Yahtzee is a die rolling, set collection game, and also the original roll-and-write. It’s an abstract game and it has a lot of restrictions. Maybe you like those restrictions, maybe you don’t.







    Die Rolling, Set Collection Games







    What are other games that let you “reroll the dice to make a certain set”?







    King of Tokyo – fight off giant monsters and take over Tokyo! There are cards with special powers you can “buy”, and health that you’ll track.







    Dice Throne – we call this “Battle Yahtzee” – ...

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