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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!

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    • 4.9, 33 Ratings

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!

    196 – Top Games for Remote Gaming – The Family Gamers Podcast

    196 – Top Games for Remote Gaming – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Episode 196Top Games for Remote Gaming









    Thanks to our sponsor, First Move Financial. Set up a FREE meeting today at FirstMoveFinancial.com/familygamers.







    This week, we’re talking about games we’ve discovered work well for remote gaming (with video conferencing). If your friendly local gaming store is re-opening, we encourage you to #BackTheComeback and buy something to help them stay in business. Why not a game that you could play remotely with family and friends if there’s a second wave of closings?







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Bees: The Secret Kingdom (we talked about this last week too). A learning opportunity for our kids to set themselves up for multiple paths to victory.







    Barenpark: The Bad News Bears – the Grizzlies expansion. This expansion gives you more of the Barenpark play style you already know and love. (The Monorails expansion completely changes up the puzzle. Both expansions come together in The Bad News Bears, so you can do either one or both!)







    Dice Throne – we had a good time with the king-of-the-hill rules for three players.







    Cinco Linko (aka OK Play) – a nice quick time-filler







    Anitra is still enjoying solo plays of HexRoller & MetroX.







    Scrambled States of America – a nice combination of a “speed” game and an educational game.







    Ticket to Ride: Stay at Home – which is also our first news item for the podcast!







    News







    Ticket to Ride: Stay at Home – a map & cards that’s free to print at home. Combine with your Ticket to Ride trains & train cards to play a shorter game with a few neat twists: specialized ticket cards for each character, and “family routes” that players can team up and complete together. Find it at the Asmodee website.







    The Evolution app from North Star Digital is STILL 50% off – but only until June 5th!







    Asmodee is partnering with Blizzard to create Small World of Warcraft – coming soon!







    We can finally talk about Super Cats. Silly, simple fun for $10. Learn more from The OP.















    SNAP Review – Paranormal Detectives







    Can you deduce the circumstances of a ghost’s demise? Take the role of detectives communicating with the supernatural and find out in Paranormal Detectives by Lucky Duck Games. See pictures and read the transcript at the SNAP review page.







    Favorite Games to Play at a Distance







    We’re not playing many games with people outside of our immediate family. But it would be good to prepare for a second wave of lockdown – why not teach our extended family and friends some games that we’d be able to play over video chat in the future!...

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    195 – The One with One Board Family – The Family Gamers Podcast

    195 – The One with One Board Family – The Family Gamers Podcast

    First, we learn a little bit about the Ferrari 195 S.







    This week we welcome back Ric White from the One Board Family.







    Thanks to our sponsor: Donnie from First Move Financial tells us why Andrew is wrong about Welcome To… and invites you to set up a chat by going to FirstMoveFinancial.com/familygamers today.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Rallyman GT on Board Game Arena







    Smash Up from AEG







    Seasons of Rice from Button Shy







    Cover Your Kingdom from Grandpa Beck’s Games







    Codenames Duet from Czech Games







    Bees: The Secret Kingdom from Van Ryder Games and Awaken Realms Lite







    Tang Garden from Thundergryph Games (and will be distributed by Lucky Duck Games)







    With the last two games, we wonder if the board gaming community is ready for games that are to be enjoyed “both as a game and a piece of art.”







    Our Conversation with Ric







    We asked Ric: What’s it like being a teacher during pandemic/lockdown?







    Ric and his fellow teachers got a little bit of warning during their spring vacation. We talk about how kids are in very different places right now (attention, technical difficulties, learning challenges, etc.)







    Even online schooling techniques that existed before this lockdown have a limited application for the situation we’re in now.







    Teachers are being stretched in many ways – some good, but all of them very challenging.







    Don’t think next year is going to look like “a normal school year”. At the highschool level, AP classes, placement exams, etc all are looking very different. Elementary teachers will be “like producing a TV show” to keep kids’ attention.







    Find Ric & One Board Family Online:







    Facebook: @oneboardfamilyTwitter: @oneboardfamilyInstagram: @oneboardfamily







    Twitch: @oneboardfamilyYoutube: @oneboardfamily







    Don’t forget to check out the One Board Podcast & Will It Game!







    Find Us Online:







    Facebook: @familygamersaa and thefamilygamers.com/communityTwitter: @familygamersaaInstagram: @familygamersaa







    Or, for the most direct method, email us! andrew@thefamilygamers.com and anitra@thefamilygamers.com.







    PLEASE don’t forget to subscribe to the show, tell your friends about the show, and leave us a review at Apple Podcast or whatever your podcast subscription source is. We’re also on a href="https://tunein.

    • 59 min
    194 – Quick Games – The Family Gamers Podcast

    194 – Quick Games – The Family Gamers Podcast

    We start with some historical facts from the year 194!







    This week, we’ll be talking about games we pull out when we want something quick. Sometimes we just want to take a quick break to play a game between schoolwork or chores. Thanks to Dave for suggesting this topic!







    Thanks to our sponsor, First Move Financial! If you’re curious about ETFs or other investment vehicles, get some help! Go to FirstMoveFinancial.com/familygamers to set up a 15-minute phone call.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Funkoverse (both the Batman set and the Harry Potter set). Andrew praises the rulebook highly – it makes it really simple to get started!







    MetroX (from Gamewright) – solo play is solid.







    NyteLyfe Solitaire (from Button Shy’s Game of the Month Club). A neat twist that places a bit of a plot around a traditional 52-card solitaire game.







    Cover Your Kingdom (from Grandpa Beck’s Games) – puntastic family fun. A little long, but that’s solvable.







    Kids’ Game Day! Everyone picked at least one game to play. Abandon All Artichokes, Dr. Eureka, Tiny Ninjas, and Pyramix. Interestingly, Pyramix doesn’t get played a lot, but we keep coming back to it over and over, at all ages.







    Forbidden Desert (from Gamewright) – fun but much harder than we remembered.







    Animal Kingdoms has a satisfying solo mode, which Anitra talks about in her review, published today.







    ION: A Compound Building Game (from Genius Games) – a drafting game in the same vein as Sushi Go, where players create compounds from ion cards (positive/negatively charged molecules). Easy to get started, reasonably interesting, and well put together – the best kind of educational game.







    Backtalk!







    A teacher in New Zealand asks about print and play games for kids in early elementary.







    Anitra recommends PNPArcade as a good starting point with a lot of variety. Andrew suggests the free mystery available at CleverKidsMysteries.com.







    We’ve also enjoyed Ninja vs Robot (a solo game that only requires a single sheet of paper and two dice). You can also check out this thread on BoardGameGeek!







    Monza Winner







    Congratulations Jeremiah B, and thanks for subscribing to the newsletter!















    SNAP Review – Yum Yum Island







    The whole Smith family tells you about this silly, cooperative dexterity game. Rescue all the animals on Yum Yum Island by feeding them green or pink food tokens… while blindfolded!







    See the rest of the pictures and read the transcript on our a href="http://www.thefamilygamers.

    • 51 min
    193 – Evolution: Education Edition with Scott – The Family Gamers Podcast

    193 – Evolution: Education Edition with Scott – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Welcome to another episode! Our fact this week comes from Dwayna. 193 is the current number of member nations in the UN.









    Episode 193







    Evolution: Education Edition









    Thanks to our sponsor, First Move Financial.







    We’re going to talk about Evolution: Education Edition with Scott Rencher, but first – let’s talk about what we’ve been playing!







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Claire is prototyping a 18-card cake-building game. We’ve had fun with it so far – and the 18-card constraint is a handy way to put boundaries on the design (and make it quick & easy to change).







    Speaking of 18-card games… we pre-ordered Desert Pack from Button Shy. This deduction game was designed by Gwen Ruelle and Sam Bryant (AKA Runaway Parade, makers of Fire Tower)!







    Rock Paper Switch from Mindware. (Andrew saw this game at Toy Fair this past winter.) Think of chess crossed with rock-paper-scissors, and it is playable at 2, 3, or 4 players.







    Kingdomino proves to be nice practice for spatial relations, multiplication, and mental math.







    Animal Kingdoms (review coming soon).







    Tussie Mussie – Anitra will never say “no” to this one. Nice that it’s competitive in terms of “make mine the best” rather than dragging down other players.







    Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun hadn’t been played recently.







    Women in Science – one of first reviews we ever did! Light and easy to play, but piqued our boys’ interest in learning about the various scientists.







    Tajuto from Super Meeple is an interesting Renier Knizia game about building pagodas. It starts so slowly. We wonder if that’s because we only had two players or if there’s something else about it.







    Giveaway







    You still have a week to enter our Monza giveaway. It’s become one of our favorite HABA games, and as far as we’re concerned, it’s the Candy Land killer. Enter right now!















    SNAP Review: Abandon All Artichokes







    Claire and Anitra tell about this fast-moving deck-building (or “deck-wrecking”) game. Read the summary and see pictures on the SNAP review page.







    Interview: Scott Rencher from North Star Digital







    Scott is involved with the creation of the digital version of the Evolution boardgame. They’ve just released a specifically education-targeted version of the game, and we’ll talk about that.







    Game Scott has been playing







    Quacks of Quedlinburg (not to be a company man, but…) Scott likes it for family play, because there’s enough randomness that adults don’t need to throw the game. Apparently when he plays with his adult family, they all cheat!

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    192 – Shelf of Shame – The Family Gamers Podcast

    192 – Shelf of Shame – The Family Gamers Podcast

    This week we’re going to talk about the “shelf of shame” – although sometimes we call it “shelf of opportunity” to make ourselves feel better. We tried really hard to get some games OFF that shelf this week.







    192 begins the “home block” of IP addresses on a local area network (192.168.1.1 is usually your router!) Thanks to Michael Lettner for this fact.







    Thanks to our sponsor, First Move Financial! If you’re curious about “sequence of return risk”, go to FirstMoveFinancial.com/familygamers to set up a 15-minute phone call or a 90 minute meeting.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    We actually spent time outside this weekend – spring has finally come to New England! But we also played board games, of course.







    TAGS by HeidelBÄR Games. Name off things that fit a category and start with a certain letter. Grab the corresponding “marble” off the grid. Keep going around and around until all the marbles are taken or every player passes. This is a game like Anomia where your brain might get “spotlight shock” on your turn – prepare yourself with answers before it’s your turn!







    Koi by Smirk & Dagger. Play as giant goldfish moving around the board and eating dragonflies and frogs. Review coming soon.







    Abandon All Artichokes by Gamewright. Already in Anitra’s top played games for the year, even though we’ve only had it for a month or so. Really simple to pick up and start playing.







    Animal Kingdoms by Galactic Raptor Games. It took us a while to get around to playing this the first time, but ever since, it’s been near the top of our list. Area control combined with making sets of cards. The restrictions for the sets of cards change every round. Gorgeous and easy to get into.







    MetroX by Gamewright. A flip-and-write game to fill in a subway map. It becomes very difficult very quickly because there are only a few cards that allow you to skip over an already-filled station, and many of the lines overlap. Very portable (a single shared deck, and each player gets a thick whiteboard & marker) and we think it would make a great restaurant game.







    Lots of “kid” games like Monopoly Gamer and Monopoly Junior. They’re not great, but at least they’re shorter than standard Monopoly, with a easily defined endpoint. But also HEIST and Keys to the Castle.







    Keys to the Castle by Outset Media. Travel across the board, playing cards to “open doors” or to slow your opponent(s) down. First player to the opposite side wins.







    Silly Street – with the nine-year-old. “I feel like being silly!” We had a great time.







    Go Cuckoo (by HABA) with our eleven-year-old. No little kids means we could be cut-throat. :)







    A reminder that games are supposed to be about having fun! Don’t worry about the “suggested age” (in either direction).















    SNAP Review: The Game of Wolf







    Awoooo! The Game of Wolf puts a twist on party trivia games. Pick a pack to help you get the most answers right, or double your points by going as the Lone Wolf.

    • 51 min
    191 – Clever Kids Mysteries with John Zilch – The Family Gamers Podcast

    191 – Clever Kids Mysteries with John Zilch – The Family Gamers Podcast

    191 – Clever Kids Mysterieswith John Zilch









    Let’s start with our fact for 191 – thanks to Dwayna. Special Orders 191, issued by Robert E. Lee, created a domino-effect during the American Civil War which lead to Lincoln’s timing publicizing the Emancipation Proclamation. More information: https://youtu.be/HjKKoLHwwB8 and https://www.nps.gov/mono/learn/historyculture/so191.htm







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    What We’ve Been Playing







    Codenames (our Disney video)







    Bloom Town (from Sidekick Games)







    Go Nuts for Donuts (Gamewright)







    Mountains (HABA)







    Cities: Skylines (Paradox & KOSMOS)







    5-Minute Marvel (Spin Master Games) – surprisingly fun even with younger kids who are still working on symbol-matching.







    The Game of Life inspired the kids to make their own game! (We’d recommend other games, but always glad to see kids trying game design.)







    Imhotep: The Duel (KOSMOS)















    Clever Kids Mysteries







    We’ve never done a “real” escape room, but we like escape rooms in a box. We usually keep on hand some EXIT boxes, Unlock, etc. but none of them is as good for kids as Clever Kids Mysteries.







    John’s goal has been to create something simpler than the other escape room boxes, and something that would be great for families with kids to work on together. The existing boxes (Mystery at the Lux Museum, Case of the Wayward Sleigh) each have eight puzzles for kids to solve to get to a final solution to a problem posed at the beginning.







    John’s inspiration was an odd event that happened when his kids were around 6. They found a notebook with some text in it. In their heads, it was a mystery, and they were trying to solve it.







    “What if a real letter came to your house with clues and a story, and the detectives were asking for a kid’s help?”John Zilch







    Depending on your family and your kids, you may want to play through the mysteries together, or simply be available for “hints”.







    Each of the mystery boxes is $10 plus shipping, and we think they’re well worth it. They’re obviously hand-crafted, and getting a package in the mail is very exciting!







    We reviewed Mystery at the Lux Museum...

    • 47 min

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