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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!

The Family Gamers Podcast 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!

    222 – 2020 Holiday Game Gift Guide – The Family Gamers Podcast

    222 – 2020 Holiday Game Gift Guide – The Family Gamers Podcast

    We’ll give you the run down for this year’s recommendations in our holiday gift guide.







    Number fact! 222 is a “strobogrammatic number” (at least on an old-school calculator). This means it has rotational symmetry (it forms the same number when turned upside down).







    You know that feeling of wanting to finish a movie just because you paid for it, or when you think you “may as well finish” a too long game where everyone is miserable? That’s call the sunk cost fallacy. If you need a sounding board for your life’s financial decisions go to firstmovefinancial.com/familygamers and set up a time to talk to First Move Financial.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Codenames Harry Potter (The OP) – best for superfans of the Harry Potter series.







    Tussie Mussie (Button Shy)







    Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Restoration Games)







    EXIT: The Enchanted Forest (KOSMOS) – listen to the SNAP review later in the show.







    Kingswood (25th Century Games)







    PARKS (Keymaster Games)







    Starlink (Blue Orange Games)







    Harry Potter: House Cup Competition (The OP) – the opposite of Codenames HP. This is a “gamer” game, but you don’t need to know anything about HP to enjoy it.







    Yacht Rock (Funko Games) – a very laid back game.







    Wingspan (Stonemaier Games) – we suggest reducing the points per egg at the end of the game (1 point per 2 eggs). It made the game a lot closer and the decisions more interesting near the end of the game.







    The holiday season is shaping up to be good for time to play games this year. Games-mas? Thanks-gaming? Winter-een-mas? We’re here for it!















    SNAP Review – EXIT: The Enchanted Forest







    Can you find a way to cross the river and escape the enchanted forest? We tell you about this family-friendly EXIT box with no spoilers.







    See the SNAP review page for a transcript and more pictures.







    2020 Holiday Gift Guide







    See the list on our website for more information.







    Note: We’re giving away our copy of My First Castle Panic, which is great game for your littlest gamers (US only).







    Although we have Amazon affiliate links, please support your local game store, if you have one, or buy directly from publishers.







    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 a href="https://itunes.apple.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    221 – Games, Art, and Design with David Diaz – The Family Gamers Podcast

    221 – Games, Art, and Design with David Diaz – The Family Gamers Podcast

    This week, we have David Diaz, creator of Fossilis and head of Mesa Game Lab.







    Thanks to our sponsor First Move Financial – go to firstmovefinancial.com/familygamers and schedule a free time to talk.







    What we’ve been playing!







    Tidal Blades (Skybound Games)







    Draftosaurus (Ankama / Luma Games – one of our favorites)







    Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion







    Tang Garden (ThunderGryph /Lucky Duck Games – our review)







    Shifting Stones (Gamewright)







    The Bears and the Bees (Grandpa Beck’s Games) – a fun casual game, but we only ever play a single round, instead of the three that the rules suggest.







    Zombie Kidz Evolution







    Space Base







    Chess – our children go through phases of playing this obsessively with each other.







    David Diaz







    Mesa Game Labs started during the ramp up to the Kickstarter for Fossilis. David wanted to create some of the animated GIFs to show gameplay, and asked two of his animator buddies to help. Now Mesa Game Labs offers the whole pipline for animations, videos, Kickstarter page design, and even game bits.







    Fossilis







    Started with inspiration of the kids “digging for dinosaur bones” in the sandbox.







    David quickly discarded cardboard pieces, because they don’t slide. But dominoes do! He found square dominoes and started experimenting. The base he built with LEGO, using smooth top pieces so the dominoes could slide smoothly.







    It was very much a kids’ game when Kids Table Board Gaming first saw it at ProtoTO, and the idea hooked them right away.







    We love how the game presents so intuitively – you can tell immediately that you’re going to push the tiles around and look inside.







    More about Mesa Game Lab







    David has a career in animation, starting in children’s animated shows, more recently doing creatures and things for live action. He has been getting tired of always working for other people and having to constrain his creativity based on all the steps above him.







    So game design and game animation was a way for him to work creatively outside of his day job. “I had to become a game designer to start my own animation company.” It’s rewarding because he can do the art direction as well as a lot of the animation and editing.







    Find David Online:







    MesaGameLab.com







    Twitter: @MesaGameLabFacebook: @MesaGameLabInstagram: @MesaGameLab







    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.

    • 39 min
    220 – 5 More Games for 5 Players – The Family Gamers Podcast

    220 – 5 More Games for 5 Players – The Family Gamers Podcast

    5 More Games for 5 Players









    One hundred episodes ago, we created our most popular podcast ever – our top 5 games for five players. We’ve got five more games that we’d highly recommend for this player count. These are games we really like with a fifth player, not just games that are “okay” at five.









    Jump right to the 5 player games!









    220 fact – 220 AD marks the end of the Han Dynasty in China. It began in 202 BC, so that means it was over 400 years old. That’s a long time!







    Thanks to our sponsor, First Move Financial! If you need help figuring out where to place your dollar “workers”, reach out to First Move Financial. You can find them at firstmovefinancial.com/familygamers to schedule a call today.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Shifting Stones (Gamewright)







    Tempus Imperium (find it on PNPArcade.com for free)







    Penny Rails (Button Shy)







    Heist (University Games) – we really enjoy this (in small doses) and it’s in our gift-giving guide for this year







    Telestrations: Upside Drawn (The OP) – listen to the SNAP review.







    Magic: The Gathering is still a hit with Asher. This has been a great tool for practicing how to lose without being a sore loser.







    Dungeon Academy (The OP) – a fun real-time path finding game. Our review.







    Giveaway!







    Congratulations to Chris Hazen, winner of the Food Fighters giveaway.







    Back talk – from Hub Games







    We love how creative the games from Hub Games are. And it’s gratifying to know that they appreciate our work as reviewers, too; specifically related to our recent Prisma Arena review.







    Hi Andrew,It’s rare to read a review and think “This reviewer gets it!”. It shouldn’t surprise me, but you covered so much in the review that other reviews overlooked. For that, I am very grateful. I think I speak for all of us at Hub Games when I say we are extremely happy with our partnership with The Family Gamers. I think your ethos and our games align nicely with each other.Rory O’Connor















    SNAP Review – Telestrations: Upside Drawn







    Team up and draw mysterious pictures in this Pictionary-like game from The OP. Although it’s recommended for age 12+, we think it’s suitable for the whole family.







    Read the transcript and see more pictures at our SNAP review.







    Games for a 5th Player







    We have five players in our family: Our fifth player is getting older and ready to play more games with us – and he can read a little now! Do you have five players?







    Back talk – Community!

    • 48 min
    219 – Funny Board Game Moments with Grant Lyon – The Family Gamers Podcast

    219 – Funny Board Game Moments with Grant Lyon – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Episode 219Funny Board Game Momentswith Grant Lyon









    Our guest this week is Grant Lyon, comedian and board game designer! His game Curmudgeon is coming out soon.







    Fact about 219: The Heinkel He 219 Uhu is a night fighter that served with the German Luftwaffe in the later stages of World War II.







    (Speaking of history, our homeschooled 9 year old is working on memorizing the first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. He’s doing a much better job than he expected!)







    Thanks to First Move Financial for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Visit firstmovefinancial.com/familygamers to schedule a time to talk to First Move.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Everdell (Starling Games)







    Cindr (Smirk & Dagger Games) – We saw this at PAX Unplugged last year.







    Tang Garden (ThunderGryph & Lucky Duck Games) – which answers the question: “What would Andrew and Anitra do if they had half a day with no responsibilities?”







    Haunt the House (Kids Table Board Gaming)







    Zombie Dice (Steve Jackson Games) has been a family favorite for many years.







    BOO (Pack-O-Games) is an Othello-like puzzle with gumstick cards.







    Curmudgeon (25th Century Games) – which we talk about in the second half of this podcast.







    Clank! (Renegade Games) came off the shelf of opportunity!







    Horrified (Ravensburger) – a great co-op for Halloween.















    SNAP Review – Food Fighters







    Asher and Elliot tell us all about this food-themed dueling game. Accessible for all ages and fun for everyone.







    Read the transcript and see more pictures at our SNAP review page.







    Grant Lyon, Comedian and Boardgamer







    During the pandemic, Grant started making short videos, and calling them Grant’s Game Recs.







    As a comedian, he wants to make people laugh, and he’s trying to bring more of that to the boardgaming world.







    Funny Stories from our Community:







    Mom and Dad can’t agree what “romance” means in Codenames…







    Captain Kirk becomes “Caption Kirk”…







    Grandma gets a little too excited playing LCR.







    Grant’s friend also finds Codenames clues frustrating…







    Corey references “this one time where my friend’s wife threw the game…” (it was Anitra).







    About Curmudgeon:







    Grant is the co-designer for Curmudgeon, coming from 25th Century Games at the end of November.







    Curmudgeon is a game of silly insults, that works a bit like Mad Libs. Make up fill-in-the-blank insults and throw them down on other player’s “Life” cards.







    Unlike Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, Curmudgeon gives more options back to the players. You can be creative – and make it as clean or dirty as you want.







    The game is recommended for age 17+, but we played with our 9 year old and 12 year old, and simply needed to pull out a few cards before playing (referencing sex, middle finger, crass words, etc.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    218 – Room to Grow: Tile Laying Games – The Family Gamers Podcast

    218 – Room to Grow: Tile Laying Games – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Episode 218







    Room to Grow:







    Tile Laying Games









    On today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about tile laying games.







    But first, we open today with a politics fact for 218 – that’s the number of votes needed for a simple majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.







    Thanks again to our sponsor, First Move Financial. For expert help applying some of the same principles that help you take down your friends in Agricola, head over to firstmovefinancial.com/familygamers today to schedule a call.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Haunt the House (Kids Table) Thanks so much to Josh and Helaina Cappel!







    Gobblet Gobblers (Blue Orange Games) – the kids wouldn’t let us give this one away.







    Campaign Trail (Cosmic Wombat Games / Grey Fox) – with 6 players! This was our very first written review all the way back in 2015. The gameplay makes for great storytelling. Check out their Kickstarter for the second edition and Green Party expansion.







    Pan Am (Funko Games) – we love this game.







    Town Builder: Coevorden (First Fish) – Andrew played solo? What is happening?







    Timeline: American History – continuing with gameschooling. More education than game.







    Prisma Arena (Hub Games) – our review is out today. There is so much to love about this game!







    Don’t forget you can enter the Food Fighters giveaway!















    SNAP Review: Cupcake Academy







    Can you work together and stack cupcake tins before time runs out? Match all the cards and become the Star Bakers.







    See more pictures and read the transcript on the SNAP review page.







    Room to Grow: Tile Laying







    A continuation of our Room to Grow series. If you’re interested in tile laying games but you’re not really sure how to bring kids in and then grow them into more complex games, we’ve got suggestions for you.







    Hisss







    Beginning Level Tile Laying: Hisss







    This simple color-matching game from Gamewright is a perfect introduction for very young children. Start with simple turn taking and pattern matching. Once they’ve mastered that, you can put in a bit of game strategy. The most important part is the recognition of tiles and laying them to create a continuous flow.







    But if you’re starting with older kids or adults, this might not be the best choice.







    Still Easy But More Grown-Up: Kingdomino







    This is one your kids won’t grow out of. It’s very flexible and can be played with kids who aren’t reading yet and understand very little math.

    • 44 min
    217 – Kids Table Board Gaming! – The Family Gamers Podcast

    217 – Kids Table Board Gaming! – The Family Gamers Podcast

    On this week’s episode of the show we are so happy to invite Helaina and Josh Cappel of Kids Table Board Gaming and Burnt Island Games.







    217 Fact: As far as we can find, the earliest recorded game of “association football” (ie. soccer) took place in Derby, England, in the year 217 CE. Wild!







    Thanks as always to our sponsor, First Move Financial. Head over to FirstMoveFinancial.com/familygamers to see how First Move Financial can kick start your financial engine today.







    Helaina and Josh use their two imprints to publish games. Helaina is also a school teacher; Josh does art and game development for their two imprints and Grand Gamers Guild.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Studies in Sorcery – from Weird Giraffe Games. We’ve been playing a prototype, but the full version is on Kickstarter right now. It’s only $19, you should definitely check it out.







    Order of Invention (Breaking Games) – Funny to play this with kids, who often are betting at random. Josh worries that it is a game that gets less fun as you “learn” the cards. We disagree, since there are so many disconnected facts.







    DO NOT BUY “educational games”. Find good games that are tangential to the things you want to learn.







    Slide Quest (Blue Orange) – fun for all ages.







    “I miss doing things NOT with my children.”Anitra







    We are glad that our kids can play outside (playgrounds, etc.) but there probably won’t be much to do as the weather gets colder. (Long ago, we did a podcast about games you can play outside and another about games that get you moving.)







    Codenames: Harry Potter (The OP) – We were surprised! This is a completely cooperative game. Each side of the table takes turns giving clues according to their own side of the clue card. We should know by now that the OP doesn’t just slap a theme on a game, but puts time connecting the theme into the gameplay.







    Connect 4 – Anitra does not let kids win. Elliot was a little exasperated, but not upset.







    Caylus (remake from Space Cowboys)- Helaina is really excited for this one, and hoping to play it soon.







    Samurai (by Reiner Knizia)







    Magic: The Gathering has hooked Asher, and is helping work through disappointments. (Has carried through to Unmatched too!)







    SNAP Review: Baby Dragon Bedtime















    Anitra and Asher review this simple card game. Baby Dragon Bedtime combines deck-building with real-time play and memory aspects. Can your baby dragon make a big enough hoard to make a comfy bed?







    Read the transcript and see more pictures at the SNAP review page.







    Giveaway







    We’re giving away a copy of Food Fighters! a href="https://www.

    • 1 hr 20 min

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