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Enjoy board 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? We talk about how to introduce games you enjoy, and how to change up classic games so that everyone has fun.



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

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

Enjoy board 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? We talk about how to introduce games you enjoy, and how to change up classic games so that everyone has fun.



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!

    248 – Gameschooling (part 1) – The Family Gamers Podcast

    248 – Gameschooling (part 1) – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Have you read Anitra’s series on gameschooling? Let’s revisit some of the games that worked well for us this year.







    Sponsor: Thanks to First Move Financial for sponsoring The Family Gamers Podcast. 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







    * Via Magica (review)* Mass Transit* The Game: Face to Face* Block Ness (review)* Hammer Time* Robots Ate Our Pizza* Ubongo 3D* Space Explorers* Mega Mouth* Quatorze







    Welcome to the new members of our Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/familygamersaa/permalink/2935823616707109/















    SNAP Review – Block Ness







    Can you win control of the lake? Anitra and Asher review this 3 dimensional area control game. Check our website for the transcript and video.







    Our Year in Gameschooling







    What is gameschooling? Using board games as a learning tool, especially in a homeschool context.







    Why gameschool? It helps escape from the mundane.







    What surprised us the most? That it didn’t help a ton with math practice & history. But using games to reinforce science concepts worked amazingly well.







    What did we like the most? Playing games reduced the “distance” in the teacher-student relationship.







    Find out more about the games we used for math and English language arts: Gameschool for the Boring Parts.







    Much Ado About Baseball







    Andrew read a eARC of Rajani LaRocca’s new book and gives us his quick review.







    Find Us Online:







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







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







    Check out our new Family Gamers and Play Games with Your Kids merchandise – T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and tote bags – at thefamilygamers.com/merch.







    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 Amazon Music, TuneIn, Stitcher, and Spotify.

    • 54 min
    247 – Board Game Mosaics with Katia Howatson – The Family Gamers Podcast

    247 – Board Game Mosaics with Katia Howatson – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Sponsored by First Move Financial. Set up a time to talk with them at firstmovefinancial.com/familygamers today.







    Fact – 247games.com







    What We’ve Been Playing (5:30)







    * Mercado de Lisboa* Nanga Parbat (Dr. Finn’s Games)* Zombie Kidz Evolution* Tussie Mussie (Button Shy)* Mass Transit (Calliope Games)* Orchard* Azul







    Katia Howatson (28:30)







    Katia is a moderator for Board Game Revolution Facebook group.







    She’s also internet famous for #TheKatiaChallenge (which started as simply wondering: “how many games can I stack up to match my height?”)







    Katia might be best known for her board game mosaics.







    Get the 2022 calendar! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/952446224/2022-board-game-mosaic-calendar







    Find Katia online:







    Twitter: @BGArtCreationsInstagram: @BoardGameArtCreationsFacebook: @BoardGameArtCreationsTikTok: @BoardGameArtCreations







    Find Us Online:







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







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







    Check out our new Family Gamers and Play Games with Your Kids merchandise – T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and tote bags – at thefamilygamers.com/merch.







    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 Amazon Music, TuneIn, Stitcher, and Spotify.







    The Family Gamers is sponsored by First Move Financial. Go to FirstMoveFinancial.com/familygamers to learn how the team at First Move Financial can help you pile up the victory points.

    • 58 min
    246 – Five Tips for App-Integrated Games – The Family Gamers Podcast

    246 – Five Tips for App-Integrated Games – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Episode 246Five Tips for App-Integrated Board Games









    There has been huge growth in board games that also use mobile apps over the last couple of years. We’re seeing more and more of it. We have 5 tips for playing app-assisted family board games. [Jump right to the topic.]







    Sponsor: 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.







    Fact! The USS Croaker is a submarine, also commissioned as the SS 246 (and as SSKG 246, etc).







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Mass Transit (Calliope Games)Tumble Town (Weird Giraffe Games)Match 5 (Synapse Games / Luma Imports) – “a combination of Medium and anti-Scattergories“Block Ness (Blue Orange)Camp Pinetop (Talon Strikes Studios)Lucky Numbers (TIKI Editions / Luma Imports)Barenpark w/monorails (Lookout / Asmodee)Pandemic Legacy Season 0 (Z-Man / Asmodee)Fleet: The Dice Game (Eagle-Gryphon Games)Tidal Blades (Skybound Games)Draftosaurus, BLANK, Filler – short, fast games will always be Anitra’s favorites (solo: Tempus Imperium and Squire for Hire)







    For Science – The Chicken Sandwich Challenge!







    Andrew and his friends tried a mostly-blind taste test of five different fast food chain sandwiches, then ranked them. The verdict:







    5. Wendy’s4. McDonald’s3. Burger King2. Popeyes (but Andrew’s #1)1. Chick-Fil-A (but Andrew’s #2)















    SNAP Review – Lucky Numbers







    Do you feel lucky?







    Shape your luck as you fill your garden with clovers in this sequencing game. See the SNAP review for video and transcript.







    Welcome New Members







    Welcome to seven new members!







    Last week’s new members post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/familygamersaa/permalink/2920632784892859)







    This week’s new members post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/familygamersaa/permalink/2925527514403386/)







    App Integrated Board Games (Timestamp: 37:00)







    There have been huge growth in App integrated board games over the last couple of years and it’s only going to happen more and more.







    It started with helper apps, like Chwazi or token trackers. Even apps like BG Stats to help track your plays (which is the reason we can tell you “what we’ve been playing” every week).







    OK, that’s not strictly true. It started with games that had electronic talk-boxes, like Mall Madness, Stop Thief, and Dark Tower. You’ll still see a few of these on the shelves (like HEIST,

    • 55 min
    245 – Jonathan Chaffer – The Family Gamers Podcast

    245 – Jonathan Chaffer – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Welcome to another episode! This week, we’re talking to game designer Jonathan Chaffer.







    The Family Gamers Podcast is sponsored by First Move Financial. Did you know some of the best financial advice is also the simplest? If you need to talk about ideas to get started budgeting, set up a call with First Move by going to firstmovefinancial.com/familygamers today.







    Episode 245 fact: 245 is the Title field in the MARC standards. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MARC_standards for more.)







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Super Skill Pinball (WizKids) – long, but really captures the feeling of pinball in a turn-based roll and write game.







    MicroMacro: Crime City – a cooperative detective/puzzle solving game. Content warning: art style is cartoon line art, but subject matter includes a lot of murder.







    Unstable Unicorns and Telestrations with nieces.







    After last week’s show, our kids started asking to play more Bananagrams and Monopoly Deal!







    Tidal Blades (Skybound) – enormous, gorgeous, and fun. Now they’re interested in the RPG?







    A short discussion of D&D and roleplaying games.







    Lucky Numbers (Luma Imports) – We’re getting ready to review the physical copy, but you can play right now on Board Game Arena.







    Wordsy (Formal Ferret Games) will be part of our gameschooling series. Your goal is to come up with really long words!







    We discuss what we loved about Poetry Slam.







    Project L (Boardcubator) – like a cross between tangrams and Splendor.







    Board Game in the Middle – Jonathan Chaffer Edition







    Which one is in the middle, between The Kringle Caper, Stroop, and Filler? (Based on average BGG rating.)







    Listen and find out!







    More with Jonathan







    Jonathan designed several of our family’s favorite games, including Filler, Stroop, and The Kringle Caper. He tells us a little more about himself:







    He is from Grand Rapids Michigan, married with no kids. “I have the luxury of spending some of my non-day-job time working on this hobby of designing games.”







    His first published game was Stroop, which is a game about the Stroop effect. This is a game that has been really hard to translate into other languages! Andrew and Anitra share how Stroop is not a game you can play quietly… we brought it to Disney World and ended up sitting out in the hall to play when the kids when to sleep.







    Filler (Green Couch Games), a game about making filled pastries, is a big favorite in our family.







    Jonathan is finishing up a game that will be set in the world of The Artemis Project (Grand Gamers Guild).







    Andrew is interested in a weird game Jonathan made – a tabletop game about curling. Well, it’s because Jonathan was challenging himself to make 18-card games. Which leads to…

    • 52 min
    244 – Play This, Not That! Scrabble & Monopoly – The Family Gamers Podcast

    244 – Play This, Not That! Scrabble & Monopoly – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Fact – The USA is 244 years old until July. Happy birthday, USA!







    Sponsorship – If you need help seeing which areas of your personal finance you should be focusing on, visit firstmovefinancial.com/familygamers to schedule a time to talk to First Move Financial.







    In Play This, Not That, we examine two “classic” games that you might be tired of – you want to encourage your kids, or parents, or friends away from these games, keeping the parts you enjoy from these games and ditching the parts you don’t.







    Skip right to the topic at 36:00.







    What We’ve Been Playing







    Well, we knew we had to purge some games for our commitment to the show, so we got some games off our shelf of opportunity: The Networks (Formal Ferret Games), Fossilis (Kids Table Board Gaming), and Rat-a-Tat Cat (Gamewright).







    We also played:







    Lucky Numbers (now from Luma Imports), Meeple Land (from Blue Orange – our review), 10 Days in the USA (great for gameschooling), Untold: Adventures Await (from Hub Games), and Quatorze (Eagle-Gryphon Games).







    Backtalk







    Rich asks why we don’t have a Discord server.







    We’ve never really thought about it! What do you think, listener? Would a Discord server be helpful?







    Aldo Hernandez had some insights about purging – he sold Heroscape and now regrets it.







    We also had some great feedback on the purge post itself, including some purge piles! Very encouraged to see those.















    SNAP Review – Hedgehog Haberdash







    Elliot joins us to review this game with adorable hedgehogs. It’s a HABA game and suitable for ages 3+.







    Watch the video or read the transcript on our SNAP review page.







    Welcome Community Members







    Hello to all our new community members! Stop on in and say “hi”.







    Play This, Not That – Scrabble & Monopoly







    Scrabble and Monopoly are classic games, and they’re Anitra’s mom’s favorites. They’re familiar and comfortable – and there’s nothing wrong with that!







    But both Scrabble and Monopoly present some difficulties for family play.







    Scrabble







    Scrabble is really an area control game that happens to use letters and words. (Credit to Meeple Like Us for introducing us to this concept.) You are trying to get to the high value spaces, with your high value letters, and block everyone else from making the best use of their tiles.







    This makes it really challenging for kids,

    • 54 min
    243 – Purging Board Games – The Family Gamers Podcast

    243 – Purging Board Games – The Family Gamers Podcast

    Episode 243Purging Board Games









    We’ve got Nick Martinelli on the podcast today, and we’re hoping we can encourage him in his struggle to purge board games and get down to a manageable number.







    243 Fact! Game number 243 on Board Game Geek is Advanced Squad Leader (ASL). https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/243/advanced-squad-leader







    Sponsor: Worker Placement games are characterized by placing one of your workers, usually in short supply, in a certain location to perform a task or gain additional resources… 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







    Dungeon Mayhem (WizKids)







    Block Ness (Blue Orange)







    Pandemic Legacy 0 – we beat May!







    Fleet: The Dice Game, of course







    WWE Legends: Royal Rumble (Ravensburger)







    WWE Cage Battle (WizKids) – flick dice! A lot of small touches that make this game fun.







    Silver & Gold (Pandasaurus)







    Meeple Circus (Matagot) – such a crazy dexterity game.







    Dr. Finn’s Mining Colony – a polyomino game Nick has been playing solo.







    Floor Plan (Deepwater) – design your house?







    Periodic (Genius Games) – glad this game has been very solid at 2 players







    Flyin’ Goblin (IELLO) – not Anitra’s favorite. It seems like there should be a lot more strategy here than it is. Instead there’s a ton of randomness.







    Claire has created a tally sheet to keep track of how often the “kids shelf” games actually get played.







    Abandon All Artichokes (Gamewright)







    Quatorze (Eagle-Gryphon Games) – a more complex version of Jason Tagmire’s Seven7s







    Isle of Cats (The City of Games) – the regular version of the game is on the heavy end for family games. Resource management, two different drafts, polyomino tiles, etc. Going to try the “family variant” and see how we feel about that.







    Draftosaurus (Ankama / Luma) – with Marina expansion. Extend the river and move plesiosaurs (swimming dinosaurs) down the river when you play certain OTHER dinosaurs into the main park. Our only complaint is that now all the dinosaurs don’t fit in the bag (at 5 players). However, both expansions fit in the original box really easily!







    Fruit Passion (Eagle-Gryphon Games) – a very challenging memory game. Read our review.







    Parfum – Nick’s parents very first light euro game!







    Listener Feedback (with Nick)







    Nick is jealous that Anitra got to play Carcassonne: The Castle – it’s really hard to find now.







    Funny how classic games prove themselves by coming back out over and over again.







    Purging Board Games – Why and How







    We’re going to start by talking a bit about why we know this is an issue. (Although we’ve mentioned it before – episode 136 was all about “spring cleaning”.) As board game reviewers, we have a constant stream of new games coming in,

    • 1 hr 16 min

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