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The annual search for a Family Board Game

(63 Posts)
70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 18-Oct-13 17:10:31

My DC will be 14 and 11.6 at Christmas.
Last year I bought "Sherlock Cluedo" (it was reduced) . It was okay but nothing wildly exciting (but I'm not a huge Sherlock fan wink )

I've got an ancient Trivial Persuit game. But my DC won't have a clue about the questions.
Can you still get the replacement upgrade questions?

Any other recommendations?


Elsiequadrille Fri 18-Oct-13 18:10:54

Settlers of Catan

ErrolTheDragon Fri 18-Oct-13 18:25:05

Wow... lots I've never heard of... can someone please shortcut and say which are good for two people - DD (14) and me and/or DH. Most of the games I've liked the sound of are for more than two sad - I got Cranium last year not realising it needed 4 so not much use unless she's got friends round. Carcassone says its simple but looks quite complicated in the description. (I'd just as soon stick to scrabble)

GinotPrigio Fri 18-Oct-13 18:31:09

Did anyone see that game that was on Dragon's Den a few weeks ago? Not so much of a board game, more of a question game.

GinotPrigio Fri 18-Oct-13 18:33:52

Found it


Think I'll get this for xmas. Its 14 years + so maybe not what you're looking for OP

brass Fri 18-Oct-13 18:35:10

FYI - carcasonne, settlers of catan and ticket to ride are all quite similar in strategy

Yama Fri 18-Oct-13 18:39:37

Ticket To Ride is very popular in our house.

I've only played Carcasonne and Settlers of Catan on the XBox. I loved Carcasonne but didn't get on too well with Settlers.

Articulate is a good one - mil has it and we play it at her house.

MrsCakesPremonition Fri 18-Oct-13 18:41:19

Yahtzee is strangely addictive.

Yama Fri 18-Oct-13 18:41:37

I've seen Quirkle recommended. Anyone here played it? Only £14.99

afromom Fri 18-Oct-13 18:42:22

We got Krypton Factor 2 years ago. It was great, it's interactive in the TV as well as using the board. There are active challenges, memory challenges, logic puzzles and loads of other stuff. It was great fun and we are planning a repeat performance this year. DS was 7 then and he was a bit young for it then, but your DC's would be the perfect age.

Pancakeflipper Fri 18-Oct-13 18:43:52

Is Ticket to ride any good for 5 or 8 yr olds ?

Dededum Fri 18-Oct-13 18:43:55

7 wonders - great fun but need 3 players really.

Pandemic - fun but probably limited staying power.

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 18:45:53

Qwirkle cubes is better than original qwirkle IMHO, as you play with symbol dice rather than tiles so adding element of probability.

DontCallMeBaby Fri 18-Oct-13 18:45:55

Quirkle's quite good, but only if everyone has perfect colour vision, and you don't like to play games by 'mood lighting' - red and orange are annoyingly similar.

headlesslambrini Fri 18-Oct-13 18:47:33

what's wrong with guess who, monopoly or cluedo?

<wonders about getting old>

Pancakeflipper Fri 18-Oct-13 18:48:44

Nothing Headless but Christmas just ain't Christmas without a new game to play.

fuzzpig Fri 18-Oct-13 18:51:51

Errol I feel your pain on the two player issue!

I love pentago and laser khet, both for 2.

Also tempted to try abalone but not sure how good it is.

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Fri 18-Oct-13 18:52:03

Yea, Im getting Linkee this year too! And have just bought Where is Moldova? , havent played it yet though so cant vouch for it...

Yama Fri 18-Oct-13 18:53:55

PancakeFlipper - yes, my dd loves Ticket To Ride. She's 7 and I'd say we've had it about a year.

Thanks for the Quirkle info DontCallMeBaby and Fuzzpig.

Yama Fri 18-Oct-13 18:58:39

I think I need Where is Moldova. Sixty general knowledge categories!

The write up says - 'If all of the best board games in the world were rolled into one, Where Is Moldova? would be the result! Simply incredible.'

Pancakeflipper Fri 18-Oct-13 19:07:07

Thank you Yama quickly adds this to my Christmas spreadsheet before I forget

I love Mexican Train - that's my offering to good games.

Angie1978 Fri 18-Oct-13 19:26:28

What about a board game for a 7 year old and very patience grandad? We have scrabble (they like that), frustration (grandad doesn't appreciate this one!) and junior monopoly.

I'm planning on smart ass for the grown ups

You all seem to be board game gurus.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 18-Oct-13 20:29:12

thanks Fuzzpig. Pentago looks like a sort of more complicated connect-4 ... might go for that. Khet looks a bit complicated to start post-xmas lunch! grin

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 21:34:27

ErrolTheDragon - we have quite a few that are good with 2 players. For a first thought:
Carcassone - the instructions look complicated, but in fact once you get through them it is super simple to play.
Dominion - again you have to fight through the instructions the first time but a really nice 'light' game
San Juan - good with 2 though better with three
Abalone (haven't played this myself yet, but DD & Dh like it a lot)
Tantrix (I love this game, dd likes it too, DH less keen - doesn't suffer from the 'oh my god' factor when you read the instructions unlike so many board games)
The boardgamegeek website is a good place to read up on games & get a feel for what they might be like

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 21:37:58

7 year old + grandad - maybe Carcassonne?

Just thought of another good family post Xmas dinner one - Once Upon a Time

Takver Fri 18-Oct-13 21:47:36

Oops blush I was just overwhelmed and acquired yet another game for the cupboard. Now I just need to decide whether it should go in DD or DH's xmas stocking . . . grin

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