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inneedofrain Mon 06-May-13 13:55:10

Ok we are a big board gaming family

So far we
Junior party monopoly
Pop up pirate
Guess who
Pump up pig
Screwball scramble
Connect 4
Various packs of cards

Which we all play together

And the following which Dp and I play (when we have time)
Game of life
Go for broke
Trivial pursuit

Can anyone recommend so more family games they need to be suitable for 3 players and preferable for 5 or over

We play a board game most nights junior party monopoly is the favourite at the moment

Littlefish Mon 06-May-13 22:06:41

Pass the bomb.

MiniTheMinx Mon 06-May-13 22:16:36

Where is Moldova
Hex (only two players though)
The London Game

Takver Mon 06-May-13 22:41:23

Agree Pandemic is definitely too complicated for a 5 y/o - but I think the OP also wanted games to play with her DH?

I reckon, so long as you can play a game with two, you don't lose as your dc will grow into them. IME the 'box' ages are often pessimistic if you have well trained dc! A lot of board games I'd say the main limiting factor is reading, though, so that will rule out dc until they are older.

Having said that Balderdash is great for encouraging a reluctant writer to actually put pen to paper! (I think the small bits of paper are bizarrely helpful, as it seems less challenging.)

Softlysoftly Mon 06-May-13 22:45:07

Really nasty horse racing game.

Brilliant fun and great for family fall outs (essential part of any games evening) my mum and dad payed it loads with us and have bought it for every friend ever.

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 09:43:13

OOOOO for kids I second the London game
Also on the trains theme The great game of Britain is absolutely awesome

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 10:02:36

Kill Doctor Lucky from cheapass games

The idea behind cheapass games many many years ago was that really good games could be produced cheaply (game originally sold for a couple of pounds). Now you can download the board and cards and play it for free. Well worth the time to print and cut.

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 10:04:19

For younger kids Disney's Destination Animation is a lovely game. simple concept really well executed

JellicleCat Tue 07-May-13 10:10:24

Ticket to ride is great, I got the European one for Christmas.

Not sure if Outrage is still around. A great game based on stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. I think dd was 8 or 9 when we got it.

inneedofrain Tue 07-May-13 10:49:01

Great all

Thanks so much off to google and amazon so more!

I report back once I have bought some more.

Slubberdegullion Tue 07-May-13 10:50:28

Ditto the many there's who have said Carcassone. Fab game.

Really like Qwirkle too. Just the feel of the pieces and making nice orderly patterns gives me great pleasure. Also good for stealth maths (addition).

Having bought Monopoly Deal at Christmas I will never, ever eveeeeeeer again play the original Monopoly again. What a tedious pile of shite that game is. Monopoly Deal is so much more fun, and after 20-30 mins you have an actual winner.

Dh has just started playing Risk with the dds (7&9). I think you have to be reasonably mature enough about losing to play this game without there being significant tears.

Slubberdegullion Tue 07-May-13 10:51:29

No idea what there's is. Posters.

Dancergirl Tue 07-May-13 11:37:26

Yes to Quirkle. And also q-bitz

thegreylady Tue 07-May-13 11:58:05

My family love Tell Me and we have played it with players aged from 4 to 76! Everyone enjoyed it. You get a wheel to spin and category cards which say eg 'a domestic animal' the spinner spins the wheel which lands on a letter of the alphabet-the first one to answer gets the card.The example given could be cat,cow,chihuahua etc so even the littles can contribute though we did let the 4year old be 'spinner' quite a lot.The winner has most cards at the end of the game.

DeWe Tue 07-May-13 12:11:08

Games in our house are quite traditional. We all play (not always all together) 3dc, 12, 9 and 5.

Monopoly is the current favourite.
Card games (favourite is one made up by dm)
Snakes and Ladders
Connect 4
Guess Who

Caitycat Tue 07-May-13 12:18:17

Articulate is my absolute favourite, hard for v young children but we have played it where littler ones can choose any word on the card rather than the category that comes up

cornflakegirl Tue 07-May-13 13:31:54

Echo the recommendations for Quirkle, Dominion and Set. These are games that we play with the children, but that DH and I will also play by ourselves (Dominion also works well on Skype if you have friends with their own copy).

Also Perudo (liar dice) and Blokus (strategy game involving 2d shapes).

Monopoly Deal and Monopoly Millionaire are great for Monopoly obsessed people who can't get others to play the full version very often (DS1).

(Off to check out Dobble and Talisman.)

Dancergirl Tue 07-May-13 13:45:20

Quick question about family games: do you only buy them as treats, eg Xmas or birthdays...or buy them whenever?

HintofBream Tue 07-May-13 13:55:36

Rummikub very popular here. Elements of Rummy, but played with tiles.

Helenagrace Tue 07-May-13 15:30:36

Another vote for Quirkle.

Great fun and easy to play.

PaperLantern Tue 07-May-13 18:14:33

Dancergirl - I'm slightly hooked on games so about as often as other people buy shoes.

Kids games I rarely buy new and usually pick up at bootfairs and charity shop e.g. junior monopoly I picked up for a pound and junior scrabble.

I also asked on freecycle and was lucky enough to get a reply from someone throwing out a load of games including a fabulous old garden game and the Great game of britain.

More adult games I buy new because there rarely seem to go for much less second hand!

ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 07-May-13 20:23:04

We usually buy each child a game for Christmas, but they all end up being shared.

plusonemore Tue 07-May-13 20:29:26

lots of great sounding games on here I haven't heard of! only one to add is

apples to apples

figwit Tue 07-May-13 20:34:03

'Sorry' is great fun, don't think it is currently in production, but can get hold of it ebay/amazon/charity shops.

Have played and loved it for years, can be a bit ruthless though.

cornflakegirl Tue 07-May-13 20:34:18

I also feed my board game addiction at the charity shop. New games tend to be presents.

jellybeans Tue 07-May-13 20:35:49

Harry Potter Cluedo
Mini Air Hockey

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