Monday 19 October 2020

Project 154: More Board Games

 Like a lot of people we've ended up with far more board games than we generally have time to play, so we decided to have a week of playing board games. We last had a board game project back in Solomon's first year of home education (see Project 32: Board games), so it was a good opportunity to introduce some games to Sam, and hopefully clear the cupboards of some of the most childish games. In the end, however, the project stretched over two weeks, we still didn't have time to play all the games we wanted, and only managed to persuade the children to give one game to the local charity shop. 

Week 1

We set off at at good pace in the first week, and managed to play 41 different games, from simple snap card games suitable for everyone to more complicated strategy suitable only for the big two. 

  1. Mousetrap
  2. Tummy Ache
  3. Mr Men Card Game
  4. Guess Who
  5. Snap (animals)
  6. Snap (numbers)
  7. Dominoes
  8. Hare & Tortoise
  9. Operation
  10. Pass the Word
  11. Frozen Memory Game
  12. Paddington
  13. Rummikub
  14. Pass the Pigs
  15. Memoir '44
  16. Rockin' Robot
  17. Wall Game
  18. Junior Scrabble
  19. Upwords
  20. Destination Norwich
  21. Mastermind
  22. Pop Up Pirate
  23. Connect 4 Flip
  24. Monkey Business 
  25. Picture Tri-onimoes
  26. Don't Rock the Boat
  27. Countdown
  28. Where is Moldova?
  29. Frozen Labyrinth
  30. London Underground Game
  31. Top Trumps (Marvel)
  32. Monopoly (Despicable Me)
  33. Ants in the Pants
  34. Spinergy
  35. Around the World in 80 Days
  36. Timeline
  37. Hungry Hippos
  38. Dobble
  39. Ticket to Ride First Journey
  40. Catan
  41. Mario Match

Week 2
We found we couldn't quite keep up the pace in the second week, and only managed to play another 28 different games, partly due to playing pandemic three times. 
  1. Shopping List
  2. Mario Monopoly
  3. Carcassonne
  4. Snakes & Ladders
  5. Pandemic
  6. Kerplunk
  7. Picture Lotto
  8. Scotland Yard Jnr.
  9. Tell the Time
  10. Backgammon
  11. Loopin' Chewie
  12. Stratego
  13. Fortnite Monopoly
  14. Ramses Pyramid
  15. Downfall
  16. Staying Alive
  17. Scrabble
  18. Ticket to Ride
  19. Robochamp
  20. 3 in a Row
  21. Flag Dominoes
  22. Cubeword
  23. Boss Monster
  24. Bugs in the Kitchen
  25. Othello
  26. The Peterborough Game
  27. Risk
  28. Subma-Fight

Pandemic was the only game we bought specifically for the project, and everyone enjoyed it. We think Monica was particularly attracted to the collaborative nature of the game, rather than having to face the competitive nature of her older brother, so we'll definitely look out for more collaborative games in the future. 

The children were asked to pick their favourite top 3 games out of the 69 played over the two weeks.

Monica's top 3:
  1. Frozen Labyrinth
  2. Mastermind
  3. Monkey Business*
(* mostly picked because this one was designated for donating to the charity shop)

Sam's top 3: 
  1. Risk*
  2. Subma-Fight 
  3. Marvel Top Trumps
(* also Solomon's favourite pick during the first board game project)

Solomon's top 3: 
  1. Pandemic
  2. Subma-Fight
  3. Memoir '44
Subma-Fight, picked by both of the boys, is a 2-player submarine strategy game that Solomon designed for his mum's birthday; it was high praise for Pandemic to knock Subma-Fight off the top spot. The Peterborough Game is another game you won't find in the shops, a game from 1992 that we picked up in the local charity shop; it actually turned out to be an interesting game with some novel elements, although it's a bit tricky to win, so now mostly being kept for historical reasons. 

Next week: Light and Space

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