Most people who know me outside of my working life know that among other things I'm a gamer. I have been ever since I was introduced to roleplaying games as a 10 or 11 year old on a visit to my Dublin cousins (thanks Karl). Boardgames, roleplaying games, LARPs, wargames, computer games, I enjoy playing them all.
Of course nowadays what with having a young family and living 10,000km from my usual gaming crew I don't get to game as much as I used too (though with roleplaying via Skype and boardgaming over the internet I manage somewhat).
So one of the things I have been looking forward to is getting the kids into gaming (Sam is already Star Wars mad, see this post by Aurelie) as;
a) It's been such a big and enriching part of my life (the games themselves and especially the people who play them) and;
b) I'll have some one to play with.
So the last time I came back from Ireland I brought back a copy of Catan Junior a simplified version of the hugely popular Settlers of Catan boardgame for ages five and up. We've played a few different card games like Mow (apparently French cows go mow, not moo) with the kids but this would be the first board game that they could play.
Sam took to it straight away and wants to play it pretty much every day, Ela wasn't too interested at first but joined us for our most recent gaming session, playing by herself for the first time rather than "helping" Maman or Daddy and enjoyed it, winning her second ever game!
Catan Junior is a great introductory game, the kids love it and it's fun for the adults too. Now I'm looking forward to introducing them to roleplaying with Faery's Tale and more boardgames like Mice and Mystics!
For the record Sam has the most wins so far, a short lived "go easy on him" policy was ditched when he kept thrashing us. The Geek is strong in this one!
|Ela tastefully celebrating victory (Sam is ill not sulking!)|