Random Gaming Thoughts

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I’ve had a lot of thoughts bouncing in my head lately, but none of them long enough for a compelling post on their own. So I’m going to follow the example of some of my fellow bloggers and just hit you with those thoughts this month. Maybe the thoughts will be more compelling when compiled. Or not.

Next month I’ll talk about con prep with a Kindergartener and how my LARP design is going. I’m waiting until next month to talk about the LARP design because I’ve stalled a bit on that. There’s a couple of reasons. First up is time. I’ve been overly busy, to the point of getting ill. So I had to drop some activities and since I have some time for this, the LARP went to the back burner. Second is writer’s block. I ran into some issues I needed to solve and plain just couldn’t. See reason number one for one of the biggest road blocks there. Third is that I am waiting for confirmation on the space I will have at the convention. Location will affect some of my planning. So, in the next couple of weeks this will be my new focus item, and then I’ll have something to tell you for real.

SIX IS AWESOME! So is having friends with kids a little bit older than Yog.  Not much older, but old enough. Old enough for what you may be asking? Old enough that when the kids want to cross the parking lot to play on the swings when we’re at a mutual friend’s house for a party I have no problem letting them go on their own. My husband and I got to play in whatever game we wanted all day, whether that was together or not. We didn’t have to think about where we sat. Neither of us had to volunteer to sit out to be available for Yog’s needs.  Yog on her own is still a little tough. But I can’t fault her at that. Being the only child in a house where the adults want to play a board game when you have no interest and no one else to play with must be boring. She can still be really needy and our usual tactics need to come into play. Though I will say I was particularly let down at the latest gathering. Prior to the party I told Yog what we would be doing that weekend and she told me that she would “sit on my lap and roll dice for me”. That happened a total of ZERO times that weekend. Even when I asked her and reminded that she told me she would to that. And no, I didn’t expect her to ditch her friends to sit on my lap and roll dice. I’m not crazy. Well. I am, but not like that. When she was on her own though it would have been nicer than the whining. Also, I was looking forward to just having her with me.

I consider myself to be one of the luckiest gamer girls in the world. I hear horror stories from other women about experiences at conventions, gaming stores, or in their own gaming groups. I have not one horror story. Not one bad gaming experience that was a direct result of my femininity. I’ve had bad gaming experiences. Ones where the game wasn’t for me, or where personalities didn’t mesh, but gender identity wasn’t the issue. Or at least I never felt it was. I had one bad game store experience, but my husband had the exact same experience, even when I wasn’t there, so I don’t think it was me being a woman that caused the problem. That just wasn’t the store for us. We do however have an awesome game store that we love to get to when we can. The owner knows our names, despite the fact that we’re only there a half dozen times each year. Even the other customers are awesome. I can’t think of a time when I haven’t wound up having a random conversation with another customer, and it was never about “why is a woman in a gaming store?”. I’ve not been to a ton of different conventions, but again I’ve never been made uncomfortable because I’m a woman. I am one of the luckiest women in the gaming world. And I try to not forget it.

I love games, but I tend to play one game to death, then move on. The good thing is I play the hell out of a game. The bad thing is that I may never go back to that game again. There are almost too many games in the world for me. But I can also be easily overwhelmed by too many choices. I have to avoid some diners because there are too many choices on the menu.

On that – I’m of the opinion that if your description of a game is “it plays like X” I probably am not interested. Either I’ve never played X, so it doesn’t matter. Or I have played X and I like it, which means I don’t need another game “like X”.  I have X. I like diversity. However, I know this is inherently a problematic stance. For one – there are only so many ways to combine cards, dice, random draw bags, etc. into a balanced, playable, enjoyable game. So uniqueness is hard to achieve. Secondly the human brain works well on comparison. It’s quicker to say “this game is like X” than it is to try to explain the details of the new game. I understand it’s a shortcut and that it really works for a lot of people. However, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you’ll know I’m just weird. Mass marketing tends to work against me going for your product in any arena.

LARP is such an interesting cross section of talented people. Everyone brings a different set of talents to help tell awesome stories. Some are great at costumes. Others, make up. Still others, character creation. And everyone is willing to share their talents without breaking each other’s banks. I love collaborating with such an eclectic group of people to just  have fun.

I hope you enjoyed the random thoughts. Please use the comments to expand on them, share your experiences, or ask my random thought on a topic.

Until next time – Happy Gaming!

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Holidays 2016

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The holidays came, they celebrated, they ate, they played and they moved on. Or so it felt. Adult life kept getting in the way this year making the holidays feel a bit disjointed, but we still made time for fun. Which of course for us means game time!

We had several parties between Thanksgiving and New Year. All went well with many games played, and for us more than we have in parties past. Here’s why:

Age Five is Awesome!!!

So is having other kids Yog’s age at the party. The first party of the season was weekend of Thanksgiving. The other children had arrived at the gathering before us and were anxiously waiting our arrival. When we got there they greeted our entire family and then they disappeared with Yog. The only time we heard from any of them was when food or drink was desired. So my husband and I got to play two different games at the same time. Not that I dislike playing games with my husband, obviously, but we do have some differences in taste at times. Parties are where I get to scratch my itch for the lighter, party style games he hates and he finds the one or two other people to play the really complicated games I won’t touch.

As always we brought along some of Yog’s games in hopes that having other people her age to play with would encourage her to do so. Unfortunately she isn’t as excited about Ice Cool as she was when we first got it. We love playing it, but once we told her she had to play it as a game and not just as another toy house, she lost interest. I think the first time she played because it was unique and new. The second time was because we had let her practice free form with the penguin after the first game and she figured if she played the game she could “free play” afterwards. Which we did allow and would continue to allow. With a skill based game you need to practice to get good at it, however if you don’t ever follow the rules, it’s never a game. The third time we offered to play with her she said she would flick the penguin around, but not play the game. So I told her we weren’t going to play at all and to pick another activity. Lucky for me the other children that were at our holiday party love Ice Cool. It’s so much fun to watch their excitement over successfully getting their penguin to land where they planned. They did so well I taught them how to make the penguins jump walls when we were done playing.

This year for Christmas we didn’t buy Yog a game. Technically. Ok, we bought us a game and her a play set. Playmobil makes an awesome hockey rink toy that’s a playable game! I still haven’t read the rules or played it yet, but we plan to. At least my husband and I plan to. Yog plans on “playing hockey” on her own terms. Which is what we anticipated happening and therefore are fine with happening. We got her the rink, which came with two goalies and two players, a Referee and Linesman set that came with a Stanley Cup, and a ZAMBONI! Because ZAMBONI! That came with another figure, because we don’t have Google self-driving Zamboni machines yet. She loves playing hockey and I look forward to beating my husband on the ice.

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Playing hockey

Christmas wound up being a later night than originally planned. We started by playing Resistance, during which my husband learned where I inherited my devious streak as my mom completely fooled him into believing she was innocent. Unfortunately that same devious streak kept him from being able to tell if my sister or I were the other traitor…allowing my sister’s traitor husband to escape! This was followed up with my husband and family played Black Orchestra. I didn’t play as they had reached the maximum number of players. I figure that we own the game, I’ll have plenty of opportunities to play. Besides, I hadn’t had a chance to watch A Christmas Story yet and tradition is tradition. Luckily we had packed clothes and pajamas. So at the appointed time Yog was off to bed and we spent the night.

New Year’s Eve was similar to the Thanksgiving party in success. The big difference was that Yog had a little more time alone. We figured that would mean going back to tag team game play, but Yog had other plans. She found ways to entertain herself, sometimes telling me to “Go play a game”. She’s always been really good at self-entertaining (I’m never sure if this is because she’s an only child and had to learn this skill or it’s just part of who she is. Most likely it’s a bit of both.) As always I invited her to play with me, rolling dice or playing cards, but she turned me down. She’s still “not the kind of kid who plays games.”

New Years Day was traditional. For us. Pork pie, Mummers and Arkham Horror. At least Yog enjoyed the pork pie. She has lost interest in even helping to set up Arkham Horror, which is a shame because I got my husband some organizational tools that made the game take up a bit less space. She didn’t even watch the Mummers! If it’s not animated it’s not worth watching apparently. Instead there was a school-house and toy cars to use for story-telling. Just wait until I tell her she was a role player as a child! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

Ok.

I know.

All children a role players.

Just let me pretend that she’s a little bit of a gamer, all right?

Did you get any new games for the kids this holiday season? Share your favorite discoveries in the comments.

Until next time – Happy Gaming!

Play with Me – Ice Cool

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We recently had one of our rare family trips to the game store. They’re rare because our “local” game store isn’t very local – it’s about a 45 minute drive from home. As a result my husband will often go by himself. He goes more often because while I love playing games, he loves reading about and buying them. So he researches and purchases, I play. It works for us. Anyway, we found ourselves in town as a family and took advantage of that to visit the store. As always, Yog was plied with the promise of a new die if she behaved well. This led to her contemplatively wandering the store, picking up boxes and deciding whether or not the game in hand was “good enough for Daddy”. Occasionally she would point to a box and say “We have that!”, which was fun.

Of course we couldn’t leave the store with just Yog’s bribery die. After a lot of consideration we decided to make a purchase that we hoped would work for the entire family, not just me and my husband. That purchase was an adorable game called Ice Cool.

And, yes, Yog earned her die. She chose a purple D8 this time around. Now if only we could convince her of the need for a dice bag so I don’t step on this one. Hmmmm…dice – the “Legos” of a gaming family!

In Ice Cool you are playing penguins trying to sneak extra fish before lunch time. Each player has a different colored penguin with a “weeblesque” bottom. The game is played in several rounds with each player taking a turn being the “Hall Monitor/Catcher” and the others being the “Runners”. The goal is to get your penguin through the three doorways on the board to collect fish cards before the Hall Monitor catches you by bumping your penguin with hers. Players use their fingers to flick the penguins causing them to slide around the board. You can even make them jump the walls on the three dimensional board. Oh yeah, the “board” is actually several boxes that you arrange together using provided clips. Don’t worry about storage, they stack inside each other and the game takes up as much space as an average sized game. Yog can assemble the board herself as there are colored dots to help you match the doors.

The fish hunt begins!
This was shortly after we started playing for the first time.

The box says this game is good for ages 6+ and the Boardgame Geek community agrees with that assessment. I however think that this game is great for any kid once they get over the “stick everything in my mouth” phase. Sure younger kids are probably going to struggle more with the manual dexterity, but that will grow with time and this is a fun way to practice fine motor skills. My suggestion is to not allow wall jumping until your little one can consistently get the penguin to slide. We (my husband and I and well, so far all of our friends we’ve introduced the game to) are still trying to master making the penguin curve the way we want it to. I, however, am quite skilled at jumping walls. Sometimes I’ll even show off and jump multiple walls. And sometimes I’ll show off and retrieve my penguin from the floor outside of the box. That is all to say that yes, a younger child will struggle more, but you can choose how aggressive to chase each other down until your little one gets the hang of moving the penguin.

This game has been a real hit, despite the fact that it is a competitive game. Yog doesn’t seem to mind if she has the lowest score, she enjoys the game just for the sake of playing. Though I will say she wants to be the chaser all the time. I think the biggest reason she loves this game is because it is active. Once play starts the chairs get pushed aside (or moved into a better spot to help Yog reach the board) and everyone is on their feet. What I love about this is that it’s not a huge game. Most games I have seen that involve moving around need more space than I have available. I know there are a few games out there that are mobile and don’t take up a lot of space, but they’re not that common.

Another plus – even when the Hall Monitor catches you, you’re not out. The caught player continues to play and could even be the first player to go through the three doors. The round ends when either the Hall Monitor has caught all the other penguins or one of the Runners has gotten through all three doors.

Scoring is randomized. Having the most number of cards doesn’t guarantee the highest score. When you pass through a door you collect a random scoring card with a value of 1, 2, or 3. To even things out, if you reveal that you have two “ones” in your hand you can take a second turn. I wonder if making the scoring a little more random takes some of the pressure of getting a high score off of Yog, making it more palatable. Then again, she really doesn’t seem to care what her score was, even though she will count it up herself.

This has become the new “go-to” game if we know there will be children at a gathering. The only downside is that it can only take four players. So far that hasn’t been an issue for us, but I could see there being a line of waiting players.

I guess you could call this my first game review as this “Play With Me” didn’t involve modifying a game. This is a great family game right out of the box, or in this case, in the box!

Check it out here, give it a try and share your thoughts.

Until next time, Happy Gaming!

The Early Years

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During an email exchange with a reader I was requested to do an article I had meant to do when I started this blog, a piece on the early years of gaming with a child – what it’s like to game with an infant and/or toddler. I guess the good part is that I’ve had so many other things I wanted to share with you that I kept forgetting to write this post. The bad thing is – time is not good for the memory. However, not all is forgotten and I am FINALLY going to share my early experiences with you.

Yog was involved in gaming since before she was born, kind of. I was five months pregnant at Dreamation and when getting a LARP character assignment prior to the convention one of the organizers (a friend of mine) asked if I wanted to play a pregnant character. She let me read the character prior to deciding and I thought it would be a lot of fun. And it was. So, I suppose, one could technically say that Yog has already played in a LARP.

Right after she was born I was planning an interactive scavenger hunt/LARP/surprise party for my husband’s 30th birthday. I spent many hours holding and nursing her while researching various bar bet games with which to challenge my husband. Some of her first outings were to set up the arrangements at the various establishments I would be sending him to. My awesome friends helped get the gears in motion and keep an eye on Yog while I made the cake. So before she could walk or talk she was my co-GM.

From there things settled into our norm. Pre-baby we had settled into a pattern with our gaming group where we would take turns hosting. We even had a market bag of snacks that traveled between houses. This continued right after Yog’s birth. This was kind of our training ground for how portable infants are, if you don’t mind packing the bags. The weeks we hosted were a bit easier however, as there was no packing. The weeks we didn’t host we packed up the diaper bag, pack and play and our dice and trekked out together.

We chose not to sleep train, so for the first six or nine months of Yog’s life she had a cycle of her own that we were comfortable with, but that did not involve long stretches of sleep. While this may sound terrible to a lot of people, it had advantages. Mainly we could pretty much do whatever we wanted at any time we wanted, so long as we didn’t mind toting baby gear. Visiting with friends until midnight? Check. Weekend trip? Check. Late night movie watching? Check. So for about the first year of Yog’s life we didn’t have any major schedule changes in our social life, which for us is synonymous with our gaming life. When we hosted gaming if Yog needed to sleep she was in her crib. When she was awake we held her or, when she was sitting up on her own, we put her in her high chair next to the gaming table. When we were at a friend’s house it was the pack and play or our arms. We became quite adept at managing a hand of cards and a baby. I even mastered breast feeding while playing!

Diaper changes were never that big of a deal that I can recall. Potty training was a bit harder as we had to be more vigilant for a few months, but even that mustn’t have been all that impactful on our gaming as I can’t recall any specific incidents.

I think the biggest factor in success was open and honest communication with those at our game table. If we did need to step away, we never said “it’ll only be a few minutes”. If I knew a diaper change would take ten minutes I told them I’d be gone for fifteen. If I wanted to breastfeed before starting a game I would tell them I needed half an hour. I always over-estimated the time I would be away from the table and was willing to not play in a game if they wanted to get started. Typically this meant everyone set up the game and waited for me, or picked another shorter game to play while waiting.

One of my husband’s most uncomfortable gaming moments came from juxtaposition. When Yog was an infant we were playing a rather intense game of the Dresden Files RPG and he was our GM. There was a moment when he was holding Yog and putting my character in some very tough positions. He said it was really weird to hold our daughter and “torture” his wife at the same time.

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His eyes really are that color. We all know GMs are evil and have one purpose – to kill all of the PCs! Don’t let the presence of a cute baby distract you

 

 

Things didn’t get difficult until Yog was more mobile and had a static sleeping schedule. Mobility meant that we spent more time keeping an eye on her and more game interruptions. The static sleeping schedule made staying out late pretty much impossible. In some cases we were able to bring the pack and play and put her to sleep where we were and then simply take her home. However, the older she got the harder this was to do. She went through a period where if she fell asleep in one location and we picked her up, she would be wide awake for at least an hour before going back to sleep.  As I think I have said in just about every article, thank goodness we have awesome friends. We requested that our weekly game night be permanently moved to our house until Yog can stay up later. The response has always been “Thank you for hosting!”. We’re thankful that we are able to keep gaming with our group. The other solution we came up with was for my husband and I to take turns going to game night if needed. So the now standard routine was begun. We get home from work, have dinner, clean up, have a little bit of play time and get Yog ready for bed. While we are getting her into bed our friends arrive. As soon as she’s down for the night we get the game started.

All in all I found infancy to be the easiest time to be a gamer. Toddlerhood was the hardest. Once she got to Pre-School things started getting easier because she was more self-sufficient and was beginning to learn patience.

What did I forget to ramble about? Probably lots. Five years is a long time and with a child there are many, many experiences to have. What challenges did you face gaming with an infant or toddler? What tips do you have to share with other parents?

Happy Gaming!

Play With Me – Skully Dice

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This month is another edition of “Play With Me” and probably one of the most versatile games we’ve played with Yog. I mentioned it in last month’s post, so I thought it would be nice to explain to you exactly what “Skully Dice” is.

Our copy of Pirate Dice
Our copy of Pirate Dice

 

After the first Pirates of the Caribean movie came out, Milton Bradley produced a version of their Liar’s Dice game to match the version played in the Disney movie. The re-skinned game was thematically named Pirate’s Dice. The plastic cups look like the beaten up, barnacle covered cups in the movie. The dice are standard six sided dice with the one pip being represented by a skull and cross bone. It was this design on the dice that inspired the name of the game we play.

The actual game plays exactly like the original Liar’s Dice, but at 2 and a half Yog wasn’t ready to play the full version of this game. However, she was fascinated by the box artwork (again we remind ourselves that we call her Yog – of course she’s fascinated with the piratical artwork at an early age).  So we pulled out the game so she could play with it, figuring that as long as we made sure she didn’t try to eat the dice (something we didn’t have to worry too much about, she was never one to put tons of non-food items in her mouth) this was a game she couldn’t harm much. As Yog inspected the pieces we realized that while she was just starting to learn numbers, the skull and crossbones design was easily recognizable to her. This inspired us to create a game for her using these pieces.  Each player gets five dice and a cup. The dice go in the cup and vigorous, at times full body, shaking occurs and then the cup is placed mouth down on the table (or in our house, often the floor). Each player takes turns revealing their dice and counting the number of skulls she rolled. She who rolls the most skullies wins!

That’s it. That’s the entire game. We were playing this with Yog when she was under three. What I love about it is that at a very young age it encourages sorting and counting skills. After counting everyone’s skulls we repeat everyone’s total and ask Yog who wins, in the beginning helping her determine number order. Since it’s played in very short rounds it’s perfect for short attention spans and the game can end whenever your little one (or you!) need it to. Yog also loved the noise and activity factor. Sometimes she dances around the room shaking her cup before dumping out her dice. Sometimes I join her. It’s for the exercise, I swear!

To take it to the next level you could write the scores from each round down and play to an agreed upon total score. Or decide to play a certain number of rounds. In either case high score will win. When your little one is ready, put her in charge of tallying the score to boost those math skills.

This is probably one of the easiest games for a parent to get his hands on. While we have the official Pirates of the Caribbean Pirate Dice game with skull on the dice, this game can be played with any  dice you have. Simply choose one set of pips to be the goal. Or if you’re artistic, paint one side of your dice or put stickers on them. If five dice are too many, use three. If five dice aren’t enough, add more.  Don’t want to share your dice with your little one (no one is judging – we all have certain dice we don’t share!) use this as excuse to add to your dice collection or start your little one on the path to her own collection. The other thing I love is that with the proliferation of various dice in size and material you can play this game with pretty much any age. Get a set of large foam dice and start your toddler on her way to owning the high seas of die rolling. We use the cups for the sense of mystery and tension, but they’re not necessary to the game, you can just roll the dice. If you are putting together your own set, there are tons of plastic tumblers you can purchase to theme your game however you choose. Or check out the recycling bin and make an art project out of creating your game! Have your child decorate cleaned out plastic containers and use those as your shaker cups.

The room for growth in this game is pretty much unlimited as, when it comes down to it, you’re rolling dice. You can do math games, matching games, or you know, Liar’s Dice. I have seen various sets of dice with rules marketed as stand-alone games. Search for “dice games for kids” online and you’ll get a ton of sites with various games for you to play with your little gamer.

I hope you have been inspired by this to get the dice out and start rolling them with your little one. Please share your favorite kid friendly dice game in the comments.

Until next time – Happy Gaming!

 

Getting Involved

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Involving Yog in games has run hot and cold since we started trying to play games with her. She is very proud that she has her own games and dice. However, getting her to play a game is a whole different story. She has played a few rounds of Candy Land, a few hands of Uno, and a few games of Feed the Kitty, mostly I think to get us to leave her alone. Beyond that if we ask her to play a game we get a polite “No thank you”.

We figured that there was a chance that no matter what we did there would come a day when she had her own interests and may not want to play games with us. We just didn’t think that day would happen when she was four. Or, you know, before she even tried it. That’s the frustrating part about this age. Getting her to try something is half the battle. Once she does she often enjoys the new activity.

However, we don’t give up easily.

The trick is to figure out why she doesn’t want to play. She loves rolling dice. She loves teaching Feed The Kitty. She just doesn’t want to actually play. And we don’t know why. If we can figure out the why, then we can work with it. Unless the why is “I don’t like games”. Then we give her away and make a new kid.

JUST KIDDING!

Unfortunately , as verbal as Yog is, we have yet to discern why she doesn’t want to play. We’ve tried out-and-out asking her why she doesn’t want to play. We never get a real answer – she’s quite adept at not answering questions. I’m actually worried that I might be raising a future politician! We’re finding it hard to solve a problem we can’t define, which leaves us trying various methods to entice her to the table.

Tactic one – set up the game and deal her in. This is based on the theory that has worked with other activities in the past. She’ll tell us she has no interest in doing “x” activity, but as soon as one of us starts doing it, she’s muscling in. Of course in typical four-year old fashion, what worked two minutes ago won’t work now. This tactic resulted in cleaning up the game without playing. Very disappointing for us, and created more work with no fun.

Tactic two – my husband and I play the game and let her watch. The idea here is that maybe she’s afraid to lose. Yog is still in the “I win everything I do” mode of life. We were hoping that this would let her see that one of us wins and the other loses and that’s just part of the game. We figured if we modeled gracious winning and losing she’d be more apt to play, knowing that losing the game doesn’t diminish the fun of playing or who she is. She really loved this idea. I mean REALLY LOVED this idea. So much that she became a sideline cheerleader. If the dice weren’t being fair in her mind she scolded them for not being nice to whichever parent was lagging behind. While it was nice to have someone cheering me on as I rolled the Feed the Kitty dice, it would have been nicer to have her play. We’ve tried this tactic with several games to no avail. She liked being the cheerleader so much that she’s asked if we could play a game so she can watch.

Tactic three – Invite her to sit on my lap and roll dice for me while I play a game. She loves rolling dice. Maybe if she’s not the one actually playing the game, but doing the actions she enjoys it’ll eventually lead to her wanting to play on her own. The reaction? “No Thank you. Would you like some strawberry popcorn bubble gum milk? It has chocolate and peanut butter in it.” Boy I hope she takes up gaming long before the culinary arts.

Tactic four – Finally a minor success! This one is an amalgamation of tactics one and three. My husband has many solo games. He pulled out a solo game, started playing alone and when she showed interest in what he was doing he asked her

Cooperative games it is!
Cooperative games it is!

to help manage cards, roll dice and make choices. And she did! Somehow this was different to her than sitting with me playing on my team. Our best guess is that the two of them were playing against the game, not against another person. She has even moved on to playing with her own pawn from time to time!

We are now on the search for cooperative games that we can modify or age appropriate cooperative games so she can play with us. We’re hoping that team play will coax her to the game table more often. There are a few cooperative games in our closet, as they’ve been quite popular with our gaming group. However, most of them rely on complex card combinations and reading skills above Yog’s current ability.

The only other solution we have come up with came from one experience and is the hardest solution for us to implement. When we were at Dexcon she sat on the floor with a five-year old and happily played several rounds of Feed the Kitty with him. So maybe she only wants to game with people her own age. Which is fine, however, none of our friends live nearby or have children in the Yog’s age range. However, it is at least an avenue to pursue – finding children her age and starting a game time for them. She is now starting to develop true friendships at school. It may be time to use some of those friendships to set up play dates. Maybe then she’ll play more games and we’ll get the bonus of introducing another kid to our engaging hobby.

What kind of gamer kid do you have? A cheerleader like Yog? The boss who directs the entire game? The cooperative gamer? The competitive gamer? How do you encourage your little gamer? Let’s figure out how to get our kids to the game table together.

Until next month, Happy Gaming!