thoughtful thursdayI haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. At least not yet. Sometimes getting posts put together is a lot of work, but for the most part I love it. The favorite’s lists were a lot of work. Combined with that, Thanksgiving and family being around, and all the sickness we’ve had, strep and flu, the blog got put on the back burner.

About a month ago we had parent teacher conferences for our children at the elementary school. For us parent teacher conferences sometimes feels like a waste of time. It’s good to meet all their teachers and what not, but generally our visits with a teacher go something like this. Show up to the school, wait outside a classroom for 10-15 minutes, spend 2 1/2 minutes having the teacher tell us our child is doing wonderful, and leave. We generally spend more time waiting in a hallway than we do visiting with any teachers.

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The last couple of weeks were crazy busy trying to get all the favorite’s lists up. The only list I don’t have up is the one with our overall family favorites. Hopefully I’ll get that up soon, if I can figure excel out. :)

20141119_204909Mfg. age: 8+

Our age rec: 8+

Players: 2-12

Length: 30 min

 

Blurble was sent to us to try and I have to say, I’m really excited to tell you about it.

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Favorite Game ListsI have to start out by saying this was by far the hardest list to put together. Seal is only 4 and it was really hard to get him to commit to which game he liked best. So honestly, this is really just a list of all the games he plays.

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pic998726Animal Upon Animal: Balancing Bridge

You stack animals on top of each other, on top of a bridge, and try not to be the one that knocks the animals down. In the meantime, you’re holding secret objective cards where you’re trying to get certain animals to touch each other. There’s a little strategy, a little dexterity, and a lot of fun.

 

 

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pic94441_mdHullabaloo

Such a great game for kids. This is only on Seal’s list but it has gotten a lot of use over the years. GPS played it a lot a couple of years ago. At that time I did a community preschool with some friends where we took turns, and the kids loved playing this together. My older kids would never admit they like it, but they play it too when the little ones get it out.

 

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20140909_203902Fun Farm

Cute game for little kids. Kids have a good time, and work on colors and speed at the same time.

 

 

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Favorite Game ListsFirst, I have to apologize for not getting my game review up yesterday. Things are still crazy busy. We’re trying to sell our house and we had to showings this week so I’ve been cleaning like a mad woman, making applesauce (luckily this was at a friends house), and yesterday I had to pick up one of my kids from school because they’re sick. It’s crazy really. So today I’m back on schedule with GPS’s top 50 list, and I’ll scrap Flashback Friday this week and do my game review then.

First off, I have to say this is my biggest gaming child. He will play anything and everything, at least once anyway. I had a hard time just narrowing him down to 50. He didn’t want to take anything off his list. We finally got it narrowed down though, and here it goes.

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pic998726Animal Upon Animal: Balancing Bridge

This game is perfect for his age. The balancing bridge version is more fun than the original Animal Upon Animal, if you ask me. You stack animals on top of each other and try not to be the one that knocks the animals down. In the meantime, you’re holding secret objective cards where you’re trying to get certain animals to touch each other. There’s a little strategy, a little dexterity, and a lot of fun.

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pic185673_mdGulo Gulo

GPS got this for Christmas a couple years ago and part of me thinks he just likes it because he wanted it really bad for months. It’s an out of print game and was very expensive to buy. On the other hand, he’s pretty good at this game as well. You have to pull eggs out of a container without knocking the egg timer out. His small and steady hands are much better at this than my big awkward ones. It’s a great game for his age, but really hard to get a hold of because it’s out of print.

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pic2047441Robot Turltes

We’re off to a great start with another good game for his age. If you can read the wording on the box it says, “Introduces basic coding concepts for preschoolers.” Little ones learn how to think ahead as they send their turtle to get their jewel. It’s a good learning tool for youngins. GPS is almost too old for it. It’s actually perfect for Seal, who is 4. Now as far as an adult playing with the kids, there’s really no enjoyment for you, other than spending quality time watching your child learn and grow. I’ve had a good time with Seal before, but not because the game was entertaining me. Nobody plays against anybody in this game, you just keep going until everyone reaches their end goal.

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Favorite Game ListsMoose’s list is the shortest list so far. He’s probably my least likely child to sit down and play games. He has his favorites that he’ll always play, but they’re few and far between. I had a hard time convincing him to even sit down and do this list, but I finally helped him narrow it down.

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pic1392135_mdThe Resistance

A party game. This is one of those where you being a good liar will be very helpful. That’s why Ryan’s so good at this game. LOL! The kids are all getting pretty good at this. Moose likes a lot of these secret identity party games.

 

 

 

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pic1229634_md10 Days in Africa, USA, Europe

I’m a little surprised to see this on his list. Especially since he only chose his top 25, but I think it’s cool. I love this game too. It’s my number 39. Plus, it’s a great way to learn and have fun at the same time.

 

 

 

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pic1736895_mdPlunder

I’m even more surprised to see Plunder on his list. I didn’t think anyone really liked it except me so we were ready to get rid of it. Now if we can just find a 3rd person to play it with us.

 

 

 

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pic792277_mdSurvive: Escape From Atlantis

I don’t think this game is on his list because of being a game. I think it’s on his list because he likes to get it out and pretend play with all the pieces. We do pay it occasionally, but it mostly gets used so the kids can pretend with it.

 

 

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81cpKzmo0aL._SL1500_Pandemic

This is such a great game. Although in my opinion after you’ve had a chance to play it a few times, it’s better with the In the Lab expansion. It’s just a classic. If you don’t know this game, it’s a cooperative game where you’re working together to rid the world of life threatening diseases.

 

 

 

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pic1927856_tTicket to Ride

We lumped all our Ticket to Ride games into one. So to us, even though there’s a few differences here and there, Ticket to Ride is Ticket to Ride. Although I have to say the anniversary edition is pretty cool. Ticket to Ride is a great game. It’s popular because it’s a good game and lots of fun. I have done separate reviews for Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Europe so if you want to see the differences between these two, check out the reviews.

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flashback fridaypic1528722_tForbidden Desert

Yep, we still like this game. GPS is usually the one that asks to play it. It’s little easier than some of the other co-op games we have. Plus, he loves putting the ship together. It’s like having a toy in a board game.

This would be a great gift for a family, or for older kids. It’s light, it’s fun, and everybody gets to work together. Pus, for a board game, it’s fairy inexpensive, especially considering all the components inside.

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List Price: $24.99 USD
New From: $17.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $20.18 USD In Stock

 

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pic25644_mdStratego

One of the classics from long before I was a kid. I remember my brother having an electronic version of this game. Not gonna lie, it was cooler than the version we have. Ryan will play this with the kids sometimes, but it’s not a game I play ever. Mostly though, the kids play it with each other. Just for that it’s worth keeping around.

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pic1731799_tStar Trek Attack Wing

This is Ryan’s number 1 game. It can be a lot of fun if the set up time doesn’t bother you. Mr Brown and I are in agreement that if Ryan sets it up for us, we’re happy to come play it with him. I think it would be higher on his list if it wasn’t for the set up time.

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pic1740401_mdDamage Report

A fast paced cooperative game. Takes a little time to set up, but it’s worth it (not like Attack Wing). This is a great family game if you have older kids.

 

 

 

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Favorite Game ListsIn case you didn’t notice, I have one more game on my list than Ryan. Not sure why that makes me cool, but it does. :)

We’re going to just jump right in.

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pic1701673_mdThree Little Pigs

I like this game because I enjoy playing it with my kids. It’s not one of my all time favorite games, but it’s really fun playing with Seal, and GPS.

 

 

 

 

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20140729_115505Pagoda

It’s always fun to have a few two player only games to play after the kids go to bed. This ones got some great components and it’s just fun to build your pagoda’s.

 

 

 

 

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pic158548_mdPuerto Rico

A game we like to own and something we get out every once in a while to play. The first time we played this game, Moose would tell us every round, I got a plan. We felt like he didn’t know what he was doing, and when we tried to help, he would say, I’ve got a plan. Well, his strategy was awesome because he won the game. It was pretty cool.

 

 

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board game talk tuesday

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Mfg. age: 8+

Our age rec: 8+

Players: 2-4

Length: 45 min

I affectionately call this game fabulously frustrating. I absolutely love it, but ugh, when you can’t figure out the puzzle it’s so frustrating.

 

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