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Thursday, November 16, 2006

I must be doing something right

My best chance for playing games with Molly is when she's bored, having exhausted all other options. That sounds bad, but when that happens she's not reduced to playing a boardgame with dad--she looks forward to it. She just looks forward to it after everything else falls through. :-) Hey, I'll take it. Recently her friends have been busy doing other things, so we've had several days over the past couple weeks where we've played some titles. Our existing wooden faves sitting on the table, Pylos and Diam, were recently joined by a couple more I ordered. Batik, another from Gigamic, is 80% placement strategy, 20% dexterity, an interesting combination. Also attractive and quick-playing, it was an instant hit. The other was Katamino, which is mostly a simple game wrapped around a nice set of pentominoes. After playing it with her for a while I could understand why it has stickers for various parent & educational awards.

That's all good enough, but I had to chuckle when she excitedly asked yesterday if the box received in the mail was a new game. Between being the game-order guy with my group and participating in math trades, there's a steady trickle of games coming and going around this house. She's never shown much interest in that before, but now she's excited by the prospect! (Ironically, this particular box wasn't a game, it was something I'd ordered for Christmas.)


P.S. Tonight we tried Alaska, an old Ravensburger title I'd picked up in a math trade earlier this year.

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Blogger Dani In NC said...

I admire your commitment to playing more games with the family. Although I set that as a goal for myself a few months' ago, I am failing miserably. One of my 9 yo twins is a joy to play with; she can hold her own with most of the adults we know, especially in trick-taking games like Spades. My other three kids, however, try my patience with their slow decision-making and fits of giggles. I know that this is my issue and they are just being kids, but I dread playing with them in a group unless it is something very quick and easy like Spoons.

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