Friday, July 07, 2006

Linkety Link

Ars Compendium is running a series of reviews of board games. Someone named Rebecca Lanham. The site gives me JS errors on both Firefox and IE. The board games she has chosen so far are insipid and they don't look like they are likely to get any better. Someone should inform her about better games; I would, but I can't get the site to work properly.

In better news, Thomas Robertson is in the midst of a series on game immersion. Follow along with it, as it looks good.

And a company named Zapit is the latest to want to merge board games with electronics. It has produced Game Wave which is supposed to reproduce board games as DVDs. It comes with a console and six handheld controllers. All of the current games are trivia or dice rolling games.

Yehuda

7 comments:

lilspektre said...

Hello...this is the person that is reviewing those board games. Which ones would you like to see reviewed? Currently I am doing those games which I have purchased for my kids, thus am familiar with. I would be happy to take a request.

lilspektre said...

PS. It is a brand new site, so kinks are being worked on. Feel free to leave me a comment on my blog here on blogger.com.

Yehuda said...

lilspektre: I'm happy to hear from you, and I'm sorry about the harshness of the "insipid" word.

Here's a link to a "list of lists", a list with links to other lists containing the best games for children of all ages and for many purposes:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=6904

I don't know what ages you are buying for, so I can't recommend anything specific, yet.

This is on Board Game Geek, the best info site on board games. If all you know about board games are the mainstream stuff that Hasbro foists on us, you are in for a ride.

Good luck on your reviews.

Yehuda

lilspektre said...

My kids are all 5 and under. I am currently buying mostly games that are for the 3-6 year old age range.

Thank you for the link. I will definitely check it out. If I have the games listed there, I will do a review. If I don't, I may go look for them and then do a review once the kids and I have played them a few times.

Thanks for the link to our new site.

Yehuda said...

lilspektre: Ah so.

Even a game like Chutes and Ladders or Candyland can be made better by giving each player two pawns and having them decide which pawn to move after they roll/spin.

Try to avoid games, even for little kids, that involve nothing more than rolling or picking and following the instructions. All that that teaches is gambling - the excitement of winning by luck.

Yehuda

lilspektre said...

I just went to that site. It is a bit confusing to use, but I think I am navigating it okay.

Some of the games look interesting, but I must say I probably won't find them at the local Toys R Us. I will look on eBay and other auction sites to see if I can buy one or two for my kids.

Most look like they are for a much higher age, though. I only found a few that are for my age child (and they still involve rolling the dice and picking cards).

I will keep looking. Some sound interesting regardless. Thanks for the link.

Yehuda said...

lil: Sorry about the messy link that I sent you to. I should have warned you.

A good place to get most of the games mentioned is on timewellspent.org (do tell them that I sent you). They deliver quick and cheap, and they are great guys.

Yehuda