Why play board games?

So, you’ve just had a baby. Sleep is precious and leaving the house is a big deal. The local library runs rhyme time twice a week and the new parents meet-up is only once a week, so you’ve got a lot of time to fill. You feel like your mind is fading away from lack…

Food

Baby: I don’t want this food. Me: It’s pear. I thought you liked pear. You liked pear last week. Baby: That was different pear. Me: Would you like some watermelon? Baby: I don’t want that either. Me: Are you sure? You really liked it before. Baby: … Me: … Baby: I’m happy to put it…

Games Expo

So, we went to the UK Games Expo in Birmingham last Friday. Despite the title of this blog, we actually left the baby at home with Grandma. Expo is fun. This was our first time in Birmingham, although we’d been to Essen before. It’s exactly what you expect – a large hall filled with stalls…

Outside

Me: Look how beautiful and sunny it is! Let’s open the back door. Baby: *stares as if the door has never been opened before* Me: Do you want to come outside? Baby: *crawls at breakneck speed towards the door, stopping suddenly in the doorway* Me: Just a little bit further… Baby: Oh no. I’m not…

Flash Point

Players: 2-6 Playing time: 45 minutes Cost: £25 We’ve been playing quite a lot of Flash Point recently. It’s one of those games where you think “why didn’t I think of this idea?” It is someone fun, nail-biting, and realistic all rolled into one. The concept is pretty simple: you are a team of firefighters and…

Sleep

Baby: Victory is mine, victory is mine! I fought the sleep monster and I won! The sleep monster is no more! Me: Why aren’t you asleep? Baby: In defeating the terrible sleep monster, I must acknowledge the help I received from my feet. Thank you, right foot. Thank you, left foot. You kept me entertained…

Forbidden Baby

Many games are based on real-life events, more or less subtly. They might be faithful recreations, like Flash Point‘s impressive rendering of a burning building, or merely inspirations, like Thurn and Taxis, everyone’s favourite game about the origins of the German postal service. With a baby, a lot of new events come in quick succession….

Castle Panic

Players: 2-6 Playing time: 45 minutes Cost: £25 Castle Panic is a co-operative game. It’s pretty straightforward, and if you haven’t played many boardgames then it would be a good place to start. The idea is that you are holed up in a tower in the middle of the forest, being attacked by orcs and goblins and…

Row, row, row your boat…

Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream Row, row, row your boat Gently down the Thames Slowly past the city lights Then fast around the bends Row, row, row your boat Gently down the Humber Look at all the cargo ships Filled with bricks…

7 Wonders: Duel

Players: 2 Playing time: 30-45 minutes Cost: £25 Two-player games are at a premium for us, especially with a baby around. While lots of games can be played with a pair, you really want to look out for the ones designed for just two. 7 Wonders: Duel is one such game. A spin-off from the…

Moving

Baby: Look at me! I’m moving. Me: Well done! That’s wonderful! You’re such a clever baby. Baby: I can crawl over here… Me: You can! Baby: I can crawl over there… Me: Yes, crawl to Mummy! Baby: Or I could go this way… Me: What? Don’t you want to crawl to me? Baby: Actually, what…

Splendor

Players: 2-4 Playing time: 30 minutes Cost: £25 Splendor is a card collecting game. You pick up tokens, which you can then swap for cards, and with enough cards you get points. The tokens and cards are different jewels – rubies, sapphires, diamonds, etc – and so the game looks good. It’s a simple game, easy…

Bathtime

Baby: What’s this? Me: It’s a bath. Remember, you like baths. Baby: I don’t remember liking baths. I don’t think I’m going to like it. Me: Don’t you remember playing with the rubber ducks in the bath? Baby: Rubber ducks! Ten minutes later. Me: Time to come out of the bath now! Baby: Wait…I’m not…