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…

Helping baby play too

This blog is about babies, and board games, and occasionally what happens when you try to combine the two. For babies the most interesting things about games are how colourful and edible they are, but eventually you (and hopefully they) will want them to use games the way they were intended. To help the transition…

Pandemic

Players: 2-4 Playing time: 45 minutes Cost: £35 (ish) Pandemic is one of the best known co-operative games. You, the players, are racing against the clock to save the world from four deadly diseases. The board is a map of the world and the diseases are coloured cubes. Each turn you take actions to cure…

First food

So you’ve decided to give your baby ‘solid’ food (as in cooked, blended and sieved) for the first time. Do you: a) Give her a bath a few hours before you feed? b) Put her in clean new clothes a few hours before you feed? c) Put all her bibs into the wash and start…

Carcassonne

Players: 2-5 Playing time: 30 minutes Cost: £25 Everyone has a copy of Carcassonne. Ours is the Hunters and Gatherers version, which means that the tiles are of forests and rivers rather than cities and roads. For those who haven’t come across Carcassonne, each player takes a tile at random and uses it to add to a…

Keep looking at me

Baby: Where are you? Are you looking at me? It’s very important that you look at me. Me: I’m here. Don’t worry, I’m still here. Baby: But you’re not looking at me! Keep looking at me! Me: Can’t I drink my tea? Baby: If you stop looking at me, I might stop existing! It’s very…

Caverna

Players: 1-7 Playing time: about an hour Cost: £60 Caverna is resource-gathering game. You are all dwarfs (well, actually you’re each a whole family of dwarfs) and you sow crops and dig mines in order to get enough to feed your family each round. It all sounds a bit like real life, except with more farmyard…

Sleeves

Baby: I’m bored. I’m going to cry until you do something about it. Me: Well, we could go out. Would you like that? Baby: I’m still bored. Why haven’t you done anything about it yet? Me: Let’s go outside. I’ll put on your leg-warmers. Baby: Ooooh, feet! Me: And now your coat. Just lie there…

What new parents want

You’ve just brought home a baby. You’re spending the time sitting on the sofa or in bed, desperately trying to get baby to latch on. You don’t really have any ambitions for the next few weeks, apart from getting used to having this tiny scrap in your life. Preferably without anyone dropping the baby. And…