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Written by ubarose     January 05, 2012    

Back in October I blogged about Getting Rid of Games. I decided to give a couple of our under played games to Kindle Girl one of The Spawn’s friends. Kindle Girl is over my house about 4 days a week, and ever since she discovered my game cupboard, we’ve been playing board games when time allows. We taught her Settlers of Catan, which she loved, so I gave her our copy of Settlers Gallery Edition (the version with the fixed map). She tried to teach it to her parents, but the Mom told me they spent about 2 hours struggling with the rules before they gave up. This story was accompanied by much eye-rolling by Kindle Girl out of Mom's line of sight.

Around mid-December, Kindle Girl's younger brother came by with her Dad to pick her up. Turns out the brother was nearly as intrigued by our games as she had been. So I handed over our copy of Sword & Skull to him. Considering the trouble the parents had with Settlers, I didn’t have high hopes regarding their wading through the rules to Sword & Skull, but I figured at least it can be played two-player, unlike Settlers, and maybe he and his sister could work it out and play together. Worst case scenario, the kid got some cool pirate figs to play with.

With the holidays and everything, I didn’t see Kindle Girl again until this past Tuesday. She came bounding into my house. Well, not exactly bounding, but without her face in her Kindle, and she was actually looking around to make human contact with the residents of our home, which is the equivalent of bounding for her. She told me she had an awesome vacation break. She and her brother had spent the week with their 15 year old cousin. Together they had figured out both games and played the heck out of them. She told me that she preferred Settlers, but her brother and cousin went crazy over Sword & Skull, “jumping around and throwing dice and cheering and yelling like idiots.” She wasn’t so much into all that noise, and wanted to know if we had something in between Settlers and Sword & Skull.

“We got a cool, new Harry Potter game for Chanukah,” the Spawn told her.

“Get out!” Kindle Girl shouted as she literally jumped up onto her chair.

“No standing on the furniture,” I told her (I have to say stuff like that. It’s my job as a mom.)

So anyway, two of our shelf toads went to a good home, and I have a date for Friday afternoon to play Harry Potter: Hogwarts House Cup Challenge with the Spawn and Kindle Girl.

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Comments (12)
  • avatarSka_baron

    This is a part of parenthood I'm looking forward to - being the cool parent (who still tells kids not to stand on furniture) and sharing a beloved hobby.

  • avatarJonJacob

    You are in an enviable position, it's true. I also think I like this Kindle Girl, she sounds funny.

    I'm far too excited about the prospect of playing games with my son. He's only 7 months but I sleeved Mage Knight in front of him explaining the whole process to his un-understanding mind. It was fun because he seemed totally facinated with anything I said.

    Giving away games is much easier now. I just sold a bunch of crap on here really cheap. Which I don't mind, I also give games away too. It doesn't bother me at all. Although I remember thinking when I sold Doom and Arkham for 10$ here on F:AT that I hope the people who bought them didn't do it just to turn a profit, I was selling them cheap to keep them in the community but whatever. It's their choice once they buy it I guess.

    I plan on getting rid of more soon so watch the boards for cheap shit.

  • avatarubarose

    @ Ska_baron
    As long as you understand that your own kids will never think that you are cool. You will be a dork dad until they learn bigger words. Last night The Spawn called me a cynical, sardonic stoic (while rolling her eyes, of course). I'm not sure she knows what the words mean, but she certainly wasn't trying to tell me I was the cool mom.

  • avatarSagrilarus

    Your more of a game consultant than a game evangelist.


  • avatarShellhead

    I would be proud if I my (hypothetical) child called me s "cynical, sardonic stoic."

  • avatarjeb

  • avatarSka_baron

    Hah! @ Uba-

    Too true since the shoe's on the other foot now, but my mom was always "pretty cool" and I guess I can see that from my friends' points of view, but when it's YOUR mom or dad - the view is unavoidable.

    All the "cool" stuff they do is just embarassing. I see no reason that it'll be different with my daughter and me =)

  • avatarubarose

    @ JonJacob
    Kindle Girl is hysterical. It's like hanging out with Luna Lovegood.

    @ Sag
    Kids are easy. You just ask them what they want to be for Halloween. If they say Captain Jack Sparrow, you hand them Sword & Skull.

    @ Jeb
    Too cute. Look at those curls.

  • avataredulis

    I foolishy have a big gap in my children. My oldest is 9 and loves to play boardgames, but I also have a 3 year old and a 10 month old (who likes to eat pieces) so finding a time where just the 9 year old and I can play is rare and she does not want to play anything the 3 year understands. In a few years a think the middle child can join in and in about 8 years I should have two willing gamers... and a 17 year old.

  • avatarSuperflyTNT

    I'm with you, man. I have a 10 year old and a 3 year old. Whoops! :)

    It's awesome that my 10 year old likes to do cool things (read: things that I think are cool) like play games. The best thing is that after pain and suffering, the kids get along now, mostly. So, we all play's hilarious.

    On a sidenote, I am now of the firm belief that nerdism is bloodborne. I don't have Star Wars movie posters around or any such thing, and I don't go around quoting sci-fi characters or something, but my kid managed to organically become a die-hard Trekkie. I mean, she thinks Spock is the "coolest person in the known universe" (her words, not mine). Kind of sounds like I'll have a game buddy for a long time to come....and for her birthday, if she's not de-phased from being a Trekkie, I'm going to have to buy her Fleet Captains. What a shame.

  • avatarInfinityMax

    Hey, my kids are only a year apart, which should mean great gaming. But because they are so close, they are in constant competition, with sibling rivalry running at a never-ending breakneck pace. Which means that we almost never play a game with all four of us, which sucks.

  • avatarStephen Avery

    As a side note: For those that haven't met Shellie in person, This is an actual picture of her. She even keeps that genetically engineered flying lizard around when she plays games which is distracting but not nearly as distracting as her tied off shirt.

    Steve"Just the facts"Avery

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