Wow! I can’t believe we’re already at November 23rd. What a busy month it’s been! I just wanted to take a couple minutes today to fill you in on what I’ve been playing since the last post (on Oct 28th).
It seems to be harvest season for Kickstarter projects — Loop, Inc. , Best Treehouse Ever, and Epic PVP are all Kickstarter projects that I backed last year and just showed up. We also had some fun games of Escape: The Curse of the Temple and Between Two Cities.
I’ve been working on a system to pick which games to play when the kids and I have some time to game. The problem is that often, for whatever reason, the kids will get at loggerheads about what game they want to play. One will pick one game, and the other will absolutely refuse to play that game, and set their sights on another. You can see where this is going. So we’ve gone to a classic system that’s worked like gangbusters — papers in a jar.
I’ve now got two jars, though, because sometimes we have two hours and can play something long like Agricola or Galaxy Trucker, and other times we have an hour or less, and we have to play something like Machi Koro or Between Two Cities. So now there are two jars.
Here’s how it works:
- The two kids and I each secretly write a game fitting the category on a slip of paper. Into the jar it goes.
- We draw one of the games out and play it.
- The next time we have that particular block of time, we draw another slip of paper from the jar, until all slips of paper are gone.
Why this works better than other systems: I don’t know! What I do know is that when we tried putting someone’s name on the paper, there would be wheedling and suggestions such that the person making the choice didn’t get to make a choice outside of the strange dynamics of sibling rivalry. But when we write games on the paper slip, we avoid that. So far, so good! We may need to make a third jar for filler games, but otherwise, we’re golden.
Feedback: How do you pick which games to play with your family?