|Next up, Panzerblitz! This was my first wargame back in the early '80s. And, like all first loves, it remains the measuring stick for everything that came after.|
|So simple, a nine year old can play it! With some help from Dad, of course. We played Situation #3, which entails a rag-tag group of Russians trying to hold the line against the very mobile German Panzer III's and halftracks.|
|Next up, my 12 year old set the basement table up for some 40k siege action. He did the set-up on his own, to surprise me, and craftily used our 2'x2' Helms Deep castle as the focal point (and then he reminded me I need to finish those LOTR minis).|
|He wanted to play the Orks, which was a first!|
|The Termies guarding the gate made for a juicy target for the Ork's Deffguns. After the last few 40k games being all space marine affairs, it was fun to play a game that involved removing minis from the table instead of all armor-saves all the time.|
|The Orks don't realize it yet, but a ten-man jump team is about to rain hell on their thick skulls!|
|Vets, a Librarian and the usual smurf suspects are defending a shrine to the Original Beakie!|
|Two squads of three Killa Kans in close combat are looking like a very tough match for these two dreadnoughts. Gameplay will resume after a short rain delay.|
|In a rematch, she challenged me to three rounds of Mancala. 2-1 Dad!!. I was on fire!|
- Combat Cards, like Top Trumps, is fun for the kids. I'm thinking about how to incorporate card-play into miniature wargaming for kids.
- Panzerblitz is a great way to do some stealth math practice. However, there aren't enough combat resolutions ending in a kill, too may "disperse" results frustrate young players.
- The Allowance Game is a great way to teach kids how to count money. And, that's about it.
- Mancala is boring. Too abstract for me. The kids seem to like it, though.
- Zombies are still cool for 12 year olds. Rules light storytelling games seem to work well for younger players. Game mechanics should be easy to grasp, with clear win/loss results. More to follow!
[EDIT]. I also got a few hours of iPad time playing Warhammer Quest, which I quite enjoyed. It helped me scratch a growing "Old World" itch without having to paint any minis. I need to get my Mordheim board finished right quick!
Also, on small business Saturday, my oldest and I went to our local comic/game store and he begged me into picking up the Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG "Edge of the Empire" starter set. He said he thought all my RPGs were "old" and he wanted to start a collection of "new games". I'm saving it for him to open on Christmas, but I'm looking forward to playing a more modern take on RPG's - complete with weird dice that look as unfamiliar to me as a d20 must have looked to my Dad back in the day!