I'm the guest of honor this weekend at Fencon in Dallas, which is just getting started. One of the exhibitors is Cthulhu Wars, the Lovecraftian boardgame that raised over $1.4M on Kickstarter (they were looking for $40K). They've brought along the prototype for the game, and the tokens are amazing. They were kind enough to let me photograph them, and I've uploaded the hi-rezes to my Flickr; there's a gallery of some of the best after the jump.
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Robot Turtles is "a board game you play with your favorite 3 to 8-year-old that sneakily teaches programming fundamentals." Created by entrepreneur Dan Shapiro and inspired by classic kids' programming language Logo, the board game lets kids ages 3-8 write programs with colorful playing cards. The game is brilliantly simple: kids play a row of action cards to control their turtle on the board, as moved by the adult game master.
Dan designed the game for his 4-year-old boy/girl twins, because "people who can program are going to be writing the future, and everybody else is going to be reading it." With 10,000 backers, Robot Turtles is nearly the most-backed board game on Kickstarter. It's available until Sept 27 for $29 and is scheduled to ship in time for Christmas.
Dan's a good friend of mine (I'm Robot Turtles' first backer), and we spent months discussing the strategy behind both Robot Turtles and my recent Kickstarter. If you're interested in some of the lessons Dan and I learned, he's got a great post up on the subject.
Charley Miller is a game designer and producer based in New York City.
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My daughter, Poesy, is coming up on four years old and she's starting to enjoy rolling dice and counting the pips, so we figured it was time to start thinking about board games. My wife, being the games professional in the family, asked on Twitter for recommendations and did a monster roundup of what all the game-type people in her social circle recommend. I'm dubious about some of these choices (if my kid falls in love with Monopoly or Candyland or Snakes and Ladders and demands that I play them with her at great length, there will be trouble), but others look like good fun for grownups and little people. We recently went for a weekend away with a bunch of friends from the games industry and were overawed by the sheer volume of killer board-games that filled the rental house. I'm really looking forward to Poesy being old enough to play Elefanten Parade, and (especially) Waldschattenspiel, an absolutely beautiful and extremely fun game for one adult and two or more kids.
Do you have a board game that your little kids love to play and that you find enjoyable too?
Boardgames for kids: roundup