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I finally took the last step into geekdom for my boys. They are five - turning six next month. They already play tons of RPG games on computers, and even grind for Daddy in WoW. They have turned into some blend of geek and skater. They own skateboards and listen to old-school punk, yet know more about computers at 5 than I knew at 25.

Tuesday night, I went by the gaming store and got them T-Rex, Dungeoneer and Munchkin Fu. Dungeoneer might take a while to learn for them, but they caught right on to Munchkin Fu. Ok, so they can't really read yet *laugh* but they have learned how to tell if it is a class, style or monster card and they get the concept of drawing, adding up their level and bonuses, rolling the die when needed and how the different things work together. I think the computer RPG games helped in this, or maybe the fact they watch too much Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.

Has anyone else been gaming with their kids this young? Any pointers on how to ease them into it? Any other games that might work for young kids?

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weswilson
Mar. 15th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
ALL the Cranium branded stuff seems to be legitimately well done. I'd also recommend looking into the Family Games catagory of the Games 100 each year.

You can't go wrong by checking out this list:
http://www.funagain.com/control/awards
weswilson
Mar. 15th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Dammit... looking up that info made me want to buy some games... so I bought Niagra, Caylus and Odin's Ravens.
trshtwns01
Mar. 16th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
How soon after you found out Wendy was pregnant did you join our fair community, Wes? :)

Don't you think Stitch is a little...young yet for gaming? I mean, I know he'll be born in a few days, but still.

Do you already have a huge stuffed D20 for him?

The boys have spent all evening bugging me to play more Munchkin Fu with them. I'm about to send them to bed and we'll pick the game back up tomorrow. They're both at level 5 and I'm at level 4. I had to make a few changes to the game play to make it a bit easier for them, but VERY few.
trshtwns01
Mar. 16th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
File under 'feel stupid'. I've got to remember to select the DAMN COMMUNITY I WANT TO POST TO!

*hangs head in shame*.

BTW - really neat geek_parents community you guys might be interested in joining.

*facepalm*
trshtwns01
Mar. 16th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Make that geekparents.

Forget blonde moments. I'm having a blonde DAY.
weswilson
Mar. 16th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah... you confuseled me.. :)
babymine
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
We have been playing Munchkin for the last 7 years or so. Matthew was on a computer before the age of 2. Jack does great as well, yet Noah who is 6 has minimal skills on the computer and in games.
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