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Wargaming and Kids

Found this really interesting article today on Wargaming Tradecraft, one of the many gaming blogs that I follow. Eventually I’ll put up a blog roll, but until then, I’ll just link to stuff like this occasionally.

With Jack only being 8 months old I’m not really dealing with these issues yet, but I think/hope there will be a time when he wonders about, “Daddy’s toys” and wants to learn to play or hobby or something more than just trying to put Space Marines in his mouth. He’s allowed to eat the Space Marines, nobody likes them, but Warmachine figures are still under lock and key.

I have friends with kids that are 3 years old-ish, and they’re just getting into board games. What’s most interesting to me is that some parents haven’t gotten beyond Chutes and Ladders and Candyland to find the broader universe of games, while others, mostly from my Warmachine gaming group, have already taught their kids all kids of more ‘advanced’ games, and let them watch ¬†when we play stuff that even confuses me, like Agricola!

A great site for those more game-y games for kids has been Father Geek, particularly the reviews, where you can get a real sense of what his kids have enjoyed. I only hope Jack lets me turn him into a little geekling too. This is about as far as we’ve gotten:


3 Responses to Wargaming and Kids

  1. Father Geek January 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Jack is well on his way to being the OVERLORD OF GEEKS! Just look at those sick lightsaber moves! Jeepers….kid has mad skills….

    Keep up the great work, both as a writer and as a dad! Two tough jobs that demand many, many hours of your time.

    Great benefits, though.

  2. Dave January 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Thanks for the link – and your article reminded me about Lego Heroica, which I’ve added to the article. That’d be a great place for younger kids to start. I also like that you allow your kids to play with the “smurfs”.

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