Games Again

We have been shifting our schedule a bit to allow more time for games when it isn’t say, 1:00 in the morning!

This has meant more opportunities to play with family and friends.

Here are some games we have been playing lately:

Gulo Gulo is a cute tile game that requires nimble fingers to pluck colored wooden eggs out of a nest without knocking over an alarm. I like this one because adults tend to have sausage fingers when grabbing the tiny eggs and the kids like laughing at our expense 🙂

Alpha Animals is a cute game, but a bit too easy for my kids. The goal is to name an animal in a specific category (mammal, bird, amphibian or reptile, etc) that starts with the letter your piece is on. Apparently, we know waaaayyyy too many animals. We had to change up the rules so everyone would get a turn.

Apples to Apples is always a winner.

Gubs is one of our newer games. You try to have the most Gubs on the table by the time the letters G,U, and B are drawn from the deck. I would like to claim it is a luck based game because my daughter keeps bearing me soundly, but there is some strategy.

Gobblet. I played this against one of the kids at the Kalahari and it prompted me to pull it out again. This is a cool variant on Tic Tac Toe. Each player gets three stacks of 4 nested pieces which start upside-down with the largest cup on top of each stack. From there, you can either play from one if your stacks to an empty space OR you can move a piece already on the board to an empty space or use it to “gobble” an opponent’s piece and wind up covering it. There is a special rule allowing “gobbling” with one of your stacked pieces if the other person has 3 in a row. 4 in a row wins.

Quarto is another 4-in-a-row game. This time each player starts with 8 pieces that have many attributes. Tall/short, Round/square, Hollow/solid, and Brown/tan.

Each turn, your OPPONENT picks a piece for you to play. First person to play a piece that makes four in a row of ANY attribute wins.

Love this game!

Pikomino is a push your luck dice game where you try to earn worms from the BBQ by rolling sets of numbers on the dice that add up to high totals. You roll multiple times, pulling out a “set” of the same number each time you roll. You go “bust” if you roll all numbers you have already pulled out. This makes you put back your most recently earned tile and turns over the highest scoring worm still on the BBQ. The tiles you earn go in front of you in a stack, newest on top. Stealing tiles from opponents is possible if you roll the exact number of the top tile they have. Game ends when all the tiles are gone from the BBQ.

Sumoko is a number game similar in play to Bananagrams and the like. In this game, you roll a die to start things off. The whole game is then based on multiples of that number. We picked “5” instead of rolling because I thought it would be easiest to try out. All rows and columns must add up to a multiple of the number for that game. The tiles all need to be different colors, but not different numbers. Play tiles, draw more tiles to replace them. Play until you run out. We didn’t play for score, just using up tiles. My daughter was amazingly good at this and kept suggesting better moves for me.


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