2013 Holiday Gift Guide—Family Games

9 12 2013

Family Games is kind of a hard category. I mean, if you’re playing a kids game, is that a family game, too? What about families with young kids, or older kids, or no kids? Basically, these are games that we play with our families, but that aren’t designed specifically as kids games. And our kids are between the ages of 5 and 9, so the games will skew that way.

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers!

11 12 2012

Today we’re completing our gift guide with a list of things to get that gamer who has EVERYTHING! These little trinkets are fun, add something to your favorite game, or just add a little geeky Christmas cheer!

Catan Ornament 2012Catan Ornament – For the serious Catan fan, this cut-brass beauty will help you celebrate the season while settling on the newfound island of Catan. The third in the Catan Resource series, this year’s ornament features wool.

Cost: $48.00

Available from: Mayfair Games

Pirates of the Spanish Main card game – Wizkids Games’ latest reboot of their former titles, turns their classic consrtuctable strategy game, into a single-deck card game, perfect for the nostalgic Pirates player, with lots of art that has been re-purposed for the game.

Cost: $10.60

Available from: Amazon, or your local game store

Ages: 8 & up

When Zombies AttackWhen Zombies Attack – Because Attack Dice (makers of When Zombies Attack), isn’t Steve Jackson Games, this fun little dice roller has been somewhat overlooked. Unlike Jackson’s “Zombie Dice”—which is basically a re-themed version of Farkle—When Zombies Attack is a competitive dice game that has players trying to eliminate not ALL of the zombies, just ones attacking them! Totally worth picking up and stuffing someone’s stocking with this one!

Cost: $14.99 (And they’re running a special Christmas deal 2 for $25.00!)

Available: Right here!

Ages: 8 & up

Alvin and DexterAlvin and Dexter: A Ticket to Ride Monster Expansion – By far one of the coolest mini expansions for a game to come along in a while! This was released last year and is becoming harder to find! They’re out there, so grab a set for your gamer and become the hero of the day! It’s like a Godzilla effect for Ticket to Ride! ‘Nuff said!

Cost: $15.00

Available from: Amazon, and your local game store.

LOTR SleevesLord of the Rings card sleeves – Fantasy Flight released a series of card sleeves featuring art from LOTR: the card game, every gamer wants to sleeve their cards, but most of the time they buy the cheap clear sleeves because that leaves more money for more games. So a couple packs a snazzy LOTR sleeves is sure to make the yuletide gay! (Note- there are Star Wars sleeves available now too!)

Cost: $5.00

Available from: Amazon, and your local game store

IronDieIronDie – I saw these at Origins this year and HAD to buy one. Simply because they are so cool! There is a game that is played with them if you choose to buy the whole set, but if you play any game that requires a 6-sided die, pick up a couple of these to replace them! There are now also polyhedral designs for that role player on your list!

Cost: $5.00 (6-Sided) $25.00 (Polyhedral, 7 die set)

Available from: Amazon, and your local game store.

Thanks so much for reading and being a part of Theology of Games; we hope this guide has been helpful to you during this wonderful season!

As always stay tuned for more great features from the gaming world!

Merry Christmas, everyone!





What You Missed

30 11 2012

As this year’s holiday season rolls on, so do we! Here’s what we’ve been up to this week, just in case you’ve missed anything with the hustle and bustle of the season!

catan ornamentMonday – We started off the week with another installment to our 2012 Christmas Holiday Gift Guide. This time: Party Games!

We also wrote about Mayfair’s annual Catan Ornament series.

Tuesday – We brought you another Double-Take Review of the latest iteration of one of our favorite games: The Resistance: Avalon.

Wednesday – We interviewed Chris and Johnny from Otherwise Games—the masterminds behind the Kickstarter dynamo, Boss Monster.

Thursday – Our Kickstarter Weekly featured a nifty gaming accessory and an ancient art form all rolled into one. Origami Card Holders.

And earlier today we once again added to our 2012 Christmas Holiday Gift Guide! It’s the Gateway Games edition…

And in case you missed this, we’ve added a tab to the site where we’ve compiled all of our gift ideas in one handy place! Just click here!

Thanks so much for reading, and come back next week as we bring you more news, reviews, and finish our gift guide! Have a great weekend everyone!





2012 Holiday Board Game Gift Guide—Kids Games

19 11 2012

As the holiday season fast approaches, we thought we’d work up a (hopefully) helpful list of games for people who are looking to give a board game as a gift, but have no idea what to get or where to get it. This isn’t exhaustive, and it’s full of our own biases, but it should give you some ideas. (We’re only mentioning games that are in print, so cool games such as Gulo Gulo, and The Magic Labyinth aren’t here.) And please feel free to contact either one of us if you have specific questions. About board games. Not your Calculus homework…

We’re going to start with Kids Games. We’ll have a separate list for Family Games, but these are games specifically meant for kids—even though many of them are great fun for adults, too.

Loopin’ Louie—This fantastic game has gone through many cycles of being in print and then out of print—I had to order a copy from Germany! But you’re in luck! It’s in print, and I’ve seen this on the shelves of Toys R Us, so snatch one up before they’re hard-to-find again. There’s a crazed pilot trying to knock off your chickens, and you have to bounce him away. It’s as insane as it sounds—and I mean that in a good way. My 4-year-old wants to play this all the time. And my group of adult gamers has Loopin’ Louie tournaments on a fairly regular basis.

Cost: ~$20

Available From: Toys R Us (online and in-store), Amazon
, and your friendly local board game store

Ages: My 4-year-old plays, but if I’m being honest, he’s a tad young. Probably 5 or 6 and up on this one. (But seriously, snag one now.)

Animal Upon Animal—The publisher HABA makes some really cool kids games, and this is no exception. It’s a bunch of carved and painted animals of varying sizes and shapes, and each person is trying to stack their set of animals without it falling over. It’s simple, and kids are good at it—I think because they’re so fearless.

Cost: ~$20

Available From: Amazon, and your friendly local board game store

Ages: 4 and up. Unlike some other games, this doesn’t have a whole lot of appeal for older kids or adults. Definitely a kids game.

Chicken Cha Cha Cha—This is a memory game. You’re moving your chickens along a path, and trying to remember where various tiles are. If you pick the right tile, you move forward, and if you move over another chicken, you steal one of their feathers. The winner is the person who manages to get one of every feather. Kids are ridiculously good at this—probably because they still have a decent memory. Unlike, say…me! There’s a small, hard-to-find expansion for this that introduces small wooden piles of chicken poop. Yes, it’s weird. Yes, my kids love it.

Cost: ~$35

Available From: Amazon
, and your friendly local board game store

Ages: 4 and up. I don’t think older kids would like this, and there’s no crossover appeal for adults, either. But parents will enjoy playing with their little ones.

Sorry Sliders!—Sorry is a game many of us played as kids, but it’s dice-driven, so ultimately unsatisfying (in my opinion). But take out the dice and add a dexterity element, and it turns into a fun game! The pieces each have a ball bearing in them, so they sliiiiiiiide on boards. And the boards can be moved and swapped and changed depending on the number of players, or the variant you’re playing.

Cost: ~$20

Available From: Amazon, big box stores (such as Target or Wal-Mart), and your friendly local board game store

Ages: 6 and up—though my 4-year-old does fine with it. Families, teenagers and adults will have fun with this, too.

Hula Hippos—This is a fast, easy dexterity filler. There’s a polished wooden ring, and a bunch of small wooden hippos. You spin the ring, and people try and slide their hippos into the ring as it falls. If you can manage that, your hippo goes away; if you’re the first to get rid of your hippos, you win. There’s enough chaos and uncertainty that it’s good for all ages.

Cost: ~$10

Available From: Amazon
, and your friendly local board game store

Ages: 5 and up. This is a fun game for many ages. We’ve used this as a quick filler in my game group.








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