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It’s Monday and Matt and Dave are wrapping up their four-part series on family games to buy or give over the holidays. Let’s get to it.

Classic Games and their alternatives:

Battleship and Guess Who. Alts: Martinique and Mr. Jack.

Our recommendations for contemporary family games to check out:

Other things we mentioned:

 

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It’s family games part three! Join Matt and Dave in another discussion of fantastic games to buy for or play with your family this holiday season. We’ve got classic games (and contemporary alternatives) plus modern titles you’re sure to love. Enjoy!

 Classic games and modern alternatives

Meanwhile, the guys are both eager to get their hands on the special edition of Tokaido.

Contemporary suggestions:

Matt suggests Castle Panic Wizard’s Tower, a nice expansion to the family-friendly Castle Panic.

Dave lists two games for the youngest gamers on your list, including Gubs and Feed the Kitty.

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Matt and Dave are back with more games your should buy or play during the holiday. In part two (part one is here), we list two classic games and contemporary alternatives, plus Dave and Matt have four more games to consider when sitting down with friends.

Classics and contemporaries

  1. Dave lists Monopoly as a classic game, and Matt suggests Ticket to Ride as a contemporary alternative. Also, Matt gives Dave a hard time for disparaging the thimble piece.
  2. Dave lists Sorry as a classic game, and Matt suggests I’m The Boss! as a contemporary alternative, with an honorable mention going to Diplomacy.

Games to play or buy this holiday

  1. Legend of Drizzt, with a caveat: WizKids have announced that it’ll be publishing future D&D board games. If having the latest and greatest is important to you, maybe hold off on that purchase (though we have no idea what WizKids’ release schedule is). Otherwise, buy Drizzt. It’s a fine game that you’ll enjoy for a long time.
  2. Morphology. This great little family game divides players into two teams. One person in each team must get her teammates to say a secret word by using the included pieces to make something that will tip them off. It’s hilarious and fun.
  3. The Adventurers. Both Pyramid of Horus and Temple of Chac are great, though Horus is a little easier to understand.

A question from Twitter

We got a question from Matt Smith on Twitter: “Any recommendations for fantasy card games with appropriate themes for 7-9 yr olds?” Why yes, we do have some.

  1. Fluxx, the card game that’s as simple as “draw a card, play a card.” There are several iterations available, including at least one with a fantasy theme.
  2. Munchkin. Talk about “several iterations.” Basic Munchkin has a fantasy theme and is fun. Just note there’s a “take that” component that some young ones might not like (unless they’re on the giving end, not the receiving).
  3. Finally, it’s not fantasy, but Sushi Go! is excellent for this age group. Here’s our full review.

This week Matt and Dave list several games that you should consider buying and playing with family and friends this holiday season. Plus ,Dave suggests some classic board games that the family might enjoy, and Matt schools him on contemporary alternatives.

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Clue is a classic game Dave enjoys, and Matt suggests Clue FX.

Scrabble is a classic favorite, and Matt suggests Quirkle. Also, “Wall Scrabble” is very cool.

Dave’s contemporary suggestions 

Matt’s contemporary suggestions

There have been many expansions for Survive, including the Giant Mini Squid and Dolphins and Dive Dice. Meanwhile, Dave is hung up on Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe and Cards As Weapons has the best cover art ever.