We decided to go back to the Grampians during the school holiday because we had such a great time the last time we went. The boy is getting bigger and bigger and there will only be a few more years when he’ll allow his mum to drag him to these trips. So, I will squeeze as many as I can before my baby has his own life.
Camping is also one of the ways I can force my two boys to play games with me. There are not a lot of distractions and so basically they’re trapped in my board gaming heaven slash their board gaming hell.
We didn’t end up playing all games but the ones we did, we played to death.
My husband especially liked Mint Works. If you want to introduce worker placement games to muggles this is the game to use. It’s simple to understand and pretty quick to teach. The aim is to become the best neighbourhood planner by building a city worth 7 stars.
With the boy, we ended up playing Bohnanza. In Bohnanza, you are bean farmers. The more beans you plant and harvest in your two (sometimes 3) fields, the more profit you gain. The unique thing about this game is that players can never change the order of the cards in their hands. The way to get around this constraint is by trading beans. Because of the trading aspect, this game is pretty fun with three but, from experience, it kind of drags with more. In my opinion, three is definitely the sweet spot.
The last game we played was Tobago. The aim is to hunt for treasures on the island of Tobago. Because treasures are hidden on different parts the island, players have to play a game of induction – use the clue cards to slowly narrow down where these treasures are.
It took two tries before we actually played this game because I went through all the rules and it was pretty confusing for newbies like my husband and son. A good idea is to reveal the importance of certain aspects of the game, like amulets, only when needed. In the case of amulets, when the first treasure is found. After a few rounds though they got the hang of it and I think I will be getting this game to the table more often. Especially because, the game is just gorgeous!!! Nothing like a game with great production value on your table.