Friday Favorites: Board Games with Jonathan Liu

Photo © Jonathan Liu

Photo © Jonathan Liu

Nat Sims, the founder of Night & Day Studios, continues his series.

As you may have noticed last week, I'm covering board games you can play with your kids, and right now the theme is Halloween. While casting about for the perfect game to review, I thought of my fellow game lover, Jonathan Liu, a writer for the great GeekDad, and sure enough, he has a great review of 13+ games for Halloween, for all ages.

http://geekdad.com/2013/10/halloween-board-games/

Below, I've excerpted a couple of his reviews specifically for kids, but please check out the whole list, and since it's Follow Friday, we suggest you follow him on twitter as well: @jonathanhliu

When I asked Jonathan if I could link to the article, he not only kindly (and immediately) agreed, but he had this awesome bonus tip:

"I also [wrote] Top 10 Reasons to Play Board Games With Your Kids earlier this year: http://geekdad.com/2014/01/play-games-kids/ ."

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Excerpted from Jonathan Liu's GeekDad Halloween post:

Ghost Blitz (from the German GeistesBlitz)

Photo © Jonathan Liu

Photo © Jonathan Liu

Okay, despite the ghosts, this one’s not really scary—unless you’re afraid of losing to your kids. Actually, I take that back: some of my gamer friends are terrified of it. Ghost Blitz is a game of quick visual perception—grab the right item first, and you win the card. Kind of like Set or Spot It, but challenging in a different way. It’s finally available in an English version, and if that’s not enough you can get the sequel (in German, at least).

Buy this game from Funagain Games

Vampires of the Night (pictured above)

Another one for the kids: Vampires of the Night not only can be played in the dark (because the pieces glow) but it’ll teach your kids a valuable lesson about the evils of vampire hunters who prey on those poor innocent vampire children. Knobelzobel (the hunter) has spread garlic all over the vampire castle, and you have to clear it away without knocking it down onto the sleeping children below. Push the guardian vampire around with a magnetic wand to dispose of the garlic safely! Silly, but fun for the kids.

Buy Vampires of the Night from Funagain Games 

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You may have noticed that our links this week don't go to Amazon. I couldn't find any copies of Vampires of the Night there, so I tried my favorite board game source, Funagain Games. They are located in Ashland, Oregon, and though I have ordered literally dozens of games from them over the years, and live in Portland, and drive through Ashland on the way to the Bay Area, I have never visited in person. I vow this coming year will be different!

Meanwhile, let's all help them stay in business. They've got great deals, intelligent curation, and a truly amazing inventory. [By the way, we're not getting any affiliate-link kickbacks for this post, we just really love them.]

https://www.funagain.com/

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PS It's partly Jonathan's fault that I have developed my own Kickstarter addiction: you'll discover some great projects if you follow him too: @jonathanhliu. Cheers!