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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 06 Dec 2018 12:09 #287618

So, family friend came to me and asked about a recommendation for her son. He's 12. I think first Con I went to I was 13, so I remember some of the game weights I was into.

She doesn't play games at all with him, but gave me some of the following interests:

history -
Russia -
Modern Russia -

well, I'm limited on what I have about modern Russia, but history/Russia immediately brings to mind Eastern Front WWII. I'm thinking Memoir '44 with the eastern front expansion.

I was given a bunch of wargames around that age from a friend's dad, so I'd like to pass it on. They bought him Stratego recently and he enjoyed that, so I think i'll gift him my copy of LOTR:Confrontation.

I've also got some games up in the current BGG mathtrade, trying to score the lone copy of Memoir '44 up to give to him. Eastern front is on Amazon, and not expensive. I've also got a Soviet AK-47 bayonet I collected in Afghanistan I think he'd get a kick out of.

So - any other suggestions off the top of your head? He hasn't played many games. Or...does anyone have a copy of Memoir '44 they'd be willing to trade away? got a copy of CIV a new dawn ready to leave the house.
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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 06 Dec 2018 13:43 #287629

Depending on his capability, Twilight Struggle may be a good fit. It isn't particularly difficult rules wise, but does lend itself to building a flexible analytical and planning skillset. I was playing AH games around that age, so I don't think it is out of bounds for a kid that age.

Kolejka. Although based in Poland in the 80s, it does give a good indicator for what people went through to buy goods under Communism.
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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 06 Dec 2018 13:51 #287631

I like the look of Kolejka. I'll have to see if that's available somewhere.
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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 06 Dec 2018 16:28 #287641

Get him into the Russian game of Gorodki.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorodki

A game clearly designed by Russian Slavic tribal nomads originally using throwing axes and the bones and heads of their enemies (maybe even live enemies).




I haven't played the Russian version, but, I've played and made the Swedish Viking version called Kubb. I made a set using lumber scraps.


kubb-field.jpg



en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubb


Here's a cool pic of the type of Kubb set that I really would like to make, but, I'm not a wood worker:


Kubbcool.jpg


KubbSkulls.jpg


kubb.jpg



If Conan played a game, then he'd have a Hyperborean Kubb set.


Conan.jpg
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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 06 Dec 2018 18:25 #287648

Memoir 44 with some of the Russian stuff. Easy, fun. With toy appeal
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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 06 Dec 2018 18:31 #287649

Repo is on the right track for sure


You get a hold of an old copy of Battle Masters and you will blow his mind

In the meantime Dungeon is the nuts
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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 06 Dec 2018 19:08 #287652

I’d go with Redacted. It’s not super hard to get, is about spy vs spy, and is fun and thinky but not too much.
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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 06 Dec 2018 19:22 #287653

repoman wrote:
Memoir 44 with some of the Russian stuff. Easy, fun. With toy appeal

yep, that's whats in the 1st post. though, for such a common game, its kinda hard to get a hold of.

thanks everyone for the suggestions, some good ones to dig into here.
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Recommend me a game for a pre-teen 07 Dec 2018 00:49 #287655

Miniature market has memoir and eastern front in such if you are willing to go full price.
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