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Tips for Playing Dungeons and Dragons with Kids!

A lot of gamer parents ask us about how to get started with playing tabletop RPGs with their kids. In ...
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Kickstarter Preview – Empty Space

Empty Space is a set collection card game about exploring the vastness of space and, ultimately, landing a rocket on ...
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Kickstarter Preview – Dungeon Drop

I’m known as one of the family gaming guys. So, naturally, I’m sent and shown a lot of games that ...
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Kickstarter of the Week: Big Easy Busking

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/weirdgiraffegames/big-easy-busking-0?ref=discovery&term=big%20easy%20busking Can you give us a "Tale of the Tape" for your game? The title, genre, playtime, age ranges, etc ...
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EFG Podcast: Board Game Grab Bag!

This week Stephen and Amanda come together to chat about all sorts of board games! Magic: the Gathering War of ...
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EFG Podcast: Star Wars X-Wing 2.0

This week Stephen and Amanda are join by Mike Futter to chat about the 2.0 version of Star Wars X-Wing! ...
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Kickstarter of the Week: Crumbs

I got a first look at Crumbs at the Boston Festival of Independent Games where it won Best In Show ...
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Engage! A Family Gaming Podcast: Small Board Games to Fit in Small Places

This week Stephen and Linda talk about great board games that come in small packages... for some reason... in case ...
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New York Toy Fair 2019: Gamewright

Our first stop at Toy Fair was to the Gamewright booth. We got to see a bunch of games that ...
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Episode 166: More New York Toy Fair News!

This week Stephen, Amanda, and Linda talk about New York Toy Fair 2019! They talked about Amanda's impressions of the ...
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Top Ten Games from New York Toy Fair 2019

The Engaged Family Gaming team went to New York for Toy Fair 2019 and spent a day and a half ...
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Episode 164: New York Toy Fair 2019!

This week Stephen and Linda record a ridealong podcast where they talk about the highlights from their trip to New ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Alliance The Card Game

Card battling games have been a popular genre for decades (arguably as long as playing cards have existed). We have ...
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Episode 161: Our Most Anticipated Board Games of 2019!

This week Stephen, Linda come together to chat about their most anticipated Board Games of 2019! This podcast is now ...
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Kickstarter of the Week: Animal Kingdoms

Animal Kingdoms a beautiful area control and hand management game. It is the first game from Galactic Raptor Games, which is ...
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Family Board Game Review: Coder Mindz

Coder Mindz is the latest programming game from the maker of Coder Bunnyz, nine year old Samaira Mehta along with ...
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Family Board Game Review: Tournament of Towers

Tournament of Towers is a dexterity game from Iron Hippo Games where players try to draft the best pieces using ...
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Family Board Game Review: Blurble

Blurble is a game all about racing and talking.  So many of us love to talk and this gives us ...
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Kickstarter of the Week: Dreams of Tomorrow

Dreams of Tomorrow is a beautiful game that is live on Kickstarter now.  The game has fully funded and is ...
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Engaged Family Gaming Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – Board Games

Here at Engaged Family Gaming we want to help you with your holiday shopping.  These are some of our favorite ...
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Kickstarter of the Week: Penguin Slap

Penguin Slap! is an adorable game I played at the Boston Festival of Independent Games.  The game fully funded on ...
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More Than Just Kid’s Games: Board Game Recommendations for ages 8 and Up

The "8 and up" game category opens up a whole new realm of gaming options. Game become less "kid games" ...
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Games for Beginning Readers: Board Game Recommendations For Ages 5 to 7

Finding games that are the right fit for children aged 5 to 7 can be challenging. As they move into ...
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Kickstarter of the Week: Clear the Decks!

Naval warfare has never been so exciting.  In Clear the Decks! players are working together battling an enemy ship with ...
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Board Game Recommendations for a Toddlers And Preschoolers(ages 2-4)

Finding engaging games to play with toddlers and preschoolers that are not excessively tedious for the adults can be a ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: Your Family Rocks!

Your Family Rocks! is a family /party style game by Ludyo.  It is a new type of tabletop game that ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: Christmas Lights Card Game

Summer has just begin, and Christmas is the last think on our minds.  It is time to think cool, plan ...
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Family Board Game Review: Coder Bunnyz

Coder Bunnyz is a coding game created by Samaira Mehta when she was a second grader.  Her goal was to ...
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Kickstarter of the Week: On Their Merry Way

On Their Merry Way is a Robin Hood themed game we first saw at the Boston Festival of Independent Games ...
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Family Game Preview: Bumúntú

Bumúntú is a two to four player game by Gameworthy Labs designed by Tim Blank which is in the final ...
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2018 Mensa Select Winners Have Been Announced!

A group of Mensa members who also happen to be board game enthusiasts gather together each year over a weekend ...
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Family Board Game Review: Amaze

Amaze is a single player maze game from ThinkFun, and recommended for players ages 8 to adult. The maze board ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: Goblin Grapple Preview and Q and A

Sometimes goblins need to go to war. Goblin Grapple is a strategic card game from Silver Gaming Company which is ...
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Family Game Review: No Regerts

For anyone who has thought about getting a tattoo, No Regerts lets you enjoy tattoos without the pain or expense!  ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: Fire Tower

Fire Tower is a area control and hand management fire fighting board game that is currently live on Kickstarter.  It was ...
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Family Board Game Preview: Fire Tower

Most fire fighting games are cooperative, but in the game Fire Tower, you compete with other players to protect your ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: Dobbers: Quest for the Key

Dobbers: Quest for the Key is an encounter building, deck building, strategy game that is currently live on Kickstarter. It was designed ...
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Family Board Game Review: Bring Your Own Book

If you love games and books this is the best combination.  Bring Your Own Book by Gamewright is a hilarious ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls

The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls is a worker movement game that is launching on Kickstarter April 13th.   It ...
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Episode 126: Special Guests – The Family Gamers

Hello and Welcome to Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast! This is episode 126. This week we are talking board games ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: Fire in the Library!

Fire in the Library is a press your luck board game that is currently live on Kickstarter. It was designed ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: Tacos vs Burritos!

Taco vs Burrito by Hot Taco Enterprises is our Kickstarter Campaign of the week! No joke... this is a card ...
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Family Board Game Review: Toasted or Roasted

The best part of camping is roasting marshmallows over the campfire. In Toasted or Roasted, from Education Outdoors, you are ...
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Episode 122: Tips For Throwing a Board Game Party!

Hello and Welcome to Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast! This is episode 121. This week we are talking video games ...
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Kickstarter Campaign of the Week: Subatomic From Genius Games!

Subatomic by Genius Games is our Kickstarter campaign of the week! Genius Games focuses on designing and publishing strategy games ...
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Family Board Game Review: Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is a beautiful science themed game that features the tree life cycle and a rotating sun to collect light ...
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New York Toy Fair 2018 Report: Shaky Manor!

Shaky Manor, from Blue Orange Games, is a game unlike any I have ever played before. I got my hands ...
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New York Toy Fair 2018 Report: The Mansky Caper!

I had the opportunity to meet with the staff at Calliope Games while I attended New York Toy Fair last week ...
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New York Toy Fair 2018 Report: North Star Games!

One of the first things I did when I got to New York Toy Fair was run to the North ...
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New York Toy Fair 2018 Report: GameWright!

GameWright Games was at New York Toy Fair  this year, just like normal, and it was my pleasure to take ...
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Episode 120 – The New York Toy Fair Episode!

This week is a special solo episode for our Host Stephen! He recorded an quick podcast on the way home ...
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Blue Orange Games Announces a Robust 2018 Lineup!

Blue Orange Games, the award winning tabletop game publisher, is set to release a full slate of sixteen board games ...
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North Star Games Launches Happy Planet Games

North Star Games, the company behind the smash hit board games Happy Salmon and Wits and Wagers, is set to ...
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Gamewright Announced Their 2018 New Releases!

Gamewright announced their 2018 lineup of games today. This year their releases range from a preschool game about collecting ice  and a ...
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Family Board Game Review: Flashlights and Fireflies

Flashlights and Fireflies is a board game version of flashlight freeze tag for 2-5 players.  The game is recommended for ...
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Nominees for Best Casual Game of 2017 Announced

Casual Game Insider Magazine has announced their nominees for the best casual game of 2017. A panel of twelve judges ...
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Our Thoughts on PAX Unplugged

Penny Arcade has been running their PAX conventions all around the world for years now, but they have always been ...
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Exploring “Ixalan:” the Newest Expansion for Magic: The Gathering!

Ixalan is a set of cards that was released on September 29, 2017  for Magic: The Gathering. Ixalan tells a ...
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Kickstarter Review: Shadow Strike Melee: Ninja Card Game!

Shadow Strike Melee: Ninja Card Game is a fast paced bluffing game for up to nine players! It is currently ...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Board Games

The board game market has been growing at a rapid pace for a while now and the last few years ...
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Kickstarter Preview – Cheese Quest: The Quest for Cheese

Cheese Quest is a game created by Phil Schadt with the art by Peter Gandia.  It is for 2-4 players ...
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Kickstarter Review – Scream or Die

Scream or Die is a 2 to 8 player game by Amber Palace Games designed for players ages 8 and ...
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Kickstarter Preview – The Legend of Korra: Pro-Bending Arena

For Avatar fans, the Legend of Korra series was a wonderful addition to the Avatar world.  The Legend of Korra ...
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Hasbro and Mensa Team Up To Use Classic Family Board Games in Free Lesson Plans!

Hasbro and Mensa for Kids have teamed up to take some longtime family favorite board games and turn them into ...
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D & D Beyond – Taking Your Game to the Next Level

D&D Beyond at first glance is a collection of online gaming tools for Dungeons and Dragons 5.0, but the ease ...
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Restoration Games – Because Every Game Deserves Another Turn

Board games are going through a renaissance right now. It may appear to the casual observer that hobbyist games are ...
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6 Games We Can’t Wait to Play at the Boston Festival of Independent Games

The Boston Festival of Independent Games is nearly upon us. Engaged Family Gaming will be on the scene with a ...
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Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast! Episode 100: The Return of Kelly!!!

This week we're celebrating our 100th episode! We definitely around playing around either. We brought back one of the original ...
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Episode 99: With Geek Fever Games

Download this episode (right click and save) This weeks Stephen is joined by Jason Miceli of Geek Fever Games to ...
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Plaid Hat Games Announces Stuffed Fables – A Unique Adventure Game

Plaid Hat Games has announced Stuffed Fables at Gen Con 2017. This is a unique adventure game where players control ...
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Fantasy Flight Announces Star Wars: Legions – A Paint and Play Miniatures War Game

Fantasy Flight Games has announced Star Wars: Legions, a paint and play miniatures war game at Gen Con 2017 this ...
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Restoration Games is Bringing the Heat With Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar!

Restoration Games has been in business for about a year now. Their mission is to find old games that had ...
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Family Board Game Review: Rampaging Jotunn

Rampaging Jotunn is a 2 player viking themed game by Lost Cog with a hex board made of large tiles ...
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Monopoly Gamer: Mario Passes Go, Collects All the Coins

By: Stephen Haberman, TheGeekyHusbandIf I were to guess how many coins I collected in video games over my lifetime, I ...
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Kickstarter Review: A Dog’s Life

Beton Games Age Rating: 8+ Players: 2-6 Timeframe: 40 minutes MSRP: Unknown- Coming Soon to Kickstarter Style: Family Action Game ...
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Episode 97 The Board Games of GenCon 50

This Episode Steve and Jenna go around the horn,talk about some Kickstarter gems and then GenCon 50!!! Game 1 A ...
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The Spiel Des Jahres Winners Have Been Announced!

The Spiel Des Jahres awards are given out each summer to the best board games released in Germany during the ...
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Board Game Review: Hoagie

Hoagie is a sandwich building game from Monkeybeak Games.  It is a card game for 2 to 5 players that ...
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Kickstarter Review – Cauldron: Bubble and Boil

Magic Circle Games Age Rating: 12+ Players: 2-4 Timeframe: 45-60 minutes MSRP: $50.00 (Special Kickstarter price- $39) Style: Resource Management ...
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Family Board Game Review: Poop The Game

Poop the Game from Breaking Games is a toilet and pooping themed card game.  It is a 2-5 player game ...
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Board Game Review: Compose Yourself

Compose Yourself by Thinkfun is a fascinating product for those who are musically inclined or interested in classical music.  It ...
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Board Game Review: Color Cube Sudoku

Color Cube Sudoku by Thinkfun is a single player puzzle game.  It is a spin on the traditional Sudoku by ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Rise of Tribes

Publisher: Breaking Games Age Rating: 10+ Players: 2-4 Timeframe: 30-60 minutes Style: Light Strategy Game You are a nomadic, prehistoric ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Pocket Ops

Grand Gamers Guild 2 Players 10-20 Minutes Ages 6+ Pocket Ops is a board game that took me by surprise ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Turing Tumble

Turing Tumble is a game that landed on Kickstarter on May 30th and made a big splash. There have been ...
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Episode 85: Spiel Des Jahres Nominees!

This week Stephen and Jenna come together to talk about  the 2017 Spiel Des Jahres award nominees. The games that ...
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Kickstarter Review – Gruff: Rage of the Trolls

Rage of the Trolls is a standalone expansion to the Gruff game system coming to Kickstarter on 05/30/2017. Gruff is ...
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Family Board Game Review – Tak: A Beautiful Game

Cheapass Games Age Rating: 12+ Players: 2 Timeframe: 20-45 minutes MSRP: $55.00 Style: Abstract Strategy “My next several hours were ...
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2017 Spiel des Jahres Nominees Announced!

The nominees for the 2017 Spiel des Jahres — Germany's "game of the year" award - have been announced, and ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Take the Gold

Take the Gold is an adorable, pirate-themed card game available on Kickstarter. It is a 2-6 player, all-ages card game ...
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Board Game Review: Unspeakable Words Deluxe Edition

Unspeakable Words Deluxe Edition by Playroom Entertainment is a Cthulhu themed word game where your sanity is measured by the ...
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Episode 83 Board Games: Jenna Finally Played Stratego!

This week Stephen and Jenna come together to talk about board games. This week they talked about Kingdomino, Stratego, The ...
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The Dice Tower Has Announced the Nominees for The Best Board Games of 2016

The Dice Tower, one of the biggest board game websites on the internet, has released their nominees for the best ...
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Family Board Game Review: Imhotep

Imhotep is a Egyptian themed game by Kosmos.  It is named for the first, and most well known, Egyptian master ...
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Family Board Game Review: Laser Maze Jr.

Introduction Laser Maze Jr. is a single player logic game designed for ages six and up by Thinkfun. This game challenges ...
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Episode 81 Board Games: The Tabletop Day Extravaganza!

This week Stephen and Jenna sit down to talk about a bunch of the games they played on International Tabletop ...
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Kickstarter Preview – Button Men: Beat People Up

Cheapass Games has launched a new Kickstarter for Button Men, a strategic dice rolling game. This is technically a reprint ...
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The 2017 Mensa Select Award Winners Have Been Announced!

Mensa, an organization of incredibly smart people, gathers each year for a full weekend of board games. This isn't all ...
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Episode 80: Catching Up On Video Game News

This week Stephen and Michael (welcome back!) get together to talk about Star Wars Battlefront 2, catch up on what ...
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Family Board Game Review: Zingo

Zingo is a bingo game with a few twists by Thinkfun.  The game is for players ages four and up ...
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Episode 79 Board Games: Geek Fever Games and Dead Man’s Doubloons!

This week Stephen sits down with two thirds of the Geek Fever Games crew to talk about their WILDLY successful ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Interaction

Rudy Games has announced "Interaction" a new party game that, in concert with an interactive app, will help end the ...
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Family Board Game Review: Gravity Maze

Gravity Maze is a single player logic game designed for ages 8 to adult by Thinkfun.  This game challenges the ...
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My Little Pony: Tales of Equestria is the MLP Tabletop RPG We’ve Been Waiting For!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a franchise that has managed to transform a nearly forgotten 80’s toy property ...
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Family Board Game Review: Dragoon

Dragoon, by Lay Waste Games, is a strategy game for 2-4 players ages 13 and up. Players take on the ...
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Episode 74: Our First HUGE Board Game Day

Hello and Welcome to Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast! This is episode 74 and we're talking about board games. Stephen ...
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Episode 72: New York Toy Fair!

Hello and Welcome to Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast! This is episode 72. This week we are talking about board ...
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Family Board Game Review: Build or BOOM!

Proto Toys, LLC Age Rating: 4+ Players: 2 Timeframe: MSRP: $24.95 Style: Dexterity Race to construct an epic tower, beat ...
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Give Your Board Games a Vacation!

Have you ever thought about making your board games take a “vacation?” You’ll see recommendations all over the web from ...
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Episode 70: Board Games for Two Players!

Hello and Welcome to Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast! This is episode 70. This week we are talking about two ...
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11 Board Games That Help Teach History!

Here at Engaged Family Gaming, we love to talk about how teachers and homeschool parents alike can use games to ...
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Family Board Game Review: Mr. Game

Mr. Game looks, at first glance, to be a simple roll and move game that would have found its way ...
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Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast Episode 62!

Episode 62: D&D: (Branche Management and Balazaar Boogie) Hello and Welcome to Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast! This is episode ...
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Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast Episode 60!

Hello and Welcome to Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast! This is episode 60! (Yes. I am just as surprised as ...
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2016 Holiday Gift Guide – Board Games

The Holidays are just around the corner, and we at Engaged Family Gaming know that you are looking for the ...
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The Titans are Coming! – The First Three of Calliope’s Titan Series!

On March 31st 2015 Calliope Games set out on a game development journey of titanic proportions (Yes. I went there.) ...
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Connecticut Festival of Independent Games: The Games We Played

The Connecticut Festival of Independent Games took place on September 17th and we were lucky enough to have boots on ...
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Family Board Game Review: The Oregon Trail

Publisher: Pressman Toy Players: 2 to 6 Players Age range: 12 and up Play Time: 30+ Minutes MSRP $12.99 Style: ...
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Board Games from GenCon 2016 That We Want to Play!

GenCon took place last month and was, essentially, the E3 of board games. Every year dozens upon dozens of board games are debuted ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Originz: A Super Powered Card Game

Originz is a card game where players use awesome superpowers to battle for supremacy on the kitchen table. Flavor Faction, ...
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Family Board Game Kickstarter Preview: Underlings of Underwing!

Underlings of Underwing is a dragon themed worker placement game designed by Alisha Volkman and published by The Pericles Group ...
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Our Son’s First Friday Night Magic: A Tournament Report

A few weeks back, Flagship Comics and Games in Southington, CT closed after being in operation for a number of ...
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Family Board Game Review – Ticket to Ride: First Journey

Ticket to Ride is one of our all time favorite games and Ticket to Ride: First Journey is taking strides ...
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Family Board Game Review – 4 The Birds

Breaking Games Age Rating: 8+ Players: 2-6 Timeframe: 20-30 minutes MSRP: $40.00 Style: Abstract Strategy 4 The Birds is a ...
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Family Board Game Review: Say Anything Family Edition

NorthStar Games Age Rating: 8+ Players: 3-6 Timeframe: 20 minutes MSRP: $19.99 Style: Party Game Do you know how your ...
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Board Game Review: Dice City

Editor's Note: This review originally appeared over at TokenMeeple.com; a great website that covers boardgames of all types. The team ...
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Board Game Review: Jewelies

LongPlay360.com Age Rating: 7+ Players: 2-6 Timeframe: 20 minutes MSRP: $19.99 Style: Educational Learning Game/Resource Delve into the world of ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Squirmish

It is hard to take a step in the board game universe without tripping over a dozen card based combat ...
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We Attended the Connecticut Festival of Independent Games; Here are the Winners

The Connecticut Festival of Independent Games took place this past weekend at Elm City Games in New Haven, CT. Geek ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Avoid the Void

Disclosure: The Geek Fever Games team lives within twenty minutes of my home. As a result they brought me over ...
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12 Awesome Board Games that Teach Reading and Language Skills!

As parents, we are all familiar with the world of edutainment. We are bombarded with choices daily- from the endless ...
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The Connecticut Festival of Independent Games Is Coming to Elm Street Games in New Haven CT!

Engaged Family Gaming is pleased to announce that we will be attended the Connecticut Festival of Independent Games on April ...
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Board Game Review: Eminent Domain

Tasty Minstrel Games Age Rating: 10 & Up Players: 2- 4 Timeframe: 45 Minutes MSRP: $39.99 Style: Civilization Building/Deck Building ...
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New York Toy Fair: Peaceable Kingdom Wants Your Family to Cooperate!

We have talked at length already about the value of playing cooperative games with your kids. With that in mind ...
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Board Game Review: Food Fighters

Kids Table Board Gaming Age Rating: 8+ Players: 2 Timeframe: 20 minutes MSRP: $19US Style: Battle Game “Late at night, ...
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New York Toy Fair: The Presidential Game

Election years can be nerve wracking as our country prepares to transition to new leadership, but they also present an ...
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New York Toy Fair 2016: Gamewright Announces New Games for 2016!

It is always great to visit Gamewright at New York Toy Fair. Last year they showed us games like Dragonwood, ...
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Board Game Review: Lost Cities – The Board Game

Kosmos Games Age Rating: 10 & Up Players: 2- 4 Timeframe: 30 - 60 Minutes MSRP: $39.99 Style: Adventure Strategy ...
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King of New York: Power Up Expansion Announced

King of New York and King of Tokyo are two of our favorite games. There is just something special about ...
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Engage!: A Family Gaming Podcast Show Notes for Episode 24

Episode 24 Board Games: The Very Best Board Games We Played in 2015! This week Stephen (The BFG of EFG), ...
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Parents Asked: What is a Eurogame?

One of the questions we get a lot here at Engaged Family Gaming (especially since we launched our podcast) has ...
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Board Game Review: Loot

By: Kelly Allard Gamewright 2-8 Players Family 20+ Minutes $10.99 COMPETITIVE As the dark clouds masked the azure sky belying the ...
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Board Game Review – Castle Panic

Fireside Games 1 - 6 Players Ages 10+ 60+ Minutes COOPERATIVE Surrounded by a lush and dangerous forest lies your ...
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Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – Board Games

The holidays are almost upon us and it is time to start looking for gifts. Thankfully EFG is here to ...
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Kickstarter Preview – Kill Doctor Lucky Deluxe 19.5th Edition

Cheapass Games has brought a new project to Kickstarter in an attempt to bring pack their very first game with ...
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Board Game Review: Mars vs Earth

Mars vs Earth, by Geek Fever Games, is a hidden allegiance game set in the 1950s with a War of ...
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Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with these Pirate Themed Board Games!

Take a look below for our list of pirate themed board games to help celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate ...
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Kickstarter Review: Cogs in a Machine

Mikeware Competitive 2-6 Players Ages 12+ The machine whirred loudly, a perfect musical backdrop to the ears of the factory ...
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Kickstarter Preview: Virgin Seas

Grey Gnome Games has launched the Kickstarter for the third game in its small box series: Virgin Seas. Their previous ...
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A Dad Made a Custom Dungeons and Dragons Character Sheet for his 6 Year Old Son; We Interviewed Him!

We love to hear about parents trying new types of game experiences with their kids. We recently found a father ...
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3 DIY Reading Games That You Can Use At Home!

By: Linda Wrobel Elementary School Teacher Southington, CT Editor's note: School is coming back into session and a lot of ...
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Board Game Review – Mice and Mystics

Plaid Hat Games 1-4 Players Ages 7+ 60-90 Minutes MSRP: $74.99 COOPERATIVE Prince Collin clutches his sword tight as the ...
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Board Game Review: Exploding Kittens

By: Jesse Stanley Age Rating 7+ * (Note there is a NSFW edition that should not be played with children ...
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Ten Family Friendly Games from GenCon 2015 That You Have to See!

GenCon 2015 is happening as we speak and board game publishers and independent designers alike are spread out across the ...
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Calliope Games Announces “Thieves” a New Family Friendly Board Game!

We are coming up on GENCON 2015 and Calliope Games has announced a new game that they will be showing there ...
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7 Amazing Cooperative Board Games for Families to Play Together!

We spent some time talking about why co-op games are a great idea for your game collection and pointed out ...
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We’re All In This Together – The Value of Co-Op Games For Families

For those who haven’t been paying attention to the hobby board game industry in the last decade or so, one ...
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Kickstarter Review – Don’t Be That Guy!

Disclosure: Don't Be That Guy is NOT a game meant for families to play without heavy modification. I reviewed this ...
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The Spiel Des Jahres Winners for 2015!

The Spiel Des Jahres is a German award program for board and card games with the purpose of rewarding excellence ...
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Hero Kids Adventure Module: Adventures in Bayhaven

If there’s one word parents dread, it’s “more.”  Once a child latches onto something they like, they want as much ...
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Board Games That Don’t Have Star Wars Versions That Really Need One!

May 4th is International Star Wars Day ("May The Fourth Be With You!" Get it?). We're celebrating Star Wars Day ...
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Six Games You Should Play to Celebrate Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day and the staff at Engaged Family Gaming wants to share some games you can play to ...
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Board Game Review: Roll For It!

Calliope Games Age Rating: 8+ Players: 2-4 (up to 8*) 20 Minutes Competitive Dice/Card Game MSRP: $15.00** “Long Ago, before ...
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Engaged Family Game Design – Encouraging Creativity and Critical Thinking

By Tom Bouwman-Wozencraft   Does your kid come up with new game ideas, make their own card games, or suggest ...
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Meet The Titans of Gaming with Calliope Games!

The Titan Series is a  product line being published by Calliope Games and funded through a massive Kickstarter campaign. What ...
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The Titan Series is Coming From Calliope Games!

Calliope Games is a board game publisher that focuses on "gateway games." This means that they focus on games that ...
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Board Game Review: Too Many Monkeys

Publisher: Gamewright Genre: Card Game Players: 2-6 Ages: 6 & Up Time: 20 minutes MSRP: $10.99 COMPETITIVE Too Many Monkeys: A ...
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Board Game Review: Flash Point: Fire Rescue

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Board Game Review – Sentinels of the Multiverse

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Board Game Review: The Kingswood – Kickstarter

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Gamewright announces new releases for 2015!

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Kitki 2-4 Players Family 30+ Minutes COMPETITIVE A long time ago, when I was a child myself, tic-tac-toe was an ...
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Board Game Review: Tsuro of the Seas

Calliope Games 2-8 Players Ages 8+ 20-40 Minutes COMPETITIVE The captain stands at the wheel of his ship, casting an ...
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Super Tooth to be published by Gamewright in 2015!

In September, backers of the Super Tooth Kickstarter received their games and began playing in the prehistoric world of the ...
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Target Christmas Catalog Board Games

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Board Game Review: StartUp: A Business Game For All Ages

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Board Game Review: Splendor

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Board Game Review – Sleeping Queens

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Board Game Review: Steampunked Time Machine

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Board Game Review: Pyramix

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Board Game Review: Zombies Keep Out

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Board Game Review: Hanabi

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Board Game Review: Catan: Junior

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Board Game Review: King of Tokyo

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