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Apparently I put down one tile for 17 points in this picture. But I don’t remember what I did exactly. Nor do I feel like figuring it out now.

Here’s a game that’s quite suitable for younger children but also adults.  Qwirkle is a tile game which one of my kids described as being “Scrabble for people who don’t know how to spell.”  You start with six tiles and players take turns to lay out connecting tiles in which either all the tiles are printed in the same color but with different shapes or all the tiles are printed with different colors but with the same shape.  No duplicates are allowed in a line.  Points are awarded per tile in a line.  If you complete a whole set (six tiles of all the same color but different shapes or six tiles of all different colors but the same shape), you are awarded an exta six points and the privilege of yelling “QWIRKLE!”  The yelling part may not be a part of the actual rules.  I may just happen to like saying Qwirkle.

Anyway, I’ve played the game with kids as young as 8 and they were able to catch on to the rules without any problems.  For the younger ones, I would just tell them to repeat “different colors, same shape or same color, different shapes” to themselves the first few times they put tiles down or whenever they were confused.  They caught on pretty quickly.

One of the older kids (5th grade?) caught on very quickly (he’s a very bright kid) and then proceeded to talk so much trash to me as he quickly pulled ahead at the beginning of the game when I was getting a lot of bad draws.  I proceeded to beat the snot out of him because he hasn’t quite gotten the hang of strategy and the art of blocking your opponent.  Poor kid.  But also…🍭.

I have the travel edition of the game which I believe is a quarter size of the normal edition.  I chose the travel edition mostly because of storage reasons.  The normal edition is a large box for a bag of tiles.  Meh.  But the normal version would be easier to play with when you play with four players or in bad lighting.  There was a lot of “what color is this?!?!” when my brother and I test played.  Neither of us is color blind, btw.

I don’t read the Game of Thrones books nor do I watch the TV series. Why did I end up playing this game? Because they needed a third player who was willing to play a multi-hour game with them.

My brother’s friend, whom I basically regard as another younger brother, is a big Game of Thrones fan. He bought the board game (I believe the second edition), because he likes board games and also the TV series and probably the books, and then was sad because there wasn’t anyone to play with. That’s something I can relate to. Anyway, while my brother was home on break, he asked us if we’d be willing to play the game with him because he knew my brother and I both like board games. We agreed, but I made the caveat that he had to tell us when, because I would have to arrange my schedule for a four plus hour long game.

The verdict? Because I don’t really know anything about the GoT universe, it’s really just another fantasy strategy game to me. I like them, but I think since it’s fairly heavily themed, it’s probably a game that would be more thoroughly appreciated by fans of the series.

The game itself is fun enough. We had to play a shorter variant, since there were only three of us playing. I think I lost terribly because it was my first time playing and I wasn’t familiar with all the game mechanics and strategy. It’s been a while since this happened. But I remember it being pretty fun still. Set up is a pain. That often is the case with these types of games.

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As seen from my vantage point. I think I was playing Dragonstone? Is that a house?

This definitely isn’t a game that I would play with the younger kids. It gets pretty complicated and the GoT universe itself isn’t really appropriate for children. Also, the game is very long. I don’t think any of the younger kids would be willing to sit through a four hour long game.