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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.


Did I miss an entire week of posts?  Yes.  Was there a good reason for that?  Arguably, yes.  Did I for some reason decide it was ok to not even post fillers while also not writing any posts?  Um…yes…sorry.  Does it help to know that it wasn’t so much that I thought it was ok as it was that my Good Reason took up every last bit of time?  Anyway, here’s a post.


Continuing with my theme of games I’ve been playing, here’s one that is really good for kids.  Sushi Go is a card game and one that is pretty easy to pick up, even for the younger ones.  I like to think of the game play like one of those conveyor sushi places and you pick something off the belt while food items are passing by your table.

Sushi Go is a card drafting game.  In the game, you are dealt a specific number of cards, which are visible only to you.  You choose one and place it face down on the table.  Everyone reveals their chosen cards at the same time.  The hand you were dealt is passed to the left, i.e. it’s a draft and pass game.

The objective is to gain the most points.  Points are awarded according to the instructions on the cards.  Some of the cards instruct you to make sets for points, some allow you to choose an extra card from the hand you have, some award points after the end of the game.  There is some strategy, as you can try and block your opponents from completing sets while trying to complete your own sets.

I’ve played the game with kids as young as 7-8.  To teach the younger ones, I would just play the first game with open hands while everyone figures out the rules.  Then we play for real.  It normally takes a game or two for them to figure out that they can’t just focus on their own set collections and that they have to keep track of what is in each hand as it’s being passed.  And all subsequent games pass pretty quickly.

The graphics on the cards are nice.  The cards themselves are of good quality.  If you play with younger kids, you might consider card sleeves, as I note that the younger ones are not terribly fond of washing their hands.  I don’t like sticky cards.  Gross.  Oh, and I really like the tin the card set comes in.