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I am a big fan of miniature games myself (40k, whfb, fow) and I'd like to get my kids and wife into gaming. They enjoy the usual board games (sorry, monopoly, life etc).
Can anyone recommend a tabletop game that is kid friendly (age 11-13) and quick to learn but offers some complexity/strategy? Someone mentioned monsterpocalypse as a possibility but I don't know anything about it. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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To your question, yes - pretty much all of GW's games are designed to be (fairly) family-friendly.
As for simple to learn, 40K should be pretty good for that. Necromunda, if I'm not mistaken, has a lot of rules attached to warbands, campaigns and weapons. In fact, Specialist Games may not be the best way to get into wargaming at all. LOTR is dying in popularity, but easy to pick up. Warmachine and Hordes are interesting, in that they are excellent wargames (especially if you're all getting into them together), but may be a bit tricky to learn straight off. When I first got into it, I had a few questions early on, which I'm glad I had Rob on hand for at my local club.
So yeah, 40K would probably be your best bet.
I'd recommend Checking out products by Fantasy Flight Games.
In particular, I'd recommend Talisman. If you would like something shorter/simpler, they have a pretty decent selection of "Silver Line" games, the kind that tend to take little more than a half hour to finish.
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I guess you could always get them into space hulk, it's kinda of a gateway game into 40k with out having to pay hundreds out for models and having a bug table to play on and and cool game it's itself.
But i think it depends on what your kids and wife want to play, do they really want to fight big battles with hundreds of plastic toy men? Or a just something to get the family away from the t.v for a few hours?
Last edited by Chubby_Jedi; August 17th, 2009 at 12:37.
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This was the key to getting my missus into gaming, as she could make up her own stories about her gang as games went on
Are you referring to "easy-to-learn" kid-friendly, or "non adult-oriented" kid-friendly?
With 40k, it depends a bit on what race. An army of ordinary space marines, or Eldar, Tau, or even the Necrons would be ok, but some people might find, say, a Slaanesh-themed Chaos army a bit inappropriate for children. I remember seeing pics (here? I forget) of a Slaanesh-themed Land Raider which included "slave girls" on it, some of which used models (from another range, it should be said), of naked women. Rare to see, but out there nonetheless. You'll also find some of the game literature has a "blood and guts" feel to it, and some depictions of humanity in the 41st millenium are positively ghoulish and creepy even for me, let alone a child. The whole message of the game is not necessarily a positive one, either. There's an overall warmongering, "violence fixes everything" attitude permeating the whole thing, but then, it is a WAR game, after all.
Of course, as I've always believed, if your kids have a healthy understanding of the difference between fantasy and reality, they may do better with this game than some of the adults who play it. If you want something a little less creepy, though, you could give Warmachine a try. Pretty much everything outside the Cryx faction won't be an issue. You'll also find Warmachine might be easier on your wallet. While I haven't actually played it yet, I understand gameplay can be complex, as the game relies upon spur-of-the-moment decisions on the tabletop sometimes making or breaking the game for you.
Monsterpocalypse would be a great direction to go in, if you don't want to paint your own models, which is fine depending on the game. It's basically a monster-based game, think oldschool cartoons or shows like Power Rangers; big monsters, small support, things of that nature. It's like playing a TV show on the tabletop, I reckon. I haven't played it myself but I would love to give it a shot sometime and it might be right up the alley you're looking for.