Strategy games require some critical thinking and planning. So what kind of games could be more perfect for gifted kids? If you are looking for ways to get the kids off the computer and videogames and for ways to get the family together, then strategy games are a great way to do it. These strategy board games are among the best available and can be played and enjoyed by all but the youngest members of a family.
The Settlers of Catan is a challenging but simple game that requires advanced planning and strategic thinking as well as teaching the conservation of resources. Although each player competes against other playes, players must also cooperate with others in order to get the resources they need. The resources are used to build roads, settlements and cities. The goal of the game is to be the first to collect 10 victory points, which players earn by building settlements and cities. The whole family can play and enjoy this game. For 3-10 players, ages 10 and up.
Diplomacy is a game that encourages teamwork, but still requires an extremely competitive game play. For a player to get what he needs, he inevitably must resort to some “backstabbing.” All a player’s actions are written down before game play begins, and all players take their turns at the same time. In between turns, players can privately collude with each other to plan their game play for the next turn. Players then write down what they’re going to do during the game play, but it may not be what they actually said they would do! (My son says that this is a game to be played with your best friends or with people you will never meet again.) However, players have to consider whether or not their actions will so negatively affect their trustworthiness than it will prevent them from being able to make deals later in the game. The game provides some excellent lessons in diplomacy. For 2-7 players, ages 12 and up.
Control the crowns, control Europe in the Risk Europe game--an exciting game of medieval conquest. The game challenges players to step into the role of a medieval king and rule feudal Europe by building castles, taxing subjects, expanding territories, and engaging in battle. This in-depth game of strategy and conquest offers serious gamers a premium gameplay experience. It features 4 separate armies and 7 unique starting kingdoms, each with its own strengths and abilities, plus Kings Orders cards that play an important role in strategy. The first player to conquer 7 kingdoms wins the game. Hasbro Gaming and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.
One of the most celebrated games in the world can now be experienced in a two-player arena. 7 Wonders Duel takes the game play and excitement of the original and adapts it for one-on-one battles. Take control of your civilization and decide to invest in science, military or prestige. Two new ways to win will keep you on your toes and watching every move your opponent makes. If you fail to build defenses your capital city may be destroyed, but ignore technology and your people may be left in the dark ages. It's a constant tug of war. 7 Wonders Duel is an exciting new way to play the game that took the world by storm. Great for both fans of the original and those new to the hobby.
Axis & Allies is a series of World War II strategy board games, with nearly two million copies printed. Originally designed by Larry Harris and published by Nova Game Designs in 1981,the game was republished by the Milton Bradley Company in 1984 as part of the Game master Series of board games. This edition would be retroactively named Axis & Allies: Classic to differentiate it from later revisions. In 1996, Axis & Allies: Classic was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame. Games magazine also has inducted Axis & Allies into their buyers' guide Hall of Fame, an honor the magazine extends to "games that have met or exceeded the highest standards of quality and play value and have been continuously in production for at least 10 years; i.e., classics.
The Castles of Burgundy is a detailed strategy game set in the Loire Valley of France during medieval times. Players assume the role of princes trying to build the greatest estates in the land by becoming more prosperous than their competitors. Over the course of five rounds, players collect points by trading, livestock farming, city building and scientific research. They must buy and sell goods or labor and use action tiles for building, shipping, mining, livestock and knowledge across two game boards. The game is designed for 2-4 board gamers ages 12 and up.
Strategy games require some critical thinking and planning. So what kind of games could be more perfect for gifted kids? If you are looking for ways to get the kids off the computer and videogames and for ways to get the family together, then strategy games are a great...
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