Top Trenz

What is a Fidget Spinner

You saw our Facebook Post the other day that we are now carrying Fidget Spinners and that they were selling like crazy. Are you left wondering, “What are they?”

Fidget Toy Hand Spinner

The goal of a fidget toy is to fiddle with it. Just spin it silently instead of clicking a pen or flipping a lighter and irritating your surroundings. Some people even say that fiddling can help you concentrate. 

If you find your fingers are generally a mess due to your boredom-induced nail-biting, or you’re driving your cubicle neighbors insane from your desk-drumming and pen-clicking, fidget toys might be the cure for your nervous or bored energy. Stress balls and desk toys have been around forever, but a recent trend in fidget toys adds a collectible, high quality flair to finding a place to fidget your excitement away.

Thanks to its surprisingly successful Kickstarter campaign, you might’ve heard of Antsy Lab’s Fidget Cube, which raised $6.4 million after setting a relatively meager $15,000 funding goal, Fidget Spinners have quickly become the latest fad.

We currently carry #TopTrenz Spinner Squad, but will likely be expanding our line. We’ve already put in an order for solid colors!

SPINNERS squad fidget toys

 

Stop in for yours today!

New York Toy Fair

New York Toy Fair 2017

Family Fun Hobbies is once again heading to the New York  Toy Fair! So what does that mean?

Click the Pickachu to watch a quick review of TFNY 2016!

114th North American International Toy Fair™
#TFNY is the largest toy, game, and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere!

OWNER: Toy Industry Association

SHOW DATES: Saturday, February 18 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, February 19 and 20 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. New York, NY

PARTICIPATION: 1,126 total exhibitors from 31 countries
(Pre-registered as of February 2, 2017) 103 first-time exhibitors

11,000 registered buyers representing more than 4,000 of unique retail outlets

21 of the top 25 Toy Sellers representing the $26 billion domestic U.S. toy
industry

This year, Toy Fair will attract more than 30,000 registrants (including nearly 13,000 retailers, wholesalers, importers, buying groups, and trade guests) from more than 100 countries.

EXHIBIT SPACE: 443,000 net square feet on-site at the Javits Convention Center

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • NYC is a playground this week! At the Javits Convention Center and across the city, more than 1,100 toy companies are showcasing the products that will be under the tree this Christmas to retailers only, it’s not open to the public!
  • As the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere, Toy Fair is a massive celebration of play.
  • This year’s marketplace is bigger than ever. The show is the equivalent to more than seven football fields filled with creative, innovative, and skill-building toys and games!
  • Who comes to Toy Fair? There are more than 30,000 attendees from over 100 countries. That’s toy inventors and designers, manufacturers, toy buyers from retailers of all sizes, wholesalers, importers, entertainment executives, and more. If someone is connected to the toy industry, they are probably in town this week!
  • Toy Fair has a dedicated area for new exhibitors called the “Launch Pad.” It is a great place to see new up-and-coming toy inventors as well as international companies looking to expand their product to the U.S. Located in Hall 1E of the Javits Center, Toy Fair first-timers represent 17 countries including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and Poland.
  • Toy Fair is important because play is important. Toys – which are the tools of play – promote the development of children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and fine and gross motor skills.
  • U.S. toy and game sales rose by 5 percent in 2016, according to NPD. This speaks to the innovation and creativity of the industry. Collectibles were a top contributor to the industry’s growth. Sales jumped 33 percent and represented 9 percent of the industry’s total dollars. Additionally, games and puzzles, dolls, and outdoor sports and toys were the top three performing super-categories, each posting double-digit sales growth in 2016 compared to 2015.
  • From board games and dolls to outdoor toys and e-connected playthings, the toy industry is churning out an incredibly diverse array of products for kids to play with!
  • A well-rounded day of play is important for families. There is room for both traditional toys and digital playthings to help round out the play experience.


Based on data provided by The NPD Group and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce

In the United States:
o The average price of a toy is around $10.
o The estimated three billion units sold across the nation each year generate approximately $26 billion in direct toy sales.
o 2016 ended with a 5 percent increase in overall U.S. toy sales, according to The NPD Group. Growth categories included: games and puzzles (+18%), dolls (+10%), outdoor and sports toys (+10%), plush (+6%), infant and toddler preschool toys (+3%), youth electronics (+3%), and vehicles (+1%).
o Interesting to note: Collectibles were a top contributor to the industry’s 2016 growth, with sales growing 33 percent to reach $1.8 billion. Collectibles represented 9 percent of total toy industry dollars. Among NPD super-categories, outdoor sports and toys had the largest dollar amount increase at $328 million.

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What does this all mean to you, our customers?

It’s pretty simple really. It means that when you shop with Family Fun Hobbies, you are helping to grow this amazing industry of toys and games. You are helping a small, local business and you are part of a growing trend! To get you involved Katrina and Rob will be posting pictures, updates, videos, surveys….whatever they have time for, to our Facebook and Twitter accounts! We NEED your input so that we are focusing the store in the direction you want it go. As a reward for your help, we will give away all of the #TFNY SWAG we get via random drawing. You just have to interact with us to be entered!

As another reward, we are making room on our shelves for all of the new products. Keep an eye out for in-store sales. Right now all 4M Science and Craft Kits are Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!!!

Watch our Facebook LIVE video for more information!

 

 

 

Gift Registry

Keep your Birthday/Gift Registry on file with Family Fun Hobbies!

Family Fun Hobbies is pleased to announce our Birthday/Gift Registry. Simply fill out the form below (we can help) and ask a Sales Associate to keep it on file for you. We will contact your family and friends to let them know you have a registry with us and let them know they can shop for you from it.

Your list will remain on file 3 months past your event date for those procrastinators in your life!

Gift Registry

Where is Maccabee?

Where is Maccabee?

Maccabee Hanukkah Gift SMaccabee has informed us that he’s ready to celebrate Hanukkah at Family Fun Hobbies!

Starting the first day of Hanukkah, Dec 24th, our Maccabee is going to be roaming the store to check out our products, demo a few games, build puzzles, play D&D…who knows really. He is super excited though, and wants YOU to join in the fun.

Each day (except the 25th when the store is closed) you will find Maccabee in a new location. Tell a staff member where you found him and post to that days’ Where’s Maccabee? post “I found Maccabee”! and you will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Family Fun Hobbies Gift Card. You can enter once each day. Since we are closed the 25th, we will extend our 8th day to 31st, so you could have 8 entries if you come every day!

Remember, you must tell a staff member and you must post “I found Maccabee” to be entered. We will have a sign in sheet at the register to track that you’ve found him.

We will post pics of where he was at the end of each day on our Facebook Page!

 

15 Adult Party Games

15 Perfect Party Games for the Adults!


1. ROFL
– Can you condense a well-known phrase down to just a few letters and symbols? Can you do it using fewer characters than any other player, but still get your message across? Find out with ROFL! ROFL! pits players against each other as they strive to condense messages down to as few characters as possible. To start a turn, players see a phrase card, while the Guesser does not. Players compete with one another to accurately relay the secret message on the phrase card in as few characters as possible. If the Guesser can figure out the original phrase from your clue before time runs out, you both score points! Everybody gets to be a Guesser once per round, and the player with the most points after three rounds wins! Put your texting and twitter skills to use in this fun, fast paced game!

ROFL

  • A family friendly, clever “texting” party game by John Kovalic of Dork Tower and Munchkin fame!
  • OMG! Take turns guessing phrases in as few characters as possible!
  • Dry-erase boards & pens, 350 entries, and your intuitive nature make every game fresh, new, and funny!
  • Phrases range from those made famous in television, movies, and books to well-known historical quotes
  • A creative party card game for 3-7 players, ages 13+, with easy to learn rules, and a 30 minute playing time. – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager

2. The Big Bang Theory – The Party Game – Genius is relative in The Big Bang Theory Party Game, a game that allows you and your friends to revisit moments from the smash hit TV series. Whether you’ve earned a Ph.D. in the science of “The Big Bang Theory” or are discovering the world of Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, Raj, and their neighbor Penny for the first time, you’re guaranteed to be laughing and having fun.

In each round, one player serves as Referee, flips over a Red card, and reads it aloud; if it has a green background and says “Experimental Formula” on it, the Referee indicates that as well. The other players – who havThe Big Bang Theorye seven cards in hand – each submit one or two cards face down that they feel best describes the category or description on the Referee’s card. For example, if the Red card says “Often Leads to Disaster”, you could submit a Blue card such as “Killer Robot”. If the Red card were an Experimental Formula, such as “Hilarious Battle”, you submit two Blue cards using your envelope, such as “Horny Engineer” and “Giant Rabbits”.

If any player has a “Bazinga!” card in hand and wants to play it, he must do so after each player has made a submission, but before the Referee has revealed them! The Referee then reveals cards from the Red Deck until he reveals a card of the same type (either Basic or Experimental Formula) as the original card, thereby creating entirely new criteria by which to evaluate those same submissions.

Next, the Referee mixes up the submitted Blue cards or envelopes so that no one knows who submitted what. Then, the Referee turns all of the cards face up, reading each card name aloud. He then ranks each card (or pair of cards) in the order he feels best matches the criteria on the Red card. The first place submission is awarded the highest numbered point chip, which is taken from the pile, the second place submission is awarded the second highest point chip, and so forth. The player to the left of the Referee becomes the new Referee, and you start a new round. Whoever ends up with the most points wins! 3-7 Players. 30 minutes play time. Ages 15+. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Store Manager

 

3. Werewolf – My game submission for favorite party game is Werewolf, which is available in various different versions with slightly different twists on the basic game. The game caters primarily to the teen to adult crowd with an age range of thirteen and up. As an adult, I enjoyed it a great deal. The game typically take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to play, though with aWerewolfdded roles and players it could take longer – the game has the ability to host up to 75 players at once! It is similar to most murder mystery style party games where a player is attempting to ferret out which of the attendees is a werewolf before they are “eaten” by wolves. While it won’t appeal to any hardcore gamers, it is a very lightheartedparty game that will keep a crowd of people entertained and give players the opportunity to play their roles however they see fit. Replayabilty varies depending on the size of the crowd you accumulate from one session to the next, but it’s definitely worth having around for keeping a large crowd of party people engaged. –  Sean Brietenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Events Coordinator

4. Red Flags: The Game of Terrible Dates – Have you ever had a date that felt perfect in every way, the person was perfect in every way, and everything was going perfectly…until you found out one not so teeny, tiny MAJOR problem? Then Red Flags might be the perfect game for you. Easy to learn and fun to play with a large group of friends, the premise is simple: The Single (the judge) for each round will be given potential love interests with amazing qualities to entice them to pick the best person. PlaRed Flagsyers will do so by adding ‘perk’ cards to the potentials, giving the Single more and more reasons to like them. But, there’s of course a catch; opposing players will have the opportunity to play ‘Red Flags’ on each date to bring their positive qualities a bad name. Each player will then be able to argue in favor of their date. The person who wins the most arguments, and therefore dates, wins the game. This game great for larger groups and parties, and is sure to be a hit, providing you don’t find too many Red Flags along the way. 3-10 players. Ages 17+. 30 minutes playing time. –  Chino Devine, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

5. Wits and Wagers Deluxe Edition – With over 1 million sold, Wits & Wagers has become a modern classic and is still the most award-winning party game in history!  Wits & Wagers Deluxe Edition is the same game you know and love, but now loaded with upgrades!

  • -New casino-quality wagering chipsWits and Wagers
  • Crease-free felt mat
  • Deluxe dry-erase markers with erasers
  • Premium cardboard currency chips

Do you know the average number of pizza slices eaten by Americans each day? Of course not! That’s the fun. No one knows the answers, but everyone can take a guess. The felt betting mat and different payout odds will make you feel like a Vegas high roller. Get lucky and you’ll cheer like you hit the jackpot!

  1. Read a fun question…Everyone writes down a guess.
  2. Place your bets… Which guess is closest?

Feeling confident? Bet on yourself.
Think others know better? Bet on them.
No idea? Bet on any guess and hope to get the closest aHappy Salmon Card Gamenswer! – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager

6. Happy Salmon – Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin’, fin-flappin’ fun. Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!

How to Play:

  1. Everyone calls out the action shown on their top card.
  2. When two players have a match, they celebrate by
    performing that action together, then discard their top card.
  3. The first player to match all of the cards in their deck wins!

It even comes in it’s own handy carrying case, a Happy Salmon! Perfect for bringing to your next party! I love how silly and interactive this game is and that any skill level can pick it up quickly! – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager

7. Times Up Deluxe – Time’s Up Deluxe is the tenth anniversary edition of one of the most popular party games for gamers! This edition, includes the best of the cards from thTimes Up!e base set and the two expansions (525 cards), a whole bunch of new cards, and best of all, a very handy new electronic timer.

Time’s Up! is a party game for teams of two or more players (best with teams of two). The same set of famous names is used for each of three rounds. In each round, one member of a team tries to get his teammates to guess as many names as possible in 30 seconds. In round one, almost any kind of clue is allowed. In round two, no more than one word can be used in each clue (but unlimited sounds and gestures are permitted). In round three, no words are allowed at all. Includes rules for an odd number of players as well as an optional fourth round.  This game is espeicaly fun when played in couples or with BFF’s, the better you know your teammate, the better you will do! Ages 12+. 3 or more players. Playing time 60 minutes. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager

8. Word on the Street – In Word on the Street, players – either individually or in teams – try to claim letter tiles from the game board. To set up the game, seventeen letter tiles (all the consonants in English other thWord on the Streetan j, q, x, and z) are placed in a strip down the center of the game board – the median strip of the street, if you will, which has two “traffic lanes” on either side of it. On a turn, one team is presented with a category such as “types of fruit” or “something a player is wearing”, and that team has thirty seconds to come up with an answer in that category, then move the letters in that word toward their side of the game board. Any letters in the word that are not on the game board are skipped. If the answer were “pineapple”, for example, the team would move P, N, P, P and L. If a team moves a letter off the game board, it has claimed that letter and that tile will not move for the remainder of the game. The first team to claim eight letter tiles wins!

The game comes with a timer and suggests playing one word per 30 seconds. I prefer playing for as many words as you can during the 30 seconds! This game works well as 2 player, but it’s a blast in teams because you have a deeper vocabulary to work from, and inevitably someone who spells better than the rest of the team! – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager

9. BuzzWord – 2004 Games Magazine Games 100 Honoree! BuzzWordFirst, divide everyone into two teams. On your team’s turn, one member attempts to give clues to 10 words. The cards state its “buzzword”. Other team members must solve each clue by saying the phrases that includes the buzzword. Meanwhile, the other team keeps track of the time and the missed clues. Score one point for each correctly solved clue. The clue giver reads the missed clues to the other team, giving them a chance to score. First team to reach 50 points wins. Watch out! You only get 45 seconds to complete your answers to questions ranging from easy to quite difficult. – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager

10. Faux-Cabulary – Playing Faux-Cabulary is very simple. If you’re familiar with Apples to Apples or some of the other party games we’ve reviewed, you’ll have a good idea about the way the game plays. The goal is to be the person that has their selection chosen the most times after a certain number of rounds or the first person to have their entry chosen X number of times. But instead of having a set of cards that players select to submit for the vote, in Faux-Cabulary players have word or syllable cubes that they use to generate their own answers.

In Faux-Cabulary a roundFaux-Cabulary starts with the “Wordmeister” pulling a card from the stack and reading the definition. Then the other players take their 3 random cubes with syllables written on them and create words that will match the definition. Of course they make up their words without letting others see what they’ve created and then they hide their word with a cool cover and put it in the middle of the table..

Once all the words are covered and in the middle of the table, they get mixed around and the Wordmeister reveals and reads the newly created words out loud. Once the laughing has died down, the Wordmeister selects their favorite word that matches the definition. Then the player who made up the chosen word gets the definition card and players move on to the next round.

Out of the Box recommends this for Ages 13+. And even though we typically play games with younger players than publishers recommend, in this case, we think Out of the Box has is pretty close. We’ve found that younger players just seem to get frustrated which leads to the game not being a lot of fun for them. But if you break it out with adults and older kids, you’ll have some creative fun. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager

11. Never Have I Ever: The Game of Poor Life Decisions – Never Have I Ever takes the traditional party game to the next level by providing hundreds of prompts designed to relive life’s funny, embarrassing, and awkward moments. In addition to inspiring players with unique scenarios to help uncover those hidden stories, the game introduces a competitive element to up the ante, called “the wall of shNever Have I Everame.” Intended for 4 to 12 players from ages 18 and up. The instructions are simple. Each player is dealt 10 Play Cards and a pile of Rule Cards sits on the table. The person starting the game picks a Rule Card from the pile, reads the directions aloud, and all the players do what the Rule Card says. If you are not guilty of the Play Card, you discard it. If you are guilty of the Play Card, you get to keep it. The first person to have 10 Play Cards in front of them wins. The only rule? No judgment.

Every game of Never Have I Ever presents a chance to relive life’s funny, embarrassing and awkward moments with your friends. We’ve thought of hundreds of things you may or may not want to admit, and added rules to spice things up. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can learn about someone. Warning, don’t play this with your Mom unless you want her to know your life’s escapades! – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager

12. Telestrations and Telestrations After Dark – The award-winning game Telestrations will keep your family and friends entertained and laughing! Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious and unpredictable outcomes. Ages: 12+. 4-8 PlayersTelestrations

  • Over 1,700 words, 8 erasable sketch books, 8 dry erase markers, and 8 clean-up cloths
  • Perfect for families, small parties, and friends new and old. A great ice breaker!
  • No Drawing Skills Required.  Stick figures & sense of humor welcome!

Telestrations After Dark is the Telestrations party game all grown up. Telestrations After Dark is the adults only version of the #1 LOL party game Telestrations. Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious, weird, irresponsible and just plain wrong outcomes. Telestrations After Dark™ is “adults only” miscommunication at its best! Ages 17+. 4-8 Players. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager

13. Bang! – This is a long time favorite of mine! “The Outlaws hunt the Sheriff. The Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade plots secretly, ready to take one side or the other. Bullets fly. Who among the gunmen is a Deputy, ready to sacrifice himself for the Sheriff? And who is a merciless Outlaw, willing to kill him? If you want to find out, just draw (your cards)!” (From back of box) The card game BANG! recreates an old-fashioned spaghetti western shoot-out, with each player randomly receiving a Character card to determine special abilities, and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

Four different Roles are available, each with a unique victory condition:Bang!

  • Sheriff – Kill all Outlaws and the Renegade
  • Deputy – Protect the Sheriff and kill any Outlaws
  • Outlaw – Kill the
    Sheriff
  • Renegade – Be the last person standing

A player’s Role is kept secret, except for the Sheriff. Character cards are placed face up on table, and also track strength (hand limit) in addition to special ability.

There are 22 different types of cards in the draw deck. Most common are the BANG! cards, which let you “shoot” at another player, assuming the target is within “range” of your current gun. The target player can play a “MISSED!” card to dodge the shot. Other cards can provide temporary boosts while in play (for example, different guns to improve your firing range) and special one-time effects to help you or hinder your opponents (such as Beer to restore health (Note: I’m not a beer drinker, but who can’t appreciate this card? lol0, or Barrels to hide behind during a shootout). A horse is useful for keeping your distance from unruly neighbors, while the Winchester can hit a target at range 5. The Gatling is a deadly exception where range doesn’t matter: it can only be used once, but targets all other players at the table! Ages 8+. 4-7 Players. 20-40 minutes playing time.  – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager

14. AEG Big Game Night Box 2016 -Each Big Game Night Box contains the following 4 games from acclaimed designer Seiji Kanai:

  • Love Letter — Kanai Edition with oversized cardsAEG Big Game Night 2016
  • Say Adios to the Villains (Doomtown: Reloaded ™themed Say Bye to the Villains)
  • Eight Epics — Kanai Edition
  • Regality and Religion – Kanai Edition

You will also find:

  • 2 boxes fitted to contain up to 7 games from AEG’s pocket line!
  • 3 empty pocket line boxes to store gaming components such as dice, tokens or even other games!

Players: 8+ . Ages: 14+. Playtime: Hours of fun!
1 copy of Love Letter — Kanai Edition with oversized cards
1 copy of Say Adios to the Villains (Doomtown: Reloaded ™themed Say Bye to the Villains)
1 copy of Eight Epics — Kanai Edition
1 copy of Regality and Religion – Kanai Edition

If you are a fan of AEG Games or wanting to learn more about them, this is a great way to get your “in”! – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager

15. Unspeakable Words – Unspeakable Words is the Call of Cthulhu Word Game designed by James Ernest and Mike Selinker. In the game, you and your opponents will attempt to form words from the letter cards in your hand. Each letter is worth points – the amount of points is determined by the number of angles in the letter (where the hounds of Tindalos are lurking!). You may try to make the highest scoring word possible, but… you’ll have to test the strength of the word against a roll of the 20-sided die. Roll equal to or higher than the value of your word and you’re safe… but roll less than the value of your word and you lose a precious piece of your sanity, represented by an adorable Cthulhu pawn! Each letter is uniquely illustrated with Unspeakalbe Wordsa horrifying character from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, which adds to the dark whimsy of the game. Since its release in 2007, Unspeakable Words has been received with great reviews. It was Games Magazine’s Word Game of the Year and the Best Party Board Game at BoardGameGeek’s Golden Geek Awards. In 2008, a second edition of Unspeakable Words was released, this time with purple pawns. Because of the flexibility of the game, a second deck and second set of pawns can be added for twice as many players. Since the inception of Unspeakable Words, Playroom Entertainment has wanted to release more specialized editions. With the deluxe edition, you can upgrade the Unspeakable Words game with special multi-colored pawns (five pawns each of eight colors to play up to eight players!), a dice/pawn bag and additional cards! AND…this Deluxe Edition features artwork by famed artist John Kovalic! Ages 10+. 2-8 Players. – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Manager

 

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7 Great Gift Games for Teens!

7 Great Gift Games for your Teenager!

1. Dominion –While there are many games which introduce similar mechanics and more intricate designs since its original release, Dominion is still the forerundominionner for the modern CCG (collectible card game) in the same vein as older, more established TCG (trading card games) such as Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, and Yugioh (to name a few). Dominion offers a twist, however, in its “deck builder” design wherein players would not come with a pre-constructed deck to play against each other, but begin with the same access to the same resources and build their decks as play went on from an all-inclusive boxed set of cards. Coupled with its randomizer mechanic for setting up each game, along with its multitudinous expansion sets, Dominion offers literally thousands of unique play experiences, becoming the perfect choice for any card game enthusiast to enjoy for years to come. – Chino Devine, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

2. King of Toyko – King of Tokyo is a wonderful game for teens, especially those who like Godzilla movies. Players pick a giant monster, and the goal is to take control of Tokyo and destroy it. GiaKOT2-3D_Boxnt monster noises are optional. Combine your dice to gather energy, heal your monster or just slap the other monsters down! Spend your energy to trigger permanent or one-shot special powers: a second head, body armor, nova death ray…Stop at nothing to become the King of Tokyo… but that’s when the real trouble begins for you! 2-6 Players. Ages 8+ – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator

 

3. Ascension – My favorite game for teens would have to be Ascension. It is personally one of my favorite games. It is a bit more challenging but it is easily learned. It is a deck building game in which you use hero’s to gain power and defeat monsters to win. Once you get the hang of 5tribesit is so much fun and you can move up to the more challenging expansions. The game revolves around the Center Deck that contains Heroes, Constructs, and Monsters. Players take turn recruiting Heroes or Constructs for their decks, or defeating Monsters for the Honor and other bonuses. It’s a game that is different each time you play. There are so many cards to build your deck with that it changes every time! – Tony Weeks, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

4.  Word on the Street – Players, either individually or in teams, try to claim letter tiles from the game board. To set up the game, seventeen letter tiles (all the consonants in English other than j, q, x, and z) are placed in a strip dowwodn the center of the game board – the median strip of the street, which has two “traffic lanes” on either side of it. On a turn, one team is presented with a category such as “types of fruit” or “something a player is wearing”, and that team has thirty seconds to com
e up with an answer in that category, then move the letters in that word toward their side of the game board. Any letters in the word that are not on the game board are skipped. The first team to claim eight letter tiles wins! This game is great for teens as it challenges their spelling skills, but also encourages team work in a fun, fast paced way. – Katrina, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and Marketing Manager

 

5. Five Tribes – Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled Sultanate of Naqala. The old sultan just died and control of Naqala is up for grabs! The oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the Five Tribes to gain influence over the legendary city-state. Will you fulfill the prophecy? Invoke the old Djinns, move the Tribes into position at the right time and the Sultanate may become yours! Designed bascensiony Bruno Cathala, Five Tribes builds on a long tradition of German-style games that feature wooden meeples. Here, in a unique twist on the now-standard “worker placement” genre, the game begins with the meeples already in place – and players must cleverly maneuver them over the villages, markets, oases, and sacred places tiles that make up Naqala. How, when, and where you dis-place these Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers determine your victory or failure.  I love this game, it involves thought, bidding and skill, though I tend to over think things! Challenge me to a game, I’ll say “yes”, but will most likely lose! – Rob Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner and  Manager

 

6. Just Desserts – Just Desserts is a relatively simple game for teens to pick up. Players are waiters attempting to get guests their favorite dessert, or at least some combination of desserts that matches all the things they like,
without giving them something they don’t like. Who can satisfy the most guests? JustDesserts_3D-Contents_smThis is a great game for playing again and again. – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator

 

7.Loonacy –  Loonacy is great game for almost anyone, because it has almost no learning curve. The goal is to match pictures on cards. There are no turns, and the first person to play all of their cards wins. Loonacy is a really quick game, so it’s great for when players don’t have a lot of time, but it caLoonacy.contents-S It’s easy enough to teach in a single sentence, and so addictive you can’t play just one game.  Speed of the hand and luck of the draw determine the winner in this frenzied free-for-all! – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator

 

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5 Great Gift Games for Elementary Kids

5 Great Gift Games for Elementary Kids

  1.  Spot It! – Spot It is a card game for 2-4 Players and is played by matching images on cards using a 55 card deck. Each player is dealt an equivalent number of cards until they are all dealt out, and one remaining card is placed in the center of the table. Every card in the game
    matches every other card in some capacity, and players must call out “Spot It!” and place Spot It!their card i
    n the center of the table. First one to empty their hand wins. Each Spot it! comes with several game variant directions.I like this game a lot because it’s easily accessible to my three-year old daughter who can’t read AND still fun for my five-year old son who’s just figuring the whole reading thing out. The game also comes with several popular children’s licenses as alternate versions — Doc McStuffins, Frozen, and various Sports teams logos can cater to any household. It is a terrific family game. – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager

 

 2.  Fluxx – My personal pick for a game for children in elementary school would be Fluxx. Fluxx has many different theme decks for all things that kids could like. There are choices from th

Fluxx 5.0emes such as of Adventure Time, The Regular Show and Wizard of Oz.  The game is for ages 8 and up, but younger ones can team up with an adult to play.Game Play is simple, there’s one rule to start: Draw one card, Play one card. You start with a hand of three cards… add the card you drew to your hand, and then choose one card to play, following the directions written on your chosen card. As cards are drawn and played from the deck, the rules of the game change from how many cards are drawn, played or even how many cards you can hold at the end of your turn. Even the object of the game will often change as you play, as players swap out one Goal card for another.Can you achieve World Peace before someone changes the goal to Bread and Chocolate? Tony Weeks, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

3.  Catan Junior Settlers of Catan (known these days simply as Catan) is a semi-cooperative, resource management European style board game, and arguably one of thCatan Juniore most well known in the world since its first publication in the mid 90’s. As a common staple of any game group, it’s no surprise that Catan Junior would be a great jumping on point for you
nger players just starting in their foray into board gaming. Bearing the same core mechanics as its predecessor, Junior offers a simplified ruleset and quicker gameplay to allow your youths to enjoy the same feel as Catan before diving into its more complex and engaging experience of the full version.  Catan Junior takes families with children (ages 6 and up) to a place quite different from Catan as we know it. There are no “settlers”. Instead, the players slip into the role of pirates who build their hideouts – called pirates’ lairs – all over the islands and set sail to find new places and build more pirates’ lairs there.  – Chino Devine, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

4. Happy Salmon – Happy Salmon was released in the Spring of 2016 and is quickly becoming hugely popular. It has been highlighted i

Happy Salmon Card Gamen some major Family Magazines. It’s the “High-Fivin’, Fin-Flappin’” Card Game for ages 6 and up. Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!  This game is great for all ages.  It gets players up out of their chairs and moving around.  It makes you think on your feet (literally and figuratively) and is a great gift because the “FINtastically” unique and cute fish pouch makes Happy Salmon perfect to take to camp, on vacation, or if you are simply traveling upstream. –  Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner & Marketing Manager

 

5.  Simon’s Cat – This fast-paced card game for 3 to 6 players ages 6 and up features adorable art taken directly from animator and illustrator Simon Tofield’s YouTube series, Simon’s Cat, which has hundreds of millions of views.In this silly, fast paced game which is similar to Uno, you are a cat! You do cat things, but don’t get caught! Blame everyone else. MatSimon's Cat Card Game

ch the cards to make mischief and pass the blame, but don’t let Simon catch you.This game involves color and number matching, so the ability to read is not necessary, yet it requires skill to know when to play the correct cards to not end up getting caught. It’s fun for the whole family and with it’s compact size makes a great stocking stuffer. -Rob Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner& Manager

 

 

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