We started doing video reviews of family board games, card games, and dice games as well as writing articles about the importance of family time in the fall of 2009.
As of Dec 2011, the number of family games we’d reviewed surpassed 100. And even though there are over 1,000 new family board games released every year, we think an average of 1 game review a week is quite an accomplishment.
While we’ve had fun doing reviews and writing about family time, we’ve also loved hearing from people all over the world. When we get comments from parents and future parents in distant countries about their family time it helps brighten our day as well.
So who is The Board Game Family?
Trevor - oldest son, pianist extraordinaire, musical theater, edits our video reviews
Jaden - second son, inventor and avid reader, game strategist
Brooke - our favorite daughter, gymnast and puppy lover, game enthusiast
Caleb - youngest son, Mr. Smiles and Energy, soccer player, budding gamer sneaking out many wins
Mom and Dad – spend our efforts trying to build a strong and happy family
What are the other things that keep us busy?
Like most families, there are always plenty of activities that keep us busy. For us, they include work, school and homework, church and volunteer activities, sports (wide mix), boy scouts, youth groups, and everything else that keeps the engine running and the home in good order.
And that’s why we play board games. With so much going on every day, we really need time to connect as a family and enjoy time together sitting around a table and laughing. So we make the time to pull out a game and have fun.
Like many types of reviews that you’re familiar with, we rate the games we review on a 5 point scale. Of course, since we’re reviewing games, it can’t simply be a “5-star” rating system. So we rate our games on a “5-Meeple” scale. And everyone in the family has their own Meeple color for our rating system.
What’s a Meeple? you ask. Well, we don’t know exactly when the name first surfaced, but as close as we can tell it stands for miniature people. It’s the cool little wooden people that are found in many games (originally from “Euro-Games”) – the most popular of which is Carcassonne.
If you have any comments or suggestions for us (about our reviews, the site, games to play, etc.), we’d love to hear about it.