About Meng

Board Game Fanatic, and Father of Two, Meng is an Australian who became hooked on board games at high school, with such classics as Talisman and Diplomacy. Years later, he rekindled his interest while living in the United States, both immersing himself in the local gaming scene and also taking advantage of mail-order to expand his collection to some 300 items. After returning to Australia in 2008, and with little time left after work, study and travel, the majority of his gaming nowadays is with his two young children. Hoping one day in the distant future to teach them to play a rollicking game of Die Macher, in the meantime he provides more age-appropriate fare and tries to discuss some life lessons along the way. Meng goes by the handle meng on Board Game Geek.

Bohnanza Game Review

A fatherly geek perspective on Bohnanza, a set collection card game about bean farming. Long touted as a “gateway game”, will this game plant the seed of gaming in your little geeks? Read on! Continue reading

Magician’s Kitchen Game Review

Our final review of 2011 Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year) nominees examines this game of bubble, bubble, toil and (above all) trouble! Magician’s Kitchen is a dexterity game with magnets – enough said? Sure, it sounds cool, but you know what would have been even cooler? Lasers! Magnetic lasers, even! Still, there is enough meat here for children, but not quite enough to keep adults engaged. Continue reading

Monster-Falle Game Review

The second of three reviews of Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year) nominees looks at Monster-Falle (“Monster-Trap”). This riotously fun cooperative dexterity game requires players to work in pairs to trap monsters, and there is no question that this will be a strong contender for the award. The additional dimension of cooperating with your neighbor makes this game a rare gem, indeed. Continue reading

TZAAR Game Review

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With so many imaginatively themed board games to choose from these days, not to mention the endless variety of movies and video games out there, does a purely abstract game stand any chance of attracting a child’s interest? If you thought not, think again. TZAAR is a quick-playing abstract game for two players and is great entertainment for children and adults alike. Continue reading

Terra Game Review

Terra is a semi-cooperative card game about saving the world, not from aliens or mutants, but from ourselves. Well, that sounds very touchy-feely and not very exciting, you might say, and you would be right. But, as long as you are not expecting a deep game, it is a good choice for playing with early school age children. Continue reading

Frank’s Zoo Game Review

Cards with animal cartoons, surely this is nothing more than a re-themed Snap or Happy Families. Or … could there be more to this game than meets the eye? In fact, Frank’s Zoo (a Rio Grande Games title from the last century … er, 1999) is a ladder-climbing game that deserves to be recognized as Tichu for Kids. Continue reading