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Strategy Board Games for Gifted Kids

Catan KnightsPhoto Courtesy of PricegrabberThe 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 players, 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.
3-4 players
10 and up Photo Courtesy of PricegrabberFans of The Settlers of Catan will enjoy this expansion for the game. It still takes place in the mythical land of Catan, but now knights must defend Catan against barbarians who have been attracted to Catan by its wealth and power.Agricola Using the commodities of coin, paper, and cloth that they acquire, players invest in city improvements. These city improvements lead to the creation of the great metropolitan centers of Catan that are more valuable than cities and safer from the onslaughts of the barbarians. The expansion is not a stand alone game; it expands original game, adding more challenges and complexity.
3-4 players
10 and up Photo Courtesy of PricegrabberAgricola is a great semi-competitive game based around farming and raising livestock. The goal of the game is to have the best farmland, whether it's through having the most crops, having the most livestock, or the biggest building. The game has both a normal version and a family friendly version for younger players.Diplomacy Players are able to win through a variety of tactics and must think on their feet since the move they want to take is dependent on the choices of other players. The game can even be played by one person! In this case the player would compete against himself, trying to improve his best score.
1-5 players
12 and up Photo Courtesy of PricegrabberDiplomacy 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.
2-7 players
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FAQ

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What is the best strategy in the game stratego?

Keep the identity of your Spy a secret for as long as you can. If your opponent correctly guesses the location of your Spyetc.

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Need a good strategy board game beyond RISK and Stratego?

My husband and son have discovered board games... They played Risk last weekend and my son was upset that it was based more on the luck of the dice than strategy. He's an economics major so if it includes some aspect of that, even better! They would like a game beyond the Risk and Stratego games. Any ideas?

Check out Settlers of Catan. I'd guess it's 75% strategy, 25% luck.
The island of Catan has just been discovered. You and your opponents are attempting to settle the island by building settlements, roads, and cities. You select locations based on the resources they offer and the probability of rolling the number to obtain those resources. There are several different strategies, the board position changes with every game. My son turned me on to it, and after only a few games I'm hooked.

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