Pick up the students, bring them to school for the day, then return them to their homes and the bus to the school yard. That’s the plan, anyway…
Emergency Treatment Center
A new game for 2 to 6 players ages 7 to adult that’s dedicated to the Angels serving in ERs everywhere!
We are a team of Doctors and Nurses handling various patients with injuries who come into the Emergency Treatment Center. How many will we be able to treat within our 8-hour work shift? Everybody, if we work like a skilled, well-trained team with big compassionate hearts. Click to buy!
NOW Magazine’s NNNNN Score and Ecoholic Pick Award
Every year in December Toronto’s NOW magazine does their Green gift shop: the sustainable toy guide. It’s a survey of toys both good and bad, judged on their environments impact and educational value. We have only just learned that Family Pastimes Games were awarded NOW’s highest rating and their Ecoholics Pick Award in their last Xmas gift guide. Here’s what they had to say…
Seasonal Favourites & Halloween Games
Where did September go?
Canadian Thanksgiving in a few days.
Gorgeous foliage everywhere.
Gardens being harvested.
Halloween around the corner.
What’s this got to do with Family Pastimes games, you ask?
FP has a Christmas game, but no Halloween game?
Click here to check out the following titles that qualify for mention at this wonderful time of year.
Looking over my own current favourite games to play with friends, I see that Card Games occupy the most space. Quick to explain: We have a variety of themes. They are small enough to take on trips. And when on trips they are a fun way to meet new friends in a cordial atmosphere.
August News 2016. Back to school!
A list of educational co-op game resources.
‘Tis the season for young & old to prepare for school. Here’s a list of educational resources to further the needs of early and late education.
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
We made too many TAXI! games so we are putting on a Summer Sale! At $19.80 Canadian that is just around $15US!
There’s lots to do before the night is over besides just delivering fares to their destinations. Events are happening all over the city Read more here…
June News 2016
I am told that summer is here as I listen to the rain thundering down, watch the road being washed away, and me shivering in the cold room, temp 7 Celsius. The upside? Perfect weather for staying indoors and playing co-operative board games.
What would I suggest? Something in keeping with the season? Something educational? I think we have all that and games which are even fun to play as well! Click here for my list of suggestions…
Our Co-operative Parlor Games manual is available as an eBook for any mobile device or computer. It’s loaded with games for all ages which require little or no equipment. Your choice of Kindle, Kobo, or Mac iBook formats.
Our perennial favorite board game, Max the Cat, is available as an app for iPad/iPhone. All the same action and suspense in the palm of your hand. It’s a purrfect cooperative distraction for that long car trip. Kids 4 and up can work together to save the little creatures from Max.
Thanks for your patience. The next new game is here! As I write, PEACEABLE PLACES, promised last month, is being assembled behind me. It has evolved into a Multi-Age game, suitable for 4 to 7, 7 – 12, 12 to adult, with separate pieces and rules for each age level. I favor putting all the versions in one edition, rather than milking them with separate extensions. The illustrations are gleaned from historical sources of the Holy Land. Read more…
Last time I wrote I was crying the Blues about losing our steady supply of marbles for the Yin Yang game. After redesigning Yin Yang with disks I had solved that problem, but then I really did have the Blues, lots of leftover blue marbles, that is. My solution? Blues Away! A Cooperative Strategy Game™ for 2 players, aged 7 and up. Also included are rules for solitaire play. Read more…
I had a problem. My supplier of Chinese Checker plastic marbles, ½ inch, had closed. I’d been trying to locate a new one, but had had no luck. A few places in China make them, but are selling them for 5 cents each US $. If you are familiar with my Yin Yang game that uses these marbles, you will know that paying that much for one marble would price the Yin Yang out of reasonable range. Anyone know of a supplier in bulk, say, 5,000 of each colour, preferably in North America so that shipping charges are not prohibitive?
So, if I couldn’t find a marble supplier, then I could redesign Yin Yang, Read more…
New in August 2015! Three Co-operative Games in One
Ruth and I maintain feeders each winter until spring. We have different sized feeders, some are squirrel proof. We try to spread the seeds around so all our visiting creatures get a share.
Players spread seeds so all 8 creatures get some. If one or more creatures hog most of the seeds, sadly some will go hungry. Let us feed as many hungry creatures as we can and teach these little ones to share, so no one goes without.
Includes game board with feeders, seeds, suet, 4 birds, 4 squirrels, 3 weather conditions and rules for 3 separate games for 4 to 7 years, 7 to 12 years, and 12 to adult.
As a kid I was thrilled to get a parcel delivered. As an adult I enjoy delivering the parcels. Sort of my Santa Complex. In this new Co-operative Card Game™ we deliver for SPEEDY, working together to deliver the Parcels to the right Homes. Watch out for Protective Dogs and avoid Flat Tires.
For 2 to 4 Players, includes rules for 3 games for ages 4-7, 7-12, 12 & up
“This Might be too hard for you.” Words of caution from a 4 year old to an adult asking to play.
1 to 8 PLAYERS AGES 5 to 7 years
A Co-operative Strategy Game TM
Night has come and the puppies have wandered off. Our job is to find and bring home the Lost Puppies.
12 x 12” game board, Rules, 12 Night Times, 4 Telephones, 6 Flashlights, 6 Puppies
© 2009, 2015, Jim Deacove
New Railroad Building Game!
Coast to Coast: We are a Railroad Building Company and work together to build a Railroad from Coast to Coast, connecting the Rail and Challenge cards to form a continuous line. There is a solution every time. We just have to be clever enough to find it and not give up easily . But if you do give up, and it does happen to the best of us, celebrate what you did accomplish and try again.
Ages: 9 to Adult, Number of Players: 2, 3 or 4
“Railroad games always feature a battle for supremacy. I wanted a different railroad game experience by having the players collaborating and coordinating their efforts to build a rail system.“ Jim
Max the Cat App is Here!
Max the Cat: an app for kids 4 and up. iOS app with all the charm of the original board game in a mobile format you can take on the road. Download it on the App Store.
Ages: 4 and up, Number of Players: 1 to 8
New Nature Adventure Game for 2014!
Animal trackers: Look carefully and match the tracks in the Forest leading to the animal dens. When we arrive, flip the Forest card to see what animal we tracked to its den. Then read the fascinating facts about the animal we found. Everyone has a part in helping to discover the animals in the forest.
Ages: 4 to 7, Number of Players: 2 to 12 +
New Space Exploration Game for Summer 2013!
Moon Mission: We are an International Team of Geologists who have landed a space lab on the Moon and are sending out rovers to visit the Moon terrain in search of anything valuable to bring back to the people of Earth. We promise to abide by the Outer Space Treaty as formulated by the UN. “I, as a member of the UN Geological Team, promise that the exploration and use of outer space,including the moon and other celestial bodies shall be for the benefit of all countries on Earth”
Ages: 5 to 12. the three levels of play will challenge adults as well.
Equipment: Moonscape map, 4 Robot Rovers, 4 Rover Markers, 28 Cards (Minerals, Moon Terrain, Solar Power, UFO, Moon Dust, Moon Storm, The Mother Ship, Lab). Regular Die.
A new Family Pastimes game, just in time for Spring!
Let’s Go Sugaring: Spring is that special time of year when Sugar Maple Trees run sweet sap that we collect, then take to the Sugar Shack where the sap is boiled down and made into various sweet products such as sugar crystals, candy and syrup. In this game, we work together to put out the pails, gather the sap, boil it down into syrup and see how many containers of maple syrup we can make before the oh, so short Sugaring Season is done.
CONTENTS: Game board, 12″x12″, 16 Cards, 16 Pails, 1 Syrup Making Chart & an Information Booklet with Rules
AGES: 7 to Adult Players: 1 to 4
Three great games for the 2011 Season.
Let’s Make a Pizza:, We are prep cooks in a Pizza Shop and have to help Chef fill the pizza orders coming in while keeping an eye on how hot the oven is getting. We don’t want to burn any pizzas.
Gnightly Gnomes: If the gnomes are treated well, they keep an eye on our livestock, crops, orchards, gardens, and many matters in our homes. But they attract “meanies”, who like to catch them, that’s why gnomes do their good deeds in secret.
Let’s Go Digging:We are archaeologists digging for artifacts in nearby rural areas. We work together to unearth as many old and new artifacts from different historical periods. When our bins are full, we head to the Museum to assess our finds.
Three brand new Family Pastimes games came out in the Spring of 2011:
AARI, a game of real and made up acronyms and abbreviations — full of room for humour and imagination.
Dragonfly, in which players capture mosquitoes with dragonflies, so people and pets don’t get bitten; and
Sahara Search, a game of treasure-finding in the African desert, which has already received Creative Child Magazine’s 2011 Award for Game of the Year!
A new version of Caves and Claws!
Caves and Claws: The museum hires a team of Archaeologists to head deep into a Jungle to find Ancient Artifacts. We are that team, ready for action and adventure!
AGES: 6 to Adult Players: 1 to 4
If the following games you purchased do not have rules with a © 2004, contact me at email@example.com and I will e-mail you a copy of the updated rules, which include new bonus games.
Diplomatic Mission. Free Bonus Game that assigns specific roles to each game character.
Zen Blocks. Bonus game available.
Galaxy Card Game. Two new Bonus Games.
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