I found Castle-Mate while browsing through board games online and so far I’ve played with my two youngest girls.
It’s like chess, but with cards. And random craziness.
It’s been hit or miss; I thought this would level the playing field more but the cards aren’t as powerful as I thought they’d be.
Perhaps I need to thin the deck to only the ones that will deal me a crushing blow if drawn? It’s a thought.
We played on January 1st and 27th of this year.
Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such a case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men’s brains
Robt. Burton,clergyman and Librarian at Oxford University (1621)
I taught the two oldest girls how to play earlier this year, and I decided to not hold back when it came to the rules.
We didn’t discuss castling, but pawn movement (diagonal attack and all), bishops, knights, the power of the queen – it was all there. They did well with it, better than I thought, and we’ve busted out the board a few times this year after I introduced it earlier.