Love Letter - fun, simple, fairly quick strategy game fun for families, or as a little one-on-one bonding with one kid, since this game is fun with as few as 2 players! | Running With Spears #familyfun #gamesHello again my friends! This summer I’ve been sharing a few of our favorite family games with you guys!

This week’s game is Love Letter. It’s a strategy card game that’s easy to learn, but can be fairly complex depending on how strategically you play, making it fun for all of us! Boo, who is 6, plays on her own. She may not always grasp the more advanced strategies, but she still sometimes wins by pure luck.

The idea is that each player is a suitor trying to get his love letter to the princess. Every turn, each player has 2 cards in their hand and chooses one to play. Ideally you’ll try to figure out who (if anyone) is holding the princess and eliminate them from the round. At the end of the round, whoever has the highest card wins a token of affection.

OK, so maybe it doesn’t sound  super awesome, but it’s a lot of fun to play! A game can take as little as 15 minutes to play, so it’s a great choice when we don’t have a ton of time. It’s also easy enough to stop at the end of any round and declare the person with the most points the winner, so if I want to play a bit with my girls during the day it’s an easy one to dive into without risking wanting to pull my hair out before the game is over because all hell has broken loose Apple is screaming and Smiles is dumping sugar and creamer all over the kitchen trying to make me coffee.

One of my favorite features of this particular game is that, unlike most of our games, it’s just as fun with 2 people as it is with 5 so if I want to have a little quality time with one of my girls we can pull this out and play together!

If the whole suitors for the princess  story doesn’t sound fun to you, check out the many  variations of Love Letter. There’s a Batman theme, and a Hobbit theme…Boo just spent some of her own money to buy “Letters to Santa,” a Christmas themed version of the game!

I’ll share another game we love next Family Fun Friday – which will probably be in 2 weeks, right now I’m alternating with my “Mom Hacks” posts. Sign up to subscribe to my posts via e-mail (there’s a spot on the right sidebar, or below the post if you’re on a mobile device) or follow me on Facebook if you want to be sure not to miss it.  🙂

Family Fun Friday – Love Letter

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